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Book Excerpt: Healing After Childbirth With Homeopathy By Mary English

Excerpted from A Little at a Time: Homeopathy for You and Those You Love

homeopathy_150pxHomeopathy is a safe and effective system of medicine that helps the body’s own efforts to heal itself by dosing it with minute ‘potentised’ quantities of a plant, mineral or animal by product capable in their undiluted state of creating similar symptoms to those presented by the patient.

Home Complaints
The sort of things you can treat at home are the sort of things you’re probably already treating such as headaches, tiredness, sleeplessness, backache, skin rashes, small cuts, grazes or bruises, coughs, colds, and various pains here and there.

After I learned more about Homeopathy I realised that it wasn’t what the specific condition was that each remedy would help, it was the way that it expressed itself that was important.

Equally, when you self-treat or use remedies at home, you can experiment with different remedies until you hit on one that works, but to be a better prescriber, choose one that helps in a specific way.

a_little_at_a_time_mary_english_150pxTo treat these conditions homeopathically, you need to ask yourself some questions: Where? When? How?

  • Where is the complaint located?
  • When is it worse or better, or what makes it worse or better?
  • How does it make you feel?

A Homeopathic prescription is based on you, the person suffering, not on what the complaint is called.

Healing after Childbirth
After birth you can use these Homeopathic remedies to help:

Arnica – Relieves the soreness and bruising and helps with after-pains. It is also helpful for babies who are bruised from a long labour or a forceps delivery.

Bellis Perennis – To help with bruising to deep muscle tissues; use after Arnica if you are still sore after a few days.

Belladonna – Think about heat! Belladonna is a key fever remedy that aids sudden eruptive fevers and inflammatory conditions marked by great redness, heat, throbbing and a thirst for cold water. It is also great for red hot spots from teething, boils, abscesses or tonsillitis. Don’t underestimate its throbbing pains, especially the dizzying headaches that will not let you bend over without thinking your head will burst. Sun exposure may contribute to symptoms needing Belladonna, as can light, noise or sudden movement.

Belladonna may be called for in cases of mastitis where your breasts are red-streaked from the centre to the circumference, inflamed, hot, tender, engorged and throbbing with pain. Your milk supply is over-abundant and you are emotionally excited with a high fever with dry, burning heat, red face and dilated pupils. Lying down makes you feel better.

Chamomilla – In the UK this is sometimes called ‘Teetha’ and is made from the herb chamomile for teething babies. Chamomilla is sensitive, irritable, thirsty, hot and numb. The child wants many things which they then refuse: the classic giving the child a toy, which he/she then throws out of the cot or buggy, then cries to have the toy back. The child can only be quietened when carried about and petted constantly.

Gelsemium – Great for post-natal exhaustion, slow pulse, tired feeling and mental apathy. Lack of muscular coordination. Muscular weakness. General prostration. Sensation as if uterus were squeezed.

Kali Phosphoricum – Mental exhaustion after the birth with headache. When there is insomnia, feeling sleepy but too excited to sleep, especially in the first few days after the birth.

Nat Mur – For anaemia, great debility with weakness felt in the morning in bed. Great weakness and weariness of the person and the body. Very oversensitive. Weeps in private.

Phosphorus – Mammary abscess. Infection of the breasts, with a burning, watery, offensive discharge and pus. Use this also if there is a slight amount of blood from the uterus between periods.

Pulsatilla – For post-natal ‘blues’, especially when the milk comes in. They feel utterly miserable and are bursting into tears at the slightest thing. They weep when talking and feel much better for being comforted. They can be ill-tempered and resentful. They want to be out in the open air and always feel better there. Thirstless and chilly.

Sepia – When there is weariness and misery and a bearing down sensation as if everything would escape through the vulva. They must cross the limbs to prevent everything falling out or press against the vulva. They are worse from doing the washing and the laundry work. Indifferent to those loved best and can lose affection for their partner. They don’t want to do anything. Intolerant to anyone in the family. Weeps when telling symptoms.

Silicea – Nipples very sore, ulcerated easily, drawn in. Discharge of blood from vagina every time child is nursed. Hard lumps in breast. Fistulous ulcers of breast. Itching of vulva and vagina, very sensitive.


mary_english_150px_sqMARY ENGLISH is a professional Astrologer and Homeopath who uses her skills in her private practice to empower her clients and guide them to a fuller life. She lives in Bath, England.

Are you interested in helping recover your health with fewer drugs and more natural treatments? Have you ever wanted to use an alternative approach to health? Would you like some real life insight into homeopathy, the gentle form of medicine?

A Little at a Time: Homeopathy for You and Those You Love offers: Guidance on the sort of conditions you can safely treat at home; an explanation of what the ‘whole person approach’ is; suggestions, tips, and recommendations to help you feel more confident with treating your symptoms. Published by Ayni Books November 2015. ISBN: 978-1-78535-106-8 (Paperback) £10.99 $19.95, EISBN: 978-1-78535-107-5 (eBook) £3.99 $4.99.