Lets start with the Vegetable Kingdom (Plant Kingdom)
Without roots – Alfalfa, Lobelia inflata, Ocimum sanctum, Ranunculus sceleratus
With roots – Aconitum napellus, Aethusa cynapium, Arnica montana, Belladonna, Chamomilla, Chelidonium majus, Conium, Drosera, Dulcamara, Euphrasia, Hyoscyamus, Hypericum, Ledum palustre, Pulsatilla, Ruta graveolens, Spigelia, Stramonium
- Fresh : Arum triphyllum, Bryonia alba
- Dried : Ipecacuanha, Ratanhia
- Aerial : Ficus indica
- Root & rhizome : Aletris farinose
- Flowering stem: Cactus grandiflorus
- Stem with leaves: Clematis erecta, Sabina
- Rhizome: Gelsemium, Helleborus, Podophyllum, Sanguinaria canadensis, Veratrum album, Veratrum viride
- Corm: Colchicum autumnale, Crocus sativus
- Bulb: Allium cepa, Allium sativum
- Dried: Coca, Eucalyptus, Tabacum, Gymnema sylvestre
- Fresh: Digitalis purpurea, Rhus tox, Justicia adhatida, Kalmia latifolia, Ficus religiosa
- Asparagus officinalis, Pinus sylvestris
- Flower bud: Prunus spinosa
- Stigma: Crocus sativus
- Flowering heads (with leaves): Calendula, Eupatorium perfoliatum
- Flowering heads (without leaves): Cannabis sativa, cina, Melilotus alba, Solidago
- Fresh : Avena sativa, Cucurbita pepo, Ignatia, Syzygium jambolanum
- Dried: Cocculus indicus, Coffea cruda, Nux moschata, Nux vomica, Sabadilla, Staphysagria, Carduus marianus.
- Fresh outer bark: Abies Canadensis, Salix nigra, Viburunum opulus,
- Dried outer bark: Cinchona, Mezereum, Conduranga
- Inner bark: Cinnamomum, Fraxinus Americana, Prunus virginiana
- Fresh bark of root: Baptisia tinctoria, Berberis vulgaris, Hamamelis
- Dried bark of root: Gossypium
- Bark of root and stem: Robinia
Bark of trees: Azadhirachta indica, Jonosia asoka, Terminalia arjuna
- Fresh fruits (berry) – Agnus castus, Crataegus, Sabal serrulata
- Fresh leaves and berries – Viscum album
- Dried fruits (Nuts) – Aesculus glabra
- Pulp – Carica papaya
- Juices : Aloe socotrina (Inspissated juice of leaves), Opium (gummy juice of poppy), Anacardium occidentale (black oily juice of shell).
- Resins: Abies nigra, Guaicum
- Gum-resins: Asafoetida
- Balsams : Balsamum peruvianum
Volatile oils: Oleum santali, Oleum gaultheria
Fixed oils : Oleum crotonis, Oleum ricinis
Alkaloids : Atropine, Morphine, Nicotinum
Glycosides : Digitalin
Algae – Fucus vesiculosus
Fungi – Agaricus muscarius, Bovista, Secale cor, Ustilago
Lichen – Sticta pulmonaria
Bryophyta: – Polytrichum juniperinum
Pteriophyta: – Lycopodium (Spore), Equisetum hymale
data shared from homeobook.com
As I type this, I’m battling my first cold of the season. It’s annoying, but not nearly the knock-me-off my sails type illnesses of the past. Over the past few days, I’ve changed homeopathic remedies for my cold depending on the symptoms. Homeopathy is a powerful way to treat common colds and flus without harmful side effects. Basically what would have lingered for weeks before my knowledge of homeopathy disappears in a matter of days. It’s also, as I said, much weaker of a cold, given the remedies affect to bolster my body’s immune system.
Now, two professional homeopaths Lora Roberts of 360 Homeopathy and Kelly Callahan of Concentric Healing will share their ideas on cold and flu season. *This post is for informational purposes only, and DOES NOT constitute medical treatment*
Homeopathy for all seasons: Colds, the flu and you!
by: Lora Roberts, 360 Homeopathy
With the cold air already sneaking up on us and winter approaching, now is the perfect time to have some homeopathic remedies on hand to help with fall and winter ailments. I have thoroughly enjoyed this beautiful fall weather in the midwest this year. As much as I like to procrastinate and enjoy these beautiful days, I also know planning for optimal health for the winter is needed. They say if you don’t plan, you plan to fail so let’s be proactive!
First a little background is helpful–What is Homeopathy? Homeopathy is a natural therapeutic method of medical treatment that is based on the philosophy that a substance which causes symptoms in a healthy person can also remove symptoms in a sick person as long as the substance is highly diluted. The Homeopathic remedy stimulates the body’s natural healing process. Homeopathic remedies are traditionally made of plant, animal, or mineral elements rather than synthetic forms. Homeopathic remedies are the only other health products along with conventional drugs that are regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Homeopathy views illness as effecting the entire individual (mind-body- spirit) and treats the whole person rather than just the symptoms, disease or specific body parts.
The treatment helps the body heal itself rather than suppress or control symptoms. Homeopathy acts at an energetic level, therefore it has a broad effect: shifting mental, emotional , and physical symptoms.When situations arise and self treatment is appropriate here are some remedy suggestions for the flu and cold season. Colds and flu are generally considered acute illnesses and are self limiting which means they will eventually resolve themselves in time without intervention. To distinguish the difference, colds are generally accompanied by a runny nose and mild fever and flus usually present with respiratory illness with high fever, chills, muscle aches and prostration.These remedies can be purchased in a 6c or 30c potency and can be found at many local natural health stores and pharmacies. When dosing in these acute situations, the remedy can be repeated 3-4 times a day for a duration of 7-10 days and reducing the amount as the symptoms improve.
Oscillococcinum: a great remedy to have on hand in your first aid kit. As soon as you start feeling run down or have other flu-like symptoms, such as headache, body aches, chills and fever, take Oscillococcinum. I say this is the lazy man’s remedy for someone who doesn’t want to do a lot of thinking about their illness and just take something to make the pain go away.
Aconite: works great in early stages of a illness, especially within the first 12 hours of showing cold and flu symptoms, colds with a sudden onset and symptoms after exposure to cold wind/weather, dry cough and flushed face.
