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Homeopathic Remedies for Schizophrenia

There is a vast scope for treating many psychological complaints with homeopathy. Homeopathic medicines are found to be very effective in treating Schizophrenia. Being of natural origin, they are free from any toxic side effects and are safe to use. Apart from safety, homeopathic medicines for schizophrenia are also not habit forming, and one can withdraw their use once recovery ensues.  Homeopathic Medicines for Schizophrenia

Homeopathic medicines are deep acting remedies that aim to work on correcting the cause from which the whole disease is initiated so as to bring about remarkable recovery in Schizophrenia. Delusions of varying kinds, hallucinations, and the other attending features of Schizophrenia are treatable with natural homeopathic medicines. With the use of these medicines, the intensity of symptoms is seen to reduce gradually with the regaining of a sense of general wellbeing.

Schizophrenia and the Reason behind It

Schizophrenia is a severe and complex mental health condition in which a person fails to understand or to differentiate between reality and unreality. It is mainly characterized by delusions and hallucinations. Disordered thinking and abnormal social behaviour also accompany these characteristic features. It most commonly begins in teenage or early adulthood. The exact reason behind Schizophrenia is still not understood. However, a combination of genetic and environmental factors seems to play a vital role in making a person prone to developing Schizophrenia. Other factors that raise the risk of Schizophrenia include—using psychotropic drugs, positive family history, stress/infection to the mother during foetal development, exposure to toxins during foetal life, and autoimmune diseases. Some factors like childhood trauma, abuse in childhood, dysfunctional families, death of mother/father, unemployment or any deep insult in the past don’t cause Schizophrenia but tend to trigger it in a person who has a predisposition for it.

Symptoms of Schizophrenia

 The primary symptoms of Schizophrenia are hallucinations and delusions. Hallucinations are mainly auditory, in which the sufferer hears voices in the absence of any sensory stimulus. Delusion is a firm belief in something with the lack of evidence to support it. Delusions are mainly persecutory in nature. In these delusions patients feel that someone is plotting to harm them, someone is spying on them, they are being followed by someone, or someone will poison them. A delusion as if someone is controlling their thoughts and/or is keeping a watch on them is also a prominent feature in some sufferers. Along with this, disorganized thoughts and speech are present. The sufferer may give an answer to a question that has no link to the asked question. Senseless talking, jumping from one subject to other quickly while talking and saying meaningless words may also arise. They may also feel as if some external source is controlling their thoughts, or think that they have some extraordinary powers. Other attending features include social withdrawal, losing interest in life activities, weak expression of emotions, poor concentration, lack of facial expressions, difficulty in recalling things, confusion of thoughts, neglect in maintaining personal hygiene, difficulty in making decisions, changes in sleeping pattern and suicidal thoughts. Anxieties, obsessive-compulsive disorder, aggression, drug abuse are a few things that may complicate Schizophrenia.

Homeopathic Medicines for Schizophrenia

There is a huge list of homeopathic medications for treating Schizophrenia, and the proper remedies are selected symptomatically for each case. The top ranked homeopathic medicines for Schizophrenia are Lachesis Muta, Anacardium Orientale, and Hyoscyamus Niger. The keynote symptoms of these homeopathic remedies are as follows:

1. Lachesis – For High Degree of Suspiciousness

Lachesis Muta is a highly reputed medicine for Schizophrenia treatment. Paranoid delusions are mainly indicative of the use of Lachesis Muta. These delusions include high suspicion of being poisoned, of being harmed and of being followed by enemies. There is suspicion in an extreme degree towards everything. A sensation of being under some superhuman power is yet another unique feature in persons needing Lachesis Muta. A wish to isolate themselves, aversion to work, and a marked loquacity are also present among such subjects. In loquacity, the prominent symptom is continuously talking with quick jumps from one subject to another unrelated subject. Repetition of the same words over and over again is also present in speech.

2. Anacardium Orientale – For Auditory Hallucinations

Anacardium Orientale is an important medicine for Schizophrenia where a person hears voices. The voices are mostly of spirits or dead people. A few patients narrate that the voices say that they are going to die soon. Some patients say that the spirits call their name and command them to follow them. Some patients state that the voices inside them speak in abusive language.

Other attending features are extreme sadness, absent-mindedness, and suspicion. Forgetfulness, aversion to work, desire to swear and curse are also some characteristic symptoms that may accompany. Another unique feature is the feeling that everything is a dream, and nothing is real.

3. Hyoscyamus Niger – For Delusion of Being Poisoned

Hyoscyamus Niger is useful in cases where the patient thinks someone is going to poison them. In most cases, as a result they avoid eating or drinking. There is also a suspicion that family members are keeping a watch over them all the time.  Sometimes the patient does things that appear foolish. Laughing loudly at everything is also markedly present. An impulse to strike and bite others may also arise along with delusions. Unintelligible chattering can also appear.

Other Significant Medicines for Symptomatic Treatment

4. Baryta Carb – For Suspicion that a person is being Talked About

Baryta Carb is helpful in treating Schizophrenia where sufferers have a high suspicion that other people are talking about them. There is also a feeling that they are being made fun of and people always laugh at them. Other symptoms that attend accompany are difficulty in concentration and confusion of mind. Childish behavior is also common among patients needing Baryta Carb.

5. Stramonium – Where Patients Talk with Imaginary Spirits

Stramonium works well in cases of Schizophrenia where the patient thinks that they can talk with spirits. Patients needing this remedy say that they are under the influence of these spirits. They may also say that they are in communication with God. They carry out conversations with imaginary people. A feeling of restlessness attends this talking with spirits and imaginary people.  Delusions of the presence of multiple persons in the room may also arise though none are there in reality. The patient sees people coming out of all corners of the chamber.

Patients who hear voices that scold them are also treated well with Stramonium. Another delusion that points towards using Stramonium is a firm belief by the sufferer that he is going to die soon. As a consequence, they start to give directions for their funeral. A constant praying and recitation of religious rhymes also predominantly appears with the above features.

6. Plumbum Met – For Delusions of Conspiracies of being Murdered

Plumbum Met is well indicated for Schizophrenia in persons suffering from delusions of others conspiring to murder them. These individuals think everyone around them is a murderer and their life is in danger. Sadness, melancholy, restlessness, anxiety, aversion to talking and absent mindedness also prevails among them.

7. Thuja Occidentalis – For Sensation of being under Superhuman Control

Thuja Occidentalis is of help in cases where the patient feels as if he is under the control of some superhuman power. The patient has a vacant look with staring eyes, and may talk in a hasty way or use wrong words while talking. They are also sad, irritable and suffer from insomnia. They are usually unable to manage daily life tasks.

8. Platina –homeopathic medicine for Schizophrenia accompanied by delusions of grandiosity

Platina is a high-grade homeopathic medicine for Schizophrenia with delusions of grandiosity. Patients who need Platina think of themselves as superior to others and of great value to humanity. They believe that they are better than everyone else and all others are insignificant in comparison. Even the closest family members seem of no value and inferior to them. They exhibit great pride and are extremely critical of others.

9. Calcarea Carb – For Delusions of being followed by Someone all the Time

Calcarea Carb is well indicated for Schizophrenia with a delusion of being followed by someone all the time. Along with this, there is the fear that something bad is going to happen. Fear of misfortune and of losing reason is also present. Anxiety, high irritability without any reason and the constant fear of death also appear.

10. Kali Bromatum – Where Persistent Sleeplessness attends Delusions

Kali Bromatum is a medicine for Schizophrenia where there is persistent insomnia accompanied by delusions. The delusions are of varying kinds. They mainly include delusions of conspiracy and of persecution (as if someone is conspiring against them or pursuing them). Symptoms of depression, which include profound melancholy, indifference to life and uncontrollable weeping, are also present. Such patients fear talking to people. Another very marked symptom is a feeling of being singled out as the only person for divine wrath.

11. Cannabis Indica – For Disorganized Speech

Cannabis Indica is a very useful medicine for Schizophrenia with the presence of disorganized and incoherent speech, with the tendency to stammer and stutter. A person needing Cannabis Indica begins speaking but is unable to complete a sentence. They forget words while talking. A lot of ideas tend to crowd their brain, and they get lost in thought and/or are unable to fix their attention on one subject. Uncontrollable laughter may arise where the patient laughs at every word spoken to him. They even laugh at serious matters. They, however, have the persistent fear of becoming insane.

Medorrhinum is a medicine for Schizophrenia when nothing seems real, and the person feels everything is a dream. This is accompanied by feelings of anxiety and of always being in a hurry. Patients are also impulsive, cruel and tend to use abusive language. As night approaches they are overwhelmed by the fear of someone following them. They have delusions of people looking at them from behind the furniture. Apart from the above symptoms, sudden mood changes may also be present. A very characteristic feature is that patients constantly think that they have done some unpardonable sin and are going to hell, and so keep praying.

