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PREFACE TO THE 3RD EDITION
This booklet, in its first two editions, was co-authored with Pat Kramer. In its current form, it is an expansion and reorganization of material contained in the earlier editions, and I am grateful to Pat for her many contributions. Originally the booklet was designed for use by midwives with their clients and was meant to point out those remedies which Pat and I were finding most clinically useful in our own homebirth practices. Its title and format reflected our desire to put homeopathic remedies into the birth bag of more midwives. There is no doubt in my mind, that this is indeed happening. In the interim seven years, I have found that the expectant mothers themselves form a large part of the market for this information. Clearly, the continuing growth of homeopathy in this country reflects the fact that women are claiming more responsibility for their own health care and that of their families. Increasing numbers of consumers are becoming frustrated with the current medical model of health care. "Side effects" (more accurately described as undesirable drug effects) of many pharmaceuticals have proven to be more dangerous than the problems they were originally designed to cure. Individuals are often treated with several drugs at once, each aimed to counteract symptoms in different parts of the body, and then to counteract symptoms caused by the drugs themselves. In the case of pregnant women, the dangers of drug therapy have been well established. In fact, no drug has been proven safe for use during pregnancy. Homeopathy, with its lack of side effects and perfect suitability for home health care is an excellent choice for both midwives and mothers, and indeed anyone who works with pregnant, birthing, or lactating mothers and their babies. In homeopathy we have a non-toxic, inexpensive, accessible, and effective alternative to drug therapy. It is an elegant system, incorporating all of the complexities of human beings, yet remaining gentle and simple to use. 1997
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Dedication Preface to the 3rd Edition Introduction The Law of Similars The Law of Proving The Law of Potentization Casetaking Hints Choosing the Remedy Summary Materia Medica Tissue Salts Remedies Listed According to Therapeutic Applications Prenatal Problems Miscarriages Labor Birth Postpartum Breastfeeding Homeopathic Preparation for Delivery Pre-eminent Female Remedies Recommended Prenatal Regimen To Change an Unfavorable Presentation Prior to Onset of Labor Post-Cesarean Regimen Administration of Remedies Legal Concerns for the Midwife Dosage Considerations Relationship of Remedies
Recommended Birth Kit Recommended Reading Resources Center for the Childbearing Year.center4cby.com vi . LLC 41 42 44 47 http://www.
and behavior that can be observed in the person by others. verified and updated over time by repeated provings. sleep. and even appeared in the Hindu system of Ayurvedic medicine as far back as the tenth century B. respiration. "like suffering. physical appearance. generalities). The concept was rediscovered by the eighteenth century German physician Samuel Hahnemann.C. who found that the reason quinine cured malaria was because it was capable of causing the symptoms of malaria in a healthy person. substances are listed in alphabetical order with detailed descriptions of their known symptom pictures. The Law of Proving All of the medicinal agents used in homeopathy have been proven on healthy human volunteers. contains a listing of substances arranged according to clinical symptoms which they are known to cause. Together with casetaking skills. and emotions. Typically. literally. mental attitudes. as well as subjective impressions and the individual's precise description of sensations.center4cby. extremities) and other broad categories (mind. Provings involve giving repeated doses of a substance to a person and then noting any symptoms experienced.com 1 . Paracelsus. The resulting list of symptoms." The idea that a substance can cure symptoms in a sick person similar to those which it causes in a healthy person was written about by Hypocrites.INTRODUCTION The Law of Similars The word "homeopathy" means. and sometimes accidental poisonings. Numerous Materia Medicas have been published and continue to be published today. on the other hand. clinical experience. The homeopathic Repertory. genitalia. and Frances Bacon. He went on to experiment with numerous natural substances. the materia medica and repertory form the basis of homeopathic prescribing. The complete symptom picture includes changes in body tissues. The symptoms themselves are categorized according to body systems such as head. expanding the applications of this healing principle. comprises the homeopathic Materia Medica. http://www.
This dynamic. On the centesimal scale. the ratio is one part mother tincture to ninety-nine parts dilutant. succussion releases dormant energy in matter. no molecules of the original substance can be detected in the tiny sugar pills which are the dispensing agent for the potentized tinctures. or shake rapidly. We cannot see how the remedy works. up to dilutions at the hundred thousandth centesimal and beyond. Hahnemann found that at some point in the dilution process. the solution at each stage of the dilution process.center4cby. he made into mother tinctures." He began by extracting the properties of various substances. or finely ground up. The result was that the medicines became more active and stronger each time they were subjected to this process. In preparations beyond the 12C dilution. mixing one part tincture to nine parts dilutant. called remedies. Hahnemann developed the pharmaceutical process for preparing homeopathic medicines.com 2 . what is chi to the Chinese and prana to the Hindus. Those that were soluble in water or alcohol. Those that were nonsoluble were triturated. The further removed a homeopathic remedy is from its material origin the more dynamic it becomes. he mixed one part of the 1X solution to nine parts dilutant. and mineral sources. These remedies come from plant. and so on up the scale to dilutions of 200X.000 medicines. And herein lies the crux of the problem that modern science has with homeopathy: how can something so dilute as to be undetectable nevertheless effect a medicinal action? http://www. This yields a "1X potency. with powdered milk sugar as the dilutant." or a dilution of 1:10 on the decimal scale. much as herbalists do. only that it does work. animal. he endeavored to determine the minimum dose required to obtain a curative response. While applying the Law of Similars. To generate a 2X potency. or non-material dose is thought to impart the vibrational imprint of the plant or other substance by way of the body's vital force. In a way that we do not yet fully understand. Vital force means life energy. Then he got the idea to succuss. thereby reducing the occurrence of "side effects. He then began to serially dilute the mother tincture. the medicines became so dilute as to have no effect upon the patient.The Law of Potentization The homeopathic pharmacopoeia today consists of over 2. Hahnemann called this process potentization.
stop what you are doing.Homeopathic remedies do not saturate the bloodstream with chemical agents. nothing will happen. indecisiveness? Perhaps she is hypersensitive to pain. First and foremost. fearful apprehension.. If such a healing crisis does result in response to a remedy. Is she in a state of grief. Casetaking Hints In order to apply the Law of Similars. Either too high of a potency was used or the remedy was repeated too frequently. or her hormones are in a state of imbalance. one would not expect placebos to work on animals or newborn infants. or you can ride out the brief aggravation. If necessary.e. Current research is aimed at discovering more about the energetic plane on which the remedies seem to be operating. To cause harm with homeopathy. exhausted. The best part of the potentization process is this: if the wrong remedy is chosen (i. the homeopathic practitioner must become a dispassionate observer of her subject. many orthodox practitioners attribute claims of homeopathic cures to the “placebo effect. but homeopathy has effected cures in both. So the remedies either help or they don't help. the remedy can be antidoted (see pp. one not based upon proper application of the Law of Similars). Since scientists have only recently begun to find ways of measuring this energy.center4cby. improvement will soon follow. it is usually because the individual’s vital force has been over stimulated. anxiety. Generally. both the prescriber and the patient demonstrating a profound lack of common sense. 36–7). but they do no harm. and then still be continued. Etiologies are much broader categories in homeopathy than in standard medicine. In homeopathy. but rather work on the plane of energy. The person's vital force will simply not respond to (or resonate with) the remedy and their symptoms will remain unaffected. in shock. In the latter case. perceive the state the patient is in. etiologies include emotions http://www. where it is thought that most illnesses are caused by bacteria or viruses. delirious. Hence. An occasional (and usually short-lived) healing crisis is the worse that can happen.com 3 . What is your main impression? Attempt to discover the etiology of this condition. they are ideal agents for use with pregnant or lactating women and infants. a remedy would have to be repeated frequently as the patient's condition worsened.” Interestingly.
raw. or hot or cold applications. What is the location of the problem and what is going on there? Is there inflammation. foods or dietary triggers.com 4 . nausea every morning. as well as the little therapeutic manuals on specific topics http://www. Characteristics or symptoms for which a remedy is most well known are called keynotes. The cure involves matching the symptom picture of the patient to a single remedy known to cause a similar set of symptoms in a healthy person. shooting pain? Any factor that aggravates or ameliorates a given symptom or the person's overall condition is called a modality and is also significant. sharp pain. spasms. retention? What is the sensation? Is it burning. Remedies are like that.(such as anger. pain may be made better or worse from movement. and so on. the better the homeopath likes it. The more you see them. sepsis. discharges. and peculiar symptoms are particularly important and often provide a shortcut to the right remedy. little microcosms of the human experience. your choice of remedies is quickly narrowed down. insomnia from 3-6 AM. the above observations constitute the symptom picture. chilly or warm. grief. quiet or restless? Finally. dry. strange. the better you get to know them. and fright)." Choosing the Remedy Taken together. Think of the croup attack at midnight. thirsty or not. traumas. sweaty or dry. pressure. Later a few peculiarities pop up. For example. many children becoming worse at night during acute illnesses. Eventually you simply recognize the remedy's personality when it is expressed in the individual before you.center4cby. Any generalities or observations about the overall condition of the subject should also be noted. If the etiology is known. constricted. and more. open air. Gradually one begins to perceive the person. Examples include "dry mouth without thirst" or "baby ascends with contractions. to understand them and see how seemingly unrelated fragments are connected in a complex whole. The weirder and more precise the description of a symptom. rare. Many introductory books on homeopathy. Times of day are often important modalities. Is she pale or flushed. Getting to know a remedy is like making a friend. weather changes. There are certain characteristics that one notices right away.
