Home­opa­thy for new moms and babes

Home­opa­thy is one of the best ways to treat ill­nesses and dis­com­fort in preg­nancy and early child­hood. Louïne van der Vyver and Karin Steyn tell us more...

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DR JANA MOSTERT, a Jo­han­nes­burg­based home­opath with a spe­cial in­ter­est in health­care dur­ing preg­nancy, labour, birth and post­par­tum, says home­opa­thy is a nat­u­ral way of heal­ing and was de­vel­oped more than 200 years ago as an at­tempt to treat peo­ple more gen­tly. It’s safe to use in preg­nancy, doesn’t cause any de­for­mi­ties in the de­vel­op­ing foe­tus, and has no side ef­fects for mother or baby. Dr Mostert says home­o­pathic reme­dies work extremely well for a va­ri­ety of preg­nancy-re­lated ex­pe­ri­ences, such as: nau­sea and vom­it­ing swelling de­pres­sion and anx­i­ety di­ges­tive is­sues and heart­burn. There are even reme­dies that can be

taken for ba­bies in breech pre­sen­ta­tion, if given early enough and be­fore baby is en­gaged. Dur­ing labour and birth there are reme­dies to: strengthen surges man­age anx­i­ety aid in re­liev­ing labour pains. Post­par­tum ad­just­ment may also be as­sisted with home­o­pathic reme­dies, such as: sooth­ing aching mus­cles re­liev­ing symp­toms of post­na­tal de­pres­sion stim­u­lat­ing breast­milk for teething pains and colic in ba­bies bring­ing down fevers and the re­duc­tion of symp­toms de­vel­op­ing from vac­ci­na­tion. WHERE CAN I FIND HOME­O­PATHIC REME­DIES? Although it’s pos­si­ble to buy gen­eral over-the-counter home­o­pathic reme­dies, Dr Mostert ad­vises to rather make an ap­point­ment with your home­opath where pos­si­ble. “Each per­son’s ex­pres­sion and ex­pe­ri­ence of an ill­ness will be in­di­vid­ual, and so too the rem­edy that is de­signed for you. Reme­dies are worked out to take into ac­count the in­di­vid­ual’s ex­pe­ri­ence of the ill­ness, the per­son­al­ity and be­hav­iour of the in­di­vid­ual as well as gen­eral sen­si­tiv­i­ties.” WHAT ARE CON­STI­TU­TIONAL REME­DIES AND HOW DO THEY HELP? Con­sti­tu­tional reme­dies are de­signed for the in­di­vid­ual and can help the pa­tient to be as bal­anced as they can pos­si­bly be. With good sup­port, the body can fre­quently heal it­self. Con­sti­tu­tional reme­dies en­hance im­mu­nity in order for mother or baby not to get sick as of­ten. They feel emo­tion­ally better and gen­er­ally have more en­ergy. Only a home­opath can of­fer you a con­sti­tu­tional rem­edy af­ter care­ful ex­am­i­na­tion. YP

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