Homeopathy for Hypothyroidism

It is an endocrine disorder, in which thyroid doesn’t produce enough thyroid hormone to meet the need of a body. In this article, we will see about homeopathy for hypothyroidism.

INCIDENCE – 42 Million people in INDIA suffer from a thyroid disorder. In adults, the prevalence of hypothyroidism was studied. About 53% of subjects with subclinical hypothyroiditis were positive for anti-TPO antibodies.

CAUSES – Worldwide –too little iodine in the diet.

  • In countries with enough iodine diet, other causes like autoimmune condition –Hashimoto’s thyroiditis.
  • Previously treated with radioactive iodine.
  • Any injuries to the hypothalamus or anterior pituitary.
  • Lack of thyroid functioning at birth
  • Previous thyroid surgery.

RISK FACTORS – mostly female

  • Age-30 yrs n above
  • Any other health issues like lupus, Rheumatoid Arthritis.
  • Low iodine intake.
  • Goitrogenic food like soy milk, spinach, cabbage, broccoli, beer, gluten containing food items.

SYMPTOMS

  • Tiredness
  • Anemia
  • Constipation
  • Hair fall
  • Depression
  • Body pain
  • Dry skin
  • Insomnia
  • Loss of libido
  • decreased heart rate, speech
  • Mood swings
  • Intolerance to cold, etc.

EVALUATION – Increased TSH (Suggest of the thyroid is underactive)

TSH – Normal range-(0.5 mu/I – 5.0 mu/I)

COMPLICATION – cardiovascular disease, peripheral neuropathy, obesity, menstrual disturbances, and infertility.

TREATMENT

HOMEOPATHIC APPROACH – It helps in treating the hypothyroid by making up the body immunity to fight with the disease and gradually decreasing the dose of levothyroxine along with homeopathic medicines. The medicines help to normalize thyroid function naturally and optimize the body metabolism thereby reducing the ill-effects of under-functioning thyroid.

 HOMEOPATHY FOR HYPOTHYROIDISM

  • THYROIDINUM – obese, dry skin, weakness weak pulse, palpitations, cold hands, and feet. Sensitive to cold, oedematous conditions, irritable, worse least opposition, goes into a rage over trifles, desire for sweets, thirst for cold water, nausea worse riding in the car, much flatus in the abdomen, enuresis.

 

  • CALC CARB – ONE OF THE BEST REMEDY FOR HYPOTHYROID, recommended in people who are always chilly, fair complexion, fat flabby. Excessive sweat on the head, craving for boiled eggs, desires indigestible things like chalk, pencils, and limes. Aversion to take fats. Constipation. The first part of the stool is hard and followed by soft stools. Profuse menses. The coldness of feet during menstrual periods.

 

  • IODUM – anxiety, great excitement, irritable and sensitiveness, low spirits and weeping with ill humor. Excessive loquacity and mirthfulness, suppurative ulcers on cheeks with swelling on cheeks. Thickly coated tongue. Constriction of the throat with difficulty swallowing. Aphthae with fetid odor. Unusual hunger, better after satisfying it. Ravenous hunger alternate with loss of appetite. Increased thirst. Stools hard nodular or soft frequent stool, diarrhea alternate with constipation. Corrosive leucorrhoea, menses too early or too late. Trembling.

 

  • SEPIA- weak, pale yellow face and faint very easily on cold Menses appear too early and copious in nature, constipation, stool hard and difficult, passed in small balls with excessive pain. Irritable and indifferent to the family members, who were earlier very much loved. Craving for acidic things and pickles.

 

  • LYCOPODIUM – hypothyroidism with gastric complaints, excessive flatulence with abdomen flatulence. Complaints aggravate from 4 pm to 8 pm. constipation with difficult hard incomplete stool, craves hot things and hot food, sweets. Hair fall. Irritable nature cannot bear little contradiction.

 

  • GRAPHITES – obese and take cold easily. Long-standing constipation, the stool is hard and passes with great difficulty. Fullness in the abdomen due to obstruction of flatulence and desire loss in clothing to get relief. Depressed, sad and beats easily o listening to music, timid, indecisive.

 

  • NUXVOMICA – temperamental in nature and get offended very easily sensitive to all external impressions, obstinate constipation, stools scanty and unsatisfactory with an urge to pass stool with little evacuation. Bloating after eating. The desire for stimulants, chilly, prolonged menses, blood is blackish and accompanied by a fainting spell.

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What Is Rheumatoid Arthritis? Early Signs, Symptoms & Homeopathy Treatment

Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disorder that causes chronic inflammation of the joints, with a progressive clinical course that brings on joint destruction and functional disability over a period of time. Learn more about Rheumatoid arthritis homeopathy treatment in this article.

This condition along with the joints can also affect the other organs like lungs, heart, skin, blood vessels and muscles.

Why do people suffer from Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)?

Numerous factors like genetic, systemic, environmental, emotional and physical factors are involved in the pathogenesis of RA. Gender predominance is observed esp more in females. Cigarette smoking is a strong risk factor for developing RA and also associates with greater severity. Emotional and physical stress not only act as predisposing factors but also triggers the acute exacerbations of the disease.

What are the symptoms?

1) Pain, swelling and stiffness of the joints

2) Morning stiffness usually (> 1 hr)

3) Arthritis of three or more joints and mostly small joints of the hands, wrists, and feet are involved

4) The range of motion of joints is limited

5) Lumps under the skin (rheumatoid nodules) usually seen in people with severe RA, and in those who have cigarette smoking habit. Similar nodules may occur in the lungs and heart-affecting their function.

6) In later stages deformities of hands and legs develop

7) Loss of appetite, weight loss, and fatigue are common and may occur throughout the disease course.

