Homeopathy: pregnancy, childbirth, further everywhere
It is well known that pregnancy and childbirth are natural processes, and, therefore, they must proceed naturally, without being accompanied by significant impairment of well-being and diseases. However, it is equally well known that this is not always the case.
Toxicosis of the first half of pregnancy and nephropathy, constipation and anemia, varicose veins and exacerbation of chronic diseases - this is not a complete list of those troubles that may accompany the course of pregnancy. Inevitably, the question of correction or treatment arises. Both doctors and future mothers are put in a difficult situation: the prescription of many drugs commonly accepted in medical practice during pregnancy is undesirable, or simply dangerous. Fortunately, both have a choice.
Homeopathic medicines, which have no contraindications and harmful side effects, have been faithfully serving humanity for more than 200 years and have an impeccable reputation (for the whole history of homeopathy, doctors have not abandoned any of them!). Currently, the homeopathic treatment method has been approved by the official health authorities in most European countries, including Russia. Doctors obstetricians and gynecologists in Moscow, St. Petersburg and other cities have done a lot of work concerning the use of the homeopathic method during pregnancy, childbirth and the postpartum period, published books.
The purpose of this article is to acquaint the reader with the essence and possibilities of the homeopathic treatment method, which is very effective and has a number of significant advantages.
This mysterious homeopathy
Everyone heard about homeopathy, but almost no one really knows what it is. Some people think that it is herbal medicine (what is called phytotherapy) or substances of natural origin in general (which is one of the fundamentals of naturopathy), the latter believe that this treatment is with small doses of drugs, and still others that it is psychotherapy (or even witchcraft). The person who first came to the homeopathic technique is stunned by the close attention to his individual characteristics and the questions asked by the doctor. Isn't it strange? What is the connection between cholecystitis that bothers you and whether you are afraid of dogs, do you twist your legs when walking, do you like sun or rain? Even more strange is that the doctor seems to know a lot in advance, forcing the patient to wonder if he has come to an appointment with a clairvoyant magician. And of course, the newly-made homeopathic patient looks with disbelief at the small sweet grains prescribed to him, so unattractively looking against the background of weighty tablets, ampoules, droppers, and other medical entourage. But the remarkable healing effect of grains is sometimes like a miracle. And since there is almost nothing in them (they all know, perhaps), this gave reason for some to suspect an occult-mystical basis in homeopathy.
Meanwhile, everything is very simple: homeopathy owes its solid two-hundred-year-old reputation as an extremely effective therapeutic method to the fact that, like any self-respecting science (more precisely, the section of scientific medicine), it relies on the law that actually exists in nature and strictly observes it. She is like a mathematician: if everything is decided by the rules, there is no miracle in that the answer has converged.
The natural law of healing is the law of similarity.
Imagine: in this section of scientific medicine, as drug therapy is a law, just as there are laws in physics, chemistry, and mathematics.
Have you ever wondered what the doctor is guided by when prescribing medicine to a patient? How does he know what exactly this particular patient needs? We have to admit that usually the doctor is guided by the knowledge of those drugs offered by modern medicine to patients with the same diagnosis (in general, and not specifically to you), knowledge of what is in the pharmacy today; finally, a large role is played by the degree of suggestibility (many drugs advertise on almost every corner) and the doctor's personal affections (which he used to prescribe).
But did God, who laid the laws for the movement of the heavenly bodies, not give the law to treat people? At the end of the 18th century, the great German doctor, scientist and thinker Samuel Hahnemann asked this question, and he answered it, initiating homeopathy. There is a law about the existence of which Hippocrates supposed, and it says: this particular patient will be cured only by the medicine that is capable of causing a similar disease in a similar person (“homeopathy” is translated from Greek as “similar disease”).
So, homeopathy is treatment with medications according to the law of similarity, and the law of similarity is the very way to know exactly which medicine you need and precisely in your situation. Medicines can also be of plant, or mineral or animal origin. It is only important to know exactly what disease each medicine can cause and which people are sensitive to it. All this was established by experience.
Let's give an example. Bee venom can cause severe swelling, accompanied by stinging pain, and swelling and pain are aggravated by heat and are relieved by applying cold air. Do all people react equally to bee sting? No, people who are prone to edematous reactions or have a heightened sensitivity to bee venom are particularly sensitive. According to the law of similarity, bee venom will cure diseases accompanied by edemas that differ in the above features, regardless of whether these edemas are allergic, inflammatory (with angina, for example) or of renal origin, and the people described above will be especially successful.
However, tell me, for what reason, instead of causing even more edema, would bee venom suddenly treat it?
On the same route, but in the other direction
In pharmacology (this is the science of medicinal substances and their effects on living organisms) the fact that the same substances in large and in small doses have the opposite effect has long been known. Just like public transport: you can go there, but you can in the opposite direction, but only strictly within the limits of this route.
