POTS is an illness which is so poorly resolved with conventional medicine but little is known about how homeopathy might bring some light to the situation. Last year I worked with a young woman called Mandy whose health improved dramatically after just 2 appointments. (You can read about Mandy's story here). This has inspired me to help others with POTS.
Earlier this year I began a POTS and Homeopathy Study to learn more about POTS and see which factors in a case make it more or less likely to heal with homeopathy and what we can do about it. 12 patients in all have joined the study and all are at various stages of progress. It's early days, but the results so far are very encouraging. Here's just a peak of a couple of patients' progress (All personal details have been removed).
This lovely bubbly young woman struggles to maintain a normal family life around her various diagnoses of POTS, Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome Type III, Lyme, Mycoplasma Pneumonia, CFS and suspected MCAS. Medications: Mydodrine, Wellbutrin
Her main complaint at the start of the study was chronic longstanding depression about her health - hardly surprising given her long list of diagnoses. What also troubled her was terrible brain fog so bad she couldn't even remember what she'd just read, as well as a suffocating breathlessness, palpitations and dizziness upon standing. She could only stand for 5 minutes before she had to sit down but even then she'd feel dizzy. She had given up driving because of this. She also suffered from daily chills with her body shaking all over for an hour in the evenings. Her stomach symptoms and gastroparesis made her nauseous on eating and she also had constipation.
Progress report: After one month on the remedy Sulphur:
* She can now stand for up to 15 minutes without POTS symptoms.
* While still feeling low, she says she can now feel a glimmer of her old self coming back.
* Her breathlessness has improved by 50%.
* This last weekend she read a book from cover to cover.
* Nausea after eating has halved.
* Her sensitivity to noise is halved.
* She was able to eat a slice of bread without an allergic reaction.
* Dizziness while sitting has also improved enough for her to drive the car.
* Her chills are much better. She's had just one that lasted a mere five minutes.
* Her constipation is 100% better.
This lady has POTS, Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome and Chiari Malformation and extreme fatigue signifying a very low level of health. Her gastric symptoms have been so bad that she now has a tubal feed as eating via her mouth and stomach cause intolerable acidity and burning. She also has severe constipation, daily headaches and hot sweaty flushes every time she stands up. Given her low level of vitality, we would expect a very slow response to the remedies but after one month on a low dose of the remedy Sepia she reports:
"My constipation is still improving. I am going every other day now. I'm also having less flushes, it's only happening a couple of times a day now. And I'm sure I'm having less headaches!"
This engaging intelligent young woman has POTS, hypermobility with unstable hips, a chronic intermittent fever, and a tendency to anaemia. Her main POTS problems were daily headaches which often turned into three or four migraines a week, as well as palpitations and dizziness after walking for even a short distance. She also suffers from severe nausea after eating, vomiting due to travel sickness and constant waking in the night.
Progress report: After her remedy of Nat Mur, Patient 4's response was very interesting. One week after taking the remedy she had a dramatic improvement. She was able to walk a whole mile without feeling ill. She slept through the night and was able to eat heartily and travel in the car without nausea or vomiting. Most importantly she had no surges of feverish sweating and not one migraine. However after 3 days her symptoms returned very suddenly. This is usually a sign that the remedy has been antidoted somehow, that the potency needs adjusting or that the remedy was 'close' but not exact, or just even possibly plain placebo effect. Waiting to see what happens with the patient over the next few weeks, plus a closer inspection of the finer details of the case will reveal the answer, but those 3 days for now, for whatever reason, are justification enough to continue.
I'll be reporting back on what further improvements we have made next month on some more patients.