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Autism and Homeopathy

If your child is between the ages of two and three years and his development is keeping you worried please check with these following signs and symptoms. The child is withdrawn, avoids social contact even with kids and avoids playing with them; has no language or is losing language which he had already acquired; Fails to respond to his name; has poor eye contact; moves Constantly; shows patterns of repetitive behavior like rocking, spinning and hand flapping. If some or all of these signs are present in your child please make sure that you consul t a developmental specialist and have him evaluated for Autism.

Autism or Autism spectrum disorder also called as pervasive development disorder (PDD) is catching our world by surprise. The Incidence of autism is on rise. This rise is very fast. The Centre for disease Control in United States also known as CDC has recently come up with their changed statistics and are showing that 1 in every 110 children In United states have Autism. This is very alarming and what is even more alarming and disturbing is the fact that this trend is on the increase. Although , we don’t have any clear data on the incidence of autism in India, but we know that Autism is on rise in India too. And what is more Troublesome is that, till date, no cause has been identified for Autism.

Autism is Usually diagnosed between the ages of 18 months to 3 yrs. Although signs and symptoms of autism may be present earlier but are very difficult to identify. The Symptoms can range from very mild to very severe, hence autism is better known as autism Spectrum Disorder. This means that not every kid will develop the same amount of autism. Broadly speaking, Autism mainly affects the Verbal and non-verbal communication, social interaction and the behavior of the child. Communication is affected by delayed speech development, less speech, difficulty in using speech, repetitive speech and to a level where there is no speech. Nearly 40 percent of kids with Autism never develop speech. Social Interactions are affected by failure to establish friendships with children of same age, showing withdrawn behavior, lack of interest in sharing enjoyment, activities and achievements with others. They can also lack emotional understanding and reciprocity; this means that it is difficult for kids with autism to understand feelings of pain, sorrow and emotions of others. Autistic kids can have marked disability in expressing their own emotions whether verbally or non verbally. Behavior is usually affected signs of repetitive behavior or stereotyped behavior like hand flapping, spinning and can also signs of hyperactivity. Kids with autism show addictive tendency towards certain topics or objects like looking rotating objects, television advertisements, sticks , soaps or a particular toy.

Homeopathy has help for kids with autism. Although not all kids with autism respond to homeopathy but a certain segment of kids with mild to moderate level of autism at times show great signs of Improvement and recovery. Autistic kids with speech (however little) and less hyperactivity show very favorable improvements with certain homeopathic medicines. Age of the child also has major affect on the homeopathic treatment outcome – younger the child better are the chances of improvement with homeopathic medicine.
Dr. Vikas Sharma MD

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How to help your Autistic Child Develop Good Eye Contact

Eye Contact Is Stressful For Autistic Kids

In social interactions, eye contact drives all non-verbal exchange. It is a measure of the other person’s interest in us and reaction to what we have to say. In fact, it helps us pick up several social cues during a conversation. For children with autism, this simple communication tool can be a formidable challenge. Making eye contact, for them, is often a most daunting, stressful task which if forced, could set off anxiety, inattention, confusion even. Adults with autism describe the feeling of helplessness, and complete and utter confusion resulting from the attempts by their well-meaning parents and teachers to get them to look people in the eye. Some of them say the stress left them further distracted and unable to focus on the conversation so that they just wanted to escape and would leave the scene.
So, should we or should we not insist on eye contact in children with autism? “It depends”. Research says the best way out is to gauge what does or does not work for your child; look for the signs and see whether encouraging eye contact helps your child focus his attention better or makes him nervous and therefore, distracted.

Explanations for reduced eye contact in autistic children

Two explanations for reduced eye contact in autistic children have been proposed. One says that children with autism avoid eye contact because they find it stressful and negative. The other says that autistic children do not see the social cues from eyes as particularly meaningful or of great use. A new research, conducted on the day the children were first diagnosed with autism, backs this view. It shows that young children with autism do not actively avoid eye contact and that they do not find other people’s eyes aversive. Children with autism look less in the eyes because they appear to miss the social significance of eye contact, the researchers said. Another plausible explanation could be that the poor motor skills in children with autism extend, during infancy, to a reduced ability to control eye movement.
For the autistic person, all this adds up to a sort of sensory overload, more information and data to process for their already burdened mind. People with autism describe the feeling as “unnatural”. They do not know how long they should continue to look into the other person’s eyes, they say, which makes it difficult for them to focus on the actual content of the conversation.
Avoiding eye contact does not show a lack of interest in the autistic person. Rather, it is an attempt to focus on the task at hand; a Dutch autistic girl was quoted as saying.
“When I’m holding a conversation with someone, if I make eye contact, I would miss everything that the person is saying,” she said.
“It’s a steady stream of extra-sensory or processing information in addition to what I’m already trying to sort in my brain.
To me, eye contact seems like I’m being observed at, like I’m being examined and assessed. It makes me uneasy because I feel like I’m under enormous pressure, and the stress builds up, until finally, I have to look away.”
Many autistic children fear that by making eye contact, they are revealing that they are socially awkward and odd. It makes their eyes burn and water, they complain.
The entire experience is one of immense pain and discomfort. Looking away makes this pain go away.

Interventions For Improving Eye contact In Autistic Kids

Eye contact is a treatable, reversible symptom of autism spectrum disorder. This is how it works: autism may be linked to the disruption of G proteins that control cellular signalling, as per research findings. Cellular signalling refers to the ability of cells to perceive and correctly respond – in short, communicate – in their micro environment. This defect, combined with a vitamin A deficiency, can result in immune dysregulation – an inappropriately robust of weak immune response – and metabolism of fats needed for brain development. G proteins are also important for normal retinoid receptor function, which is the basis for healthy visual processing. Vitamin A doses may help reconnect the retinoid receptors critical for vision, sensory perception, language processing and attention. Therefore, the first step in treating lack of eye contact in children with autism is to use a specific form of vitamin A to repair the G proteins to re-establish good visual processing.
The eyes are the best of the fine motor skills. Visual motor planning relies on processing data. If a child wants to look at you, they need the visual processing centres in the brain working so they can integrate the information and then act on it. Depleted or defective vitamin A stores crash these visual processing centres, making it virtually impossible for the child to use this motor skill.

Homeopathic Medicines For Improving Eye contact In Autistic Children

Homeopathic medicine can helpful in overall improving the condition of autistic children thereby delivering significant improving the eye contact in autistic children. Homeopathic medicines are prescribed on the overall assesment of the case.

Other measures to encourage eye contact in children with autism are as follows:

  1. Eliciting a glance
    As a first step toward getting your child to look at you, pause before responding. So if your child asks a question or asks for something, pause before offering it to him. The pause may make him glance in your direction to see whether you heard him. When he does, respond immediately and praise him for making eye contact. This could be as simple as saying, “I like how you’re looking at me” or simply “nice looking.”
  2. The next step is to build the length of this eye contact. Each time, lengthen the pause by a few seconds before you respond to him. During this break, you can tell him how his making eye contact encourages you to respond to his requests.
  3. Building on interests
    Does your child loves to speak about a particular show or a unique set he has? Is he more disposed to look up at you when you engage him on these subjects? This is a an excellent way to encourage him.
  4. Visual supports
    It could be that your child does not even make enough eye contact for you to be able to encourage or reinforce it on a regular basis. In that case, you will have to start by trying to first “catch his eye.” You could use a visual support or a simpler strategy like touching the corner of your eye with a motion that falls within his range of vision and repeat it till it catches his attention.
  5. Behavioral therapy and social-skills groups
    A behavioural therapist engaged with an autistic child has a wonderful opportunity to build on the eye contact and attentiveness skills by working with him as a team. In fact, the therapist could educate the parents on a series of behavioural strategies that will help to gradually increase the child’s eye contact within his or her natural environment at home, school and at play.

    Three quick and simple techniques for getting eye contact:

    • Place yourself at or under his eye level consistently. It’s less eye stress and easier to look at you this way.
    • When you give your child an object, hold it to your eyes, so that he must reach out and grab it. You are right there, behind the object!
    • Positive reinforcement.

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Homeopathic Medicines for painful Menses

Homeopathic Medicines For Painful Menses

Having periods or menses is literally nothing short of a pain for women and if this is accompanied by real pain, the ordeal only gets tougher. Homeopathic treatment for pain during periods is very effective in providing relief from the pain . The Homeopathic remedies for pain during periods are made of natural substances and are free from any side effects. These completely safe natural medicines work to end the root cause of the pain during periods.

Top Homeopathic Remedies for Pain During Menses

Magnesium Phoshphorica:Best Homeopathic medicine for cramping or shooting pain during periods

Natural Homeopathic medicine Magnesium Phoshphorica is the best homeopathic pain relief medicine during periods. For using this Homeopathic medicine, the pain can be of cramping, shooting or cutting nature, mainly in the lower abdomen. The pain is always relieved by warm applications on abdomen. Putting pressure on abdomen also reduces the pain. The pains are accompanied by extreme flatulence in abdomen with colic.

Belladona: Homeopathic medicine for pain in lower back during periods

Natural Homeopathic medicine Belladona is a very beneficial remedy for treating pains during periods. Belladona is mainly given to patients who complain of excessive pains in lower back that extend from hip to hip. Such pains get worse by touch. The bleeding during periods is bright red, profuse and hot. Headache usually accompanies the bleeding. Tightly binding the head provides relief from headache.

Kalium Carbonicum: Homeopathic medicine for pain in back, abdomen and hips during menses

Kalium Carbonicum is a natural Homeopathic medicine that is of great help for dealing with pain during menses. This Homeopathic medicine is prescribed for cutting pains in abdomen, back and hips. Backache is most severe. The patient gets relief from backache by sitting or by applying pressure on back.

Viburnum Opulus: Homeopathic remedy for crampy pain in abdomen during periods

Viburnum Opulus is the top natural Homeopathic medicine for patients who suffer from colicky or crampy pain in abdomen during periods. The pains get worse in the lower abdomen. The pains also extend down to the thighs. The blood flow during periods is very scanty and lasts only for a few hours.

Lachesis Mutus: Homeopathic medicine for severe pain during starting of periods

Natural Homeopathic medicine Lachesis Mutus is the best remedy for women who complain of pain during periods which is worse in the beginning of periods. As soon as the complete blood flow is established, the pain disappears. The bleeding during periods is usually scanty in nature. Duration of periods is also short. Excessive hot flushes are felt by women requiring Homeopathic medicine Lachesis Mutus. Tight clothing around the waist is unbearable.

Pulsatilla Pratensis: Natural homeopathic treatment for pain during periods at puberty

Pulsatilla Pratensis is the best natural Homeopathic medicine to treat the pain during periods in girls at puberty. The pains are worse in lower abdomen and back. The intensity of pains is severe, leading to cries from the patient. The bleeding during periods is very scanty and irregular. Extreme chilliness is felt along with pains. However, in spite of chills, the patient desires fresh, open air. Nausea and loose stool can also be present along with pains. The patients requiring this Homeopathic medicine have no thirst for water.

 Ammonium Carbonicum : Homeopathic medicine for diarrhoea during painful Menses

Ammonium Carbonicum is an excellent natural Homeopathic medicine for women who complain of diarrhoea during painful periods. The patient requiring this Homeopathic medicine complains of loose stool with gripping pain in the lower abdomen during periods. Diarrhoea gets worse at the beginning of periods. Diarrhoea and painful periods are accompanied by fatigue and weakness. Weakness is felt especially in the thighs. The bleeding during periods is abundant and acrid. Chilliness is also experienced in addition to loose stool and pain during periods.

Sepia Officinalis and Nux Vomica : Homeopathic remedies for pain during periods with constipation

Both natural Homeopathic medicines Sepia Officinalis and Nux Vomica are top remedies for constipation at the time of painful periods. Sepia Officinalis is given to women who complain of difficult stool or poop during painful periods. Stool is very hard and passes out in small round balls. The pains in the womb of bearing down character predominate. Women feel that the pelvic organs are coming out through vulva at the time of periods. The periods are always irregular in these women. Homeopathic medicine Nux Vomica is the top remedy when women have the constant desire to pass stool with pain during periods. The stool is very scanty. The pain in the lower abdomen gets better after passing out stool. But soon the pain reappears with an urge to pass stool. The periods are prolonged and accompanied by fainting.

