Given that horrific stories relating to invertebrates seem to be the order of the day on DeBugged at the moment, I thought I would float the suggestion of ingesting bed bugs to cure pain in your left ovary. No, this isn’t a new horror film, this is Homeopathy.
The UK’s Homeopathy Awareness Week takes place from 14th – 21st June 2011 which would, on the surface, not ping the radar of the average pestie. What you might not be readily aware of when you roll up to your local alternative therapist is that Cimex, Cimex lectularia, or; Acanthia lectularia (the superceeded scientific name for C. lectularia) are more commonly known as bed bugs. Acanthia is prescribed by the holistic practitioners for, specifically: a stabbing pain in the left ovary (not the right ovary, which would require a different treatment, presumably). It can also be used to treat violent headaches caused by drinking, constipation and chills.
There are lots of other pests used in homeopathy, including cockroaches, wasps and fleas. Homeopathic apothecaries use a form of naming similar to, but not the same as, binomial nomenclature used by botanists and zoologists. Here are a few examples of insects used in homeopathic medicines, the insects in them and what they are used to treat:
Insects used in homeopathy
FORMICA RUFA - European house ant (conditions: muscle and joint problems).
VESPA CRABRO - wasp. Vespa crabro is the European hornet, although both Vespa and Crabro and genera of wasps (conditions: abdomen, bladder, back, eye, face, kidney, throat).
BLATTA AMERICANA – Great American cockroach. Periplaneta americana is the American cockroach, Blatta is a genus of cockroaches (conditions: asthma and nausea).
BLATTA ORIENTALIS - Oriental cockroach (conditions: asthma and obesity).
BOMBYX PROCESSIONEA – procession moth. Bombyx processionea is a synonymous name for Spiris striata the feathered footman moth, Thaumetopoea processionea is the oak processionary moth (conditions: skin eruptions).
CANTHRIS VESICATORIA – Spanish fly. Lytta vesicatoria is the Spanish fly, Canthris is another genus of fly (conditions: abdominal inflammation and pain).
CHENOPODIUM GLAUCI APHIS – plant lice. Aphis is a genus of aphid, which feed on plants but are not true lice (conditions: back, bladder, head, mouth, abdomen).
PEDICULUS CAPITIS – head louse (conditions: head, stammering, diarrhea).
CULEX MUSCA – culex mosquito. Culex is a genus of mosquito, Musca is a genus of fly, including Musca domestica, the house fly. (conditions: chest, nose, throat, vertigo).
PULEX IRRITANS – human flea (conditions: urinary and female symptoms).
The simplified thesis of homeopathy is that very small doses of what ails you will cure you, which can be seen with American cockroaches being use to treat asthma, and processionary moth for skin eruptions I am at a loss trying to relate bed bugs to left ovaries, but consuming a blood feeding parasite seems so creepy that the pain must have to be pretty bad. Fortunately the dilutions involved in homeopathy are so massive there is very little bed bug left in the medicine you ingest, so there is next to no chance of you contracting MRSA . Bed bugs are being found in hospitals, and homeopathy is still being funded by some NHS authorities which means that if you find yourself hospitalized for ovarian pain or headaches- you might be able to start self-treating!
Insects sneak into our lives in lots of other ways too and you may even be consuming them on a regular basis. Check out my other posts: