I wrote this article for the January 2013 issue of Natural Baby Pros, an online magazine. This issue was focusing on Caesarian sections. Their link is http://www.naturalbabypros.com
There are many scenarios resulting in a Caesarian section. Some are planned due to choice or a physical concern. And some are the result of an emergency situation and not planned. In any scenario, the woman still goes through trauma and a healing process afterwards. Healing always takes time. Homeopathy can help with the trauma and the healing that is experienced with a Caesarian section.
Homeopathy is a system of medicine that was developed by the German physician Samuel Hahnemann in the late 1700’s. During the mid 1800’s to the early 1900’s, homeopathy was widely used in the United States, and is presently experiencing a resurgence in the United States. In addition, homeopathy is extensively practiced in England, Europe, South America, India and other parts of the world.
Homeopathy looks at each person as unique. How a woman experiences having a Caesarian section is unique to her. For example, one woman may find that it is the physical symptoms that bother her the most, such as feeling sore and bruised; tired and fatigued; concern about scarring; or breastfeeding issues. Another woman may experience the trauma more on an emotional level, feeling angry, disappointed, or let down that the birth was not as she had planned. Again, this is showing how individual and unique we all are.
The homeopathic practitioner or homeopath takes the time to listen and to observe what it is that bothers the woman, and what it is like for her. This could be the type of pain; how often the pain is; her emotional responses to what has happened and is happening; dreams; fears and more. All of this information guides the homeopath in selecting a homeopathic remedy that is most similar to what it is that the woman is experiencing. Simply, it is matching the state of the woman to a homeopathic remedy. This is the main principle of homeoapthy – The Law of Similars or Like Cures Like. The given homeopathic remedy stimulates the woman’s own healing process.
Here are some of the concerns that a woman may be experiencing after having a Caesarian section:
- Pains and discomfort from the surgery
- Pains and discomfort from labor, if the mother also experienced labor
- Emotional state – fear, anger, let down, disappointment, weepy, depression
- Breastfeeding issues
- The health of the baby
There are homeopathic remedies that are very useful in first aid situations, Caesarian section included. Below is a list of some of them. It is safe to use homeopathic remedies while nursing. Only use one remedy at a time. Sometimes, the state of the woman may change and another remedy will be needed as the healing progresses.
State of mother:
- Staphysagria – mother feels resentful, angry and let down. May feel as if she had been assaulted.
- Pulsatilla – weepy, clingy, wanting to be with others. After pains from delivery.
- Aconite – shock and fear. Feel that she will die.
Trauma from the surgery. Injured feeling. Aches, pains, bruising, swelling, contusions and inflammations:
- Arnica Montana – very useful remedy for any kind of trauma and injury.
- Bellis Perennis – usually used for injuries on the trunk of the body or if Arnica did not help.
Pains in the sacrum or coccyx after an epidural has been given or when forceps were used:
- Hypericum – remedy that helps in areas that are rich with nerves, such as the fingertips, toes and tailbone (coccyx), tongue, teeth, eyes, and genitalia.
Severe pains in the tissues that have been torn or cut during delivery or from episiotomies or Caesarian section. helpful for the healing of the Caesarian scar:
- Staphysagria – helps in post-surgical pain (see above).
- Calendula – helps with healing of cuts, wounds, scratches, abrasions, incisions and scrapes. It works as an antiseptic and prevents serious infection. Also in a cream used topically for wounds, incisions, etc.
- Hypericum – helps in injuries, such as contusions, lacerations, punctures in areas that are rich in nerves.
If received general anesthesia:
- Phosphorous – having prolonged symptoms of nausea, sleepiness, and/or just out of it after having come out of the anesthesia.
- Belladonna – breasts are engorged. throbbing pains, red streaks, breasts feel hot. There may be a fever.
- Byronia – engorged breasts. stitching pains. Breasts are pale and hard. Worse from an kind of movement. Very irritable.
- Castor equi – nipples are sore and cracked.
- China – anemic. Exhaustion from breastfeeding.
- Phytolacca – nipples are cracked. Milk ducts are blocked. Lumpy breast. Abscess/mastitis.
Strained muscles, tendons or joints.
- Rhus tox – sore when first starting to move, but once moving feels better
- Ruta grav – good for muscle and tendon strains.
It is always important to see a trained homeopath if any health concern or condition continues. If may also be beneficial to see a homeopath before a woman gets pregnant or during her pregnancy. Sometimes, the underlying health state that a woman experiences before getting pregnant may affect how the pregnancy proceeds and what happens during the delivery, perhaps resulting in an emergency Caesarian section. Homeopathy is very helpful in these kinds of situations. Homeopathy is treating the whole person, and when the woman is in a more healthy state, the possibility of the baby, the pregnancy, and the delivery being healthier and going smoothly increases.
Suggested reading: Miranda Castro – HOMEOPATHY for Pregnancy, Birth, and Your Baby’s First Year.