(By: Dr. Chantell Groenewald M.Tech Hom UJ)
What is homeopathic constitutional prescribing?
Homeopathic constitutional prescribing, refers to a holistic form of treatment, aimed at treating a patient as a whole. Every individual, has a unique constitutional remedy that suites their personality. This remedy, will be chosen by your homeopath, after careful assessment of each individual’s mental, emotional and physical state. Information that is considered when choosing a constitutional remedy includes:
Why choose constitutional prescribing for your child?
That is easy. Children are subject to continuous growth and development. As they reach one milestone, their little bodies start preparing for the next. A carefully selected remedy can assist with issues such as:
Join me, in this five-week series, as we take an in-depth look at five of the most common constitutional remedy types in paediatrics. When discussing these remedies, it is important to remember that your child will probably not exhibit all the traits of a specific remedy, but should fit the general constitutional type picture depicted. Let us start this series with Calcarea Carbonica constitutional remedy picture. A child may fit more or less of the criteria based on their level of health and emotional well-being.
Calcarea Carbonica (Calc Carb)
KEY: Eczema, Sour discharges, Delayed milestones (crawling, walking, teething), Developmental difficulties, Constant runny nose, Frequent middle ear infection, Cradle cap, Constipation, Cold with perspiration on the head
The Calc carb personality picture of a child is one of a strong willed, independent and hard-working nature, that requires structure and routine. These children often have delayed developmental milestones, which can be due to their own deliberate slowing down of the process, to more carefully assimilate and take in new information. These are the “slow and steady wins the race” type of children. They desire structure and routine and can become very difficult if plans suddenly change, or if they are interrupted or forced to stop a task before completion. Often perceived as serious, quiet and even loners. They may become sad and withdrawn. Characteristically there are many fears which include the dark, insects, animals, ghosts and monsters. There may be a tendency to become fascinated with the supernatural, or a general foreboding that something bad will happen. Some of their general ailments include:
These are some of the most important characteristics of Calc Carb children, but there are many more features not discussed above. Again, it is important to remember that a child who exhibits most of these characteristics is most likely a Calc carb constitutionally. How much of the above-mentioned signs and symptoms a child exhibits, also depends on if the child is in a healthy Calc carb state or suffering from an acute or chronic condition. A child may also change constitutions with age, but that is a discussion for another day.
If you would like to find out more about constitutional prescribing or the benefits thereof, please feel free to contact The Naturopathic Health Care Centre. I am looking forward to discussing our next homoeopathic constitutional type, Sulpher, in next week’s article.
Dr. Marike de Klerk