Arthritis !!! Signs, Symptoms, and Homeopathy Treatment

Arthritis (artho= joint, itis= inflammation) or joint pains is a common disorder affecting many a population. The pains are usually insidious in origin and involve more than one joint. It may be inflammatory in origin like in case of Rheumatoid Arthritis, Septic arthritis, Ankylosing Spondylitis, degenerative like in osteoarthritis, Spondylosis, metabolic causes like gout, reactive causes like psoriatic arthritis, enteropathic arthritis, juvenile idiopathic arthritis. Some systemic conditions like lupus vulgaris, Sjorgen’s syndrome, fibromyalgia, sarcoiodosis, etc can also cause joint inflammation.

Diabetic people are also more prone to develop joint pains or diabetic arthropathy due nerve damage leading to numbness and tingling sensation along with joint pains, another condition which is unique for diabetics is diabetic cherio arthropathy /diabetic hand syndrome in which the skin of hand becomes waxy and thick causing immobility of small joints and pain.

Persons suffering from hypothyroidism are also prone to more fat deposition in fingers and small joints leading to swelling and pain of finger joints and carpal tunnel syndrome. Diffuse idiopathic skeletal hyperostosis (DISH), is another systemic condition, in which there is a hardening of tendons and ligaments especially that of the spine leading to stiffness or decreased motion in affected parts of the bone. Injuries or trauma, certain occupations may also cause or aggravate joint pains.

Mechanism of pain: Any inflammation in joints leads to the production of inflammatory chemicals like bradykinin, prostaglandins, cytokines, etc which in turn sensitize the free nerve endings present in the joint which in turn stimulate a large number of neuromediators leading to spinal cord irritation and triggering the central pain pathway. The local and central sensitization of the nerve system causes chronic pain, factors such as stress, environment, and diet also influence the pain.

Diagnosis: is done with the help of X- rays, MRI, CT-scan. General blood tests like Blood count, C – reactive protein, Rheumatic (RF) and Anti nucleus factors (ANA), blood sugar levels, vitamin- d, serum calcium levels, and ESR, help to diagnose the type of arthritis.

Homeopathic treatment for arthritis: It is one of the best alternative treatments in not only managing arthritic pains but also stopping the inflammatory or degenerative process of the joints. Its medications are selected based on careful individualization by through case taking process which includes determining the cause for the pain, individual likes, dislikes, social behavior, emotions, general disposition, environmental susceptibility, past illness, family history, etc. Its medications are safe, not known to produce any side effects and are non-habit-forming. There are many medications in homeopathy which can be used to treat arthritis. Given below are selected few:

Abrotanum—One of the chief remedy for Rheumatism; Rheumatic conditions with heart irritation or metastasis of rheumatism to heart or spine. Rheumatic condition alternates with piles and dysentery. Pains worse in the cold season.

Actea spictata—acts on small joints, especially right side. Joints swell on least exertion. Tearing tingling pains aggravation touch, movements.

Bellis per—a remedy for muscular pains and ailments after blows, falls, and surgeries. It is useful in deep trauma or skeptic wound of abdominal or pelvic organs. Injuries to nerves causes’ intense soreness. Pains are better by cold baths

Benzoic acid—Suitable for gouty and rheumatic diathesis. Pains are tearing, and stitching type, especially in large joints of the big toe, the affected part is swollen and red showing signs of inflammation. Pains are worse at night. Dark brown urine, highly intensified urine is very important.

Bryonia—One of the well-known remedies for pain. Pains are worse by least movement including touch and better by applying pressure and lying on painful side.

Calcarea flour—suited for chronic lumbago, aggravated on the first movement. Chronic Synovitis of knee joints, gouty enlargements

Colchicum—indicated in persons of robust, vigorous constitution, diseases of old people mainly due to ailments from grief &misdeeds of others, patient screams with pain on touching a joint or stubbing a toe.

Rhus tox—Pain and stiffness of joints. The first movement aggravates but continuous movement ameliorates. Restless, much change position frequently for relief.

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Toolkit to Manage Pain in Homeopathy

Homeopathy is often overlooked as a therapy for pain management. However, it deserves to be considered the first option in the line of treatments as it is not only effective and safe but also a very cost-effective alternative for pain management. In this article, we will see how to manage pain using a homeopathic kit.

It is a myth that homeopathy is only for chronic ailments and not very effective in acute disease as it is slow and takes a long time for results. The effectiveness of Homeopathy’s cure and relief depend upon the chronicity of the ailments, the underlying complications and genetic makeup of the person. Except for a few medical emergencies which may require immediate hospitalization and special care, Homeopathy can be thought of as an effective alternative.

It can help cure many acute conditions like cold, vomiting, diarrhea, headaches, etc quickly. Homeopathy can also be opted not just to make acute pain go away but also in chronic conditions. It’s pain killers can help to improve the quality of life and reduce the dependency on NSAIDS for pain relief.

Given below are few important remedies for pain management using the homeopathic kit:

Arnica: This is a classic remedy for trauma injury.  Bruising, specially adapted to those who remain long impressed by eve slightest mechanical injury. It prevents suppuration and septic condition and promotes absorption. Ailments from physical exertion and blunt injuries.

Apis Mel:  One of the best remedy for allergic reactions, especially caused due to insect bites or stings. Urticarial rash with red, swollen, hot skin with stinging pain in the affected region. Pains ameliorated by cold application.

Rhus tox: One of the prime remedy for arthritic pains. Joint pains are worse at first but better by continuous motion and hot applications they can be reduced. Pains are generally described as an aching type and many complain of muscular stiffness.

