Homeopathy is based on the Law of Similars, discovered by Hippocrates, the Greek Father of Medicine, born around 460 B.C. The Law of Similars indicates that a substance that has the capacity to bring on symptoms in a healthy person, when properly prepared, has the capacity to restore the health of a sick person experiencing similar symptoms.
Poison oak and poison ivy are good examples. Most people develop itchy, water- filled blisters when exposed to either plant. There are several homeopathic ways, all derived from plant matter, to treat this condition.
Rhus toxicodendron, a homeopathic remedy actually made from poison ivy, can help soothe blistered skin irritations, especially if the condition is also accompanied by restlessness, joint stiffness and cravings for cold milk.
Anacardium orientale is indicated for yellow-crusted, oozing blisters, especially on the face, hands and fingers. In this case, the itch can be so severe that the person desires to scratch to the point of bleeding. Another indication of this condition is that washing the skin in hot water
makes it feel better.
Croton tiglium is useful when information, genitals and the skin is dry, hard and tight. Scratching is painful, and bathing is worse, but gentle rubbing makes it feel better. There can be gushing diarrhea.
TAKING HOMEOPATHIC REMEDIES
Homeopathic remedies are marked with Roman numerals that indicate their dilution strength. In the cases mentioned here, 6X, 6C, 30X or 30C (X=10, C=100) potencies will do. Dissolve 1 to 2 pellets in a glass of water, stir and take a spoonful. Repeat every 10 to 15 minutes as needed. Decrease the frequency as symptoms improve.
Properly chosen remedies are very effective, safe and non-toxic for relief from rashes due poison oak and poison ivy. For serious, recurring rashes, it is advisable to see a certified homeopath for long-term success.