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Effective Homeopathic Medicines For Hallucinations

Hallucinations are sensory perceptions experienced in the absence of external stimulus. For example a person with this can hear a voice which is not actually present or see an image which doesn’t exist in reality and is created only by his/her mind. Homeopathic medicines for hallucinations help to target the root cause behind it and manage the complaint quite well.

These can be related to any of the five senses. These can be  heard, smelled, seen, felt or tasted. These can be accompanied by aggressive behaviour, depression, anxiety and headache. 

TypesHomeopathic medicines for hallucinations

  1. Auditory Hallucinations

These are the most common type of hallucinations among all the types. In this a person hears sounds (like hissing, whistling etc) or voices, music which are not there in reality. Sometimes he may hear someone telling / commanding him to do certain things. The voices he hears may be familiar or can be unfamiliar. They may be heard in a friendly or aggressive tone. Perception of sound is termed elementary hallucinations while perception of the voices or music is known as complex hallucinations. 

  1. Visual Hallucinations

Persons having these types see things in the environment that are not actually present. For example, they may see a person, an animal, an object, light or colours which are not present in the environment and no other person can see as they don’t exist in reality. Seeing colours, geometric shapes, lights are termed as simple visual hallucinations while seeing life like images eg., persons, animals or objects are referred to as complex visual hallucinations 

  1. Olfactory hallucinations

In this type a person smells something which is not actually there. This type is also called phantosmia. For example he may smell a foul unpleasant odour, or some odour of something rotten, spoiled or burnt.

  1. Gustatory hallucinations

These are related to a sense of taste where a person feels a taste of something in the mouth that has not been eaten. Mostly there are unpleasant strange tastes in the mouth like metallic taste.

  1. Tactile hallucinations

In this a person feels something or someone has touched them or they may feel some movement in the body. Some examples of it are feeling as if bugs are crawling on the skin, someone has touched the body, or organs in the body are moving around. 

  1. General somatic sensation

In this a person feels as if his/her body is mutilated, disfigured, torn or some internal organs are removed from the body. There may also be a perception as if some animal has invaded the internal organ or his flesh is decomposing.

Causes

It can be caused by multiple reasons.

Firstly, it can arise from various psychological conditions among which the most common is schizophrenia (a psychological disorder in which reality is interpreted abnormally and the sufferer have hallucinations, delusions, and disordered thinking). Next such conditions include delirium (abrupt changes in the brain resulting in confused thinking, reduced awareness of the environment and emotional disruption) and dementia (A category of brain diseases which causes decreased ability to think and remember severe enough to affect daily functioning). 

Secondly, it can result from drinking excessive alcohol, taking drugs like cocaine and drugs that induce hallucinations (hallucinogens). Some of the examples of hallucinogens include LSD, dimethyltryptamine (DMT). 

It can also occur from taking medicines for some health  conditions. Some examples are certain medicines used for treating  epilepsy, depression, parkinson’s disease and psychosis.

Apart from above it can also arise from lack of sleep. Other than this it can be linked with seizures (fits), migraine, anxiety, depression, high fever, postpartum (means after child birth) mental health disorders, PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder), parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, head injury, kidney/liver failure, brain cancer, vision problems, vision loss and hearing loss. 

Homeopathic Medicines For Hallucinations

Homeopathic medicines can be of great help in managing the cases of hallucinations. These medicines target the root cause behind it and manage the complaint quite well. The homeopathic medicines are recommended for cases of mild to moderate intensity. In such cases with help of these medicines the intensity and frequency of complaint gradually reduces but in cases of severe intensity it is advised to take help from conventional mode of treatment. There are no specific medicines in homeopathy for this complaint and the medicine needed for a case is selected as per the symptom present in every individual case. So it is advised to take any homeopathic medicine after consulting a homeopathic physician who can after detailed case analysis find the medicine that will best suit a given case. In no case self medication should be done.  

  1. Anacardium – For Auditory Hallucinations

It is a natural medicine prepared from a layer of nuts between the shell and kernel of plant Anacardium Orientale commonly known as marking Nut. It belongs to family anacardiaceae. It is a leading medicine for cases where auditory hallucinations are prominent. It is indicated when a person hears voices of persons far away. Sometimes he may hear voices of dead people or spirits. In some cases the voices may be specifically saying that he is going to die. Other than this it is indicated for hallucination as if a demon is sitting on one shoulder commanding him to do offensive things while on the other shoulder an angel is sitting that is commanding him to do good things. Along with above symptoms there may be excessive anger from slightest cause with tendency to use foul language. It is a top listed medicine for cases of schizophrenia with auditory hallucinations.

  1. Stramonium – For Visual As Well As Auditory Hallucinations

This medicine is prepared from a plant known as thorn – apple. This plant  belongs to family solanaceae. Firstly it is beneficial when there are visual hallucinations. Here it is indicated for persons who see animals (cats, rats and dogs), ghosts, horrifying images, black objects and strangers. These terrify, frighten them. They may also see people coming out of all corners of a room. Next it is well indicated where a person says he sees god and is communicating with god. Thirdly it is helpful for auditory hallucinations where a person hears voices and talks with  absent persons or spirits.  It is also useful when a person hears scolding voices and also when he hears music. Along with above symptoms there is sudden mood changes from joy to sadness. Uncontrollable anger may be also present. 

  1. Lachesis – For Hallucination Of Fire

This medicine is indicated for cases where a person has hallucination of fire mainly at night time. Persons needing it may have chronic depression. Here intense sadness and anxiety are present. Violent anger can also be there. Apart from above it is a leading medicine for cases of schizophrenia.

  1. Veratrum Album – For Visual Hallucinations

It is prepared from root stocks of plant White Hellebore that belongs to the family melanthiaceae of liliaceae. Persons requiring this sees many people crowding in a room. They carry conversation with them. There may be violent anger outburst with this attended with desire to strike others. Other than this it is considered in cases where a person sees god and communicates with god. 

  1. Cannabis Indica – Where A Person Hears Music

This medicine is beneficial for cases in which a person hears music. It is valuable when a person hears numberless bells ringing sweetly. Lastly it is indicated where a person feels that someone is calling him. Some of the attending symptoms include absent mindedness, poor concentration and uncontrollable laughter. 

  1. Belladonna – Where Person Sees Ghosts And Animals

This medicine is prepared from plant deadly nightshade. This plant belongs to family solanaceae. This medicine is of great help for hallucination in persons seeing ghosts and animals. They also see monsters, hideous faces and insects. In the case of animals they often see dogs, wolves and black animals. Its use is also done for persons who see fire. Restlessness, mania with biting, spitting on others,  striking, tearing things are some of the symptoms that can accompany.

  1. Thuja – For Hallucination Of Some Animal In Abdomen

It is prepared from fresh twigs of plant Thuja Occidentalis having the common name Arbor Vitae. This plant belongs to family coniferae. It is specifically indicated for cases where hallucination as if there is some animal in the abdomen is marked. Person needing it feels movements in the abdomen as if something alive is lying in it. Other than this it also works well where a person has hallucination of some strange person present on his side. 

  1. Anhalonium Lewinii – For Visual Hallucinations

This medicine is prepared from plant mescal buttons of family cactaceae. It is also indicated for visual hallucinations. It is considered for persons who see monsters in front of them. They may also have sadness and dullness. Sudden mood changes can be there. They have loss of contact with the outside world. 

  1. Pulsatilla – For Olfactory Hallucinations

This is a medicine which is considered when a person have hallucinations of imaginary smells 

  1. Cina and Staphysagria – For Gustatory Hallucinations

Both these medicines are indicated for hallucinations of taste.

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Effective Homeopathic Medicines For Pica

Pica is a disorder that refers to compulsive eating of non – food items or non – nutritive things by a person. For example, a person having pica may eat chalk, sand, ice, paper etc. Homeopathic medicines for Pica offer a natural solution for cravings and for mild to moderate cases of pica.

Causes Homeopathic Medicines For Pica

Pica can arise in cases of nutritional deficiencies like that of iron and zinc. Mostly it is associated with iron deficiency anaemia. In such cases may be the body is demanding non food items to fulfil the nutritional demands of the body due to deficient nutrients. Sometimes in case of children who eat dirt, sand and other non food items doesn’t indicate pica and may be it is just a child’s way of exploring his / her surroundings with senses. Next it can occur during pregnancy. Pica can also be seen in persons having some psychological condition. Few examples of these conditions include OCD – obsessive compulsive disorder (A psychological disorder in which a person has compulsions to repeatedly perform certain activities / behaviours or have repeated unwanted thoughts in mind) and schizophrenia (it is a serious psychological disorder characterised by abnormal interpretation of reality, hallucinations, delusions and disordered thinking). Persons with autism, intellectual disabilities and developmental disabilities are also at high risk of pica. Other than above it can be present in people belonging to certain nations where eating clay is common and is also acceptable. Also in people of some cultures eating certain non – food items is considered to have some healing properties so considered normal. Lastly people may eat non food items just because they like the taste and texture of them and enjoy and relish eating them.