Here you come, say, from Moscow to Ivanteevka (read: from a healthy state to a sick state). What you need to do to go back? Go to the other side of the road, take the bus of the same route and go in the opposite direction. This is exactly what a small dose of medication does (which is suitable according to the law of similarity!) - it takes you back from a diseased state to a healthy one in the same way in which it was violated, just the opposite.
And if the medicine is chosen correctly? Well, this is a bus of a completely different route (for example, Nizhny Novgorod - Arzamas). Sit on it and return from Ivanteevka to Moscow you will not succeed. In other words, if the medicine does not suit you according to the law, then its small dose will not have any effect on you. Agree, this is a very significant advantage, especially if we talk about pregnancy.
What dose is large and how small? At what concentration of the drug substance can we be sure that we have crossed the road and will go back? After all, if the dose is not sufficiently small - as if not to go to places that are very remote ...
The degree of "smallness" of the dose in homeopathy is called dilution. The greater the dilution, the lower the concentration of the substance in the preparation.
That treasured feature, beyond which the dose becomes small, is different for everyone. It depends on the individual characteristics of the person, his sensitivity. Say, the dilution, denoted by the number 6, contains the medicinal substance in a concentration of 10 to the degree -12. But even such a dose may cause a person who is hypersensitive to this medicine to some short-term increase in painful symptoms, that is, to be insufficiently small. However, for the vast majority of people, dilutions of 12, 30 are already a small dose and have a therapeutic effect. It is clear that toxic (toxic), as well as allergenic effects at such concentrations are excluded.
What is a homeopathic medicine?
So, our task is to prepare the medicine with the minimum dose to which a person would be sensitive.
Imagine that you made a child tea with sugar, and he complains that he is too sweet. You take and dilute the tea so that you get what you need. Approximately the same with the homeopathic remedy: its preparation includes a series of dilutions.
If the original substance (for example, Arnica tincture), diluted in a ratio of 1:10 (one drop of tincture, and then diluted solution to 9 parts of alcohol or water), then each subsequent decimal dilution (they are denoted 1X, 2X, 3X and t .e.) will be a solution with a concentration of 1: 100, 1: 1000, etc.
If the original substance is diluted successively in a ratio of 1: 100 (one drop of tincture, and then diluted solution into 99 parts of alcohol or water), then each next hundredth dilution (they are denoted simply by Arabic numerals 1, 2, 3, less often 1C, 2C, 3C, and sometimes 1CH, 2CH, etc.) will be a solution with a concentration of 1: 10,000, 1: 1,000,000, etc.
Thus, the homeopathic drug Arnica 3 will be a solution of Arnica tincture in alcohol with a concentration of 1: 1,000,000, prepared by three consecutive dilutions of 1: 100. Fans of mathematics can quickly calculate what will be the concentration of the solution of the drug Arnica 200 ...
As for the homeopathic grains, they are used for convenience and are prepared by applying a solution of the preparation of the appropriate dilution on the sugar grains and subsequent drying.
You may be skeptical that at a dilution above 12 in the solution, nothing remains of the original substance. However, think about it: can something, even divisible to infinity, turn into nothing?
A letter marked "in person"
Strictly speaking, homeopathic medicine can only be relative to the patient. This means that it suits him according to the law of similarity. Only in this case the medicine and the diseased organism speak the same language and the drug will have an effect. Only in this case, the minimum dose of medication is “understandable” to him. Just as a small encrypted note is for the scout a guide to action, and for others - just a piece of paper.
That is why the drug prescribed by a homeopath to your neighbor probably will not help you: this letter is addressed only to him.
Now we have come close to the question of what needs to be done to choose the drug for you personally.
Who is a homeopathic doctor?
The appointment of any medication to a patient is for the most part the competence of a doctor (for the most part, because there is still homeopathic self-help, when a person helps himself and his loved ones, guided by a homeopathic clinic).
Any doctor is obliged to listen carefully to the patient's complaints, to ask about what preceded the disease, what the patient was ill with during his life, what his relatives were ill with. Any doctor is obliged to examine the patient and, if necessary, conduct additional examinations, refer them to a specialist for a diagnosis of the disease. Any doctor must be able to distinguish the situation when surgery is necessary, from the case when the patient can use the medication. All this is taught at the medical institute, which must be successfully completed by any doctor.
A homeopath is a doctor of any specialty (general practitioner, gynecologist, surgeon, etc.), who, having done all of the above and having decided that the patient needs medicine, prescribes it on the basis of the similarity law and in the minimum dose.
In order to do this, the doctor must be well aware of the painful symptoms of each medication (at least 150 drugs in daily homeopathic practice) and be able to see this picture in a patient (this homeopath studies for 3-4 years in a homeopathic school, and then - in practice a life). We note here that the picture of the actions of each medicine includes not only a set of diagnoses (angina, infertility, cholecystitis), but also symptoms (the way the disease manifests itself outward) - the way the patient describes them and the doctor sees them. The symptoms of each medicine you need to know "from head to toe" - from the psyche and head to the extremities (this explains why a homeopath cannot be interested only in diseases of the ear, without knowing anything about others).