com 5 . It is a fascinating study. are known to be interconnected and are viewed in context.center4cby. http://www. midwives render care to the whole person. Someone else has narrowed down the choice. we find a perfect complement to the science and art of midwifery. and that these substances can be transformed into non-toxic medicines is nothing short of miraculous. deferring heroic measures for the rare crisis. and physical discomforts. a more extensive materia medica can be consulted when additional information is required to make an intelligent decision. dietary habits. Since they are so condensed. as well as the baby's growth. When problems surface. In homeopathy. That substances exist in nature which so perfectly reflect the idiosyncrasies of human beings in an endless variety. nourishing and gentle interventions are sought. Summary Like homeopaths. are really selective and condensed materia medicas summarizing important keynotes of remedies most frequently used in clinical practice. The pregnant woman's concerns.(like this one). feelings. These manuals or guides make the prescriber’s job easier and are a good place to start.
mom pacing in labor. difficulty with resuscitation [use a 200C aggressively and continue dosing for 1-2 days] Apis (Honey Bee) cystitis with hot stinging pains (like bee sting). weight loss. high blood pressure. mean. bloating. urine retention in the newborn or mom. especially after traumatic or precipitous delivery. helps absorb extravasated blood. fear of death (predicts the hour). pruritus of pregnancy. shock. during gestation. anxious. irritable. but feels better when eating. dehydration Anacardium (Marking Nut) morning sickness with dry heaves. better from cold applications. drowning victims. asks “am I okay?”. thirstlessness. edema with puffy face. toxemia of pregnancy with swelling. bruising. bleeding. sudden onset of symptoms. clumsy Arnica (Leopard’s Bane) #1 first-aid remedy for trauma. diarrhea. prevents shock. sudden loss of milk supply after a fright or exposure to cold Aethusa (Fool’s Parsley) #1 remedy for pyloric stenosis. sudden hemorrhage of bright blood with faintness and panic. loss of protein. urine retention. gas. soreness.MATERIA MEDICA Aconite (Monkshood) ailments brought on from a fright. precipitous births. miscarriage or threatened premature birth after a fright. bowels plugged up Antimonium Tart (Tartrate of Antimony and Potash) newborn's lungs sound full of fluid and mucous. panic state because the birth is happening fast and the midwife arrives late. shock state.center4cby. such as an accident or any event capable of producing a huge adrenaline burst. trauma to muscles and soft tissues. inflammation. after the fright of a shoulder dystocia (give preventatively to everyone present). afraid and needs reassurance. convulsions. scalding pain during urination.com 6 . tossings. projectile vomiting soon after feeding. aggravated by heat. movements of the fetus http://www. jealous. during the early weeks of life. restless.
phlebitis with red. forceful. and great sensitivity. overexertion [see also Rhus Tox]. follows any chosen hemorrhage remedy. violent convulsions. urine retention due to swelling. aching legs. lack of progress in labor in fearful. heartburn at pylorus. fever relieved during hemorrhage. with throbbing pain http://www. blood feels hot. bed feels too hard. moist. give to mom for fetal distress occurring when baby comes under the pubis [see also Carbo Veg]. delirious. bruising. prostration. even to bringing on miscarriage or premature labor. mastitis with fever and reddened skin. actually. compulsive women who can't let go. averse to stockings. noise. mom doesn't want to be touched in labor. spasms. morning sickness. twitching. mom is aching and sore all over. thin. head to toe. extremely sensitive to touch. motion. severe vomiting and diarrhea due to food poisoning.center4cby. red face. after birth. will help diminish afterpains [see also Mag Phos]. swollen and throbbing veins. moaning. and aggravated by the slightest contact. just give to all moms and babies after delivery [should be continued until any soreness. breasts very tender and swollen. mother cleans house fanatically in labor. but claims she’s okay [see Aconite. wants to escape (freaking out). extending to rectum. “am I okay?”]. glassy eyes with dilated pupils. symptoms come on suddenly. fastidious. anxious. threatened miscarriage due to physical trauma such as an accident or fall. back labor. sensation baby is lying crosswise. feels as though it would break.com 7 . bright red bleeding. will hardly admit a finger. give to any baby upset after difficult birth. speeds healing of the perineum. insomnia. bursting headache. rigidity of vagina. rigid cervix. food smells terrible. during or after delivery. will heal hematoma quickly. milk fever. give as soon as possible to breech or premature babies. aggravation between midnight and 3 AM. hot. fearful. varicosities with sore.are painful. jarring. exhaustion. or swelling is completely healed] Arsenicum (Iodide of Arsenic) chilly. gushing hemorrhage with hot. worse from light. shock state with dazed appearance. newborn resuscitation in severely depressed baby with little or no color or respiratory effort [see Moskowitz book for case studies] Belladonna (Deadly Nightshade) fever with hot. copious flow of milk. thirsty but can't drink much. bruised feeling in external genitals. bounding pulse. worse from pressure. restless. hot.
all symptoms worse from movement. craves dirt. 35] Borax (Borate of Sodium) thrush. see pp.com 8 . uterus sore. very irritable. difficult or late teething. varicosities of the vulva. similar to Arnica for bruises. stitching pains. very thirsty with dry mucous membranes. swollen veins and aching pain. chronic snuffles due to http://www. spasms and shooting pains in the breasts. chilly. soreness of abdominal wall during pregnancy.). averse to stimulation. breast stony hard with sharp. after the fever] Calcarea Carbonica (Carbonate of Lime) shortness of breath. worse when the breast is empty Bryonia (Wild Hops) phlebitis with red. pain down anterior of thighs. bearing down sensation. big children's remedy – #1 for umbilical hernia. gasoline. and other indigestibles. pencils. sweats easily. contusion. better from pressure and tight wrapping. as if squeezed. but usually not uncomfortable with it. cries when nursing or refuses to nurse. yeast diaper rash. etc. varices of the bladder causing blood in the urine.[Phytolacca often follows Belladonna in breast infections. hot. coal. called “Arnica of the abdomen”. symptoms come on slowly [Phytolacca often follows in breast infections. constipated. but worse any motion. restores milk supply after an acute illness. dragging afterpains. for pains and to speed recovery. irresistible desire to smell carbonbased products (such as magic markers. uncomfortable. engorged breasts. varicosities. baby's mouth sore. wants to be alone. often in multips with weak abdominal muscles. apthae on nipples of nursing mom. after the fever stage] Bellis Perennis (Daisy) inability to walk during pregnancy. worse climbing stairs. responsible and taskoriented. etc. thrush. chronic colic. prolapsed rectum. mom holds breast when going up or down stairs. painful breast infections with fever. developmental delays. feels as if she must hold her belly up [also Sepia].center4cby. chalk.). [follows Staphysagria and Arnica after cesarean. insomnia due to worry. hematoma. dread of descending or downward motion (baby cries and clings to mom when being placed in crib or on forward motion of baby swing. likes eggs and dairy products. will reduce excessive milk at onset. milk supply regulator.
