Saturday, 11 April 2015

The Wonders of Homeopathy

Since it has been about a year since we started on our journey with homeopathy, I figured it is good to sit back & reflect on just how far we have come in a year. 

A year ago, at age 3 1/2, my youngest was severely allergic to seemingly everything.  Foods, heat, emotions….even his own tears.  He was anaphylactic to dairy, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts and rashed terribly with gluten.  There were a host of new foods showing up on his allergy testing each year.  In all honesty, I was deathly afraid of what each day would bring.  We could not make it to breakfast without Zyrtec.  Any high histamine food (oranges, tomatoes, avocados, strawberries) would send him into coughing fits and he was covered in eczema.  Oh yes…and did I mention the eye itching?  Oh my goodness the eye itching!  The boy needed a cool washcloth over his eyes at all times of the day.  I was afraid he would hurt his eyes with amount of itching he did.  And forget it if he started to cry…..he was allergic to his own tears!  If he got upset (and what toddler doesn’t), he would get hives all around his eyes that itched like mad.  And if he ran outside in the heat, he broke out into an itchy rash.  He had cholinergic urticaria for which the allergists advised me to increase his daily antihistamine.   We had to leave several outings to come home & get him in a cool bath.  He was miserable.  Our family was at it wits end.  

Enter homeopathy. 

I needed something that was not allergenic and very gentle.  He was already on a great diet since he is allergic to most allergens anyway and we are a very low sugar, no chemicals kind of family.  Since allergies are a sign of the immune system gone awry, I needed something to help regulate it and bring his body into balance again.   I found a local homeopath that specializes in allergies via a dear friend and I considered it was worth a try. 

As I pulled up to his little quaint office and walked inside with my son, I found myself thinking “Please don’t be a witchdoctor!  Please don’t be a witchdoctor!”  I had no idea what to expect.  This homeopath was very gentle and sweet and I felt immediately at ease but the intake appointment was like nothing I had experienced before.  The questions were unexpected.  He asked about my son's ailments and the timeline in detail.  But he also asked about my son’s feelings, his demeanor, what he liked and disliked. Did he do better at the ocean or worse?  Did he tend to be cold or hot?  Did he like being held or not?  This was a whole new experience for me. 

I walked out of there very skeptical that there was anything this man could actually do for my son.  However, the hopeful side of me remained willing to try.  After two grueling hours of detailed questions, the homeopath gave me a remedy to try with Xander.  He said give only one dose.  A total of two tiny drops.  No follow-up doses until Xander's body did what it needed to do with the remedy.  Until his body had taken healing as far as it could with this remedy.  The homeopath warned me that sometimes you might see a very mild exacerbation of symptoms before you see healing.  This should be very short-lived and anything over a day should warrant a different remedy.

I went home and gave Xander 2 drops of his first ever remedy.  He got mild hives within 20 minutes of taking the remedy so I dosed Benadryl and waited.  By the next morning, he still needed Zyrtec as he started to rash up and get itchy before breakfast…as usual.  BUT….by third day, he did not rash before breakfast.  Or….anytime at all during the day.  And that was the end of our love affair with Zyrtec.  Just like that…..we no longer required daily Zyrtec with a splash of Benadryl added in here & there when needed.

I walked back into the homeopath’s office and said, “Okay.  You have my attention.  Tell me more about this homeopathy stuff.”

This is not to say his allergies are all gone……he still has severe food allergies, but we are continuing to work on it.  He no longer hives when he cries.  He can once again eat strawberries and oranges and chocolate….and other high histamine foods.  His color is much better.  He is no longer horribly pale. 

As symptoms pop up, we address them. 
My once chronically constipated little boy that alternated between loose stools and tiny ball poops and proclaimed by the ped GI doc to be "full of stool" according to his KUB is now regular due to ONE remedy.  After we solved that problem, he was finally potty-trained within a month. 

He was getting nightmares and could not sleep through the night without screaming out for someone to come into his room and he was terrified for us to leave.  After a few weeks of my sleeping with him… in his room… in his tiny twin bed and pure exhaustion, another call to the homeopath gave us a remedy to help him sleep through the night.  THAT was most welcome. 

Then he started getting chronic, daily bloody noses.  After many home remedies failed, the pediatrician said we needed to see the ENT.  The ENT said steroid nasal spray indefinitely.  One call to the homeopath and he said "we can stop bloody noses". I was skeptical but indeed…..after we tried a few different remedies, we hit on one that worked.  To be fair, the bloody noses have come back twice, but each time, the homeopath has given me a new remedy and it has worked.  Unbelievable. No steroids needed.

Around the holidays, he got sick with a cold and it was quickly followed by ear pain and a fever.  I know how antibiotics can ruin gut flora and I have seen many kids’ immune systems get crushed by using them, so I try to avoid them as much as humanly possible.  But when your child is crying in pain, you get scared.  It was 6pm on a Friday night.  I called the homeopath.  He gave me a remedy to try.  I had to run out to the store and buy it.  I did not treat his fever as that is the body’s way of burning off the infection.  We gave him the remedy and put him to bed.  I checked on him at 10pm, and he was sleeping soundly and the fever was gone.  He awoke with no pain at all and his nose started running…. relieving all that pressure.

The same thing happened while we were on vacation.  My son woke in the middle of the night with ear pain.  This time, he had different symptoms.  No fever and acted differently, so he got a different remedy the next morning when I talked to the homeopath.  Thankfully, I had my homeopathic kit.  The first recommended remedy did not work.  He tugged on his ear all day.  The second remedy was perfect and the ear infection was gone and drainage started.

Last summer, he had a bad rash on his lower legs.  Thankfully, the homeopath gave me a remedy and within a week, it was much better.  
Here is the rash before treatment:

 And this picture is one week after a remedy to treat it:

These are just a few examples of what homeopathy has done for us.

Homeopathy is the theory of “like treats like”.  It is based on the ideathat substances thatproduce symptoms of sickness in healthy peoplewill have a healingeffect when you give them in very dilute quantities to sick peoplewho exhibit thosesame symptoms.  Those very dilute quantities of substances are called remedies.  Remedies are meant to spark the body’s own healing processes and bring the body back to homeostasis.

Remedies are very specific to the individual and that is why using a homeopath to pick the correct remedies for you is very helpful and the only way to go if you are dealing with a chronic condition like allergies or asthma.

We have found homeopathy can be a lot of hit or miss.  You can miss a few times trying to find the right remedy...but when you find it, it is like you have won the lottery.  It is amazing to see.

You are not supposed to touch the remedies.  Just dump it into your mouth and suck or dilute it in water and give a few drops of water. They are sugar pellets sprayed with the remedy, so touching it may rub off the effect.

This healing journey has taken us many places and I am so grateful it led us to homeopathy.  I don’t want to imagine where we would be without it.

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