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Luz María Román Díaz on June 20, 2009 at 12:07am
Gina excellent contribution, thank you very much also add staphysagria in towels mother tincture 25 drops diluted in water for episiotomy and takes homoios or 10 drops every 4 hours after birth
Gina Tyler DHOM on June 3, 2009 at 11:19pm
First degree tears;
Herbs you can use to heal-
First-degree tears will probably heal well without stitching. Practitioners often utilize seaweed, suture glues and suture tape instead.
Sitz baths, compresses and use of a peri bottle incorporating the herbs listed below are very effective for first-degree perineal tears and bruising.
Hydrotherapy utilizes external hot and cold applications of water to manipulate the quantity of blood flow through a given tissue. Adequate blood flow brings oxygen, nutrients and red and white blood cells to target tissues, so warm and cool sitz baths and peri bottle applications to the affected area will also be very beneficial.
Arnica (Arnica montana) used topically is a very effective remedy for bruising. I suggest using it in an infused oil blend. This can be used on perineal muscles and leg muscles if they are sore. Arnica in an infused oil form should not be used directly on the opening or any broken skin. It should not be taken internally unless in a homeopathic remedy.
Plantain (Plantago off.) has vulnerary, demulcent, anti-inflammatory, astringent and anti-microbial properties. Plantain can be incorporated into a sitz bath, compress, poultice or infused oil.
Calendula (Calendula off.) has anti-inflammatory, astringent, vulnerary and anti-microbial properties. This will assist with wound healing by softening the skin and reducing inflammation. Its healing power appears to be based in part on the presence of terpenes. A triterpene glycoside called calendulozide B exerts a marked sedative and anti-ulcerous action. Calendula can be applied in a sitz bath, infused oil and compress.
Lavender (Lavandula off.) is well known for its pain relieving properties and for keeping infection at bay. Lavender can be applied as a compress and sitz bath.
Chickweed (Stellaria media) has vulnerary, emollient actions. Chickweed is commonly used as an external remedy for cuts, wounds and, especially, itching and irritation. High in vitamin C and bioflavonoids, it assists in reducing scarring. Chickweed can be applied as a sitz bath, compress, poultice and infused oil.
Raw honey is a great remedy for first-degree tears. Honey's thick consistency forms a barrier defending the wound from outside infections. The moistness allows skin cells to grow without creating a scar, even if a scab has already formed. Meanwhile, the sugars extract dirt and moisture from the wound, which helps prevent bacteria from growing, while the acidity of honey also slows or prevents the growth of many bacteria. An enzyme that bees add to honey reacts with the wound's fluids and breaks down into hydrogen peroxide, a disinfectant. Honey also acts as an anti-inflammatory and pain killer and prevents bandages from sticking to wounds. Laboratory studies have shown that honey has significant antibacterial qualities.(2) Significant clinical observations have demonstrated the effectiveness of honey as a wound healing agent.(3) Glucose converted into hyaluronic acid at the wound surface forms an extracellular matrix that encourages wound healing; honey is also considered antimicrobial.
Aloe vera applied topically fresh from the plant has superior wound healing abilities. Allantoin, a substance in aloe vera, has been considered a cell proliferant, an epithelial stimulant and a chemical debrider. (The authors of some studies have claimed that aloe vera delays wound healing, but these results are debated.)(4) It has been shown that aloe vera increases collagen content and degree of collagen cross-linkage within the wound. Studies showed that collagen increased 93% with topical aloe vera treatment and 67% with oral treatment, compared to controls.(5) Because aloe vera has a high water content, allow the area to dry after application. If using a prepared aloe formula, the presence of preservatives may cause stinging.
Gina Tyler DHOM on June 3, 2009 at 8:17pm
a case of Homeopathic-belladonna
Belladonna in labour
This 20 year primi (first time pregnant woman) came to the hospital in labour.
She has not been very regular about the anti natal treatment.
She came to the hospital at about 9.30 p.m. and was complaining of pain and a reddish discharge per vagina. On vaginal examination which she allowed with great difficulty as it was painful it was found that the os of the cervix was 2 finger dilated and the head had fixed. She was advised admission for further management as she was obviously in labour.
