Midwifery Series #5 -Homeopathic Medicine for FRIGHT! FOR mothers, fathers and babies

The best thing about homeopathy is that it impacts your mental/emotional state – WITHOUT drugging you or your kids.

It reminds you of what is real and helps your body to mirror that truth.  When our bodies get frightened physical symptoms such as shortness of breath, rapid heartbeat,clenching, flushing, shaking, sweating and crying can occur.

Allopathic medicine seeks to shut down the physical experience and make the symptoms disappear.

Homeopathic medicine seeks to address WHY the symptoms are there, and address both the physical and the emotional discomfort.  Homeopaths understand that the body speaks to us in the language of symptoms.  This is especially useful when you have a child that is pre-verbal.  Understanding body cues is key to compassionate care of your baby.  It takes time and careful observation of both yourself and your children,  but these mysteries will be revealed if you persist.

Fear is one of the easier mysteries to see because the expression is so dynamic.  They physical symptoms mentioned above are all quite obvious, especially in a baby or small child.  As adults we tend to compensate and hide these expressions but they are happening regardless of our suppression.

Here is one of the easiest remedies to use for fear and anxiety – helpful for mothers, babies and fathers….

Aconite 1M

This is the top seller in my practice! Aconie works instantly to relieve a panic attack, calm anxiety and settle a person who has been triggered by something frightening.  Aconite relieves symptoms such as;

  • restless pacing
  • heart racing, rapid breath
  • fear of dying
  • claustrophobic in crowds or anywhere
  • fear of birth, fear of the pain of birth
  • transition during birth – feeling as if you were about to die!
  • birth trauma – when a baby has been surrounded by people who fear he/she will die.
  • nightmares after a fright
  • fear in the birth room – fathers and grandparents that feel frightened
  • anxiety after talking about something that upset you
  • anxiety after a fight or anticipating an argument
  • anxiety going into a presentation, dental appointment or performance
  • for babies it appears as – clenching jaw, eyes shut and fists shut, screaming and fearful

Give two pellets of Aconite 1M and wait.  Within just a few minutes you will observe/feel easier breathing, calmer language, a softer body and the fear subsiding.  It reminds you of who you really are and where you are in the present moment.

If you feel you need more guidance in using this remedy please contact me at http://www.pipermartin.com

Midwifery Series #4 – Homeopathic Medicine for Mastitis

Homeopathic medicine is incredibly effective for the treatment of Mastitis.  It is safe for mothers and babies, will resolve the problem quickly and without any invasive treatment.

Newborn baby breastfeeding.
Newborn baby breastfeeding.

In most cases mastitis is a signal of overextending, mothers that are trying to do too much too soon after birth. Dehydration is also a large factor in mastitis.

Mastitis and a recurrence of bleeding are two of the most common signs that mothers need more rest, water, food and rest! Heed these signals and all will be well.

Belladonna 1M 

  • sudden onset
  • worse at 3:00 am and 3:00 pm
  • fever, headache, flushed face, glazed eyes
  • worse on the right side – breast has red streaks
  • HOT to touch, DRY and HOT
  • throbbing sensations

Bryonia 200C

  • dry mouth, dry lips – dehydrated
  • severe headache, worse from ANY motion
  • breasts are painful from ANY motion
  • bad mood, irritable
  • slow onset, low grade fever
  • cannot bear a bra or any touch

It is most beneficial if the remedy is taken as soon as the first symptoms appear. Take two pellets of the indicated remedy and wait.  You should see a change within the 1:10 time frame – for example if the pain has been present for one hour – 60min then the symptoms should shift within 6 min.  Nurse the baby as often as possible on the painful side and line up the baby’s chin with the duct that seems to be the most affected.  This will drain that duct and clear any blockage.

If you need more guidance in choosing a remedy or managing mastitis please feel free to email me for personal support.


Midwifery Series #3 – Top FIVE remedies to Fire UP labour

mom and babe

Remedies are used to lift fear, create productive, rhythmical contractions and reassure women and babies that they are safe and all is well.