sluggish. can be used in oil base on stitches to prevent irritation from the pad. to improve oxygenation of newborn. retained placenta with painful urination Carbo Vegetabilis (Vegetable Charcoal) sluggishness and indigestion with bloating. much gas with belching and flatus. burning of labia. appears dead. constipation. deep. lack of stamina. cradle cap. topically for diaper rash Cantharis (Spanish Fly) #1 remedy for cystitis. and frequency with urination. exhausted. yawning. 21–2) Calendula (Marigold) diluted mother tincture (1/10) stops bleeding when applied to cervical or vaginal tears. spina bifida. stork bites. burning or cutting pains. phlebitis. one dropperful of mother tincture in full peri bottle applied to torn perineum or incision site 3-5 times per day speeds healing and prevents infection. 21 ) Calcarea Phosphorica (Phosphate of Lime) see Tissue Salts (pp. hemorrhage with paleness and icy coldness of body. excessively tender. various preparations also helpful for umbilical stumps that are slow to heal or showing signs of infection. thigh. water infusion of the flower tops added to postpartum bath heals tears quickly. cold to touch. give during labor for decelerations in FHT. wants to be fanned. in cream or oil base for sore nipples.com 9 . head sweats profusely [see Paul Herscu's book. dribbling after urination. edema and stasis ulcers. vulva. limp. The Homeopathic Treatment of Children for a good description of the infant type] Calcarea Fluorica (Fluoride of Lime) see Tissues Salts (p. varicosities of the leg. cold. collapsed. flaccid. violent itching in breasts http://www. painful cracks.milk allergy. fever. worse after urination. urging. shortness of breath. worse flatus and overeating. fainting.center4cby. in potency for poor wound healing. areola reddened. better belching. weak. air hunger. bloody urine. known as homeopathic "corpse reviver" Castor Equi (Rudimentary Thumbnail of the Horse) #1 remedy for cracked and ulcerated nipples.
may diminish afterpains Causticum (Hahnemann’s Tinctura acris sine Kali) urinary stress incontinence. cross. political women who are incensed over injustices Chamomilla (German Chamomile) hypersensitivity to pain. and screaming. slow labor with over-stretched bladder. miscarriages. pain underneath right scapula. rigid cervical os. also with mother tinctures of each]. ugly. kicking.Caulophyllum (Blue Cohosh) first trimester miscarriages due to uterine weakness from repeated abortions. great sympathy for the suffering of others. wants attention but nothing satisfies.center4cby. nervous and nauseous with stomach spasms. inconsolable infants want to be carried. retention from long holding of the urine or after catheterization. constant tearing pains in back. gallbladder pain. snappish. restless sleep.com 10 . screams instead. angry with attendants. usually after long labor. hemorrhage and/or retained placenta due to absent contractions or uterine weakness. painful. and soreness. idealistic. uterine inertia during labor. and childbirths. baby sleepy. excessive toning contractions prior to labor. capricious. to initiate or augment contractions. pains flag from exhaustion. long-lasting jaundice in newborn. known as a labor regulator [alternate with Cimicifuga. tremulous weakness. irregular. baby refuses to nurse. acute colic episodes with arching of back. long. swollen joints of the fingers or toes during pregnancy or postpartum. but ineffective contractions on a rigid cervix. labor pains unendurable yet unproductive. soft muscle tone http://www. spiteful. teething problems with fever and fretfulness. cannot bear it. restless. strong. impatient. contractions insufficient and irregular. distressing back pain in labor. worse 9 PM. thirsty. bites attendants. jaundice with irritability. prostration. not nursing well. with shivering or inner trembling and lack of progress. contractions feel like pinpricks. one cheek red/hot. wakes often Chelidonium (Celandine) during pregnancy. excellent remedy for newborns and infants. uterus soft and flabby. weak liver. rawness. throws partner out of the room. spasmodic contractions. coffee withdrawal headaches. whiny. shooting upwards. burning. the other pale/cold. painful. not just with contractions.
Cimicifuga (Black Cohosh) helps produce coordinated contractions [alternate with Caulophyllum. especially in women who have had previous traumatic birth experiences. loss of sight. great sensitivity. abdominal distension with trapped gas. overly sensitive. foreboding that something bad is going to happen. diarrhea. aversion to meat. as in motion sickness. edema Colocynthis (Bitter Cucumber) acute colic episodes. better from hard pressure and warmth. thought of food is gross. retching and vomiting. cervix dilated then closed. lack of progress in labor with displaced labor pains. faintness after loss of body fluids (bleeding. loquacious and hysterical. activity of the mind. pains fly from side to side. fear of going insane Cinchona (Peruvian Bark—China) reviver. also with mother tinctures of each]. better lying face downwards. racing thoughts. toxemia. cramps in hips. decreased milk due to excitement Colchicum (Meadow Saffron) nausea of pregnancy. shooting pains into thighs. ringing in ears. 22) http://www. protein in the urine. mother still feels dragged out after day three or is weak from long labor Cocculus (Indian Cockle) nausea aggravated by riding in cars. great sensitivity to odors. insomnia from nightwatching and caring for others Coffea (Unroasted Coffee) hypersensitive to noise or vibration. diarrhea. great anxiety. nervous. sciatica. cold sweat with weakness and pallor. eggs.center4cby. and fish.com 11 . insomnia due to excitement. aversion to being touched. sensitive to smell or thought of food. tries to bend forward or pulls legs up to belly. across the pelvis. back labor. fearful. vomiting). moaning between spasms Ferrum Phosphoricum (Phosphate of Iron) see Tissue Salts (p. cannot tolerate pain. vertigo accompanies nausea. shivers during first stage of labor. agonizing labor pains with sciatica. slightest noise awakens. twitching and trembling of legs.
veins are sore and irritated with stinging pain. with itching and great irritation of tissues.com 12 . bruising and ecchymosis [also Arnica].Gelsemium (Yellow Jasmine) post-dates anxiety especially in primips. nervous chattering. swollen. congested. spasmodic pains. eruptions in axilla. weak. on-again/off-again labor. heavy. mom afraid to get center stage and do it. dazed. better from warmth. under breasts. rigid cervix. great fatigue and weakness. passive hemorrhage due to weak veins. intercourse relieves http://www. may aid in reabsorption of scar tissue [see also Silica and Thiosinaminum] Hamamelis (Witch Hazel) #1 remedy for varicose veins and hemorrhoids. yellow. especially after miscarriage or premature delivery with closed os Graphites (Black Lead) nipples sore. thick. especially legs. retained urine after delivery. conjunctivitis in the newborn [if Pulsatilla fails] with yellowgreen discharge and redness of upper eyelid. dilation at a standstill. and blistered [if Castor Equi fails]. pains move up and down the back. great sensitivity to cold. absent urge to push. prolapsed rectum Hepar Sulph (Calcium Sulphide) vaginitis. performance anxiety. discharge is curdy and smells sour or like old cheese. especially in obese women. shaking. irritable and hypersensitive to pain and touch Hydrastis (Goldenseal) sinusitis or vaginitis. varicosities of the vulva. baby ascends with contractions. performance anxiety in midwives (nervousness. retained placenta. hard and knotty. dull. lax ligaments and tissues. mastitis with pus production. mom drops things.center4cby. sensitive to touch. thick. complaints from anticipation of an event. frequent stools) Gossypium (Cotton Plant) sluggish second stage of labor. ropy discharge with itchy vulva. incoordinate muscular action. bleeding hemorrhoids [use in potency and locally as an ointment]. cracked. trembling. from the slightest exertion. phlebitis.
pain in tailbone since childbirth. comes in gushes Kali Bichromicum (Bichromate of Potash) Sinusitis or vaginitis with yellow-green. decreased milk due to emotional upset Ipecac (Ipecac Root) morning sickness with clean tongue and excess salivation. right-sided sciatica. radiating pain from sight of injury. thick. 22) http://www. threatened miscarriage due to extreme nausea and vomiting [see also Arsenicum]. sleepless from grief. profuse uterine bleeding. or broken tailbone Ignatia (St. or hysterical women. chronic snuffles of fat. with back pain. stomach seems to hang loose inside. gluey. back labor radiating to gluteal muscles and legs. feeling of a lump in the throat or a sore throat after a disappointment. especially in women who may have had an overly romanticized notion of birth and were shocked by the reality. postpartum depression. better pressure. convulsions from trauma to the head or spine. averse to all food. idealistic.center4cby.com 13 . ptyalism in pregnancy [see also Pulsatilla]. incapacitating nausea with retching. chubby babies Kali Carbonicum (Carbonate of Potassium) severe backache during pregnancy or accompanying miscarriage. hyperemesis. when birth outcomes fall short of the mom's ideal [see also Staphysagria]. swelling over eyes. 35]. hemorrhage with nausea and vomiting. loss of appetite. John’s Wort) #1 first-aid remedy for trauma to nerves. itching and burning of vulva. give to baby prophylacticly after dystocia or traumatic delivery [see also Arnica]. twitching and spasms in labor. romantic. nausea unrelieved by vomiting. miscarriage due to grief. sleep disturbed by back pain. depressed and irritable postpartum. repeated vomiting in labor. left-sided sciatica. for pain after cesarean delivery [see p. worse change in weather Kali Phosphoricum (Phosphate of Potash) see Tissue Salts (p. stringy discharge. grimacing.Hypericum (St. emotions become "unhinged" after prolonged stress. bright red. Ignatius Bean) for acute grief states with weeping and much sighing.