By 10 p.m. I could hear shouting and shrieking from the ward and I rushed to find it was this patient, the pains intensified and she was shifted to the labour room for a re-examination. She did not allow the vaginal examination. However it was noted that she was having intense labour pains and was not willing to lie on the labour table, she started shouting and shrieking with pain, and calling her attendant ladies (about 8-10 of them) in a loud voice saying please do something, I can’t bear this. Moments later she was rolling on the floor as the pain became more intense. She was behaving like a mad women, shouting screaming and rolling on the floor, then getting up and running to the door wanting to go out, so much so that the attendants had to hold her, and we had to close the main gate of the hospital. It was a real scene with this woman now rolling on the floor in the waiting area of the hospital surrounded by 4-5 women each trying to pacify her and the remaining party outside the main gate assuring her don’t worry this doctor will help you. Then she started vomiting.
This whole case the patient presented at the energy level and I was just observing the whole phenomenon.
What this case highlights for me is aphorism 210 & 211 of organon:
Those who were patient when well often become obstinate, violent, hasty, or even intolerant and capricious, or impatient or desponding when ill; those formerly chaste and modest often become lascivious and shameless. A clear-headed person not infrequently becomes obtuse of intellect, while one ordinarily weak-minded becomes more prudent and thoughtful; and a man slow to make up his mind sometimes acquires great presence of mind and quickness of resolve, etc. and in all cases of disease we are called on to cure the state of the patient’s disposition is to be particularly noted, along with the totality of the symptoms, if we would trace and accurate picture of the disease, in order to be able therefrom to treat it homeopathically with success.
This holds good to such an extent, that the state of the disposition of the patient often chiefly determines the selection of the homeopathic remedy, as being a decidedly characteristic symptom which can least of all remain concealed from the accurately observing physician.
The whole picture pointed out to a state that was violent, sudden and spasmodic.
The pains were so intense that the patient was rolling on the floor and wanting to escape this led to the prescription of Belladona: Solanaceae , acute miasm.
After one dose of Belladonna 10m (I should have given her a dose in 50m but I did not have it at that time) within 5 minutes the patient was very quiet and relaxed. 10 minutes after she was much relaxed, walked back to the ward, allowed vaginal examination which revealed that the dilatation had increased to 5 centimeters.
She was given another dose of Belladonna 10M for the dilatation to progress.
At 10:55 p.m. she delivered a healthy baby boy.
Luz María Román Díaz on May 21, 2009 at 11:10pm
Karen, If the baby is not yet ripe the medicine does not cause any adverse effect on the contrary, begins to prepare the physiological process commensurate with the nature, I never had cases where it has caused labor and advance, which the dosage is changed to reach week 40 or longer and when the prodrome can be increased and a hug ...
Karen Burn May 21, 2009 at 10:37pm
I have always been hesitant to prescribe before 40 weeks but recently have had French women coming who expect 'drops for the birth', so maybe I should review this practise because it is such a stress for women here if they go 'overdue' a lot of hospitals induce at 41 weeks gestation. Do you find the women who use Caul. 30c come close to their due date?
Luz María Román Díaz on May 21, 2009 at 11:24am
Hi Karen. I use this medicine after the 37th week of gestation in 10 dilution D30 droplets or globules of sucrose per day, from 38 weeks, three times a day, then during labor, 5 each time the characteristics of the neck much better is thinner and more easily cleared and promotes a contraction of pain tolerable
Karen Burn on May 21, 2009 at 9:26am
If anyone has any experiences with use of Caulophylium lets share them now. One woman I supported was having her second baby & once she got to fully dilated everything stopped. it had not been particularly long but the tricky part of looking after her for me was she did not speak english & was on her own. Contractions did not resume & so I gave Caul. 30c in water a sip, she got a contraction, i waited & none further came so gave another sip, another contraction came - so she continued to sip every 5 minutes until finally the baby made its way down & her body then took over with pushing out her baby.
Karen Burn on May 21, 2009 at 9:22am
Hi Luz Maria Roman Diaz, I work in a birth centre which supports women's choice for natural birth & also have a homeopathic clinic. women come asking for assistance in birth preparation. Do you recommend Caulophylium routinely before birth or only when indicated by irregular labour?
Myra Nissen on May 21, 2009 at 12:56am
I am a homeopath in the SF Bay Area and I am interested in learning more about treating women in pregnancy, childbirth, and newborns. I am honored to be in contact with you.
Luz María Román Díaz on May 20, 2009 at 11:23pm
Hi i am a chilean homeopath and midwife attended home birth, natural and traditional, I will share experiences on using caulophyllium in childbirth
Karen Burn on May 19, 2009 at 6:19am
Hi, I work as a midwife & it was seeing how women used remedies to assist with labour which encouraged me to study homeopathy. Happy to chat over any pregnancy / birth / mother & baby......