Occasionally women need assistance at different points in their labour to move the momentum forward.  This may be for a variety of reasons such as:

  • Gelsemium 200c – performance anxiety – labour is going along well and the midwives arrive then everything stops or they arrive at the hospital and things peter out.
  • Pulsatilla 200C or Phosphorus 1Mrupture of membranes with no contractions – often women are on a time schedule,  according to the community standards of the hospital – most health facilities want to see active labour within 18-24 hours of ruptured membranes.
  • Arsenicum 200Cstall in dilation at 6 cm – this is a point in labour where things normally really take off.  It can feel very out of control and frightening for some people.  In response to this,  their bodies slow things down.
  • Aconite 1Mfreezing up at a previous traumatic point in labour – our bodies remember previous birth experiences. If a woman stalled at a certain point in her birth and had to have an intervention,  her body often repeats this action in the next birth – even though she may not consciously know she is at that same point.

Gelsemium 200C – feeling exhausted, heavy, as if too tired to continue labour.  Gets nervous and sleepy as midwives arrive and set up or they arrive at the hospital.  Contractions slow down and labour can cease.

Pulsatilla 200C – weepy and frightened at the thought of going into labour- false labour – contractions stop and start, appear in the front, back, down the legs – key word is changeability.  Women needing Pulsatilla will not want to do anything to bring labour on- such as go for a walk – they are frightened and want to hide from the experience.

Phosphorus 1M – Phosphorus women may be overwhelmed by the rupture of membranes.  They are alarmed by what is about to happen and fearful that their baby may be at risk.  Phosphorus women tend to have big reactions to medications and allopathic induction will affect them strongly.

Arsenicum 200C – Arsenicum women tend to be A type personalities that strongly dislike being out of control.  They often stall at either 6cm or in the second stage of labour.  They strongly dislike the sensation of pushing.

Once you have picked a remedy that matches, give two pellets of the indicated potency.

Remedies are widely available at most health food stores, from homeopaths and naturopaths.

Once the remedy has been given wait within the 1:10 time frame – for example – if membranes have been ruptured for 1 hour then you will see a change within 6 minutes.

A change means contractions starting, bloody show, position change, new attitude evolving etc.  Once you see action just observe, there is no need to repeat the remedy once change is initiated.

If you are in need of more information or guidance on this subject please refer to my website – http://www.pipermartin.com.  I have two e-books available as well as mentoring via email for 20.00.

Midwifery Series #2 – Cesarean Birth Recovery

To care for a woman following a cesarean birth is a tender mission.  She needs both physical and mental/emotional support. Using homeopathic remedies immediately following a cesarean means that she will be able to integrate the experience faster and allow her focus to be on her and her baby.

Staphysagria 200C

  • two pellets immediately following birth allows a woman to pass gas and then be allowed to EAT.
  • two pellets for UTI from catheterization
  • two pellets for infection in the cesarean incision
  • two pellets for anger following a cesarean – does not need to be immediately following the birth, can be at any point following a cesarean.  Feeling of being traumatized by the birth, feeling as if violated, feeling of being dominated, feeling of having no choice, feeling of being a victim.  Anger may only show up on behalf of someone else – another friend who has a cesarean, their baby etc. Anger may only appear in dreams.
  • very sensitive to rudeness, to being touched, to feeling of powerlessness.
  • trembling when talking about a birth experience, shaking from anger.
  • Bell’s palsy from anger or a cesarean birth.

This remedy is the most important remedy to consider for homeopathic induction of a VBAC woman.  It will clear the pathway of any previous trauma or anger and allow the new experience to be fresh.  Two pellets will be enough to do this work.

IF you have specific questions about using this remedy please contact me for guidance.


Midwifery Series – #1 – ITCHY mamma!

Dolichos Pruriens 200C

  • This remedy will address the intense itching that some women experience during pregnancy.
  • This remedy is for itching both with and without visible eruptions.
  • Itching is worse at night
  • Itching is worse on the feet or begins on the feet, for some women it covers their bodies.
  • This level of itching prevents good rest and can drive people crazy.  They are compelled to itch incessantly but it does not bring relief.
  • This remedy has a tissue affinity for the liver so it will support the liver if this is the root cause of the itching.

Give two pellets and wait – the intensity and the frequency of the itchiness will subside in the 1:10 time frame.  This means that if the pregnant woman has been itchy for 10 days then within 1 day there will be a change.

