Virtually everyone is familiar with that scourge of gardeners and hikers alike – poison ivy. It grows just about anywhere though it’s most commonly found on the edges of forests, lawns, and roadways. It can grow as a vine, creep along the ground or grow as a bush – and its very durable root systems make it difficult to remove. Identifying it is easy – it always grows with three shiny leaves in a cluster.
What causes the itchy rash? A rash from poison ivy is caused by an oil found in the plant called urushiol (you-ROO-shee-all). When this oil touches your skin, it often causes an itchy, blistering rash – and that rash can spread to cover large sections of the body.
Is there a homeopathic solution to the problem?
Homeopathy is based on a law of nature – that "like cures like”.
The most common remedy used to both treat and in most cases prevent poison ivy rashes is the homeopathic remedy Rhus toxicodendron (Rhus tox). Made from the leaves of the poison ivy plant – this remedy is often the only remedy someone with poison ivy requires.
You can find the remedy in standalone formulations for poison ivy (like our very own Be gone Poison Ivy) or by purchasing it by name (Rhus tox) in dosages from 4X and 2C to 200C.
Dosing tips: When you first notice a rash and itchy skin, take a dose of Rhus tox and wait. If after 60 minutes there is no relief from the itching, take another dose and continue dosing every 30 minutes until you see improvement. At that point, stop and only redose if symptoms begin to worsen again. If you happen to know or suspect you were in an area that may have contained poison ivy, you will likely benefit by taking a dose of the remedy just in case.
About Dr. Lisa Samet:
Dr. Lisa Samet N.D. provides Washington Homeopathic Products with a regular column on using homeopathy for the family. She's a naturopathic physician who specializes in homeopathic medicine and she's a partner with Dr. Andre Saine N.D. She is perhaps best known as a guest expert on homeopathy used by Dr. Mehmet Oz M.D. on the popular TV program - the Dr. Oz Show. Dr. Samet graduated from the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in 1998 and has been practicing in Montreal since then. She was born and raised in New York.
Dr. Samet has chosen to focus on homeopathy because in her experience it is the deepest healing modality available in that it does not just soothe or palliate symptoms but can actually stimulate the body to start to heal itself. Dr. Samet sees patients in her Montreal office as well as long distance using Skype. Learn more here: Dr. Lisa Samet. You can follow her on Facebook as well.