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Homeopathic Treatment for Amnesia

What is amnesia?

Amnesia refers to memory loss in which a person has either inability to recall past events, memories, experiences or have difficulty in learning new information and forming new memories. The memory loss may be partial or complete. Depending upon the cause it can either be temporary or permanent. The sufferer having amnesia does not forget his / her own identity.

What are the reasons behind it?

Amnesia can arise from damage to brain structures including thalamus and hippocampus that form the the limbic system that is meant to control emotions and memories.

It can arise from head injury. Other than physical trauma , the damage to brain that can lead to amnesia can arise from :

1. Inflammation of the brain medically known as encephalitis

2. Stroke – It is a medical condition arising from reduced / interrupted blood supply to a part of the brain  that deprives brain tissue of getting oxygen and nutrients

3. Oxygen Deprivation to brain eg, from heart attack, respiratory distress

4.  Seizure – It refers to sudden electrical disturbance in the brain that is uncontrolled and lead to changes in your behaviour, movements and in levels of consciousness

 

5.   Tumors in brain that locate in area which controls memory can also lead to memory loss

6. Use of alcohol for long periods of time that can cause Wernicke – Korsakoff syndrome (a brain disorder in which amnesia is one of the symptom and this disorder occurs due to lack of vitamin B-1, or thiamine , caused by long term alcohol use)

7. Some medications, like sleeping drug, Ambien and also benzodizepines

8. Alzheimer’s disease  (progressive brain disorder that gradually cause destruction of memory and thinking skills and lately the ability to carry out the simplest tasks) and other forms of dementia ( a term used to describe diseases and conditions in which there is a decline in memory and cognitive abilities)

9.Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT)), or electroshock therapy can lead to temporary memory loss

 

What are its symptoms?

The major symptom  of amnesia is memory loss where a person has difficulty to remember and recall past memories, information, events, previously learned facts, places, recognize faces and/or there is inability to learn new information and form new memories. Short term memory is mostly impaired and a person forgets recent information, memories but remote memories are retained like that of childhood . The motor skills like ability to walk are are not forgotten.

Other symptom is occurrence of false memories . False memories refers to phenomenon in which a person invents a memory that did not actually happened or recall real memories misplaced in time.  There may also appear confused along with above symptoms.

 

What are different types of Amnesia ?

1. Anterograde amnesia

In this type of amnesia ,  a person can not learn / remember new information or is unable to form new memories but he remembers previous memories before the event.  This mostly arise from too much alcohol, brain damage from trauma / injury to  brain , stroke  or encephalitis. This type can be temporary or permanent depending upon the cause behind it.

2. Retrograde amnesia

In this type person have difficulty in remembering past events, information and have inability to recall previous memories

3.Transient global amnesia

In this a person experiences confusion or agitation that appears on and off for several hours. The person also loses memory of events in the hours before the attack. Symptoms mostly last for less than a day in this type. It is thought to occur from seizure, or blockage of the blood vessels supplying the brain for short period of time. It is a rare type and is most commonly seen in middle – aged and older adults.

4.Childhood / Infantile amnesia

In this type the person is unable to recall events from own’s early childhood from three to five years of age. This may be due to problem with language development or incomplete maturing of certain areas of the brain that are  linked with memory.

5. Post traumatic amnesia

This type arises from head injury / trauma like from a hard blow to the head. It is mostly temporary for a short time but may be permanent too.  It  depends upon the severity of the injury.

6. Psychogenic amnesia

It is rare type and  arises from emotional shock like from being a victim of sexual abuse or any violent crime etc.

Homeopathic Treatment of Amnesia

Homeopathic medicines play an effective role in managing cases of amnesia. These medicines aim to halt further progression of the condition and depending upon the case recovery. How much recovery is possible with them depends upon the severity of the condition as well as the reason behind it. One can use these medicines along with psychotherapy to help a person as much as possible. These homeopathic medicines are of natural origin so does not have any side effects.

 

Homeopathic medicines For Amnesia

1. Anacardium

This medicine is prepared from layer of nut between shell and kernel of a plant Anacardium Orientale commonly called as marking nut. This plant belongs to family anacardiaceae. It is a very beneficial medicine when there is marked loss of memory. The person needing it does not retain anything in his memory. He loses power of recollection completely. It may happen all of a sudden.   It is a well indicated for memory loss after stroke and after some sort of fright. It is also a top grade medicine to manage amnesia in alzheimer’s disease.

2. Cicuta

Homeopathic medicine Cicuta is prepared from root of plant Cicuta Virosa commonly known as water hemlock. This plant belongs to family umbelliferae. It is well indicated when a person fails to recognize anybody and is unable to remember what has happened recently. His memory goes blank for hours or days together. To him everything appears strange. He is confused and mixes up the present with the past. It is a useful medicine when memory loss follows seizure.

3.Nux Moschata

Nux Moschata is prepared from powdered seeds of a plant commonly known as nutmeg that belongs to family myristicaceae. It is given when there is loss of memory and a person doesn’t recognise surrounding, places and streets previously well known to him. He seems to be lost somewhere when spoken to. He gives answers which have no reference to questions asked to him. While speaking he is also unable to use appropriate words and stops many a times in between the lines  and changes the speech because of his inability to use right and accurate words. It is also indicated when there is entire loss of memory of  his past life.

4.Alumina

This is next helpful medicine for loss of memory. Persons needing it are unable to recollect things. They have great confusion of mind. They make makes mistakes in speaking and writing. While speaking they use words not meant to be used. They also are incapable of following up an idea.

 

5. Agathis Americana

This medicine is prepared from ‘Kauri tree’. It is a great medicine to manage cases of memory loss. People who need it retain memory for past events but are forgetful for everyday things. They are also forgetful for words and mixes up words or use wrong letters. Forgetfulness about what they were about to do or say may also be there.

6. Absinthium Artemisia

This medicine is prepared from fresh young leaves and flowers of a plant commonly known by the name of common wormwood. This plant belongs to family compositae. Its use is mainly recommended for cases where memory loss arise after epileptic fit.It is indicated when there is forgetfulness about what has recently happened before and after fit .

7. Cannabis Indica

Cannabis Indica is mostly used when there is sudden loss of memory and have poor short term memory. There is complete forgetfulness about recent thought, speech, ideas and action .

8. Some other important medicines

I) Arnica and Natrum Sulph

These are two top listed medicine to manage memory loss that follows head injury, trauma like from a fall or blow on head.

II) Plumbum Met and Anacardium

They are indicated for memory loss that follows stroke.

III) Zincum Met and Absinthium

These are prominent medicines for cases of memory loss after epileptic fits.

 

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

What is difficult concentration?

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

What can cause it?

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

1. Cognitive problems

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

2. Psychological causes

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

3. Medical causes

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

4. Hormonal changes

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

5.Other causes

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

 

What are its symptoms?

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

Symptoms in children

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

Symptoms in adults

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

Homeopathic management

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

Homeopathic medicines for improving concentration in children

 

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

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

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

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

3. Lycopodium – for difficult concentration with dyslexia

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

Homeopathic medicines for improving concentration in adults

 

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

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

2. Cannabis Indica – for a foggy mind

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

3. Lycopodium – for  confusion of thoughts

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

4. Gelsemium –  concentration issues  in chronic fatigue syndrome

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

7. Natrum Mur – for poor concentration in depression cases

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

 

 

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Homeopathic Medicines for Rheumatoid Arthritis

Homeopathy shows remarkable results in mild to moderate cases of rheumatoid arthritis. However, in severe cases of rheumatoid arthritis with advanced deformities, Homeopathy helps manage the symptoms. Homeopathic medicines for rheumatoid arthritis help manage pain and stiffness in joints, but the deformities cannot be reversed.

Homeopathic Medicines for Rheumatoid Arthritis

What Is Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic inflammatory disorder causing joint inflammation with pain, swelling and stiffness of joints. These symptoms usually begin from small joints of hands or feet and can later affect other large joints too. It tends to involve multiple joints at a time and in a symmetrical way. It is an autoimmune disorder which means that the body’s own  defence cells start to destroy own healthy tissues. In rheumatoid arthritis the immune cells cause inflammation leading to destruction of the joints. It primarily affects joints but can also affect other organs like eyes, skin, lungs, heart etc. If not treated well in time then it progresses and can cause joint deformity and lead to disability. This disease has a strong genetic basis and tends to run in families.

