strep B homeopathy

The homeopathic solution for Strep B Infection in pregnancy (Part II)

Strep B bacteria are more common than you might think. There are more than 90 strains known today. They are different than the bacteria causing strep throat and are often found in the vagina, rectum or the bladder. Infections from Strep B are generally not serious for a woman in good health. However, the picture is quite different for pregnant women since there is no guaranteed way to ensure the infection will not be passed to the newborn at the time of birth and cause serious complications if left untreated.

It is actually very common that women can have these bacteria in their bodies without knowing as there are no apparent signs and symptoms. According to the statistics about 15-40% of all pregnant women are Strep B positive and between 40-70% of those mothers pass the bacteria onto their babies during birth. Most babies remain unaffected by this pathogen and only 1-2% will develop some degree of mild to severe complication affecting their brain, lungs, blood and spinal cord.

Some doctors prefer to routinely test their patients between 35 and 37th gestational week and if the culture test turns positive, the conventional mode of treatment resorts to administering antibiotics when the mother goes into labour or when the membranes rupture.

Did you know that homeopathy can be extremely effective in treating Strep infections?

Streptococcinum is a nosode prepared from lysate of the S. Pyrogenes strain. It has been employed as homeopathic medicine for the first time in the 19th century based on clinical indications. The best description can be found in the works of Dr. Foubister and O.A. Julian with examples of cured cases.

In my practice I work with clients who are seeking natural solution and elimination of Strep B infection. The treatment protocol I use for my pregnant clients is based on years of clinical experience and has proven high success rates and excellent results.

The Strep B pregnancy protocol is designed to significantly reduce and eliminate the Strep B colonization and ultimately leave the patient free of the pathogen, which would be reflected in a negative test. This eliminates the need for administering antibiotics to the labouring mother and negates the risk of potential complications in the newborn.

The protocol is easy to follow, however, I strongly advise against attempting to self-prescribe since every case is different and the treatment should be tailored based on the particular circumstances of each and every client. Always consult with a professional homeopath who will be able to obtain your full clinical picture and assign approapriate treatment schedule based on your needs.

Supporting the spleen and the liver as well as selecting medicines that will control the replication of Strep bacteria are important part of the treatment.

Some of the homeopathic remedies I use in treating Strep B infections in pregnancy include Belladonna, Streptococcinum and Ceanothus americanus as a spleen support. This homeopathic protocol is to be applied in the last trimester of pregnancy and the first weeks following birth. For more information on selecting the right potency and how to successfully employ this protocol in pregnancy consult an experienced homeopath.

Written by Zara Bourgeois, DIHom(pact.)

Bacterial Infection and pregnancy

Bacterial infections: homeopathic treatment of Strep B positive in pregnancy (Part I)

A great number of illnesses are caused by infestation, infection, and replication of disease-causing pathogens, such as bacteria and viruses.

It is well known that we are 90% bacteria and 10% human. The flora of the human body is a diverse microbiome and our health hinges on its complex balance.

Most bacteria are harmless and, in a state of health, the body’s defenses are working adequately to keep the bad pathogens at bay. It is during times of stress, trauma, injury, or other underlying conditions when the human body becomes a favorable host for replication of those pathogenic organism leading to related illnesses and complications.

Bacteria are single-celled microorganisms able to survive in diverse types of environments and can be transmitted through direct or indirect contact from an existing reservoir of infectious bacteria.

Direct contact transmission occurs when a person comes into contact with the source of bacteria via touching infected bodily fluids, especially when the integrity of the skin is compromised (e.g. Cuts, open wounds, abrasions, etc). Another form of contamination through direct contact is by inhaling bacterial particles emitted by another individual through coughing and sneezing. Insect and animal bites are a possible way of direct transmission of pathogens into the host. One of the most common modes of transmitting bacteria is through sexual contact.

Certain types of bacteria possess the resilience to survive outside of the host of extended period of time. Indirect bacterial infection occurs when a person comes into contact with such pathogens. Most common ways of indirect transmission is through contact with contaminated surfaces, such as door knobs, furniture, handles, toys, gyms, pools, public transport, consumption of contaminated food or water, etc. Those modes of bacterial contamination are also known as horizontal transmission, where pathogens are exchanged between two or more living persons in the same generation.

The other mode of bacterial transmission, also known as vertical, occurs when the infection is passed from mother to child in utero or during childbirth.

In my next post I will be talking about the most common bacterial infections in pregnancy, caused by the Streptococcus genus and will be providing insights and tips about its successful homeopathic treatment. Stay tuned!

Article by Zara Bourgeois, DIHom(pact.)

