This blog is a way of sharing the information and resources that have helped me to recover my son Roo from an Autism Spectrum Disorder. What I have learned is to view our symptoms as the results of underlying biological cause, which can be identified and healed. I say "our symptoms" because I also have a neuro-immune disorder called Myalgic Encephalomyelitis.

And, of course, I am not a doctor (although I have been known to impersonate one while doing imaginative play with my son)- this is just our story and information that has been helpful or interesting to us. I hope it is helpful and interesting to you!


Thursday, February 1, 2018

Homeopathic Remedies

Homeopathy is used along with biomedical treatments quite often.  In my personal experience, and in watching and hearing about the experiences of others, it seems to be quite successful for some people and not helpful at all for others.  Also, despite claims that homeopathy can never have side effects or do harm, I do know of at least 2 cases in which homeopathic treatment to clear viruses caused a significant and long term worsening of mitochondrial disease and possibly other conditions.  My own family gave it a good try early on in Roo's medical journey and while we had some successes the gains were not reliable enough to justify the ongoing cost and effort at the time (we were paying some of his travel expenses in addition to the fees for the appointments).  We have recently been trying again with certain remedies and are getting very good results for some things and reasonable gains with others.  The homeopath that we were seeing when Roo was younger was John Melnychuk who is amazing and one of the more knowledgeable homeopaths in treating autism and the many other symptoms and conditions which commonly occur in people with ASD and their families.  I do highly recommend him.  Although we are once again dabbling in homeopathy I am not very knowledgeable about it so am only posting some basic information.

For some more general info about homeopathy I have this post.

General Sources of Information for Choosing a Remedy:

Aconite Napellus - sudden onset anxiety and panic, fear, croup, ear infections.

Apis Mellifica (bee sting) - allergy symptoms including anaphylaxis (not to be substituted for epinephrine in anaphylactic shock, but may help while waiting for ambulance), such as redness, swelling, burning, stinging.  Restless, clumsy, light sensitivity.  General inflammation.

Argentum Nitricum - anxiety, OCD (compulsions and "harming thoughts"), gassiness and distended belly, conjunctivitis, hoarseness, and exhaustion.

Arnica Montana - pain and soft tissue injury, concussion, healing from surgery or dental work.

Belladonna - sudden onset fever, migraine, sensitivity to light, motion, or pressure; dizziness, sunstroke, insomnia (even though sleepy), swollen glands, high blood pressure.

Chamomilla - oversensitivity to pain, irritability and anger, teething pain or toothache, colic in infants.

Coffea Cruda (coffee) - insomnia, PTSD, feeling jittery and restless.

Gelsemium- anxiety, weakness and trembling, fatigue and exhaustion, headache, dizziness.

Histaminem (histamine) - allergy symptoms from hay fever, food allergies, insect stings/bites, etc.

Ignatia - PTSD (with frustration and hopelessness), depression with recent onset.

Magnesium Phoshphorica - menstrual pain and cramps

Nux Vomica (poison nut tree, contains strychnine) - symptoms from over-indulgence (food, alcohol, coffee, etc.), digestive and emotional symptoms, hernia, migraine, asthma, nausea, fatigue/exhaustion, influenza, urinary tract infections (with frequent need to pee), constipation, kidney stones, gallbladder inflammation, hepatitis, hay fever, and sensitive to light, sound, and odors.

Phosphorous - asthma, bronchitis, pneumonia, tightness in chest, dry lingering coughs, deep coughs, general fatigue, weakness, irritability. Helps clotting post-surgery and with nosebleeds, bleeding gums, heavy menstrual flow

Pulsatilla Nigricans(meadow anemone aka windflower) - tends to be for women, changeable and unpredictable but also dogmatic, paradoxical in many ways, bottles up emotions, weepy, tends towards anxiety and depression, fearful.  Kindness and sympathy help but also bring on tearfulness.

Rhus Tox - back pain (esp. with stiffness), arthritis, joint pain, Cervical Spondylosis (degeneration of vertebra in the neck), hernia (from weight lifting), hives (from exposure to cold)

Sepia Succus (ink from cuttlefish) - menstrual pain and symptoms, sensitivity to cold, hives (triggered by cold exposure), miscarriage, endometriosis, long term depression with indifference.