Ferrum Phosphoricum :Homeopathic medicine  for fever during periods with pain

Ferrum Phosphoricum is a natural Homeopathic medicine that holds a great promise to lower down the temperature during painful periods. There is excessive heat in body. The periods occur frequently with much pain in womb and head. The blood is bright red during periods. Vomiting out undigested food may also be experienced along with fever and pain. Women requiring this medicine are always anaemic.

Cinchona Officinalis: Natural Homeopathic medicine for pain during periods with excessive weakness

Natural Homeopathic medicine Cinchona Officinalis is the best remedy for extreme weakness during painful periods. This Homeopathic medicine suits all those women who have heaviness and pain in pelvic organs during periods with profuse bleeding. As a consequence, weakness follows. Large clotted pieces of blood are also shed from the uterus during periods. The abdomen remains bloated due to flatus.

Ipecacuanha: Homeopathic medicine painful periods with Nausea

Ipecacuanha is the top ranked natural Homeopathic remedy for nausea during painful periods. This Homeopathic medicine can be taken by all those women who have persistent nausea during periods with pain in the lower abdomen. The bleeding is very profuse and bright red in colour during periods.

Homeopathic medicines painful periods with Vomiting

The natural Homeopathic medicines that give good results in treating cases of painful periods along with vomiting are Bryonia Alba, Pulsatilla Pratensis and Veratrum Album. Homeopathic medicine Bryonia Alba is the ideal remedy when the vomiting gets worse after eating during painful periods. The pains get worse by motion and better by rest. Excessive thirst for water is felt by women. Pulsatilla Pratensis is the best Homeopathic remedy when vomiting during periods is accompanied by nausea and chilliness. Thirst is completely absent. Homeopathic medicine Veratrum Album is recommended when both vomiting and diarrhoea occur during painful periods. All discharges, be it stool, vomiting or menstrual blood, are substantial. Excessive coldness and exhaustion are marked symptoms.

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Homeopathic Treatment for Borderline Personality Disorder

Homeopathic Treatment for Borderline Personality Disorder

borderline-personality-disorder-homeopathyBorderline Personality Disorder is a mental illness with symptoms of emotional instability like sudden, uncontrollable and unpredictable mood swings. People suffering from Borderline Personality Disorder are insecure about their image and identity and face difficulty in maintaining a stable self-image and interpersonal relationships. This disorder is usually inherited and environmental factors like childhood abuse, childhood neglect and lack of love from parents in childhood are some associated factors. Homeopathic medicines are very effective in the treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder. The Homeopathic remedies for Borderline Personality Disorder are completely safe, have zero side effects and are made of natural substances that provides effective treatments for personality disorder. The Homeopathic treatment for Borderline Personality Disorder aims to reach the underlying cause of Borderline Personality Disorder and root it out, besides controlling the effects of the worrisome symptoms.

Symptoms of Borderline Personality Disorder

The symptoms of Borderline Personality Disorder include sudden outbursts of anger; irritability; sudden mood swings; impulsive and destructive behaviour; depression with a feeling of worthlessness, self-hatred and loathing life;and self-injury, including suicidal behaviour. All these symptoms make it difficult to maintain a stable self-image and relationship with others.

Top Homeopathic Remedies for Borderline Personality Disorder

Best Homeopathic medicines Borderline Personality Disorder with sudden burst of anger

Chamomilla is among the top natural Homeopathic medicines for patients of Borderline Personality Disorder who easily get angry and quarrelsome without taking into account the feelings of the other person. The sudden outbursts of anger because of contradiction or when the feelings are hurt can be best managed by Homeopathic medicine Chamomilla. This Homeopathic remedy is also of great help to patients who admit that they are unable to control their temper and those who want to do everything as per their wish and get angry if their wish is not fulfilled. Moschus is another natural Homeopathic medicine that is very beneficial in dealing with the sudden outbursts of anger in patients of Borderline Personality Disorder. The patients have sudden fits of anger and even scold others till their face turns blue and they faint and fall down. The sudden outbursts of anger are accompanied by trembling and uncontrollable laughter. Homeopathic medicine Moschus also acts wonderfully as a remedy for obstinate and self-willed persons who right from their childhood have the habit of getting each and every demand fulfilled by hook or by crook. This habit continues in advancing years and outbursts of anger increase in intensity if their desire or demand is not met.

Top Homeopathic remedies for Borderline Personality Disorder with sudden mood swings

Crocus Sativus is a natural Homeopathic medicine of great help for sudden mood changes in patients of Borderline Personality Disorder. The patient has a sudden and frequent change in mood from extreme happiness to sadness. The patient requiring Homeopathic medicine Crocus Sativus is joyous and affectionate in a specific moment and the very next moment unpredictably bursts out into anger. The patient very soon feels sorry for this behaviour. Homeopathic medicine Valeriana is also very beneficial for dealing with sudden mood swings in patients of Borderline Personality Disorder who are excited easily with trembling and palpitations. The patients experience mood swings especially when resting and at night and feel better by walking. The mood swings from excitement and happiness to sudden sadness and irritability are also very well dealt with by Homeopathic medicine Crocus Sativus. Homeopathic medicine Ignatia Amara is another useful remedy for mood swings in Borderline Personality Disorder patients who are of a sensitive nature and find it very difficult to control their emotions. Their mood changes from laughing to weeping and from happiness to sadness in quick succession in a very short time. Patients of Borderline Personality Disorder who have a history of some grief or disappointment in love affections prior to onset of the disease can greatly benefit from Homeopathic medicine Ignatia Amara.

Homeopathic medicines for Borderline Personality Disorder with symptoms of irritability

Sepia is an excellent natural Homeopathic medicine for patients of Borderline Personality Disorder who get irritated over no reason and feel sad. Such patients have an aversion to talk along with irritability. Only their own opinion matters for such patients and they cannot bear to be opposed. Another marked symptom along with irritability for this Homeopathic medicine to be used is indifference to family and aversion to any work, be it mental or physical. LiliumTigrinum is another Homeopathic remedy of great help for patients of Borderline Personality Disorder who get aroused from even a slight emotional excitement with palpitations of heart. Such patients are so irritable that they cannot utter a decent word to anybody even if the other person speaks in the mildest tone possible. The patients are known to sit for a long time thinking about themselves and don’t want to be disturbed. They get extremely irritated if disturbed and run away and even forcefully shut the doors.

Homeopathic medicines for Borderline Personality Disorder patients with destructive and impulsive behaviour

NuxVomica is the top natural Homeopathic medicine to deal with impulsive behaviour of Borderline Personality Disorder patients who are sensitive and want to force things according to will. If opposed, such patients have violent destructive impulses like an impulse in a woman to destroy her husband, to tear things and to throw her child. The patients requiring NuxVomica cannot even bear a chair to come in their way while walking and if such a situation arises, they just kick it to clear the way. Another Homeopathic medicine of great help in controlling impulsive behaviour in Borderline Personality Disorder patients is HeparSulph. Such patients are disturbed very easily by small things with violent impulses like the impulse to kill the best friend, to destroy everybody and to put things on fire without any cause.Belladona is also a highly ranked natural Homeopathic medicine for controlling impulsive patients who strike, bite and spit on the persons nearby with a red and hot face. Stramonium is another Homeopathic remedy for impulsiveness when a patient tears clothes, curses and indulges in excessive screaming till the voice is lost. The condition gets worse in darkness. Yet another top Homeopathic medicine to deal with the tendency towards destructiveness in Borderline Personality Disorder patients is Staphysagaria. This Homeopathic medicine is the ideal remedy for patients who control their anger till the highest limit possible and when the level rises, they become violent and destructive and throw things.

Homeopathic treatment for Borderline Personality Disorder with depression, self-hatred, suicidal thoughts

Aurum Metallicum is the best natural Homeopathic remedy to deal with depression and self-hatred feelings in Borderline Personality Disorder patients who feel it’s of no use to live, life is a burden and constantly think of suicide. Homeopathic medicine Lac Caninum is also very beneficial for dealing with patients who feel hopeless, have a low opinion of themselves and feel no one is a friend. Such patients weep a lot and fear to be alone. Homeopathic medicine Antimonioum Crudum, meanwhile,is of great help for patients of Borderline Personality Disorder who have no desire to live, who remain sad with weeping, have lost love for life and want to commit suicide.

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7 Best Homeopathic medicines for Ulcerative Colitis

Homeopathic Treatment for Ulcerative Colitis

homeopathic-medicine-for-ulcerative-colitisHomeopathic medicine is a reliable alternative to modern medicine in treating autoimmune disorders including ulcerative colitis. Homeopathic medicines moderate the overactive immune system. The extent of improvement and benefit will depend on a large number of factors including the duration and intensity (mild/moderate/severity) of disease, stage at which Homeopathic medicines are started and individual body response. However, Homeopathic medicines can help manage ulcerative colitis symptoms, reduce the severity and frequency of flare-ups and even treatment ulcerative colitis based on individual case analysis. Some well recognized Homeopathic medicines for ulcerative colitis are – Merc Sol, Merc Cor, Colchicum Autumnale, Aloe Socotrina and Phosphorus.

Homeopathic Medicines for Ulcerative Colitis

Merc Sol – Homeopathic medicine for ulcerative colitis with loose stool and bleeding from rectum

Merc Sol is one of the top grade Homeopathic medicines for ulcerative colitis and is best indicated for cases of loose stools with excessive bleeding. The stools are very frequent. However, even after passing stool a number of times, there is no satisfaction. Such persons tend to feel chilly all the time.

Nux Vomica – Homeopathic medicine for ulcerative colitis with constant urge to pass stool with marked tenesmus

Nux Vomica is a most useful Homeopathic medicine for ulcerative colitis with frequent, scanty stool and marked tenesmus. Tenesmus refers to the ineffectual urge to pass stool almost constantly. Stool is scanty. Abdomen pain before passing stool may be observed. Nux Vomica also offers great help in cases where taking spicy food or alcohol worsens symptoms.

Merc Cor – Homeopathic medicine for ulcerative colitis with loose stool with mucus and blood

For ulcerative colitis with loose stool, mucus and blood, Merc Cor is a very suitable Homeopathic medicine. The stool is hot and offensive. Burning in the rectum while passing stool may arise. There may be cutting, colicky pains in abdomen as well.

Phosphorus – Homeopathic medicine for ulcerative colitis with bloody diarrhoea attended with marked weakness

Phosphorus is a significant Homeopathic medicine for treating ulcerative colitis cases with bloody diarrhoea attended with weakness. The stool is copious, gushing, and watery. The character of blood is bright red. The person feels exhausted after passing stool. Cramping pain in the rectum may arise on passing stool. Phosphorus is majorly indicated in case of inflammation of rectum i.e. proctitis.

Aloe Socotrina – Effective Homeopathic medicine for ulcerative colitis with marked urgency to pass stool

Aloe Socotrina is one of the best Homeopathic medicines for ulcerative colitis with urgency to pass stool as the predominant symptom. The urgency to pass stool is markedly present in the morning; also soon after eating or drinking. There is constant bearing down in the rectum. Burning in the anus and rectum may also be intense. Another characteristic feature for use of Aloe Socotrina is passage of jelly-like mucus in stool.

Nitric Acid – Homeopathic medicine for ulcerative colitis with intense pain in rectum on passing stool

Nitric Acid is the best choice of Homeopathic medicine in ulcerative colitis cases where there is intense pain in rectum while passing stool. The pain may be tearing or cutting in nature. It may continue for hours after stool is passed. Profuse, bright red bleeding may be noticed along with stool in such cases.

Colchicum Autumnale – Wonderful Homeopathic medicine for joint pains and gastric complaints in ulcerative colitis

Colchicum Autumnale is an excellent Homeopathic medicine for ulcerative colitis where joint pains appear along with gastric symptoms. Gastric symptoms include stool with mucus and pain in rectum. The pain in rectum continues for long after stool is passed. Highly offensive flatus may attend the above symptoms. As for the joint pains,the joints may be swollen, stiff and in great pain; slightly touching the joints may worsen the pain.

