Scarlet Fever Outbreak in Hong Kong/Homeopathic Alternatives

Homeopathic Belladonna is the classic remedy for Scarlet Fever. It will help prevent it if given at the first sign of an outbreak.  It is also one of the best remedies to help to cure it if you get the illness.  More about this later on:

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Who Is Susceptible to Scarlet Fever:  Children under the age of five are usually more susceptible to Scarlet Fever, but children up to the age of 15 can succumb to this childhood illness.   Scarlet Fever is not usually life threatening these days.   Scarlet Fever has not been so much of a problem illness since antibiotics such as penicillin were invented.  Penicillin and other antibiotics have been effective in bringing Scarlet Fever outbreaks under control, because they kill off the germs which cause Scarlet Fever.  But there is a down-side to using antibiotics, or vaccines, for the common childhood illnesses:

Scarlet Fever In Hong Kong: The trouble with this new Scarlet Fever outbreak in Hong Kong is that it seems to be a particularly virulent strain which might have mutated, or immunized itself somehow against the common antibiotics  which are used to treat the illness.  It does not seem to be responding to antibiotics.

Now this IS a worry, because it suggests that the Scarlet Fever bacterium may have gotten so strong BECAUSE of our use of antibiotics to manage the common childhood diseases.   Bugs find other ways to survive if they are bombarded with antibiotics.  They become stronger, and more resilient.

And this is always the concern which people have about child immunization, because the more vaccines, or immunizations, or innoculations that your child is given, the weaker your child’s immune system becomes.  This means that your child’s immune system might be weakened to such a large degree that it cannot naturally fight off any unknown diseases, such as new strains of the common illnesses.

Vaccinations Weaken The Immune System: If a child is continually being vaccinated for this or that, then that child’s system will expect the help of a vaccine for anything and everything which comes along.  Their systems will not be able to tackle these new diseases.  When the day comes that there is not a vaccine to protect your child, because the disease has suddenly mutated and formed a new strain of bacteria, then there will be serious cause for concern.

Alternatives To Antibiotics: Of course, if your child is sick, then you must see a Doctor.  But in the meanwhile, you might be interested in finding out more about the natural remedies and treatments for scarlet fever which are listed below.

Natural Remedies For Scarlet Fever/Vitamin C and Homelopathy

Vitamin C Therapy: Remember that large quantities of Vitamin C, especially Calcium Ascorbate, or Ester C,  have an antibacterial and antiviral effect:  This treatment has been proven to be effective in the treatment of Swine Flu, and many other disease. But you could go to a Homeopathic doctor, or an Ayurvedic medicine  practitioner,  BEFORE your child gets sick, to investigate the alternatives of treatment for these childhood illnesses.

How To Prevent Scarlet Fever:

Hahnemann, who discovered Homeopathy, discovered that Homeopathic Belladonna is a prophylactic in Scarlet Fever.  This is an incredibly useful piece of knowledge in the case of a Scarlet Fever outbreak, as a prophylactic is a PREVENTATIVE

Belladonna is a preventative of scarlet fever. So, you would begin taking the Homeopathic Belladonna as soon as there was a warning about an outbreak, BEFORE your child got the infection.

More On Belladonna as a Natural Remedy For Scarlet Fever: W.A. Dewey says in his book “Practical Homeopathic Therapeutics“, that Belladonna for preventing Scarlet Fever “has been abundantly verified in practice.”  We do not know for sure that this new strain will also respond to Belladonna, but it is quite likely that Belladonna will be just as  effective.

Homeopathic Sulphur is reputed to be the next best thing for the treatment of Scarlet Fever. (see W.A. Dewey)

I found Homeopathy to be a wonderful alternative to allopathic medicine and antibiotics.  It seemed to be especially effective in treating my children, I think, because children generally are quite sensitive, and so they respond well to Homeopathy.  People who have used mountains of antibiotics and other medications do not respond so well to Homeopathic treatment, because their systems have become hardened through long term use of medications.

Homeopathic Remedies: So here are some Homeopathic remedies which have been used to treat Scarlet Fever.  Again, I urge you to go to a Homeopathic practitioner, or an Ayurvedic professional, before your child gets sick.

