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11 Homeopathic Remedies for Thigh Pain 

Thigh pain is a very common problem. It is a pain experienced in the area between the hip joint and the knee. The pain may be felt in the front of thigh, back of thigh, inner or outer side of thigh. Sometimes the pain begins in the back or hip joint and shoots down the thigh. The pain intensity varies from mild to moderate. The pain can be severe enough to cause difficulty with movement like walking, climbing stairs and running. In some cases the pain appears all of sudden while in others it has a gradual onset. The pain may be intermittent that comes and goes or it can be constant. Homeopathic remedies for thigh pain work well in cases of mild causes but are not recommended in serious causes like deep vein thrombosis. homeopathic remedies for thigh pain

Causes  

It can arise from various causes. Firstly it can arise from an injury or trauma to thigh as from a blow, fall. Next reasons are muscle strain or muscle damage / tear,  sprain (overstretching or tearing of ligaments that connects bones to other bones), an overstretched or torn tendon that connects muscles to bones) and tendinitis (inflamed tendons). It can also arise from repetitive stress or overuse of muscle of thighs like from strenuous exercise, work out and physical activity that involves thigh muscles. Another reason is a sedentary lifestyle where a person remains in a sitting position for prolonged time and doesn’t engage in any physical activity or exercise. This causes harm to muscles resulting in pain. Next cause is pain from nerve involvement like irritation or damage of nerves. It can happen in case of peripheral neuropathy that commonly occurs from diabetes. There is a condition related to nerves called meralgia paresthetica that can cause pain, numbness, tingling, burning sensation in the outer area of thigh. It occurs from damage, compression or pinching of the lateral femoral cutaneous nerve. Some other medical conditions that can cause thigh pain includes fibromyalgia (a disorder in which widespread musculoskeletal pain occurs which is attended with weakness, sleep problems, memory issues and mood issues), various type of arthritis (joint inflammation) and deep vein thrombosis (a blood clot in the vein of leg that carries a risk of breaking off and travelling to lungs, heart or brain resulting in life threatening condition requiring urgent medical help). Apart from above it can arise if the blood flow to legs is decreased, femoral stress fracture (break in the thigh bone medically known as femur), infection of the thigh bone, and Iliotibial Band Friction Syndrome (in this pain occur on outer side of thigh due to irritation from overuse or repeated stress of iliotibial band which is a thick fascia that runs down the outer side of thigh). 

Symptoms 

A person may experience some other symptoms along with thigh pain depending on the cause behind it. Firstly there may occur stiffness in thigh or cramping in thigh. Next numbness or tingling, pricking sensation can be felt in the thigh. There may also be a burning sensation felt in the thigh. Another symptom that can accompany is weakness in thigh muscle.

Homeopathic Remedies for Thigh Pain 

Homeopathic medicines are very effective to manage cases of thigh pain. These medicines offer relief in thigh pain by targeting the root cause behind it. These medicines gradually reduce the intensity of thigh pain. As the reasons behind thigh pain are variable it is advised to start any medicine after diagnosing the cause behind it. In case of mild causes these medicines prove helpful. But in case of serious causes like deep vein thrombosis and in case a person have weakness in leg, numbness in groins, loss of control over urination or stool, unable to bear weight on affected leg, have fever, or have swelling then urgent help from conventional mode of treatment is recommended.

  1. Rhus Tox – Leading Medicine for Thigh Pain

Rhus Tox is a top grade medicine for managing thigh pain. It is one of the best medicines when the pain arises from straining the muscles, tendons or ligaments of the thigh. For using it there may be drawing or tearing pain in thighs. It is also indicated for cramps in the thighs mainly at night time. Next, it is indicated for pain in the whole left lower limb most marked in the back of thigh. This is a drawing or burning type. Apart from above, the tensed feeling in the hip joint extending down to left thigh is also indicative of its use. Lastly, pain specifically in the middle of thigh on the outer side can be managed with it.

  1. Bryonia – For Drawing Type of Pain

It is a natural medicine prepared from the root of the plant Bryonia alba having common name wild hops. This plant belongs to the family cucurbitaceae. It is beneficial to manage drawing type of pain in the thighs. Next it is well indicated to help cases having pain in the front (anterior part) of the thigh. The pain may extend from lower back or hip to front of knee where it is required.