Bryonia: common flu remedy, ideal for those with body aches and pains, excessive thirst, desire to remain still and aggravated by the slightest movement
Gelsemium: lack of thirst, flu like symptoms with overall weakness, shivering and heaviness of limbs, exhaustion with lethargy and droopy eyes. FYI- this was the #1 remedy used during the 1918 flu pandemic
Allium Cepa: great for colds with excessive burning acrid discharge of the nose, nose “runs like a faucet”, profuse flow of bland tears, constant sneezing
Kali Bichromicum: helps to clear out the last of cold symptoms, sinus headaches, crusting inside the nose, sticky-stringy nasal secretion, constant clearing of the throat, blocked sinuses.
Arsenicum: chilly & anxious with diarrhea and vomiting. Helpful for the gastric flu.
Nux Vomica: another great remedy for a gastric flu, increased diarrhea and vomitting and an all over toxic feeling. The patient is often chilly and impatient.
Merc. Vivus: cold symptoms with increased saliva and a painful need to swallow. They often are very hypersensitive to temperature changes.
Hepar Sulph: this individual is cold all over and worse from uncovering. They are extremely irritable and don’t like to be touched, esp. near the head (think of a screaming child who doesn’t want the doctor anywhere near their ears). It is helpful for an extreme sore throat with sharp pains that effect the ears.
Last but not least for individuals who want a more prophylaxis/preventative option Influenzinum is beneficial. One popular protocol is to take one dose once a week for 4 week in ascending potency moving from 30C up to 10M. Every year a new batch of this remedy is made and it contains the three most recent strains of the flu virus. Many homeopathic pharmacies also offer a combination Influenzinum that offers a remedy made from the flu strain of multiple years.
Homeopathic care is cost effective, has been used successfully for over 200 years and promotes gentle healing. For chronic complaints and other health concerns it is helpful to seek a qualified Homeopathic Practitioner. The homeopathic process is both simple and noninvasive.
Cheers to health! Remember even when illness strikes our body is expressing health and giving us messages. Listen and treat appropriately!
Thanks so much Lora! Now, here’s Kelly’s take on cold and flu season…
Homeopathy for Sniffles and Sneezes
by: Kelly Callahan of Concentric Healing
Last week, This American Life, a popular documentary style radio program on NPR, did a show on Tylenol, and the shocking risks on taking this seemingly benign pain killer and fever reducer. The only surprise was that it was actually on a national radio station that is often unfailingly on the side of conventional medicine.
You have to ask yourself- is this what I want in my medicine cabinet? How do I want to respond to my child’s seasonal illnesses?
If any part of your answer is- I want to use natural, safe medicines, that will not only help reduce suffering but actually be a benefit to the immune system… well, look no further!
Whether it’s those first runny noses or the full-on flu, homeopathic remedies are that safe, natural medicine.
Homeopathy has been used for over 200 years and has a proven track record of efficacy for not only seasonal illnesses, but the big epidemics in the history books (at least in this country) like yellow fever, diphtheria, cholera, and more. Using single substances from nature (plants, minerals, etc…) the remedies deliver a highly diluted, energetically potentized dose that interfaces with the child’s own energy, and gives it the boost it needs to complete the healing it is already trying to do. For a great tutorial on how homeopathy works, check out: http://homeopathyplus.com.au/category/tutorials/ These Aussies do a great job of breaking down homeopathy.
But back to alternatives for your medicine cabinet. Here are a few remedies that are must-haves, bringing your child(ren) relief, and peace of mind for parents everywhere who are looking for a way out of the pharma-matrix.
This might be the one remedy I would take to a deserted island (but man, I would fight tooth and nail if I could only bring one!!). Aconite is the perfect remedy for fall and winter, because it helps the vital force (chi in Chinese medicine… your essential energy that regulates balance in your body) reconcile from fright, shock, and exposure. If the body can’t rebalance after exposure to a cold dry wind, or a fright that comes as a shocking surprise, then a fever and/or cough may come about as a result.
For example, let’s say you go on a hike and up at the top, the wind is going strong, even though the sun is shining. Later that night, you hear a dry barking cough and go to check up on your little one. Sure enough, he has a high dry fever, bright red cheeks, and raspy seal-barking cough that sounds like croup coming on. A few doses of Aconite 30c or a 200c if you have it, should help ease the fever and may resolve the condition altogether.
You can use Aconite for just the barky croupy cough, as long as there is no discharge present yet (goopy nose, congestion in the lungs). It is also a go-to for the first twinges of a sore throat that feels tight and dry.
Hepar sulphuricum is one of those strange mineral combinations unique to homeopathic medicines. I love this remedy, and it follows Aconite well for when the fever might drop, but the cough advances and there’s congestion in the chest. This is definitely a second-stage remedy, where the condition has advanced to producing mucous.
The cough will still sound croupy- dry and barking. The patient often has a *very* sore throat, so painful to swallow, and warm drinks are the only thing that makes it better. There is an oversensitivity to pain- the ear, the throat, or even conjunctivitis of the eye. The pain in the throat is like a fishbone sticking in it, and it may radiate up to the ear.
Mentally and emotionally, the child is so sensitive to their pain and intolerant of discomfort they become grouchy and irritable.
Belladonna is a well-known and often used remedy for children and fevers. The key indications for the remedy are: pulsation, congestion, inflammation.
Belladonna conditions tend to come on quick. As in, your kid came home from school, he was fine and then by dinner, he’s red (inflammation) in the face with a raging fever. There may be delirium with the fever and glassy eyes. A throbbing, right sided headache might be present as well. Any motion, light, or noise makes the symptoms worse.
The suddenness, redness and inflammation that are characteristic of Belladonna may come with any symptoms picture- like a sore throat, a headache (without the fever), ear infection. There may also be a barking cough. But like Aconite, this is more of a first stage remedy, when things come on quick, but before everything settles into mucous and discharge (goopy yellow snot, that kind of thing).
The difference between Aconite and Belladonna? With Belladonna there’s an element of intensity and violence- it comes on fast, and the child may rage or strike out. The redness and pulsation are marked. With Aconite there is more a state of fear, and a desire for protection. The fever is high and dry, but without the intense inflammation of Belladonna.
Arsenicum is a great remedy for colds and certain indications of flu. The mental state is strong, and important to prescribing- that of anxiety for health and deep insecurity. The anxiety can be for one’s own health, or that of another. I wrote about this remedy in my first post about going back to school, and how the child who might need Arsenicum will have a strong need for order and cleanliness, and what we consider to be ‘OCD’ symptoms.
Physical symptoms include extreme chilliness, with an inability to get warm. The patient is huddled in blankets by the woodstove or heater and *still* can’t get warm. They want company and in a weird twist, want to sip cold, or cool water (rather than a hot beverage). Their pains are burning- in the stomach for example, and any discharges are also burning- leaving the skin raw and red in its wake. There might be diarrhea and vomiting. The head may feel like it is burning and a cold pack will make it feel better, all the while, the patient still feels chilly! Symptoms are always worse between midnight and 2 am (think coughing).