 

What are its symptoms?

Joint symptoms – The main symptoms are pain in joints, swelling in joints, stiffness of joints which mostly appear in morning and after periods of inactivity. In this ,multiple joints are involved in a symmetrical manner i.e.  involving the same joints on both sides of the body.

The symptoms initially start from small joints of hands or feet and may  progress to other joints like wrist, elbow, shoulder, knee, hip and ankle .

The Affected joint is also red, warm and tender to touch in flare up phase. Loss of joint function , mobility and deformity appear in later stages if not treated well in time. Few general signs and symptoms that may attend joint involvement include weakness, loss of appetite, weight loss, fever, muscle aches, depression and anaemia.

Diagnostic criteria:

The diagnostic criteria for rheumatoid arthritis is as follows:

Any four among the following must be present to diagnose rheumatoid arthritis:

1.Arthritis of multiple joint (3 – 4 different joints or more than that) for a period of more than 6 weeks

2.Morning stiffness that last longer than 30 minutes

3.Symmetrical involvement of the same joints on both sides of the body

4.Arthritis of wrists, hands or finger joints

5.Development of rheumatoid nodules under the skin

6.Positive serum rheumatoid factor

7.Radiographic changes suggesting joint erosion

 

Joint deformities

The main joint deformities that can develop in rheumatoid arthritis are as follows:

1.Swan neck deformity: in this deformity the joint in finger closest to fingertip gets bent towards the palm (flexion of distal inter-phalangeal joint) and the joint in finger nearest to palm bends away from it (hyperextension of proximal inter-phalangeal joint).

2.Boutonniere deformity : in this deformity the joint in finger nearest to palm gets bent towards the palm (flexion of proximal inter-phalangeal joint) and the joint nearest to finger tip bends back (hyperextension of distal inter-phalangeal joint).

3.Ulnar deviation: In this swelling in the metacarpo-phalangeal joints (joint that connect bone in palm to the bone in finger ). It leads to leaning of the fingers away from thumb towards little fingers. This deformity is also known as ulnar drift.

 

Manifestations in body parts other than joints.

Eyes: Here it can lead to cataract (clouding of clear lens), dry eyes and scleritis (inflammation / redness in the white part of eye)

Lungs: Inflammation, scar tissue, fibrosis can arise in lungs

Skin: Rheumatoid nodules can form here. These refer to hard bumps under the skin. They are not painful and move easily on being touched. They mostly form especially on the elbows. They can also form in lungs and heart in later stages.

Kidneys: Here it may lead to amyloidosis (disease arising from build up of an abnormal protein called amyloid in any tissue or organ).

Heart: it can lead to inflammation of lining of heart (pericarditis), inflammation of heart muscle (myocarditis) and increase risk of cardiovascular disease (narrowing or blockage of blood vessels supplying heart that can lead to a chest

– Nerve tissue: here it can cause peripheral neuropathy (damage to the nerves outside of the brain and spinal cord that causes weakness, numbness and pain, mainly in hands and feet) and carpal tunnel syndrome (pain, numbness, tingling in fingers from compression of the median nerve).

– Blood vessels: these may get inflamed and there may be formation of atheromatous plaques (accumulation of hard material in inner layer of artery wall) which includes lipids and calcium. It tends to narrow artery and hinders in blood flow

Blood: It may lead to anaemia here

liver:  is very rarely affected

– it can weakens immune system and make a person prone to infections

– on muscles it can lead to muscle weakness

– it can affect mucous membrane and lead to Sjogren’s Syndrome (syndrome mainly characterised by dry eyes and dry mouth).

What Causes Rheumatoid Arthritis and what are the risk factors

The exact cause behind rheumatoid arthritis is not clearly understood. However it is thought to be an autoimmune disease.

What  triggers the autoimmune process for RA is not exactly known. But there are certain factors that increase the risk of the disease. First among them is genetic factor . Certain genes ( human leucocyte antigen HLA – DR1 and HLA – DR4) make a person more prone to develop this disease. Females are more at risk as compared to males. Persons of middle age group are more affected. Other factors that put a person at risk of this include a family history of this disease, smoking, obesity, environmental exposures like exposures to asbestos or silica, stress, history of viral infections like Epstein – Barr virus (EBV) and certain dietary factors.

 

Investigations for Rheumatoid Arthritis

The blood test done in cases suspected of rheumatoid arthritis are rheumatoid factor, Anti – cyclic citrullinated peptide (anti – CCP), ESR and c – reactive protein (CRP). Other tests include X-Ray and MRI of affected joints which are done to rule out the severity of the disease.

What are its types?

Seropositive: In this type persons with rheumatoid arthritis have their blood tests positive for rheumatoid factor or anti – CCPs.

Seronegative: A person may develop Rheumatoid arthritis even in the absence of rheumatoid factor or anti – CCPs. This is termed as seronegative type rheumatoid arthritis. In this type the blood tests are negative for RF and anti – CCPs. In such cases diagnosis is done on the basis of clinical symptoms and X- rays. This type is usually  milder than the seropositve type.

Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis: Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis is when rheumatoid  arthritis affects children younger than 17 yrs of age.  It is also known as juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA).

Palindromic rheumatism-: In this recurrent attacks of pain, swelling appears in one or more joints all of sudden. It last for few hours or few days. In between the flare up attacks the pain and swelling subsides completely. It is not a type of rheumatoid arthritis but people having palindromic rheumatism have chance to develop rheumatoid arthritis.

Pathophysiology of Rheumatoid Arthritis

It is an autoimmune disease. Interplay between genetic susceptibility (people having certain genes human leucocyte antigen HLA – DR1 and HLA – DR4 are susceptible to this disease) and environmental factors (such as smoking) are thought to trigger the autoimmune process here.

In rheumatoid arthritis , the immune cells attacks the synovial lining of the synovial membranes surrounding the joints and cause its inflammation and thickening. It may further lead to destruction of cartilage and bone .

Homeopathic treatment of Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis can be treated naturally with homeopathic medicines. These medicines helps to reduce inflammation of the joints by moderating the immune system. They also help to slow down further progression of the disease. The pain, swelling and stiffness in the joints are also relieved wonderfully with them. The joint damage and joint deformity though can’t be cured but can be symptomatically managed with homeopathic medicines. These medicines are of natural origin thus are safe to use among people of all age groups.

Commonly used medicines to treat it

Rhus Tox – To relieve stiffness and pain in joints

Rhus Tox helps to relieve joint pains and stiffness by reducing the joint inflammation. Persons needing it mainly have joint stiffness worse in the morning and also after a period of inactivity. Warm applications and motion of affected joint helps to relieve their symptoms. Massaging the joint also offer relief in them.

Apis Mellifica – For reducing swelling in joints

Apis Mellifica is a well indicated medicine for cases where joint is highly swollen. Along with this the joint is red, and inflamed. Joint pains which are mainly burning, stinging type are also well treated with Apis. Joint is also sensitive to touch.

Bryonia – For red, hot , swollen joints

Bryonia is helpful for cases where joints are  red, hot and swollen. With this there is pain in joints. The pains are sharp, stitching type. The pain gets worse by motion and better with rest. Warmth may relieve the pains.  It is Indicated when  mostly knee and elbow joints are involved.

Antimonium Crudum – To reduce pain in finger joints

It is very beneficial to treat pain in finger joints and reduce its inflammation. Persons needing it mainly have worsening of pain from cold. They find relief by warm applications. Drawing sensation in the fingers may also be felt.

Actaea Spicata – For wrist pain and swelling

Actaea Spicata is mainly given for cases where wrist pain and swelling are present. Wrist is also red with heat. The pain is worse from motion. It is also indicated to treat pain and swelling in other small joints of fingers, toes and ankle.

Caulophyllum – For small joints

Caulophyllum is also used for treating arthritis that affect small joints. The small joints are painful and stiff in cases needing it. The joints of fingers, toes, ankle and wrist are affected in such cases. The pains keeps on shifting in minutes from one joint to other . In some case nodes are present on finger joints.

Arnica – For markedly tender joints

Arnica is majorly used when the joints are extremely tender. Person has great fear of touching the affceted joint due to pain and tenderness. The knee also has sore, bruised pain along with intense swelling.

Stellaria Media – for pains in almost all the joints

Stellaria Media is indicated for cases where for pains is felt in almost all the joints. The joints are sore to touch. Stiffness is also there in the joints. Sometimes the pain shifts from one joint to another.