How is RA diagnosed?

1) Clinical representation

2) Rheumatoid factor (RF)

3) Radiological changes

4) Anti- Ccp antibody is highly specific for RA.

What are the complications of RA?

If RA is not well controlled, it can cause widespread inflammation in other parts of your body, such as the,

Lungs – pleurisy,  which can cause chest pain and breathlessness.

Heart – Pericarditis, causing chest pain.

Blood vessels – vasculitis, it can affect the blood flow to the organs and if not controlled could lead to life-threatening conditions.

Eyes – Scleritis, which cause eye redness, dryness, and pain.

Homeopathy Treatment For Rheumatoid Arthritis :

We all know that disease manifests in two distinct zones,  central and periphery, called the dynamics of the disease.

The disturbance caused in the central zone i.e. soul of a person from experiencing stress, might be due to environmental, physical and emotional in a genetically predisposed,  provokes the individual to adapt to the stress and later manifesting in the peripheral zone causing local disturbances.

Each individual has a specific constitution. By this, we mean that each person has specific individual body, mind, and disease. That is the reason different people suffer from rheumatoid arthritis at different times with varying severity. Homeopathy is holistic medicine, which heals, not the disease but the individual having the disease. So, a homeopath selects the remedy basing on mental disposition and physical attributes of the person.

It has been verified and emphasized that emotional stress, a psychosomatic factor is a prime reason behind rheumatoid arthritis etiology.  Each and every individual reacts to the stress in accordance with his constitution and temperament which reflect in symptoms, both psychological and physical. So, a homeopath identifies the stress causing the disease in a person and treats it with a similar remedy which brings on significant improvement, as the disease state is removed.

Headache Causes, Symptoms, Diagnostic & Homeopathy Treatment | Dr. Positive

Everything You Need to Know About Headaches/Migraines & Its Treatment

Headache, Ouch!!, that awful pain in the head all of us would have suffered at least once in a lifetime but in some, it may be triggered frequently, a condition known as Migraine. Learn more about homeopathy treatment for migraine headaches in this article.

What is Migraine?

Migraine or hemicrania (one-sided headache) is defined as a “severe and recurrent pain in the head”, usually affecting only one side either right or left. It is different from other headaches as it usually is accompanied by an aura before attack, nausea, and photophobia.

What causes Migraine?

The exact cause for migraine is not known through several triggers and risk factors are known. Gender and hormones may play a role in Migraine as it is seen more in females especially in the menstrual age.  The other trigger factors include Stress both physical and emotional like depression, anxiety, and other emotional disturbances, menstrual cycles, moon phases, food, weather, etc.

What are the symptoms of Migraine?

The usual symptoms of Migraine are:

  • Hemicrania or one-sided headaches. The pain is usually severe with many describing the pain as a throbbing, bursting type of pain. Though a typical migraine pain is restricted to one side of the head, in some the pain can traverse and affect both sides and may also complain of neck pain.
  • Nausea and Vomiting: About 90% of persons suffering from migraine complain of nausea or queasy feeling in the stomach and in more than 40% this nausea is accompanied by vomiting.
  • Photophobia and visual disturbances: During the pain phase many sufferers prefer a dark, silent room and are unable to withstand bright, dazzling lights as they become sensitive to light and sound. Some may complain of hazy vision and some complaint of flickers before the eyes, especially before the attack.
  • Aura: A classical or typical case of migraine is usually preceded by an aura before the attack. Aura can be described as a warning sign before an attack. The aura usually begins a few minutes before the attack and the most common aura reported is visual disturbances, mood swings or gastrointestinal disturbances.  In some cases, the warning signals of an emanating attack can start a few hours or days before the actual episode of pain which is known as Prodromal Phase.
  • Post migraine episode they may suffer from fatigue, discomfort in the pain zone, depression and gastrointestinal disturbance.

Homeopathy Treatment for migraine Headaches – Dr. Positive Homeopathy

Homeopathy Treatment offers a good solution for Migraine. Though Migraine is not life threatening it can affect the quality of life of affected persons and in some cases, frequent migraine pains can even lead to cardiac complications. Besides that, the use of frequent pain killers has their own side effects. Homeopathy treatment helps in reducing the intensity of attacks and prevents frequent recurrence of migraine pain thereby improving the quality of life without any side effects. Homeopathy medications are given based on the totality of symptoms presented by the patient which include physical, mental, emotional and social symptoms. Given below is a case study of Migraine treated successfully by homeopathy.

An eighteen-year-old young female approached our clinic with chronic headaches. She was suffering from frequent headaches from the past 3 years. The headache was mostly left side, starting from left frontal eyebrow extending to left occipital region and occasional radiating to the right occipital region too. Headache was accompanied by nausea, eye strain, and sleeplessness. Though feels hungry she could not eat because of the nauseating feel and during the pain, she does not like anyone to disturb her, gets very irritated when disturbed.

Thinking of pain triggered her headache and lack of sleep also was one trigger factor.

Menstrual history:  Menarche was when she was in ninth standard, initially was regular but from past three years became irregular and from past six months periods were absent and was diagnosed with PCOD

Family history: Her mother expired when she was seven years old and she couldn’t tell the cause. Her maternal uncle brought her up. Father committed suicide recently.

For in-depth analysis of the case and trying to find the cause for her illness more details were asked. She revealed she was an adopted child, she wanted to keep her parents very happy and earn a lot of fame but she could not concentrate on any subject in class instead teachers use to reprimand her as she uses to fall asleep.

Has poor memory, forgets what she reads, because of which she has backlogs. She cannot bear anyone neglecting her. Lives in fantasies, whatever she desires it has to be done. If she does not get what she wants she gets too disappointed, gets very angry, throws things around and then falls down. During the temper tantrum, she does not even realize what she has spoken.

She wanted to become an actress and wanted to achieve more fame for her grandmother and father but her father counseled her that the film industry is not good and instead advised her to concentrate on studies and become an engineer. She joined B Tech for studies but because of her poor listening skills, she has not been performing well in studies though she wanted to perform well. She revealed that she had a fear for mathematics and Biology used to be her favorite subject but because of her father she chooses the engineering side. After her father expired, she shifted to her uncle’s place but feels he does not take proper care of her.

Physical Generals:  She was a thirsty patient with chilly thermals

 Even as the patient was narrating her symptoms and story, the doctor observed that she was constantly going back and forth, her thoughts were incoherent. Based on repatriation Agaricus 30 was given and asked to report for follow up after a week. When she came for her follow up visit, she reported that the periods have come after six months, there were no headaches and she had good sleep.

Interstitial Cystitis Symptoms, Causes & Treatment in Homeopathy | Dr. Positive

“Health is wealth!” as the saying goes. But there are several diseases which may affect the health of an individual. One such disease which causes not only discomfort but also embarrassment is interstitial cystitis, also known as bladder pain syndrome (bps). As inferred from its name, it is a condition affecting urinary bladder and to be diagnosed as interstitial cystitis a person must be complaining of pain or discomfort in the pelvic region, polyuria or increased frequency of urination both day and night, with a constant urge to urinate and marked urgency for a period of six weeks or more without any other underlying pathology. Though the symptoms resemble that of urinary tract infection it is not so, there is no infection found. A severe condition of interstitial cystitis affects the quality of life of the person and can lead to depression. Learn more about interstitial cystitis homeopathy in this article.

What Causes interstitial cystitis?

Causes:   The urinary bladder is like a balloon which can expand and when full we feel the pressure and micturate but due to some reasons the bladder is unable to hold the urine. Why this ability is lost is not clearly understood but could be due to an autoimmune reaction, by which the bladder cells are attacked by the immune cells. This theory is supported because of other associated auto-immune disorders found in the patients suffering from bps like Sjogren’s syndrome, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, etc.

Other causes attributed towards interstitial cystitis are trauma/injury either to the bladder, spinal cord or pelvic floor muscles; or improper functioning of pelvic muscles, nerve irritation or inflammation, chronic inflammation of the bladder. In some the elasticity of the bladder muscles are lost with age or sensitivity to nerve stimulation is lost due to overstretching the bladder.

Risk factors:  Gender and age seem to play a role in this disease with women above forty years of age being more prone to it than male. Existence of other autoimmune disorders, hypertension, atherosclerosis, and other vascular disorders can increase the risk of interstitial cystitis.

Symptoms:  The main symptoms of interstitial cystitis are:

  • Bearing down pain or discomfort in the pelvic region, depending on the gender either between the vagina and anal region in women and between the scrotum and anal region in men
  • Polyuria: There is an increased frequency of urination both day and night. Generally, a grown-up adult wakes only once/twice in the night for micturition but in persons suffering from BPS they may have to get up more than 6 to 8 times in the night for micturition.
  • Urine incontinence and a constant desire to urinate in spite of emptying the bladder a few minutes previously
  • Dyspareunia or painful intercourse and dysuria or painful micturition are also some important symptoms of BPS
  • In some cases, the lining of the urinary bladder may show patches of inflammation and erosion, known as Hunner’s ulcers

How To Get Rid of Interstitial Cystitis With Homeopathy Treatment?

Homeopathy Treatment for Interstitial Cystitis:  The treatment with homeopathy is based on individualization of the patients based on their mental, physical, emotional symptoms. The medicines help to control the symptoms of interstitial cystitis and helps in improving the quality of life. Homeopathy, as a system, believes in treating the patient and not the disease, however, given below are few important medications which may help in interstitial cystitis.

Equisetum hyemale:  A small remedy but very useful in interstitial cystitis. There is a severe, dull aching pain in the bladder region not ameliorated by urinating. They suffer from frequent and intolerable urge to urinate with severe pain at the close of urination. Constant desire to urinate, a large quantity of clear, watery urine without amelioration.

Apis Mellifica: A well-known remedy for renal problems. There is incontinence of urine, and when passed there is a severe burning sensation, especially the last drops.  Edema of the body with puffy face and bags underneath the eye.

Sarsaparilla: It is indicated in dark-haired persons with lithic diathesis. Urine bright and clear but irritating, often and copious; painful distention and tenderness of bladder; urine dribbles while sitting. Severe or unbearable pain at conclusion of urination. Ineffectual urging, urging with constipation.

Uranium Nitricum:  Another important remedy for BPS. Copious urination both day and night. Incontinence of urination; unable to retain urine without pain. Urine pale, milky with a fishy odor.

How Do You Treat a Child With ODD | Diagnosis & Homeopathy Treatment For ODD

Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD):

“Doctor, Please do something”, cried Mrs. Sharma*.  She was describing her child’s behavior. He was a lean, fair teenage boy. Even as she was speaking we could observe that the boy was constantly squirming in his seat and his expressions were changing. Two three times he even got up from the seat to exit the chambers and was forced by his father to sit. Generally, adolescent age children are rebellious and prone to mood swings but the parents narrated he was very aggressive, uses abusive language and beats his mother and other children. He cannot bear a slight contradiction. If stopped from doing any activity or denied giving any object of his desire then all hell breaks loose. He would clench his teeth in anger, his face would become flushed, and he would throw a fit of anger but later repent. And it was a daily affair. Complaints from school were increasing and he was assessed to be having Oppositional Defiant Disorder. Learn more about homeopathy for oppositional defiant disorder in this article.

What is Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) & What causes Oppositional defiant disorder (ODD)?

It is a behavioral disorder characterized by a combative or aggressive behavior displayed by frequent anger outbursts, defiance and disrespectful behavior. It is most commonly found as a comorbid with Attention deficiency hyperactive disorder (ADHD). The cause for ODD is not known clearly known but the factors leading to other behavioral disorders like genetics, environment or sensitized immune and nervous system could play a role. Trigger factors could be stress, hormonal changes, and substance abuse.

What are the symptoms of ODD?

To be diagnosed as ODD the symptoms should be persistent and present for at least six months. The common symptoms displayed by the affected are:

  • Belligerence or Violent Behaviour
  • Using bad abusive or vulgar language
  • Being defiant, not following rules and indulge in frequent arguments
  • Violent anger outbursts
  • Disrespectful, infuriating behavior
  • Grudge-bearing, revengeful attitude
  • Lack of flexibility and adaptability
  • Blaming attitude, lacking responsibility

Homeopathy Treatment For ODD (Oppositional Defiant Disorder):

Homeopathy Treatment: is given based on a personal constitution. By the constitution, it means a person’s mental, physical, likes, dislikes, emotions, dreams, sleep pattern are considered and a suitable remedy is given. The homeopathy medication helps to tone down the aggressiveness, restlessness and violent outbursts without any side effects like drowsiness, gaining weight, etc. Given below are few homeopathic medications which may be helpful in ODD behavior.

Anacardium Orientale:  An excellent remedy for persons with behavioral disorders. Abusive, slight causes make him extremely angry. There are unsocial; can be willful, cruel and malicious and can do bodily injury without any feeling.

Capsicum: It is well suited to very obstinate children. They take offense to trifles. Extremely peevish mentality. Even in the midst of joking, he becomes angry from the slightest cause. Always on the lookout for insults. Even if want something if proposed by another they would oppose it.

Chamomilla: A chamomilla child is exceedingly irritable and fretful. Highly capricious wants and demands new things but when offered petulantly refuse it. Overtly snappish cannot give a civil reply.

Cina:  A marked feature running through this remedy is touchiness. He does not even want anyone to look at him. Very cross, irritable, ill-humored child. In anger they may indulge in head banging, biting and another such violent behavior. Very obstinate, stubborn like a mule.

Sanicula:  Sanicula children are very headstrong, obstinate, their cry and kick others in anger. Very cross, irritable with changeable moods. They sweat profusely, especially on head and neck. Very restless, jump from one activity to another.

Tuberculinum: A Disobedient child. He is prone to use abusive, swearing language. Fits of violent anger. Sensitive, every trifle irritates. Highly dissatisfied, reckless, constantly want change.

The above-given medications are only selected few, likewise, many medications are present which are selected based only the symptoms presented.

In the above-described case, a dose of Tuberculinum 10M was given followed by Cuprum Sulph 1M.  His aggressiveness now reduced, he stopped beating others, and his sitting tolerance improved. Though occasionally he has anger outbursts they are controlled.

Can Vitiligo Go Away? A Case Study of Vitiligo: Symptoms, Causes & Homeopathy Treatments

A seven-year-old child came to the clinic with white patches on his face without any symptoms of itching or burning. The patches were increasing and the parents were worried as it was affecting the appearance of the child. On examination, it was diagnosed as Vitiligo. Learn more about vitiligo treatment in homeopathy in this article.

What is Vitiligo?

Vitiligo or Leucoderma is an autoimmune disorder in which skin loses its pigmentation in patches due to loss of melanocytes (cells responsible for the color of our skin, hair)in some areas. It can be widespread affecting many parts of the body or may be localized to a small area of skin. Depending on the extent of lesion, distribution and the number of white patches it is categorized as

Generalized Vitiligo: in which depigmented patches occur diffusely on many parts of the body. The patches may be symmetrical and mostly occur on the limbs and face. It is further subdivided into:

  • Acrofocal(vitiligo): In which depigmented patches are located on face mostly and hands and legs. Most often the patches begin at the tips of the fingers and around the mouth.
  • Vulgaris (vitiligo): in which the white patches are distributed diffusely all over the body.
  • Universalis (vitiligo): in which there is a complete loss of melanin hence affecting the skin, mucous membrane, and hair.
  • Mixed (vitiligo)- were affected person may have acro focal and vulgaris patches in combination.

Localized Vitiligo: in which melanin is lost in a particular area of skin.  It may be

  • Focal (vitiligo)- in which there are small spots of depigmentation in the small area of skin
  • Segmental (vitiligo) – it is asymmetrical with white patches is limited to only in one part of the body
  • Mucosal (vitiligo) affecting the mucous membranes like lips.

Etiology and Pathogenesis– It is multifactorial, a polygenic disorder with complex pathogenesis that is not yet well understood. Various theories of disease pathogenesis the most accepted is that genetic and non-genetic factors interact to influence melanocytes function and survival, eventually leading to the autoimmune destruction of melanocytes.

Genetics of Vitiligo– Large scale epidemiological surveys have shown that most cases of Vitiligo occur sporadically. Almost all studies of Vitiligo genetics have focused on Generalized Vitiligo. Several genes are involved in immune function including Loci in the MHC, CTLA4, PTPN22, IL10, have a susceptibility to Generalized Vitiligo on the basis of genetic linkage or association studies. Segmented Vitiligo appears to be genetically distinct formation.

