The following article was composed by Antonie Peppler, the developer of Creative Homeopathy, and talks about bronchitis and croup. According to her observation regarding a young client, Antonie draws a bigger picture regarding this pathological situation which is based on an already compromised immune system.
Immune deficiency found already in children
More and more frequently, children who are already weak and greatly burdened are brought in for homeopathic treatment by parents who have already tried out numerous therapies. In the last few years, immune deficiency problems have grown to massive proportions.
At first, after antibiotics, stabilizing measures such as mineral and vitamin supplements can help, but the causes of immune deficiency need to be recognized and removed before a real change and improvement can occur. The two-year-old Zara, who since her first year of life has continually come down with bronchitis, is a good example.
Suppressing bronchitis with antibiotics?
For periods of six weeks, the bronchitis was fought and suppressed with antibiotics, and the little girl was getting weaker and weaker. Bronchitis recurred and was suppressed again. Finally, she even developed a bout of croup.
This condition frightened the parents so much that they sought out a homeopathic treatment for Zara, in which a complete anamnesis forms the basis of the therapy. The homeopathic treatment is based on natural laws that can be briefly described as follows:
“Disease comes from within!”
Disease arises from thought patterns stemming from habits or from what other people do and think, and we then accept it as a given, as something that cannot be changed. Our inner voice revolts and expresses itself through body language, through symptoms.
This law of nature has consequences for homeopathic treatment:
- Every symptom has its symbolic meaning.
- Every symbolism can be interpreted.
- The sum of the interpretations describes a particular situation in life.
- Every life situation leads us to the thought pattern that lies behind it.
- It is possible at any time to neutralize the thought pattern, to remove the value judgment.
If the value of the thought pattern is neutral, a person will change their behavior,
the symptoms become unnecessary, and the person is healed!
The method of creative homeopathy consists of:
- determining the life situation of the patient
- figuring out how the patient came to his situation
- bringing the situation to the patient’s awareness with the help of homeopathic remedies
- pointing out sources of assistance in making a decision
- activating the potential in the patient to actually make decisions
- leaving the patient in the life situation with a sense of self-responsibility and the freedom to make his own decisions
In other words:
“Encouraging patients to perceive their inner voice and to follow it!”
Relevant symptoms taken from Zara’s case history:
- for the last year, frequent attacks of croup with fear of suffocation
- numerous bouts of bronchitis lasting up to three weeks
- skin rash after antibiotics
- Vaccinations: measles, mumps, rubella, diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio and HIB
- middle ear infections
- frequent diarrhea, frequent stomach-intestinal flu
- sleeps in knee-elbow position
- head, perspiration at night
- fever with perspiration of the head especially on forehead
- fever particularly on the upper body with cold feet
- is often cold and has chills
- preference for butter, vegetables, potatoes, cake and milk
The interpretation of the symptoms yielded the following:
|bronchitis||›› cannot stand irritable conditions in the family; cannot stand conflicts|
|croup||›› individual rights are not demanded and held back to the point of suffocation|
|skin rash after antibiotics||›› shows the suffering caused by suppression|
|measles||›› the urge to go by what others do; would actually rather help others whenever possible than even consider taking responsibility for herself|
|mumps||›› asserts himself in order to demonstrate or develop the personality; the process of individualization is still restricted, and there is no clear decision on behalf of one’s own needs|
|rubella||›› the urge to become more decisive; the inner voice is not perceived; a great uncertainty underlies the question as to whether he is allowed to take a position on matters; those around him make decisions without asking him, and he submits to them|
|diphtheria||›› unable to express his needs and his personal desires; there is a massive problem in communication with those around him because this person does not trust himself to even express his needs to others|
|tetanus||›› the urge within a person to achieve for himself and his own life his own set ideas and needs regardless of any opposition and to the exclusion of any show of weakness|
|pertussis||›› the urge to make one’s own person “noticeable” and wanting to feel accepted as an individual; feels alone against the crowd and fights against it; lacks trust in his own abilities|
|polio||›› the urge to forcefully attract attention to oneself through exhibiting weaknesses; in the role of the victim, he finds the attention and security that he cannot ask for verbally; refuses self-responsibility and would rather let himself be served from front to back; no love of self|
|HIB||›› the urge to free oneself from group opinion and from the fear of something new; enraged that he does not stand up for himself; own feelings are less important than the intellect|
|conjunctivitis||›› enraged over what he sees, for it does not meet up to the way he thinks things should be|
|middle ear infections||›› enraged because he allows someone to forbid him to listen to his inner voice|
|diarrhea||›› unexpressed fear of showing criticism|
|stomach-intestinal flu||›› finds himself in a very uncomfortable life situation that is connected to fear|
|knee-elbow position||›› protects himself as soon as he feels vulnerable; would like to return to the protection of the womb|
|head, perspiration at night||›› it is tiring to assert the mental construction he has build up for his own protection over against the emotional reality|
|head, perspiration on the forehead||›› it is strenuous to defiantly always want to get your way|
|fever||›› unexpressed anger attack|
|fever of the upper body||›› angry because he does not live his own style of life and does not act on his own behalf|
|cold feet||›› does not have the confidence to go his own way|
|cold with chills||›› stubbornly reserves his disappointments for himself|
|milk||›› support (relationship to mother)|
|butter||›› the best part of being supported|
|vegetables||›› unrestricted life energy|
|potatoes||›› hurts are kept private; does not take a stand, remains in the underground|
|cake||›› looks for external recognition|
The Psychology behind Bronchitis Symptoms
Summarizing the interpretation of the symptoms, Zara presents herself as a person who is desperately looking for protection. She neither wants to acquaint herself with the “hard facts” of life nor can she assert herself successfully. After talking again with the family, however, there were no “hard” situations or heavily burdening conflicts in the family that could be confirmed. Therefore, there must be another reason for Zara’s strong feeling of being oppressed.
After further questioning the causes of her condition, it caught my attention that her vaccinations, carried out in a three-step rhythm, were completed just by her first birthday. Obviously, after the third repetition of the multiple vaccinations, the limit of what Zara could handle had been surpassed. She then had an extreme reaction with bronchitis and croup attacks.
Vaccinations need to be considered
In order to detoxify a vaccination, it is not sufficient in homeopathy to prescribe a single remedy without the addition of the vaccine nosode. The miasmatic treatment that is often presented as a successful approach is, from my experience, not able to guarantee lasting healing.
After many years of researching the problems of vaccinations, it became clear to me that it is necessary to produce the nosode of the vaccine itself and then prescribe this together with a single remedy chosen especially for the particular vaccine illness.
The specific vaccine nosode, for example, from the diphtheria vaccine, activates the terrain. The single remedy associated with this vaccine, Lachesis muta and/or Lac caninum, effects the detoxification. With this treatment, the titer is not eliminated, but it sinks more quickly than is typical.
Corresponding homeopathic remedies
The following homeopathic remedies from my list of representative homeopathic remedies for the vaccinations were found in the repertorization of Zara’s symptoms:
- for diphtheria lach
- for HIB bell + apis
- for measles hep + puls
- for mumps puls + merc
- for pertussis bell + nux-v + dros + kali-c
- for polio sep + nux-v + acon
- for rubella sil + puls + bar-c
- for tetanus bell + nux-v
The remedies for Zara’s vaccination detoxification were prescribed along with calc-c and sulf, which were given to support the excretion of the toxins.
Already after three days Zara’s continual coughing and rasping stopped. Until today (four years later), neither bronchitis nor a croup attack has shown up again.