 What is ulcerative colitis?

Ulcerative colitis is one among inflammatory bowel disease of autoimmune origin, the other being Crohn’s disease. The lesions in ulcerative colitis mainly involve the rectum and may spread to sigmoid colon. In rare cases, the entire colon may get involved, a condition called pancolitis. Ulcerative colitis runs a relapsing and remitting course with periods of flare-ups and remission.

Why does ulcerative colitis arise?

The exact cause of ulcerative colitis is not yet known, but it believed to be a disease of autoimmune origin. Autoimmune disorders refer to a group of diseases where the immune cells of a person start destroying its own tissues out of a misdirected immune response. In ulcerative colitis, the body’s immune cells, that are meant to be activated while fighting an infection, get activated in the absence of a real infection out of a misdirected response. As a result, they start to destroy the lining of the colon, resulting in inflammation and ulcers in the colon and a set of other symptoms.  A positive family history of ulcerative colitis puts a person at a higher risk of the disease.

How do I know I have ulcerative colitis?

The presence of a set of symptoms such as diarrhoea with mucus and blood, abdominal cramps, pain in rectum while passing stool, urgency to pass stool and tenesmus of the rectum (constant, ineffectual urge to pass stool) may point to ulcerative colitis. Anaemia and weight loss may accompany. This clinical diagnosis underlines the need for further investigation with tests like a colonoscopy, sigmoidoscopy and biopsy.

What does diagnosis of ulcerative colitis involve?

In case ulcerative colitis is suspected on the basis of clinic symptoms, further laboratory investigations are advised. These include colonoscopy, sigmoidoscopy and biopsies of the mucosa taken from the colon. A biopsy, while aiding diagnosis of ulcerative colitis, also helps to differentiate it from Crohn’s disease.

I have been passing blood in stool. Is it due to ulcerative colitis?

Blood in stool is a major indication of ulcerative colitis. However, blood in stool is also noted in other conditions such as piles, anal fissures, and peptic ulcers, cancer even. Blood in stool appears in upper gastrointestinal tract bleeding or lower gastrointestinal tract bleeding as well. Further investigation in terms of stool examination, endoscopy, sigmoidoscopy, and colonoscopy needs to be conducted before the exact cause can be established.

My stool contains mucus. Could it be ulcerative colitis?

Passing small amounts of mucus in stool is normal. But, passage of large amounts of mucus in stool may hint at an inflammatory condition of the gastrointestinal tract. Mucus in stool could mean ulcerative colitis, irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn’s disease, malabsorption disease, anal fistula, parasitic infections or even cancer. You need to get the stool tested and further investigations such as endoscopy and colonoscopy done.

What complications can ulcerative colitis lead to?

Ulcerative colitis can lead to complications such as perforation of the colon, osteoporosis, severe bleeding, joint inflammation, eye inflammation, colon cancer and toxic megacolon.

I take Mesacol for my ulcerative colitis. Can I stop taking it once I start my Homeopathic medicine?

At the start of Homeopathic treatment for ulcerative colitis, it is not advisable to stop taking Mesacol as the body is used to this medication. Stopping it abruptly could do the body more harm than good. In the initial stages of Homeopathic treatment, both Mesacol and Homeopathic medicines could be taken simultaneously. Gradually, as the body starts responding to Homeopathic medicines, Mesacol can be tapered.

Can Homeopathic Treatment completely treatment it ?

Homeopathic medicines are highly effective in treating ulcerative colitis. However, the extent to which a patient will show recovery depends on the intensity of disease, duration of disease and individual response of the patient. Mild to moderate cases of ulcerative colitis recover wonderfully well under Homeopathic mode of treatment. In severe cases, Homeopathic medicines can provide great symptomatic management and support. Symptomatic management means controlling symptoms such as loose stool, mucus, blood, tenesmus, abdominal cramping and rectal pain arising in ulcerative colitis.

What is a perforated colon in ulcerative colitis, can Homeopathy treat it?

A hole, cut or tear in the colon is referred as a perforation. In ulcerative colitis, the inflammation and ulcer weaken the colon wall and may lead to a tear or perforation in it. The condition is life threatening. Intense pain in abdomen, fever, vomiting, swollen abdomen are indications of a perforated colon.  A perforated colon in ulcerative colitis is a case of medical emergency and needs to be managed urgently with conventional allopathic medicine. Homeopathy is of no help in such cases.

What is toxic megacolon, can Homeopathic treatment for Ulcerative Colitis treat this condition?

Toxic megacolon is a serious complication of ulcerative colitis where the colon distends enormously and may rupture. The rupture of colon leads to blood infection (septicemia) and is life threatening. Abdominal pain, high fever and rapid heartbeat are symptoms of toxic megacolon. Homeopathy is of no use in toxic megacolon cases and it needs to be addressed on urgent basis under conventional mode of treatment.

I have ulcerative colitis and my hemoglobin is low. Are the two related?

Anaemia is not uncommon in ulcerative colitis cases due to excessive blood loss in stool. Iron deficiency anaemia is most common.

 Homeopathic Treatment for ulcerative colitis

Which Homeopathic medicines are most effective in treating ulcerative colitis?

Homeopathic medicines Merc Sol, Phosphorus and Nux Vomica are recognised as top grade treats for ulcerative colitis. Merc Sol will show best results where the symptoms include loose stool with blood and marked tenesmus. Homeopathic medicine Phosphorus will work best in case of loose stool with blood attended with marked weakness. Nux Vomica is an excellent choice of medicine where stool is scanty and there is an ineffectual urge to pass stool (tenesmus of rectum).

I have ulcerative colitis and pass profuse, watery stool with blood. Which Homeopathic medicine will help?

You will benefit most from Homeopathic medicines Phosphorus and Merc Sol. Where the person passes bright red blood with watery stool, Phosphorus is the most suitable Homeopathic medicine. Extreme weakness may also attend. Homeopathic medicine Merc Sol is prescribed in case of loose, watery stool with blood and marked tenesmus. Even after passing stool a number of times, there is never “got done” feeling.

Which Homeopathic medicines can I take for watery stool with mucus from ulcerative colitis?

Homeopathic medicine Aloe Socotrina and Merc Cor are extremely beneficial remedies for ulcerative colitis with watery stool and mucus. Aloe Socotrina is indicated for jelly-like mucus with watery stool. Merc Cor is best prescribed where the stool is scanty with slimy mucus and sometimes shreds of mucous membrane of intestine.

I suffer ulcerative colitis with abdominal cramping and loose stool. Please advise a Homeopathic medicine.

For abdominal cramping with loose stool, Homeopathic medicine Colocynthis is known to show remarkable results. Persons needing Colocynthis may get relief from pain by bending double on the abdomen or by pressing the abdomen.

I have been suffering from ulcerative colitis for a long time and now have anemia. Can Homeopathy remedy the situation?

Yes, Homeopathic medicines can definitely treat anaemia from ulcerative colitis. Homeopathic medicines Ferrum Phos and Ferrum Met are of great help in treating anaemia in ulcerative colitis.

I have joint pains with ulcerative colitis. How can Homeopathic treatment for ulcerative colitis help?

Yes, Homeopathic medicines can help. Homeopathic medicine Colchicum Autumnale is a great treats for joint pains in persons with ulcerative colitis. Bryonia alba and Rhus Tox are other excellent Homeopathic alternatives to treat acute joint pains. The most suitable medicine is selected based on the symptom presentation. Colchicum Autumnale is used where joints are highly inflamed so that the slightest touch is unbearable. Bryonia Alba will effect recovery where the slightest movement of the joints worsens the pain. Rhus Tox will show best results where the joints are painful and stiff. Persons needing Rhus Tox feel the joint pain worsen while resting and get better while moving about.

Which Homeopathic medicines can be taken for ulcerative colitis with urgency to defecate?

For cases with an urgency to defecate as a prominent symptom of ulcerative colitis, Homeopathic medicine Aloe Socotrina is found to be extremely effective. The urgency to pass stool soon after eating or drinking may also be marked. Mucus in stool may be present.

For rectal pain with stool in ulcerative colitis, what does Homeopathy prescribe?

Homeopathic medicines Nitric Acidum and Merc Cor can be used for managing rectal pain while passing stool. Nitric Acid is selected where the pain in rectum while passing stool is tearing or cutting in nature. The pain may continue after stool is passed. Homeopathic medicine Merc Cor is indicated in case of violent, burning pain in rectum on passing stool. There is a continuous urge to pass stool in such cases.

I have ulcerative colitis and my major complaint is constant urging to pass stool. Which Homeopathic treatment for ulcerative colitis will work for me?

The constant, ineffectual urging to pass stool is referred to as tenesmus of rectum. The most suitable Homeopathic remedies for ulcerative colitis with constant urging to pass stool are Nux Vomica and Merc Sol. Nux Vomica is useful where the urge to pass stool is almost constant and the stool is scanty. Merc Sol shows great results where the urge to pass stool is frequent and the stool is loose. It may be attended with blood and mucus. Even after passing stool several times, there is a never “got done” feeling.

Can lifestyle changes help to better manage ulcerative colitis?

Reducing stress levels and avoiding certain foods can work wonders on ulcerative colitis. Therefore, invest in a meditation, exercise, yoga class or take regular walks to bring down stress and stay calm. The food products that need avoiding are spicy foods, alcohol, caffeine, dairy products and high fiber diet. In ruling these out of the diet, one is essentially preventing the symptoms from flaring up as often as before. It needs mention here that stress can increase these flare-ups manifold and must be avoided at all cost.

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10 Best Homeopathic Medicines for Urticaria

urticaria_homeopathic-_medicine Homeopathic Treatment for Urticaria

Homeopathic medicines urticaria are very effective in treating it . Homeopathic mode of treatment heals skin diseases effectively, following a mild and safe approach. Homeopathic medicines follow a curative rather than a suppressive approach while treating urticaria. Homeopathy treats urticaria in two phases. In the first phase, the acute episode of urticaria is treated. In the second phase, Homeopathic medicines treat the chronic tendency towards urticaria. Homeopathic medicines for each case of urticaria are selected based on individual symptoms. Some top names of homeopathic medicines for urticaria are  Apis Mellifica, Urtica Urens, Astacus Fluviatilis and Natrum Mur.

Homeopathic Medicines for Urticaria

Apis Mellifica – Top grade Homeopathic medicine for urticaria

Apis Mellifica is one of the top grade Homeopathic medicines for treating urticaria. Apis Mellifica is best prescribed for urticaria when symptoms include marked itching and burning. A characteristic stinging pain in the urticarial eruptions is also observed. The skin is extremely sensitive to the touch. Homeopathic medicine Apis Mellifica is one of the best Homeopathic medicines for urticaria that gets triggered in heat. Going out in open air or cold applications bring some relief. Apis Mellifica is also a top rated Homeopathic medicine for urticaria that arises following insect bite.

Natrum Mur – Most Suitable Homeopathic Remedy for urticaria triggered by exercise and sun exposure

For treating urticaria triggered by exercise, Homeopathic remedy Natrum Mur is a great option. The person who needs Natrum Mur will get large hives on the skin from exertion. This is attended with violent itching and burning. Natrum Mur is also one of the most effective Homeopathic medicines for solar urticaria that arises from exposure to the sun.

 Astacus Fluviatilis – Excellent Homeopathic medicine for urticaria

Homeopathic medicines Urtica Urens and Astacus Fluviatilis work wonders in treating urticaria. The choice between the two is made based on unique symptoms. Urticaria that appears every year, in the same season, is best treated with Homeopathic medicine Urtica Urens. Another key symptom associated with Urtica Urens is urticaria with intense burning and formication on the skin. Urtica Urens also shows great results in urticaria that alternates with rheumatism. Apart from this, Urtica Urens is also the ideal Homeopathic medicine for treating urticaria from eating shell fish. Homeopathic medicine Astacus Fluviatilis is well indicated where urticaria is attended with liver complaints. The person prescribed Astacus Fluviatilis will have itching over his entire body, with marked stinging sensation on the skin.