Symptoms

The main symptom of pica is eating non food stuff and it is diagnosed when this habit persists for at least one month duration. People with pica tend to eat a variety of non food items. Some common ones are ice, clay, chalk, dirt, sand, soap, hair, coins, buttons, paper, paint, burnt matches, cigarette ashes and metal pieces. Some people with pica may eat their nose pickings, ear wax, wool, stones, wood, glass, paper clips, mucus, vomit, even their faeces or in some of the cases faeces of animals.

In some cases pain in the stomach, blood in the stool, diarrhoea (loose stool) and constipation may arise. They may also have damaged teeth from eating indigestible things.

Complications

The nature of complications depends upon the type of thing eaten by the person. Eating certain things like ice doesn’t lead to any complication when the diet of a person is normal. But serious complications can occur in case a person eats other dangerous items like paint that may contain lead and cause lead poisoning. Some other complications of this condition include breaking of the teeth, choking, stomach ulcers, parasitic infections, blockage in intestines and injuries to the throat and GIT (gastrointestinal tract).

Homeopathic Medicines For Pica

Homeopathy offers a natural solution in cases of pica. The use of homeopathic medicines is recommended for some of the cravings (as given below) and for mild to moderate cases of pica in which no serious complication is present. Homeopathic medicines are selected individually for every case depending upon the type of craving and the attending symptoms that are present. These medicines work towards reducing the cravings for non food items gradually. They are helpful for people of all age groups. It is advised to take any homeopathic medicine for treating pica under supervision of a homeopathic physician after detailed case analysis. In serious cases with attending complications it is strictly advisable to take help from conventional mode of treatment.

  1. Calcarea Carb – Top Grade Medicine

It leads the chart of homeopathic medicines for treating cases of pica. Its use is mainly recommended for persons who tend to eat non food things like chalk, dirt, sand, slate and coal. Next there may be craving for eating pencils in them. Other than this desire for eating raw potatoes, flour and soap may be present where this medicine is required.

  1. Alumina – Another Prominent Medicine For Craving Of Indigestible Things

Alumina is next well indicated medicine for desire to eat indigestible things. Its use is considered for persons who crave to eat chalk, tea or coffee grounds, charcoal. Next it is used in cases where desire to eat white rags, or dry rice is there. In cases needing it constipation may be present. The constipation is severe and the stool may be hard or even if it is soft is passed with great straining. The stool may not be passed daily and the person has no desire for it until there is a large accumulation.

  1. Nitric Acid – With Desire For Lime, Chalk, Earth

It is another beneficial medicine for cases where desire for lime, chalk, slate or earth is present. Along with these cravings there may be some gastric complaints. In such conditions there may be diarrhoea with little stool. The stool may be yellow or green and pass with a lot of gas. Blood or mucus may also pass in the stool.

  1. Cina – Another Important Medicine For Desire For Indigestible Things

This is a natural medicine prepared from plant Cina Maritima also known as Artemisia maritima. This plant belongs to family compositae. It is also very significant medicine for persons who crave indigestible things. Persons who need this medicine have pale faces with bluish appearance around the mouth and dark rings under the eyes. Twisting pain around the navel can also be complained about by them. Sometimes there are pinching, cramping pain in the abdomen. There is marked irritability in children who need this medicine. They are very cross and desire to be carried all the time.

  1. Silicea – For Desire To Eat Mud

This medicine is beneficial for persons who have a desire to eat mud. They have loss of appetite and they have aversion to eating cooked food. Constipation may be present with this. Here there is great difficulty in passing the stool. The stool when partly expelled from the anus recedes back in the rectum. When stool is passed it is followed by burning and smarting sensation at the anus. Additionally the abdomen may be hard, distended and bloated. A tendency of excessive sweating on head and feet may be present where this medicine is required.

  1. Tarentula Hispanica – For Desire Of Sand, Raw Food And Ashes

This medicine is indicated for cases where desire for eating sand, raw food and ashes is specifically present. Along with this there is loss of appetite with refusal to eat. Violent burning sensation in the abdomen may also attend. Sometimes there is sharp pain felt in the navel region.

  1. Cicuta – For Desire Of Charcoal Or Chalk

This medicine is prepared from fresh roots (gathered at flowering time) of plant Cicuta Virosa commonly known as Water Hemlock. This plant belongs to the family umbelliferae. It is valuable medicine for cases where a person craves and relishes eating charcoal and chalk. The sense to differentiate edible things from inedible ones is lost. Along with this there may be abdomen pain, distension and vomiting.

  1. Nux Vomica – When There Is Craving For Eating Chalk

This medicine is helpful when there is a desire to eat chalk. A prominent attending symptom to this is constipation with ineffectual urge to pass stool. Here a person has frequent urge for stool but passes only a small quantity of stool at a time. Soon after evacuating bowels the desire for stool is again felt. Along with this pain and sensation of weight in the abdomen is felt. This tends to get worse from eating. The stomach area is also sensitive to touch. Stomach bloating, nausea, vomiting with excessive retching are other attending symptoms.

  1. Veratrum Album – For Craving Of Ice

This medicine is prepared from the root stocks of plants known as White – flowered Veratrum or White Hellebore. It belongs to the family melanthaceae of the liliaceae. This medicine suits persons who have cravings specifically for eating ice. Additionally they may suffer from diarrhoea. In this condition they have frequent stool. Stool is watery greenish, profuse, gushing and mixed with flakes. Stool is offensive. It is accompanied with cold sweat on the forehead.

  1. Lac Felinum – For Desire To Eat Paper

This medicine is particularly useful when there is a desire to eat paper. Persons needing it may also complain of soreness and sensitiveness of stomach region. Heated sensation is also felt in the stomach by them. There is loss of appetite with these symptoms.

  1. Phosphorus – When There Is Desire For Ice And Dry Rice

This medicine is well indicated for persons who crave for ice and dry rice. Along with this they may complain of burning pain in the food pipe and stomach. Stomach may be inflamed in them. Diarrhoea may also be present in them. In this case the stool is watery, copious and attended with excessive weakness. The stool occurs soon after eating anything. Persons needing it may also be anaemic.

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Delusions – Homeopathic Medicines Can Help

Delusions are defined as fixed, false, irrational beliefs despite evidence that they are false and not real. A person having delusions becomes preoccupied with the fixed beliefs that appear real to them. These beliefs can not be shaken even by providing facts or reasoning. Homeopathic Medicines For Delusions are natural, safe and very effective.  

Few examples of delusions include belief someone is spying on them, belief that some famous person is in love with them.

CausesEffective Homeopathic Medicines For Delusions

It is not exactly known what causes delusions. However, it is thought that certain genetic, psychological and environmental factors play a role in its development. These may run in families. Next brain damage / trauma and an imbalance between neurotransmitters (these are chemical messengers that transmit signals from nerve cells to target cells) may increase the chance of developing delusions. Mental stress and trauma can also trigger delusions. It can be a symptom of psychotic disorders (like schizophrenia – a psychological disorder in which a person interpret reality abnormally and have hallucinations, delusions, and disordered thinking), delusional disorder, major depression, paranoia, a mood disorder, a personality disorder, postpartum psychosis and parkinson’s disease. Some neurological conditions like dementia and brain cancer can also cause delusions. Certain drugs, alcohol intoxication and toxins are also known to cause delusions. 

Types

Bizarre Delusions : The delusions are said to be bizarre when the belief is physically impossible and other members of the same culture do not understand or share that belief. An example of this type is a belief that a stranger has removed his / her internal organs and then replaced them with someone else’s organs without leaving any scars.

Non – Bizarre Delusions : These delusions that though false but have possibility to occur in real life like being poisoned, being followed.

Mood – Congruent Delusions : These delusions are a part of the mood of a person like depression or mania.

Mood – Neutral Delusions : These delusions are not related to the sufferer’s emotional state.

Themes of Delusions

The delusions are based on various different themes but some themes are more common as follows.

Persecutory Delusions

Persons with these delusions believe that they are being spied on, followed, tracked, drugged, cheated on, a victim of a plot or a person is trying to hurt them or working against them. These are the most common delusions in paranoid schizophrenia.

Grandiose Delusions

Persons having these beliefs believe that they are  very powerful, important, famous, valuable and have extraordinary talent.

