If you’re a parent of young children, you’ve likely read or heard on the news that many OTC allopathic drugs for simple acute conditions like coughs, colds, pain, fevers, and diarrhea are unsafe for small children.
At best, these medications simply suppress symptoms. At their worst, they can cause real harm.
So, what’s a parent to do?
I’ve been practicing naturopathic medicine for over 20 years, and the vast majority of my patients are children and their families. The medicines I prescribe are almost exclusively homeopathic.
And I am by no means alone. In places like France, 95% of all GPs and pediatricians use homeopathy in their practices. That’s a very large number!
Five Reasons to Use Homeopathy as a First Option for Your Sick Child
- 1.It works exceptionally well and often very quickly.
- 2.It’s the safest form of medicine known.
- 3.It’s extremely gentle and perfect for the very young, as well as the rest of us.
- 4.It activates each individual’s innate healing response rather than merely suppressing symptoms.
- 5.There are zero toxic side effects or drug interactions.
Homeopathy is a federally recognized form of medicine, and the manufacturing of homeopathic remedies is regulated by the FDA.
Is there research showing the good effects of homeopathy?
Indeed there is much of it along with 200 years of consistent clinical results.
What’s in a Remedy?
Remedies are made from naturally occurring remedial substances, i.e. the plants, animals, and minerals all around us.
When a remedy is manufactured, the original medicinal material is put through a process of serial dilutions and succussions (vigorous agitation) before it is ready for use. In fact, each homeopathic remedy is manufactured according to the Homœopathic Pharmacopœia of the United States following strict formulation requirements.
Why Homeopathy Makes So Much Sense for Children
It’s important to remember that humans are built with an innate ability to heal from wounds and disease.
Ordinary drugs are largely suppressive in their actions and come with risks, whereas homeopathic remedies act in a very different way. They gently stimulate a child’s (or adult’s) innate capacity for self-healing, and produce relief, often in short order.
And in my experience and those of my physician colleagues, that leads to healthier children in the long run and children less susceptible to future problems.
How to Use It
First, you’ll want to either read my articles on homeopathy for children (and adults) with various ailments (add link) or get yourself a good self-help book on homeopathy. Those will serve as a guide in remedy selection. It is also highly advisable to consult with a certified homeopathic practitioner, especially for serious conditions, as they are trained and well versed in this system of medicine.
Here’s the really important part… The key to choosing the correct/helpful remedy is always the same. One must match the “characteristic symptoms” (i.e., unusual or peculiar) of the person you are caring for (not the common ones like a headache, sore throat, cough, fever, etc.) to a remedy capable of producing similar characteristic symptoms to have success. If you choose a remedy with characteristics most similar to the characteristic symptoms of your family member, you should have a happy outcome every time. If you don't, you or they will either feel no effect or one that is mildly positive at best, but there is never a bad effect from choosing the “incorrect” remedy.
Once you have chosen a remedy that appears to match your symptoms, dose with a 30C or 200C to start by placing one pellet under the tongue or one pellet in water, stirring vigorously and then giving a teaspoon dose as needed. Always cease dosing when relief begins, and only redose if symptoms again worsen.
Homeopathy is truly a gift to humankind. Please consider using it – for the good of your family.
*Remember, as with any medical condition, consult with your physician if you have any concerns about the severity of the problem as it may first require medical diagnosis and/or intervention and monitoring.
Dr. Lisa Samet N.D. is an exceptional homeopath who 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.