Rhus Tox and Sepia Succus – Wonderful Homeopathic medicines for urticaria from cold exposure (cold induced urticaria )

Rhus Tox and Sepia Succus are highly effective Homeopathic medicines for treating urticaria resulting from exposure to cold. Marked sensitivity to cold is found in persons needing Rhus Tox and Sepia Succus. Key symptoms that will decide in favour of Homeopathic medicine Rhus Tox is urticaria from cold exposure with itching and smarting sensation. Warm applications provide some relief from itching. The characteristic symptom to look out for while prescribing Sepia Succus is urticaria from going in cool open air. Being in a warm room brings relief. Urticarial eruptions with itching, which is not relieved by scratching, is another guiding feature for use of Homeopathic medicine Sepia Succus.

Sulphur and Apis Mellifica – Effective Homeopathic Remedies for urticaria triggered by heat

Persons with urticaria that gets triggered by exposure to heat will benefit greatly from Homeopathic medicines Sulphur and Apis Mellifica. Homeopathic medicine Sulphur is selected for urticarial eruptions arising from heat exposure and attended with itching and burning. Scratching worsens the itching. In some cases, even washing may worsen the itching. Most persons prescribed Sulphur will notice a worsening of itching towards the evening. Homeopathic medicine Sulphur is also the best solution for urticaria cases that have been suppressed with ointments in the past. Apis Mellifica is rated among the best Homeopathic medicines for urticaria triggered by heat, with marked itching, burning, and stinging in the eruptions. Cold applications may bring relief from symptoms in some cases. Some persons prescribed Homeopathic medicine Apis Mellifica for urticaria will feel better by going out in open air.

Bovista Lycoperdon and Calcarea Phos – Well indicated Homeopathic medicines for urticaria triggered by water

Bovista Lycoperdon and Calcarea Phos are prominently indicated Homeopathic medicines for treating urticaria set off by coming into contact with water (water induced urticaria). Some features unique to Bovista Lycoperdon are urticaria on waking in the morning time and attended with diarrhoea. Homeopathic medicine Calcarea Phosphorica is suggested where contact with cold water leads to urticarial eruptions.

Rhus Tox and Dulcamara – Useful Homeopathic medicines for urticaria from scratching (dermatographic urticaria)

For urticaria from severe scratching, Rhus Tox and Dulcamara are very useful Homeopathic medicines. Where urticaria leads to red, swollen skin with itching, burning and smarting, you know Homeopathic medicine Rhus Tox will show best results. Rubbing worsens the symptoms in this case. Rhus Tox is also well indicated for urticaria resulting from getting wet. Homeopathic medicine Dulcamara is the best choice in case of violent itching in the urticarial eruptions. Use of Dulcamara is also suggested for urticaria arising from exposure to cold and that which gets triggered in wet weather.

Homeopathic medicines for Urticaria

Which Homeopathic medicines are most effective for urticaria?

Among the prominently indicated Homeopathic medicines for urticarial, the most effective include – Apis Mellifica, Urtica Urens and Astacus Fluviatilis. Homeopathic medicine Apis Mellifica is useful for urticaria with marked itching, burning and stinging sensation. Urtica Urens is the best medicine to treat urticaria from eating shell fish. It is also indicated for urticaria alternating with rheumatism. Homeopathic medicine Astacus Fluviatilis is suggested for cases of urticaria associated with liver complaints.

I have urticaria that gets triggered by exposure to cold. Which Homeopathic medicine will suit me?

For urticaria which gets triggered by exposure to cold, Homeopathic medicines Rhus Tox and Sepia Succus come highly recommended.

Which is the best Homeopathic medicine for treating urticaria that gets triggered by heat (heat induced urticaria)?

Sulphur and Apis Mellifica are two very reliable names to treat urticaria triggered by heat. Homeopathic medicine Sulphur is indicated where urticaria is attended with intense itching. The itching gets worse in the evening. Apis Mellifica is an excellent Homeopathic medicine where a typical stinging sensation arises on the skin in urticaria.

Which Homeopathic medicines can I take for urticaria that gets worse with exercise?

Among the various Homeopathic medicines for treating urticaria that worsens with exercise, the most appropriate choice is Natrum Mur.

Can Homeopathic medicines treat urticaria triggered by contact with water?

Yes, Homeopathic medicines remain highly successful in treating urticaria that gets triggered by coming in contact with water. The most prominent Homeopathic medicines for treating such a condition are Bovista Lycoperdon and Calcarea Phos.

I get hives in wet weather. Is there a Homeopathic medicine for my condition?

Yes, Homeopathic medicine Dulcamara will be most helpful for your condition.  Dulcamara is one of the most well recognised Homeopathic medicines for treating hives appearing in wet weather.

Is there a Homeopathic medicine for treating urticaria that gets triggered from exposure to the sun (solar urticaria)?

Yes, there are medicines in Homeopathy that can help to treat solar urticaria. The Homeopathic medicine that comes highly recommended for sun induced urticaria is Natrum Mur.

Is there a Homeopathic medicine for urticaria triggered by food products?

Yes, Homeopathy does help treat urticaria triggered by taking certain foods. For Urticaria triggered by taking shell fish, Homeopathic medicine Urtica Urens is recommended. For urticaria from eating strawberries, Homeopathic medicine Fragaria will work better. Antimonium Crudum will best treat urticaria triggered by eating meat while in cases where alcohol sets off the urticarial, Homeopathic medicine Chloralum Hydratum will be the best remedy.

I have dermatographic urticaria. The constant scratching is painful. Which Homeopathic medicine can I take?

Homeopathic medicines Rhus Tox and Dulcamara will work wonderfully well to heal urticaria from constant scratching.

 What is urticaria?

Urticaria is a skin disease characterised by raised bumps, wheals over the skin. The bumps vary in size and last from a few hours to several days. Once the episode of urticaria is over, no skin changes remain. In most cases, urticaria arises from an allergic reaction.

 How do I know if I have urticaria?

A person having urticaria will have raised bumps of varying size on the skin. This is attended with marked itching, stinging and burning sensation. Urticaria can be acute or chronic. Urticaria lasting less than six weeks is termed as acute urticaria. Urticaria that lasts more than six weeks is referred to as chronic urticaria.

What causes urticaria?

In most cases, urticaria is the result of an allergic reaction. Allergy is basically a hypersensitive reaction in a person to a substance to which they are allergic.  In urticaria, this allergic reaction arises mainly from insect bites, certain medicines (NSAID’s, and antibiotics) and food products such as nuts, fish and strawberries. Urticaria arises from the release of histamines and other inflammatory mediators into the skin. Other factors that can trigger an episode of urticarial are – exposure to cold/heat, sun exposure, pressure, exercise, stress and contact with water.

What kind of food products lead to urticaria?

Eggs, shellfish, nuts, chocolates, strawberries, alcohol and caffeine usually have the potential to treat urticaria.

What is cholinergic urticaria?

Cholinergic urticarial, also known as stress urticarial, is a type of urticaria where sweating leads to the formation of bumps on the skin. Exercising and being present in a hot environment are the main triggers for cholinergic urticaria.

What does the term cold urticaria mean?

Cold urticaria refers to urticaria that arises from exposure to cold or damp environmental condition.

I get wheals on skin from scratching, what could it be?

If you are getting wheals on skin from scratching, then there is a good chance that it could be dermatographic urticaria. In dermatographic urticaria, wheals appear on the skin a few minutes after scratching. These wheals, also known as flares, usually subside in around 30 minutes.

Can coming in contact with water lead to urticaria?

Yes, there are cases where coming into contact with water leads to urticaria. This type of urticaria is termed as water induced urticaria.

What does the term solar urticaria mean?

The urticaria that gets triggered from exposure to sun is referred to as solar urticaria. In such cases, wheals appear on the skin surface that is exposed to the sun.

What does investigation of urticarial involve?

A case of urticaria can be easily diagnosed by the appearance of skin rash. In cases where allergies are the suspected cause of urticaria, allergy tests must be conducted.

What is angioedema?

Angioedema is a condition arising from an allergic reaction caused by the release of histamines and other chemicals into the blood stream. In angioedema, the swelling appears under the skin instead of on the surface as in case of urticaria. The swelling appears mainly around the eyes or lips, sometimes in the hands, feet and genitals. In some cases, angioedema involves the throat and tongue, thus blocking the airways. Such cases of angioedema are life threatening and need to be treated as a medical emergency.

Can Homeopathy Treat my urticaria permanently?

Yes Homeopathic medicines offer a effective solution for urticaria. The duration to the treatment will vary from case to case. Factors such as intensity, frequency and duration of urticaria decide the course of treatment under Homeopathy.

 Can lifestyle changes help manage urticaria?

Yes, lifestyle changes can make a big difference and even prevent urticaria. The best way to prevent urticaria is to know the triggers and avoid them. Some known triggers for urticaria are cold, heat, exercise, stress. A person who is allergic to certain food products which lead to urticaria could restrict their consumption. Medication that leads to urticaria must be avoided at all cost. Stay away from harsh soaps while washing and bathing. Also, avoid bathing with very warm or very cold water. Wear loose, comfortable clothes.

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10 Best Homeopathic Medicines for Acne

homeopathic-medicines-for-acneHomeopathic Remedies for Acne

Homeopathy offers very safe and natural treatment for acne. Homeopathic medicines for acne work internally, in a very gentle and effective way, without any harsh external applications. Rather than suppress acne, Homeopathic medicines treat the condition at the root. These medicines, which are safe from any adverse side effects, are prescribed after a thorough in-depth analysis of symptoms.

Top grade Homeopathic medicines for acne are

  1.  Hepar Sulph

  2.  Psorinum Sulphur

  3. Berberis Aquifolium

  4. Kali Bromatum.

Homeopathic Medicines for Acne

Psorinum – Top grade Homeopathic medicine for acne of  nearly all types

Psorinum is one of the best rated Homeopathic medicines for acne. It is indicated for acne of all types – acne simplex, acne pustular and acne indurata. It is equally effective for acne in oily skin where the overactive sebaceous glands secrete excess sebum leaving the skin constantly greasy. Here Psorinum helps decrease oil secretion and treat acne. In case of acne that worsens from eating sweets, chocolates, meat and fatty food, Psorinum is the medicine to prescribe. It also treats intolerably itchy acne and that which worsens during the winter.

Hepar Sulph and Calcarea Sulphurica – Effective Homeopathic Remedies for acne that are pustular in nature

Hepar Sulph and Calcarea Sulphurica are very effective Homeopathic remedies for acne that are pustular in nature. Pustular acne refers to acne that contains pus. The pus may sometimes be stained with blood. Where pus or blood stained pus oozes out of pimples, Hepar Sulph will be effective. The pimples may be extremely painful here. Acne in youth is also best treated with Hepar Sulph. Homeopathic medicine Calcarea Sulphurica is most helpful where pustular acne ooze yellow coloured pus.

Kali Bromatum – Wonderful Homeopathic medicine for acne on face, chest and shoulders

Homeopathic medicine Kali Bromatum works wonders in treating acne located on the face, chest and shoulders. Marked itching may attend the acne. The acne may be simplex, pustular or indurated. Kali Bromatum is also prescribed where acne leaves ugly scars. Bluish-red pimples are a sure shot sign that Kali Bromatum will work.

Antimonium Crudum and Natrum Mur – Best Homeopathic medicines for acne on cheeks

Antimonium Crudum and Natrum Mur are the most suitable Homeopathic medicines for acne on cheeks. In case of heat in the cheeks along with acne, Antimonium Crudum aids fast recovery. The acne may be papular or pustular. Yellow scabs may cover the acne. Burning sensation is another complaint. Homeopathic medicine Natrum Mur will show best results in itchy acne on oily cheeks. Prickling pain in the acne is complained of. Natrum Mur is also prescribed for acne in girls who are anaemic.

