Vera Resnick-Weisz, DHom Med (Lic), IHM. Classical Homoeopathy. Local and online homoeopathic treatment available
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Yes, a strange headline for a post on homoeopathy, tis’ true. And includes the name of one of my favourite movies, but more on that anon. Let me explain.
Here’s a phenomenon practically all parents are familiar with – and even those with grown children remember all too well. Your kid gets a sudden high fever, and his/her adorable face goes bright red. Those eyes are shiny and glazed, sometimes the child is hyper, sometimes exhausted. But that bright red face with sudden fever is something that haunts every parent. Midnight phone calls to a medical service, anxious visits to the pediatrician, and sometimes even the emergency room. In the meantime parents are frantically searching for anything that can help, reaching for baby acamol (Tylenol), half of which gets spilled on the sheets and all over the baby’s pyjamas in the atmosphere of general panic, drinks, tepid baths, brandy (a stiff one, for the parents…).
One of my early patients many years ago was a 6 month baby girl who was subject to such high fevers, scaring her parents half to death every time her temperature rose. The pediatrician could find nothing that could be causing these fevers, which at that time were occurring once every two weeks. The child was also suffering from a nappy rash, and the area was bright red and burning.
Here’s where the pretty woman came into play – or to be precise, the homoeopathic remedy “Belladonna”. This remedy is usually part of any home remedy kit for parents who use homoeopathic remedies, together with homoeopathic Chamomile and Aconite. In the case I mentioned, homoeopathic Belladonna cured the child, and has proved its value to me many times since then.
Which for me adds extra poignancy to the last words of my favourite movie, where Julia Roberts, the pretty woman, tells Richard Gere that the damsel in distress, after being rescued by her knight in shining armour, “rescues him right back”…
And our Pretty Woman, Belladonna, has being rescuing people right back, especially children, for over 200 years.
* Belladonna in crude (non-homoeopathic) form – or deadly nightshade as it’s commonly known, was used by sixteenth century Italian women to dilate their pupils, believed to make them more seductive. Hence the name.