Autoimmune Hypothesis: Humoral immunity was first implicated on finding circulatory anti melanocytes autoantibodies that target the various melanocytes antigens including tyrosinase and it’s related proteins and also have the capability to kill melanocytes in vitro and in vivo. Currently, these autoantibodies are thought to reflect secondary humoral responses to melanocytes destruction rather than a primary factor of Generalized Vitiligo.

Biochemical Hypothesis: There is some evidence that Vitiligo is a disease of the entire epidermis, possibly involving the chemical abnormalities of both melanocytes and keratinocytes. Ultrastructural abnormalities of keratinocytes from potential Vitiligo skin have been related to impaired mitochondrial activity and are thought to affect the production of specific melanocytes growth factors and cytokines that regulate melanocytes survival.

An essential biochemical finding in elevated levels of H2O2 in affected regions of epidermis. That may be caused in part by reduced enzymatic antioxidant capacity of keratinocytes and melanocytes.

Risk factors:

Age– Though vitiligo can affect persons of any age incidence of vitiligo is more in young adults and those below the age of forty years.

Gender– Both male and female can be equally affected

Family history– a positive history of vitiligo or any other autoimmune condition like rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis increases the risk

Trauma– like sunburn, burns due to chemicals, injuries, cuts, etc.

Stress

Presence of other autoimmune disorders

Clinical Features: The principal clinical manifestation of Vitiligo is the appearance of acquired milk white macules with fairly homogenous depigmentation and well-defined borders. Though the patches can occur anywhere in the body but commonly hands, legs, face, groin, area around lips, the oral cavity is commonly affected. The patches are non-contagious and usually asymptomatic i.e. they do not cause any itching or burning sensation.

How do you stop Vitiligo from spreading?

Vitiligo Treatment in Homeopathy

Vitiligo being autoimmune disorder there is no complete cure in a conventional system. Cosmetics, phototherapy and other treatments can help only to some extent and may help to camouflage the affected area but do not stop the destruction process of melanocytes. Homeopathy, on the other hand, can help to control the autoimmune process and stimulate the production of melanin. Vitiligo treatment in homeopathy and its medications are selected & based on the individualizing process by a careful and thorough case taking.

Case Study: The child when brought to the clinic was examined by our doctor. A detailed case taking was taken with the help of the parents. The child was the second live birth for the parents. Before the child was born to mother had 2 miscarriages. The child was born by C section and from the time of birth, the child appeared to be having a cold. He was prone to frequent cold and cough. He was more attached to his parents and seldom went to any strangers. He wanted to be always carried around by his parents and whenever sick he used to be very irritated and cranky.  Based on his history and other symptoms a dose of Antimonium tart 200 was given and he was on regular follow up. In three months’ time pigmentation began in the white patches.

Before Treatment:

 

Psoriasis Treatments, Causes, Symptoms, Types & How To Get Rid of Psoriasis

Psoriasis is derived from the Greek word Psora meaning itch or rash. In ancient times till a few decades back it was known to be a type of Leprosy but with the advancement in medicine, it has been identified as a separate entity and is now considered to be chronic inflammatory dermatosis. Learn more about homeopathy treatment for psoriasis in this article.

It is a common skin disease characterized by thick white or red silvery patches on the skin. It is genetically inherited autoimmune disorder which means it is developed by overactivity of our immune system. Primarily it affects the skin of Elbow, Knee, scalp but later it may affect other parts of the body such as nail& joints. It can affect a person of any age and gender. As per WHO prevalence of the disease ranges between 0.04%-2.8%in Indian population.

Aetiology:

Psoriasis is a multifactorial disorder. The major causes are:

  • Defects in the immune system- being autoimmune in nature defects in the immune system is the primary reason for Psoriasis. Chronic, low-grade inflammation in the body can also trigger abnormal immune reaction leading to Psoriasis
  • Genetic disposition- a positive family history of psoriasis or any other autoimmune disorder increases the risk of Psoriasis
  • Environmental factor- Psoriasis is seen more in cold season or winters as skin becomes drier. Other factors like pollution, smoking are also considered as risk factors for Psoriasis.

Though the above are the primary factors for the cause of Psoriasis but triggering factors are many. The common trigger factors are:

  • Stress is the primary trigger factor. Whenever we face stress body releases stress hormones which in turn trigger the immune system and in persons disposed towards psoriasis it causes the immune system to overreact leading to flare-ups
  • Allergies are caused due to the hypersensitive reaction of the immune system. Though the mechanism for allergies and psoriasis is different probably the stress associated with the allergic condition which can trigger psoriatic flare-ups
  • Alcohol- certain studies have shown that consuming alcohol increases the risk of Psoriasis
  • Smoking- The Nicotine in tobacco is believed to alter the immune system which can lead to skin inflammation
  • Infections – as any infection trigger immune response in certain individuals it can lead to an abnormal reaction. In many individuals’ chronic fungal infections lead towards Psoriasis. Similarly, Guttate Psoriasis is due to bacterial infection mainly streptococcus
  • Weather- As stated previously there is a flare-up of psoriasis whereas exposure to ultraviolet radiation of the sun in the early morning has been good for Psoriasis.
  • Cuts & bruises- It has been observed that injuries like cuts and bruises trigger a psoriatic flare up most probably due to stress along with the enzymes released like cytokines for healing trigger it.
  • Medications- Certain medications like anti-hypertensives, NSAIDs, Lithium, certain antibiotics like tetracyclines, interferons, anti-malarial drugs, etc. can cause flare up of Psoriasis.
  • Hormones- Skin is part of the neuroendocrine system so as such hormonal changes affect the skin. It is believed that estrogen has an effect on the immune response. Also, the level of androgens and stress hormones have been associated with Psoriasis.
  • Obesity- studies have shown that obesity is associated with Psoriasis. Most probably the underlying causes of obesity are the reason for the association.

Pathophysiology:

Psoriasis was originally considered as a Hyperproliferation of epidermal cells. However, immunomodulating therapies conceptualized Psoriasis as a genetically programmed inflammatory skin disease. The normal life cycle of skin cells is 28days but in psoriasis, the disturbance in the immune system affects the life cycle of skin cells by which they multiply much faster than normal. When these cells reach the surface and die, raised, red plaques covered with white scales appear. Psoriasis begins as a small scaling plaque initially but when multiple papules coalesce they form scaling plaques. These plaques tend to occur in scalp, elbow, and knees.

Signs & Symptoms:

  • Red patches of skin covered with white silvery scales
  • Itching, Burning soreness
  • Dry, Thick skin
  • Itchy plaques with small scaling spots
  • Small bleeding points when the scales peeled away –AUSPITZ SIGN
  • Psychologically patient develops symptoms of Anxiety, stress, Depression, Low self-esteem

Types of Psoriasis:

There are 5 types in Psoriasis

1.Plaque psoriasis: This is the most common type. It is characterized by thick, red patches of skin often with silver or white scales. Patches are usually 1-10cm in wide and commonly appears in Elbow, Knees, Lower back & scalp.80% people with psoriasis have PLAQUE PSORIASIS.

2.Guttate Psoriasis: It is the 2nd most common type. It appears as small red spots on the skin.10%people with psoriasis have this type. Its cause is bacterial which is most commonly associated with common cold hence it is usually seen during childhood& young adulthood. The spots appear as small separate drops shaped. They often appear on torso& limbs.

3.Inverse Psoriasis: It often appears in skin folds such as under breasts, armpits and groin region. The spots are red, smooth& shiny. The sweat & moisture from the skin folds aggravates shedding of skin scales.

4.Pustular Psoriasis: This is a severe form of Psoriasis. It develops fast in the form of white pustular eruptions around the red skin. It mostly affects isolated parts hands & feet. While the pus is non-infectious it causes Flu-like symptoms such as Fever, Chills, Rapid pulse, Muscle weakness, Loss of Appetite.

5.Erythrodermic Psoriasis: It is a rare type which looks like severe burns. The condition is serious and can be indeed a medical emergency. This type of Psoriasis covered a large portion of the body forms widespread red, scaly spots.

Homeopathic Management:

Homeopathy is an effective mode of treatment for Psoriasis. It is a system of medicine which is based on the individualization of the patient. Homeopathy believes in treating “MAN IN DISEASE, NOT THE DISEASE IN MAN “.The homeopathic remedies do not suppress the skin condition, rather the medicine intends to correct the cause of psoriasis by strengthening the immune system. Through constitutional treatment in homeopathy Psoriasis flare-ups, complications and reoccurrence of the patches can be stopped, providing management and cure for Psoriasis.

Homeopathy Treatment For Psoriasis & Doctors In Hyderabad:

According to our master Hahnemann ‘s 1st& 4th Aphorisms “The Physicians mission is not only to give relief to the patient but also to restore his health. The physician should know about the things which derange his health and how to remove them from him” before homeopathy treatment for psoriasis, every physician should know about Diet & Regimen for the patients. Diet also important for treating Psoriasis as mentioned below:

Foods to Eat:

  • Flaxseed, Walnut
  • Green vegetables, fruits
  • Papaya, cherry, salmon fish
  • One Raw carrot daily

 Foods to avoid:

  • Wheat, Barley, White sugar
  • Sour foods- Tomato, Tamarind
  • Chocolate, ice creams, Meat, Bread,
  • Dairy products,
  • Fried & Fast food items
  • Avoid Tobacco, smoke & Alcohol

For external application, OLIVE OIL & COCONUT OIL is the best choice

A Case study:

Mr. Raj*(PT id-T2-1507446580), a 22-year-old male patient came with complaints of thick, white round patches around red skin over both backs of elbow, knees & trunk of the body. He complained of severe itching over the patches which aggravated in night and cold weather. The itching was so severe that he has to scratch until it bleeds causing a severe burning sensation which was relieved by taking warm water bathing. He had previously taken allopathic treatment for one year but there was not much relief. He could not reveal much about his family history. On detailed case taking and observation, he was found to be very anxious and was fearful that his disease is incurable. As he was lean, dark complexioned and anxious a single dose of Arsenic album 200 was given. His anxiety decreased though there was not much change in his skin condition. The medicine was continued for 2 months and he was progressing well but suddenly there was an acute flare-up. On review the patient confessed that recently he broke up with his girlfriend. Due to acute flare up, his sensitive nature and grief over lost love a single dose of Natrum Mur 200 were given. The itching reduced and skin started improving and the patches began to disappear. At the end of 3 months, his skin was almost normal. Inter currently nosode Psorinum 200 was given to prevent reoccurrence. It is now two years since he stopped the treatment and there has been no relapse.

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What is Best Treatment for Plantar Fasciitis Commonly known as Heel Pain?

It is a fast-paced world nowadays and we do not want any disturbance in health to slow it down but many conditions can affect us. One of the common conditions which affect many is Plantar fasciitis, commonly known as Heel Pain, the painful condition which does not let the person put his foot on the ground. Learn more about Plantar Fasciitis homeopathy treatment in this article.

Plantar fasciitis typically affects the middle-aged persons but recently an upward trend in the number of teenagers also being affected is being noticed.

What could be the probable causes for this heel pain?