Sulphur – Useful Homeopathic medicine for itchy acne

Sulphur is a very useful Homeopathic medicine for acne that is extremely itchy. Sulphur is advised for people with dirty, unhealthy looking skin covered in acne that itch a lot. Scratching worsens the itching. The itching gets aggravated during the night. Warmth, too, worsens the itching. Burning sensation may also be observed. Sulphur is also a good choice of Homeopathic medicine for acne that has been treated with external applications or ointments in the past.

Silicea – Top rated Homeopathic medicine for acne on forehead

For acne on forehead, Silicea heals best and fast. It works even better for pustular acne. Itching may attend the acne. Excessive sweat may be noticed along with acne on the face, especially the forehead. Silicea is also a wonderful Homeopathic medicine for cystic acne.

Berberis Aquifolium – Prominent Homeopathic medicine to eraze acne scars

Berberis Aquifolium is one of the majorly indicated Homeopathic medicines for acne that result in formation of scars. This medicine helps clear off acne scars wonderfully well.

Bovista Lycoperdon – Homeopathic remedy for acne made worse with make-up

Bovista Lycoperdon is the most significant Homeopathic medicine that offers help in treating acne that arise or worsen with use of cosmetic products. This acne is mainly papular. Swelling of cheeks may be noted along with the acne. Pain and itching may attend.

Nux Vomica – Homeopathic medicine for acne attended with gastric complaints

Nux Vomica is a very effective Homeopathic medicine for acne when it is attended with gastric complaints. The gastric complaint is mainly due to chronic constipation or indigestion. The acne may be itchy and accompanied by a burning sensation.

Pulsatilla Nigricans – Excellent Homeopathic medicine for acne in women

Pulsatilla Nigricans is a very well indicated Homeopathic medicine for acne in women, especially when attended with menstrual irregularities of any kind. Acne occurring in young girls at puberty is another characteristic indication for prescription of Homeopathic medicine Pulsatilla Nigricans. Acne worsened with consumption of fatty foods will also heal effectively with Pulsatilla Nigricans.

What is acne?

Acne, better known as pimples, is a common skin condition deeply affecting the teens. Its emotional impact is severe, ranging from distress to poor self-image and self-esteem. The cause of acne: clogging of pores with dead skin cells and oil (sebum). Acne may be mild to severe in nature. Severe acne often leads to formation of scars.

 Why do we get acne at all?

The primary cause of acne is the rise in level of hormone androgen in the body. Androgen levels rise around the age of adolescence. Androgen activates the sebaceous (oil) glands under the skin and makes them grow bigger and produce excess oil. The hair follicles get plugged with this oil and dead skin cells, giving the bacteria a chance to thrive and cause acne. The medical term for acne is acne vulgaris.

Stress causes acne, but can chocolates too lead to a break-out?

Yes, many factors can trigger acne. Stress, dietary factors such as dairy and chocolates, oil-based skin cosmetics, loss of sleep, hormonal changes, irregular menstrual cycles, drugs like cortisone and hormone replacement pills are a few.

At what point do we need to seek medical advice?

Acne or pimples are normal among teens and do not need medical attention as long as they are small and do not have attending symptoms. These usually clear off on their own. However, if the acne are large, severe, pustular, itchy, very painful and are leaving scars, it’s time to consult a skin doctor.

Can adults, too, get acne?

Acne begins around puberty and get worse during adolescence. The 12-25 year age-group is most vulnerable with an 80-90% chance of getting acne. Yet, acne before puberty is not unheard of. Also, there are those who continue to suffer this condition way past their teens and through their adult years. Hormone imbalance is usually the culprit.

My mother had acne, does that mean I, too, will have it?

Yes, heredity does influence acne to an extent. A person having a positive family history of acne has a 80% chance of getting acne. There is also, however, the 20% chance that he may not get it. Acne is caused by the enlargement of sebaceous glands under the influence of androgens, mainly during adolescence.

Is acne infectious?

Acne is not infectious. In other words, direct or indirect contact with a person with acne or pimples will not pass on the condition.

Does acne affect only the face?

Acne basically affects the areas of skin with a higher number of oil glands. Therefore, the major sites for acne are the face, shoulders, upper chest and back.

What are the different types of acne?

The different types of acne are papular acne, pustular acne, cystic acne, nodular acne, comedones, blackheads and whiteheads. Papular acne includes small, pink coloured lesions. Pustular acne is filled with pus. Cystic acne is acne where the infection goes deep into the skin and forms a painful bump filled with pus under the skin. Nodular acne is hard, large and painful acne. Comedones acne is basically clogged hair follicles. A comedo can turn into a whitehead or a blackhead. Open comedo with its opening on the skin surface is called a blackhead. A closed comedo with its opening beneath the skin surface is a whitehead.

Does acne always itch?

Acne can be itchy, but not in each and every case. Mainly, cystic acne is known to itch.

Can hair dandruff cause acne?

Dandruff is a condition characterised by flakes on the scalp. Dandruff may arise due to excessively dry or excessively oily scalp. When these flakes shed off and fall on the face, they can clog pores and cause pimples. However, such pimples are mostly found in the forehead region.

Can lack of sleep give me acne?

Lack of sleep is linked to acne, though it is not directly a cause. Sleep deprivation leads to stress that causes cortisol levels to rise, which in turn makes the skin produce more sebum, resulting in acne.

How is stress related to acne?

Stress does trigger acne. A stressful mind causes hormonal fluctuation that leads to increased production of oil by the sebaceous glands. The result is an acne break-out.

What makes women more likely to get pimples or acne?

The androgen hormone which mainly causes acne rises during adolescence. In women, however, several other hormonal changes take place during menses, pregnancy and menopause, all of which have the potential to set off acne.

Can eating junk food worsen acne?

The relationship between diet and acne is not yet clear, but some evidence supports that certain food products can worsen acne. These are high glycemic products and dairy. High glycemic products break down quickly and are rapidly absorbed, resulting in high blood sugar. The spike in blood sugar levels can lead to inflammation which can cause acne. Also, it can affect hormone levels which, in turn, affect the activity of oil glands in the skin and lead to acne.

Do gastric problems have anything to do with acne?

Yes, gastric issues can trigger acne. Therefore, Homeopathy does take gastric complaints seriously and deals with them as part of acne treatment.

My cheeks are red with acne, what does that indicate?

Red cheeks usually attend acne vulgaris in case of inflammatory acne. However, this may be a symptom of acne rosacea as well. A visit to a dermatologist may help to reach a conclusive analysis in such a case.

Will taking vitamin or mineral supplements help manage acne?

Yes, taking vitamins and minerals daily can help manage acne. But they are not substitutes for medicines. They can manage acne, not treat it. Vitamin A, vitamin E and zinc are helpful supplements. These can be taken along with Homeopathic medicines, but strictly in doses prescribed by a qualified physician.

Doctors often prescribe anti-biotics. Can anti-biotics treat my acne?

Antibiotics cannot treat acne, though they can reduce infection. They are mainly helpful in inflammatory acne.

How about ointments?

Ointments may temporarily reduce the inflammation, pain and itching in acne. But acne will only be treated when the root cause is identified and addressed. Homeopathic medicines work from the inside out to treat acne, treating several causative conditions along the way to prevent recurrence of the condition.

  Homeopathic medicines for Acne

What are the best Homeopathic medicines for acne?

Homeopathy offers a wide range of alternatives to treat acne and prevent its recurrence. Top rated among these are Homeopathic medicines Psorinum, Hepar Sulph, and Kali Bromatum. Psorinum is indicated for all kinds of acne breakouts in oily skin. Intolerably, itchy acne also hints at use of Psorinum. Homeopathic medicine Hepar Sulph works well for pustular acne. Hepar Sulph is also useful for pimples that are extremely painful. Kali Bromatum is the best prescription where the acne is present on the face, chest and shoulders.

I have pimples on my cheeks, which Homeopathic medicines will help?

Antimonium Crudum and Natrum Mur are the most dependable prescriptions where the acne is concentrated on the cheeks. Antimonium Crudum is prescribed in case of papular or pustular acne on cheeks. The pimples may sometimes have yellow crusts. Homeopathic medicine Natrum Mur is prescribed where pimples are concentrated on the face or cheeks on greasy or oily skin.

My forehead is covered in acne, which Homeopathic medicine do you suggest?

Psorinum and Silicea are well indicated Homeopathic medicines for acne on forehead. Psorinum works well for simple, papular acne on forehead while Silicea effectively treats pustular acne on forehead.

Can Homeopathy treat acne on chin?

For acne concentrated largely on the chin, Homeopathic medicines Thuja Occidentalis and Calcarea Carb work extremely well. Thuja Occidentalis will work on oily, waxy skin with acne on chin. Calcarea Carb is the treatment for itchy pimples on the chin.

My back is covered in acne, which Homeopathic medicines should I take?

Acne on the back can be most uncomfortable. In such cases, Homeopathic medicines Rumex Crispus and Carbo Veg are fast and effective remedies.

I have terrible acne scars, can Homeopathic medicines help?

Yes, Homeopathy does have a solution for acne scars as well. Homeopathic medicines Berberis Aquifolium and Kali Bromatum have shown wonderful results in such cases. They are known to effectively heal and clear off scars left behind by pimples.

My entire face is covered in ugly pimples. Can Homeopathy help clear them out?

Do not panic, Homeopathic medicines Hepar Sulph and Kali Bromatum can help clear your face of pimples. If the acne on your face is painful, Hepar Sulph is the best Homeopathic solution. But if the pimples are leaving ugly scars as well, Homeopathic medicine Kali Bromatum is more suitable.

I have oily skin and almost constant acne, which Homeopathic medicine would you prescribe?

Psorinum is a very effective Homeopathic medicine for acne in oily skin. Psorinum helps control excessive sebum production by the sebaceous glands and heals the acne in very gentle manner.

Which Homeopathic medicines are most useful for pustular acne?

Hepar Sulph and Calcarea Sulphurica are among the best Homeopathic medicines for pustular acne. In case of pus-filled acne which is extremely painful and where the pus is stained with blood, Hepar Sulph is most effective. Calcarea Sulph is helpful where yellow coloured pus oozes out when the acne break open.

In case of nodular of cystic acne, which Homeopathic medicines are recommended?

Homeopathic medicines Hepar Sulph and Silicea are super effective for cystic acne. Such acne may be attended with severe pain.

For acne in young girls, which are the best Homeopathic medicines?

Pulsatilla Nigricans is a well known Homeopathic medicine for acne in young girls. This medicine can be used for acne in young girls around puberty. It is equally useful for acne vulgaris in girls with irregular periods.

Men deal with acne as well. Can the same Homeopathic medicines be used to treat acne in men?

Most definitely. Homeopathic medicines work just as well in men dealing with acne. What will work for women will work for men as well. General Homeopathic medicines like Sulphur, Hepar Sulph and Kali Bromatum are used based on specific symptoms. For itchy pimples, Sulphur is the best choice, while for pustular and painful acne, Hepar Sulph shows better results. For acne of face, chest and shoulders, sometimes with ugly scars, Kali Bromatum is considered the best prescription for both men and women.

Which Homeopathic medicines would you advise for itchy acne?

Psorinum and Sulphur are the most useful Homeopathic prescriptions for treatment of itchy acne.

What is a good Treatment for painful acne?

Homeopathic medicines Hepar Sulph and Eugenia Jambosa are immensely helpful in dealing with painful pimples on the face or any other part of the body.

Will treating blackheads help?

Yes, clearing out blackheads in time can prevent acne. For treating blackheads, Homeopathy essentially falls back on medicines Sulphur and Eugenia Jambosa.

Overuse of cosmetics has given me acne, please help

Bovista Lycoperdon is the most significant Homeopathic medicine for treating acne that arises or worsens from overuse of cosmetics.

I usually get a pimple breakout just before my menstrual cycle. How can Homeopathy help?

Homeopathic medicine Sepia is the most effective treatment option for acne vulgaris in women before menses. For acne during menses, Homeopathic medicine Dulcamara will offer relief.

Can lifestyle changes help us get rid of acne?