difficulty breathing. can extend to thighs. huge appetite with bloating and distension. worse during pregnancy.Kreosotum (Beechwood Kreosote) vaginitis with a burning. a true galactagogue. mastitis that travels from left breast to right breast and back to the left. with sharp pains. pulse failing. foul odor. heart abnormalities Lycopodium (Club Moss) low self-esteem or lack of self-confidence. or relactate [try frequent doses of 30C or lower potency] Laurocerasus (Cherry Laurel) infant resuscitation. kidney pain. may date back to beginning a new sexual relationship. to increase supply. thigh. floating sensation. 22) Medorrhinum (Gonorrhea Nosode) chronic sinusitis. right-sided hernias [see Paul Herscu's book. anxious. worse on right. migraine with visual aura. for women adopting a baby who want to nurse. painful varicosities of the leg. vertigo. vaginitis. violent itching of the vulva and vagina. newborn complaints include chronic colic.center4cby. The Homeopathic Treatment of Children for a good description of the infant type] Magnesia Phosphorica (Phosphate of Magnesia) see Tissue Salts (p. undescended testicles. or cystitis. alternating sides of the body Lac Defloratum (Skimmed Milk) migraine headaches. excoriating discharge. chronic obstruction of nasal passages. gasping for breath. in women who have a history of pot http://www. nausea of pregnancy with motion sickness and constipation Lactuca Virosa (Acrid Lettuce) deficient or absent milk. birth anomalies in the urogenital tract. vulva burns when urine passes Lac Caninum (Dog’s Milk) to dry up milk [try 30C potency for several days. see also Pulsatilla]. trapped intestinal gas. jaundice. face blue. sick headache. or starts on right and moves to the left. vulva. wild nursers with hiccoughs. one-sided throbbing frontal headache. persistent. heartburn.com 14 .
and other indigestibles. canker sores. constipated. difficult concentration. tissue salt which governs liver function and regulates the amount of water in the tissues. or posterior baby if position is due to too little or too much fluid [see pp. chronic and sharply demarcated diaper rash in babies. 22) Natrum Sulphuricum (Sulphate of Sodium) history of head injury. hypersensitive to noise and odors. dull. or sexually transmitted disease. irritable Nux Vomica (Poison Nut) morning sickness. desires sweets. yellow vaginal discharge. mom feels very vulnerable. warts on genitals. 33–4]. excessive dryness or moisture in any part of system. infertility and a history of STD.center4cby. toxic feeling with nausea and vomiting. mom emotionally blocked up with grief and worry. consolation aggravates. intense pruritus of the genitals. excoriating. constipation. retching. vaginitis. life is a struggle. mentally spacey. behind her wall. vomit. wants to be alone to cry or suddenly bursts into tears after much suppression Natrum Phosphoricum (Phosphate of Sodium) see Tissue Salts (p. worse hot. dry heaves. also craves chalk. babies sleep in the knee-chest position Natrum Muriaticum (Chloride of Sodium) infertility due to long-standing grief. bloating. loves stimulation. herpes brought on by emotional stress and fatigue. humid weather Nitricum Acidum (Nitric Acid) over-indulgence in sugar. #1 remedy for herpes. headache with constipation. loud music. heartburn. urinate. history of being disappointed in relationships. emotions walled off. loves fat and salt. herpes. will help eliminate excess water.com 15 . discharge watery and like egg white. especially legs and feet. sluggish. stoic behavior. acrid. vaginal discharge thin. ineffectual urging described as "wants to (stool. transverse. be delivered) but can't". fishy odor [also Sanicula]. deep depression. postpartum depression. craves salt. fear of rejection. http://www. numerous sexual partners. very chilly. feels like a hangover. jaundice in the newborn. and partying. too little or too much amniotic fluid. woman feels overburdened and overwhelmed. coldness of body. nausea. gas. earth. can help turn a breech.smoking. especially gonorrhea.
35]. face flushed deep red or mottled purple.com 16 . worse after 3 AM. dry mouth but thirstless. pupils constricted. respiration slow. profuse hemorrhage in tall. sweets. hard-driving women. fault-finding. nausea accompanied by persistent headaches during pregnancy. diabetes. breast feels like brick. aggravation in a hot. post-surgical vomiting due to effects of anesthesia [see p. bright-red bleeding with intense thirst. http://www. nipples sore and fissured. indifferent. excessive milk flow. indecisive. better cold foods.center4cby. as soon as ingesta warms up in the stomach. changeable. better after a bowel movement Opium (Dried Latex of the Poppy) resuscitation. hyperemesis of pregnancy [see also Ipecac]. mild symptoms. constipation or urine retention in the newborn. recurrent mastitis [use high potency] Pulsatilla (Wind Flower) weepy and emotional. sweaty skin. ice cream. jaw drooping. extroverted. insomnia. staring. mammary abscess [see also Silica]. obstructed. aggravation from a fright. lumpy and nodular. which she craves. and sympathetic women who want company. sensitive babies with constipation and straining. sure she will die. backache and fever. twitching limbs. wants/demands constant attention and reassurance. abusive. irritability with backache and spasms. craves ice cold drinks. sparkling. ptyalism [see also Ipecac]. anxious when alone Phytolacca (Poke Root) #1 remedy for breast infections [often follows Belladonna or Bryonia after the fever stage]. slim. can't turn mind off. fine-featured women. impressionable. cries readily. stuffy room. makes a puffing sound with each respiration. chilly and shivering. heavy. contradictory. noisy. usually in response to fatty foods. restless. lots of stress in overworked. nausea later in the day. irritable. stuporous appearance. blocked ducts. better fresh air and gentle movement. impatient. irritable. vomiting in labor.toxic headache. intense suffering on putting child to breast. caked. pain radiates all over body. nasty. bad effects from anesthesia Phosphorus bleeding gums or nosebleeds during pregnancy. eyes heavy and half closed. Cheyne-Stokes respiration.
usually creamy with burning. offensive blood. postpartum weepiness. or with retained placenta. changeable discharge. to aid a miscarriage to completion. or pain changes from place to place. pains erratic. overactive letdown reflex. pruritus. profuse hot sweat. varicosities of the leg. especially in the cold and damp. massage.com 17 . throbbing headache. can't get comfortable. limbs lain on become numb and cold. worse around midnight. also locally a poultice of the leaves] http://www. cracked nipples with pain extending down back. back and joints ache. low fever with rapid pulse or high fever with slow pulse. ailments brought on by overexertion [also Arnica]. weak. warmth in any form. retained placenta. may help change a posterior or breech presentation [see pp. bed feels too hard. 33–4]. accompanied by shivering and tears. with stinging pains. restless. usually beginning again when the midwife diverts her attention from the mom. whole body aches. postpartum hemorrhage starts and stops repeatedly. #1 remedy for newborn conjunctivitis [see also Hepar Sulph] Pyrogenium (Artificial Sepsin) uterine infection. strained and chilled after long labor. better warmth Rhus Tox (Poison Ivy) insomnia with tossing and turning. sciatica. sepsis. fingers swollen and stiff in the morning. phlebitis. movement Ricinus (Castor Oil) increases the quantity of milk in nursing women. overabundant supply or aberrant milk production. better from hot baths. may help regulate it. foot. restless. irregular contractions appear suddenly and gradually disappear. lack of progress in labor. breastmilk in the newborn.vaginitis. restless legs at night. woman calls out for her mommy in labor.center4cby. ineffective. often with bleeding that stops and starts. threatening miscarriage with changeable symptoms. simultaneous heat and coldness in parts of body. languor and weakness [Boericke recommends low potencies repeated every 4 hours. threatened miscarriage after exposure or overexertion. stiff in the morning but better once one is up and moving about. stiffness predominates. dark. chill begins in the back. thigh.
pregnancy.Ruta Graveolens (Rue Bitterwort) miscarriages at seven months. worse from least motion. better motion Sanicula (Aqua) Vaginitis with odor of fish-brine or old cheese [see also Hepar Sulph] Sarsaparilla (Smilax) cystitis with pain at the end of urination. burning and frequency. better when upright. including puberty. pain radiates from sacrum or low back to the pubis. thin blood from low-lying placenta. hemorrhage. never well since any big hormonal change. persistent sinus problems or cough http://www. wants to be left alone. menopause. constipation with a sense of weight or ball in the rectum.. but not the head. uterine atony. worse from housework. better from cold and uncovering. especially after injury. never well since taking the birth control pill. retracted or inverted Secale (Ergot) prolonged bearing down pains without results. passive flow of dark. retained placenta. demands of the children. cold feet with warm body. stiffness in muscles and tendons. irritable. endometriosis source of uterine problems Sambucus (Elder) nasal obstruction. insatiable hunger. desires fresh air.com 18 . loves to dance. feeble multips Sepia (Inky Juice of Cuttlefish) infertility or periodic miscarriages due to hormonal imbalances. often thin. mask of pregnancy. to clamp down lower segment of uterus. though skin feels cold to the touch. dragged-out fatigue. etc.center4cby. tremendous burning and heat. dutiful women with flat or ambivalent emotions. perspires over whole body. aversion to and irritability with family members. chilly. prolapsed rectum after delivery Sabina (Savine) #1 to assist miscarriage with bright red bleeding mixed with clots. nipples small. worse from smell of food. sex. then nauseous. weaning. snuffles in newborns preventing nursing. withered. better vigorous exercise. also used to treat chronic tendency to miscarriage in the third month. lemonade.