  1. Colocynth – For Right Side Pain

This medicine is prepared from the pulp of the fruit of a plant named Citrullus Colocynthis or Bitter Apple. This plant belongs to the family cucurbitaceae. It is useful when there is pain in the right side thigh. This is worse when standing. It is also worse when walking. Along with this there occur stiffness of muscles of the thigh. The muscles and tendons of the thigh also feel too short. Mostly the nature of pain is drawing type in cases needing it. Apart from above it also offers help in case of cramp in the middle of the thigh of the left side. It is also one of the best medicines when the pain from the back radiates down the thighs.

  1. Gelsemium – When Thighs are Sore to Touch

This medicine is prepared from the bark of the root of plant Gelsemium Sempervirens commonly known as yellow jasmine. This plant belongs to family loganiaceae. It is well indicated when the thighs are sore to touch along with pain. For using it the nature of pain is a violent lancinating type. Other than this it is also suitable medicine for treating drawing or crampy pains in thighs  extending into toes. This is worse on motion or walking.

  1. Guaiacum – For Tensed Feeling in Thigh with Pain

It is prepared from gum resin of a tree Guaiacum officinale having the common name Lignum sanctum. It belongs to family zygophyllaceae. It is an effective medicine when there is tensed feeling in thigh along with pain. The muscles of thighs feel short with this.  It is worse when sitting. A pressing sensation and crawling, tingling are also felt with this. The last indication to use it is pain that begins in the middle of the thigh and extends to the knee.

  1. Agaricus – For Thigh Pain on Crossing Legs

It is well indicated medicine for persons having thigh pain that occurs on crossing legs. Heaviness in thighs attend it. The tendons of the thigh feel stretched. Next it is prominent medicine for electric stitching type of pain in the front side of thigh. It also works well when there is drawing in the thigh that extends to the knee.

  1. Berberis Vulgaris – For Tearing, Shooting Thigh Pain 

It is prepared from the bark of the root of plant Barberry. It belongs to the family berberidaceae. It is a valuable medicine for managing tearing, shooting pain in the thigh. Other than this throbbing in the thigh is also indicative of its use. Another symptom indicating its use is stitching pain in the thigh while sitting or walking. A sensation of icy coldness in spots may be felt in the thigh along with pain.

  1. Phytolacca – For Pain in Outer Side 

This medicine is prepared from plant Phytolacca decandra commonly known as Poke root and Red Ink Plant. It belongs to family phytolaccaceae. It works well in case of pain in the outer side of thigh. The nature of pain for using this medicine is shooting, pressing, aching or drawing type. It is accompanied by weakness and desire to lie down. It also offers benefits when there are tearing pains in the thigh on standing.

  1. Silicea – For Pain in Thigh Bone (Femur)

It is a beneficial medicine for managing pain in the thigh bone or femur. 

Persons needing it feels as if the thigh bone is beaten. The pain is felt when walking, sitting, lying. It is also helpful medicine for thigh pain which is shooting, drawing, tearing, pricking type.

  1. Calcarea Phos – For Pain on Inner Side of Thigh

Use of this medicine is considered when the pain is present on the inner side of thigh. The pain is usually sharp. It is worse when walking.

Soreness is also there along with above symptoms. Another characteristic symptom for using it is shooting pain radiating from left thigh to knee or even to ankle in some cases.

  1. Dulcamara -When Pain gets better while Walking

It is prepared from fresh green stems and leaves of plant Solanum dulcamara having the common name woody nightshade and bitter – sweet. It belongs to family solanaceae. Its use is done when the thigh pain is better when walking. Persons requiring it have drawing or tearing pain in thighs. It is worse when sitting. Dulcamara is also a significant medicine for managing pain of drawing nature that extends from small of back to thighs.