Delusional Jealousy 

In this type persons believe that their partners are unfaithful or having an affair without any proof.

Somatic Delusion

In this type individuals have false belief that they have something wrong with their body part, or a body part is damaged or diseased or a part of their body is missing. They may also believe that their body is infested with insects, worms, and bacteria.

Delusion Of Control 

Persons believe that their thoughts, feelings, behaviours are being controlled by another person or some external force. 

Religious Delusions

In this a person believes that he is god or chosen to act like god

Erotomanic Delusions 

Person has a belief that some famous person or a person of high social status is in love with him.

Delusion of Guilt 

it is common in people having depression with feeling of guilt 

Delusion of Infidelity 

Person has excessive jealousy or possessiveness toward another person.

Delusion of Reference 

Here a person has belief that the statement or remarks that he / she reads or hears have a personal meaning.

Cotard Delusion 

People with this believe that they have died and don’t exist.

Mixed 

The person has delusions of two or more themes.

Some other delusions include that the mind is being read by another person, that other person is thinking through his / her mind.

Homeopathic Medicines For Delusions

Homeopathy carries a great scope for treating cases of delusions. Homeopathic medicines for treating cases of delusions are natural, safe and very effective. Delusions based on various themes can be treated with them. These medicines help by gradually reducing the intensity and frequency of delusions. The results depend upon the severity and duration of the illness. Homeopathic medicines do not have any side effects and any risk of dependency. The most suitable medicine for treating delusions is selected by a detailed case analysis so any homeopathic medicine should be taken under the guidance of a homeopathic physician.

  1. Lachesis – Top Grade Medicine

Lachesis tops the list of homeopathic medicines for treating cases of delusions. This medicine is mainly indicated for delusions of persecution. Persons needing it believes someone is pursuing them, they are being followed by enemies or enemies are trying to harm them. Another main belief that they may have is being poisoned. Jealousy and suspiciousness is marked among them. Other indications for using it are a person’s belief that some stronger power or superhuman is controlling them, or they are dead or there are robbers in the house  It is leading medicine for paranoid schizophrenia with delusions of persecution.   

  1. Hyoscyamus – For Delusion Of Being Poisoned

This medicine is prepared from plant Hyoscyamus niger commonly known as Henbane. This plant belongs to family solanaceae. This medicine is well indicated for persons having delusions of being poisoned. They are very suspicious and fear to eat or drink for fear of being poisoned. They also have delusions of being betrayed, being sold or having some plot against them.

  1. Stramonium – For Delusions Of Identity

It is a natural medicine prepared from a plant known as thorn-apple that belongs to the family solanaceae. Its use is indicated when delusions about identity are present. People needing it believe that they are tall, they are double, limbs are separated from the body, or a part of the body is missing. Another delusion they have is that all the surrounding objects are small and they are very large. Next delusion indicating its use is belief they are possessed by the devil. Other than this its use is recommended when there is delusion of being committed an unpardonable sin. Lastly, the delusion by a man that his wife is not faithful indicates use of this medicine.

  1. Anacardium Orientale – For Delusion Of Being Under Superhuman Control

This medicine is prepared from a layer of nuts between the shell and kernel of the marking nut. It belongs to family anacardiaceae. This medicine is mainly indicated for cases where there are delusions of being under superhuman control. Next it is indicated for persons having delusions that they are double and delusion that mind and body are separated. Apart from these it is valuable medicine for delusion that everything is a dream and there is no reality in anything; delusion that a demon and an angel is sitting on shoulder commanding to do things.

  1. Platina – For Delusion Of Superiority (Delusion Of Grandiose)

It is a prominent medicine for cases having delusions of superiority. It is indicated where a person feels as he is too large and superior and all persons around him are very small and inferior mentally and physically. Secondly it is indicated for delusions as if everyone is an enemy and all persons are devil. Lastly it is indicated for delusion of being not appreciated. 

  1. Kali Bromatum – For Delusions Of Being Pursued And Of Conspiracies

Homeopathic medicine Kali Bromatum is beneficial for cases having delusions of being pursued and of conspiracies. Other than this it works well in cases of  profound depression with fits of uncontrollable weeping, indifference to life and religious delusions with persistent sleeplessness. Apart from above delusions of being a devil and fearful delusions are suggestive of its use.

  1. Sabadilla – For Delusions Of Imaginary Diseases

This medicine is prepared from seeds of the plant Sabadilla Officinalis also known as Cebadilla and Cevadilla. It belongs to the family Melanthaceae of the Liliaceae. It is useful for cases presenting with delusions of imaginary diseases and sickness. It is also helpful for delusions that limbs are crooked or parts are sunken or one side of the body is longer than the other.

  1. Lac Caninum – For Delusion Of Being Surrounded By Snakes

Lac Caninum is particularly indicated for delusion as if surrounded by snakes. In addition to above this medicine is also indicated for delusions of having a horrible disease and the whole body being filled with pus. Other delusions where this medicine seems indicated is delusion of spirit in the surrounding air and delusion of wearing someone else’s nose.

  1. Sulphur – For Delusions Of Grandiose

It is beneficial medicine for delusions of grandiose. Person needing it believes that he is a great person. He possesses much pride and is very egotistical.

  1. Hydrogen – For Delusion Of Being Separated From The World

It is well indicated for persons who have delusions of unreality and are separated from the world. It is valuable for persons having delusions that they are smaller than normal, that they are dirty or they are pulled downwards. It is also significant for cases having delusions of insects on the back of the head.

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Sleepwalking – Homeopathy Offers Natural Solution

Sleep walking, medically known as somnambulism or noctambulism, is a disorder in which a person gets up and walks around at night or performs other activities when he is asleep. It usually occurs early in the night during a period of deep sleep. Homeopathic remedies for sleepwalking work gradually to reduce the episodes of sleepwalking.

Homeopathic remedies for sleepwalking

Though it can occur in people of any age group but tend to be more common in children as compared to adults. Children usually outgrow it by puberty but in some children it can continue in adulthood. 

Causes 

The exact cause behind it is still not clear yet. But it is related to genetics as it tends to run in families. A person having someone in the family who has sleepwalking is at risk to develop the same. Having a history of sleepwalking in one or both parents raises the risk much more.

Next, there are few factors that are linked with this condition. These include sleep deprivation,  interrupted sleep, changed sleep schedule, sudden/abrupt waking from sleep, stress, anxiety, excessive tiredness, use of some medicines (like sedatives, hypnotics, antidepressants, antipsychotics, antihistamines), use of alcohol, use of recreational drugs and fever.

Some of the medical conditions  can also trigger it. The medical conditions firstly include GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease which refers to frequent back flow of the stomach acid into the food pipe that mainly causes heartburn felt as a burning sensation behind the sternum).
Next medical condition is OSA (obstructive sleep apnea – a serious sleep disorder in which breathing stops momentarily many times during sleep. OSA happens from relaxation of throat muscles  during sleep that block the airway and causes obstruction for air to enter lungs).

Next condition that is related to this RLS (Restless legs syndrome – a condition in which a person desires to move the legs from discomforting sensations in the lower limbs). Other medical conditions that are associated with this includes night time asthma, heart rhythm problems, migraine headaches, tourette syndrome (a condition in which involuntary multiple motor tics and at least one vocal tic arise. Tics refers to habitual, spasmodic contractions / movements of muscles occurring quickly that can’t be easily controlled), night time seizures (fits), hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid).

Lastly, some psychological disorders are linked with this. These include (like PTSD – post traumatic stress disorder, panic attacks and schizophrenia). PTSD is a psychological disorder that develop after some traumatic event in life for eg, child abuse, sexual assault etc. Schizophrenia is a psychological disorder in which hallucinations, delusions, disordered thinking and behaviour occurs. Delay in the maturity of the CNS central nervous system is also linked with sleep walking problems. Other than these, the rate of sleepwalking is higher in children who have complaints of bedwetting and night terror.

In case of women hormonal changes play a role in sleepwalking (the chances are more in them before the onset menstrual cycle).

Symptoms 

Sleepwalking most commonly occurs in the early part of night in the first few hours of sleep.  In this a person may just sit up in bed and look around. He may be confused and disoriented  with this. In other cases the person gets out of bed and starts to walk around. While sleep walking  a person’s eyes are open, have glassy eye expressions but he doesn’t recognise people around him and when asked something responds partially or may even doesn’t respond at all . Sometimes he may say senseless things at that time. There is difficulty in arousing them during an episode. They may even violently attack the person trying to awake them. Some people with sleep walking may wake screaming and frightened if they have an attending complaint of night terrors.  Sometimes they may start doing some work like start eating, getting dressed, open cupboards etc. 