uterus sore from activity of fetus. achey. bad tears. abdominal surgery http://www. trauma of cut or torn tissues (episiotomies. weakness in small of back. averse to all food. postpartum depression with aversion to or rejection of baby. with uterine prolapse. incompetent cervix. colic in baby due to mother's suppressed anger Sulphur (Sublimated Sulphur) generally warm and aggravated by heat. better lying on back Thiosinaminum (A Chemical Derived from Oil of Mustard Seed) dissolves scar tissue [see also Graphites and Silica]. nursing almost impossible from pain when milk begins to flow. urinary incontinence. hypertension Symphoricarpus (Snowberry) persistent vomiting of pregnancy. constipation. better pressure. bearing down sensation in the pelvis as if everything will just fall out.com 19 . relieves pain in the incision site (even weeks or months later) [see p. deep. brooding. with itching and burning. sore cracks across crown of nipple Silica (Pure Flint) see Tissue Salts (p. varicosities. wakes frequently from itching or heat. PID.during pregnancy. oversensitive. vaginitis with greenish-yellow discharge. cesareans). worse after a bath. water brash. tired feeling.center4cby. will help expel incarcerated gas after cesarean delivery. bitter taste. stretched sphincter pain after catheterization. angry. 22) Staphysagria (Stavesacre) obstructed labor in abused women with suppressed anger. nausea. intercourse is extremely painful. perhaps after experiencing birth as a form of abuse. toxemia of late pregnancy with edema. history of rape or other abuse. worse any motion. postpartum depression in moms with unexpressed anger. silent martyr. skin eruptions of all kinds. herpes. tries to please. catnap sleep. abdominal adhesions arising from endometriosis. poor muscle tone. 35]. diarrhea. placenta previa. mom doesn't want to be touched in labor.
or inappropriate lactation. for a good description of the infant type] Urtica Urens (Stinging Nettle) absent. baby born with teeth. especially defects of the midline. skin eruptions with sensitivity and burning. pruritus vulva http://www. The Homeopathic Treatment of Children. the spine or palate. deficient.Tuberculinum (from Tubercular Abscess) birth defects point to the need for this remedy. fine hair on scalp and along the spine and long eyelashes [see Paul Herscu's book.center4cby.com 20 . stinging. itching pains. babies are born with dark or long. or child has extra or missing teeth. tongue-tied.
I have not included them in this section because I more often use them in higher potency. relaxed condition of elastic fibers. improves absorption of calcium. therefore. assimilable form. Typically they are taken 2–3 times per day for a period of 1–4 weeks. and utilize nutritional material is impaired if there is a deficiency in the inorganic mineral constituent of the cellular tissues. In this case. According to Dr. the ability of the body cells to assimilate. They can be used safely over a longer period of time and with greater frequency than one would normally take a homeopathic remedy. on a nutritional level within the body. pain in the symphysis pubis during pregnancy. though they are also sold in 3X and 12X. The Biochemic Handbook by Formur. Often it can be helpful to use two tissue salts at once. 35] Calcarea Phosphorica (Phosphate of Lime) general nutrient. eliminates tendency for leg cramps [alternate with Mag Phos]. excrete. large and hard uterine fibroids. stretch marks. Following is a brief symptom picture of the tissue salts most frequently indicated in midwifery practice. may prevent formation of adhesions after cesarean [see p. depending upon the severity of the deficiency. Both Natrum Muriaticum and Natrum Sulphuricum are also tissue salts. teething problems.TISSUE SALTS The twelve homeopathic tissue salts (also known as biochemics or cell salts) are the inorganic constituents of body tissues and fluids. Calcarea Fluorica (Fluoride of Lime) governs elasticity of tissues and walls of blood vessels. impaired digestion.center4cby. useful in varicose veins and hemorrhoids. delayed development. each remedy is taken twice daily. When used in higher potencies the remedy is no longer considered to be a tissue salt. mal-assimilation. Inc. Tissue salts are usually given in a 6X potency. Normal cell metabolism can be restored by supplying the required tissue salts in their finely divided. Schuessler's theory of biochemistry. mother run down from prolonged nursing. increases milk supply. The tissue salts work. failure to thrive http://www.com 21 . is an inexpensive resource book containing more information on use of the tissue salts. in alternation.
builds hemoglobin after hemorrhage (give 3 doses daily for a week or more along with iron-rich foods and herbs) Kali Phosphoricum (Phosphate of Potash) nerve nutrient. indigestion. plugged tear ducts in newborn. improves absorption of iron. frequent vomiting of breastmilk with weight loss. sour vomiting. leg cramps in labor. stimulates the absorption of scar tissue [see also Graphites and Thiosinaminum]. warm drinks. especially in premature infants who cannot assimilate nutrients. delayed development. put two tablets in a cup of hot water and have mom sip on it as needed. heartburn. darting. spasmodic. pains are better from heat. don't heal. acute colic pains with flatulence. anemia. especially when the baby is nursing. between contractions. sore nipples. doubling up with pain. ailments characterized by intense.center4cby. exhaustion in labor [try frequent doses. failure to thrive. ulcerated. ailments that arise from an acid condition of the system. tongue has thick yellow coating Silica (Pure Flint) cleanser. rheumatic pain. infected umbilicus with pus production. baby rejects milk on that side [go to a higher potency if the tissue salt doesn't clear symptoms].com 22 . after too much sugar. chilly and weak http://www. child refuses breast. pressure Natrum Phosphoricum (Phosphate of Sodium) acid neutralizer. for an hour or so]. main remedy for nervous complaints of a spasmodic nature. infant wants to nurse all of the time and vomits easily. milk tastes salty Ferrum Phosphoricum (Phosphate of Iron) oxygen carrier. for afterpains. cracked. may also be helpful for nervous exhaustion in the postpartum period Magnesia Phosphorica (Phosphate of Magnesia) nerve stabilizer. cramping pains [use in alternation with Calc Phos for various cramping complaints during pregnancy]. #1 for breast abscesses.in babies.
PRENATAL PROBLEMS Anemia Ferrum Phos Bleeding Gums/ Nosebleeds Phosphorus Chloasma (mask of pregnancy) Sepia Constipation Anacardium Calc Carb Lac Defloratum Natrum Mur Natrum Sulph Nux Vomica* Sepia* Symphoricarpus Discomforts back pain Kali Carb Nux Vomica Sepia http://www.com bearing down or funneling sensation in pelvis Bellis Sepia* excessive toning contractions Calc Phos Caulophyllum Mag Phos gallbladder pain Chelidonium joints stiff Rhux tox leg cramps Calc Phos Mag Phos movements of fetus painful Arnica Sepia restless legs Rhux Tox sciatica Cimicifuga Coffea Kali Bich 23 . Also denotes remedies that I have found most often clinically useful.REMEDIES LISTED ACCORDING TO THERAPEUTIC APPLICATIONS (*) is used when more than one remedy is listed for a symptom. It indicates that the remedy is a leading remedy for the problem listed.center4cby.
33–4) Natrum Mur Pulsatilla* Morning Sickness/ Indigestion Anacardium Arsenicum Carbo Veg Cocculus* Colchicum Kali Mur Lac Defloratum Lycopodium Natrum Sulph Nux Vomica* Pulsatilla* Sepia* Symphoricarpus food poisoning Arsenicum heartburn Arsenicum Lycopodium Natrum Mur Natrum Phos hyperemesis Ipecac* Phosphorus 24 .com Coffea* Ignatia Kali Carb Nux Vomica* Rhus Tox* Sulphur Mal-Presentation of the Baby (see also pp.center4cby.Kali Carb Rhus Tox symphysis pubis. pain in Calc Phos uterus sore Arnica Bellis Dyspnea (shortness of breath) Calc Carb Carbo Veg Headaches Belladonna Chamomilla Lac Defloratum Natrum Sulph Nux Vomica Pulsatilla Herpes Medorrhinum Natrum Mur* Sepia Infertility (see also Miscarriage/Chronic Tendency) Medorrhinum Natrum Mur Sepia Insomnia Arsenicum Calc Carb Chamomilla Cocculus http://www.