  • Plantar fasciitis: Our feet are under relentless pressure. They are one of the important weight-bearing joints and for that reason, the protective connective tissue present in the sole known as fascia is thick and tough. The plantar fascia is like a tight sheet connecting the bones of the foot and acts as a shock pad and also helps to maintain the shape of the foot. But activities like prolonged standing long walks or jogging, wearing ill-fitting shoes, increasing body weight or anatomical abnormalities like flat foot can lead to wear and tear of this fascia causing inflammation. Generally, plantar fasciitis pain is located at the point of insertion of the fascia and the middle portion of the foot.

The pain in the initial stage is more severe at the beginning of the movement (first step) with relief after taking a few steps but as it becomes chronic the pain may become constant

  • Achilles’ tendonitis: Achille’s tendon is the largest and the strongest tendon of the body connecting the calf muscles to the heel bone (calcaneum) and helps in the movement of the heel while walking, jumping, and jogging. But however strong the tendon is it is also prone to injuries, inflammations, and degeneration causing degenerative changes.
  • Bursitis: Bursas are small fluid sac present near joints and tendons to prevent friction, inflammation of this sacs due to wearing hard heeled footwear, prolonged use of high heels, or increased pressure on the foot. The pain at the heel can be severe and be felt deep inside the heel.
  • Spur: is an extra growth on the under the surface of heel bone caused due to calcium deposition which along with plantar fasciitis can give rise to severe pain in the heel region.

Besides the above there are many more conditions which can cause pain in the heel region like gout, Paget’s disease, osteomyelitis, cysts, tumors, arthritis, etc. can lead to heel pain.

How Homeopathy can help:

Plantar Fasciitis Homeopathy Treatment

Homeopathy remedy is selected based on the symptoms which include not only the physical but also mental and emotional symptoms. Thus selected remedy is known as Constitutional Homeopathy Medicine. The medicine helps in reducing the inflammation and pain, avoiding the need for anti-inflammatory medications. Given below are few important homeopathy medicines for heel pain:

  • Ammonium Mur– Easily adapted to those who are sluggish and on the heavier side. Pain in the heel, tendons feel shortened. Ulcerative pain in the heel.
  • Calcarea Flour– A powerful remedy for hard, stony glands, varicose and enlarged veins and malnutrition of bones. Useful for bone exostoses like a calcaneal spur and gouty enlargements.
  • Colocynthis– Affinity more towards the left side. Lightening type of pain ameliorated by hard pressure.
  • Ledum Pal– Pain in heel extending upwards. Pains are sticking, tearing, throbbing, aggravation by motion, night, by the warmth of the bed, ameliorated by application of icy cold water.
  • Pulsatilla– Shifting type of pains, legs feel heavy. Boring pain in heel more towards evening
  • Ranunculus Bulb– Pains stitching, stabbing, shooting type. Pain due to corns and calluses. Worse due to atmospheric changes, wet, stormy weather and in evening
  • Valerina– Oversensitive to pain. Heel pains while sitting and better by walking. Constant jerking of extremities.

Is Surgery the only solution for Hemorrhoids?

Hemorrhoids, commonly known as piles is one of the most common life style disorder. In India alone more than 40 million people are affected by it and every year about a million new cases are added to it.

What are Hemorrhoids?

Hemorrhoids can also be known as varicose veins of rectum and anal canal. They may be internal (within the rectal canal) or external (surrounding the anal tissue).

Why do they occur?
Primary cause for hemorrhoids is chronic constipation and sedentary life style. We can blame our modern life style also for it. Having meals at irregular time, high intake of processed foods, late nights, prolonged sitting; less intake of fibrous food, lack of exercise contribute towards developing Hemorrhoids. Besides these common factors pregnancy, old age, family history, frequent bouts or severe diarrhea, carrying heavy weights, obesity can also cause hemorrhoids.

What are the symptoms?
Bleeding after stool may be the only indication sometimes in case of internal hemorrhoids. Itching at anal region, discomfort while sitting, difficulty in passing stool and swelling or lump near the anus are the other common symptoms of hemorrhoids.

Homeopathy Treatment for Hemorrhoids :
Most of the cases of hemorrhoids are manageable without surgery by simple changes in life style and homeopathy medications. Including more fibre in the food, maintaining active life style, avoiding processed foods, reducing weight can help in managing hemorrhoids. Homeopathy treatment helps in improving the bowel movements, reducing the swelling of hemorrhoidal veins and stop bleeding per rectum without any side effects. It’s medications are selected based on patients both physical and mental symptoms. There are many medications in homeopathy which can help a patient suffering with hemorrhoids but they are selected by individualization, i.e. by eliciting a patient’s physical, mental and emotional symptoms. Some important medications for hemorrhoid treatment are:

• Aesculus hipp: Suitable for irritable persons. Looses temper easily but takes some time to cool down. Heat, Dryness, Roughness and stiffness are key notes of the remedy. Painful defecation, pain lasts for long time after passing stool. Purplish colored bleeding piles, chronic constipation with severe low back ache. Rectum feels full of sticks and Mucus membranes are swollen and raw.

• Aloes soc: Complaints of old people, or those leading sedentary life style. Profuse jelly like mucus. Stool mixed with mucous, Hemorrhoid-like bunch of grapes-blue bleeding sore, burning and itching amelioration by cold application. Constipation alternating with diarrhoea.

• Ammonium Mur: Especially adapted to those who are on heavier side. Obstinate Constipation with offensive flatus. Hard, crumbling stool requiring great effort in expulsion. Hemorrhoids sore and smarting, with burning and stinging in the rectum long after stool.

• Collinsonia : Well suited for hemorrhoids during and after pregnancy. Bleeding piles with profuse painful bleeding. Hemorrhoidal dysentery with tenesmus. Pruritis in pregnancy along with hemorrhoids.