They may even walk out of the house. Some may even start to drive a car. An episode of sleepwalking usually lasts for some minutes, mostly less than 10 minutes but it can in some cases last may last longer than this time. People having it may get out of bed, walk about and then again come back to bed and sleep again. In the morning they don’t remember anything about night’s occurrence of sleep walking. They may feel excessively sleepy during the day from disturbed night sleep. Persons having this complaint can injure them while walking as from bumping in a door / furniture or falling from stairs. 

Homeopathic Remedies for Sleepwalking 

There is great scope to treat complaints of sleepwalking in homeopathy. Homeopathic medicines for treating this complaint are of natural origin that are very effective and safe for use. These medicines are deep acting medicines that have the ability to treat this complaint from its root. The best suitable medicine to treat a case of sleepwalking is selected after detailed case study in every individual case based on the symptom presentation. Following are some of the leading medicines for treating this condition. One should consider taking any of these after consulting a homeopathic physician who can best judge the medicine required after case analysis and avoid self prescribing.

  1. Natrum Mur

This medicine is very useful in persons who rise at night during sleep and sit about. They may have anxious dreams while weeping during sleep. Another complaint of talking in sleep may also be present in them.  Their sleep is also disturbed. On awakening in the morning they feel unrefreshed. A violent headache may also be complained about in the morning. During the day there is excessive drowsiness and frequent yawning.

  1. Phosphorus

It is another valuable medicine for these cases of sleepwalking. In cases needing it there is restlessness and disturbed sleep at night. There are frightful and horrible dreams in those requiring it. Along with this there is frequent waking with fright. During sleep there may be crying, moaning and jerking of limbs. There is a feeling in the morning as if sleep is not completed with sleepiness all the day.

  1. Kali Phos

It is very effective medicine to treat somnambulism in children. Those needing it are restless in sleep and may be mumbling, crying, moaning or talking in sleep. They also have night terrors and awakens with fright even from sound sleep at night. In the morning they feel sleepy, and are difficult to awake with excessive yawning. Excessive tiredness may also be present where it is required.

  1. Silicea

It is another good medicine for somnambulism. The person needing it gets up from sleep at night, walks and afterwards lies down. Their sleep is restless with crowded dreams and frequent waking. They may be talking loudly in sleep. They can also have complaints of nightmares. Snoring, jerking of limbs are some other complaints that they may have during sleep. In the morning they feel unrefreshed and don’t wish to leave bed. Other than above it is a specific medicine when sleepwalking occurs at new and full moon. 

  1. Kali Bromatum 

It is very beneficial medicine for somnambulism in children. Children who need it may also have complaints of night terrors. They get awake from sleep with screaming and recognise no one. They also have restless sleep. Grinding of teeth, crying and moaning can also be present in them during sleep. In the morning they may wake with a severe headache. 

  1. Stramonium

Stramonium is a useful medicine when there is complaint of sleepwalking. Persons who need it get up at night especially after midnight with confusion.  They may seem frightened and have eyes staring at a point. They sit up in bed or walk about at night. Other attending symptoms that attend it are restless sleep, tossing in bed, snoring. Screaming, starting or laughing can also be present during sleep.

  1. Artemisia Vulgaris

This medicine is prepared from fresh root of plant Artemisia Vulgaris also commonly known as wormwood. This plant belongs to family compositae. It is well indicated for cases in which a person wakes at night from sleep and starts doing his daily work. In the morning he remembers nothing about it. Other than this it is a leading medicine for epilepsy treatment. Epilepsy after grief, fright or blow on head are well treated with this medicine. 

  1. Luna 

It is also a significant medicine for cases of somnambulism. People needing it may have nightmares, horrible, frightful dreams that wake them up. They have sleepwalking and in the morning they feel that their sleep is not completed. 

  1. Zincum Met

This medicine works well in cases of sleepwalking arising in persons from suppressed emotions. Persons needing it have disturbed sleep with frequent waking. They may have loud screaming in their sleep. They can have frightening dreams while talking and crying. They sometimes have disturbed sleep from painful cramps in legs. They have unrefreshing sleep with drowsiness and sleepiness in daytime. 

  1. Ignatia

This medicine is prepared from plant Ignatia Amara of family loganiaceae. It is prominently indicated where sleepwalking occur in persons who had wounded pride (being disrespected). They sleep walks but doesn’t remember nothing about it. They may also have history of sleep deprivation from cares, worries, some grief, depression with anxious thoughts. They may have very light sleep and hears even distant noises. They can be very restless and snoring at night.

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Homeopathic Medicines for Smell and Taste Disorders

Smell and taste disorders are conditions that lead to decrease, absence or distortion in the sense of smell and taste. Smell and taste disorders can be frustrating because they affect a person’s ability to enjoy fragrances and enjoy food/drink. Both smell and taste disorders affect quality of life. Homeopathic medicines for smell and taste disorders that are suitable for a given case are selected on the basis of the prominent, characteristic symptoms of a person following a detailed case analysis.

Homeopathic medicines for smell and taste disorders

Smell disorders may have serious consequences sometimes because they make a person unable to detect smell in case there is any gas leakage, fire or if the food is decayed. Loss of smell or taste can lead to decrease of interest in eating which can cause weight loss and malnutrition. 

Homeopathic Medicines for Smell and Taste Disorders

Natural homeopathic remedies for smell and taste disorders can prove to be highly effective. These medicines manage such disorders in a very effective manner. They aim at correcting the root cause behind it to bring excellent results. The extent to which these medicines help depends upon the duration and intensity of the complaint.   

For Decreased Power of Smell or Complete Loss of Smell

  1. Natrum Mur – For Cases of Cold, Nasal Allergies

Natrum Mur is a leading medicine for managing cases with reduced smell or loss of smell from cold, nasal allergies. People needing it have a history of severe colds with clear white  copious nasal discharge. With this, violent and frequent sneezing is complained about. Sometimes they have alternate fluent nasal discharge with nasal stoppage. In most cases loss of taste is complained along with loss of smell where this medicine is indicated.

  1. Pulsatilla – From Recurrent Cold

This is another suitable medicine to manage reduced / loss of smell. In persons needing it, a tendency of recurrent colds may be present.  Most times they have thick yellowish, greenish nasal discharges. These discharges can have an offensive odour. Their nose feels blocked in the evening. Most times they have loss of taste and appetite too along with smell loss.

  1. Calcarea Carb – Due to Nasal Polyps and Frequent Cold

It is a well-indicated medicine for cases of loss of smell from nasal polyps. Along with polyps a tendency to have frequent colds is also present in persons needing this medicine. They may have alternate nasal dryness and blocked nose with yellow offensive mucus. They may also have ulceration or scabs in the nostrils. 

  1. Teucrium – From Nasal Polyps 

This medicine like Calcarea Carb is well indicated for cases of decreased or loss of smell from nasal polyps. The symptoms that are present along with smell loss are stoppage of nostrils, crawling sensation in nostrils, discharge of green scabs from the nostrils.

  1. Silicea – For Cases of Chronic Cold and Sinusitis

It is the next beneficial medicine for cases of diminished or loss of smell. Persons needing it usually have a tendency of chronic cold and also sinus inflammation / infection. The symptoms that they frequently have along with smell loss includes complete stoppage of nose, sore scabs in nostrils,  fetid offensive green or yellow pus like nasal discharge and pain in forehead. They also have loss of taste along with smell loss.

For Foul Smell from the Nose

  1. Kali Bichrome – In Cases of Inflamed Mucus Membrane of Nose and Sinus

Kali Bichrome is a very useful medicine for cases having putrid smell from the nose. In such cases chronic inflammation of the mucous membrane of nose and sinus is usually present. For using it the symptoms other than putrid smell are dryness of nose, blockage of nose, pressure in root of nose and tough ropy discharges dripping from back of nostrils into the throat.

  1. Lemna Minor – For Cases with Nasal Polyps 

This medicine is most helpful for foul smell in the nose, in the presence of nasal polyps. There may be presence of nasal polyps in cases requiring it. Other than foul smell the symptoms to look for using it are stopped nose, discharge of a crust / pus like discharge from nose and frequent sneezing attacks.

  1. Graphites – For Foul Smell like Burnt Hair 

Graphites is an excellent medicine to treat cases in which a person experiences a bad smell from the nose, as from burnt hair. They also have discharge of thick, yellowish, offensive mucus from nose  and stoppage of nose. They may also have hard masses, dry scabs or crusts in the nostrils.

For Increased Sensitivity to Smell

  1. Phosphorus – For Increased Sensitivity to Smell (Especially Flowers)

It is a top grade medicine for cases where the sensitivity to smell is increased. Persons needing it may particularly have a very heightened sense for the smell of flowers which can even cause fainting in them. In them there may be long standing inflammation of the nasal membrane. Along with this sneezing may also be present. There can be fluent nasal discharges alternating with nasal blockage. Apart from above it is an excellent medicine where nasal polyps are present especially the ones that bleed easily.