Increased water intake, reduced stress levels, a sound sleep, avoiding scratching the acne, cleaning the face 2-3 times a day are minor everyday changes that can hasten recovery from acne. Diet management also has a role to play in acne management. Cutting down on dairy and sugar, for example, are minor changes that go a long way in treating and preventing acne

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Treat Your Nasal Polyps with Homeopathic Medicines

Homeopathic Medicines for Nasal Polyps

What are nasal polyps?

Nasal polyps are soft growths arising from the mucous membrane of the nose or paranasal sinuses. These growths are painless, freely movable and non-cancerous.

Can Homeopathy completely treat nasal polyps?

Yes, Homeopathy can treat nasal polyps. Nasal polyps are considered a case for surgery under the conventional mode of medicine. However, Homeopathic mode of treatment offers an alternative by treating nasal polyps internally, without invasive procedures. Homeopathic medicines treat the symptoms of nasal polyps as well help shrink the nasal polyps. These medicines, which are both natural and safe, attack the disease at the root and set off the body’s own restorative processes for complete treatment. Some top rated Homeopathic medicines for treating nasal polyps are Teucrium Marum, Lemna Minor, Sanguinaria Nitricum, Allium Cepa, Kali Bichromicum and Calcarea Carb.

Why do you get nasal polyps are there any risk factors that predispose one to this condition?

The exact cause of nasal polyps is not yet clear. However, risk factors like chronic nasal infection or inflammation, sinusitis and nasal allergies play an important role in making one prone to nasal polyps. It needs mention here that not everyone with the above risk factors will develop nasal polyps even though they would be likely to develop the condition. Various other diseases that are associated with nasal polyps are asthma, cystic fibrosis, chronic rhino sinusitis, allergic fungal sinusitis and aspirin sensitivity.

How do I know I have nasal polyps?

There are several symptoms unique to nasal polyps, the most prominent among these being a stuffy nose. Other signs accompanying the nasal blockage include breathing through the mouth, loss or decrease of sense of smell, snoring, post nasal drip, sneezing, runny nose, headache, feeling of pressure in the forehead. Polyps that are small in size show no symptoms at all.

What medical investigations do doctors propose for nasal polyps?

Investigations for nasal polyps include nasal endoscopy, CT scan or MRI. In addition to this, skin prick tests to detect allergic factor are also done.

What are the various types of nasal polyps?

There are two types of nasal polyps. These are antrochoanal polyps and ethmoidal polyps. The antrochoanal polyp arises from maxillary sinus and is single and unilateral (one sided). The ethmoidal polyps are usually multiple, bilateral and arise from ethmoidal sinus, middle turbinate lateral wall of nose, mainly from the middle meatus.

Can sinusitis cause nasal polyps?

Yes, sinusitis i.e. inflamed mucous membrane of paranasal sinus can lead to nasal polyps. Sinusitis is one of the major risk factors behind nasal polyps. However, all cases of sinusitis do not lead to nasal polyps. Why only a few having sinusitis develop nasal polyps is still a matter of study.

Are nasal polyps related to allergies?

Yes, they are related to allergies. Recurrent nasal allergies cause inflammation of the mucous lining of the nose i.e. rhinitis or of the paranasal sinuses i.e. sinusitis. Both rhinitis and sinusitis put the person at a high risk of nasal polyps.

Is turbinate hypertrophy another name for nasal polyps?

No, nasal polyps and turbinate hypertrophy are not the same thing. Turbinates are the normal structures i.e. curled bones located bilaterally inside the nose. They play an important role in heating and filtering the inhaled air. While nasal polyps are soft, painless growths arising from the mucous lining of the mucous membrane of the nose or paranasal sinus. However, the major risk factors for both turbinate hypertrophy and nasal polyps are recurrent nasal infections and nasal allergies.

Can nasal polyps be cancerous?

No, nasal polyps are not cancerous. They are benign growths.

Do nasal polyps bleed?

Yes, nasal polyps can bleed, but not in every case.

I snore at night, could it be from nasal polyps?

Snoring is a symptom of nasal polyps. But, snoring in isolation can be attributed to other causes as well. Few other causes of snoring include enlarged adenoids, deviated nasal septum, obesity leading to bulky throat tissue and elongated uvula. A CT scan or MRI will confirm whether the nasal polyps are causing snoring or other factors are in play.

Can nasal polyps affect my ability to smell?

Yes, nasal polyps do reduce a person’s ability to smell.

Can nasal polyps give me ear infection or affect my hearing?

Yes, there are chances of ear infection if a person has nasal polyps and hearing may be affected.

Can nasal sprays treat nasal polyps?

Nasal sprays only provide temporary relief in nasal symptoms from nasal polyps. However, complete treatment can only be obtained by treating the root cause with proper Homeopathic medicines.

My doctor has advised surgery for nasal polyps, is it safe to put it on hold and go for Homeopathic medicines?

Yes, it is absolutely safe to do so as nasal polyps are benign growths. Homeopathic medicines act at the root and in due course dissolve nasal polyps without having to go through any invasive procedures or surgery. Homeopathic medicines initially control the symptoms of nasal polyps. In time, the nasal polyps start to shrink in size and dissolve.

Can nasal polyps recur post surgery?

Yes, there are good chances of nasal polyps coming back after surgery. Surgery removes the nasal polyps not the root cause behind their origin. The nasal infections and allergies that cause nasal polyps are not addressed, so they tend to regrow. Homeopathic medicines, on the other hand, will work on eradicating the root cause of nasal polyps and eventually dissolve them so they do not re-appear after surgery.

FAQs on Homeopathic Medicines for Nasal Polyps

Which are the best Homeopathic medicines for nasal polyps?

Lemna Minor and Teucrium Marum are among the top rated Homeopathic medicines for treating nasal polyps. Lemna Minor works well for nasal polyps when there is a history of chronic nasal catarrh. Nasal discharge – mainly thick, yellow or white mucus – from the nose is the main symptom presentation. Teucrium Marum is indicated for nasal polyps attended with marked nasal blockage. Nose stoppage is mainly noted when lying down, especially on the same side on which the person is lying.

I have right-sided nasal polyps, which Homeopathic medicine should I take?

Sanguinaria Nitricum and Kali Nitricum are two well indicated Homeopathic medicines for right-sided nasal polyps. Sanguinaria Nitricum is indicated when the right nostril feels obstructed. Along with the obstruction, watery nasal discharge of burning nature and sneezing may be observed. Post nasal secretion may also attend. Kali Nitricum is the choice to make when the right nostril is blocked with loss of smell. Sneezing and violent coryza accompany this condition.

Which is the suitable Homeopathic medicine for left-sided nasal polyps?

The Homeopathic medicine that works wonders for left-sided nasal polyps is Calcarea Carb.

My nose is severely blocked due to nasal polyps, which Homeopathic medicine can offer fast relief?

Homeopathic medicines Ammonium Carb and Teucrium Marum work wonderfully well in such cases. Ammonium Carb is helpful where the nose is severely blocked making breathing difficult. The person breathes through the mouth as a result. The nose blockage worsens markedly during the night. Teucrium Marum is prescribed where the nose gets blocked on the side on which the person lies down.

Nasal polyps cause me to snore, can Homeopathy help?

For snoring in case of nasal polyps, Homeopathic medicines Opium and Lemna Minor are of great help. Opium is given in case of loud snoring with deep sleep. Sometimes momentary pauses in breathing may be noted in such cases. Lemna Minor shows remarkable results in case of nose blockage with snoring where it is accompanied by foul smell from the nose or marked post nasal discharge.

Severe, constant sneezing due to nasal polyps has made life difficult, which Homeopathic medicine do you advise?

Allium Cepa is an excellent medicine for treating severe sneezing in nasal polyps. It works best when sneezing is almost constant. Along with sneezing, acrid, burning nasal discharge may be observed.

Post nasal drip is a cause of constant discomfort for me, which Homeopathic medicines can stop the discharge?

Kali Bichromicum is the most effective Homeopathic medicine for post nasal drip in nasal polyps. The person prescribed Kali Bichromicum usually complains of post nasal dripping of thick, viscid mucus. This is attended with excessive hawking.

I have nasal polyps that bleed, do you have a medicine for that?

Yes, Homeopathic medicines can very effectively treat nasal polyps that bleed. The most prominent Homeopathic medicine for bleeding nasal polyps is Phosphorus. Other attending features of this condition are alternate, fluent and dry coryza or in other words, inflammation of the mucous membrane of the nose. Nose blockage, especially in the morning, is well marked.

Can Homeopathy help loss of smell from nasal polyps?

Homeopathic medicines Lemna Minor and Teucrium Marum show remarkable results in case of loss of smell in nasal polyps.

In case of sinusitis with nasal polyps, which Homeopathic medicines would you recommend?

Kali Bichromicum is one of the most effective Homeopathic prescriptions for sinusitis with nasal polyps.

I have nasal allergies which seem to have led to nasal polyps, what do you suggest?

Homeopathic medicines for nasal polyps from nasal allergies are selected based on individual symptoms after a detailed study and analysis of the case. Therefore, a consultation with the Homeopathic practitioner would help.

Homeopathic Medicines for Nasal Polyps

Lemna Minor – Top grade Homeopathic medicine for nasal polyps

Lemna Minor is one of the top grade Homeopathic medicines for nasal polyps. Lemna Minor works well where there is obstruction of nose and loss of smell from nasal polyps. Putrid smell in nose may also be felt in some cases. Thick, yellow-white discharge from the nose is another attending feature. In some cases, muco purulent nasal discharge is observed. In cases where nasal polyps worsen in wet weather too, Lemna Minor is the Homeopathic medicine to prescribe. It also treats swollen nasal turbinates very well.

Teucrium Marum – Wonderful Homeopathic medicine for nasal polyps with nasal blockage

Teucrium Marum is a most wonderful Homeopathic medicine for nasal polyps with marked nasal blockage. A unique symptom is obstruction of the side of the nose on which the person lies down. Loss of smell is also noted. Crawling sensation in the nose may arise. Teucrium Marum is also one of the best Homeopathic medicines for ozaena. Ozaena is chronic inflammation of the nasal mucosa resulting in its atrophy.

Sanguinaria Nitricum and Kali Nitricum – Excellent Homeopathic medicines for right-sided nasal polyps

Sanguinaria Nitricum and Kali Nitricum are excellent Homeopathic medicines for right-sided nasal polyps. A person who needs prescription of Sanguinaria Nitricum shows watery, nasal discharge of burning nature. Other features are pressure over root of the nose, plugged sensation in nostrils, enlarged nasal turbinates, sneezing and yellow, bloody mucus discharge from the nose. The symptoms guiding use of Homeopathic medicine Kali Nitricum in addition to right-sided nasal polyps are coryza with nose obstruction, sneezing, loss of smell and digging pain in nostrils.

Calcarea Carb – Top rated Homeopathic medicine for left-sided nasal polyps

Calcarea Carb is an extremely suitable Homeopathic medicine for left-sided nasal polyps. This Homeopathic prescription is given to persons who complain of a blocked nose on the left side. Other attending features are fetid smell and yellow discharge from nose. In the morning, dryness in nose may be felt. Sneezing, markedly in the morning time, may also attend. Persons given Homeopathic medicine Calcarea Carb tend to catch a cold easily, with the slightest change in weather.

Allium Cepa – Best Homeopathic medicine for constant sneezing in nasal polyps

In case of nasal polyps with constant sneezing, Homeopathic medicine Allium Cepa offers the perfect treatment. An attending feature is watery discharge of burning, acrid nature from the nose. The nasal discharge corrodes the upper lips. Headache may also persist along with fluent coryza. Some feel there’s a lump at the root of the nose. Nose stoppage may also be observed.

Kali Bichromicum – Most useful Homeopathic medicine for post nasal discharge in nasal polyps cases

For post nasal discharge in nasal polyps cases, Homeopathic medicine Kali Bichromicum is selected. The post nasal discharge is thick, lumpy, ropy in nature. It is attended with much hawking. Marked pressure at the root of nose is complained of. Fetid smell from the nose is another concern. Violent sneezing in the morning time may accompany the above features. Kali Bichromicum is also a prominent Homeopathic medicine for treating nasal polyps from chronic sinusitis.

