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Homeopathy for Brain Injuries

Brain injuries seem to be treated, even by many homeopaths, as untreatable and certainly incurable.  I am here to provide some hope, some ideas, some means.

Immediately

The first, best means to address a brain injury homeopathically is to give Arnica immediately afterwards.  If you have kids who play games like soccer, football, hockey, consider giving a dose or two of Arnica 6c or 30c after games involving headers, tackles, and any other hard contact involving the head.  Arnica 6c and 30c typically are readily available at any health food store like Whole Foods, and it deserves a place in every backpack, briefcase, wallet, glove compartment…  Even for ‘small’ injuries, this can help the vital force address the injury to prevent the cumulative effect.

If the injury is significant, the potency should be higher, such as Arnica 200c or 1M [also called MK or 1000c].  That’s why I carry Arnica 200c on my key fob and 1M in my purse.  If a trip to the Emergency Room is necessary, I would take [or give] a higher potency Arnica en route.

I prefer to get the higher potencies of Arnica either in granules or liquid because that makes it eminently easier to dose in an emergency situation.

Astoundingly, after the birth of my daughter, when she was not breathing, the midwives gave me Arnica but never gave it to her!  Typically, a nursing mother would be considered able to pass minute portions of the remedy on to the child, I surely wish they had given her a dose too.  With the immense fright and trauma surrounding the birth, we all would have benefitted from a dose of Aconite 200c as well [shock, fright].  Perhaps if I’d been given that, I wouldn’t have left my body when they took my baby away.

Birth Injuries

The most common homeopathic remedy for a baby who is not breathing at birth [blue babies] is Laurocerasus.  I also wish my daughter had received that at birth.  In fact, our naturopath did bring it to the hospital eventually, but the doctors there did not understand homeopathy and thought it was an herbal preparation, which they determined to be dangerous.

We did eventually bring a Cranial Osteopath to the hospital, and she made a significant difference for our daughter while she was in the NICU.  I also have a friend whose daughter had a significant brain injury due to oxygen deprivation before birth, and she had to call around but the 17th craniosacral practitioner she called did agree to treat her daughter. I went on to do a couple of years of cranial osteopathic manipulation [COM], craniosacral therapy [CST], etc., and though we did not see any significant lasting forward momentum from it, I have since realized how much it helped with the shape of her cranium, palate, airway, etc.  These are significant benefits that we simply did not notice because we were looking at the more typical milestones like sitting independently, talking, walking, etc.

Recovery

So, say you did not use homeopathy to nip the injury in the bud … Then what do you do?

Homeopathy can be of significant help even if you do not use it immediately after the injury.  Here are a few stories of friends that I have helped with homeopathy years after a brain injury …

Absence Seizures, Drowning:  A friend of mine contacted me for help with her son, who was having absence seizures.  She practiced Chinese Medicine but had not been able to help him.  She had taken him to neurologist after neurologist, and their prescriptions also had failed to help her son.  The remedy I suggested was Nat Sulph 6c.  Because I work intuitively, I often can determine the cause of a problem by intuiting the remedy.  That was true in this case, where I inquired as to whether her son had incurred a brain injury or head trauma, because Nat Sulph is known for seizures and other lasting effects of / from brain injuries.

Indeed, her son had drowned and been revived two years prior.  Though she had mentioned that event repeatedly to the neurologists, each one had told her that the near-drowning had no bearing on the absence seizures.

The Nat Sulph made significant improvements in her son’s life.  The absence seizures were significantly shorter when they did occur, and his mood improved dramatically–he was back to his old self, she said.  This is a common report with homeopathic recovery from trauma and music to my ears, because in essence this is what homeopathy is all about for me–bringing us closer to who we really are.  Lifting and unlocking.

So that you understand the process of recovery, the Nat Sulph 6c was probably not the ideal potency but was all that she had available at her local store and ordering from a homeopathic pharmacy was outside her ‘doable’ range at that time.  So, she had to give him the 6c 3-4 times a day.  When she eventually moved up to 30c, the dosing was also a little bit nuanced and more like every 1.5 days, which was tricky as you can imagine!