  1. Hepar Sulph – When Vertigo Appears with Increased Smell Sensitivity

It is the next well indicated medicine to treat cases with high sensitivity to smell. Along with this vertigo may be present. Few other attending symptoms are nasal stoppage in morning and thick pus like discharge from the nose that can be sometimes blood tinged.

  1. Colchicum – For High Sensitivity to Smell mainly of Cooking Food

This medicine is also of much help when a person has increased sense of smelling. He is mostly highly sensitive to the smell of cooking. Additionally he may have sneezing and crawling in the nose. With this he can complain of long lasting nasal discharges that are thin. 

For Reduced Sense of Taste and Loss of Taste

  1. Antimonium Crudum – For Reduced Sense of Taste

This medicine is significant to treat cases having lowered sense of taste. A peculiar symptom that attends is thick, milky white coating on the tongue. With this the  borders of the tongue may be red and the mouth can be dry.

  1. Borax – For Complete Loss of Taste 

Borax is the next important medicine to manage this condition. It is indicated when  a person doesn’t get any taste of food. Additionally he may have oral thrush (fungal growth in mouth). The main  symptoms that he has are white fungal patches in mouth, heat in mouth, tenderness in mouth and dry cracked tongue.

  1. Bryonia – For Loss of Taste with Dry Mouth

This medicine is helpful for persons who have loss of taste for food. But when they are not eating their mouth feels bitter. A characteristic symptom with this is great dryness of tongue, mouth and lips. The tongue may also be cracked.

Loss of Sense of Smell and Taste Occurring Together

  1. Natrum Mur – In Case of Cold or Nasal Allergies

This medicine is highly valuable for persons who have loss of smell as well as taste. Both food and drink feels tasteless to them. They usually suffer from cold or nasal allergies. The symptoms they suffer from in this condition are sneezing and fluent nasal discharges.

  1. Pulsatilla – From Long Standing Cold

This medicine works well when there is reduction / loss of taste and smell with loss of appetite. In cases where it is indicated, sense of taste is diminished for every kind of food. Prominently long term cold is present with this. Here thick, yellow or greenish nasal discharge with offensive smell is the key symptom.

For Bad Taste in Mouth

  1. Nux Vomica – For Bad Taste, Especially in Morning

Nux Vomica offers great help in cases presenting with bad taste in mouth. Most people needing it feel that it is most prominent in the morning.  They may also feel a sour taste in their mouths after eating or drinking. Another symptom they have is altered taste especially for coffee, milk and water. Their tongue may be inflamed. They can have needle-like piercing pain on the edges of the tongue.

  1. Carbo Veg – For Bad Taste and Offensive Smell from Mouth

This medicine is beneficial for cases having foul taste and offensive odour from mouth. With this the appetite is lost. In many cases requiring it, gum inflammation can be present. Here the gums are swollen, painful, sensitive and bleed often.

  1. Belladonna – For Offensive Taste when Eating or Drinking

This medicine is useful for someone having offensive taste in mouth when eating or drinking though food and drink have proper taste. The tongue is clean with this. Heat or burning sensation in the mouth can accompany this.

For Unusual Taste in Mouth

  1. Merc Sol – For Metallic Taste in Mouth

It is a leading medicine to manage cases presenting with metallic taste in the mouth. Tongue can be inflamed, with intense redness, severe pain and burning sensation. The salivation mostly is increased with these symptoms. Bad smell from the mouth can appear. In some cases needing it, fungal infection in the mouth or inflammation of the gums may be present.

  1. Cuprum Met – For Coppery Taste in Mouth

This medicine is indicated when there is specific coppery taste in the mouth. Along with this all food tastes like clear water. Tongues can be inflamed from a long time and be accompanied by profuse saliva.

  1. Arsenic Album – For Bitter Taste in Mouth

It is given when there is bitter taste in the mouth. This appears usually after eating or drinking. A burning sensation in the mouth frequently attends these symptoms.

  1. Calcarea Carb – For Sour Taste in Mouth

This medicine is used when there is sour taste in the mouth. Great dryness and heat in the mouth can arise with this.

5. Lycopodium – For heightened Sense of Taste

For managing cases with increase sense of taste, the most prominent medicine is Lycopodium. White coating on tongue, dryness of mouth and tongue with putrid smell are the main symptoms.

 For Heightened Sense of Taste

For managing cases with an increased sense of taste, the most prominent medicine is Lycopodium. In cases needing it white coating on the tongue can be present. Dryness of mouth and tongue with putrid smell are other attending symptoms to this.

Smell Disorders

A person is able to smell due to smell receptors present in the nose. The microscopic odor molecules released from substances like from cooking food, flowers stimulate these receptors. From here messages go to the brain, which helps us recognize smell. If these receptors are blocked or damaged then it will lead to smell disorders.

Symptoms

The symptoms depend on the different types of smell disorders described as follows:

  1. Hyposmia – A decreased ability to detect odours or partial loss of sense of smell.
  2. Anosmia – A complete inability to smell or total loss of sense of smell is there.
  3. Parosmia -When there is a change in the normal perception of odours. In this, the odour of familiar substances is distorted and it smells different from what was previously remembered (like something pleasant starts smelling foul now.)
  4. Phantosmia – This is when a person smells an odour (mainly foul, burnt, spoiled, putrid) that isn’t actually present. 
  5. Hyperosmia – It refers to an increased sensitivity to smell.

Causes

The  common causes of smell disorders includes Common cold or flu, nasal Allergy / hay fever, nasal polyps, sinus inflammation / infection, nasal congestion / blockage and any sort of upper respiratory infection (whether bacterial or viral). Next to this tumours in nasal cavity, any injury or trauma to nose, head injury especially if it involves frontal lobes of the brain and radiation treatment to the head for cancer can lead to smell disorders. 

Other than this certain medications (like nasal decongestants if used for long time some common antibiotics and antihistamines, high blood pressure medication), smoking, hormonal disturbance, any circulatory illness that diminishes blood flow to nasal tissue, exposure to insecticides or other chemicals can cause this. 

Smell disorders can also be present in some medical conditions such as Parkinson’s disease (a nervous system disorder characterised by rest tremor, slowed movement, rigidity of muscles, impaired posture and balance, speech changes. In this disorder sometime problems with smell can arise), epilepsy (a brain disorder  causing recurrent seizures characterised by unusual behaviour, movements and sometimes loss of consciousness) and schizophrenia (serious mental disorder in which reality is interpreted abnormally and the sufferer has hallucinations, delusions, and disordered thinking and behaviour). 

It can be congenital too, which means that some people may be born with it. Sense of smell may also become less sharp as you age.  Sometimes it is idiopathic where no cause is found.

Taste Disorders

The taste buds on the tongue and mouth carry taste receptors that help to identify taste. When we eat or drink something tiny molecules released from it stimulate taste receptors. These receptors then send messages to the brain which helps us to identify tastes. Smell and taste are closely interlinked with each other and the taste of the food is also influenced by the smell of the food. The aromas released on chewing food stimulate sensory cells of smell through a channel that connects the roof of the throat to the back of the nose which help us distinguish different flavours. If this channel is blocked, like from stuffy nose due to cold then it prevents odours from reaching sensory cells of the nose. Due to the lack of smell, the food tastes bland  and feels it has no flavour. This is why some people who think they have loss of taste have actually lost their sense of smell instead.

Symptoms

The symptoms of taste disorders are described as per the type given below:

  1. Hypogeusia – It presents with reduced ability of sense of taste
  2. Ageusia – In this, a person has complete  inability to detect any taste. It is rare and many times people having loss of taste actually have lost their smell.
  3. Dysgeusia also called parageusia – In this an unusual unpleasant taste like a foul,  metallic, salty, rancid taste persists in the mouth. It can be accompanied by a painful burning sensation in the mouth. In this type a person can also perceive the wrong taste of food; like eating an ice cream may have a salty, bitter or metallic taste. It also includes change in taste in which foods taste differently than it previously used to be like something starts  to taste  bad which previously used to be pleasant to taste.
  4. Phantom Taste Perception – In this type a bad unpleasant taste lingers in mouth even though there is nothing in the mouth.
  5. Hypergeusia -It refers to heightened sense of taste.

Causes

It can arise from cold, nasal allergies, nasal blockage and upper respiratory tract infection. Secondly it can arise from poor oral hygiene, dental issues, gum inflammation (gingivitis), burns to the tongue, sjogren’s syndrome (autoimmune disorder characterised by dry mouth and dry eyes), salivary gland infection and oral thrush (fungal infection in mouth). 

