Can homeopathy bring on labour?

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Experience short and easy labour with the aid of homeopathy, a non-toxic and non-invasive alternative to medical induction of labour. Read on

Medical induction of labour is a harsh method that can lead to complications. Hence, many wonder if inductions are really necessary. As most pregnant women try to avoid these procedures, alternative methods are now gaining prominence.

Using homeopathy to induce labour is one method that has become popular. Homeopathic remedies can be used throughout pregnancy, and can have many benefits. Many of these benefits are related to labour.

Homeopathy to induce labour: How does it work?

If there is no medical emergency or condition that requires labour induction, choosing homeopathy to induce labour might be a better option. "Homoeopathy has an excellent safety index. Its remedies are non-toxic and when correctly chosen, stimulate the body to heal its own health problems and help physiological processes," says Dr Pankaj Aggarwal, noted homeopathic practitioner from Aggarwal Homeo Clinic, Delhi.

Dr Aggarwal states, "One of the major reasons for delay in labour is an inherent fear present in a pregnant woman." Homeopathy aims to address that psychological state of being and help the body jumpstart the process of labour, naturally.

Homeopathy to induce labour: What are the best remedies?

The biggest advantage of homeopathic remedies is that they are not toxic. They don’t create a chemical reaction in the way that regular medications do. They only gently nudge the body to do what it is supposed to.

When using homeopathy to induce labour, there are a few that have proven their efficacy. Dr Aggarwal suggests some homeopathic remedies to initiate labour:

  • Caullophyllum (Cauls)– This can generally be given to induce labour if you’re overdue, specially if the cervix is not dilated enough and is rigid. False and irregular contractions around the abdomen are also indications to administer this remedy.
  • Hypericum perforatum (Hyper)– This remedy is recommended when the woman experiences shooting nerve pains around the time of her due date.
  • Pulsatilla pratensis (Puls)– It is generally recommended when you experience some contractions, but too weak and irregular. It also works when the woman has a flushed face, is feeling weepy, overwhelmed and feels better when held.
  • Viscum album (Vis)- If Pulsatilla fails to have the desired effects, then Viscum album can be given as an alternative for similar symptoms.

Dosage to be administered

"Dosage of the medicine can vary according to the sensitivity of the woman and her condition at the time around labour," informs Dr Aggarwal. Sometimes, one dose of the medicine is sufficient to initiate labour. "A single dose can be equal to 4 pills of no. 20 and 200C potency."  The number of doses may be repeated per few hours or per hour as deemed fit.

Disclaimer: This is just an informative article. We do not propagate the use of these medicines at home without a qualified doctor's supervision.

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