If your child is sick, then do not hesitate – go to the doctor.

Generally speaking, only one remedy should be used at a time.  You can buy an Aconite, Belladonna, Chamomilla mixture at most health shops, called ABC.  This is a good general remedy for many children’s ailments, and it might still be good for treating or preventing Scarlet Fever.    However, for a serious disease, the remedy needs to be chosen carefully.  Each remedy has a specific action, and so the ‘case’ needs to be examined thoroughly before deciding on a remedy.

List of The Most Common Remedies for Scarlet Fever: Belladonna; Gelsemium; Bryonia; Ailanthus; Rhus toxicodendron; Lachesis; Ammonium carbonicum; Zincum.  These remedies are outlined in the book “Practical Homeopathic Therapeutics” by W.A. Dewey, B. Jain Publishers PVT. Ltd. New Delhi.  He also states that Homeopathic Belladonna was discovered by Hahnemann to be a prophylactic of Scarlet Fever:  It prevents Scarlet Fever.

Other Homeopathic remedies which W.A. Dewey indicates could be useful for different stages of the disease are:  Cuprum; Calcarea carbonica;  Kali sulphuricum;  Rhus tox;  Arsenicum;  Sulphur. Of course, only one remedy would be chosen out of this list, perhaps to follow up the treatment which might have begun with Belladonna, or Gelsemium.  Get some professional advice, unless you know your Homeopathic medicines.

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Lives could be saved if, as well as Vitamin C treatment,  homeopathic medicine were at least given a try in some of these ‘incurable’ illnesses.  Let’s pray that the pharmaceutical companies loosen their strangulating hold on the medicine industry, and let Homeopaths prove the worth of their science.

See Merrilyn’s other posts on Homeopathy and Herbal Alternatives to Vaccination:

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Homeopathic Arsen Alb For NZ Flu May 2013

Vitamin C Cures Swine Flu Case

Swine Flu: Intravenous Vitamin C

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Vaccinated NZ Girl Dies From Meningococcal Disease 3rd September 2012

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Introduction To Homeopathy

Homeopathic Medicine

In the words of Dr Andrew Stanway, who wrote a book entitled ‘Alternative Medicine: A Guide To Natural Therapies’, published 1980 and 1986 by Chancellor Press, London:

  • “Homeopathy is not a cranky, way-out type of medicine practised by a handful of odd-ball doctors.”  Homeopathy has been around for almost 200 years now.
  • “This form of medicine is available under the British National Health Service and the Faculty of Homeopathy in London is recognised in law just like all the other learned medical faculties.”
  • There are six homeopathic hospitals within the National health Service:  at least there were when Dr Stanway’s book was published in the 1980’s
  • I know that the Queen has her own homeopathic physician. The Royal homeopath has taken care of the health of the Royal family for many years. The Queen Mother used homeopathic medicine for much, if not all, of her life. She lived beyond her ‘seven score years and ten’ to the fabulous age of 100 years or more.

So What Is Homeopathy?

Homeopathy treats like with like:  Disease-fighting mechanisms are stimulated by the homeopathic equivalent to the disease.  When the minimal dose of a homeopathic remedy is given, it causes a response in the immune system of the individual which, when the right remedy is chosen, will effect a cure.

Homeopathy is a form of medicine which was discovered in the late 19th century by Dr Samuel Hahnemann, a doctor from Leipzig.

His discovery involved the use of  cinchona bark which was used to treat malaria at the time.  Dr Hahnemann found that when he took cinchona bark, it gave him symptoms of malaria, the same symptoms which cinchona bark was being used to treat.

Dr Hahnemann began to experiment with other remedies.  He tested his potions out on himself and on many other healthy people, then  he began proving his remedies with people who had the real ailments:  He  got “excellent reproducable results”, in Dr Stanway’s words, except that some people were made worse by the medicine.  But he didn’t give up there……….

Principle of the Minimum Dose:  The next thing that he discovered, was that when the dose was diluted, the remedy became stronger in that it was more immediately  effective.  The other remarkable thing about the miminal dose, was that it did not produce  the side effects which the stronger remedies had done.