Ledum Pal – For painful, swollen ankles

Ledum Pal offers great help in reducing pain and swelling in the ankles.

Persons needing it have worsening of ankle pain from movement. They find relief in it by cold applications. They may have ascending rheumatism where pain start from feet joints and then ascend to joints above it in the leg.

Calcarea Carb For pain and swelling in knee joint

It is an Important medicine to manage pain and swelling in the knee joint. The pains are drawing, tearing in nature . The knee is swollen mostly at night time. It is also hot and tenderness to touch.

Colchicum – For pain that worsens from touch

Persons having joint pain that worsens from touch are highly benefited with this medicine. Along with this they have heat and stiffness in the joints. The joints mainly involved where it is indicated are wrist, ankle, finger sand toes. Most times the pain are worse at night time in them. It is also used in management of cases where finger joints are highly damaged and distorted.

Sanguinaria Can – for shoulder joint pain

Sanguinaria Can works well to treat shoulder joint pain. It also helps to reduce attending stiffness in it. Shoulder pain gets worse by raising the arm in cases needing it. Worsening if pain at night is also noted in such cases.

Pulsatilla – For shifting pain

Pulsatilla is highly recommended medicine to treat shifting pains in joints. . The pain keeps on shifting. The affected joints are swollen and red. It is also indicated for joint pain in wet weather.

Causticum and Guaiacum – for managing cases with joint deformity

Causticum and Guaiacum both are excellent medicines to manage advanced cases having joint deformity. Though these medicines can’t reverse the joint damage and deformity. But they can help to reduce pain and stiffness in joints. They also help to manage swelling in the affected joints.

Some other rare medicines to treat cases of rheumatoid arthritis

Apart from above commonly used medicine some other rare medicines to treat cases of rheumatoid arthritis include Lithium Carb, Ruta, Salicylic Acid, Calcarea Phos, Ferrum Met, Lactic acid and Natrum Sulph. The key symptoms to use these medicines are as follows.

 

Lithium Carb : Pain, swelling and tenderness in small joints. Relief in joint pain from hot applications. Node formation of joints.

 

Ruta: Stiffness and pain in feet and hand joints. Node formation on wrist joint.

 

Salicylic Acid: joint pain worsen from touch and motion. Shifting pains in joints.

 

Calcarea Phos: For joint pain worsening in cold weather

 

Ferrum Met: to treat anaemia with joint inflammation

 

Lactic acid: joint pains with excessive weakness

 

Natrum Sulph: Joint pain in damp, cold weather

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Top Homeopathic Medicines for Elbow Bursitis  

Elbow bursitis also known as olecranon bursitis refers to inflammation of the olecranon bursa resulting in swelling, redness and pain at the tip of the elbow. It is also known by few other names such as popeye’s elbow, baker’s elbow and student’s elbow. Homeopathic medicines for elbow bursitis are very effective to treat the condition for long-term relief. 

Homeopathic medicines for elbow bursitis

Homeopathic Medicines for Elbow Bursitis    

Homeopathic medicines are effective for both recent as well as long standing cases of elbow bursitis. These medicines bring excellent recovery by treating the root cause behind it. They help in halting its further progression and reducing the inflammation of the olecranon bursa. It works wonderfully to reduce the swelling around the elbow. They also bring significant reduction in pain, tenderness and stiffness at the elbow tip. Cases of bursitis either from known causes like arising from trauma, blow, fall, repeated strain on elbow, from joint inflammation, from an infection or unknown cause (idiopathic) both can be treated with these medicines based on the signs and symptoms. These medicines helps to bring great recovery and being of natural origin doesn’t carry any risk of side effects.

  1. Arnica – When it Follows Trauma/Injury

Arnica is prepared from plant Arnica Montana having common name leopard’s – bane and fallkraut. This plant belongs to family compositae. Arnica is very effective medicine for elbow bursitis when it follows trauma, injury, a blow or a fall on the elbow tip. In cases needing it there is pain and swelling in the elbow. Elbow is also sore, bruised. With this there is great fear to touch the elbow from pain. Arnica helps in recovery from injury and reduce inflammation of bursa. It also relieves pain and swelling at the elbow tip .  

  1. Apis Mellifica – To Reduce Swelling

Apis Mellifica is an excellent medicine for treating cases of inflammation of bursa. It helps to reduce swelling in these cases. Persons needing it complain of sharp, burning and shooting along with swelling at the tip of elbow.

  1. Rhus Tox – For Pain and Stiffness of Elbow

Rhus Tox is a leading medicine to reduce pain and stiffness of elbow. In cases needing it there is elbow pain that may be tearing or drawing in nature. The pain may sometimes extend down to the wrist. Most times the pain gets worse at rest and there is relief by movement. With this the elbow feels stiff and tense.  Persons needing it may be suffering from arthritis (inflammation of joints). It is also top listed medicine when a blow or putting strain at elbow for long causes the concern.

  1. Bryonia – For Pain and Swelling of Elbow

Bryonia is prepared from the root of the plant Bryonia alba commonly known by name of white Bryony and wild hops. This plant belongs to the family cucurbitaceae. It is well indicated where pain and swelling of the elbow is marked. Redness and heat is also present with it. Pain is mostly stitching, shooting type where it is required. There is worsening of the pain from movement of the elbow.

  1. Ruta – From Injuries, Blows

This medicine is prepared from plant Ruta graveolens commonly called garden rue. This plant belongs to the family rutaceae. Like Arnica, its use is also considered when the complaint arises from injury, blows over the elbow tip. The pain is usually sore, bruised, dull or tearing in nature. With this the elbow may also be stiff.  

  1. Bellis Perennis – When Inflammation Follows Injury or Repeated Straining

This medicine is prepared from plant ‘The Daisy’ that belongs to family compositae. This medicine is also indicated when the condition appears from injury or repeated strains on the elbow. Persons needing it have aching, sore bruised pains along with marked swelling.

  1. Silicea – With Excessive Swelling of Elbow

Silicea is very beneficial to manage cases with excessive swelling of the elbow. With this pain in the elbow is also there. The pain may be tearing or stinging type. Slightest touch and motion tends to worsen the complaint. In cases where pus has formed from infection, Silicea is an ideal medicine to treat it.

  1. Causticum – To Manage Pain in Elbow

Causticum is a useful medicine to manage pain in the elbow. Cases needing it may have drawing, pressing or sharp pain in the elbow. The pain may worsen at night time. The relief may be noted by warm application over the elbow. 

  1. Spongia – Also to Relieve Pain

Spongia is indicated to relieve pain over the elbow. For using it the pain varies highly. It may be stitching, pressing, boring, cramping, tearing or throbbing type. The pain tends to worsen on motion. Bending the arm also worsen the pain in cases requiring this medicine.

  1. Merc Sol – For Swollen Elbow Tip

Its use is made when there is swelling at the elbow tip. With this redness over the back of the elbow may be there. This area may also be warm to touch.

  1. Calcarea Carb – When Stiffness of Elbows is Present

Calcarea Carb is suitable to manage stiffness of elbows in such cases. Along with this pain is present in the elbow mainly tearing in nature. The pain may radiate from elbow to wrist soon on holding anything.

What is bursa and olecranon bursa?

Bursa is a small sac filled with viscous lubricating fluid located around the joint where muscles and tendons glide over the bones . It helps to reduce friction caused by muscles and tendons moving against skin and bones and allows free smooth movement of joints. There are around 160 bursae in the human body. One among them is Olecranon  bursa that is located between the skin and the pointed bony tip of the elbow (olecranon). Inflammation of this olecranon bursa is known as elbow / olecranon bursitis. When olecranon bursa gets inflamed, it gets filled with extra fluid causing pain and swelling. 

Elbow bursitis – Signs and Symptoms

  1. Swelling over elbow tip

Mainly in these cases there appears swelling over the tip of the elbow. Swelling is most of the time the first sign observed in such cases. The swelling can appear suddenly in some cases while in other cases it appears gradually. The swelling can be slight or excessive to the point that restricts movement of the elbow.

  1. Pain

As swelling progresses the bursa starts to get stretched which tends to  initiate pain in the elbow. The intensity of pain varies from case to case. The pain can also radiate from the elbow to the rest of the arm. People usually have worsening of pain from movement or pressure.