Phosphorus – Most effective Homeopathic medicine for bleeding nasal polyps

Phosphorus is a very effective Homeopathic medicine for nasal polyps that bleed easily. Apart from the bleeding, the condition is accompanied by coryza with dull headache and sneezing which worsens with strong odours. Blocked nose early in the morning is a sure sign that Phosphorus will work. Also, in cases where coryza and dryness of the nose alternate, Phosphorus is the best Homeopathic medicine.

Yes, minor lifestyle changes can help manage nasal polyps

As much as finding the allergens that cause nasal polyps, avoiding these allergens that one is susceptible to are important. Staying away from irritants like dust, strong odours, cigarette smoking and pollution will also help.

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7 Best Homeopathic Medicines for Psoriasis

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Homeopathic Treatment of Psoriasis

homeopathic medicines for psoriasisHomeopathy is a natural, safe and effective science that treats skin complaints wonderfully well. Homeopathic medicines remain very successful in treating psoriasis by moderating the overactive immune system. Homeopathic medicines follow a curative approach in treating psoriasis and do not suppress it. In fact, by the time treatment ends, psoriasis is completely eradicated, in its full extent. Top grade Homeopathic medicines in this category are Arsenic Album, Arsenic Iodatum, Graphites, Petroleum and Sulphur. The ideal medicine is selected after an in-depth case study and analysis. Homeopathic medicines start by treating symptoms such as itching and burning in psoriatic lesions. The next step is stop further progression of the disease. In the last phase, Homeopathic medicines heal the psoriatic lesions. Homeopathic medicines have shown remarkable results in all kinds of psoriasis, including psoriatic arthritis.

Homeopathic Medicines for Psoriasis

Arsenic Album – Effective Homeopathic medicine for psoriasis

Arsenic Album is one of the highly effective Homeopathic medicines for treating psoriasis. Indicative symptoms for use of Arsenic Album include rough patches of skin covered in scales. The patches may be brownish or blackish in colour. Roughness of the skin is very well marked. Burning sensation in eruptions may arise. The skin may be oversensitive. Swelling may also be present on the skin along with dry, patchy eruptions.

Sulphur – Excellent Homeopathic medicine for psoriasis with marked itching

For psoriasis with intense itching in psoriatic lesions, Sulphur is an excellent choice of Homeopathic medicine. Though itching is present throughout the day, it gets worse in during the evening and at night. Another unique symptom to look out for while prescribing Sulphur is that the Itching worsens with warmth. Intense burning on the skin may also be felt. The skin is dry, unhealthy, dirty looking and covered in scales. Also, if the psoriasis worsens in damp weather, Sulphur will work best. It is also a good choice of Homeopathic medicine for psoriasis cases that have been suppressed with external applications such as ointments.

Arsenic Iodatum – Wonderful Homeopathic medicine for psoriasis with exfoliation of abundant scales

A highly useful Homeopathic medicine for psoriasis with extreme exfoliation of abundant scales from the skin is Arsenic Iodatum. Beneath the scales, raw red skin is exposed. Dryness of skin with itching may also be present.

Petroleum – Homeopathic medicine for psoriasis set off during the winter

Petroleum is an appropriate choice of Homeopathic medicine for psoriasis that gets triggered during the winter. The skin is dry, hard, rough and very thick. Cracks on the skin may also be present. Bleeding from the cracked skin may be observed. The skin may look dirty. Petroleum is also one of the majorly indicated Homeopathic medicines for psoriasis of the hands and psoriasis arising in skin folds. The affected skin may be very sensitive to touch.

Graphites Naturalis – Top rated Homeopathic medicine for psoriasis of scalp

Graphites Naturalis is one of the prominently indicated Homeopathic medicines for psoriasis of the scalp. It is useful where the scalp is covered in excessive scales. It is attended with intense itching. The scalp may emit foul odour and the hair may get matted together. Burning sensation on the scalp may arise in hot weather. The psoriatic lesions extend behind the ears. Graphites is also helpful in treating rawness in bends of skin as in the groin, armpits and behind the ears. Graphites also offer help in nail psoriasis. The symptoms for using this medicine in nail psoriasis are – deformed, crumbled, thick and painful nails.

Antimonium Crudum – Best Homeopathic medicine for nail psoriasis

Antimonium Crudum is a very useful Homeopathic medicine for treating nail psoriasis. The person needing Antimonium Crudum has brittle nails. In some cases, the nails grow out of shape. Nail discoloration is also observed. If there is pain under the skin of the nail, Antimonium Crudum is the ideal choice of Homeopathic medicine.

Rhus Tox – Homeopathic medicine for joint pains in psoriasis or psoriatic arthritis

Rhus Tox is one of the best Homeopathic medicines for joint pains arising in psoriasis cases. A person who needs prescribing Rhus Tox will have highly inflamed and painful joints. Joint stiffness will be marked. Warm applications on the affected joints bring relief. Movement, too, provides relief. On the other hand, exposure to cold air worsens joint pains.

Homeopathic Medicines for Psoriasis

Which Homeopathic medicines psoriasis would you rate as the best ?

Among the majorly indicated Homeopathic medicines for psoriasis, Arsenic Album and Graphites are an excellent choice. Arsenic Album is very effective homeopathic medicine for psoriasis. Graphites  works wonders for treating skin as well as nail psoriasis.

I have psoriasis with excessive itching, which Homeopathic medicine should I take?

Homeopathic medicine Sulphur remains highly successful in treating psoriasis attended with intense itching. Extreme burning may also arise in such cases. Do consult a Homeopathic practitioner before you take any medicine.

Please advise a Homeopathic medicine for psoriasis with abundant scale exfoliation?

Homeopathy offers a vast range of medicines for treating psoriasis with excessive scale exfoliation. However, in my clinical practice, Homeopathic medicine Arsenic Iodatum has shown the most wonderful recoveries in such cases. The exfoliation leaves behind a raw, red surface on the skin.

For psoriasis of scalp, which Homeopathic medicine should I take?

The list is long, but I have found Homeopathic medicine Graphites Naturalis to be extremely useful in treating psoriasis of the scalp. A scalp covered in excessive scales, with itching and in some cases burning, will respond well to Graphites Naturalis.

What is the Homeopathic medicine for psoriasis of Nails ?

Graphites Naturalis and Antimonium Crudum are well recognised Homeopathic medicines for nail psoriasis. A person with this condition has discoloured, crumbling, brittle, painful nails.

In psoriasis that worsens in winters, which Homeopathic medicine would help?

Topmost on the list of most effective Homeopathic medicines for treating psoriasis cases that worsen during the winter is Petroleum. This Homeopathic medicine has amazing properties and will calm a flare-up and provide relief to the patient.

I have had psoriasis for a long time and now, my joints are inflamed and in pain. Please suggest a Homeopathic medicine.

Inflamed and painful joints in a person suffering from psoriasis refer to a condition called psoriatic arthritis. Homeopathy can definitely treat this condition. In my clinical practice, Rhus Tox has shown great results in cases of psoriatic arthritis. Highly inflamed, painful, swollen and stiff joints in psoriasis are all guiding symptoms for use of Homeopathic medicine Rhus Tox.

 What is psoriasis?

Psoriasis is a skin disease characterised by well defined red patches covered in silvery white scales. Skin cells normally grow and are shed every 28 to 30 days. In psoriasis, the skin cells start to grow more rapidly, every 3 to 5 days. The skin cannot shed the excessive cells as quickly as they appear on its surface. The result is a build-up of cells on the skin referred to as plaque. The skin lesions in psoriasis may be attended with itching and burning, the intensity varying from case to case. Pain may be present along with itching and burning in psoriatic eruptions. Psoriasis is a disease that runs a remitting and relapsing course, that is to say that there is a phase when the psoriasis gets better, termed as the remitting phase, followed by an active phase, when the psoriasis flares up, termed as the relapsing phase.

How do I know I have psoriasis?

Psoriatic lesions have characteristic in appearance and are easily diagnosed. The presence of dry, red skin lesions with sharply defined borders covered in silvery white scales are well indicative of psoriasis. In case of nail psoriasis, the nails get discolored, deformed, brittle, crippled and may fall out. In a few cases of psoriasis, the joints may get inflamed and become painful. A few skin conditions like ringworm and eczema may look like psoriasis. However, the site of skin lesions, presence of possible triggers and positive family history of psoriasis support diagnosis. In rare cases, skin biopsy is required.

Why does psoriasis occur?

The clear cause of psoriasis is not yet known. However psoriasis is thought to be a disorder of autoimmune origin. Persons with psoriasis suffer an overactive immune system. The overactive immune cells, majorly T cells, cause skin inflammation and trigger the rapid skin cell growth. Psoriasis has a strong hereditary component. A person having a positive family history of psoriasis is at a high risk of suffering the condition.

How is psoriasis diagnosed?

Psoriasis can be easily diagnosed based on the presentation of the skin lesions. In rare cases, a skin biopsy is needed to rule out the type of psoriasis.

Is there only one kind of psoriasis?

No, psoriasis has various types. These are – plaque psoriasis, guttate psoriasis, inverse psoriasis, scalp psoriasis, nail psoriasis and pustular psoriasis. In plaque psoriasis, the skin gets covered in dry spots with a large number of silvery white scales. The major sites for plaque psoriasis are scalp, back, knees and elbows. Guttate psoriasis is characterised by the appearance of small, water droplet-like skin lesions covered in fine scales. Guttate psoriasis is often triggered after a bacterial infection, mainly strep throat infection. The lesions are mainly found on the legs, arms and trunk. Psoriasis lesions that appear in folds of skin – under the breasts, in groin area, armpits for example – are referred to as inverse psoriasis. The skin lesions in inverse psoriasis are in the form of smooth, red inflamed patches. In scalp psoriasis, red, inflamed, itchy lesions covered in thick white scales appear on the scalp. In nail psoriasis, psoriatic lesions arise in the nails, of the fingers or toes. The nail may get discolored, thickening of skin under the nail may arise, pitting on nails may be present and in extreme cases, the nail may crumble and fall out. In pustular psoriasis, pus-filled eruptions arise on the skin that is surrounded by redness and tenderness.

What are the factors that trigger psoriasis?

The various factors that can trigger psoriasis are stress, smoking, alcohol, caffeine, skin trauma and cold weather.

Apart from skin, what are the other sites for psoriasis lesions?

In addition to skin lesions, psoriasis may affect the nails and can lead to inflamed joints. Cases where joints get inflamed are referred to as psoriatic arthritis.

Is psoriasis contagious, can it spread from by touch or other means?

No, psoriasis is not a contagious disease and hence, does not spread from person-to-person contact.

Can stress cause psoriasis?

Stress and psoriasis are interlinked, but stress does not cause psoriasis. Stress plays an important role in triggering a flare-up of psoriasis.

I have had psoriasis for a long time. Now, my joints have started to hurt, why?

If you have had psoriasis for a long time and now your joints are in pain, then there is a good chance you have developed psoriatic arthritis. In approximately 30% of the psoriasis patients, joints may get inflamed and become painful. In psoriatic arthritis, the immune cells start to destroy and inflame the joints due to a misdirected immune response besides the usual rapid cell growth symptoms of the disease. Genetic and environmental factors play an important role in causing psoriatic arthritis.

Can ointments alone treat psoriasis?

Applying ointments may control symptoms like itching and burning in psoriatic lesions, but ointments merely suppress the skin complaint. They will not treat the condition. A curative approach in psoriasis will need to follow proper treatment that aims at moderating the immune system.

Is there a link between psoriasis and vitamin D?

Yes, there is a link between psoriasis and vitamin D. Improving vitamin D levels in psoriasis seems to decrease the severity of psoriasis condition. Vitamin D plays a role in decreasing excessive cell production, and therefore helps treat psoriasis.

rease the severity of psoriasis condition. Vitamin D plays a role in decreasing excessive cell production, and therefore helps treat psoriasis.

Will exposure to sunlight be of help to psoriasis patients?

Yes, evidence suggests that sun exposure helps heal psoriasis, though to a mild degree.