This is an example of how progress can be made even with a non-ideal potency but that it requires a little bit more effort.  In longer-term recoveries, my suggestion in such situations would be to use what you have available while ordering a more ideal potency from a homeopathic pharmacy.  Or learn how to do energetic dosing, which can be done anytime anywhere that you can get quiet time–this is its pro and its con.  Sometimes taking the pillule is much easier!

Oxygen Deprivation at Birth:  My daughter was born just 3 weeks after her friend, the one I mentioned when discussing CST above.  Her friend’s brain injury was far more significant than our daughter’s–our daughter’s main injury actually came from a severe overdose of a CNS-suppressant that she actually did not need [it was for seizures, which she was not having and the overdose was so significant that it nearly killed her].

Let me make my long stories short.  I am very well aware that the efforts my friend and I have made for our daughters has made a significant difference in their lives.  It is true that they are not “cured” but it is also true that they have far exceeded any expectations that conventional medicine had for them.  My friend’s daughter is almost 10 years old and still doing new things but was given a 3-year life expectancy.

When my daughter was in the hospital, I was told that she would require a permanent G-tube and never be able to eat via her mouth because she had no gag reflex while she was recovering from the overdose, but she left the hospital nursing, which is the most complicated way for a baby to eat.  When she was 10 months old, our PT told us that we should get a gigantic pediatric wheelchair that would totally tuck her in because we would need a “feeding system.”  She also told me to stop carrying her and stop walking with her [my daughter could walk holding our hands].  Well, we never have had a wheelchair and we never will [and that was our last appointment with that PT too].  We did  use strollers on occasion and now my daughter has a walker.

So on a macro level, you can see how homeopathy, nutrition, energy work, craniosacral work, conductive education, and a more hands-on expectant approach has made a significant impact on our children.  Here are some details on homeopathy specifically [someday we hope to write a book together detailing all of it for other parents who want more for their children than what conventional medicine offers]…

Once she left the hospital, my daughter never did take another pharmaceutical excepting a single dose of a reflux medication.  She was 1 y.o. when she started constitutional homeopathic treatment.    Her first homeopathic remedy was made from Ether.  She went from being a passive participant in life to being actively engaged and participating in play, etc.  When she was 3 y.o., she took a remedy made from the CNS suppressant with which she was overdosed.  She rolled-over by herself for the first time the next day, began sleeping through the night [vs. the waking every 5-20 minutes we had endured the previous 3 years], was relieved of chronic intractable constipation, was able to sit independently, and began walking [with help] sua sponte.  When she was 5 y.o., a homeopathic remedy got her crawling–being able to move herself was a significant change for her.  She also began sitting on her knees because that made sitting-crawling easier, but it had the negative side effect of making it easier for her to walk tip-toed and inward than flat- and straight-footed.  We addressed that with both constitutional and topical remedies, and our OT remarked that she usually sees that issue getting worse, not better!  The conventional treatment we were offered, by the way, involved Botox treatments and slicing the tendons then casting the foot/leg in a 90-degree angle.  Homeopathy also has helped her emotionally–to move past separation anxiety, for instance.  And it has helped in subtle ways, with her ability to use her body ever improving.

My friend used homeopathy for her daughter a little bit with the help of the craniosacral therapist in her daughter’s early years.  Mostly she used Conductive Education.  Her daughter was perhaps 7 or 8 years old when she mentioned to me that her daughter was chronically congested and tended to get sick come Fall.  Sometimes, Spirit just hands me a remedy on-the-spot, and that’s what happened then.  Baryta Carb popped into my head.  She started her daughter on Baryta Carb 30c, about one dose per month.  Here’s some of what she noticed from the remedy:  Significantly fewer spasms, ability to sleep longer and with about half the amount of sleep medication at night, more easily contented [able to stay upstairs by herself, for instance], more engagement at school, willingness to eat at school.  She also started a birth trauma resonance, which gave her daughter the ability to fall asleep quickly [rather than the typical hours it took] as well as significantly improved bowel movements and the ability to move her hands in new ways.

So ….

