I am a massage therapist and I have quite a few of your books including Wise Woman Herbal for the Childbearing Year.
I have found (and my clients have found) many of your remedies in your books to be quite helpful.
After quite a few years and some miscarriages, I am pregnant and I am 19 weeks, and the one thing I have not been able to find in any your books that I own,
is any tincture or advice and assistance for Pregnancy Rashes such as PUPPP (pruritic uticarial pupules and placques of pregnancy), Prurigo gestationis, Pemphigoid gestationis, and Intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy.
I developed a rash this last week and I believe it is Prurigo gestationis or Puppp and the itching is driving me insane.
My midwife has taken a look at it and believes it is a mild case of Puppp, although she says it is quite early in my pregnancy for Puppp to develop. She has done a battery of blood tests to rule out any other more serious things. They do not really know what causes pregnancy rashes, but I was hoping that you might, and would have a remedy for me.
I thought it might be something to do with hormone imbalances so I have just started drinking Nettle Tea combined with baking soda and vinegar.
I also am taking baking soda and oatmeal baths to try to stop the itching.
Any assistance or help that you could provide would be greatly appreciated.
So glad that you are finding Susun's books helpful. Congratulations on your pregnancy and I am terribly sorry you are having to deal with this. Although it seems PUPPP causes no real harm - the itching alone can be enough to drive you crazy!
No one seems to be exactly sure of what brings about PUPPP, however, a lot of research is pointing to either liver function or hormone changes as possible causes. With that in mind, if it were me, yes, I would be doing nettles. Preferably in infusions, steeped overnight. This works much like the antihistamines that doctors often prescribe in cases of PUPPP. I am including a link here on more information in regards to infusions.http://nourishingherbalinfusions.com/
I would work on supporting the liver as best you can; Some allies for that would be dandelion, burdock and milk thistle. I have heard of a number of success stories in regards to using these liver supporters, with both dandelion root and milk thistle tinctures being used the most. If you are not already, I would also be incorporating dandelion greens in my diet and use dandelion vinegar over greens, beans, etc. Burdock root is also another easy one to add, especially over the winter months. I always throw some into my soups and broths and love to roast it in the oven as well. Oatmeal baths are wonderful, also witch hazel, perhaps some salves with comfrey or plantain to use topically.
Susun is running a group health hotline over the winter months as her schedule allows. The next one will be coming up on Monday, Jan. 17th at 8pm EST. This may be a very good opportunity to have a dialogue directly with Susun since she doesn't use email. I am including a link for you to check this out as well. http://www.herbalmedicinehealing.com/store/item_view.asp?estore_itemid=1000534
Best of luck to you and do let us know if you need any further assistance.
Wise Woman Team
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