Homeotherapy or homeopathy can be a helpful addition to your normal pregnancy routines. Here are ten ways it can be helpful during pregnancy, and ten reasons you might want to think twice about using it.
20 The Pros: Alleviate Morning Sickness
Depending on when your morning sickness hits you, how long it lasts, and how severe it is, your homeopath will prescribe you different kinds of medications. For example, if you feel ill the moment you get out of bed, your homeopath might prescribe you Cocculus indica. Or if you’re throwing up a bit she might give you Nux vomica.
19 Cure Back Ache
Homepathy can also help you when you back starts to hurt because of the growing size of your belly and your changing center of gravity. For back pain, your homeopath might prescribe kali carbonicum, natrum muriaticum, arnica or rhus toxicodendron.
18 Relieve Constipation
Another common problem that many pregnant women suffer from is constipation, and homeotherapy can help with that too. For this ailment, you might receive lycopodium or alumina. If your constipation is caused in part by varicose veins in your rectum, you might be prescribed pulsatilla or carbo vegtabilis. Heartburn
17 Ease Heartburn
Almost 50 percent of pregnant women will suffer from heartburn in the third trimester. The reason it’s so common is that your uterus and baby are pushing up on your stomach and progesterone is relaxing your esophagus muscles. If you are one of the women who get heartburn, your homeopath might prescribe you sulfur, lycopodium, or capsicum.
16 Fix Urinary Problems
Other common pregnancy problems in the third trimester are incontinence and urinary tract infections (UTIs). While it’s important to take antibiotics for UTIs, homeotherapy can help you feel better sooner. Some of the remedies you might be given include cantharis and causticum.
15 Boost Energy
When you’re pregnant you might find yourself constantly fighting exhaustion. Homeopathic remedies, such as ferrum phosphoricum can help with that. It will enable your cells to receive more oxygen from the hemoglobin.
14 Eases False Labor Pains
Homeopathic remedies can also be used to cope with false labor pains. Caulophyllum, which can be taken as a granules and energized liquids can help relieve the pain that false labor causes without causing any danger to your child.
13 Help Deal with Bruising and Labor Pains
Before and after labor your homeopath might get you to take arnica to help with any bruising that was caused when you delivered your child. It doesn’t matter how your child was delivered, because arnica can help with bruising from natural delivery, the use of forceps, or a caesarean section. In addition to arnica, colocynthis can be taken to help you deal with the labor pains.
12 Can Induce Labor
Homeotherapy can also help you induce labor. If your baby seems to be content to stay in your womb, your homeopath might prescribe caulophyllum to help induce you.
11 The Treatments are Safe
Homeopathic medicines are safe to use because they contain very little, or quite possibly none of the active ingredients. The reason they contain barely any of the active ingredient is that the original plant or mineral is heavily diluted in the potentization process.
10 Helps with Infant Bone Formation
Homeotherapy can also help the infant develop. If the mother takes calcarea phosphate when she is pregnant, it can help the fetus’s bones form properly.
9 Helps Infant Turn
Sometime the baby doesn’t automatically move into the correct position. Pulsatilla can help you avoid having your baby in a breech position by helping the uterus expand so that your child’s head can move down into the birth canal.
8 Can help prevent miscarriage caused by intense stress/physical trauma
The final pro of homeotherapy is that it can help prevent miscarriages that are caused by intense stress or physical trauma. Arnica and aconite are two remedies that can help a mother cope with the physical and psychological stressors that have triggered the symptoms of miscarriage.
7 The Cons: Not Scientifically Proven
Homeopathic medicines are not scientifically proven to work. The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health points out that “most rigorous clinical trials and systematic analyses of the research on homeopathy have concluded that there’s little evidence to support homeopathy as an effective treatment for any specific condition.”
Part of the reason there’s no evidence to support homeotherapy is because researchers are unable to explain scientifically how something with no active ingredient can have the desired effect. This causes problems to clinical research because the researchers can’t confirm the remedy actually contains what’s listed on the ingredient list, and they can’t develop an objective measure to show the effects of the remedy.
Another reason it’s practically impossible to study homeopathic medicines is that “homeopathic treatments are highly individualized, and there is no uniform prescribing standard for homeopathic practitioners.”
6 Held to Looser Standards by FDA
Homeopathic medicines and treatments are regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). However, the FDA “does not evaluate the remedies for safety or effectiveness.” If the medicines meet certain conditions they can be sold without being approved by the FDA. For example, they need to list the ingredients, the number of times the product was diluted, and directions about how to use it.
5 No Active Ingredients
Another con of homeopathic medicines is that they contain little or no active ingredients. Through a process called potentization, the remedies are diluted in distilled water at a ratio of 1:10 or 1:100. Then they are shaken, and diluted again. This process is repeated so many times that they contain no molecules or only a very tiny amount of molecules of the original active ingredient.
4 Dangerous Side Effects
In theory homeopathic medicines should have no adverse side effects, because there is no active ingredients in them. However, that doesn’t mean there are none. The most common side effect is similar aggravation, which means your symptoms become worse. This happens when you chose the correct medicine, but the remedy was “too strong for your sensitivity.” You can also experience dissimilar aggravation if you chose the wrong remedy.
Another way that homeopathic medicines can have side effects is if they are not diluted enough or if they were contaminated. For example, if nux vomica isn’t diluted enough it can cause a variety of side effects including seizures, back spasms, anxiety, breathing problems and death. WebMD cautions that you shouldn’t take nux vomica period, and if you decide to take it, you should not take it for more than one week, and definitely not if you’re pregnant.
3 Results Comparable to Placebo Use
The results you see from using homeotherapy are roughly the same results that you would see if you were taking a placebo, which means they only work for about 30 percent of people. A placebo is a pill or other form of medication that has no medical benefit for the condition. They work on the patient’s belief that the doctor knows best and would only give them something that would help.
2 Slow to Take Effect
Homeopathic medicines won’t give you instant relief. It will generally take a couple of days before you notice that your symptoms aren’t bothering you as much. How quickly the medicines give you relief depends a lot on you, your age, your energy levels, how severe the problem is, and what you consider to be feeling better.
1 Lots of Guesswork
There are thousands of different homeopathic remedies, and the chances of your homeopath picking the right one the first time is slim. So you might have to try one remedy for a time, and then return to your homeopath to try a different remedy a few times until you find the correct medicine for your condition.