  1. Tenderness 

The elbow may also be tender to touch along with above features.

  1. Stiffness 

Stiffness in elbow is yet another symptom that a person faces along with swelling, pain and tenderness

  1. Redness and warmth

Skin over the elbow tip may become red and appear warm top touch in cases where the bursa is infected. Fever may also arise in case of infected bursitis

  1. Pus

Occasionally if the infected bursa open itself then it can start to drain pus that may be white  or yellow

Causes 

  1. Trauma  

Any trauma, hard blow like from accidental hitting on wall or fall on the back of elbow can lead to swelling of the olecranon bursa. 

  1. Repeated, Prolonged pressure

Leaning on the elbow tip against a hard surface for long periods of time can irritate the bursa and cause its inflammation. The bursitis from this reason develops over several months. The chance of developing bursitis from this reason is higher if a person has some job like computer work where they rest their elbow for long periods of time over the computer table or playing some sports that involves prolonged leaning on the elbow. Sometimes occupations of people that involves leaning on their elbows for long also makes one prone to develop it, like plumbers, air conditioning technicians 

  1. Infection

Less commonly it can arise from an infection. It can arise from a cut, break, over skin at elbow tip like from a punctured wound or an insect bite that allows bacteria to enter the bursa sac causing infection. This will lead to build up of extra fluid in bursa with swelling, redness and pain. If the infection is not treated well in time then the the fluid may turn to pus. 

  1. Few Medical conditions

Some of the medical conditions like rheumatoid arthritis (autoimmune disorder causing joint inflammation with pain, swelling and stiffness of joints)  and gout (inflammation of joints from high uric acid levels) raises the chances of developing olecranon bursitis.

  1. Idiopathic

Many times no reason can be found behind it, and such cases are termed idiopathic.

Pathophysiology

Inflammation of the bursa causes its lining to secrete the fluid in bursa cavity in a much more quantity than is usually required in a normal condition. This excessive fluid finding no way to escape from there results in accumulation of it in the sac itself causing inflammation of bursa. This leads to swelling over the bony tip of the elbow that can further lead to pain and tenderness.

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Causticum – Homeopathic Medicine: Its Uses, Indications and Dosage

Homeopathic medicine Causticum is prepared from Potassium Hydrate by the potentization process, by which homeopathic medicines are prepared. By potentization the medicinal properties of potassium Hydrate are extracted. Causticum is widely used to treat urinary complaints, muscle weakness, skin warts, joint pains and paralysis.   Causticum - Homeopathic Medicine

The ‘Causticum’ Constitution

It is mainly suited to dark-haired people with sensitive skin. Next it is suitable to people suffering from joint pains, weak muscles, and urinary complaints.

Drug Action

This medicine has a marked action on the urinary system. In cases of urinary complaints, it helps to strengthen the bladder muscle and the urethral sphincter to treat involuntary urination and also retention of urine. Next, it acts on joints to reduce its inflammation and pain. Thirdly, it acts on muscles and manages complaint of muscle weakness and even loss of muscle function. Lastly its action on skin is wonderful where it is very beneficial to treat skin warts.

Role as a Homeopathic Medicine

1. Eye Complaints

It is a very helpful medicine to treat eye complaints. Here, Firstly, it is indicated to treat ptosis, which is the drooping of upper eyelid over the eye. It strengthens the eyelid muscle to improve ptosis.

Other indication to use it is eye floaters ( spots that move or float before eyes). In such cases it helps when a person sees black points, sparks or flickering before eyes. The spots may be small or large. Sometimes they are round and other times they have uneven shape.

Lastly, in eye complaints, it is beneficial to treat twitching of eyelids.

2. Facial Paralysis, Bell’s Palsy

This is a top listed medicine to treat cases of Bell’s palsy. It is a condition in which facial muscles get weak or paralysed (loss of muscle function).  The mouth is drawn to one side along with drooling of saliva, and muscle twitches in the face may also be present. It works well especially in right sided facial paralysis cases. Here, whole side of right sided face from forehead to chin is affected.

3. Urinary Problems

This is a very beneficial medicine when it comes to treat urinary problems.

Here, it’s use is considered in cases of urinary incontinence (involuntary passage of urine). It offers relief in such cases by improving the weakness of bladder muscle and strengthening the urethral sphincter. It is known to give major help in cases of stress incontinence i.e. leaking of urine when pressure is exerted on the urinary bladder as while coughing, sneezing, laughing.

Secondly, it is valuable medicine to manage cases of retention of urine. It is primarily useful for treating this complaint  in elderly people and in females after childbirth.  Urinary retention from constriction of bladder neck and from bladder paralysis is manageable with this medicine.

Lastly, it is given in cases of bed wetting ( involuntary passage of urine during sleep)

4. Laryngitis, Hoarseness of Voice

This is a leading homeopathic medicine to treat cases of laryngitis (inflammation of larynx-the voice box). Persons who need it complain of hoarseness of voice. It is most worse in the morning and evening time. They also are unable to speak loud words. Along with this  dry, tickling cough may be present in them. They feel dryness and pain in the larynx. Apart from the above, it is well-indicated to treat hoarseness of voice in public speakers from over straining of voice.

5. Cough

It is of great help in cases of cough. Cough from tickling in the throat pit is mainly indicative to use it. Persons requiring have difficulty in expectorating phlegm. They may find relief in cough from drinking cold water. Along with cough, they may  also complain involuntary urine leakage upon coughing.

6. Rectal Complaints

When it comes to rectal complaints, it is indicated to treat piles,  (swollen veins in the anus or lower part of rectum), constipation and anal fistula.

In case of piles it works well to manage stitching, stinging, burning pain in the anus. Persons who need it mainly complain of pain on touching the anus or while walking, sitting. It also helps to ease itching felt at the anus from piles.

In constipation, it is used when the first part  of stool is hard followed by soft. Few times the stool is covered with mucus. There is frequent urge to pass stool and stool is passed with great difficulty. Sometimes it is followed by  pain and burning in rectum.

Lastly, it is used in anal fistula cases when there is pain and pulsations in the perineum

7. Skin Issues

This is a renowned homeopathic medicine to treat a number of skin complaints.

Here, it is a highly effective medicine to treat skin warts (hard, rough, thick growths on skin arising from infection by human papilloma virus.) It is considered in cases of warts which are large, jagged and have peduncles. They may also bleed easily. For using it the warts are mostly present on face, eyelids, fingertips.

Next, it is  of great service to treat cases of old burns. In such cases, it aids healing of old burns that are slow to heal. It also is indicated to treat cases where  already healed burns on skin reopen and become sore again.

Other than this, it is also a significant remedy to treat skin ulcers that are very sensitive with burning sensation. They also ooze pus that may be blood stained sometimes.

Apart from above indications, it is used to treat skin rash that arises between the skin folds (intertrigo). The skin folds include those behind ears, between thighs, under breast, between buttocks.

8. Upper Limb Complaints

In case of upper limb complaints, it works wonderfully to treat writer’s cramp. It refers to cramps in the muscles of the hand while writing or playing an instrument.

Next, it is a top listed medicine to treat cases of carpal tunnel syndrome. Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition that arise from  pinched or compressed median nerve in the carpal tunnel passage located in the wrist. In such cases, it helps to relieve symptoms of tingling sensation or numbness in the fingers of the hand. It also helps in cases where sometimes weakness in the hand and atrophy of muscles of thumb are present.

9. Lower Limb Complaints

If we talk about complaints of lower limbs, then it is recommended for treating sciatica of left side attended with numbness. Sciatica is referred to as pain that radiates from lower back through the hips  down the leg along the path of the sciatic nerve.

It is also used in cased of cramps in the feet, toes and calf muscles of leg.

Next, one can also benefit from this medicine in cases of restless leg syndrome at night. Restless leg syndrome (RLS) is a condition in which a person has an uncontrollable urge to move the legs to relieve discomforting sensations in the lower limbs.

10. Joint Pains

This is a wonderful medicine to treat joint pains and arthritis (joint inflammation.) It can be taken to relieve joint pain including those of shoulder, elbow, hip, knee and ankles. It also helps to manage joint stiffness. Additionally, it also offers excellent management of pain and stiffness in extreme cases of joint inflammation where deformity of joint has set in.

11. Muscle weakness and Paralysis

It is one of the most effective medicines to treat muscle weakness and even loss of muscle weakness (paralysis). It is well-indicated to treat weakness or loss of muscle function of face, urinary vocal cords, eyelids, tongue and limbs.