You can start with Arsenicum if the initial symptoms are violent, consistent sneezing and a persistent chill. A few doses of this remedy in a 30c potency may help thwart a nasty bout of illness!
All of these remedies are available where homeopathics are sold. Follow the dosing instructions on the bottle. In general, if you have not seen a shift by the fourth dose, then the remedy is not a good match. Likewise, if you see major improvement, hold off on giving additional doses unless the symptoms return or progress stalls.
An important note about fevers. Many parents find themselves tethered the thermometer when their child has a fever, and religiously monitor the condition degree by degree. The key? Watch the child, not the numbers. A fever is an appropriate response on behalf of the immune system to activate antibodies and kill off bacteria. By keeping a child well hydrated and using appropriate homeopathic remedies, you can enable this vital healing response. If you see your child become listless and in great pain, disordered breathing or pulse rate, then you can help cool the body gently with cool (not cold) cloths on the hands the feet. Cooling the body too quickly can be a shock to the system. Make sure she stays hydrated.
If you have a homeopath, contact him or her to help you monitor and choose appropriate remedies. Look up natural supports for fevers *ahead of time* so that you aren’t panicking when the time comes and find yourself reverting to the Tylenol. Consider switching to a care provider that is knowledgeable and supportive of a less invasive approach.
These four remedies- aconite, hepar sulph, belladonna, and aresenicum- when used for the conditions indicated, may bring great relief and help cut the duration of illness and potentially reduce secondary infections. There are many, many homeopathic remedies and if you find that one of these doesn’t give the results you’re looking for, another remedy is indicated. I frequently blog about remedies for acute home use at my blog- www.concentrichealing.blogspot.com. The National Center for Homeopathy is also a fantastic resource for the home prescriber.
It can be scary to see our vibrant little ones under the weather, and as a mother, I can think of no greater peace of mind than knowing *exactly* what I am allowing into my child’s body. With homeopathy, I have no fear of recalls, toxic side effects, or overdosing. Like exercising a muscle, when the immune system ‘gets a workout’ by overcoming an acute illness, it comes out the other end stronger and more resilient. Let’s support, not suppress.
That’s a boatload of information. Thanks for Kelly and Lora for contributing to this blog. Homeopathy has changed my life and my family’s wellbeing. I hope you learn more about it. Remedies can be found at health food stores, Vitamin World, Mariano’s and Whole Foods. This post is not sponsored, and is intended for informational and education purposes only.
article can be found at momnivores-dilemma
*The reason for including this article in my blog unfolded itself from a discussion I had with a client about how her homeopath suggested using 5 pills for each dose, and keep re dosing daily (same potency, same remedy no succussions,5 pills)…..I was horrified! (and realized that many practicioners do not read the Organon)
in the 6th edition of Organon Hahnemann suggested giving 8, 10, or 12 succussions to the medicinal solution. In the 5th edition he spoke of using 1 to 10 to activate the solution just prior to ingestion. In aphorism 281 of the 6th Organon ( Boericke’s edition) Hahnemann notes that there is a great difference in the levels of sensitivity of various individuals.
“If a cure is to follow, the first small doses must likewise be again gradually raised, but less and more slowly in patients where considerable irritability is evident than in those of less susceptibility, where the advance to higher dosage may be more rapid. There are patients whose impressionability compared to that of the unsusceptible ones is like a ratio of 1000 to 1.”
This rather profound statement holds many keys to the selection of the potency and dose. I call this the *sensitivity scale* because it give us an idea of the vast differences in the susceptibility of individuals to the action of the remedies. What a #1 sensitivity would not even feel will cause a dangerous aggravation in a #1000 sensitivity. Through years of experiments I have found that those of a hypersensitive nature and physical constitution (700 -1000+) do better on less succussions (1-4). Those of average sensitivity (300 to 700) do well on a moderate number of succussions (4, 5, 6, 7). Those who are hyposensitive (1 to 300) may need a higher number from the start (6 ,9, 10, 11, 12).
Those with very sensitive nervous systems often do not need the stimulation that a large number of succussions produce. In such cases a small increase in the amount is a better option than increasing the number of succussions. This increases the “amplitude” of the remedial powers but does not over stimulate the potency factor. I start the sensitive, nervous and changeable temperaments with a smaller number of succussions than those of average sensitivity. They do better on less teaspoonfuls (a coffee spoon), fewer succussions (1 to 3), and more water in their solutions (6, 8 or more oz). The ultra hypersensitive should be given the dose diluted in several dilution glasses (2 to 6, etc.). In this way the liquid dose becomes tremendously flexible in a way that the old pellet dose cannot be. This is what allows for the speeding of the cure to 1/2, 1/4 or less the time of the static dry dose which is prone to accumulate in the vital force and produce aggravations.
It is best to start with a conservative dose until one is sure of the true homoeopathicity of the chosen remedy. Only increase the amounts and succussions when necessary. Over medication always produces aggravations which slow down the cure, and runs the risk of producing accessory symptoms which disrupt the case. If the accessory symptoms become strong they will cancel the homoeopathicity of the simillimum changing the symptom pattern and disrupting the case. Sometimes, the routinist homoeopath is caught in the vicious cycle of treating the symptoms they are producing without knowing it. They think they are treating new layers, removing the causes, or stimulating a healing crisis, when in fact, they are like a dog chasing its own tail. They are going around in circles. Be gentle with the vital force.
written by david little
The evidence for homeopathy comes from two main sources – the studies and trials undertaken, and the experience of the many people who use it. My impression is that many people don’t realise that these studies and trials exist as they often don’t appear in the mainstream media.
The individualised approach of homeopathy does not always lend itself well to clinical trial structures, and the resources needed for large-scale trials are mostly beyond the research and financial resources of those outside of the pharmaceutical industry. However, there are studies and trials that you can refer to. Some focus on patient experiences and outcomes of homeopathy, such as the Bristol Homeopathic Hospital Clinical Outcome Study, 1997-99:
“An observational study at Bristol Homeopathic Hospital included over 6,500 consecutive patients with over 23,000 attendances in a 6-year period. Seventy percent of follow-up patients reported improved health, 50% referring to major improvement. The best treatment responses were reported in childhood eczema and asthma, and in inflammatory bowel disease, irritable bowel syndrome, menopausal problems and migraine in adults. Similar patient-reported outcomes have been reported from the UK’s other four NHS homeopathic hospitals[7-10].” Source: Faculty of Homeopathy website, please see link and references below.
