I'm not super-familiar with homeopathy, and the differences between homeopathy and herbs, but I've read some. My 7 year old has ADHD, and I'm not interested in medical pharmaceuticals at this time (he has significant reactions to medication, and I'd prefer something with fewer side effects). There is a "natural" treatment called ADD-Care that sounds interesting. It includes an amino acid supplements that we already use, one that we don't, and a proprietary blend of homeopathic ingredients which they won't reveal because the product is under patent. There are many testimonials online for the product (that seem real). There are also SPECT scans (brain scans) comparing this supplement to prescription stimulants. I liked seeing that kind of documentation. But would you give your children an homeopathy that does not list ingredients? And can there be any other interactions/problems that arise from it? If we go to a medical doctor for whatever reason and I say that he's on homeopathic treatments, won't they want to know what exactly he's been taking? Or is it different from herbs in terms of effects it can have or if he did need a pharmaceutical medication for some reason?? TIA
I can't say whether I would use something that didn't list the ingredients. I think that is strange, because I thought production of homeopathy formulations was overseen by the FDA.
Have you seen the book What's Eating Your Child? by Kelly Dorfman? It has a nutritional approach to many childhood issues.
There are a few families in our homeschool support group who use Bright Spark and swear by it. It's homeopathic - not sure what all is in it but know that they DO list all ingredients (To me, any product that doesn't is suspect) I've never tried it - but absolutely LOVE other formulas by Native Remedies.
That proprtiety blend secrecy stuff always bugs me - like we're just supposed to give our kids mystery ingredients to protect some company's secret recipe. What about allergies? Just my .02
I've seen Bright Spark advertised, also. I'll have to look into that - they list the ingredients. What I liked about the ADD-Care was that they offered some hard-data comparisons of their product (granted, not very many, but more than most can show). The owner of the natural supplement store near me said he wouldn't think twice about it if it's truly homeopathic, but I still don't know how I feel about the lack of listed ingredients. I didn't think of an allergic reaction, but is homeopathy potent enough to cause this? I thought it was highly dilluted.
Lets see...where to start? :) My family's main mode of healing is homeopathy. With the help of a professional,we treat our children almost exclusively with homeopathy.
It is very common for homeopathic practitioners not to inform the patients of the contents of a particular remedy in the application of constitutional homeopathy. It is because homeopathic remedies are so dilute (or succused which is the proper term) that there is no risk involved,allergic or otherwise. The only way one can really injure oneself w homeopathy is by taking a remedy frequently enough to "prove" it. This is how remedies are developed,and don't worry. To prove a remedy you would have to take it every fifteen minutes for DAYS lol,and all remedies have "antidotes"
Homeopathic remedies work on the principal of like cures like. For instance,Arsenicum Album (yes Arsenic) is used very successfully in the treatment of Asthma and Ipecachuana (yes,ipecac!) is among THE most potent remedies for nausea and vomiting.
We are a second generation homeopathy family. MIL teaches classes in homeopthic first aide (VERY different from constitutional homeopathy,which is what your child most likely needs) and used to work for a company called Washington Homeopathics,where she created "mother tinctures" and made remedies.
The FDA regulation of homeopathic remedies has done little more than force manufacturers to label remedies w a "use". Unfortunately,because homeopathy is extremely complex,this has resulted in most label indications being misnomers. For instance,the label on a Boiron (the most widely available brand) vial of the aforementioned Arsenicum Album reads "food poisoning". While the remedy would certainly be useful in this application it is by far not the only or even main use it has!
Can homeopathy help to heal your son of what ails him? My short answer is absolutely 100% yes. Is it something you can achieve with a combination remedy you can purchase and administer yourself? I'm afraid that the answer to that is absolutely not.
Let me address for a moment the combination remedies that are becoming more and more available. For instance,Hyland's Teething Tablets,if memory serves me correctly,this remedy includes Chamomilla,Coffea Cruda,Belladonna,Arnica Montana and maybe a few more. What they have done is taken all the remedies LIKELY to be indicated for a teething child and put them all together. Because this is an application of homeopathic first aide,this is highly effective. In your child's case however,the "condition" is so exquisitely complex and personal,that it is extremely unlikely that just the right remedy in just the right potency will be included. (and yes,I know the teething tablets were recalled,it had nothing to do w the remedies involved as they have been inuse since ancient times)
We use a homeopathic Dr. and he is just that. A DOCTOR! He also happens to be president of the Maryland/Pennsylvania homeopathic doctors association,and two time recipient of he Samuel L. Hanamen award. Definitely no quackery here:)
Also,because he is a registered family practitioner and provides a sheet listing a "conventional diagnosis" most patients are extremely successful at getting reimbursment from their ins. companies.
I would very highly recommend seeking the services of a qualified homeopathic doctor. It is a completely different mode of treatment than anything you have likely encountered before. Very very much like the difference between an obgyn and a good,crunchy midwife:)
And yes,if you take your child to an alopathic doc and mention homeopathy,they will most certainly want to know exactly what he is taking,but they will know nothing about it and the info will be useless to them. However,homeopathy also does not interfere w western medicine,so if you want to save yourself some belittling eye rolling,just don't mention it. You should however,mention any conventional treatments being utilized to your homeopathic dr. Just as a for instance the homeopathic remedy Silica,which is commonly used to help the body eject foreign bodies like splinters can also dislodge a pacemaker or IUD.
In the hands of a professional,homeopathy is extremely potent. For instance,dd was treated for RSV with homeopathy without her ever being hospitalized. I can't stress enough that this was done under the supervision of a professional who was available to me 24 hours a day. This is not an exageration. Poor guy was on the phone w me for hours from about 11pm to 4 am (the times she was worst) for probably a week,and saw her in his office almost every day.
To this day,my children have maintained exceptional health. DD2 made it to five years old without ever needing an antibiotic or other conventional med of any sort. When she did take an antibiotic,it was at the advice of our good ol homeopath. The beauty of this is that now,when my children do have to take conventional meds (which definitely have their place!) the meds are profoundly effective.
So,anyway. Hope that helps a bit. Sorry to be so long winded:) If you have any specific questions,please ask away!
Thank you CKramerVA! Ds has been taking the ADD-Care for several months now. While nothing is "dramatic," dh and I do believe that it's been helpful. I also supplement with low doses of a few vitamins and minerals.
I recently contacted a Naturopath/Homeopath (she calls herself a Naturopath, but she works only with homeopathic medicine), and we have an appointment with her in a few weeks. I'm hoping that having something more tailored for *him* will be even more helpful.
I will take your advice and save myself the eye-rolling at the doctor by not mentioning the homeopath (I mention the other supplements). If it's not going to interact with anything medical in an emergency, then we'll just keep it to ourselves.
I'm really keeping my fingers crossed - I have high hopes for homeopathy!