12. Ataxia

This is an excellent medicine to manage complaint of ataxia. Ataxia is a condition characterised by lack of muscle coordination that helps in voluntary movements. It results in problems with gait (manner of walking) like inability to maintain balance while walking, tendency to fall while walking. Additionally, there may be difficulty with speech (like slow speech, tremor while speaking), involuntary eye movement (nystagmus) and problem with swallowing. Here, this medicine can take care of gait  problems. It helps in treating complaint of unsteady walking and easy falling in persons with ataxia. Apart from it, this medicine helps manage speech and swallowing difficulties in ataxia.

Dosage

It can be used from 30 C potency to 1 M potency. In acute complaints it can be taken once or twice a day in 30 C potency. In case of chronic complaints high potencies are recommended once or twice a week.

Relationship to Other Remedies

Complementary medicines are Petroselinum, Colocynth and Carbo Veg. These medicines can be used after Causticum to complete its action when it is no longer acting.

Inimical medicine is Phosphorus, and should not be used with Causticum.

Antidotes are Asafoetida, Dulcamara and Nux Vomica. These antidote medicines can be used to neutralize its action.

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Carbo Veg – Homeopathic Medicine: Its Uses, Indications and Dosage

Homeopathic medicine Carbo Veg is prepared from vegetable charcoal. Charcoal is a form of carbon and it is known for its medicinal properties since ages. Its use to treat digestive problems mainly gas and acidity, and skin ulcers is considered since ancient times. Its also known for its antiseptic effect. To prepare homeopathic medicine Carbo Veg, trituration of vegetable charcoal is done. Trituration is a process by which homeopathic medicines are prepared.  Carbo Veg is very helpful to treat gastric complaints, asthma, varicose veins, and weakness. Carbo Veg

The ‘Carbo Veg’ Constitution

It is especially suited to people having weak gastric system hence suffers easily from many gastric issues such as gas, acidity, heartburn, loose stool etc. Next it is suitable to thin people who suffer from weakness and lack of strength.

Drug Action

Carbo Veg acts on the gastro-intestinal system and helps to manage complaints including excessive gas, burping, loose stool, bloating in abdomen and colic. Next, it has great power to treat condition arising from poor venous circulation like haemorrhoids and varicose veins. Its action is also marked on blood vessels where it helps to control bleeding.

Role as a Homeopathic Medicine

1. Nose Complaints

This medicine is very beneficial to treat nasal complaints including cold and nasal bleeding. In cases of cold it is used when there is watery discharge from nose with much sneezing. Along with this irritation, crawling sensation and tingling in the nose is felt. Sometimes nose also feels stopped up.

In cases of nose bleeding it is given when a person gets frequent episodes of copious bleeding from nose. They get bleeding almost everyday. Mostly they have nasal bleeding at night. The blood here is thin and blackish. Their face turns pale after the bleeding from blood loss.

2. Mouth (Oral Cavity) Complaints

One can also consider use of this medicine in complaints of the mouth. Among them it is first indicated to treat bleeding from gums. Person needing it suffers from gums infection along with bleeding. They mainly have bleeding form gums on cleaning teeth. Gums may also be painful in them. Apart from above one can use this medicine to treat bad breath from mouth (halitosis)

3. Hair fall

It is an excellent medicine to check complaint of hair fall. It is mainly given in persons who gets hair fall after some severe illness. They have intense hair fall with hair falling out in handfuls. Its use is also recommended to treat hair loss in females after childbirth. Persons needing it may have itchy scalp along with hair fall. They may also have sensitivity of scalp to pressure.

4. Laryngitis (Inflammation of Larynx)

It is a well-indicated medicine to treat laryngitis. Persons who need it mainly complain of hoarseness of voice. This is most felt in early morning or evening time. They also are unable to speak a loud word. Additionally they feel pain, tickling roughness and irritation in the larynx.

5. Gastrointestinal (GIT) Complaints

When it comes to gastrointestinal tract, this remedy remains one of the most effective remedies to treat many of the gastric issues. Firstly it is very beneficial for people who complain of excessive gas (flatulence) in stomach. They usually complain that even eating simplest kind of food causes gastric trouble in them. Along with gas the abdomen feels tense and bloated with sensation as if it would burst. They mostly find relief by burping. Some needing it may also suffer from burning in the stomach. It also helps to ease pain in stomach due to obstruction of gas.

Secondly, it effectively manages complaint of heartburn, Heartburn refers to the burning sensation in chest behind the sternum (i.e. breast bone) due to the back flow of stomach acid into the food pipe. The back flow of stomach acid in the food pipe is known as acid reflux or GERD (gastro esophageal reflux disease), where Carbo Veg shows remarkable results.

Next comes the complaint of belchings (burping) where Carbo Veg offers great help. Here it is suited when the belchings are almost constant. They may be bitter or sour sometimes have offensive smell. Sometimes nausea and vomiting attends to it.

Apart from above mentioned problems it can also help treat diarrhoea (loose motion). 

Persons who need it in diarrhoea complain of watery stool sometimes with yellow mucus or blood. It also has highly offensive smell, and excessive flatus also passes with the stool. They also complain of burning in rectum after stool. Additionally they feel weak from loose stool. It is also recommended to treat cholera (an illness caused by a bacteria, Vibrio cholerae causing diarrhea, vomiting and leg cramps). It is indicated in cholera when the person having cholera is having excessive loose stool with dehydration and almost a stage of collapse. In such conditions it is a renowned medicine to bring recovery.

Other than this it is a valuable medicine to treat piles (swollen and inflamed veins around the anus or lower rectum). Here it is considered for treating protruding bluish piles. In such cases it also aids relief in burning, itching and stitching pain at anus.

6. Respiratory complaints

It is beneficial to treat respiratory complaints including cough, asthma and bronchitis.

If we talk about cough then it is used when cough is spasmodic i.e. which ends in vomiting. The person who require this usually have worsening of cough from eating or from talking. They may also feel increase in cough in open air. Along with cough rattling of mucus and burning in the chest is felt by them.  Apart from above one may also benefit from this medicine in case of cough that arise from reflux of stomach acid.

Next, its use is also considered in treatment of bronchitis and asthma in elderly people. Bronchitis is the inflammation of the bronchial tubes (the passage through which the air is carried to the lungs from trachea). Cough with thick, yellow, sticky phlegm are the symptoms indicating it use in bronchitis cases. Asthma is a condition in which the airways become narrow with swelling and extra production of mucus. It leads to cough, wheezing and difficulty in breathing. Carbo Veg works well to manage all these asthma symptoms in elderly people. It also take care of the asthma attacks that occurs during sleep.

7. Skin

If we talk about skin complaints, it is a very good medicine to treat chilblains ( painful, itchy skin condition mainly on toes and fingers, arising as a reaction to cold temperature).

Next, it can be given for ulcers on skin. Here offensive discharge and frequent bleeding from ulcers along with burning pains is characteristic to use it.

One can also find this medicine useful in purpura (purple-colored spots on the skin that arise from bursting of small blood vessels under skin)

Lastly, bedsores and gangrene of toes (death of body tissue from lack of blood supply and infection) are treated well with this medicine

8. Varicose Veins and Ulcers

It is a well-known medicine to improve the venous blood circulation and help treating varicose veins and varicose ulcers. Varicose veins are enlarged, twisted or engorged veins that arise from improper functioning of valves in the veins of the legs. While  varicose ulcers are the sores that develop on the leg most times on the inner side of leg just above the ankle from poor blood circulation. In varicose ulcers it is indicated when there is offensive pus discharge with bleeding from it.

9. To Control Bleeding

It is a very helpful anti-hemorrhagic medicine, i.e, that helps to control bleeding. The use of Carbo veg is recommended by the practitioner to control excessive bleeding from nose, from gums, from skin ulcers, during menstrual cycle in women and following surgical operations. Blood is usually dark where it is indicated. Along with helping with blood control, it also aids in recovering from weakness that appears from blood loss.

10. For Weakness

It is a top listed medicine to treat cases of weakness and lack of strength. Weakness from blood loss is also treated well with this medicine. Its use is also recommended for fainting spells and in case of collapse with cold body, cold breath and quickened respiration.

