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I have a sore, red breast. No fever. But to avoid mastitis, I am nursing lots on that side, massaging, etc. And the midwife recommended taking phytolacca, a homeopathic remedy.<br><br>
I am nervous to take it, as there are some (mostly minor) side effects.<br><br>
Has anyone taken it? Any advice or suggestions?<br><br>
Thanks in advance!!
 

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Hi!<br><br>
I have used phytolacca extensively for engorgement and the beginnings of mastitis. It was awesome! it worked so well.<br><br>
I am curious about the side-effects that you mention. What are they?<br><br>
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I have used it too, with no side effects. One of the great things about homeopathy is that it has no side effects ... I doubt phytolacca would be the exception to this rule.
 

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Here's a link to a page that lists some side effects, including chest pain and trouble breathing. <a href="http://www.healthtouch.com/bin/EContent_HT/altCareMedShowLfts.asp?fname=00136&title=Phytolacca+americana%2C+See+%7CPOKEROOT+%7C+&cid=HTALT" target="_blank">LINK</a><br><br>
I started taking it yesterday afternoon, and have been taking 3 little pills every 3 hours. No decrease in the soreness but no increase either. Still no fever, though my temp is a little higher than normal (it's normally really low).<br><br>
How long should it take to work?
 

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I looked at the link you gave. Those are side effects of taking the pure root. The homeopathic form should have no side effects.<br><br>
It should take a day or so. If it's not working then you might want to try a different treatment -- homeopathy usually works very quickly if it's the correct treatment.<br><br>
Here are some suggestions from kellymom.com:<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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Some moms with recurrent plugged ducts or mastitis have also had good luck with the following homeopathic treatment -- 2 doses Hepar Sulphur and 2 doses of Phytolacca (allow pellets to dissolve in mouth). The doses are to be taken as follows:<br><br>
First, take Hepar Sulphur 30C - 3 pellets;<br>
3 hours later, take Phytolacca 30C - 3 pellets;<br>
3 hours later, take Hepar Sulphur 30C - 3 pellets;<br>
3 hours later, take Phytolacca 30C - 3 pellets.<br></td>
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Thank you for the info! I think I'll call the midwife again, as well as send dh out to Whole Foods to get the Hepar Sulphur (I'm assuming they'll have that too). I SO want to avoid antibiotics, if possible. I'm also trying to rest. DD is at my mom's for the day so I can just relax with the baby today (and that's why I'm sitting at the computer!).<br><br>
Off to call midwife and then nap.
 

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Wow! I don't want to jinx myself, but I think the soreness and redness is gone! Yesterday, after my second does of the Hepar Sulphur, it got drastically better. So I don't know if it was everything else I was doing of if it was the addition of the Hepar Sulphur, but something worked. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> Cool!
 
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