There are also a number of randomised controlled trials looking at the effectiveness of homeopathy in various conditions. If you visit the Find A Homeopath website it can give you more details around these, and further links if you would like more information
The website for the Faculty of Homeopathy (involved with the education, training and practice of homeopathy by the medical profession) also offers information about trials and a download summary with full references http://www.facultyofhomeopathy.org/research/
In Switzerland the Health Technology Assessment report was “compiled on behalf of the Swiss Federal Office for Public Health presented the findings of a seven-year review of the evidence on homeopathy. It concluded that homeopathy, as practiced in Switzerland, is clinically effective, cost-effective and safe. Homeopathy has since become available to the Swiss public as part of their national healthcare scheme.” (2011) Source: Homeopathy Research Institute https://www.hri-research.org/resources/homeopathy-the-debate/
Given how individually-tailored homeopathic treatment is, it can also be very interesting to look at testimonials from people who have used it, what it has helped them with and their positive experiences http://www.findahomeopath.org/Testimonials
There are also organisations where you can look up recent pieces of research and reviews such as the Homeopathy Research Institute and the recent research which detected physico-chemical difference between homeopathic preparations and water. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.homp.2015.08.002
This is a system of medicine that has been practiced for over 200 years, across the world, used by millions of people – there is a wealth of information to share about it and many, as you will see from the testimonials trust the truth of their own experience.
This Article shared from; chantryheath
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Vitamin K given to infants-what you may not know…..
Aqueous solution containing fat-soluble vitamin K
An aqueous solution containing fat-soluble vitamin K is prepared by adding vegetable oil(s), gycerol fatty acid ester(s) or sorbitan fatty acid ester(s) in an amount of 0.004 to 5% by weight, based on the whole aqueous solution, to an aqueous solution containing menatetrenone (vitamin K2) or phytonadione (vitamin K1) and hydrogenated lecithin.
MULTTVITAMIN PREPARATION AND METHOD
US Pat. 2980588 – Filed Jul 18, 1957 – Les Labora
120; 100 mg. vitamin BI, 100 mg. of acetylated vitamin K … This is brought up
to exactly 100 cc. by the addition of gelled peanut oil. …
STABILIZATION OF FAT-SOLUBLE VITAMIN
US Pat. 2973266 – Filed Feb 5, 1958 –
… vitamin E in an edible oil solvent, and vitamin K in an edible … Limpid
peanut oil 94 Hydrogenated cottonseed oil Hydrogenated soybean oil 35 43 70 68
Aqueous solution containing fat-soluble vitamin K
US Pat. 5021570 – Filed Jul 7, 1989 – Eisai Co., Ltd.
… ing fat-soluble vitamin K, which solution contains speci- The term “residual
… peanut and corn oils, thin is used together with an adjuvant (cf. …
Oxidative stabilization of omega-3 fatty acids in low linoleic acid …
US Pat. 7344747 – Filed Apr 29, 2004 – GFA Brands, Inc.
19 20 Percentage Flax Oil Added to Peanut Butter 10 The blend of 8 percent flax
oil … and vitamin K, and a carotenoid that is a carotene or a xanthophyll. …
METHOD OF MAKING SAME
US Pat. 2937091 – Filed Jul 2, 1953 –
… vitamin E in an 10 15 oe- 40 70 edible oil solvent, and vitamin K in an
edible .oil vehicle or in crystalline form. … Hydrogenated peanut oil 45 55.
Vitamin K –Is this really safe and necessary? Bronwyn Hancock October 2003
…The vitamin K injections administered by hospitals and manufactured by Merck and Roche and Abbott contain benzyl alcohol as a preservative. … Roche’s vitamin K product KONAKION contains ingredients such as phenol (carbolic acid-a poisonous substance distilled from coal tar), propylene glycol (derived from petroleum and used as an antifreeze and in hydraulic brake fluid) and acetic acid (an astringent antimicrobial agent that may drastically reduce the amount of natural vitamin K that would have otherwise been produced in the digestive tract). As reported in the PDR and as published in the IM vitamin K packet inserts for Merck, Roche and Abbott, “Studies of carcinogenicity, mutagenesis or impairment of fertility have not been conducted with Vitamin K1 Injection (Phytonadione Injection, USP).” · The Vitamin K injection can be in a base of polyethoxylated castor oil. · Vitamin K injections also contain hydrochloric acid and lecithin. Effects of Vitamin K administration · The manufacturers warn on the product insert: “Severe reactions, including fatalities, have occurred during and immediately after intravenous injection of phytonadione even when precautions have been taken to dilute the vitamin and avoid rapid infusion..” …· According to the product insert, adverse reactions include hemolysis (or hemolysis – American spelling) (meaning breakdown of red blood cells), hemolytic anemia (a disorder characterized by chronic premature destruction of red blood cells), hyperbilirubinemia (too much bilirubin in blood) and jaundice (yellow skin and eyes resulting from hyperbilirubinemia), and allergic reactions include face flushing, gastrointestinal upset, rash, redness, pain or swelling at injection site and itching skin. ...
As early as April 17, 1977, an article in one of the world’s most esteemed medical journals, the Lancet, discredited the policy of routine vitamin K injections. “We conclude that healthy babies, contrary to current beliefs, are not likely to have a vitamin K deficiency.. the administration of vitamin K is not supported by our findings..” Van Doorm et al stated in the Lancet article. VKR cited 21 peer-reviewed reports that had been published in prominent medical journals. All of them concur that policies that mandate the universal injection of newborn babies are not based on sound science. There has been much peer-reviewed evidence generated which questions the efficacy of routine vitamin K injections as sound public health policy. ·
From the July 1999 Idaho Observer: National standard mandates newborn vitamin K injection
Ignorance becomes tacit consent for the questionable neonatal procedure by Don Harkins In cooperation with a “national standard,” most, if not all states have mandated that U.S. hospitals routinely administer to all newborns a synthetic, fat-soluble vitamin K injection (generic name phytonadione) that exceeds an infant’s recommended daily dietary intake of the vitamin by 100 times…
Five post partem nurses from hospitals in Idaho, Washington and Oregon stated that they “routinely administer vitamin K injections to newborns,” as if all of them were reading from the same script. According to a seasoned Sacred Heart Medical Center (Spokane, WA) Birthplace nurse named Terri, “Routine vitamin K injections are in cooperation with the federal standard.” She also said that Washington hospitals are mandated by state code to provide the injections to all newborns. Terri acknowledged that parents who wish to refuse the shot must present the refusal to the hospital in writing before the baby is born.