Dosage

Carbo Veg can be used from potency 30 C to higher potencies including 200 C, 1M and 10 M. It can be taken two to three times a day in 30 potency. Use of high potencies should only be done under a physician’s advice.

Relationship to Other Remedies

Complementary medicines are kali Carb and Phosphorus. These medicines can be used to complete its action when it is no longer acting.

Inimical medicines are Carbo Animalis and Kreosote, and should not be used after Carbo Veg. 

Antidotes are Camphor, Coffea and Arsenic Album. These antidotes medicine can be used to neutralise the action of Carbo Veg.

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Alumina – Homeopathic Medicine: Its Uses, Indications and Dosage

Homeopathic medicine Alumina is prepared from Oxide of Aluminium, pure clay by trituration process. This is a process by which homeopathic medicines are prepared. By trituration the medicinal properties of pure clay are extracted leaving behind any of its poisonous, toxic effect. As a result we get the medicine Alumina, which used in treating a number of disease conditions. It is mainly used to treat constipation, weakness of memory, vaginal discharges, and dry eczema.   alumina - homeopathic medicine

The ‘Alumina’ Constitution

It is mainly suited to people who are thin and have sedentary ( means spend much time seated) lifestyle. In addition to this they feel chilly most of the time. Next, it suits elderly people who suffer from chronic cold, constipation and weakness. Apart from the above, it is very useful for children with big bellies who have tendency to suffer from constipation.

Drug Action

This remedy acts on the mind and mainly helps to treat weakness of memory. Next, it has marked action on intestines where it improve its sluggish motility and helps to relieve constipation. Other than this, it acts on the nasal mucous membrane and help to reduce its inflammation and offers relief in cases of cold. Apart from the above, it shows action on  the nervous system and gives most help in cases of ataxia. Lastly, it has marked action on skin where it heals eczema and aid relief in skin itching.

Role as a Homeopathic Medicine

1. Memory Weakness

This is one of the very effective medicines to improve memory weakness. Persons needing it faces complaint of weak memory with forgetfulness. They make frequent mistakes while speaking and writing. They are unable to follow a chain of thought. Along with this they do everything hurriedly. They also feel sad and depressed along with memory weakness. Elderly people having weak memory can be highly benefited from this medicine. It is also a top listed medicine to treat Alzheimer’s disease (progressive brain disorder presenting with memory loss).

2. Chronic Cold

This medicine is well-indicated to treat cases of chronic cold. Here it is given when there is scanty thick, yellow discharge from the nose. Nasal blockage is felt by the person along with above. It also offers help to treat chronic inflammation in the nose with crust formation in the nose. These crusts have offensive smell. Along with above person also complains of diminished sense of smell. Pain at the root of the nose is other symptom that attend above.

3. Throat Complaints

If we talk about throat complaints, this remedy is given for complaint of sore throat. Persons needing it here mainly complain of dryness of throat or thick mucus dropping from back of nose into the throat (post nasal discharge). it is attended with frequent clearing of the throat.

In throat issues, it is also useful for treating difficulty swallowing (dysphagia). In such cases it is used when swallowing of solids is difficult and painful. Here the food passes with difficulty from constricted sensation in the food pipe. Person has to eat food by breaking it into very small pieces.

4. Rectal Complaints

This is a very beneficial remedy to treat constipation. It helps in cases of constipation by improving the motility of intestines. Persons who need it have to strain a lot to pass stool. The stool may either be hard or soft but it passes with much difficulty and straining efforts. They feel constriction in the rectum while passing stool. They also experience cutting pains in anus during passing stool. Sometimes blood passes with stool. They doesn’t pass stool daily. They doesn’t have desire to pass stool until there is large accumulation in the intestines. Children (especially nursing children and bottle fed babies) and elderly people having constipation can be highly benefited from this medicine.

Next, it is also useful to treat complaint of piles. In such cases itching, burning at the anus and also sensitivity to touch anus are the key symptoms to use it.

5. Skin Complaints

This is an excellent medicine to treat skin itching. It is given in persons who complain of intolerable itching over whole body. They scratch the skin harshly until it bleeds. The skin becomes painful after scratching. They mainly complain of increase in itching on getting warm. Sometimes they also feel formication (sensation of insects crawling on the skin). It is also indicated for treating itchy eruptions that are worse in the winter season.

Other than this, it is very beneficial to treat eczema. Eczema is a skin condition where skin become inflamed, itchy, red, cracked. Sometimes it is dry with rough skin while at other times there appear eruptions on inflamed skin that discharges fluid. Use of Alumina is mainly considered in eczema which is dry in nature. Persons needing it for eczema usually complains of dry, rough skin sometimes with cracks.

6. Female disorders

When it comes to female disorders, it is mainly used to treat vaginal discharges (leucorrhea). To use it in such cases the main features are profuse, acrid, transparent discharges from vagina. Sometimes the discharges are ropy. This cause burning in the genitals. Most females needing it complain of worsening of discharge during daytime. Washing with cold water often decrease the discharge. They also feel weakness due to discharges. Vaginal discharge before and after periods is also treated wonderfully with this medicine.

In addition to this it, this medicine is of great service to females who suffer from excessive weakness after periods. The periods in them may either be scanty or profuse but always followed by intense weakness. They may have complaint of headache and colic before and during menses.

 7. Ataxia

Ataxia refers to lack of muscle coordination that helps in voluntary movements. It results in gait (manner of walking) problem like inability to maintain balance while walking, tendency to stumble and falling while walking. In addition to it there may be difficulty with speech (like slow speech, slurred speech, tremor while speaking), involuntary eye movement in back and forth direction and problem with swallowing.

It is a very suitable medicine to treat cases of ataxia. Among the various symptoms of ataxia it offers help in improving gait problems like difficulty to maintain balance in walking, uncoordinated walking, clumsy walking. The person needing it may also have heaviness of the lower limbs along with staggering gait. Their legs also feels bandaged. At night they have complete inability to walk.

Dosage

Alumina can be used from 30 C to 1M potency. It can be taken once or twice when used in 30C potency. The higher potencies including 200 C and 1M should not be repeated frequently.

Relationship to Other Remedies

Complementary medicines are Bryonia and Ferrum Met. These medicines can be used after Alumina to complete its action when it is no longer acting.

Antidotes are Camphor, Chamomilla, and Ipecac which neutralise the action of this medicine. 

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Graphites – Homeopathic Medicine: Its Uses, Indications and Dosage

Graphites is prepared from black lead by trituration (process of making a homeopathic remedy). By trituration process the medicinal properties of black lead are extracted. Graphites is highly recommended to treat skin complaints (mainly eczema, psoriasis), constipation, piles, anal fissures and suppressed / late periods in females.   Graphites - homeopathic medicine

The ‘Graphites’ Constitution

This remedy is suited to people who have tendency of weight gain. Next, it is suitable to people who have tendency to skin complaints and also constipation. Other than this it is indicated for females who have are obese and have tendency of late, suppressed periods.

Drug Action

It has a marked action on skin where it helps to treat a number of complaints including eczema, psoriasis, skin rash, fungal infection, cracked skin. Next, its action is prominent on rectum where it offers help in cases of constipation, fissures and piles. Other than this it acts on the female genitalia and offers benefit to treat vaginal discharges and suppressed / late periods.

Role as a Homeopathic Medicine

1. Eye Complaints

It offers a great help in treating many eye complaints.

Among them, it is a highly effective medicine to treat eczema of eyelids. The persons needing it have inflamed eyelid with moist eruptions on it. Sometimes cracks and bleeding is present on eyelids.

Secondly, it is very beneficial to treat blepharitis ( inflammation of the eyelid margins where eyelashes grow). The key feature to use it in blepharitis is inflamed, red eyelid margins with presence of crust or flakes. The margins of eyelid are also dry along with above feature. Sometimes patient also get profuse watering from eyes. The eyelid may stick together. They may also have burning and biting sensation in eyelids. Intense itching in eyelid margin is also complained of.

Next, it is well indicated to treat photophobia ( light sensitivity – discomfort or pain in the eyes upon exposure to bright light). it may be used in this complaint when there is sensitivity of eyes to light especially sun light. It is attended with profuse watering from the eyes. Along with this redness of eye is marked. Persons also experience pain, burning and itching in eyes with above symptoms.

Other than this, it is a major medicine to treat styes (red, swollen lump on the on eyelid margin due to bacterial infection). It mainly helps to treat styes present on the lower lids. It works well in treating recent styes in any of the stages as well as also aids in removing the tendency of recurrent styes.

