Hey Mom of 2,
GardenPeace is giving you a great idea. I grew up on homeopathic remedies and believe many of them work. My mom is a midwife so going the natural route was the approach to all things in our home. If we ever feel down and scraped a knee she would immediately rub the spot with arnica cream to avoid bruising and speed healing. She'd also give us the arnica in sugar pellet form under our tongues, and it usually worked. The little white sugar pellets that most stores sell for teething babies are a homeopathic remedy. Same with the flu meds sold in the yellow-orange vials called Oscillococcinum; they are also sugar pellets containing the remedy. The most commonly available in-store brands are Hylands and Boiron homeopathic companies. They aren't cheap but I don't know how they compare to the cost of herbal meds.
My mom always explained the science of homeopathy like this: "It's similar to the idea of giving a kid immunizations. We expose the person to a little bit of the irritant/virus/etc so that their own body can develop antibodies to it." Homeopathy works in a similar way, but not the same way. (Many traditionalists will try to debunk homeopathy, as you'll see from a website search.)
I took this explanation from the www.nationalcenterforhomeopathy.org website:
"How does homeopathy differ from conventional medicine?
Homeopathy is based on a rule of nature called the Law of Similars. This law states that "like cures like," or that a medicine can cure a sick person if it can cause a similar sickness in a healthy person. For instance, if you peel an onion, your eyes burn, itch and water. You might also have a runny nose and begin to sneeze. If you had similar symptoms during a cold or allergy attack, such as a runny nose, watery eyes and sneezing, a homeopathic micro-dose of the remedy Allium cepa (red onion) would help your body heal itself.
The homeopath regards symptoms as the body’s healthy attempt to restore itself to balance. That is why a homeopath will choose a remedy that supports the symptoms—rather than opposing them or suppressing them as in conventional medicine. In conventional medicine, a cold or hayfever sufferer is given an antihistamine to dry up the runny nose and watery eyes artificially. But this medication often comes with unpleasant side effects like sleepiness and constipation. With the correct homeopathic remedy, however, there are no side effects and a person is restored to health naturally."
Following this second paragraph's example, this explains why when I was having what appeared to be really bad seasonal allergies in Texas, I could go to any grocery store and find homeopathic tinctures on the shelf for treatment. (about
60% of Houston, TX dwellers suffer terribly from seasonal allergies & are desperate for a cure, so non-traditional remedies abound.) These tinctures contained small amounts of the 4 most common environmental irritants in the TX season changes--pollen from specific TX trees, ragweed, etc. Exposing the body to this little bit was supposed to make the body kick in its own defenses against the external irritant.
Honestly, I really can't fully wrap my mind around how it works. But I do know that when my allergies were at their absolute worst in TX the only guaranteed cure was to take a run outside in the very air that would normally have me itching and sneezing. It resulted in at least a few hours' relief from the symptoms. Homeopathy at its most basic, I suspect...
Good luck with the kiddos!
1984? Grade school bite ("There's no Lyme in HI")
1984-2014: Headaches/frequent flu/insomnia/bad memory/dizziness/joint, foot pain/nausea/teeth decay"from the inside"/extreme fatigue/allergies/heart palpitations/vertigo/depersonalization
8.14: Add weak, heavy legs/dyslexia
10.14: CDC IgM: 23+ 41+
11.14: IGX IgM: 23+ 39+ 41++ 58+ 83/93+ 31IND IgG: 41+ 58++ 31IND
ABX: Began Doxy 10.15.14 Improving!
Post Edited (mauihawaii) : 11/19/2014 6:21:04 PM (GMT-7)