…Babies who have been identified as being at risk for vitamin K deficiency include those born to mothers who took drugs or antibiotics during pregnancy, premature babies and babies who are born cesarean. Mothers who had maternity diets low in high vitamin K foods or had diets that were low in fat have also been identified as being more likely to bear vitamin K deficient babies.
…Commonsensically, VKR poses the question, “…how could God (or nature) have erred so badly as to give all newborn babies only an infinitesimal fraction of their required vitamin K? Surely the human race could not have survived to this point if all newborns were born with this deficiency and none being administered at birth until very recently.”
…The body less readily utilizes synthetic vitamins and minerals. The vitamin K administered by hospitals to newborns is the synthetic phytonadione.
…The purpose of this article is to alert expectant parents that their ignorance of federally-suggested, state mandated hospital policy is enough assent to authorize health care professionals to administer what may be a lethal or damaging overdose of a synthetic substance that comes with the following warning from the manufacturers: “Severe reactions, including fatalities, have occurred during and immediately after INTRAVENOUS injection of phytonadione even when precautions have been taken to dilute the vitamin and avoid rapid infusion…” Please pass the preceeding information onto anybody you know who is expecting a baby. Afterall, we have the right to know what substances are being injected into our babies within the first hour of their lives. If we feel that a substance may be injurious to our baby, we have the right to refuse it.
Phytonadione Therapy in a Multiple-Drug Overdose: Adverse Effects of Vitamin K Severe adverse effects are associated with intravenous phytonadione, such as cardiac irregularities, chest pain, cyanosis, decreased level of consciousness, circulatory collapse, rapid weak pulse, hypotension, and cardiac or respiratory arrest. It is not known if these reactions are due to the drug or the injection vehicle. Earlier reactions to vitamin K were thought to be due to polyoxyethylated castor oil (cremophor).[29-32] The literature contains numerous cases of anaphylactic reactions[29, 30, 32-38] as well as fatalities[34, 35] with parenteral phytonadione. The recommended infusion rate of vitamin K is no faster than 1 mg/minute; however, anaphylactic reactions have occurred with slower infusion rates[33, 37] as well as with repeated exposure to intravenous vitamin K.[30, 33, 34, 37] Dermatologic reactions were reported after intravenous, subcutaneous, and intramuscular administration of vitamin K. Two distinct types of local cutaneous reactions have been described. The more common one is a pruritic, erythematous, eczematoid, indurated plaque measuring 6-20 cm around the site of injection.[39-52] The acute reaction may resolve in 2-4 weeks with treatment with high-potency corticosteroids (e.g., fluocinonide, betamethasone dipropionate). The second type appears as a scleroderma or morphea-like reaction.[53-56] The onset can be weeks to months, and the skin change may last for years. Dose does not appear to bear a relationship to the onset of these reactions. Liver disease was associated with most reports of vitamin K cutaneous hypersensitivity,[39, 41] but the pathophysiology is unclear.
Anaphylactoid Reactions to Vitamin K
Louis D. Fiore1, Michael A. Scola1, Colleen E. Cantillon1 and Mary T. Brophy1 (1) Massachusetts Veterans Epidemiology Research and Information Center (MAVERIC), VA Boston Healthcare System, 150 South Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA, 02130
Anaphylactoid reactions in patients receiving intravenously administered vitamin K have been reported in the literature. To summarize the known data on anaphylactoid reactions from administration of vitamin K, we reviewed all published and unpublished reports of this adverse reaction. Published reports were obtained through medline (1966–1999) and EMBASE (1971–1999) searches of the English language literature and review of references from identified case reports. Unpublished reports were obtained using the Spontaneous Reporting System Adverse Reaction database of the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) between August 1968 and September 1997. All adverse drug reactions to vitamin K were categorized by route of drug administration, dose and standard adverse reaction code. In the FDA reports, we defined anaphylactoid reactions as any adverse drug reaction coded as either anaphylaxis, allergic reaction, apnea, dyspnea, death, heart arrest, hypotension, shock or vasodilatation. Additionally, all fatal and life-threatening FDA reported reactions were reviewed to determine if they could represent an anaphylactoid reaction missed by the above definition. The literature review uncovered a total of 23 cases (3 fatal) of anaphylactoid reactions from intravenous vitamin K. The FDA database contained a total of 2236 adverse drug reactions reported in 1019 patients receiving vitamin K by all routes of administration. Of the 192 patients with reactions reported for intravenous vitamin K, 132 patients (69%%) had a reaction defined as anaphylactoid, with 24 fatalities (18%%) attributed to the vitamin K reaction. There were 21 patients with anaphylactoid reactions and 4 fatalities reported with doses of intravenous vitamin K of less than 5[emsp4 ]mgs. For the 217 patients with reactions reported due to vitamin K via a non-intravenous route of administration, 38 patients had reactions meeting the definition of anaphylactoid (18%%), with 1 fatality (3%%) attributed to the drug. The absolute risk of an anaphylactoid reaction to intravenous vitamin K cannot be determined by this study, but the relatively small number of documented cases despite widespread use of this drug suggest that the reaction is rare. Anaphylactic reactions and case fatality reports were found even when intravenous vitamin K was given at low doses by slow dilute infusion. The pathogenesis of this reaction is unknown and may be multifactorial with etiologies including vasodilation induced by the solubilizing vehicle or immune-mediated processes. We conclude that use of intravenous vitamin K should be limited to patients with serious hemorrhage due to a coagulopathy that is secondary to a relative or absolute deficiency of vitamin K.
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Vitamin K and Hepatitis B are mandated in most states to be given to newborns before they go home with mom. This has been proven to be a dangerous procedure at best. Potentially lethal.
The marketed purpose of the Vitamin K injection is that newborns have very little to begin with. Vitamin K is essential for the ability of blood clotting should any injury occur. Another marketed purpose is the prevention of hemorrhagic diseases of the newborn (HDN). HDN is a bleeding disorder associated with low levels of vitamin K in newborn babies. It was first defined in 1894 by Townsend as spontaneous external or internal bleeding occurring in newborn infants. Diagnosis was based solely on the opinion of the attendant medical personnel because there was no criteria in determining the cause of hemorrhaging. Townsend did not label hemophilia as a cause of HDN. The vaccine is also marketed to be essential prior to surgery. Thus, supposedly prevents excessive bleeding. Vitamin K is naturally stored and metabolized by the liver. The cell division that rapidly continues after birth depends on precise amounts of vitamin K to proceed at the proper rate. Introduction of levels that are 20,000 times the newborn level, the amount usually injected, can have devastating consequences. Nursing naturally raises the infant’s vitamin K levels very gradually after birth so that no disregulation occurs that would encourage leukemia development. This is the way the Creator designed it to be. The clotting system of the healthy newborn is well planned, and healthy breastfed infants do not suffer bleeding complications, even without any supplementation. While nursing infants demonstrate lower blood levels of vitamin K than the “recommended” amount, they show no signs of vitamin K deficiency. This can only lead to the question of how and where the “recommended” amount was brought about….