2. Ear Complaints

When it comes to ear complaints, this medicine is mainly used to treat complaint of tinnitus i.e hearing noises in the ear without the presence of any external sound. It is helpful to people who hear humming, roaring, ringing or hissing noises in ears. They may also feel cracking sounds in ear while eating or on moving jaw. In addition to it they may also have complaint of deafness. A unique feature that they may have is hearing getting better in noisy atmosphere.

Next, it is of great service to treat ear discharges (otorrhea). It is given in cases when there is thin, watery, and sticky discharge from the ears. In some cases the discharge may be blood stained. It also have an offensive smell.

It is also a highly recommended medicine to treat eczema behind the ears. Persons requiring it have crusty eruptions behind ears that ooze a sticky fluid. The eruptions may spread from behind ears to the cheeks and neck also. Severe itching is present in the eruptions. It is also given to heal cracks on skin behind ears. 

Lastly, it is a very useful medicine to treat dryness of ears.

3. Skin Issues

It is a top-listed medicine to treat a number of skin complaints. Among them its use is majorly noted in cases of eczema (inflamed, red, itchy skin with or without eruptions). It works well in both cases of dry eczema without any discharge as well as wet eczema with discharge. In cases needing it for dry eczema the skin is rough, dry and is inclined to crack. While in wet eczema eruptions on the skin with discharge of transparent, sticky fluid is the characteristic feature calling its use. 

Graphites works well in eczema appearing on any body part but especially behind the ears, on the eyelids, between fingers and toes, scalp. In cases of eczema on scalp there is presence of eruptions with thick crusts on it. There is oozing of sticky fluid from the eruptions. There is matting of hair from sticky, gluey discharges. The scalp is also sore and painful to touch.

Next, it is a renowned medicine to treat psoriasis (red, inflamed patches on the skin that are covered with silvery white scales). It is indicated when there are inflamed dry, rough areas on skin with excessive scales or flakes, along with much itching. It is also beneficial to heal cracks appearing on skin in psoriasis cases. It can be taken for psoriasis on any of the body part, particularly psoriasis of the scalp. In these cases the scalp is dry covered with copious scales sometimes extending behind the ears. Itching and burning appears on the scalp. It is also helpful for cases of nail psoriasis. Here thick, rough, discoloured and deformed nails is indicative of its use.

In addition to the above, it can take care of cracked skin very well. It helps to heal cracked skin at the ends of finger, between fingers or toes and cracked nipples. It also is indicated to treat cracks in fold of skin and bends of joints.

Lastly, it is an excellent medicine to treat fungal infection on scalp (tinea capitis) and fungal infection of nails (onychomycosis). In Tinea capitis scabby eruption are present on scalp. In many cases hair loss may be there in cases of ringworm of scalp.

In cases of nail fungus, it is recommended when the nails are brittle, discoloured, deformed and may break easily. The nails are also sore and painful.

4. Rectal Complaints

If we talk about about the rectum, then this remedy is first indicated to treat constipation. One can use it in constipation when the stool is hard, large and passed with much difficulty. Sometimes the stool may be covered with mucus. It helps to improve bowel motility to relief constipation.

Next, its use is considered in cases of anal fissures (a small tear in the mucosa that lines the anus mainly from passing hard stool). It aids to heal the tear in mucosa of anus and also helps to ease the pain attending it. It helps to improve pain in anus that may be sharp, cutting, stitching in nature. Burning in the anus also improve with its use. It also helps to stop bleeding that comes during stool in anal fissure cases.

Other than this, this medicine is used in cases of piles (swollen veins in the anus or lower part of rectum). In such cases it is given when piles are large with much bleeding. Cutting, stitching, smarting and pain is present in piles. The piles are also sore to touch. Along with it burning also appears in piles. Sometimes itching is also felt at the anus.

5. Female Complaints

In females, it is useful to treat complaint of suppressed or late periods. The females who need it also have scanty periods and that last for a short time. When menses appear they get violent abdominal pain,  headache and nausea.

Next, it offers help in cases of vaginal discharge. Females requiring it have vaginal discharge that occurs in gushes day and night. It is mostly yellowish or white in colour. The discharge is copious. It causes biting, smarting sensation in vagina. Along with it, weakness in the back is felt.

It is also used to treat sore, cracked, and painful nipples.

Dosage

Graphites can be used from low to high potencies. In low potencies it can be taken once or twice a day. Higher potencies should not be repeated frequently.

Relationship to Other Remedies

Complementary medicines to are Argentum Nitricum, Causticum, Hepar Sulph, and Lycopodium. These medicines can be used after Graphites as per symptom similarity to complete its action when it is no longer acting.

Antidotes are Nux Vomica, Aconite and Arsenic Album. 

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Hepar Sulph – Homeopathic Medicine: Its Uses, Indications and Dosage

Homeopathic medicine Hepar Sulph is prepared by trituration of sulphide of calcium obtained by burning the white interior of oyster shells with pure flowers of sulphur. As a homeopathic medicine, it is majorly used to treat cold, ear infections, sore throat, tonsillitis, cough, asthma and skin complaints with pus discharges.     Hepar Sulph Homeopathic Medicine

The ‘Hepar Sulph’ Constitution

It is suited to people who have low immunity with tendency to recurrent cold and throat infections. It is also suitable for people having unhealthy, sensitive skin prone to skin infections with pus discharges.

Drug Action

It has a marked action on eyes and nasal membranes where it helps to reduce its inflammation. Next, it has great action on throat where it helps to reduce its inflammation and relieve pain associated with it. When it comes to the respiratory system, it has strong affinity to treat cough, asthma, bronchitis and pneumonia. Lastly, it has deep effect on skin where it aids in healing eruptions and lumps with pus discharges.

Role as a Homeopathic Medicine

1. Eye Complaints

It is a very beneficial medicine to treat many of the eye complaints. Firstly, it is indicated to treat blepharitis (inflammation of the eyelid margins where eyelashes grow.) The persons needing it for blepharitis have red, inflamed, and swollen eyelids. The eyelids are also painful to touch. Throbbing and stinging pain is felt in the eyes. Along with this , the eyelids stick together especially during the morning. Photophobia (sensitivity to light), gritty sensation as from sand and burning in eyes are some other symptoms that can be experienced by them.

Secondly, its use is indicated for conjunctivitis (an inflammation of the conjunctiva i.e. the membrane lining the inner surface of the eyelid and covering the white of eye). Red, inflamed eyes along with purulent (pus) discharge are the classic symptoms that indicates its use here.

Lastly, it is a well indicated medicine to manage cases of corneal ulcer (ulcer on cornea I.e the transparent layer in front of the eye that covers the pupil and iris). Person needing it usually have red elevated ulcer at the margin of the cornea. Along with this, there is peculiar discharge of purulent (pus) matter from the ulcer. Few other symptoms that may be experienced by them includes pain in eyes, burning in the eyes and sensitivity to bright light. Here the pain is severe of a throbbing or stinging nature.

2. Nasal Complaints

When it comes to treating nasal complaints, Hepar Sulph is mainly used in cases of cold. It can be given in cold when there is thick yellow mucus discharge from the nose. Its use is also considered here when the nasal discharge is pus like sometimes tinged with blood. This discharge may also have a bad smell. Next, it works well to treat crusts and scabs in the nose. Pain in  the nostrils is also there along with the discharge or crust formation. At the same time blockage is felt in nose on going in the cold air. Sneezing is also present along with above symptoms. It is also given to treat loss of smell from chronic coryza.

Other than this, it is a top-listed medicine to treat sinusitis (inflammation of the lining membrane of any of the hollow areas I.e. sinuses present in the skull). In such cases, it helps reduce the inflammation in the sinus as well as the symptoms of it felt by the patient. Here it aids relief in the thick nasal discharge, nasal blockage and post nasal drip (i.e. dripping of mucus from back of the nose into the throat). Additionally, it also gives relief in the headache arising from sinusitis.

3. Ear Complaints

If we talk about ear complaints then this is an effective medicine to treat ear infections, ear discharges, noises in ears, eruptions in ear and itching in the ears.

For using it in cases of ear infection and discharges, the main features is discharge of blood-stained pus from the ears. The pus has a very offensive smell. The discharge is most times green coloured here. Along with this pain is felt in the ears.