It would not have been possible to keep all this in mind if there were not one significant circumstance: in the picture of each medicine there are unusual, bright, special symptoms that distinguish this drug from others. Similarly, people differ from each other "special signs". Any good homeopath, seeing the cracks in the patient's skin, asks if he is swayed in transport, if his joints are crunching when he moves and, having received affirmative answers, he will immediately think about the homeopathic drug Petroleum. Also, having heard from a pregnant woman that her nausea is aggravated by the slightest smell from the kitchen, the doctor will immediately think about Kolhikum and will find out if there is something confirming or, on the contrary, discarding this "drug diagnosis."
Symptoms are the language through which the body says what kind of medicine it needs.
Now, of course, it became clear to you why the homeopath is so interested in your personality and why he asks such strange questions ...
About what you can not buy at the pharmacy
If the drug in the standard dosage interferes with the physiological and biochemical processes occurring in the body, then a small dose of the drug's similarity chosen by law acts as a regulator of the natural defenses, increasing the body's ability to compensate for the painful processes. The first is a crutch, the second is really returning health.
Health is a state of stable balance with a certain margin of safety, and the disease is a violation of this balance. So a clever and trained gymnast, stepping on a tightrope, shakes right and left more than once, leans forward and backward, but does not fall, while a weak, untrained person with “weak nerves” will have enough wind to keep himself from feet. The homeopathic medicine will help to keep balance, but it is, of course, not able to make a strong person out of a frail subject. Alas, some can not do without a crutch ...
The effect of a homeopathic remedy depends on how much strength you have, what your "margin of safety" is (the remedy does not waste them - on the contrary, it collects by sending it where it needs to be and in the shortest possible way). It should be emphasized that unhealthy lifestyles, excesses, physical weakness, emotional distress and mental overloads lead to the fact that the body remains to maintain a state of balance in the body. Therefore, the first thing a pregnant woman should pay attention to is to put her baby in the first place in her scale of values and to take care of her mental and physical health, adjust her diet, eliminating what is harmful as much as possible. A woman, most of the day lying on the sofa by the TV, can hardly count on a safe birth and the appearance of a healthy baby. To give birth and feel at the same time a holiday, you need to work hard.
Having made this necessary digression, let us return to what, in fact, is the goal of this article. With what problems can a pregnant woman turn to a homeopathic doctor?
Homeopathic care during pregnancy and childbirth
You can seek help from a homeopath with the following disease states:
- digestive disorders (nausea, vomiting - what is called "early toxicosis"; heartburn, constipation, intolerance to certain foods);
- threatened abortion (with increased uterine muscle tone, as well as, on the contrary, with its insufficient tone, when there is a threat of premature birth, in some cases with the appearance of bleeding);
- preeclampsia (this condition, previously referred to as "late toxicosis," includes primarily kidney damage, which is manifested by edema, increased weight gain, protein in the urine, increased blood pressure, and intrauterine growth retardation of the child);
- venous diseases (varicose veins, hemorrhoids);
- the chronic diseases of a woman (homeopathic remedies will help prevent their exacerbations, will promote recovery, if the latter have nevertheless developed);
- colds and infectious diseases;
- emotional disturbances (tearfulness, touchiness, irascibility).
Experience shows that in the vast majority of cases it is possible to help a woman to have a good pregnancy and give birth to a healthy child.
Существует также гомеопатическая подготовка к родам, которая позволяет предотвратить такие нарушения, как:
- слабость родовой деятельности (слабые, нерегулярные схватки или их прекращение, отсутствие или слабость потуг);
- слишком болезненные родовые схватки, не приводящие к раскрытию шейки матки (что называется дискоординацией родовой деятельности);
Владеющие гомеопатическим методом акушеры-гинекологи Москвы, Санкт- Петербурга, Киева уже несколько лет успешно применяют его во время беременности и в родах.
Цель гомеопатического лечения - помочь организму самостоятельно справиться с болезненными нарушениями, помочь женщине самостоятельно родить.
А после родов?
Больше всего неприятностей связано бывает в это время с эндометритами (воспаление внутренней оболочки матки), а также с маститами и недостаточным образованием молока. Со всеми тремя проблемами гомеопатия справляется очень успешно, поэтому вспомните о ней прежде, чем бежать в аптеку за антибиотиками и переводить ребенка на искусственное вскармливание!
Гомеопатия - универсальный метод, она помогает при самых разных болезнях, как легких (где действует, вопреки расхожему мнению, очень быстро!), так и очень серьезных (где для лечения требуется недюжинное упорство и терпение, как от врача, так и от пациента) и может служить надежным подспорьем человеку на всем его жизненном пути, от материнской утробы и до самых-самых преклонных лет.