Next, it can follow some surgeries on the ear, nose, and throat, a head injury, radiation treatment for treating cancer of head and neck. Other reasons for this include smoking, certain medicines (like some antihistamines and antibiotics), exposure to insecticides and some chemicals,  nutritional deficiencies (like vitamin B12 and Zinc). It can also be congenital means present since birth. It can appear in people with advancing age.

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Having Difficulty in Concentration ? – Homeopathic Medicines can be of great Help

What is difficult concentration?

Difficult concentration refers to a decrease in ability to focus thought, think clearly and maintain attention while doing a task. It is normal for a person to face issue of difficult concentration, absent mindedness and distraction temporarily for few days,  or at some point of their life as from being under some sort of stress. But if it is persisting for a long period of time and not subsiding , then it could be a symptom pointing towards some medical condition .

What can cause it?

The various causes that can lead to poor concentration are as follows:

1. Cognitive problems

ADHD (Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder), ADD (attention deficit disorder) and learning disabilities like dyslexia (a learning disorder that cause difficulty in reading, spelling, writing, and speaking)

2. Psychological causes

Depression, anxiety, emotional trauma, stress, PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder), BPD (bipolar disorder) and schizophrenia are the psychological causes that can lead to concentration issues

3. Medical causes

Chronic fatigue syndrome, traumatic brain injury, cushing syndrome (that arises when body is exposed to high levels of the hormone cortisol for a prolonged period of time), hypothyroidism, dementia, epilepsy, restless leg syndrome, pain syndrome, sleep apnea and stroke.

4. Hormonal changes

Hormonal changes experienced by female during menopause , pregnancy can cause lack of concentration

5.Other causes

It includes alcohol or drug abuse, insomnia (sleeplessness), side effects of certain medicines, heavy metal poisoning ans poor diet.

 

What are its symptoms?

Its symptoms include difficulty in focussing, giving attention to a task (even the simple ones) and doing careless mistakes. One may have problem in thinking clearly . One may experience intrusive thoughts in mind and may feel as if their mind is constantly jumping from one thought to another. They may have difficulty in forming thoughts, reading, communicating and carrying a conversation. With this forgetfulness can appear as an important symptom .  frequently losing things is also a sign of concentration issue. One  may experience trouble remembering where certain things are kept, or what occurred a little while ago. They may have difficulty in keeping track of  their  ‘to do’ tasks and staying organised. They may also face problem with making decisions . Difficulty in sitting still is also a sign of this disorder

Symptoms in children

Difficulty in paying attention in class leading to reduced academic performance in school. They have trouble concentrating while writing, reading, or watching television. They are easily distracted and have trouble focusing on homework. Even activities of interest might pose a challenge for them  . They show  difficulty in following instructions. They are unorganised in doing tasks or playing. They seem distracted and lost somewhere when talked to and appears as if they are day dreaming. They may lose things very often. They may also have trouble sitting still.

Symptoms in adults

They have difficulty in focussing because of which they might take much longer to complete a task. They might have trouble multitasking and poor time management skills. One may also get easily distracted and would  seem to be los in their own world while spoken to .  They can be forgetful. One might also feel as if their brain is blocked. Reading may also seem a difficult task . They may have poor performance at work place. They also remain disorganised.

Homeopathic management

Homeopathy offers a lot of help in improving concentration and focus ability.  Homeopathic medicines are helpful to improve concentration in people of all age groups. These medicines are of natural origin hence they work gently towards managing this complaint That too without any side effects.

Homeopathic medicines for improving concentration in children

 

1. Baryta Carb – Leading medicine for concentration difficulty in children

Baryta Carb is top grade medicine to treat for concentration difficulty in children. Most children needing it have poor concentration, inattentiveness and weak memory. They have confused mind and show signs of slow learning. They also tend to forget easily what has been taught.  While speaking they tend to forget frequently ; they can fail at even the most familiar words. They also have poor attention in studies. Apart from above they may have issues of developmental delay.

2. Carcinosin – for poor concentration with hyperactivity (ADHD)

It is indicated for poor concentration with hyperactivity i.e in cases of ADHD. Children needing it have difficult concentration and inattentiveness. They are hyperactive, restless. They tend to get bored easily.

3. Lycopodium – for difficult concentration with dyslexia

Lycopodium is prepared from plant Lycopodium Clavatum commonly known as club moss belonging to family lycopodiaceae. It offers great help in cases of difficult concentration with dyslexia. In cases needing it there is confused thoughts and confusion about common words. The child needing is unable to fit the right words and makes frequent mistakes in writing and spellings . He mixes up letters or omits parts of a word. He has confused speech and makes mistakes in speaking  He might be unable to express himself correctly

Homeopathic medicines for improving concentration in adults

 

1. Kali Phos – for poor concentration from over stressed mind

Kali Phos is a very effective medicine to improve concentration in persons who have an over stressed mind. They have marked weakness and fatigue of mind from excessive mental work or overstudy. They have dullness of mind, weak memory, forgetfulness along with poor concentration. They may also suffer from sleeplessness.

2. Cannabis Indica – for a foggy mind

Cannabis Indica is very helpful for persons who show lack of concentration and are unable focus on one subject. For those who require Cannabis Indica a feeling of having a  foggy mind and an inability to think clearly is a key indication . Cannabis indica patients  are absent – minded and quite  forgetful. While writing or speaking they frequently forget what they were about to write or speak. They start with a sentence and seem  get lost in between and  as a result are unable to finish it. They forget their last words and ideas. They may also have crowding of many thoughts in brain.

3. Lycopodium – for  confusion of thoughts

It is mostly used  when there is difficult concentration with confused thoughts. Persons needing it have difficulty to find fitting words for a given thing and uses wrong words for a correct idea. They also have poor concentration while taking a conversation. Their comprehension is also slow. They may be absent minded too. They have difficulty in taking decisions. They are usually sensitive, irritable personalities with poor self – confidence levels.

4. Gelsemium –  concentration issues  in chronic fatigue syndrome

Gelsemium is prepared from root bark  of a plant Gelsemium Sempervirens (common name yellow jasmine).This plant belongs to family ‘loganiaceae’. It is an excellent medicine to help cases of poor concentration associated with chronic fatigue syndrome. People who need it have inability to focus attention on something with great weakness. Their brain feel empty when try to concentrate. They have vanishing of thoughts on doing some brainy work. They are unable to do anything that needs thinking. With this they feel dullness and drowsiness. They also feel tired, weak all the time.

7. Natrum Mur – for poor concentration in depression cases

It is a well suited medicine to improve concentration arising in depression cases. People needing it have difficulty of thinking, absent mindedness and scattered thoughts. These symptoms appear along with extreme sadness and desire to be alone .

 

 

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Lachesis – Homeopathic Medicine: Its Uses, Indications and Dosage

Homeopathic medicine Lachesis was introduced in homeopathy by Dr. Hering. It is a leading medicine to treat schizophrenia, depression, sore throat, menopausal complaints, ovarian pain and haemorrhages (i.e bleeding).   Lachesis Homeopathic Medicine

The ‘Lachesis’ Constitution

It is suited to weak, thin people who have a melancholic (sadness) disposition. It is suitable for women during the menopause period. Other than this, it is suited to alcoholics.

Drug Action

This remedy has a prominent action on the mind where it acts oat a deep psychological level to manage the complaint of depression and schizophrenia. It also works on blood vessels where it helps control bleeding. Next, it helps to improve blood circulation and offers help in treating varicose veins and varicose ulcers.

Role as a Homeopathic Medicine

1. Mental Complaints 

Among the various issues of the mind, this is a top listed medicine to treat schizophrenia (mental health illness that affects how a person thinks, feels and interpret reality). It mainly result in hallucinations (seeing or hearing things that don’t exist), delusions (false beliefs that are not based in reality), and disordered thinking. It is mainly indicated for persons having delusions of being poisoned or being followed by enemies who are trying to harm him. Another delusion they may have is being under the control of superhuman power. Along with delusions they may be excessively talkative, constantly jumping from one subject to another.

Next, it is a beneficial medicine to treat cases of depression. Persons who need it remain sad, unhappy, anxious. They feel forsaken. They become weary of life and doesn’t wish to do any work. They doesn’t wish to talk and want to remain alone. They loathe life and long for death.

2. Left-sided Headaches

This is a prominently indicated medicine for treating left sided headache. Persons who need it mainly have throbbing, tearing or drawing pain in left side of the head. They feel congestion and heat in head along with pain. Sometimes they also get nausea and vomiting during headache. Other people needing it may have dimness of vision or flickering before the eyes. People requiring it experience worsening of pain at night. They may also get headache from heat of sun. Apart from above its use is highly recommended in females who suffer from headache at or after menopause.