Next, it can be of much help in cases of noises in ears (tinnitus). It mainly helps to manage cases where roaring noises are experienced by the person. Along with this, hardness of hearing may be complained of by the patient. 

Apart from the above, it can take care of pus filled eruptions (pustules) in the ears and itching in the ears.

4. Throat Complaints

This is a renowned medicine to treat a number of throat complaints. Here it is given for treating sore throat, throat infections and tonsillitis. In these cases it helps to reduce the inflammation of throat and tonsils. Persons who need it experience pain in throat especially on swallowing. The pain may extend to ears from throat in many cases. Most of the times the pain is stitching in nature. Another peculiar symptom felt by them is a sensation of plug of mucus in the throat.  Throat also feels rough and dry along with above symptoms. If we look at the throat then throat and tonsils appear red, swollen plus the tonsils are enlarged sometimes with pus points.

It works wonderfully in case of acute throat infection and tonsillitis as well as treating once tendency to have recurrent throat infections and tonsillitis. It is also one of the most effective medicines to treat cases of quinsy (collection of pus behind the tonsil).

5. Respiratory Problems

This medicine shows remarkable results in cases of respiratory troubles.

In respiratory troubles it is very valuable medicine to treat loose rattling cough. Along with cough, abundant yellow thick sputum is expectorated. Sometimes pus like blood stained bad smelling phlegm is expectorated. Person mainly feels that the cough gets worse from cold air exposure or from taking cold water.

It is also a very significant medicine to treat bronchitis especially in elderly people. Bronchitis is inflammation of the bronchial tubes i.e. the passage through which the air is carried to the lungs from trachea.

Other than this, this medicine is also highly recommended to treat asthma. One can take it in asthma when cough with thick expectoration and wheezing in the chest is present. Apart from this person who require it also complain of difficulty in breathing, tightness and pain in chest.

Another indication to use it is pneumonia i.e. inflammation of the alveoli (air sacs) of the lungs due to infection. One can be benefited from it when cough with purulent (pus) expectoration is present along with cough. Fever is present with these symptoms.

6. Skin Issues

This medicine effectively manages a number of skin complaints. Among them it is very effective to treat pimples. It mainly helps in pimples that have pus in it that may be sometime blood tinged. It also helps to ease pain in the pimples.

Next, it is a significant medicine to treat boils, abscess and carbuncles (skin infections with pus filled lumps on skin. A person needing it complain of pus discharge from these lumps. The pus may also have a bad smell. In these conditions it helps to clear the pus discharges, heal the lumps and bring excellent recovery. It also help to treat one’s tendency to get pus filled lumps on body frequently.

Further, it can be used in case of skin ulcers. In these cases it is a choice of medicine when there is stinging pain in the ulcers. Burning sensation also accompany. Additionally, there are pus discharge from the ulcers. The ulcers are also sensitive to touch.

it also gives excellent results in cases of fever blisters  (tiny  blisters that appear on the lips or around the mouth due to a viral infection). It is given in fever blisters when fever blisters around corners of mouth appear that are highly painful and sensitive to touch.

Lastly, it is very beneficial to treat cases of excessive sweating on skin. People who need it have sour fetid smelling sweat on body. It is attended with much weakness.

Dosage

Hepar Sulph can be used from 30 to 1M. In low potencies it can be taken one to three times a day depending upon the severity of the condition. Higher potencies should not be repeated frequently.

Relationship to Other Remedies

Complementary medicine is Calendula. This medicine can be used after Hepar Sulph to complete its action when it is no longer acting.

Antidotes are Acetic Acid, Arsenic Album and Chamomilla. These antidotes medicine can be used to neutralize its action.

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Cina – Homeopathic Medicine: Its Uses, Indications and Dosage

Homeopathic medicine Cina is prepared from the unexpanded flower-heads of plant Cina maritima also known as Artemisia maritima. This plant belongs to a large family of flowering plants known as Compositae. The flower-heads of this plant are potentized (a process by which homeopathic remedies are prepared) to get the homeopathic medicine. Cina is a source of santonin which was widely used as a drug in past to expel worms from the body. But in the homeopathic system of medicine, use of this remedy is done for many more complaints apart from worms. It is majorly used in children to treat irritability in children, difficult teething, bedwetting and worms.   Cina Homeopathic medicine

The ‘Cina’ Constitution

Cina is mainly a children’s remedy. It is well suited to children who remain irritable, cross all the time. Along with this they wish to be carried always. It is top listed medicine to help treat complaints during teething, bedwetting, colic, anal itching, grinding of teeth and sleep troubles in children.

Drug Action

This medicine has a marked action on mind where it helps to treat irritability in children. Next it acts wonderfully on  the gastrointestinal tract and helps to relieve colic, diarrhoea and worms infestation. Other than this, it has marked action on urinary bladder where it helps to treat complaint of bedwetting effectively

Role as a Homeopathic Medicine

1. Mind Complaints

It is a renowned medicine in homeopathy to treat many of the complaints related to mind in children. Firstly, it is a highly recommended medicine to calm children who are excessively irritable, cranky and fussy.  Along with this they scream and cry a lot. They also tend to strike and bite the attendants. They are always complaining, restless and get offended very easily. A major characteristic shown by them is desire to be carried all the time. Irritability seen among most children during dentition period is wonderfully checked with this medicine. 

Next, it is used in children who are very obstinate and wants their wishes to be fulfilled at once. They show excessive temper tantrums. They are not satisfied with anything and throws things away.

2. Nasal Complaints

In case of nasal complaints it is given in children when they have excessive itching in nose. They rub the nose or bores in nostrils due to itching. They also have attending sneezing and runny nose. Nose may feel stopped up in the evening time. Along with this they are restless and also cry too much.

3. Teething Troubles

This is a renowned medicine to treat teething difficulties in children. It is indicated when the child is very irritable during teething. Along with this they may be very cranky, with screaming and even biting and striking attendants. They also become very obstinate, stubborn. Further they wish to be carried all the time.

4. Gastrointestinal (GIT) Complaints

If we talk about gastric complaints then firstly, it is of great help in cases of abdominal colic in children.  It is given for cutting, pinching pain in the abdomen. Apart from this, it is also indicated for twisting pain felt around the navel. The abdomen also feels hard and bloated with pain. The child may find relief by applying pressure on the abdomen. It is a top-listed medicine to treat abdominal pain arising from worms.

Next, it offers help in case of loose stool (diarrhoea). Here it can be used when stool is watery, greenish, slimy sometimes with white mucus. Sometimes it may also pass involuntarily.

Other than this, it is a top-listed medicine to treat cases of worms. Worm infestation including threadworms, roundworms, ascarides is treated magnificently with it. It works wonders to bring relief in abdominal colic and anal itching appearing from presence of worms. It also helps to gain weight in children having worms who don’t gain weight even if eating excessively.

5. Cough

This remedy works well for cough which is violent and spasmodic in nature (i.e. which ends in vomiting). The cough is violent and  is mainly worse at night.  Coughing also lead to sleeplessness. Along with cough there may be rattling of mucus in the chest. Expectoration of mucus is difficult. There is also attending complaint of difficulty in breathing.

6. Urinary Issues

Use of this medicine is highly recommended for treating bedwetting in children. The children needing it usually passes urine involuntarily at night.  In daytime they have frequent urination with passage of copious urine. They may also be suffering from worms along with bedwetting complaint.

7. Sleep Issues in Children

It is a very beneficial medicine to treat many sleep issues in children. Firstly, it helps children who are sleepless at night. They remain restless and toss around in the bed, and may also keep crying. Sometimes they may scream, and do not like to be covered. Rocking them i.e moving them backwards and forwards or from side to side may help them fall asleep.

Next, it is one of the most effective medicines to treat complaint of night terrors in children. Children needing it wake up frightened from sleep. They cry and scream loudly on waking from sleep. They are calmed with much difficulty.

Lastly, children having complaint of grinding of teeth during sleep can also be treated with Cina.

Dosage

Cina can be used in 30 C and 200 C potency. In case of children it can be taken in 30 C potency once or twice a day. If using 200 C potency then its frequent repetition should be avoided.

Relationship to Other Remedies

The homeopathic medicines that can be used after it are Calc Carb, Nux Vomica and Silicea

The homeopathic medicines that can be used to antidote/nullify its action are Arnica, camphor and Capsicum.

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