Homeopathic Prophylaxis Poison Oak/Ivy
Anyone that has spent time in the back country of California or East Coast has learned to avoid Poison Ivy (East Coast) and Poison Oak (California). Just rubbing up to these plants can result in a significant eruption of fluid filled vesicles with accompanied intense itching.
Growing up in North San Diego County I learned to be on the lookout for this plant whenever my brother and I went hiking the nearby coastal mountains. My dad who developed land in these foothills was continually getting exposed as he would have to climb through the vegetation to lay out boundaries of parcels and tag bushes for road construction. After having experienced numerous bouts of Poison Oak eruptions he came across a homeopathic remedy made from Poison Ivy. The advertisement read.
“Natural protection from the irritation of poison ivy, oak and sumac” (also found in SoCal back country). Taken as directed Oral Ivytm helps the body safely and naturally fight off ivy, oak or sumac poisoning. Taken orally you can protect yourself from direct and indirect ivy poisoning. Just add 3 to 5 drops of Oral Ivy to ¼ glass of water or juice and drink it daily starting 1 to 2 weeks before exposure and continue daily intake throughout the poison Ivy season.”
My dad found that not only did the homeopathic remedy work but it also gave him a long standing immunity against the poison oak in that he no longer had to use it once his immune system was desensitized.
Homeopathic vaccines can work in a similar way to impart long term immunity.
Terry Pfau DO, HMD