In my experience, homeopathic treatment of the individual can prevent, manage, relieve, and even progressively cure injuries to the brain.  In situations where few conventional options are available, it is especially wonderful to have choices.  Homeopathy can reduce our reliance on pharmaceuticals while improving our overall state because homeopathy treats the individual, and in and of itself that makes it worthwhile to me.  When you add to that the joy with which healing occurs, the improvements made that are otherwise considered impossible and implausible, or the gains made at a speed that astounds, as well as the unlocking of a person’s joy and personality, I surely hope that if you or someone you know suffers from a brain injury, you will consider homeopathy as one option for healing.

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What are Resonances?

Though mostly what I practice would be classified as classical homeopathy, I recently have begun working a little bit with resonances.  What is appealing about the resonances is that they are simple in designation and form.  Whereas classical homeopathy treats the individual, resonances treat the disease or trauma.  So, for instance, there are resonances for spina bifida, birth trauma, high blood pressure, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s.  Resonances can be used alone or in conjunction with homeopathy.

My experience with the resonances is still new, but in general, the response has been positive.  Some more positive than others.  Some simply sleep better [some a lot better], and some have had physical complaints abate with use of the resonances.  Almost everyone also is on a homeopathic constitutional remedy as well.  The resonances simply provide a second route of healing.

So, for instance, one person who is using a resonance reports very sound sleep, and longer sleep, with the resonance.  In addition, the frequency of dosing for the constitutional homeopathic remedy lessened with the use of the resonance.  However, the discontent and cognitive activity that were the hallmarks of the time to re-dose with the constitutional remedy do recur, resulting in a redose, then improve again with the redose.  So there does seem to be a symbiotic relationship.

The story below is like that.  Catherine had been on a constitutional homeopathic remedy that had done wonders for her–it had increased her cognition, resulting in greater contentment and ability to be alone for longer periods and without constant entertainment.  Catherine also had improved immune function and better sleep–her sleep medication was half what it once was.

When I heard about the resonances, I asked Catherine’s mom if she wanted to try the Birth Trauma resonance for her daughter [her daughter’s birth was traumatic and the source of her physical problems].  As with the person described previously, Catherine continues to benefit from her constitutional homeopathic remedy, but she also is  benefitting from the Birth Trauma remedy.  Initially, she noticed that Catherine was able to fall asleep quickly.  The constitutional remedy was helping her sleep through the night, but the nightly Birth Trauma resonance was helping her fall asleep quickly, whereas it used to take 2-3 hours.  That’s serious moola in the Mama Resources Bank!  But the benefits heightened, as her mother describes:

Catherine has suffered from constipation pretty regularly (no pun intended, hee hee) for most of her life.  We have tried many things including Miralax, increased fiber, increased liquids, essential oils, etc, etc  with varying levels of success, but mostly not.  The last year I have had to give her a laxative suppository once or twice a week and an occasional enema just to keep things moving.  We started giving Catherine this remedy about a month ago.  Since then, she has been able to have a Bowl Movement on her own about 80 percent of the time.  Before this, she was never able to get things moving without a suppository.  Further, Catherine has favored her left hand to the near exclusion of her right for the last four years since she discovered she had hands.  She occasionally moves her right hand, but only when I limit the movement of her left hand and not with any sort of accuracy.  Since using this remedy, Catherine has started using her right hand to bat at toys and reach for things in her field of vision.  She still is not able to grasp with either hand, but this newfound interest in her surroundings with BOTH hands is so exciting.  I am happy for her to be able to explore so much more and am anxious to see where this will take her.

Pamela has been incredibly patient with me as I have stubbornly dragged my feet into the world of Homeopathy.  She is knowledgeable, compassionate, and endlessly patient.  Spirit Homeopathy is so perfectly named for this incredibly gifted practitioner.