The ‘like treats like’ principle is used in  modern orthodox medicine in another form all over the world today:  The treatment of cancer cells with radiation therapy is a ‘like-treats-like’ treatment, as radiation in itself is capable of causing cancer.

Another ‘like-treats-like’ instance:  Dr Stanway cites the example of digitalis being administered in modern medicine to cure specific heart problems.  When patients are given medicinal digitalis, when they  would already seem to have the symptoms of an overdose of digitalis,  the heart function is restored  to normal. NOTE:  NEVER TRY USING DIGITALIS AS A HOME REMEDY.  IT IS EXTREMELY TOXIC AND WILL KILL YOU.

Digitalis when prescribed as a  homeopathic remedy, though, is safe because the dosage is microscopic.

Microscopic Dosage: These microscopic amounts are arrived at in a remedy by a serious of dilutions.  Each time, a small portion of the mother remedy is diluted in a larger quantity of water and alcohol. This is ‘succussed’, which is really just an energetic shake-up of the remedy.  Then a portion of this dilution is again used, to form another even weaker dilution.  Succussion is again applied to the remedy…..  And so on.  The more times a remedy is diluted in this way, the stronger it becomes, even though the amount of mother remedy is reduced dramatically each time.

Commonly Used Remedies:

Arnica, Ars alb, Aconite, Belladonna, Bryonia, Calc.fluor., Coffea, Ledum, Pulsatilla,  Sepia, Thuja are just a few of my favourite remedies which proved invaluable in helping to keep my children free of sickness.

Arnica For Pain Relief and Shock: Arnica is one of the most widely used homeopathic remedies in the world.  It is often added to first aid kits in families which have small children who hurt themselves a lot.

Arnica For Bruises: Arnica alleviates the pain of bruises very quickly, minimises the extent of bruising,  and is very useful in cases of emotional shock.  Arnica is good for fresh bruises and shock, but it can heal the aches and trauma experienced from old injuries which were incurred many years ago.   Arnica is harmless, non addictive, and IT WORKS.

Coffea Is a Mild Sedative: Coffea?  Yes, that’s right, it’s derived from coffee.  But in homeopathic form, in minimal dose, it has the opposite effect to cofee. Homeopathic coffea is a mild sedative,  conducive to a good night’s sleep, good for soothing frayed nerves, and helpful to those who are trying to give up coffee.

Ledum as a Prophylactic for Tetanus: Ledum has many uses, which I will need to revise.  I used Ledum as an alternative to tetanus shots for my children when they were growing up. Of course, they never had tetanus, but who does these days?  I read somewhere that even the orthodox shots for tetanus had never been proved as a reliable cure, but they were given anyway.

So one cannot say that Ledum was actually effective in preventing tetanus, or in treating a tetanus infection, but it surely was effective in quickly healing up infections after severe cuts and bruises which the children got.

Don’t Copy My Example: Take your child to a health professional for all cuts, bruises, and infections.

Personally, I was against giving my children any injections of any kind after seeing my first-born child swell out and become a ‘difficult’ baby once the first injections had been given. I allowed the plunket nurse to come back six months later, saw the same reaction, witha break-out of eczema and lots of crying for weeks.  I decided then that there would be no more inoculations of any kind, unless it was a matter of life and death. I began a study of homeopathic medicine at a college, which I did not complete, however, that course, and much reading, equipped me to use the basic remedies.

Occasionally, I would visit a professional homeopath for needed advice.

Homeopathic Medicine For the Family: Your family will benefit hugely if  you can find a clever and experienced homeopathic doctor to help you through the ups and downs of childhood illness.

Homeopathic medicine, when prescribed by a qualified homeopath,  is not toxic or damaging to organs.  It is not addictive.  Using homeopathic medicine as an alternative to orthodox drugs  will  help towards building a strong immune system for your child.

If you investigate the matter, you will find that there is a homeopathic cure for EVERYTHING.  There are even homeopathic nosodes which can be taken as a prophylactic, or preventative, of serious diseases.

It usually takes a professional homeopath to prescribe just the right remedy for any given ailment, but there are many homeopathics which I think are very useful to have in the first aid kit, and Ledum is one of them.