Albuminuria


Homeopathy treatment of Albuminuria from the book Homoeopathy for Mother and infant by Dr. Douglas M. Borland (1950), a useful guide for treating Albuminuria homeopathically. …


Albuminuria of pregnancy is one of the terrors of the obstetrician. It is one of the great danger signals, one of the signs that the strain is telling on the mother, and through her on the child. It is the precuRsor of convulsions with all their horrors and anxieties.

The orthodox treatment consists of the taking of salts, drinking of large quantities of bland fluids to try to eliminate, the toxic materials, and the restriction of the diet to white foods, semi-solids or fluids, according to the severity of the case, in order to minimize the strain on the kidneys, those excretory organs which get rid of the body’s waste products. And yet, in different cases, I have seen APIS PLUMBUM, ACIDUM PHOSPHORICUM or TEREBINTHINA remove the albumin from the urine, without any purgation, and with the patient taking a full diet.

Constipation in pregnancy is a common trouble. Where it exist toxic absorption is bound to follow, and while it persists the patient is in danger of the severer complications due to infection by the Bacillus coil. The treatment of constipation has greatly improved during the last few years, but still leaves much to be desired. In the great majority of cases a few doses of NUX VOMICA, OPIUM or ALUMINA will put matters right, provided the mother’s diet is rational.

Diarrhoea in pregnancy is always a serious matter, and if not speedily relieved may lead to miscarriage. Is the allopathic administration of a dose of Olium ricini whether or not followed by intestinal sedative to be preferred to gentle action of a small dose of ALOE, PODOPHYLLUM or MERCURIUS with its instantaneous sense of relief?

Rubella, or German measles if acquired during pregnancy, especially during the first four months, may have an adverse effect on the unborn child. In the event of exposure to infection during pregnancy it would be wise to prescribe the RUBELLA NOSODE.

On the Mental Side the effects of morbid states in the mother have a very definite effect on the foetus. One has only to study the children of the war years to see what effects these can produce on the unborn child. The ordinary treatment consists of the administration of regular doses of bromide or more probably a barbiturate in the fond belief that it has no effect on the child, I have seen the child of a mother so treated covered with bromide rash, a sign of bromide poisoning, within a week of its birth. Surely there is more to be done than that!

The morbid depression will fade away after the judicious administration of PULSATILLA, AURUM or SEPIA.

Fears lose their terror under the action of ACONITUM NAPELLUS, ARSENICUM ALBUM, ARGENTUM NITRICUM, IGNATIA AMARA or one of the kindred drugs. Sleep returns to the weary mother helped by ACONITUM NAPELLUS, BELLADONNA, COFFEA CRUDA, NUX VOMICA etc. and the fright loses its evil effect under the sedative influences of ACONITUM NAPELLUS, IGNATIA AMARA, OPIUM, PHOSPHORUS, PULSATILLA NIGRICANS, etc. The mother’s nervous system has not been dulled, nor has the unborn infant been poisoned by any of these drugs.

Intercurrent Ailments

With the intercurrent ailments, influenzas, coughs, pneumonias, etc., to which all of us are prone, we have, in exaggerated form, the question of the relative value of homoeopathy and orthodox medicine in the treatment of acute disease.

The next factor seriously affecting the well-being of the child in its birth. Here there are great possibility of injury; unavoidable injury at the hands of most skilful attendant, due to the necessity for manipulation of instruments, or injury due to due to prolonged and difficult labour, without any outside interference. These injuries may be to limbs or, much more serious, may involve intracranial haemorrhages and consequent brain damage.

Douglas Borland
Douglas Borland M.D. was a leading British homeopath in the early 1900s. In 1908, he studied with Kent in Chicago, and was known to be one of those from England who brought Kentian homeopathy back to his motherland.
He wrote a number of books: Children's Types, Digestive Drugs, Pneumonias
Douglas Borland died November 29, 1960.