The only known reported cases of vitamin K toxicity result from having used the synthetic inoculated form. Vitam K inoculations can cause possibly fatal allergic reactions even during injection. The risks of injecting vitamin K into a newborn baby are nerve or muscle damage because it is injected deeply into the muscle, not subcutaneously under the skin. wpe49F.jpg (16360 bytes)
On the product insert, some reactions are listed:
You may notice pain, swelling and tenderness at the injection site for a few days. Notify your doctor if you experience any of the following while taking this drug: chest pain, flushing, strange movements, rapid pulse, tightness of the chest, cramps. In the unlikely event you have an allergic reaction to this drug, seek medical attention immediately. nerve and muscle damage as the Vitamin K injection must be given deeply into the muscle. However, should a newborn experience any of these, it is incredibly difficult for them to “notify” anyone, difficult for the parents to see or understand the reason behind a newborns cries, and difficult for physicians to see these signs in infants. Majority of physicians are not educated or trained to fully examine an infant in discomfort for vaccine related symptoms. Instead, they are most likely to dismiss any vaccination link.
The following are from the vaccine product insert:
* Clinical Pharmacology: “little is known about the metabolic fate of Vitamin K”. * Contraindication: “Hypersensitivity to any component of this medication”. * Precautions: “Studies of carcinogenicity, mutagenesis, or impairment of fertility have not been conducted with phytonadione.” * Pediatric Use: “Hemolysis, jaundice, and hyperbiliruminemia in newborns, particularly in premature infants, may be related to the dose of phytonadione.” * Adverse reactions: “Deaths have occurred after intravenous administration…The possibility of allergic sensitivity should be kept in mind…Hyperbilirubinemia has been observed in the newborn following administration of phytonadione…” Newborns are not pre-screened for allergic hypersensitivity….
Update, new information. Added 2/16/2015
The rise in life-threatening food anaphylaxis in children coincided with significant changes to the pediatric injection and vaccination schedules of the affected countries: injection of the Vitamin K1 prophylaxis (containing legume oil) became routine in the mid-1980s; the novel conjugate vaccine Hib B that was soon rolled into an unprecedented 5 vaccines in one needle and delivered to babies without benefit of long term study. The injected adjuvants and toxoids and food proteins designed to provoke the immune system also increased the risk of provoking allergy. Allergy is an evolved defense against acute toxicity.
This information was taken from Merck vaccine manufacturer, who also make this injection.
Ingredients: Phytondione 2 or 10mgs, polyoxyethylated fatty acid 70mgs (the data sheet didn’t say where the fatty acid was derived from, but one type of oral brand has bovine gall bladder fatty acid in it, so I assume similar here), dextrose, benzyl alcohol and water.
Other brands such as the one by Roche Pharmaceuticals, may have varying ingredients. Roche’s also contains hydrochloric acid.
Hospira Inc’s version contains aluminium.
Warnings: This injection should be administered subcutaneously (just under the skin) because severe reactions including fatalities have occurred immediately after intramuscular (deep muscle) and intravenous injection (via a drip). Those reactions include hypersensitivity, anaphylactic shock, and cardiac and respiratory arrest.
Benzyl Alcohol as a preservative as been associated with toxicity in newborns (Writer’s comment: why are they then using it in an injection meant for newborns?)
Adverse Reactions: Deaths have occurred after intramuscular and intravenous injection, ‘flushing’ sensations, dizziness, rapid and weak pulse, profuse sweating, hypotension, dyspnea, cyanosis, pain, swelling at the injection site, allergic sensitivity, scleroderma like skin lesions that persist for long periods. Hyperbilirubinemia has occurred in newborns following the administration of vitamin K injection (jaundice).
This drug has not been tested to see if it is carcinogenic (causes cancer),whether it mutates or if it impairs fertility. It is not known whether it can cause fetal harm or whether it is excreted in human milk.
Hypersensitivity to any of the injection’s ingredients. (Writer’s comment: how would they know, since they give it to newborns with no medical history?).
It is interesting to note that vitamin K injections are given intramuscularly even though some manufacturer’s such as Merck say this is dangerous.
Hospira’s data sheet also says this:
‘Benzyl alcohol has been reported to be associated with a fatal “Gasping Syndrome” in premature infants.
WARNING: This product contains aluminium that may be toxic. Aluminium may reach toxic levels with prolonged parenteral administration if kidney function is impaired. Premature neonates are particularly at risk because their kidneys are immature, and they required large amounts of calcium and phosphate solutions, which contain aluminium.
Research indicates that patients with impaired kidney function, including premature neonates, who receive parenteral levels of aluminium at greater than 4 to 5 mcg/kg/day accumulate aluminium at levels associated with central nervous system and bone toxicity. Tissue loading may occur at even lower rates of administration.’
In 1970, a study was undertaken to see what the risk factors were for childhood cancers. 16,193 babies were studied who had all been born in April 1970. 99 children developed cancer by the age of 10 in the control group and 33 children in the other group. The researchers found that when babies had received vitamin K in the first week of life, their risk of cancer increased three fold. They had not been looking at vitamin K specifically and did not expect to see such an association, so they approached Roche Pharmaceuticals, asking them to do a further trial. They initially refused, until stories about vitamin K and cancer forced them into a corner, and, determined to prove the safety of their product, they began a new study.
588 healthy children and 195 children with cancer were studied. All of these children had been born at one of two hospitals in Bristol. One hospital used oral vitamin K drops and the other used the injection. The researchers found a two fold increase in childhood Leukaemia among those who had received the injection and stated that as many as 980 cases of childhood Leukaemia were caused by the vitamin K injection every year in the UK alone.
Newer studies have been done as recently as 1998 which seem to confirm this. Two studies in the British Medical Journal in that year found that there was a two fold risk of Leukaemia among 1-6 year old’s who had been given the injection at birth, and that there was a ‘significant risk’ of all cancers after the shot.
An Alternative View Of Vitamin K Deficiency
Some medical professionals question whether newborns are actually deficient in vitamin K or whether in fact this is their normal level. Levels have been described as low due to the comparison with adult levels of the vitamin, but this doesn’t make a lot of sense, since newborns and adults are not compared in other areas. For instance, in weight and nutritional requirements. Drugs are also measured differently with lower amounts given to babies.