3. Inflamed throat and Tonsillitis

This medicine works effectively to reduce inflammation of the throat and tonsils. People needing it have pain in throat and tonsils. Most times the pain from throat extends to ears in them. They feel increase in pain from swallowing liquids. Pressure and touch on throat also worsens the pain. Other symptoms include dryness, constriction and a burning sensation in the throat. Sometimes a lump in throat is also experienced. In some cases stinging sensation is felt in the throat. If we look at the throat it is red, swollen with dark red/purplish colour of tonsils. In many cases ulcers may be seen on throat. Apart from the above, Lachesis is also indicated to treat quinsy (pus collection behind the tonsils).

4. Rectal Complaints

This is a prominent remedy to treat constipation and piles.

It helps to improve the sluggish bowel movements and gives relief in constipation. It is helpful when the stool is hard and passed with difficulty. The stool is scanty and insufficient. It also has an offensive odour. The persons needing it have ineffectual urge to evacuate stool. Along with it they feel pressure in bowels with gas. They also feels as if the anus is constricted.

Next, it is a very useful medicine to treat the complaint of piles. Protruding piles with stitching pain is a key feature to use it. Here piles protrude after each stool. After passing stool soreness and burning is felt at the anus. In addition to above throbbing, shooting pain and itching at the anus are also experienced by the person. It is also very beneficial for women having piles during their menopausal period.

5. Female Complaints

This is a highly suitable medicine to treat many female complaints.

First, its use is highly suggested to relieve troubles during menopause. Here the complaints like hot flashes, palpitations, headaches, heat in the head, inter menstrual bleeding (metrorrhagia) and fainting spells during menopause period are well managed with this medicine. Apart from this females suffering from depression during menopause are also benefited with this medicine.

Second, it is indicated in females having pain in the ovaries. Mostly they complain of pain in left side of the ovary. Nature of pain as narrated by them may be sharp, shooting, stitching, drawing or burning type. Pressure tend to worsen this pain. They also feel that the pain increase from exertion and walking. Menses may also be profuse and prolonged in them. It works good in ovarian pain from various reasons like ovarian cyst (fluid filled sac forming within the ovaries), ovarian tumour, ovarian inflammation (ovaritis).

Next, it is given to females to manage painful periods. Females requiring it have pain during periods especially during first day. They have labour like pains in pelvis. Ovarian pain on left side is also experienced.

Other than this, it is given for improving menstrual flow. Females who have scanty periods of short duration are greatly helped by this medicine. The menstrual flow is dark in colour and may have offensive odour.

6. Complaints of the Lower Limbs

If we talk about lower limbs, then firstly it is well-indicated to treat sciatica (pain that radiates from lower back through the hips down the leg along the path of the sciatic nerve). It is considered when the pain is violent, intolerable and shooting type. Person feels the pain worsen after sleeping. The pains come suddenly and disappear gradually.
Secondly, it is helpful to treat varicose veins on legs  (enlarged, twisted or engorged veins due to improper functioning of valves in the veins of the legs)

Lastly, it is recommended to manage cases of varicose ulcers (sore developing on the leg mostly on the inner side of leg just above the ankle due to poor blood circulation).

 7. To Control Bleeding

This is a great anti-hemorrhagic (that helps to stop bleeding) medicine. It is indicated to control bleeding from nose, blood in urine, blood in stool, blood in vomiting. Here dark, blackish bleeding is the characteristic feature to use Lachesis.

8. Skin Complaints

For matters of the skin, this medicine gives excellent results in case of carbuncles and boils (skin infections with pus filled lumps on skin). In these conditions bluish purple surroundings to the lumps is key feature to use it.

Next, it is useful to treat purpura that refers to purple coloured blood spots under skin that arise from bursting of small blood vessels.

Apart from the above, it is recommended in case of bed sores when they have black edges. 

Dosage

Lachesis is recommended from 30 to 200 potency. It is a strong medicine so its frequent repetition should be avoided. 

Always use this medicine under a physicians recommendation.

Relationship to Other Remedies

Complementary medicines are Lycopodium and Hepar Sulph. These medicines can be used after Lachesis to complete its action when it is no longer acting.

Inimical medicines are Acetic Acid, Nitric Acid and Carbolic Acid. 

Antidote medicines are Arseniuc Album, Nux Vomica and Opium, which neutralise the effect of Lachesis.

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Anosmia – Natural Homeopathic Medicines for Loss of Smell

Anosmia is a condition in which a person loses their sense of smell. Smell is one of the five senses a human being possesses. The odor molecules in the air surrounding us enter our nostrils, and are detected by the olfactory receptors. These receptors send a signal to the brain center via a nerve where the smell is identified. This is how we identify different smells and odors. Anosmia may arise due to swelling in the nose, blockage in the nose or due to damage to brain/olfactory nerve/olfactory receptors. Homeopathic medicines like Silicea, Kali Bichromicum, and Pulsatilla work to treat the root cause of anosmia to bring about excellent recoveries.

Homeopathy for loss of smell

Homeopathic Medicines for Loss of Smell. 

A person may suffer from partial or total loss of smell (conditions known as hyposmia and anosmia respectively). Loss of smell can be present since birth, where a child is born without a sense of smell. Anosmia may be temporary or permanent depending upon the cause behind it.
Loss of smell makes a person unable to perceive pleasant odors (like fragrances) and also sense danger situations that can be detected by smell (like gas leakage or smoke). Our sense of smell also plays a significant role in how food tastes, and so anosmia can also lead to a lack of interest in eating.

Homeopathic Treatment of Anosmia

Homeopathy offers natural and effective treatment for anosmia. These medicines are suitable to treat anosmia in people of all age groups. Since these medicines are made of natural substances, they treat the condition in a safe, effective manner. The top indicated homeopathic medicines for anosmia include Silicea, Kali Bichromicum, Pulsatilla Nigricans, Lemna Minor and Natrum Mur.

Homeopathic Medicines for Anosmia

Silicea – Natural Medicine for Anosmia with Nasal Catarhh

Silicea is a well-indicated homeopathic remedy for anosmia where the person suffers from chronic nasal catarrh. The people needing Silicea have a history of yellowish, chronic, offensive, fetid nasal discharges prior loss of smell. For using Silicea, the symptoms that may be present along with a loss of smell include a burning sensation in nostrils, dryness in nostrils and the presence of hard crusts in the nostrils. In some cases, soreness and itching in the nostrils may also be present.

Kali Bichromicum – Effective Homeopathic Medicine for Anosmia with Sinusitis

Kali Bichromicum is a natural homeopathic medicine for anosmia that is linked with sinusitis. The main symptoms that indicate the need for Kali Bichromicum include constant stuffiness in the nose, stringy/sticky nasal discharge and fullness at the root of the nose. A sinus headache also appears along with nasal symptoms. Other accompanying symptoms include a tickling sensation in the nostrils and postnasal discharge of mucus.

Natrum Mur – Natural Homeopathic Remedy for Anosmia with Nasal Allergies

Natrum Mur is an effective homeopathic medicine for anosmia where there are nasal allergies present. The guiding features to use Natrum Mur include loss of smell along with other nasal discharges and dryness in nostrils. In a few cases, nasal discharges (that look like egg white) may be present. Other features include nose blockage that makes breathing difficult, and violent sneezing (especially during the morning). A very specific squirming sensation of a worm crawling in nostrils may be present with the symptoms mentioned.

Lemna Minor – Homeopathic Cure for Anosmia with Nasal Polyps

Lemna Minor is an important homeopathic medicine for anosmia in cases of nasal polyps. The person requiring this remedy experiences a loss of smell, obstruction in nostrils, and frequent sneezing attacks. The other symptoms include a thick, viscid or excessive purulent discharge from the nose. The nasal symptoms tend to get worse in damp and rainy weather conditions.

Pulsatilla Nigricans – Natural Treatment for Loss of Smell with Loss of Taste

Pulsatilla Nigricans is an effective medicine for anosmia attended with loss of taste. In some cases, the person may experience loss of appetite. Other attending features include greenish nasal discharges and sneezing, especially during sleep. The symptoms tend to worsen indoors and are better in the open air. In some cases, itching in nostrils during the evening time may also be present. Stoppage of the nose in the evening while going to bed is another symptom that may be noted.

Causes of Anosmia

The reasons behind anosmia are variable. However, in approximately 20% of the cases, anosmia has no cause (a condition known as idiopathic anosmia). The most common causes of anosmia include hay fever, common cold, influenza, sinusitis, and nasal polyps.
Deficiency of Vitamin B12, certain medications like antibiotics, and conditions like an underactive thyroid, smoking, alcohol misuse, drugs like cocaine/ amphetamines, epilepsy, schizophrenia, and stroke are some other factors that can cause anosmia. Permanent loss of smell is usually the result of damage to the olfactory nerve.

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