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Deltoid Pain – Symptomatic Management with Homeopathy

Deltoid pain is the pain felt in the deltoid muscle which is a large, triangle – shaped muscle lying over the uppermost part of the arm at the top of the shoulder. It is composed of three regions named the front (anterior), middle, and back. This muscle is attached through tendons to the collarbone (clavicle), shoulder blade (scapulae) and the upper arm. This muscle is responsible to lift the arm and rotate the arm. Homeopathic treatment for deltoid pain is recommended in cases of mild to moderate intensity.homeopathic treatment of deltoid pain

Causes

The main reason for it is straining this muscle, injury to muscle or its over use without taking proper rest. Straining can occur from lifting heavy weights, playing certain sports, doing intense exercise that involves the shoulder, swimming, excessive typing on the computer without taking frequent breaks. The injury can occur from repetitive use of the deltoid muscle and the shoulder mostly in the athletes, and from an accident like a fall on the shoulder. 

Symptoms 

A person may feel deltoid pain on the front, side or back of the shoulder. The pain may radiate from the tip of the shoulder to the upper arm on lifting the arm. The intensity of the pain can be mild to severe in intensity. Next tightness may be felt in the muscle region. Along with pain the mobility of the shoulder and the arm may be hindered or restricted. There is difficulty in lifting the objects. Swelling over the deltoid muscle can also be there. The deltoid muscle may be sore and tender to touch in some of the cases. Sometimes weakness of the shoulder may be felt in addition to the above symptoms.

Deltoid Strain – Grades 

The deltoid strain is divided into three grades depending on the intensity of the symptoms:

Grade 1 – In this there occurs tightness in the muscle and slight swelling is present. Along with this pain may be felt on using the arm. The movement of the shoulder is not restricted and a person can use the arm normally.

Grade 2 – In this grade there occur partial tears in the deltoid muscle and pain and swelling are increased in intensity. The movement of the shoulder gets restricted. Using or lifting the arm leads to pain in this grade.

Grade 3 – it occurs in serious injuries where complete tear of the deltoid muscle is present. In this the pain and swelling are of severe intensity. The shoulder movements may be intensely restricted or not possible at all.   

Homeopathic Treatment for Deltoid Pain 

Homeopathic medicines are very beneficial to relieve the deltoid pain. These medicines gradually relieve the pain and its attending symptoms. These medicines are prepared from naturally occurring substances, so are very safe to use without any side effects. Use of these medicines is recommended in cases of mild to moderate deltoid pain. These help in healing the muscle strain of mild to moderate degree. But in case of serious deltoid injury or severe muscle tear it is recommended to take urgent help from conventional mode of treatment as homeopathy has limitations to treat such severe cases.

  1. Rhus Tox – Top Grade Medicine

It is one of the best medicines for managing cases of deltoid pain. It is well indicated when the complaint arises from muscle strain, repetitive activity that puts pressure on the muscle and from over lifting. In cases requiring it the pain in the shoulder occurs which is accompanied with stiffness as if from a sprain. Next pressure on the shoulders is felt as from a heavy weight. The pain can be tearing, burning or stitching type. This worsens while lying and when at rest. Moving about helps to give relief in the pain. This medicine also is useful for cases in which the shoulder pain gets worse in cold weather. 

  1. Sanguinaria Can – For Right Sided Pain

This medicine is prepared from plant Sanguinaria canadensis commonly known as Blood root. It belongs to the family papaveraceae. It is a very effective medicine for pain in the deltoid muscle of the right side. Persons needing it have pain in the right shoulder and upper part of the right arm. This pain gets worse from lifting things. They are unable to raise their arms. Worsening of the pain is also there at the night time and when turning in the bed. The pain wakes them from sleep. The pain may be specifically cutting type in some of the cases. The deltoid area is very sensitive and tender to pressure. The right deltoid is also stiff in addition to above. This is worse when raising or turning the arm. 

  1. Ferrum Met – For Left Sided Pain

Ferrum Met works well in cases of left sided deltoid pain. People who need it experience increased pain during night time. Motion helps to relieve the pain. Along with pain they have restricted arm movement and the problem in raising the arm is present. Putting the hand behind their back is also impossible for them. Mostly they have tearing or shooting type of pain. The pain may radiate from the shoulder to the upper arm. The deltoid muscle is also sore with above symptoms. 

  1. Ledum Pal – When Pain Worsens on Lifting Arm

This medicine is prepared from plant Ledum Palustre commonly known as wild rosemary and marsh cistus. This plant belongs to family ericaceae. It is beneficial when the shoulder pain gets worse on lifting arms. The pain can be stitching, lancinating or throbbing type. Next with pain pressure is felt in the shoulder. This is worse from motion.