All babies have this universally ‘low’ level of vitamin K, so surely that would point to it being normal? Normality is based on what is seen in the majority of cases. Perhaps babies need less vitamin K than we do?
According to Archives of Disease in Childhood, 1997, a baby given a vitamin K injection receives 300 times more vitamin than is recommended for an adult and has a 9000 times higher blood plasma level. This may be why some babies then develop jaundice, as an overdose effect of the drug. Bilirubin is a natural by-product which is formed during the body’s normal break down of red blood cells. It is excreted by the liver. Jaundice happens when there is an excess of bilirubin and the liver is unable to properly cleanse the blood, i.e. liver overload. As babies receive such a huge dose of vitamin K, combined with other toxic ingredients in the shot, this liver overload isn’t surprising.
In turn, jaundice can cause kernicterus (brain damage from high bilirubin levels) and haemolysis (destruction of red blood cells), as reported in journals such as the British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, 1996.
The Truth About Breast Milk
Breast milk undoubtedly gets a bad press in the vitamin K deficiency argument, with doctors and drug manufacturer’s both suggesting that breast milk is ‘too low’ in vitamin K. Just as with vaccines, it is another step to undermine the mother, by suggesting that she is not good enough for her baby, and in ensuring reliance on drugs from birth.
There are many other factors to consider, such as whether the baby has fed and how often he has breast fed, what his overall condition is like, whether he has been exposed to antibiotics.
Studies have shown that:
• Breast fed babies whose mothers ate leafy green vegetables while pregnant, did not get VKDB
• Breast fed babies whose mothers were supplemented with vitamin K tablets while pregnant did not get VKDB
• There are higher levels of vitamin K in colostrum, the baby’s first milk, so it is really important that he gets to drink colostrum as soon as possible. A study in the British Medical Journal in 1992 showed that babies who had unrestricted access to the breast immediately after birth, and who had breast fed before they were 24 hours old, did not get VKDB.
Protecting Your Baby From Vitamin K Deficiency Bleeding
1. Don’t take medications while pregnant. If you are epileptic and on anti-seizure medication, talk to your doctor to see if it is possible to alter your drugs. Don’t take antibiotics unless there is a life threatening emergency.
2. Don’t drink alcohol during pregnancy.
3. Eat plenty of leafy green vegetables and fresh foods.
4. Avoid junk foods, and in particular, fats and margarine. Margarine contains butylated hydroxytoluene, which is an inhibitor of vitamin K.
5. Opt for a natural birth. Drugs in childbirth can make the baby unwell or drowsy, interfere with breast feeding and increase the risk of VKDB. Say no to a forceps delivery. You don’t have to have them, even in difficulty, there are other ways to help the baby into the world.
6. Delay the cord clamping. Leave your baby attached to his cord until it has stopped pulsing, or longer.
7. Breast feed your baby immediately after he is born. If he won’t feed, keep offering. If he is ill and cannot suckle, ensure he gets breast milk through a tube soon after he is born.
8. If you have a son, DON’T circumcise him! Research has shown that circumcision can cause heavy bleeding and lead to VKDB.
9. If you are considering giving artificial vitamin K supplementation, choose an oral brand rather than the injection. It is less stressful for the baby and it hasn’t been linked to cancer. Check ingredients carefully. Some may contain animal products, phenols or aluminium.
10. Consider having a natural vitamin K supplement in pregnancy and while you are nursing your child, as this won’t have the same risk of side-effects as the ones manufactured by the pharmaceutical industry.
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How Castor Oil Packs Help You Detox
Castor oil has been around for centuries and dates back to its use in Egypt over 3,500 years ago (2). Castor oil packs have the ability to promote both the circulation of blood around an organ and an area of the body as well as increase the flow of fluids through the lymphatic system.
Castor oil effectively supports the body’s natural detoxification abilities. Traditionally used in alternative medical practices such as Ayurvedic therapy, research regarding the effects of castor oil remains limited due to lack of funding for clinical testing. However, the use of castor oil remains widespread. Anecdotal evidence suggests that castor oil packs are a trick of the health trade that has not been forgotten and with good reasoning.
Today, many medical experts around the world recommend individuals to use castor oil packs to help detoxify their bodies.
What Is Castor Oil?
Also known as Ricinus Communis, castor seed oil is created from pressing the seeds of the plant to be used for a variety of conventional purposes. Castor oil is made up of phytochemicals including:
- Undecylenic acid
- Rincinoleic acid.
Composing 90% of the chemical structure of castor oil, rincinoleic acid is a fatty acid believed to be the responsible mechanism by which castor oil exhibits numerous health properties. Ricinoleic acid is released in the intestines and has been found to bind with receptors that line the intestinal tract and the smooth-muscle cells in the uterus therefore promoting natural healing abilities. (2, 4)
Safety Concerns When Consumed Orally
Castor oil is considered safe by the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) and the Joint Food and Agriculture Organization Expert Committee on Food Additives which is also made up with members of the World Health Organization. (1)
Although generally recognized as safe and found in high concentrations in some cosmetics such as lipstick, toxic effects have been associated when castor oil is consumed and is not recommended to be taken orally. (1)
Given the lack of support for the research of castor oil packs in clinical trials, physicians remain unaware of the physiological effects that castor oil has on the human body. Limited studies and tales of midwifery have reported symptoms of ingesting castor oil to include nausea, cramps, loss of fluid and electrolytes (2).
Therapeutic Uses of Castor Oil Packs
Castor oil packs involve the application of externally administering castor oil to the skin’s surface so that it can slowly be absorbed. Castor oil packs have many potential therapeutic uses including the ability to treat and cure the following conditions: (1, 3, 4, 5, 6)
- Skin conditions such as fungal infections, rashes, acne, warts, callouses, eczema, allergies and other inflammatory skin problems
- Parasitic infection such as ringworm
- Dry eye
- Liver disorders including cirrhosis
- Gallbladder inflammation
- Menstrual cramps
- Intestinal problems such as constipation
- Induce Labor
Castor Oil Promotes Lymphatic Drainage
How can castor oil treat and possibly cure cancer? Castor oil exhibits anti-cancer properties by promoting the lymphatic system to remove the buildup of debris and toxins in the body. When the lympathic system is not functioning properly, liquid can accumulate within the network of tubes responsible for filtering bacteria and become stagnant. One study found that injecting rats with castor oil helped to suppress tumors which developed as the result of liver damage. (1).
