The miracle of birth is often accompanied by what are called "after-pains"... contractions of the uterus that come soon after delivery. Homeopathy is a wonderful option for helping new moms get comfortable after delivery.
Let's visit with that master OB-GYN homeopath - Henry Guernsey M.D., for his insights on the remedies to consider and their individual indications:
Arnica: Arnica should be administered immediately after delivery, unless contraindicated, and taken every 4-6 hours for the next few days to manage pain, bleeding, bruising and swelling.
Belladonna: When uterine pains come on suddenly and disappear with equal suddenness.
Bryonia: If the after-pains are excited by the least motion as in taking a deep breath.
Chamomilla: The pains are very distressing - she feels she can hardly bear them. She is irritated and in a foul mood. Dark lochial discharge.
Coffea: She is sleepless - wide awake and pains are most distressing. She feels them very acutely.
Cuprum: Terrible cramping pains. Pains often produce cramps in the extremities - starting in the hands.
Ignatia: Much sighing and sadness with the pains.
Nux vomica: Aching and cramping pains. Every pain causes an inclination to go to stool. Patient is excessively irritable. Often chilly.
Pulsatilla: In mild, tearful temperaments. Pains grow worse towards evening. No thirst with bad taste in the mouth. Feels better with the window open or with a fan.
Rhus tox: Pains are worse at night with restlessness. The pains are better with heat and from changing position..
Sepia: A constant sense of a weight or downward pressure in the rectum or vagina. Chilliness and irritability. Might have attachment issues with newborn.
Sulphur: Flushes of heat, weak, faint spells, feet either cold or burning hot, particularly in the soles.
Dose with either a 30C or 200C potency to start - placing one pellet under the tongue or one pellet in water, stirring vigorously and taking teaspoon doses as needed. Always cease dosing when relief begins and only redose if symptoms again worsen. As with any medical condition, consult with your physician if you have any concerns about the severity of your symptoms as they may first require medical diagnosis and/or intervention and monitoring.
About Dr. Samet:
Dr. Lisa Samet N.D. provides Washington Homeopathic Products with a weekly 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. 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 remotely using Skype.