If you have further questions about using or prescribing this remedy and would like some guidance please feel free to connect with me. I am an expert in the field of homeopathy and midwifery care.


Is anyone else bored by the FLU shot? Its so yesterday….

green cross for first aidReplace the flu shot and the over the counter medication with homeopathic remedies, good quality food, water and a relationship with a chiropractor or osteopath.  

I find it very disturbing that the flu shot is recommended for pregnant women, especially in this world in which there are so many other much healthier options available.  Begin by putting together a Homeopathic Acute Care kit.  It is safe and easy to prescribe homeopathy for adults and children. Homeopathy is safe for pregnancy and for newborns.

There are no side effects – which is pretty revolutionary considering pretty much any other medical substance you put in your mouth has MANY side effects.

The remedies I recommend including are:

Aconite 1M– sudden high fever, croup that begins in the night with fever, acute ear pain with fever, ailments from fright

Antimonium Tartaricum 200C- especially useful for babies – chest colds with low grade fever, sweaty, too young to actively  move the mucus out of the lungs. Loose rattling cough but not much coming out. Will usually make the child vomit up the mucus.

Arsenicum 200C – food poisoning, vomiting and diarrhea, nausea and vomiting, chills, restless, anxious

Belladonna 1M – sudden high fever, RIGHT sided inflammatory complaints – ear, sinus, headache, breast, joints, frightened, intense, red, flushed and radiating heat.

Bryonia 200C – head pain with DRY cough, irritable, worse from being moved,thirsty – fears to cough because of pain.

Cantharis 200C – UTI – pain is worse at night, violent, burning pain in urethra and constant urging to urinate

Chamomilla 1M – teething, sudden ear pain, waking in the night shrieking, worse being touched, one cheek red, stool is green.

Eupatorium 200C – flu remedy – deep achy bones, chills, painful headache and cough, sore throat.

Gelsemium 200C – heavy eyes, heavy limbs, achy but not debilitating like Eupatorium.  Chilly, especially up the back, weakness, vertigo, ailments from anticipation of performance – a bad cold right before going into labour or a big presentation.

Hepar sulph 200C – last croup remedy – when the mucus arrives and the mood is foul – hypersensitive to pain, touch and cold. CHILLY, recurrent attacks of suppurating tonsillitis, sinus infections with thick, yellow mucus, discharge from ears.

Rumex 200C – tickling cough – continuous cough, profuse discharges, dry membranes – raw throat from coughing

Spongia 200C – DRY cough, barking, croup remedy after Aconite, membranes are all dry.

Sulphur 200C– loose stool, strong odour, red, sweaty, fevers but GOOD mood. Loose chest cold. Great to finish a loose cough that has been hanging around for awhile.  

Phosphorus 1M – chest colds, pneumonia, bronchitis, nosebleeds, thirsty, in need of constant company and touch, hungry and thirsty for cold water and juicy foods.

Phosphoric Acid 200C – dehydration, loss of fluids, headache, fatigue, emotionally flat – after any food poisoning, vomiting, diarrhea, blood loss or excessive breastfeeding.

Mercurius 200C – swollen glands,sweating, drooling, sinus infection with green discharges – colds go to the eyes, for sudden infections in foreskins of little boys

Pulsatilla 200c – yellowish thick discharge – pink eye, mucus filled cough, weepy, clingy, thirstless.

Lachesis 200C – sore throat, swollen glands, left side, headache on the left side, worse after waking from sleep.

You can do this and if you need guidance,  I am available to provide it via email.  Simply visit my website – http://www.pipermartin.com and set yourself up to experience a true level of health.

For an excellent book refer to:  Desktop Companion to Physical Pathology, Roger Morrison, M.D.

The Shriekers – Remedies for Crying Babies

crying babe

Some babies seem to prefer to express themselves by crying, shrieking, wailing and flailing! The following remedies are suggested for those babies in order that the crying can be perhaps brought into proportion, that their ability to communicate becomes more easily understood and that they are able to accept consolation from their weary parents!

The Shriekers

Nux vomica, Coffea and Chamomilla – these are the top three shriekers in the materia medica.  They all can cry for different reasons but the thing they have in common is sensitivity.  They all have big reactions to stimulation and they way they express is by very loud and high-pitched scream crying.