Sol - sunburn

Sulfur - hives (triggered by heat),

HOMEOPATHIC NOSODES:

So far these notes are all in regard to classical homeopathy.  There are several other forms of homeopathic treatment, one of which is the use of homeopathic nosodes.  Nosodes are remedies made from diseased tissue itself or from the pathogen directly and are used when the symptoms being treated began during or following a specific illness such as influenza or Epstein-Barr Virus.

BY SYMPTOM/CONDITION:

Homeopathic remedies for asthma (Antimonium Tartaricum, Arsenicum Album, Grindelia, Kali Bichromicum, Nux Vomica, Phosphorous, Pulsatilla Pratensis)

Homeopathics for anxiety (list includes Aconite Napellus, Argentum Nitricum, Arsenicum Album, Calcarea Carbonica, Gelsemium Sempervirens, Kali Arsenicosum, Kali Phosphoricum, Lycopodium Clavatum, Phosphorous)

Remedies for Panic Attacks and High Anxiety from WAPF
Also- Natrum carbonicum (insecurity with social situations; fear/panic in unfamiliar surroundings),

Top 5 remedies for depression (includes Ignatia, Natrum Mur, Aurum Met, Sepia, Kali phos)

Remedies for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (Gelsemium, Kali phosphoricum, Mercurius solubilis, Phosphoric acid and other “acid” remedies, Scutellaria, Zincum metallicum)

Remedies for fatigue, exhaustion, sleepiness (Kali phos, arsenicum album, nux vomica, phosphoricum acidum, picricum acidum, silicea, and zincum metallicum)

Homeopathy for menstrual pain and other symptoms (list includes Lachesis, Belladonna, Cactus grandifolia, Chamomilla, Cimicifuga, Colocynthis, Magnesia phosphorica, Nux Vomica)

Also - Phosphorous (heavy menstrual flow), Sepia (menstrual problems, irregular cycles, dysmenorrhea, morning sickness, uterus prolapsed, not well since menopause)

Remedies for hernia (list includes nux vomica, calcarea carbonica, lycopodium clavatum, rhus tox, silicea)

Remedies for post-surgery - Arnica (helps bruised and damaged tissue heal), Hypericum (reduces pain, speeds healing, and prevents infections), and Opium (this addresses the side effects of the anesthesia used)

Allergy symptoms - Apis, Euphrasia Officialis (itchy, watery eyes), Histaminem, Kreosotum (itchy skin, eczema, psoriasis, edema), Natrum Muriaticum, Phosphorous (asthma), Rhus Tox, Sepia, Sulfur

Migraine - Cyclamen (beginning with visual disturbances/aura), Glonoinum (with head congestion), Iris Versicolor (with intense vomiting, nausea, or heartburn), Kali Phosphoricum (from stress), Natrum Carbonicum (from sun exposure), Natrum Muriaticum (occuring during menstruation), Bryonia (pain begins over left eye, constipation), Belladonna (pain worsens with movement, light, and pressure, rapid onset),

Digestive problems - Lycopodium (liver problems, indigestion with burping, dyspepsia, biliousness, flatulence, bloated abdomen, baby's colic), Phosphorous (nausea, empty cold feeling, heartburn, flatulent colic, ulcers)

Osteoporosis and broken bones - Silicea, Symphytum, Arnica, Bryonia Alba (back pain), Calcarea carbonica, Calcarea phosphorica (promotes bone growth), Hypericum Perforatum (back pain),

Pain - Hypericum perforatum (shooting nerve pain, or from puncture or crushing wounds), Magnesium Phosphorica (cramping, muscle spasms), Oreodaphne Californicum (neuralgic headache. cervical-occipital pain, cerebrospinal meningitis), Rhus Tox (arthritis, joint pain, lower back pain)

PTSD - Opium, Kali Phosphoricum (with night terrors), Aconite Napellus (after sudden event or shock), Coffea Cruda (with trouble sleeping due to active mind)

Radiation exposure (from medical testing for example) - Cadmium Sulphuricum, Homeopathic X-ray