Sepia and Nux Vomica – Friends of the Pregnant Woman!

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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

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

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The Shriekers – Remedies for Crying Babies

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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

The Homeopathic Babe – Super Sensitive People

My Homeopathic Babe post will focus on Super Sensitive babies today – I have a special place in my heart for these babies because our world (in this North American society) really does not do much to protect or allow these children to unfold at their own pace.  Super sensitive babies are in reality probably all babies, some just seem to tolerate over-stimulation better than others.

I would suggest that in many cases of colic and reflux babies are simply pushed beyond their limits and exhibit their stress through their digestive system.  Some of the remedies for colic and reflux definitely reflect this relationship between an inability to tolerate noise, light, intense energy, movement or a fast pace.  A remedy such as Nux vomica falls into this category of a babe that reacts through colic symptoms any time their environment is just overwhelming to them.  As adults it is hard to understand why even leaving the bedroom can be overstimulating but if you think of babies as having no ability to filter – noise, light, movement or energy then you will begin to understand why babies use screaming and writhing to change their environment to better suit their needs.  Most of us react to this by trying to do MORE – shushing, moving, wrapping, unwrapping, distracting etc.  Try doing LESS.  Wrap, dim the lights, speak little and quietly, sit calmly.

Traces of vernix caseosa on a full term newborn.
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Another less known remedy for people who are extremely sensitive is a remedy made of Vernix.  Vernix is the white, protective layer on our skin while we are in utero, most babies are born with some evidence of this still intact.  Think of this as a second skin.  When someone needs Vernix literally everything can feel distressing to them, the slightest touch, sound, movement will create a desire to go inward and withdraw.  Babies that need Vernix feel overwhelmed by their environment, react to any environmental agents with big allergic reactions and skin outbreaks of various kinds.  They feel attacked, threatened and their response is to withdraw.  This is a potential remedy for children with autism.  Everything is just too much.

Babies do not need swimming lessons, infant stimulation classes, mom and baby yoga, music etc.  The mothers need stimulation and connection – the babes need to be at home, quiet, peaceful and grounded to begin their lives.  I love babies so much I will continue to be a voice for them as much as I possibly can.  This kind of information is not to create guilt but just to ask mothers to check in with how it feels to be out with a baby – I seldom see a mom that feels relaxed and grounded in the prep to leave the house or the being out.  There is a reason for this.

The Homeopathic Babe – Crying and Shrieking, Teething and Pain

The next remedy in my remedy series for babies is Chamomilla.

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Chamomilla is a remedy that is extremely sensitive and reactive to PAIN.

Chamomilla babies react to pain by SHRIEKING.

They are CAPRICIOUS – unable to figure out what they need or want.  They seem to want to be held but MUST BE MOVING! They might want to nurse but pull off shrieking every 2 minutes, want a toy then fling it away etc.

WORSE FROM TOUCH – the last thing a Chamomilla baby wants is your finger in their mouth.  This will make them angry and the shrieking will increase.  They are sensitive to pain and touch definitely aggravates the sensations.

FACE will have one red cheek.

Chamomilla can be used for anything causing pain in which the person is reacting as I have described above.  With regard to babies this usually occurs during teething and ear infections.

What will Chamomilla do?  Ease the pain and allow them to SLEEP.

Try 2 pellets of Chamomilla 1M one time.  If it works then just leave it alone, if it works then wears off you can give another dose.  If it doesn’t change anything then you have the wrong remedy.  If you thought it was Chamomilla but it didn’t work then the next remedy to consider would be either Nux vomica or Coffea.  More on those remedies in upcoming posts.

There are teething “combinations and formulas”  available at the health food store.  If those work it is because one of the remedies in it is the remedy your baby needs.  If you can figure out which one it is and give it in a higher potency in a single dose it will have a much more dynamic and lasting effect.

If you have specific questions on homeopathy and babies please take a look on my website at my e-book – The Homeopathic Guide to a Vibrant Pregnancy which contains a section on newborn and baby homeopathic care.  My website – http://www.pipermartin.com.

Birth Kit Essentials – new E-Book now available

Do you want to create a birth kit for your labour?  I have just the e-book for you.  If you are attending births as a midwife or a doula or if you are just wanting to gather some effective remedies for birth this guide will clearly direct you towards the remedies most commonly used in labour.

I have added a new e-book on my website (www.pipermartin.com)- Birth Kit Essentials.  

This short, concise guide outlines the top ten remedies you should use to create a birth kit.  It include specific instructions on using these ten remedies during labour for both induction and assisting with fear and anxiety during birth.  You can purchase both the Homeopathic Guide to a Vibrant Pregnancy and Birth Kit Essentials for a special combined price of $25.00.  To access this information please just visit my website at:  http://www.pipermartin.com.  

Homeopathic remedies for Withdrawal and Detoxing during Pregnancy

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One request I often hear is “are there remedies to make me stop smoking, eating sugar, drinking coffee, smoking pot etc.?”  The answer is yes.

If you can figure out  why you have those addictions through the homeopathic case taking process,  you can use remedies to support yourself in both getting through the mental/emotional aspect of the addiction as well as dealing with the withdrawal and detoxing physical symptoms of the process.

Nux vomica is one of the remedies that can be used to support people choosing to go off of coffee, marijuana, alcohol and cigarettes.  Nux vomica people tend to use substance to get them through the high pace of their life.  They are usually fast movers, workaholics, highly social with a tendency to overindulge in food, alcohol and other substance.

People that need Nux vomica will experience great irritability, headaches, constipation, morning sickness that feels like a hang over – retching and nausea.  Women attempting to create a better environment for their babies need to wade through these symptoms of detox and homeopathy is a great support as this process occurs.

For more specific information on remedies to take during pregnancy please visit my website – http://www.pipermartin.com and access my on-line e-book – The Homeopathic Guide to a Vibrant Pregnancy.