In my previous post I was talking about our skin, and it reminded me of a time in my life when I truly and unequivocally knew that conventional medicine would never be a final authority as far as family’s health is concerned.
While pregnant with my second daughter, during my third trimester, I developed an itchy, annoying rash. My OBGYN diagnosed it as pruritic urticarial papules and plaques of pregnancy (PUPPP), also known as polymorphic eruption of pregnancy, it is the most common rash in pregnant women. It normally occurs during the third trimester with at around 35 weeks. The cause of PUPPP is unknown and the treatment of PUPPP is symptomatic – with steroid creams and in severe cases oral steroids. The rash is very itchy, is harmless to mother and baby, but can be very annoying. It lasts an average of 6 weeks and resolves spontaneously 1 to 2 weeks after delivery.
The idea of applying steroids over the half of my body was not at all something I would consider. I also was not going to suffer for another month until my due date.
Back in 2008 I already knew enough about Holistic and Integrative Medicine to ignore my doctor’s recommendations, go home and do my homework. After few hours of internet search I came across The Pregnant Daddy Blog of a man whose wife was suffering with PUPPP and after trying every possible remedy they could find, they finally tried Dandelion root and that was a success.
I immediately went out and got myself some Dandelion root pills. It did work like a miracle. Within 24 hours the itch started to diminish, and within a week any sign of rash was gone. I had an appointment with my OBGYN who was shocked to see PUPPP clear up. However she refused to contribute the healing to Dandelion root. Nevertheless, before I left the office, I made sure every person working there knew about what has happened and at the very least my hope was that they will mention this to the next unfortunate patient with PUPPP.
And to think that I could have been covering myself in steroid cream for another month, while waiting for the only cure according to the doctor – the delivery?!
Today, four years later, there is a lot more information on the internet about Dandelion root, and there are some precautions which I was not aware of when I took it, apparently those who are allergic to ragweed, chrysanthemums, marigold, chamomile, yarrow, daisies, or iodine, should avoid dandelion.
There is this great article which includes dosage, indications, precautions, etc, on the University of Maryland Medical Center website, please refer to it if you need more information.
To you health!