Phlebitis Belladonna Bryonia Carbo Veg Hamamelis Pulsatilla Pica (craving for non-food substances) Calc Carb* Nitric Acid Pruritus Apis Rhus Tox Sulphur Urtica Urens Ptyalism (excess salivation) Ipecac Pulsatilla* Scar Tissue/Stretch Marks prevention Calc Fluor reabsorption Graphites Silica* Thiosinaminum Sinusitis Hydrastis Kali Bich* Medorrhinum Sepia* Sugar in the Urine Phosphorus Pulsatilla Toxemia Apis Colchicum Nux Vomica Sulphur Urinary Tract Infections Apis Cantharis* Causticum Lycopodium Medorrhinum Sarsaparilla Vaginitis Hepar Sulph Hydrastis Kali Bich Kreosotum* Medorrhinum Natrum Mur Natrum Sulph Pulsatilla* Sanicula Sepia* Varicosities Arnica Bellis Calc Fluor* Carbo Veg Hamamelis* Lycopodium Pulsatilla* Sepia* 25 http://www.com .center4cby.
Spasms Ignatia Mag Phos Nux Vomica Emotions anxious/foreboding Aconite Cimicifuga anxious/performance anxiety Gelsemium 26 .center4cby.com LABOR Cramping.of the bladder Calc Carb of the vulva Calc Carb Carbo Veg Hamamelis Lycopodium MISCARRIAGES Threatened Aconite* Arnica* Arsenicum Caulophyllum Ignatia Ipecac Pulsatilla Rhus Tox Ruta To Assist Completion (see also Hemorrhage) Arnica Aconite Caulophyllum Gossypium Kali Carb Pulsatilla* Sabina* Chronic Tendency Caulophyllum Ruta Sabina Sepia* (Prodromal through 2nd Stage) Back Pain Belladonna Causticum Chamomilla Coffea Kali Carb* Convulsions Apis Belladonna Hypericum http://www.
anxious/restlessness Aconite Arsenicum hysterical Belladonna Cimicifuga Ignatia irritable/angry Chamomilla Nux Vomica Staphysagria needy.com 27 .center4cby. wants constant reassurance Pulsatilla tearful. Trembling Caulophyllum Cimicifuga Gelsemium Pulsatilla Vomiting Arsenicum Ipecac Phosphorus http://www. weepy Pulsatilla Exhaustion Arsenicum Carbo Veg Caulophyllum Gelsemium Kali Phos Fetal Distress Arnica Carbo Veg Fever Belladonna Hypersensitivity Belladonna Chamomilla Cimicifuga Coffea doesn’t want to be touched Arnica Lack of Progress Arsenicum Caulophyllum* Cimicifuga Causticum Chamomilla Gelsemium* Gossypium Nux Vomica Pulsatilla* Secale Staphysagria Precipitous Births Aconite Sciatic Pain Cimicifuga Coffea Kali Bichromicum Kali Carbonicum Rhus Tox Shivers.
BIRTH (2nd Stage through initial postpartum recovery) Hemorrhage Aconite* Arnica* Belladonna Carbo Veg Caulophyllum* Hamamelis Ipecac Phosphorus Pulsatilla Sabina Secale from a tear Calendula tincture Post-Hemorrhage fainting Cinchona to build the blood Ferrum Phos Resuscitation Aconite* Antimonium Tart* Arnica* Arsenicum Carbo Veg* Laurocerasus Opium Retained Placenta Cantharis Caulophyllum Gossypium http://www.com Pulsatilla* Sabina Shock Aconite* Arnica* Trauma Aconite* Arnica* Bellis Calendula* Hypericum* Staphysagria* anesthesia. 35) 28 . bad effects from Causticum Staphysagria hematoma Arnica Bellis over-exertion Arnica Rhus Tox perineal trauma Arnica Calendula Staphysagria post-operative (see p. bad effects from Opium Phosphorus catheterization.center4cby.
com 29 .Urine Retention Aconite* Apis Arnica* Causticum Gelsemium Opium POSTPARTUM MOM Afterpains Arnica Bellis Caulophyllum Mag Phos* Depression/Emotions Ignatia Kali Carb Kali Phos Natrum Mur Natrum Sulph Pulsatilla* Sepia* Staphysagria Phlebitis Belladonna Bryonia Carbo Veg Hamamelis Pulsatilla Prolapsed Rectum Hamamelis Ruta Sepia* Prolapsed Uterus Sepia Scar Tissue prevention Calc Fluor reabsorption Graphites Silica* Thiosinaminum Uterine Infection/ Sepsis Belladonna Pyrogenium Urinary Stress Incontinence Causticum Sepia* http://www.center4cby.
com Medorrhinum Eyes blocked tear ducts Silica conjunctivitis Hepar Sulph Pulsatilla* Failure to Thrive Calc Phos Silica Hernia Calc Carb* Lycopodium Jaundice Chamomilla Chelidonium Lycopodium Natrum Sulph Nasal Congestion Calc Cab Kali Bich Lycopodium Sambucus Pyloric Stenosis Aethusa Teething Calc Carb Calc Phos Chamomilla Thrush 30 .center4cby.BABY Birth Defects Calc Carb Laurocerasus Lycopodium Tuberculinum Breastmilk in the Newborn Pulsatilla Colic Chamomilla* Colocynthis* Mag Phos* Staphysagria chronic Calc Carb* Lycopodium* Constipation Calc Carb Nux Vomica* Opium Cradle Cap Calc Carb Developmental Delays Calc Carb Calc Phos Silica Diaper Rash Calc Carb Calendula http://www.
Borax Umbilicus/Slow Healing/Infection Calendula Silica Calc Carb BREASTFEEDING Engorgement Bryonia Mastitis Belladonna* Bryonia* Lac Caninum Phytolacca* abscesses in breast Hepar Sulph Silica* Milk Supply Decreased or Absent Aconite Calc Carb Calc Phos Coffea Ignatia Lactuca Virosa* Pulsatilla Ricinus Urtica Urens Sore Nipples/Painful Nursing Borax Calendula* Castor Equi* Graphites http://www.com 31 Phytolacca Pulsatilla Sepia Silica* Staphysagria To Dry Up Milk Supply Lac Caninum* Pulsatilla .center4cby.
and Sepia are the three most commonly seen female remedies. The woman should start taking the remedies four weeks prior to her due date. I particularly encourage all of my first-time mothers and women who have a history of post-dates pregnancies.HOMEOPATHIC PREPARATION FOR DELIVERY Pre-eminent Female Remedies Natrum Muriaticum. and any other materia medicas to which you have access. Cimicifuga on Wednesday. Caulophyllum 12C natural source of oxytocin. or unusually long labors to undertake this regimen. we can only know that we have done no harm. and Arnica on Friday. If prophylaxis works. the Pulsatilla hemorrhage or Sepia's uterine prolapse may not occur if the midwife learns to recognize and treat the less dramatic symptoms prenatally. Not all women require that preventive measures be taken. will not bring on contractions if the woman is not ready to go into labor and may relieve excessive pre-labor toning contractions . Recommended Prenatal Regimen Many homeopaths recommend that the following remedies be taken during the last month of pregnancy to help prepare the woman for labor. difficulties during labor and birth may be averted with prenatal treatment in high potency. helps produce effective contractions. alternating as follows: Caulophyllum on Monday. Many women will change to a Pulsatilla type when pregnant. dysfunctional labors with failure to progress. If women are presenting a strong picture of a remedy during pregnancy. Dramatic evidence of positive response eludes us as we practice the art of prevention. can be used to initiate or enhance labor. She takes each remedy once per week. Catherine Coulter's Portraits of Homeopathic Medicines. For example. See Richard Moskowitz's Homeopathic Medicines for Pregnancy and Childbirth. but there are some who will benefit. Midwives should familiarize themselves with these remedies by reading about them in depth. Pulsatilla.
center4cby. Suggested regimens for varying potencies are as follows (see what works for you): 6X 3 times per day for 1 week or 30C 2 times per day for 3 days or 200C once per day for 3 days or 1M once http://www. The program can be started earlier than four weeks if the woman is very short-waisted and baby consistently prefers to be breech or posterior. and so on To Change an Unfavorable Presentation Prior to Onset of Labor Approximately four weeks before the due date. Too little fluid will likewise be problematic as the breech baby will not have enough buoyancy to turn. First. dental treatments. determine whether there seems to be a normal amount of amniotic fluid around the baby.Cimicifuga 12C to ease fear of giving birth. but chances for success are reduced after the bag of waters has broken or the presenting part has engaged in the pelvis.com 33 . Even in labor. homeopathic intervention may assist the baby in getting into a favorable birthing position. especially helpful for women with past traumatic birth experiences who have a sense of impending doom about the approaching labor Arnica 12C to avoid the physical trauma associated with childbirth. and trauma to soft tissues. complements the action of Caulophyllum by aiding the uterus to contract in a coordinated and effective way. shock. often used prophylacticly prior to surgery. Too much fluid will keep the baby buoyant and the uterus overextended. remedies are worth a try. in conjunction with the usually recommended exercises for breech or posterior presentation. If fluid levels seem to be off in either direction. try the waterbalancing tissue salt Natrum Muriaticum. so the baby can just float into an undesirable position. or later if there is plenty of room and baby's position has been changeable. prevents excess blood loss.