  1. Phytolacca – For Pain Worsening at Night

It is prepared from plant Phytolacca decandra commonly known as Poke root and also Red Ink Plant. It belongs to family phytolaccaceae. It is useful when the shoulder pain gets worse at night time. The pain can dull aching or shooting in nature for using it. Stiffness can attend it. Difficulty in raising the arm is also present.

  1. Bryonia – For Pain in the Right Shoulder 

It is prepared from the root of a plant Bryonia alba commonly known by the name of wild hops or white bryony. This plant belongs to the family cucurbitaceae. It is a very helpful medicine for right sided shoulder pain, similar to the remedy Sanguinaria. It is indicated when there is painful tension feeling in the right shoulder.  A sensation of pressure on the top of the right shoulder is also felt with this. This worsens on touch.  In a few cases needing it there occurs tearing pain in the shoulder and upper arm with tension and swelling. Sometimes the pain is drawing type in the upper arm.

  1. Zincum Met – For Tearing Pain in Shoulder and Upper Arm

This medicine is well indicated for cases in which there is tearing pain in the shoulder and the upper arm. The pain worsens on raising the arm. Along with this heaviness and pressure is felt in the shoulders. The shoulder also feels tensed. Other than this it is indicated for drawing from top of the shoulder going down the arm. Next in cases having stitching pain in the shoulder this medicine proves useful. 

  1. Rhododendron – When Pain Worsens from Motion

It is prepared from fresh leaves of plant Rhododendron chrysanthum. Having the common name yellow Snow rose. It belongs to family ericaceae. It is useful when the pain in the deltoid muscle gets worse from motion. The pain is mostly left sided for using it. The type of pain is usually boring or tearing in nature.

  1. Silicea – When Pain is Better by Warm Covering

This medicine is specifically indicated when the shoulder pain gets better from warm covering. It is mostly worse at night where it is required. Use of this medicine is also considered when there is sharp pain in the right sided shoulder.

  1. Chelidonium – For Pain in Right Shoulder on Movement

It is a natural medicine prepared from fresh plant Chelidonium Majus. Commonly known as Greater Celandine. It belongs to the family papaveraceae. This medicine is used for right sided shoulder pain that worsens on movement of the arm. The pain is tearing in nature. Sometimes this medicine is also used for left shoulder pain with a feeling of being sprained. This is often accompanied with a cold feeling in the upper arm.

  1. Agaricus – For Pain that Worsens on Moving Joint Backward

Agaricus is a beneficial medicine for cases in which the pain in the  deltoid gets worse from moving the shoulder joint backward. It is mostly present on the right side. With this a sprained feeling in the deltoid may be felt. Lastly a sensation of splinters in the deltoid muscle can be there when lifting the arm.

  1. Asarum Europoeum – For Contractive, Tensive Pain

It is prepared from plant commonly known as Asarabacca and Hazelwort. It belongs to family aristolochiaceae. This medicine works well when there is contractive tensive type of pain in the deltoid muscle. Apart from this stitching pain in the shoulders is also indicative of its use. 

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9 Highly Effective Homeopathic Remedies for Follicular Tonsillitis 

Tonsils refers to two oval shaped mass of lymphatic tissue lying at the back of the throat, one on the either side. These play a role in the immune system serving as a first line of defence to fight against pathogens (like virus, bacteria) that get inhaled or ingested. But in this process they too can get infected and inflamed termed as tonsillitis. In case of acute tonsillitis the tonsils become enlarged, red and inflamed. This may progress to follicular tonsillitis in which the crypts (tube like invaginations from the surface epithelium of tonsils) get filled with debris and pus. It presents as yellow or white spots at the opening of the crypts on the tonsils which gives follicular appearance. Homeopathic remedies for follicular tonsillitis help reduce inflammation, swelling, redness of the tonsils as well as pus points.  In case of chronic follicular tonsillitis the crypts get filled with infected cheesy matter.

Causes 

It can arise from viral (most common) or bacterial infections. Some viral agents that are involved in it include adenovirus, influenza virus, rhinovirus, Epstein Barr virus (EBV) and parainfluenza virus.  The main bacteria that cause it is Streptococcus pyogenes that causes strep throat. Some other less common bacterial agents that can cause it are streptococcus pneumoniae, chlamydia pneumoniae and mycoplasma pneumoniae.