Nux vomica – is most commonly seen in premature babies.  They are sensitive to everything – noise, light, touch and engagement.  The tricky thing about them is that they seem to LOVE stimulation and their mothers definitely LOVE stimulation – the problem is that they cannot handle it.  Stimulation creates colic like symptoms and shrieking begins and can last many days.  By stimulation I mean things like visitors, trips out anywhere from the grocery store to the zoo – these babies do best by staying at home with just the immediate family.  Initially they do best by just staying in one room and not even really moving throughout the house.  Seems unbelievable I know, but if you want a calm baby – try it.  Nux vomica will help them become more flexible and allowing of stimulation and gradually their tolerance will increase.

Coffea – has the unusual shrieking reaction from excitement.  Large amounts of stimulating excitement create a baby that is unable to settle down and sleep.  Instead they have insomnia, become overtired and then the crying begins.  Think about how you feel if you have had too much coffee –  nervy, twitchy, overreacting to everything.  Make it quiet and dark.  After excitement allow lots of down time before asking the baby to settle to sleep, a bath can be a great way of calming.  Excitement might be things like Christmas, guests, large outings, lots of noise or people holding/talking to the baby. Coffea helps to speed the process of calming down and is great as an acute remedy for when the situation occurs.

Chamomilla – Chamomilla is usually used during times of teething to sooth crying and insomniac babies, the reason it works so well during this period is that Chamomilla babies have an over reaction to pain.  Their crying comes from reactions to things other babies may not have any response to.  They are very sensitive to touch and how they are handled during episodes of discomfort and since the first two years of life can often involve some sensations such as teething,  the crying and reacting may seem constant.  Chamomilla allows the child to sleep.  Chamomilla children usually like some pretty extreme bouncing and jiggling to perhaps counterbalance the sensations they are feeling, the remedy settles down that need so that the parents may also have a rest!

There are more remedies for crying babes – if you do not spot your baby in this line up please email me – I do email consultations and would be most happy to help! http://www.pipermartin.com

Silicea – Vaccination Support – Absorption of Nutrients – Strong Healthy Babes

cutie pie

Silicea is a remedy that is incredibly useful in treating newborns.  It comes in both potentized form and tissue salt form and both have their place in newborn care.

Failure to Thrive

Silicea is a wonderful remedy in a baby that has been called failure to thrive.  This means the baby is not gaining weight or moving forward in a way that is satisfying to the care providers.  This can happen in both formula fed and breastfed babies.  The food is going in but the little body is not absorbing the nutrients.  Silicea will facilitate this process.  It asks the body to take in the nutrients being offered and use them effectively.


Silicea constipation is very obvious – it looks like thick icing.  That is if it comes out at all – the other homeopathic term used to describe a Silicea bowel movement is “bashful stool”.  Basically there is a lot of skid marks in the diaper but no formed stool.  When it does emerge it is thick like icing.

The Silicea Picture 

Silicea babies are typically very fine featured, have large heads and sweaty little feet.  They are sensitive and aware but will often appear yielding, this is the tricky thing about them.  They seem like they are content but they have strong feelings and are one of the most stubborn remedies that exist.  They like things done a certain way – how food is presented, their sleep rituals, how they are being held etc. But they aren’t screamers like Nux vomica babies – they just refuse to move forward unless things are their way.  Changes have to be approached slowly with this baby – the key word is assimilation – you have to allow time and a slow pace for any assimilation to occur.


In older children the resistance to change is very obvious – change of season requiring change of clothing and shoes, a move, a dietary change, change in the family dynamic.  These will all be met with varying degrees of resistance and there is no resistance like a mineral remedy resistance.  They can settle in for the long haul – they just simply need the time and information to take it in and make it their own.  They like to observe before they jump in, have time to think and discuss, they are not flexible when it comes to new things so work that into your planning.