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  • The information on this site is posted for educational purposes only, and not intended to constitute medical advice. As with any important medical matter, you are advised to consult an experienced health care provider concerning your specific health concerns.
  • No doctor-patient relationship is intended, implied or created by the posting or viewing of information on this site; nor is a doctor-patient relationship created by the submission or exchange of questions or information via email or otherwise with Pamela Lialias.
  • Readers are responsible for their use of information provided on this blog or linked to from this site. Pamela Lialias assumes no liability for the same.
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Insistent Nurslings

I support breastfeeding and co-sleeping when that is what works for the family; occasionally a nursing relationship becomes complex in the toddler and preschool years if the whole relationship becomes about nursing:  The nursling wants to nurse every time s/he sees the mother, insists on it, throws a fit if s/he cannot nurse then and there, etc.
I have helped families dealing with such a situation, so I’m offering a little bit of insight here.  Although it is not exclusively the purview of milk remedies, older children who still are wanting to nurse frequently often benefit from a milk remedy.  [I learned this from Lou Klein.]  Milk remedies are made from the milks of animals–lioness, mare, dolphin, for instance.
There is a more specific picture, I find, for toddlers and preschoolers who need the remedy Lac Maternum.  They will want to nurse upon seeing the mother, and nursing often ends up defining the relationship.  Even patient, generous, breastfeeding-committed mothers become exhausted in such a relationship, not to mention that the relationship feels one-dimensional.  [My early awareness of this remedy’s existence was courtesy of Pat Deacon.]
The pregnancy that carried a child who benefits from Lac Maternum often seemed idyllic to the mother.  She will describe the pregnancy as being so amazing, that she spent a lot of time meditating, walking, etc.  This part gets a little “out there,” so beware:  Apparently, the issue, then, for the child is that the space is so open that s/he doesn’t come fully into his or her body and cannot individuate or needs the comfort of that attachment to the mother to comprehend connection to the physical world.
Say what?!  Here’s what it might look like in a child …
One boy I helped, G, was a year old when his parents asked for my help.  He woke frequently at night to nurse, couldn’t nap outside her arms, and wanted to nurse every time he was reunited with her–even if she’d simply left the room for just minutes.  She was exhausted, as you can imagine [she had two older children too!].  I inquired about the pregnancy and, sure enough, she described the amazing pregnancy she’d had–meditating, etc.  I suggested Lac Maternum 30c.  G did incredibly well on the 30c … for 24 hours:  He woke only twice at night, napped by himself, was much more contented.
Since it lasted him only 24 hours, I suggested Lac Maternum 206c next.  Yes, you read that correctly–206c.  There was no 200c, only 206c.  G’s response was magical–much greater contentment, easier time with visitors, blossoming relationship with his mother that was not confined to nursing, asking to sleep in his crib, and eventually sleeping through the night.  His parents reported that G was much happier and that G’s progress opened up possibilities for their family and a lovely new family dynamic, not to mention better sleep for his mom!  G took doses as needed from then on, approximately monthly for several more months, and of course with each dose, the difficulties dissipated more while the joys increased exponentially.  Such a blessing!
In another case, a girl, D, was on the cusp of her 4th birthday.  D wanted to limit her nursing according to her mother’s wishes, but she just wanted to nurse soooo badly!  If she couldn’t nurse, she’d ask to just hold her mother’s breasts.  Her mother worked outside of the home, and immediately upon returning home was greeted with an eager nursling.  D’s younger brother nursed even less than she did!  What struck me about D was that she did not have favorite anythings–except nursing.  No favorite color, game, etc.  And her mother had enjoyed long meditative walks, frequent meditation, etc. during pregnancy.  D took Lac Maternum 206c, after which she blossomed with a brightened confidence that showed itself in independence [playing on the backyard swing by herself, for instance], had a better appetite, and became less and less interested in nursing.
D’s mother left on the longest business trip of the D’s life [one week, overseas] just one week after D started the remedy.  This did affect D’s swift progress, but I’m glad she had the benefit of the remedy when she was going through the difficulty.  And, on her fourth birthday, D officially and happily weaned and never looked back.
One of my goals on this site is to share with you others’ stories of healing with homeopathy in their own words, to share the uniqueness of each homeopathic journey.  Here is one such story of someone who asked for help with her daughter, L, who was a very insistent nursling.  By the time L was 3 years old, it became physically and socially awkward to nurse L in some public places.  L responded by throwing tantrums when her demands to nurse were not met at the grocery store, family gatherings, etc.  Here’s the summary, in her mom’s words [italicized, parenthetical notes are mine]:
Our family has used homeopathy for over 10 years, the majority of it being pretty basic: Arnica for trauma & bruises, Calendula for stings & scratches. After reconnecting with Pamela a few years ago, and finding out she studied homeopathy, she has become our go-to person for various ailments.
Awhile back, I asked Pamela for help with weaning L.  Pamela noted that young L reminded her of a cat, with a Cheshire cat grin.  [As confirmation, kittens were L’s favorite animal, too.] And Pamela and I discussed how difficult L can be, beyond the typical “terrible two” behaviors.   It was obvious she has a strong personality but our whole family had been negatively affected by L’s intense outbursts and unreasonable demands. Pamela felt that I should try Lac Felinum (Cat’s Milk) as a remedy for L. We tried it and it worked! After a dose, L was much more reasonable and cooperative, and not prone to terrible outbursts.
[Initially, L’s outbursts centered around demands to nurse.  Not long after she began the Lac Felinum, she weaned herself.  Lac Felinum has continued to be beneficial to L, however, when L became exceedingly uncooperative or clung so to her mother that L was unable to enjoy even her favorite activities.]
More recently, Pamela provided valuable assistance with my husband’s minor surgery. She gave him a special surgery remedy and recommended dosages before and after his surgery. Of course the hospital provided vicodin for pain, but with Pamela’s special surgery remedy (and continual contact) he was able to heal and recover without taking any of the pain medications. She checked in with us all weekend to see how he was feeling and made changes to dosages as needed.
We feel very fortunate to have had Pamela’s homeopathic assistance over the years.