effecting changes in the baby's environment rather than impacting the baby directly. if fluid levels feel normal.Choice of potency may depend on what is available to you and how much time you have to work with this problem. If it does work.center4cby. http://www. According to Farrington (in his Clinical Materia Medica). the baby assumes an irregular position.com 34 . If the woman does not fit the overall Pulsatilla or Natrum Muriaticum symptom pictures. the remedy may not work. Sometimes the uterus develops more on one side than another during pregnancy. Discontinue any dosing if you don't get results or once the baby has turned. then Pulsatilla is the remedy of choice and the one that has the longest reputation in the homeopathic literature for turning babies. it is a most gentle intervention indeed. Pulsatilla may alter this uneven growth and permit the baby to assume the proper position. Pulsatilla acts on the muscular walls of the uterus and stimulates their growth. Now. and with this irregularity. or the baby needs to remain in his/her present position for whatever reason.
during the recovery period. Aconite. for pain in the first couple of days post-op) Staphysagria 200C (1 dose on first day. remedies can be used to help stabilize the person while transport is being accomplished (i. Caulophyllum can be used safely at home to stimulate labor. drugs get into the bloodstream but remedies do not. aggressive use of the following remedies should prove helpful. Immediately Post-Op Arnica 200C (1 dose hourly after surgery x3 doses. But mom can also safely take the painkillers if needed. postsurgical vomiting) Hypericum 200C (can be given along with Arnica.center4cby. For instance. take 2 tablets twice daily for 2-4 weeks to prevent formation of excessive adhesions and scar tissue) Calendula 30C (1 dose daily x1 week for poor wound healing) http://www. Remember. Arnica.com 35 . remedies can be used to speed the healing process and reduce or eliminate the need for pain-killing drugs. After cesarean section. after Arnica) Calc Fluor 6X (after acute remedies are no longer needed. If Pitocin is later resorted to in a hospital setting. then every 34 hours for 2 days. can be continued longer for tenderness.. Likewise. soreness. can be repeated for pain in the incision or if abdominal gas pains persist) In a Few Days Bellis 30C or 200C (1 dose daily x3–5 days. Parents and midwives need not be concerned that remedies used at home might interact negatively with drugs or other treatments used at the hospital. Carbo Veg).e. or bruising) Phosphorus 30C (1 dose every half hour after surgery x3 doses to help eliminate anesthesia more quickly from the body.POST-CESAREAN REGIMEN If a situation develops which is beyond the scope of home health care. there is no cause for concern.
Don't worry if the baby's tongue thrusting eventually forces the pellet to fall out of the mouth. camphor. wet a finger and touch it to the pellets. Aromatic oils such as mints (including mint toothpaste). Remedies can also be dissolved in water (distilled is ideal. They are very easy to administer to babies and are cost effective. menthol. about the size of poppy seeds. Dilutions can be rubbed onto pulse points on the baby if it is impossible to give anything by mouth. but in emergencies don't worry about this. might be sent along with the parents for a baby who is transported to the hospital after a homebirth. Parents might claim to curious (or hostile) hospital staff that they are using holy water on their baby.com 36 . you can also tap a few tiny pellets into the palm of one hand. Or. It's nice to have a few clean amber glass dropper bottles on hand. Such a mixed dosage bottle. The healing vibration of the remedy has already been delivered. These are very tiny sugar pills. but do try to contact the mucous membrane. but you will have to specially request them. rather than attracting negative attention by being more open. Remedies should be administered into a clean mouth with nothing to eat or drink fifteen minutes before and after the remedy is given. for example. either 1/2 ounce or 1 ounce size is fine (see Resources section). just mix them together in water and give frequently. http://www. then allow the baby to suck your finger. With larger pellets. but not necessary) and given to the baby with an eyedropper. being careful not to handle the pellets directly or touch the cap to the mouth. no matter how miniscule the amount. If the baby needs more than one trauma remedy. A few. better still. and oils found in coffee should be avoided as they may render the remedies ineffective or antidote one that is working. I don't usually have trouble getting babies to open their mouths for remedies. equals one dose. Most pharmacies have them. one can be tapped into your hand and then placed along the inside of the baby's cheek. perhaps 10-15.center4cby. just be discreet.ADMINISTRATION OF REMEDIES Homeopathic remedies should be placed in the mouth by tapping the correct dosage into the cap and tapping the pellets under the tongue. However. I order all of my remedies in the #10 size pellets.
As homeopathy is not “standard of care” in this country. clients should be encouraged to obtain their own remedies.The conventional rules surrounding the administration of homeopathic remedies are somewhat mythical. (After all. Clarify that you have their consent to do so. The enzymes in saliva or the oils on your hands could contaminate the rest of the remedy in the bottle and render it ineffective. then you shouldn’t be giving remedies in the first place. that homeopathy is one of the ways that you are prepared to handle complications of labor and delivery. do you?) If you live in an area with limited access to remedies. If they are not motivated enough to do so. be careful about administering remedies to babies or moms when in the presence of emergency medical personnel or hospital staff.center4cby. Be sure also not to reuse a bottle for a different remedy. in nonemergent situations. be aware that most companies listed in the Resources section will Fed Ex remedies overnight. Legal Concerns for the Midwife Be sure to inform your clients.com 37 . By doing so. Whenever possible. Remedies still work when not placed under the tongue. from the beginning of your relationship. http://www. unless it has been sterilized in between. you foster a high level of personal responsibility and empower women to access resources on their own. Your best protection is to let the parents self-administer. though the vital force may respond faster if the remedy is placed there. and refrain from handling the inside rims of the bottles or replacing into the bottle any pellets that may have spilled. you don’t want to make folks dependent on you. Do be careful not to get saliva on the bottle cap or eyedropper. You may attract some serious negative attention.
Remember. but repeat it only when the action of the last dose seems to have exhausted itself. For conditions that come on suddenly. The medium potencies. a different remedy can be tried. 12X. During labor and birth. However. remedies can be repeated every minute or two. a 200C or 1M potency may be an appropriate choice. and 12C. try using a low potency repeated 3 times a day for several days. if no effect is seen after one or two doses. hemorrhage. homeopathy does not saturate the blood stream with a medicinal agent (as in herbology or allopathy). The most commonly available low potencies are 6X. Prenatally and postpartum. If a positive response is elicited.com 38 . Low potencies are those below 30C. However. then stick with the remedy. are my most common choices in midwifery practice – I have rarely seen an aggravation from them. the frequency of the remedy is decreased from 3 to 1 times per day. if the remedy seems to help for a day or two and then stops helping. Many methods of prescribing exist and homeopaths cannot agree upon firm rules or any one system. If improvement does not commence within a couple of days (or less if the condition is severe).DOSAGE CONSIDERATIONS Dosage refers to both the potency of the remedy chosen and the number of times it is repeated. The low potencies are often very effective and thought by many to be safer for use by the inexperienced practitioner. If the person continues to aggravate. 6C. then the remedy is discontinued and a more appropriate choice is made. 30C and 200C. or a high fever. http://www. 30X. If there is any positive change. generally 1M or 10M. depending upon the intensity of the situation. yet they are potent enough to be effective in most cases. Following are some general guidelines for midwifery practice. In case an aggravation of symptoms occurs. the remedy can be repeated once or twice if the effect begins to wane. it is assumed to be the wrong remedy and is not repeated.center4cby. I usually use a 200C potency. perhaps a higher potency of the same remedy would be more effective. High potencies are those above 200C. such as trauma. More is not necessarily better. The ideal dosage is the minimum stimulus a person requires to bring about balance. but rather imparts a stimulus to the vital force. In emergencies.
The size of the individual’s body is irrelevant. try a different remedy. http://www. it is the energy or intensity of the disturbance that one is attempting to match energetically with the dosage. Rather.com 39 . so if you don't see results after two doses. Infants do not require special consideration regarding dosage.The more emergent the situation.center4cby. the quicker the expected action of a remedy.