Ruta: It is a remedy for ligament injuries. Legs give out when one attempts to rise from a chair, has to make several attempts before one can succeed. Plantar fasciitis, severe pain in the foot, unable to step on them. Sciatica pain worse lying down.

Belladonna: This is a great remedy for fever, sunstroke and a remedy for acute skin conditions like boils and abscess

Plantago: It serves as a remedy for tooth pain. Teeth feel sore and sensitive to touch. Toothache with reflex neuralgia to eyelids. Pain feels worse by cold applications and better by eating.

Calendula: Homeopathic antiseptic remedy. It is almost specific for external wounds with or without loss of substance, torn and jagged looking or clean, surgical cuts, lacerated wounds. It helps to prevent excessive suppuration and disfiguring scars.

Hepar Sulph: Slightest injury causes separation. Skin is extremely sensitive to touch, cannot bear even the touch of cloth. Infected wounds and abscess respond well to this remedy.

Nux Vomica: This remedy can be a lifesaver in case of hangover. It also works well for stomach upsets and headaches caused by overindulgence in food and alcohol.

Arsenicum Album: A remedy for food poisoning. Great prostration, diarrhea after eating or drinking. Keynote of this remedy is Anxiety, the patient is likely to be very cold, and pains might be described as burning.

Colocynth: Used for agonizing pain in the abdomen, causing the patient to bend double with restlessness, twisting to obtain relief, worse after eating and drinking.

Mag Phos: Spasms or cramps of abdomen especially during menses, flow dark, pain is darting, shooting, lightning and spasmodic relieved by bending double and hard pressure.

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Seasonal allergy refresher using homeopathy

Allergy is a word which is being heard commonly nowadays. What is this allergy?

Allergy (gk.word allos=other, ergon =reaction) is nothing but an overreaction of the immune system to certain substances which are otherwise considered as harmless. These substances which trigger the reaction are known as allergens. These reactions are acquired, predictable, and at times rapid.

Why does it occur?

Allergic reactions occur due to excessive activation of a type of white blood cells (mast cells and basophils) by a type of antibody called immunoglobulin E (Ig E). Histamine is normally produced by the mast cells in response to allergens.

Causes of Seasonal Allergies

Seasonal allergies are the reaction of the body to the seasonal changes; this may cause hay fever or seasonal rhinitis. Common triggers of hay fever vary from season to season. Some of the important triggers are rapid changes in temperature and humidity.

  • WINTER—most outdoor allergens lie dormant. Allergens react to indoor, such as mold, pet dander, dust mites, or cockroaches.
  • SPRING—trees are responsible for springtime. Many people react to pollen.
  • SUMMER—hay fever gets its name from the hay-cutting season. The grass is the most common trigger for the people with hay fever
  • FALL—autumn is ragweed season.

Any indoor allergens cause problems for children because they are inside the home and school for longer periods. Environmental substances and household substances like pesticides, mold, spores, pollen, fruit trees, flowers and grass, dust, animal hairs and, perfumes are some of the common substances that trigger allergies. Exposure to the sun can also cause allergic reactions to some people.

Finally, emotions, mental anxiety, and fatigue also cause susceptibility to allergies. Unmanaged stress leads to allergic reactions, poor digestion can increase allergic reactions. Food additives like sulphates, food colors, monosodium glutamate; deficiencies like low vitamin A, C, and E and many minerals can also cause allergic reactions.

Symptoms of Allergy

The severity and appearance of the symptom depend upon the immunity, type and amount of exposure to the allergen.

  • Sneezing, running nose, itching with water and redness of the eyes, itching of the nose, ear problems, skin rashes hives, excess mucus production in the throat, sleep disorders are some of the common symptoms of Allergic Rhinitis
  • Food allergies cause tingling mouth, rashes on the face and itching in the mouth, swelling of the lips, tongue, face and Diarrhea and vomiting.
  • A severe allergic reaction can cause symptoms like—tightness of chest, breathing difficulty, coughing and wheezing.

Treatment:

Generally as soon as one has an allergic reaction, people tend to overuse the counter medications for allergy and in more severe case steroids but these anti-allergic medicines come with their own complications. Many of them have side effects like drowsiness, dryness of eyes and mouth, impaired performance, sleep disturbances, over excitability in children, etc. Another complication is of habit-forming and body developing resistance to anti-allergies making the body need more and more doses.

Homeopathy for Seasonal Allergies:

Homeopathic medicines can help relieve allergy symptoms, without side effects or habit forming. These medicines not only give relief during an acute attack but also reduce the frequency and intensity of attacks by improving immunity and correcting it’s over stimulation. Homeopathy believes in treating the patient and not the disease. Its medicine is selected by careful individualization and repertorization which gives an effective solution to chronic and long term health problems. Some of the homeopathic medicines for seasonal allergies are:

  • Allium cepa—sneezings with running nose burning and eye discharge bland. Very sensitive to the odor of flowers, symptoms worse in bed time
  • Arsenicum album—discharge runs in red streak over the upper lip and about wings of the nose. With sneezing, there is profuse watery nasal discharge. Well indicated in hay fever and asthma.
  • Arsenicum iodatum—hay fever with fetid, corrosive excoriating, thick and yellow discharge
  • Kali Phosphoricum-hay fever, itching in posterior nares. Sneezing at 2 am, eyes burn, sting, swim in tears.
  • Nux vomica-distressing longer periods of sneezing, excessive irritation of nose, eyes. Heat on the face as if a hot iron plate were near it.
  • Pulsatilla-loss of smell, thick yellow discharge, and the patient is better in the open air. Nasal discharge is bland, stuffing up in the night and copious flow in the morning.

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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.

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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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