but without the throbbing pain. The onset often follows a sudden change of
weather or exposure to cold air or a cold, dry wind. Usually another remedy is
required after Aconite, such as
Arnica Inflammation follows an injury to the breast. Patients feel sore,
bruised, and achy. There is fear to have the part touched.
Belladonna Sudden onset with rapidly rising fever. The breast is hot to touch,
engorged, swollen, congested — red, hot breast. Throbbing pain in the breasts.
The pain is worse from jarring. The right side is more often affected.
Bryonia Begins often with general chills and fever, stitching pains in the breast
and headache. The breast feels hard and stony with stitching, needle-like
pains. Any movement aggravates the pain. The person likes a snug bra.
Breast feeding is quite painful. The person will be quite irritable. Very
frequently the person will experience dizziness or faintness on rising from
bed. There is strong thirst and not infrequently constipation.
Croton tiglium excruciating pain in the
nipple which extends straight through to the back (at the level of the
blade) with each suck of the baby.
The breasts are very
inflamed, swollen, and hard. The nipples may crack.
Hepar sulphur Breasts are very prone to
abscess. Extreme sensitivity to the least
touch; mothers can't stand for the baby to nurse. Complaints are worse from
cold and exposure to the least draft, and better from warmth. Person feels
Lac-canium Hypersensitivity to even the slightest touch of clothing on the breasts;
jarring also aggravates.
Mercurius Fever, chills, and perspiration without relief; a profuse sweat with a
drop in fever; but no subsequent improvement; the person alternates between hot
and cold, uncovering and covering.
The most common remedy for about 50% of mastitis cases. Breasts become
lumpy, with hard knots or nodules, the nipples cake. Sore, fissured nipples.
Intense pain in the breast as soon as the baby takes hold of the nipple. The
pain often extends to the underarm or it can radiate over the whole body.
Affects more often the right breast. Damp heat relieves, such as local poultices
(including warm cabbage leaves which can be helpful). Some
patients may have flu-like symptoms as well.
Healing Mastitis by Miranda Castro, Homeopath
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