Other research has found that when oil is absorbed through the skin, not only is there an increase in both lymphatic drainage and blood circulation, but there is also an increase in lymphocyte production. Lymphocytes are critical to the immune system because they signal a call for aid when the body is under attack from foreign substances. (4)
For these reasons, castor oil packs may be an alternative therapy that can boost the immunity of individuals with HIV (human immunodeficiency virus infection) or AIDS (acquired immune deficiency syndrome). It may also be possible that castor oil can have health benefits when simply massaged onto the skin.
Promotes Healthy Digestion & Elimination
Castor oil is popularly known in folklore as a potent carthartic which stimulates the complete release of substances from the gastrointestinal tract and ultimately causes defecation (3). Castor oil packs however may have the same therapeutic properties when applied to the skin following absorption.
Applying castor oil packs to the abdominal region can help you achieve regular bowel movements as well as experience an increase in energy. As a result, scientists also speculate that this laxative effect, which simultaneously removes infectious agents from the lining of the gut, may also alleviate symptoms of depression. (4)
Elderly patients participated in a study in which they were administered castor oil packs for therapeutic care. 80% of these individuals sought relief from symptoms of constipation for over ten years and were observed to have immediate improvements following less than 3 days of treatment. (5)
Supports Natural Detoxification
As a result of the ability of castor oil packs to promote lymphatic drainage and both digestion and elimination, castor oil packs ultimately aid the body to naturally detoxify. Understanding the clues your body is signaling to you is necessary to help you understand how effectively your body is currently able to promote detoxification.
Liver’s Vital Importance to Detoxification
The liver serves vital functions in the body and is absolutely required for the process of detoxification. As you have already read, a weakened lymphatic system increases the buildup of debris, toxins, and pathogenic bacteria, weakens organs and increases the risk for cancer.
For example, consider the liver to serve the same function as the garbage disposal in your kitchen. The liver helps circulate fluid in the body and transforms toxins into a substance in which then can be:
- Flushed down the bile ducts
- Relocated into the small intestine
- Eliminated from the body as stool
This is why noting a chalky white appearance in your stool can indicate to you that your liver is functioning poorly. Bile is produced by the liver when toxins are being eliminated and it is also what gives stool its brown appearance.
Applying castor oil packs to the skin’s surface near your liver can assist in the detoxification of toxins from the body promoting optimal gastrointestinal health and reducing your risks of cancer as a consequence of stagnant toxic waste within the lymphatic system.
Purchase Castor Oil Packs
Purchasing a high quality castor oil is required to receive the optimal healing benefits. There are a few recommendations to follow when purchasing castor oil to ensure you are receiving the highest therapeutic grade castor oil available. The following is a list of labels that you should look for when buying castor oil:
- “cold pressed”
- “without hexane”
- “100% Pesticide Free” or “Organic”
- “Free of preservatives and additives”
- “non-solvent extracted” or “unrefined”
Where to Purchase Castor Oil Materials
Whether you are seeking to purchase the whole kit to create a castor oil pack or you only aim to buy the castor oil itself, a few recommended products follow to help you begin your search for a high quality product.
Purchase the Pack Materials
The two following retailers offer castor oil kits for purchase if you do not already have the materials on hand. Do note that the kits do not supply organic castor oil and it may be best if purchased separately. Pesticide residue contained in castor oil can be absorbed through the skin.
Radiant Life: Buy the whole kit from Premier Research Labs Castor Oil here or purchase the materials separately. Premier Research Labs Castor Oil is cold-pressed, non-solvent extracted and hexane-free. The kit also includes organic cotton flannel and a wrap-around pack.
Heritage Store: This kit includes hexane-free, cold pressed castor oil along with unbleached wood flannel and castor cleaning towelettes for removing oil after treatment.
Buy the Oil Separately
Banyan Botanicals Ayurvedic Herbs: Buy pure, unrefined, and organic castor oil here.
Heritage Store: Purchase cold-pressed, hexane free, organic castor oil from Amazon here.
Dr Adorable Inc.: Also sold on Amazon, Dr Adorable Inc. castor oil is a product of India where harvesting methods produce a purer bean. This castor oil is cold pressed, hexane free, organic and can be purchase using this link.
Castor Oil Pack Instructions:
Before applying a castor oil pack to the skin’s surface, test for skin sensitivity. Rub a small amount of castor oil directly onto a limited area of skin to determine if a reaction develops. Another recommendation for use is to avoid using electric heat pads without an automatic shut off following a period of time. Many individuals provide testimonials of falling asleep with ease during castor oil pack treatments.
When to Avoid the Use of Castor Oil Packs
The use of castor oil packs is not recommended if you are experiencing the following circumstances:
Women who are Pregnant: Limited research is available regarding how castor oil may induce labor. Some research suggests that the ricinoleic acid contained in castor oil may signal a response from the lining of the uterus. Therefore, castor oil is not recommended for women who are pregnant unless recommended by a doctor to stimulate labor. (2)
Women Experiencing Heavy a Menstrual Flow: Women experiencing heavy menstrual bleeding should also avoid the use of castor oil packs during menstruation. Otherwise, castor oil packs may possibly help to ease cramping and regulate a women’s menstrual cycle.
Individuals with Gastrointestinal Problems: The ricinoleic acid has been found to interact with the lining of the gastrointestinal tract and can exacerbate conditions for individuals with certain gastrointestinal complications. Individuals experiencing ulcers, diverticulitis, hemorrhoids, and colitis should avoid castor oil packs unless otherwise recommended by a doctor.
Individuals with Extreme Skin Sensitivities: Castor oil packs should also not be used by individuals with chronic skin conditions with heightened skin sensitivities. These individuals are at an increased risk of developing a reaction from the topical application of castor oil packs. (1)
Summary of Castor Oil Packs
Castor oil packs have been said by many to relieve their symptoms of constipation, remove ovarian cysts, treat skin problems and are used as a remedy for inflammation resulting from joint and muscle pain. What symptoms do you have that castor oil packs can help you heal from?
Until alternative medical remedies such that as castor oil packs receives greater support and funding for scientific research, the potential uses for its powerful healing abilities remain only anecdotal evidence. If you are seeking a treatment to help your body naturally detoxify and help your achieve optimal health, give castor oil packs a try and share your story.
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Other Sources Include:
Banyan Botanicals Ayurvedic Herbs Link Here
Amazon: Castor Oil Pure Organic Cold Pressed Virgin 16 oz Link Here
Amazon: Heritage Store Organic Castor Oil, 16 oz Link Here
Radiant Life: Premier Castor Oil Link Here
Amazon: Heritage Store Castor Oil Pack Kit Link Here
Hawaii Naturopathic Retreat: Ancient Remedy, Modern Healer Link Here