The advantages of using Homeopathy during pregnancy
To every woman, pregnancy represents a special and unique experience. An experience that, before it has been lived, has already been painted with many different shades of emotion such as expectation, doubt, worry and perseverance. As soon as conception has been verified, the emotional centre of gravity is displaced toward the care and the wish that the pregnancy will run a normal course for the mother as well as the baby.
Under the necessary gynecological supervision, the mother will be asked to rise to the challenges of a series of physical, emotional and mental changes that are due to the neurohormonal fluctuations characteristic of the different stages of pregnancy. (1) (2) Often, particularly during the critical first trimester, while it will be necessary for the mother-to-be to avoid taking medications, she may nonetheless experience symptoms that will make her daily life difficult. In such cases, Homeopathic Medicine can render very useful assistance to the mother-to-be.
Because of their ultradilution, homeopathic remedies are perfectly safe for the mother as well as the baby; they have no side effects, as they do not target the symptom but instead aim to optimise the neurohormonal and immunological homeostasis of the human organism; they have been used in Obstetrics and Gynecology for hundreds of years without a single one ever being withdrawn due to adverse effects. In recent years, many gynecologists and midwives have been trained in Homeopathic Medicine in order to be able to offer their patients an additional treatment tool that is useful, harmless and effective. Peer-reviewed Obstetrics and Gynecology journals contain many articles and reviews that scientifically justify this approach. (3) (4)
Vertigo, weakness, intestinal upsets with dizziness and vomiting, changes in appetite and bowel movements, headaches, metabolic disorders including thyroid disease, recurring infections, vascular disorders especially pertaining to the lower limbs, and last but not least, mental disorders (5) (6) (7) (8); these make up only a small percentage of the conditions in which Homeopathic Medicine can assist the pregnant woman. Of course, the effectiveness of a therapeutic intervention as mild as Homeopathy will totally depend on the correct, individualised approach on the part of the homeopathic doctor . Every organism has a different neurohormonal profile and requires a personalised approach in order for the treatment to be successful. This presupposes the presence of a knowledgeable homeopathic doctor who collaborates effectively with the gynecologist and midwife, to the full benefit of the patient.
In Greece, in recent years, such collaborations have been producing tangible results on a daily basis; this has been made possible by virtue of the excellent training of Greek homeopathic doctors. For more information please visit the websites of the Hellenic Homeopathic Medical Society (EEOI) http://www.homeopathy.gr and the International Academy of Classical Homeopathy (IACH) http://www.vithoulkas.com
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