Homeopathy and Botanical Medicine for Systemic Lead RemovalThe influx of the element lead into our environment and inevitably our bodily systems has risen exponentially over the last several decades. Lead has weaseled its way into the human bloodstream for centuries. Ancient Chinese created metallic lead as far back as 3000 B.C. and the British Museum displays the most ancient piece of lead estimated to date around 3800 B.C. therefore theorizing that it could have very well been the first metal produced by man. In fact, the Romans used it in practically every application, from hairpins to cauldrons for boiling grapes into wine. As reported in the UK Guardian, the exhumed bones of 17th Century painter Caravaggio still yielded high amounts of lead, alleging the cause of his mysterious death.

However, it is the Industrial Revolution that perpetuated the continuous use of highly toxic chemicals, increasing their presence into our environment and eventually our bodies. Although lead based paint used before 1978 has been a concern regarding exposure to young children, lead can be found in our water, soil and in some cases even in the air we breathe.

Batteries, toys, various juices, and cooking utensils are only some of the many causes for potential lead exposure. In fact, the FDA reports “unsafe levels of arsenic and lead in some samples of apple juice and grape juice in the NY City area.” In addition, a paper published in Brain, A Journal of Neurology titled ‘Lead Neurotoxicity in Children: Basic Mechanisms and Clinical Correlates’, describes how lead can mask itself as calcium ions and pass through the blood brain barrier causing irreparable damage if not treated and removed.

Detoxifying the system of lead by using a combination of homeopathy and botanical medicine can be a successful way to prevent or possibly dissipate such symptoms as organ failure, depression, reproductive damage, chronic physical pain and personality changes. Although it is noted that the CDC and the FDA agree on acceptable lead levels in humans being 10 micrograms or less, even this amount has been found to potentially be harmful. Although reactions may be minimal to none, over time the systemic accumulation of lead can create problems that may never be linked to such exposure. Individuals can spend unnecessary time and money exposing themselves to the toxicity of many western medications to desperately address symptoms that could be the result of low to high levels of lead poisoning. In turn, peripheral negative results could arise due to this cycle making it even more difficult to pinpoint the root cause.

Plumbum Metallicum
The homeopathic remedy that has been associated with helping drain the system of lead is plumbum metallicum. This remedy is derived from the metal lead, safely diluted into its homeopathic state to address the ‘like-cures-like’ science of homeopathy. Under the strict guidance of a professional, seasoned homeopath, plumbum metallicum can be administered to manifest a systemic drainage process of lead toxicity. Some presentations for this remedy include:

  • Memory impairment
  • Depression
  • Paranoia
  • Tinnitus
  • Paralysis
  • Abdominal pain
  • Chronic headaches
  • Decreased sperm count
  • Muscle weakness

Lead poisoning can be associated with a wide variety of symptoms both subtle and conspicuous. Plumbum metallicum addresses this spectrum after a detailed physical and mental intake is recorded and determined. Personality changes are often a clear indication of a slow accumulation of lead in the system however a homeopath must decipher the complete history of the subject to pinpoint such changes. One popular personality that fits this remedy would be one that is self-centered as well as continually on the brink of destruction.

Aloe Vera, Chlorella, and Alfalfa
A botanical approach to absorbing and removing heavy metals, particularly lead, from the system offers a gentle, non-invasive remedy that could, over time, detoxify the body. Aloe vera, chlorella and alfalfa have all been shown to exhibit unique abilities on dealing with the systemic invasion of lead.

Aloe Vera – This super-plant is capable of healing burn wounds, easing stomach irritation, reducing cholesterol levels, enhancing circulation and can act as an anti-inflammatory. It also has the capability to carry heavy metals out of the system through its influence on the digestive tract.

Chlorella – Dr Liang-Pin Lin of National Taiwan University said – “We can do experiments to show that Chlorella absorbs heavy metals from water. So, if you use Chlorella as a nutritional supplement it will remove heavy metals such as Lead, Mercury and Cadmium from the body”. This algae based botanical cultivated in fresh water ponds exposed to sunlight has the ability to bind to heavy metals molecules and extract them from the body.

Alfalfa – These grass-like shoots known technically as medicago sativa pack a powerful punch. According to a study by the Department of Chemistry, University of Texas at El Paso, “Capacity and recovery batch experiments showed that African alfalfa shoots have a remarkable ability to take up heavy metal ions. The recovery of the heavy metal ions is very feasible since over 99% of lead and cadmium was removed from the alfalfa biomass in the batch experiments.”

In addition to homeopathy and botanical medicine for systemic lead removal, many other naturopathic remedies can also be applied. These include acupuncture, nutraceutical supplementation and chelation therapy. An overall detoxification program can help begin a lead removal process while, at the same time, systemic strengthening approaches can also be administered. These may include building up the immune system, enhancing energy flow and the education of not only dietary choices but also cooking protocol such as knowing what type of metal pots to use.

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