Homeopathic First Aid

First Aid Kit: The Homeopathic Way

Summer is finally here! There are tons of fun activities you can embark on with family and friends. It is the season of camping in the mountains, taking the kids for a nice long hike in the woods , harvesting the warmth of the sun at the sandy beaches or planning on exciting trip to a distant land. And while it is absolutely imperative that you dive into the fun, it is always a good idea to play hard, but smart and keep in mind that accidents happen. Having a good homeopathy first aid kit is a great addition to your home medicine cabinet and proof itself extremely useful when you least expect it.

Homeopathic prescribing and management of chronic cases require years of proper training and experience. This is due to the fact that homeopathy being a strictly individualized holistic approach treats the patient based on their own peculiar physiological and psychological signs and symptoms as well as the etiology of their complaints. This means that two different individuals with the same diagnosis yet different symptoms would need different homeopathic prescriptions in order to match the state of their illness.

However, learning the basics of acute prescribing is relatively simple and easy. People experiencing mechanical traumas and injuries generally exhibit the same signs and symptoms and homeopathic prescription is specific to the compromised physical parts rather than the nuanced subtleties of the patient himself. Homeopathic medicines are a great choice in first aid situations and sport injuries. They are extremely effective in reducing the pain and speeding the healing process. Always consult a medical doctor or call 911 in case of emergency.

The choice of potency and frequencey of repetition are another aspect of mastering the skills of acute prescribing. Generally, for beginners I would recommend to start with low and medium potencies, such as 6C, 9C, 12C and 30C. As you become more confident in self-prescribing you will find that 200C and 1M can work wonders when the remedy is well indicated. The frequency of repetition depends on the severeity of the problem. Sometimes more frequent repetition is required in order to affect a change and speed up recovery. Give a dose every 15-30 min to 2 hours and less frequent once improvment settles.

The following list of homeopathic medicines are indispensable allies in first aid situations:

ARNICA (Arnica montana)

Arnica is the most common remedy prescribed in trauma and injury. It is a medicine par excellence when there is a case of injury with a state of shock. It helps relief pain, bruising and swelling of tissues, minimizes bleeding and acts as a healing agent speeding up the process of tissue regeneration. Arnica is an excellent choice before and after surgery, dental work, in childbirth to help minimize the shock and stress of the those traumatic events.

CALENDULA (Calendula officinalis)

The marigold is an excellent medicine often used in form of mother tincture, spray, gel and ointment and is well known for its powerful antiseptic properties due to its natural iodine content. Calendula is indispensable aid in treating wounds, cuts and skin abrasions via topical application. It helps with cleansing the affected area, prevent infection, reduce and stop bleeding and promote tissue granulation for speedy healing of wounds and burns. The tincture should not be applied directly on open wounds or in contact with mucous membranes as its alcohol content would cause burning and stinging pain. Always dilute the tincture with water before direct application.

HYPERICUM (Hypericum perforatum)

This remedy is known as the Arnica of the nerves. It is of great value in injuries and traumas to the spine and where there has been nerve damage. It is recommended for external application in treating infected wounds and is known for speeding the healing of deep open cuts, which often might prevent the need for stitches.

LEDUM (Ledum palustre)

This is our #1 remedy for puncture wounds resulting from a nail, needle or other sharp objects. Deep wounds caused by rusty nails should always be referred for further medical attention, but taking Ledum immediately will help heal the wound faster and prevent tetanus. It is also indicated in cases of severe bruising of the tissues when the affected parts feel cold and are ameliorated by cold applications. Ledum is effective in treating stings from insects and animal bites.

RHUS-TOXICODENDRON (Rhus-tox)

Rhus is found to be very effective in treating sprains and strains, where there is rupturing of the tendons, ligaments and fasciae. The patient is usually worse upon getting up and moving around and progressively improves as they continue to move. Limbs feel stiff and paralyzed. It is prescribed in joint dislocations alongside with Arnica. Rhus is a great medicine for some skin conditions associated with redness, swelling, burning and intense itching with tendency to scale formation.

URTICA URENS

Urtica is one of the best choices when it comes to cases of burns. It reduces the pain and promotes speedy healing. Urtica mother tincture is to be diluted in water prior to being topically applied (e.g. 1 part MT to 10 parts of water).

SYMPHYTUM

Known as the “bone glue” in homeopathy, Symphytum is invaluable in treating fractures. It promotes rapid healing of fractured bones, therefore in order to ensure the bones grow back together properly, one must go to a doctor to have the fracture re-set and placed in a cast before administering Symphytum. It is a remedy to consider in facial injuries.

This article is courtesy of Zara Bourgeois, DIHom(pract.)