Vaccination Support

Silicea is constitutionally averse to anything going into their bodies, they don’t particularly like touch, they will react to having their hair cut, nails trimmed and to any invasive physical process.  This includes vaccination, they are one of the most common remedies I see having a vaccination reaction.  It is offensive to them and the resistance will get much worse after a vaccine.  I know the mental/emotional aspects of vaccination reactions are not something that is normally discussed but the nature of my work allows me to observe this part of humans – as well as the physical responses.  It is also one of the reasons I urge parents to consider waiting until they have a true sense of their child before vaccinating.  A symptom such as an increase in resistance is a big deal in life but difficult to assess in a baby.


Silicea can be given initially in tissue salt form – especially if it is for a physical concern such as constipation.

Silicea 200C is the potency I tend to use for constitutional prescribing in babies and children.

I am offering email consultations via my website – http://www.pipermartin.com if you would like specific guidance in using this remedy for your family.

Sepia and Nux Vomica – Friends of the Pregnant Woman!


Remedies have relationships and belong to families.  This is one way of organizing and understanding how remedies may work together.  Sepia and Nux vomica are two such remedies.


Sepia is a very hormonally based remedy and hence the reason it shows up a lot during pregnancy.  Sepia women feel hormonal changes strongly, each shift such as menarche, the birth control pill, pregnancy, breastfeeding and menopause create imbalance and difficulty for the Sepia woman.  During pregnancy Sepia women may experience some of the following symptoms:

  • aversion to their husband – this is a strong aversion – including the smell of their husband
  • aversion to their children – general impatience and feeling of being overwhelmed
  • exhaustion
  • lack of tone – sensation as if the baby is falling out
  • prolapse – bladder, rectum or uterus
  • craving for vinegar
  • stasis – varicose veins, hemorrhoids, constipation and cold hands and feet
  • desire for vigorous exercise but too tired to do so
  • aversion to breastfeeding – would prefer to go to work and this is their main conflict – knowing breastfeeding is a good choice for the baby but lacking the desire to sit and do it.

Nux Vomica

Nux vomica is the acute remedy of Sepia.  This means if a person is constitutionally a Sepia type,  then Nux vomica will work well for acute complaints – symptoms that are temporary and passing through.

For example

  • morning sickness in pregnancy – this feels like being hung over – dry heaves, retching, headache and BAD mood
  • withdrawal from coffee, tea, drugs or alcohol – headache, constipation and BAD MOOD
  • impatience in traffic, at work, with families – extreme lack of tolerance and patience – translates in labour as a premature urge to push
  • short-tempered
  • headaches
  • constipation – with urging but little output
  • very sensitive to noise, light, stimulation and big reactions when overstimulated.
  • babies that cannot handle stimulation, especially premature babies

For information and guidance please visit my website- http://www.pipermartin.com

Aconite – the Remedy for Panic, Anxiety and Fear

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One of the true strengths of homeopathy is that it addresses both the mental and emotional state of an individual- as well as the physical symptoms.  For example – pain relief in labour is great,  but there is not an allopathic solution to the mental/emotional fear and anxiety that many women experience.  Aconite offers this relief.

The potency I recommend is Aconite 1M – the idea with choosing a potency in homeopathy is to match the intensity of the symptoms with the strength of the remedy.  A 1M dose is considered a high potency and this remedy requires that match in order to be most effective.

It is safe, effective and appropriate to use Aconite 1M for relief of anxiety for children, breastfeeding women and during pregnancy and labour.  It will offer instant results –

if you are experiencing anxiety symptoms such as:

  • heart palpitations
  • restlessness
  • fear of dying
  • tightness in the chest
  • tingling anywhere in the body
  • repetitive fearful thoughts
  • panic attack symptoms
  • feelings of fear – as if you might die!


Two pellets of Aconite 1M. Repeat as needed. You cannot overdose.

Common Situations that would match this remedy:

  • fear during labour – especially if a previous birth has been traumatic.
  • Old fears that return – This applies to any situation in which an individual has experienced trauma and when placed in a similar situation feels frightened and anxious.
  • fear of starting something new – first day of school, new job etc.
  • social anxiety – fear of crowds
  • overwhelmed sensations – a lot of new aspects being assimilated at once
  • fear of pain
  • fear in newborns – babies that clench their jaws, eyes closed and fists – after a traumatic birth

If you would like more guidance feel free to check out my website – http://www.pipermartin.com and see what I can offer you.