DISCLAIMER:  THIS INFORMATION IS FOR EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY

  • The information on this site is posted for educational purposes only, and not intended to constitute medical advice. As with any important medical matter, you are advised to consult an experienced health care provider concerning your specific health concerns.
  • No doctor-patient relationship is intended, implied or created by the posting or viewing of information on this site; nor is a doctor-patient relationship created by the submission or exchange of questions or information via email or otherwise with Pamela Lialias.
  • Readers are responsible for their use of information provided on this blog or linked to from this site. Pamela Lialias assumes no liability for the same.
  • Pamela Lialias has made reasonable efforts to ensure the accuracy of information on this blog site, but absolute accuracy is not guaranteed.
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Homeopathic Help for Recovery from Surgery

If you are looking for my National Center for Homeopathy webinar on recovery from surgery, it is available for viewing on YouTube.  Webinar attendees also requested access to the slides for reference:  Surgery Webinar Slides.

Sometimes we use homeopathy simply to support healing during allopathic treatment.  Surgery is one such time.

When you’ve decided to undergo surgery, homeopathy can speed healing or the surgical site while controlling pain.  To me, that’s a win-win.

Here’s my easy protocol for supporting recovery from surgery using homeopathy… People have found it helpful for recovery from vasectomy, breast surgery, knee surgery, etc.–all of which they were able to do without the use of conventional painkillers and with speedy recoveries that surprised them and their medical doctors.  [You also can purchase surgery recovery assistance from me here.]

Remedies

You can order the Helios surgery combo here; in the Order section, just request the Surgery combo in 200c & 30c, 4g, granules.  Then use it as described below.

To put a Surgery combo together for yourself, here’s what you’ll need:

~ 2 sterilized containers for water, such as 4 oz. dropper bottles, water bottles with a pop-up spout, or covered jars if you are careful to use a sterilized teaspoon for each dose.  [You can reuse one bottle if you sterilize it again when you are switching from 200c to 30c.]

– Any or all of the following remedies that are pertinent to your surgery in both 200c and 30c:  Arnica [bleeding, swelling], Bellis Perennis [deep tissue injury], Calendula [fight infection], Hypericum [nerve repair], Staphysagria [incisions].  If your surgery also involves ligaments or tendons, you might add Rhus Tox and Ruta to your mix.

