Teething can be tough.
A teething baby can be a placid drooler, an inconsolable screamer or anything in between. Homeopathy offers a great option for parents who want a safe, natural remedy to ease this transition. The homeopathic remedy chamomilla has been used since the 1800s to calm teething babies.
Homeopathic remedies should not be confused with herbal medicine. “Homeopathy is a system of medicine that uses very small doses of medicine called remedies,” says the National Center for Homeopathy. “The homeopathic doctor chooses the proper remedy by following a special rule of nature called the ‘Law of Similars.’ This law states that ‘like cures like.’ ” For example, Coffea Cruda might be prescribed to a patient with insomnia, though coffee would ordinarily produce sleeplessness.
Because homeopathic remedies are very diluted they are considered to be extremely safe, according to the National Center for Homeopathy. These remedies come in different potencies, such as 12C or 30x. This is why it is important to consult a homoeopathic physician when seeking a remedy, though remedies like chamomilla are well known for certain ailments such as teething.
“Chamomilla will help a lot of teething babies, but not all–about 50 percent in my experience,” Miranda Castro, president of the North American Society of Homeopaths, wrote in a 2004 article in the magazine “Homeopathy Today.”
The Chamomilla Teether
Chamomilla is indicated for use on infants who are experiencing “slow, difficult, painful teething with green diarrhea,” according to Castro’s list, “Top Twelve Teething Remedies.” “There’s one red cheek or a red patch on the cheek. The child is angry and capricious with unbearable pains–screaming for things that he or she then hurls away.”
Other Homeopathic Teething Remedies
Other teething remedies on Castro’s list include aconite, belladonna, Calcarea carbonica, Calcarea phosphorica, Kreosotum, magnesia muriaticum, magnesia phosphoricum, Phytolacca, Pulsatilla, rheum and silica. Homeopathic remedies are widely available online and in health-food stores, but for the most effective result, always consult a licensed homeopath before dispensing a remedy.