Rhus Tox/Calc Carb Chelidonium/Lycopodium Colocynthis/Staphysagria Nux Vomica/Sepia. so do remedies exhibit a synergistic relationship to each other. may benefit from a course of Calcarea Carbonica when well. whenever ill. In homeopathy. William Boericke's Materia Medica With Repertory is an excellent resource on this subject. and inimical (remedies won't work in each other's presence) relationships. Pulsatilla/Sulphur Apis.center4cby. some plants simply will not grow in proximity to others. a woman who responds to Nux Vomica for constipation and nausea. In your organic garden. for example. Complementary remedies are always worth considering if you find yourself needing the same acute remedy over and over again. Nux may provide relief when she is in the throws of her PMS.RELATIONSHIP OF REMEDIES Just as plants in the garden have "companion plants" or ones that grow particularly well together. For example. while Sepia in high potency. spikes a Belladonna type of fever and responds well when given that remedy. and the trio goes nicely together on the table as well. Sulphur Ruta/Calc Fluor http://www. Aconite. Boericke lists the information under each remedy description and summarizes it in a table in one of the many helpful indices. Ignatia. In the case of PMS. may prevent the next month's need for Nux. or prepares the way for another remedy). antidotal (cancels the curative action of a remedy if sequenced after it). but keeps relapsing with her complaints. may need Sepia. remedies have been found to have a variety of energetic interactions including complementary (extends or completes the action of. to prevent further relapses. basil and parsley will repel insects that are normally attracted to tomato plants. Arnica. Sepia the chronic. given after the period is over. Sepia/Natrum Mur Belladonna. On the other hand. Nux is the acute. Some of the important complementary acute/chronic relationships of remedies discussed in this booklet are listed below.com 40 . Or a child who.
as well as a variety of potencies of the remedies you use most frequently.com 41 . you will most likely want to carry with you more of the remedies discussed in this booklet. Aconite 200C Antimonium Tart 200C Arnica 200C Arsenicum 200C Belladonna 200C Carbo Veg 200C Caulophyllum 200C Chamomilla 200C Cimicifuga 200C Cinchona 200C Gelsemium 200C Hamamelis 200C Hypericum 200C Kali Carb 200C Pulsatilla 200C Rhus Tox 200C Sabina 200C Secale 200C Sepia 200C Staphysagria 200C http://www.center4cby.RECOMMENDED BIRTH KIT The following twenty remedies fit nicely into a kit for the midwife's birth bag. Over time. as your knowledge and pharmacy grow.
1991. 1993. CA: North Atlantic Books. Coulter gives us the adult version of these remedies.. Miranda. Albany. Richard. Moskowitz. St. Samuel. 1986. Brennan. Modern. This volume is a continuation of her earlier work. Vaccines & Informed Choice. CA: Hahnemann Clinic Publishing. Paul. Herscu describes how the remedy pictures manifest in children. Berkeley. Martin's Press. 1998. Coulter. CA: North Atlantic Books. The primary source – a must read. Roger. Organon of Medicine. Morrison. His very interesting book contains many http://www. New York: St. Contains concise differentials for some of the main pathologies encountered in homeopathic practice. Homeopathic Medicines for Pregnancy & Childbirth.RECOMMENDED READING Boericke. MO: Quality Medical Publishing Inc.center4cby. Portraits of Homeopathic Medicines. This modern materia medica is one of my favorite clinical aids. Inc. Catherine. MO: Quality Medical Publishing Inc. Contains a "Notes on Infants" section at the end of each remedy. Roger. Birth. Philadelphia. CA: Hahnemann Clinic Publishing. 6th Edition. Good overall resource on the subject. Catherine. Patty. Homeopathy for Pregnancy. Herscu. 2009 (see Products section below). Moskowitz had a homebirth practice and used homeopathy in over 800 pregnancies. The Homeopathic Treatment of Children. Coulter. Contains practical advice as well as remedy suggestions for common problems. Pagosa Springs. Louis. PA: Boericke & Tafel. Louis. Vols. William.com 42 .. 1992. 1993. Provide in-depth portraits of eighteen important remedies. Materia Medica With Repertory. Excellent reference. Excellent outlines provide a quick summary of each remedy.. CO: Hahnemann Academy of North America. Nevada City. and Your Baby's First Year. This is a basic reference book and necessary early purchase for home prescribing. I & II. Ann Arbor. Hahnemann. Berkeley. Castro. Desktop Companion to Physical Pathology. Volume III: Expanding Views of the Materia Medica. Morrison. 1992. Desktop Guide to Confirmatory Symptoms. Dr. user-friendly book helps identify children's constitutional types. Portraits of Homeopathic Medicines: Psychophysical Analyses of Selected Constitutional Types. 1927. St. MI: Center for the Childbearing Year. 1998.
. Louis. Describes the homeopath's process in casetaking and choosing a remedy. Elizabeth. CO: Hahnemann Academy of North America. A Brief Study Course in Homeopathy. http://www. Rochester. The Biochemic Handbook. 1977. Woodstock. Tyler synthesizes materials from the writings of many of the great homeopaths." I have found it to be extremely clinically helpful.. It even contains a section entitled "Pregnancy. Trevor. Louis. Curing Colic and Lactose Intolerance with Homeopathy. 1976. Homeopathic Medicine for Women: An Alternative Approach to Gynecologic Health Care. 1986. Excellent little book on the use of the homeopathic tissue salts..com 43 . New York. M. Smith. Jane. and postpartum. 1987. Homeopathic Medical Repertory: A Modern Alphabetical Repertory. Best sourcebook on herbal remedies during pregnancy. 2nd edition. MO: Formur. 1942. 1989. Essex: The C. Robin. Daniel Company Ltd. St.L. Pagosa Springs. AZ: Rocky Mountain Homeopathics. This repertory was designed to be user-friendly and is. Sedona. Helpful charts are user-friendly. Jana. Susun. Good little introductory book. Maesimund and Heimlich. Shiloh. Weed. Publishers. NY: The Putman Publishing Group. Wright-Hubbard. 1996. MO: Formur. Saffron Walden.case studies with specific dosages reported and an extensive bibliography. Inc. Wise Woman Herbal for the Childbearing Year. NY: Ash Tree Publishing. St. My favorite beginner's book and resource for acute home prescribing for common first aid crises and acute illnesses. This materia medica contains 125 remedy descriptions. 1980. Homeopathic Drug Pictures.center4cby.W. labor. Particularly helpful in the treatment of vaginal infections and breastfeeding difficulties. Murphy. Homeopathic Medicine at Home. Tyler. This book will clarify where to focus in casetaking for a baby suffering from colic or other digestive difficulties. VT: Healing Arts Press. Inc. Panos.
Box 54 1208 Amosland Road Norwood. NC 28714 Offers a wonderful array of herbal products helpful to families and midwives. Burnsville. sells books. and a variety of remedy kits. Castle Remedies The Parkway Center 2345 S. birthing.O. http://www.com 44 . including the recommended birth kit. supplements. Las Vegas.RESOURCES Boiron-Borneman P. remedies. 3014 Rigel Ave.center4cby. remedy kits. first aid. Lisa Goldstein Midwifery in the Mountains 823 Hannah Branch Rd. MI 48104 734-973-8990 Homeopathic pharmacy. and more. travel. CA 94704 800-359-9051 Book supplier. Dolisos America. PA 19074 215-532-2035 Full-service pharmacy and book supplier. Homeopathic Educational Services 2124 Kittredge St. Berkeley. NV 89102 800-365-4767 Full-service pharmacy and book supplier. herbs. Huron Parkway Ann Arbor. Inc. Also sells a variety of homeopathic kits for family care.
Box 61067 Los Angeles. conferences. Natural Health Supply Box 6033 Santa Fe.center4cby. NM 87502 505-982-4071 Sells amber glass bottles. Madison. VA 22314 703-548-7790 Publishes helpful monthly newsletter. WI 53714 800-888-4066 Full-service pharmacy. Standard Homeopathic Company 210 West 131st St. 4914 Del Ray Ave. Bethesda.Minimum Price Homeopathic Books 808 Peace Portal Dr. http://www. including 1/2-dram. Inc. CA 90061 800-624-9659 Full-service pharmacy and book supplier. Suite 306 Alexandria. Their bottles are a great way to send remedies home with clients or to use in assembling your own kits. Washington Homeopathic Products. National Center for Homeopathy 801 North Fairfax Street. Suite AA Blaine. National Homeopathics 518 Tasman St. and plastic cases. WA 98230 800-663-8272 Discount book supplier. book supplier. and 2dram bottles. 1-dram. training seminars. also carries dropper bottles (excellent for water dilutions)..com 45 . sponsors nationwide network of homeopathic study groups for lay people. MD 20814 Full-service pharmacy. pellets. publishes national directory of licensed homeopathic practitioners. Homeopathy Today..
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