A year ago, at age 3 1/2, my youngest was severely allergic to seemingly everything. Foods, heat, emotions….even his own tears. He was anaphylactic to dairy, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts and rashed terribly with gluten. There were a host of new foods showing up on his allergy testing each year. In all honesty, I was deathly afraid of what each day would bring. We could not make it to breakfast without Zyrtec. Any high histamine food (oranges, tomatoes, avocados, strawberries) would send him into coughing fits and he was covered in eczema. Oh yes…and did I mention the eye itching? Oh my goodness the eye itching! The boy needed a cool washcloth over his eyes at all times of the day. I was afraid he would hurt his eyes with amount of itching he did. And forget it if he started to cry…..he was allergic to his own tears! If he got upset (and what toddler doesn’t), he would get hives all around his eyes that itched like mad. And if he ran outside in the heat, he broke out into an itchy rash. He had cholinergic urticaria for which the allergists advised me to increase his daily antihistamine. We had to leave several outings to come home & get him in a cool bath. He was miserable. Our family was at it wits end.
I needed something that was not allergenic and very gentle. He was already on a great diet since he is allergic to most allergens anyway and we are a very low sugar, no chemicals kind of family. Since allergies are a sign of the immune system gone awry, I needed something to help regulate it and bring his body into balance again. I found a local homeopath that specializes in allergies via a dear friend and I considered it was worth a try.
As I pulled up to his little quaint office and walked inside with my son, I found myself thinking “Please don’t be a witchdoctor! Please don’t be a witchdoctor!” I had no idea what to expect. This homeopath was very gentle and sweet and I felt immediately at ease but the intake appointment was like nothing I had experienced before. The questions were unexpected. He asked about my son's ailments and the timeline in detail. But he also asked about my son’s feelings, his demeanor, what he liked and disliked. Did he do better at the ocean or worse? Did he tend to be cold or hot? Did he like being held or not? This was a whole new experience for me.
Last summer, he had a bad rash on his lower legs. Thankfully, the homeopath gave me a remedy and within a week, it was much better.
Here is the rash before treatment:
These are just a few examples of what homeopathy has done for us.
WHAT IS HOMEOPATHY?
Homeopathy is the theory of “like treats like”. It is based on the idea that substances that produce symptoms of sickness in healthy people will have a healing effect when you give them in very dilute quantities to sick people who exhibit those same symptoms. Those very dilute quantities of substances are called remedies. Remedies are meant to spark the body’s own healing processes and bring the body back to homeostasis.
Remedies are very specific to the individual and that is why using a homeopath to pick the correct remedies for you is very helpful and the only way to go if you are dealing with a chronic condition like allergies or asthma.
We have found homeopathy can be a lot of hit or miss. You can miss a few times trying to find the right remedy...but when you find it, it is like you have won the lottery. It is amazing to see.
You are not supposed to touch the remedies. Just dump it into your mouth and suck or dilute it in water and give a few drops of water. They are sugar pellets sprayed with the remedy, so touching it may rub off the effect.
This healing journey has taken us many places and I am so grateful it led us to homeopathy. I don’t want to imagine where we would be without it.