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.)