homeopathy is a gentle, natural system of health care that uses completely
non-toxic remedies it is an ideal choice of treatment for children and many
health conscious parents use homeopathic remedies to treat their children for
colds, flu, injuries and other acute ailments.When symptoms continue to return or ailments are more
serious, the problem is beyond home treatment and constitutional treatment by a
homeopath can often successfully supplement the care of the childís
pediatrician. Successful constitutional treatment, however, requires that the
homeopath perceive what needs to be healed in the child.
Over 200 years ago, Samuel Hahnemann, the founder
of homeopathy, said that it is the homeopathís obligation to perceive what
needs to be healed in the individual.This means that the homeopath must consider not only the physical body
but also the mental and emotional sphere and inherited factors. He or she must
also look at the individualís environment to see if it contains causes of
disease and obstacles to cure. This requires a macrocosmic perspective; looking
at the whole person considering the entire environment in which the individual
lives, and evaluating his or her interchange with that environment.
A huge part of a childís environment is the parents, in
particular the mother, who is most times the primary caregiver and the first
person the child bonds with.Even
in these changing times, it is still the mother who carries the child during
pregnancy and nurses him or her in infancy. Because of this most intimate
relationship, there is a powerful connection between the health of the mother
and the health of the child on the mental and emotional levels as well as the
physical level.Therefore, if we
are to perceive what needs to be healed in a child, we must look at the health
of the parents and ideally treat the parents so they are as healthy as possible.
It is not unusual for
a concerned and loving parent to bring a child to a homeopath because the child
has physical or emotion problems when the parents are stressed out, sleep
deprived or overwhelmed with the responsibilities that go along with being a
primary caregiver for small children.They may be depressed or anxious and unable to enjoy the relationship
with the child who they love so much.Or, there may be unresolved health issues (emotional or physical) from
the past that deplete their energy and vitality.In cases like this, it is very likely, that treating the
mother first will have a very great impact on not only the mother, but the
whole family and improve the health of the child.Unfortunately, the opposite is also true.If we attempt to treat a child when the
parents have significant health challenges the child may not respond to
treatment.This applies to any
kind of treatment, not only homeopathy.The parents may continue to look for solutions to the childís
difficulties without any positive result.
The most holistic
approach is to have the mother and father treated homeopathically before the
conception of the child.
When the great
psychoanalyst, Carl Jung began to work with a man who had no dreams, he noticed
that the manís son was having many dreams that related to the fatherís
situation.Jung used the sonís
dreams to begin the analytic process with the father.After a while the man began to have his own dreams and the
son ceased to dream the dreams for the father.This is a wonderful example of how connected children are
with the parents.
A very wise man once
told me that a child is nourished by the love between the father and mother and
that the child thrives and develops through this love.I agree.The best care that we can give to our children is to be
healthy and have a healthy and loving relationship.Developing a loving relationship requires time and
dedication on the part of a man and woman.No health care system can give that to us but a good
homeopath can point the way and help to improve the health of the family so
this development has a greater chance of taking place.