Lifestyle changes can help manage psoriasis better

  • Small changes in lifestyle can help manage psoriasis to a large extent. These measures include:
  • Use mild soap while bathing
  • Avoid bathing with warm water
  • For excessively dry skin, apply coconut oil
  • Quite smoking and alcohol
  • Some sun exposure may help psoriasis while excessive exposure will worsen symptoms
  • Stress management will reduce psoriasis flare-ups

 

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5 Best Homeopathic Medicines for Cervical Spondylosis and Neck Pain

 Homeopathic Treatment of Cervical Spondylosis

Homeopathic medicines for cervical spondylosisHomeopathic medicines can work wonders in cervical spondylosis cases. Homeopathic medicines provide symptomatic relief in cervical spondylosis. The medicines are selected as per individual symptom presentation and manage symptoms of pain, stiffness in neck, numbness/tingling in upper limbs and vertigo with excellence. These medicines also halt further progression of the degenerative process in the spine from cervical spondylosis. On the huge list of Homeopathic medicines for cervical spondylosis, the more effective ones include Rhus Tox, Bryonia Alba, Paris Quadrifolia, Kalmia Latifolia and Cimicifuga Racemosa.

Homeopathic Medicines for Cervical Spondylosis and Neck Pain

Rhus Tox – Top grade Homeopathic medicine for cervical spondylosis

Rhus Tox is one of the top grade Homeopathic medicines for cervical spondylosis. The indicating features for using Rhus Tox are pain and excessive stiffness in the neck. A person in need of Rhus Tox may get relief from warm applications on the neck. Neck massage may provide relief in some cases. Rhus Tox is also one of the well indicated Homeopathic medicines for cervical spondylosis complaint arising after injury to the neck. Neck pain from over straining or overuse also makes a strong case for use of Rhus Tox.

Bryonia Alba – Homeopathic medicine for cervical spondylosis that worsens with movement

Bryonia Alba is another majorly indicated Homeopathic medicine for cervical spondylosis. The person needing Bryonia Alba experiences pain and stiffness in the neck that worsen with motion. Taking rest relieves the symptoms.

Hypericum Perforatum – Best Homeopathic medicine for cervical spondylosis from injury

In addition to Rhus Tox, Homeopathic medicine Hypericum Perforatum is a very significant medicine for cervical spondylosis resulting from injury. Major symptoms deciding on Hypericum Perforatum as the best prescription are neck pain that may radiate to the shoulders and a spine that is extremely sensitive to the touch. Tingling, burning, numbness in hands may also be present.

Cimicifuga Racemosa and Guaiacum Officinale – Prominent Homeopathic medicines for cervical spondylosis with marked neck stiffness

For treating marked stiffness in the neck from cervical spondylosis, Cimicifuga Racemosa and Guaiacum Officinale are two extremely useful Homeopathic medicines. Characteristic symptom for use of Cimicifuga Racemosa is a very very stiff neck. Along with this, the cervical spine is also very sensitive to the touch. Pressure worsens the symptoms. Homeopathic medicine Guaiacum Officinale is indicated in case of stiffness and aching pain in the neck. Stiffness from the neck may extend down the entire back.  Marked soreness in shoulders may accompany.

Paris Quadrifolia – Excellent Homeopathic medicine for cervical spondylosis with numbness in arms, hands or fingers

Paris Quadrifolia is an excellent choice of Homeopathic medicine for cervical spondylosis cases with marked numbness in arms, hands or fingers as the major complaint. Pain in the neck is also present. Pain radiates down the fingers from the neck. The pain is attended by sensation of a heavy weight around the neck and shoulders.

Kalmia Latifolia – Wonderful Homeopathic medicine for cervical spondylosis with tingling, pricking sensation in hands

For cervical spondylosis with tingling, pricking sensation in hands, Homeopathic medicine Kalmia Latifolia is recommended as the ideal choice. In some such cases, upper limbs may feel week. Pain in the neck extends down to the shoulder blades or the arm.

Gelsemium – Top rated Homeopathic medicine for cervical spondylosis with vertigo

Gelsemium is a very useful Homeopathic medicine for cervical spondylosis with vertigo episodes. The vertigo episodes occur mostly while walking. Movement of the head may also lead to vertigo. Blurring of vision may occur during the vertigo episodes.

Silicea – Effective Homeopathic medicine for cervical spondylosis with neck pain radiating up the head

Silicea is one of the majorly indicated Homeopathic medicines for cervical spondylosis where pain from the neck radiates upwards to the head. Pain from the neck extends to either the occiput (back of head) or the entire head. In some cases, the neck pain radiates to the head and settles over the eyes. This may be accompanied by vertigo in some cases. Vertigo mainly arise from looking upwards.

What are the causes of cervical spondylosis?

Cervical spondylosis mainly arises from wear and tear of the cervical spine. The wear and tear of cervical spine results mainly due to age related degenerative changes. In some cases, injury to the cervical spine may lead to early spondylosis changes in the cervical spine.

What is cervical spondylosis?

Spondylosis refers to the degeneration of spinal column in the back that includes vertebras, joints and spinal discs. The vertebrae are bones stacked one above the other in the back. The vertebrae (top down) include 7 cervical vertebrae, 12 thoracic vertebrae, 5 lumbar vertebrae, 5 sacral vertebrae and 4 coccygeal vertebrae.  Spinal discs are the inter vertebral discs present in between the vertebrae that act as shock absorbing cushions bearing all kind of stress felt over the spine. Cervical spondylosis refers to the degeneration of structures of cervical spine in vertebrae that lie in the neck immediately below the skull, joint or spinal inter vertebral disc. Cervical spondylosis is also known as osteoarthritis of the cervical spine.

What are the major risk factors involved in cervical spondylosis?

The major factors that put a person at the risk of developing cervical spondylosis are age – those above 40 years are more susceptible, neck injuries, putting extra stress on the neck, occupations involving repetitive motion of the neck and positive family history of cervical spondylosis.

How do I know I have cervical spondylosis?

The major symptoms that point towards cervical spondylosis include pain and stiffness in the neck. Pain from the neck may radiate down the arm, hands and fingers. In addition to these symptoms, numbness, tingling and weakness in the upper limb may also be felt. Dizziness or vertigo attacks are observed. These symptoms help in clinical diagnosis of cervical spondylosis. To get a confirmed diagnosis of cervical spondylosis, further investigation including an X-ray, MRI, CT scan need to be conducted.

What does investigation of cervical spondylosis involve?

If a person shows clinical symptoms of cervical spondylosis, he must be put through an X-ray, CT scan and/or MRI of the cervical spine before the diagnosis can be confirmed.

Is cervical spondylosis related to age?

Yes, cervical spondylosis is a degenerative disorder and therefore, directly related to age. Mainly cervical spondylosis complaints begin at the age of 40 years. By the age of 60 years, more than 85 per cent of the people get affected with cervical spondylosis. Injury to the cervical spine will accelerate this degeneration process of cervical spine at any age.

Is numbness in hands a sign of cervical spondylosis?

Cervical spondylosis is one of the causes of numbness in hands caused by compression of the nerve. However, numbness of hands may also arise from other reasons including diabetes mellitus, peripheral neuropathy, Raynaud’s disease, carpal tunnel syndrome and vitamin B12 deficiency. A detailed case study and investigation are required before the cause can be established.

My cervical spine MRI shows bone spurs at C5-C6 level, what does that mean?

Bone spurs, also known as osteophytes, in cervical spine mainly indicate degenerative changes in the spine. Bone spurs in cervical spine are the bony outgrowths arising from the vertebrae due to degeneration. These bone spurs, when they pinch a nerve, lead to tingling, numbness in arms, hands or fingers.

Can’t physiotherapy treat cervical spondylosis?

Physiotherapy help to strengthen the neck muscles and maintain flexibility of cervical spine, but it is not a treatment for cervical spondylosis. For best results, physiotherapy and Homeopathic medicines can be taken together. The medicines will help to halt progression of degeneration process in cervical spine while physiotherapy will build strength.

I have cervical spondylosis. How will taking Homeopathic medicines treat my condition?

Homeopathic medicines can treat cervical spondylosis depending upon whether the condition is mild, moderate or severe. Homeopathic medicines help stop further progression of the degenerative changes in cervical spine. They effectively treat the intensity and frequency of symptoms of cervical spondylosis.

I work on a computer for long hours and have constant neck pain, stiffness. Does it indicate cervical spondylosis?

There are chances that you have cervical spondylosis given that you work long hours on a computer and suffer neck pain and stiffness. However, a confirmed diagnosis will require investigation including cervical MRI and CT scan.

Is it normal to get vertigo in cervical spondylosis?

Vertigo is one of the symptoms of cervical spondylosis. But vertigo doesn’t appear in each and every case of cervical spondylosis. Vertigo in cervical spondylosis is mainly an indication of advanced degenerative conditions.

Will wearing a cervical collar help relieve my neck pain?

Cervical collar helps to rest the neck muscles and relieve pain, but it should not be worn for long periods of time.

 Homeopathic medicines for cervical spondylosis

Which are the most effective Homeopathic medicines for treating cervical spondylosis?

Among a long list of Homeopathic medicines for cervical spondylosis, the highly effective ones include Rhus Tox, Cimicifuga Racemosa and Paris Quadrifolia. Rhus Tox will best treat excessive pain and stiffness in neck from cervical spondylosis. Cimicifuga Racemosa effectively manages neck stiffness in cervical spondylosis. Paris Quadrifolia is beneficial for cervical spondylosis cases where numbness in hands is the major complaint.

I have severe neck pain from cervical spondylosis. Which Homeopathic medicine will help?

Homeopathic medicines Bryonia Alba and Rhus Tox would be most suitable for treating excessive pain in neck from cervical spondylosis. Homeopathic medicine Bryonia Alba works well where movement of the neck worsens pain. Use of Rhus Tox is suggested where neck pain gets better with movement and worse with rest.

I have marked stiffness in the neck. Which Homeopathic medicine would you advise?

Homeopathic medicines that are most helpful for treating stiff neck include Cimicifuga Racemosa and Guaiacum.

Which Homeopathic medicine would you prescribe for early morning stiffness in neck with restricted movement in cervical spondylosis cases?

Rhus Tox is the most appropriate choice of Homeopathic medicine for this condition. It is known to show remarkable results in early morning neck stiffness with restricted movement from cervical spondylosis.

My hand feels numb due to cervical spondylosis. Which Homeopathic medicine must I take?

Homeopathic medicine Paris Quadrifolia would benefit most in case of cervical spondylosis with numbness in hand.

Which Homeopathic medicines would you prescribe for cervical spondylosis with tingling, pricking sensation in hands?

For cervical spondylosis with tingling, pricking sensation in hands, Homeopathic medicine Kalmia Latifolia comes highly recommended. Weakness in hands is also felt in such cases.

My neck pain extends upwards to the head. Does Homeopathy have the answer?

Yes, Homeopathic medicines yield wonderful results in neck pain that extends upwards to the back of the head. The most helpful Homeopathic medicine for neck pain extending to the head is Silicea. Pain from the neck may extend to the back of the head or up the entire head. Along with pain, marked stiffness is felt in the neck in such cases.

Please suggest a Homeopathic medicine for neck pain that radiates down the arms in cervical spondylosis?

Homeopathic medicine Kalmia Latifolia is the ideal choice for neck pain that radiates down the arms in cervical spondylosis cases. Along with pain, tingling, pricking sensation in hands is present. In some cases, weakness in hands may be felt.

Which medicine would Homeopathy use to treat vertigo in cervical spondylosis cases?

Homeopathic medicine Gelsemium is most suitable for treating cervical spondylosis where vertigo episodes are present. The vertigo episodes are most marked while walking or from movement of the head.

Lifestyle changes can help manage cervical spondylosis

Adopting a few lifestyle measures can help better manage cervical spondylosis complaint. These measures include:

  • Regular exercise
  • Maintaining correct posture while sitting
  • Avoiding job or work that puts stress/strain on the neck
  • Avoiding lifting heavy weights
  • Warm applications and neck massages can help
  • Avoid putting thick pillows or too many pillows under the head while sleeping