If it is for dental surgery, I’d suggest you include Arnica, Calendula, Hypericum, and Ruta.  For joint surgery, I’d suggest you include Arnica, Calendula, Hypericum, Staphysagria, Rhus Tox, and Ruta.  If the surgery involves broken bones, you could add Symphytum 6c, 12c, or 30c to each of the bottles described next.

~ Put 5-10 pellets each of all of the 200c potencies in one bottle together, then fill the bottle with distilled water.  When the pellets have dissolved fully, shake the bottle just enough to mix.  Label it “Surgery 200c” or something similar.  You will use this in the first 2 days of recovery.  One dropper, one teaspoon, or one sip/gulp is one dose of remedy.

~ Put 10 pellets each of all of the 30c potencies in one bottle together, then fill the bottle with distilled water.  When the pellets have dissolved fully, shake the bottle just enough to mix.  Label it “Surgery 30c” or similar.  You will use this after the first 2 days of recovery, when you are no longer using the 200c.  One dropper, one teaspoon, or one sip/gulp is one dose of remedy.

Dosage for Minor Surgery

Before Surgery:  Take one dose of Arnica 200c to limit bleeding during surgery.

Immediately after Surgery:  Take one dose of the Surgery 200c.

Recovery from Surgery, First 2 Days:  Initially, you will have painkillers and anesthesia in your body from the surgery, making it harder to use your discomfort as a guide.  So, about 2 hours after surgery, take another dose of Surgery 200c.

From then on, you likely will be able to use your pain as a guide.  Typically, in the first 24 hours after surgery, people need 2-5 doses of Surgery 200c.  You should need less in the second 24 hours than you did in the first 24 hours.

One reason I like to recommend using the pop-up spout water bottle for the remedy is that it is easy to use at night, and it is important to stay on top of your dosing at night too.  Take it when you need it, but if you need it more than every 2 hours, use the allopathic pain medication given to you by your physician.

Recovery from Surgery, Third Day onward:  You should switch to the Surgery 30c on the 3rd day of your recovery, taking it as needed.  Again, you may start with 2-5 doses in the first day, every 2 hours at the most.  Stay on top of it at night, and taper as needed.  Within a few days, you should no longer need the Surgery remedy combo.

Beware Shortened Recovery

One “problem” with supporting recovery from surgery homeopathically is that healing is faster and better than expected.  You’re probably wondering why that is a problem!  It can be an issue when a person [or animal] is supposed to restrict movement for a certain amount of time based on conventional ideas about how long healing takes.  In other words, a two-week movement restriction that is imposed based on expectation of conventional recovery might be too long for someone [or a pet] that is being supported homeopathically.

This is why I suggest that you ask your doctor [or vet] about any restrictions on movement:  Instead of sticking to a time-frame, ask what signs would indicate adequate healing that would make movement permissible.  Or, if they need to see the surgery patient, schedule your appointment a little sooner than they normally would.  So, if they normally would see the patient for a follow-up after two weeks to verify adequate healing and thus permit movement, schedule for a week or 10 days instead.

One Person’s Experience

…Pamela provided valuable assistance with my husband’s minor surgery. She gave him a special surgery remedy and recommended dosages before and after his surgery. Of course the hospital provided vicodin for pain, but with Pamela’s special surgery remedy (and continual contact) he was able to heal and recover without taking any of the pain medications. She checked in with us all weekend to see how he was feeling and made changes to dosages as needed.

DISCLAIMER:  THIS INFORMATION IS FOR EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY

  • The information on this site is posted for educational purposes only, and not intended to constitute medical advice. As with any important medical matter, you are advised to consult an experienced health care provider concerning your specific health concerns.
  • No doctor-patient relationship is intended, implied or created by the posting or viewing of information on this site; nor is a doctor-patient relationship created by the submission or exchange of questions or information via email or otherwise with Pamela Lialias.
  • Readers are responsible for their use of information provided on this blog or linked to from this site. Pamela Lialias assumes no liability for the same.
  • Pamela Lialias has made reasonable efforts to ensure the accuracy of information on this blog site, but absolute accuracy is not guaranteed.
  • Always check with your health care provider.