• Hamamelis: Has anti hemorrhagic property. It is adapted to venous hemorrhage. Hemorrhoids, bleeding profusely with burning, soreness, fullness, heaviness as if back would break, urging to stool, bluish colour, anus feel raw and sore.

• Muriatic Acid- Adapted to irritable, peevish and anger persons. Hemorrhoids, Swollen, Blue, sensitive and painful to touch, appear suddenly in children, too painful to touch, even the sheet is uncomfortable.

• Nitric Acid: Suited to persons suffering with chronic diseases who take cold easily. More disposed towards diarrhea in comparison with constipation. Pain sticking, pricking type as if full of splinters. Great straining but little passes as if feces remained and cannot be expelled. Hemorrhoids that are exquisitely painful to touch and at stool, that bleed external or internal with burning and sticking pains.

• Nux Vomica: Adapted to thin, irritable, nervous disposition persons prone to indigestion and hemorrhoids. Bad effects of coffee, tobacco, alcohol, highly spiced food, sedentary life style and late nights. Constipation with frequent unsuccessful urge to defecate. Alternate constipation and diarrhea in persons who have taken purgatives all their life.

• Ratanhia: Constipation, stool hard with great straining. Protruded Hemorrhoids. Pain as if splinters of glass were sticking in rectum and anus. Pruritis ani (itching at anal region).

• Sulphur: Constipation: stools hard, knotty and dry, as if burnt. Large, painful stool. Hemorrhoids itching and bleeding. Well suited to persons who lead sedentary life.

Manage ADHD with Homeopathy

Generally children are mischievous, inquisitive, exploring and can be easily distracted but when it crosses a threshold it can be quite taxing to the parents as these children may be suffering from a condition known as  ADHD or Attention Deficiency Hyperactive Disorder.

ADHD is a behavioural disorder in which the child has

  • Deficiency in Attention- child has very little focus, cannot complete a task because of his poor attention span. The child is not consistent in his efforts and is usually disorganized.
  • Hyperactivity- child is constantly restless, cannot sit in one place, always fidgety, always running here and there, pulling things, being busy fruitlessly. Impatient, he has difficulty in waiting for his turn. Quite impulsive in action, does things without thinking of consequences.

Why it occurs is not known but various risk factors have been identified, primary among them being:

  • Positive family history- where several studies show that ADHD runs in family establishing genetic link
  • Child born prematurely or with low birth weight seem to have increased risk
  • Injuries to the brain especially to the frontal lobe, the part of the brain which controls behaviour and emotions may lead to ADHD.
  • Impairment in Dopamine metabolism- a neuro transmitter material present in brain, is thought to be a cause for ADHD
  • Pregnancy history- antenatal exposure to smoking, drinking, environmental toxins, stress, infections etc are also suspected to play a role in ADHD.

How can we identify ADHD as generally children are known to be naughty? Diagnosis of ADHD cannot be established by any blood tests or scans. It is only diagnosed when the child persistently displays at least six to seven symptoms of ADHD in various settings for a period of more than six months and with the help of physical examination and detailed questionnaires based on DSM-V guidelines.  Depending on the primary symptoms displayed by the child, they may be grouped under:

  • Primarily Attention Deficiency: here as the name is suggesting child mainly lacks focus on performing an activity, gets easily distracted, they work may be incomplete or make careless mistakes in their work, are usually disorganized, forget their belongings or daily activities, cannot stay on a topic for a long time and in school going kids teachers frequently complain of incomplete class work or home work.
  • Primarily Hyperactive: where the kid is constantly on move, they have poor sitting tolerance, always move here and there, constantly fidgety, pulling things, jumping, running, so much so that parents or care takers may find it tiring to keep up with them.
  • Primarily Impulsive: the child finds it difficult to await his turn. They are always in a hurry, they may jump out of the lift even before it completely stops, blurt out answers even before teacher completes the question, tries to butt in between conversations, may appear clumsy as they may keep breaking/dropping things or falling because of their hurriedness.
  • Combined type: in which child may display both attention deficiency and hyperactivity.

How Homeopathy can help?  The principle behind homeopathy treatment is to cure the person not the disease. Medications are given after a detailed case taking based on person emotional, mental and physical symptoms along with assessing the birth and parental history and careful clinical observations including observing the child’s behaviour, social and communication skills and his reaction to stimulus.  There are many medications in homeopathy for helping in managing ADHD. Some of the important medications in are:

  • Merc Sol – well suited to restless, impulsive and anxious disposition constitution. Restlessness, anxiety increase in evening and night. Slow in answering questions. Inclination to contradict and quarrel. Prone to dysenteric stools. Profuse, offensive perspiration. Sensitive to any slight change in temperature.
  • Strammonium– constant restlessness and anxiety. Gets affected by trifles. Mischievous child, full of pranks alternating with sadness. Sudden bouts of laughter and crying. Violent rage accompanied with shrieking, hitting and biting. Tremendous fear especially of darkness.
  • Hyoscyamus– Restlessness. Loquacious kids, constantly blabbering, talks irrelevantly. Forgetful, weak memory. Immoderate or silly laughing. Prone to sudden violent anger, biting and hitting others. Jealousy and suspiciousness.
  • Tarentula– Much excited with music. Desire to run about, dance and jump. Constant motions of limbs especially lower limbs and head. Anger with violence, anger on contradiction.
  • Tuberculinum– Destructive child, prone to anger tantrums. Selfish, obstinate and aggressive children. Constant change in mood, one moment happy, next moment sad. Desires travel. Children prone to frequent colds and cough.