Children of school age group who tend to spend more time with other same age grouped kids are at risk of frequent exposure to viruses or bacteria that can cause tonsillitis. Children between age 5 yrs to 15 yrs are most at risk of bacterial tonsillitis. Tonsillitis is rare in babies less than 1 year  of age and also those above 50 years of age. 

Symptoms 

In these cases initially high temperature (between 102 to 104 degree fahrenheit) occurs which is accompanied with chill. Along with this headache, loss of appetite and pain in the bone of limbs is usually felt. The tonsillitis signs and symptoms get prominent between 6 to 12 hrs after the infection. In this there occur redness and swelling of the tonsils, pain in the throat that may extend to the ear, a sensation of foreign body in the throat and fullness on swallowing. Tongue may be coated and can be attended with bad odour from the mouth. There can also be swelling and tenderness of the neck glands. Following this the inflammation extends to the pharynx and uvula, elongation of uvula may also appear, whitish spots form on the tonsils, throat becomes dry, increase in the throat pain occurs that is worse during deglutition. The acute follicular tonsillitis may progress to the next stage called acute membranous tonsillitis (in this the exudation from the crypts join in together to form a membrane on the tonsil surface).

Homeopathic Remedies for Follicular Tonsillitis 

Homeopathic medicines are quite effective in treating cases of follicular tonsillitis. These medicines are prepared from naturally occurring substances so are very safe, gentle to use without any kind of side effects. Homeopathic medicines boost the disease fighting mechanism of the body to fight with the infection and aid natural recovery in these cases. Along with this the accompanying symptoms like pain, swallowing difficulty are relieved too. The best suitable medicine is selected individually for every case depending on the symptoms presentation. In case of difficulty breathing, excessive difficulty in swallowing, obstructive sleep apnea (a serious sleep disorder in which momentary pauses occur in breathing several times during sleep) and collection of pus behind a tonsil (peritonsillar abscess), it is strictly advised to take urgent help from conventional mode of treatment.

1. Belladonna – For Acute Tonsillitis before Formation of Pus Spots

This medicine is prepared from a plant named deadly nightshade. It belongs to family solanaceae. In cases needing it the tonsils are bright red and enlarged. The fauces and the uvula are also bright red and shiny. It is attended with fever. The throat is excessively dry. Heated sensation is felt in the throat. Next there is burning and scraping sensation in the throat. This is accompanied by difficulty in swallowing. This is worse for swallowing liquids. Mostly violent, scraping, shooting, stinging or lancinating pain in the throat is felt when swallowing. A lump or plug feeling in the throat is also there. Throat is sensitive to touch.

2. Hepar Sulph – With Pus Spots on Tonsils

It is one of the best medicines where pus spots occur on the tonsils. In cases needing it the throat pain is felt which is worse on swallowing. Smarting sensation and rawness in the throat is also there when swallowing. In some cases stitching pain from the throat radiates to the ears during deglutition. Throat feels intensely swollen and a tickling sensation in the back of the throat is felt. The uvula is elongated with this. Throat dryness is also present. Another important symptom that appears is a sensation of a plug of mucus or a splinter in the throat. The glands in the neck may be swollen. It is also well-indicated medicine for recurring tonsillitis.

3. Silicea – For Stitching or Pricking Pain

This medicine is well indicated when pus points on the tonsils are attended with pain of stitching or pricking type as occurring from pins. The pain is worse when swallowing. The throat feels dry and the palate and uvula are swollen. Sometimes a burning sensation is also felt in the throat. In some cases thick, yellow or green mucus is hawked up. This has a very offensive smell.

4. Merc Sol – For Sharp Pains in Tonsils

It is highly beneficial medicine when whitish spots on the tonsils are accompanied with sharp pain. Tonsils are enlarged, dark red and are studded with ulcers where this medicine is required. The uvula is excessively swollen and elongated along with this. The soft palate is also red and swollen. Difficult swallowing is there. Excessive salivation is present. It may be slimy or stringy in nature. Bad odour from the mouth is marked along with above symptoms. The throat feels raw and rough. In some cases needing it the pain from the throat radiates to the ears especially while swallowing. Lastly there may be trickling of mucus back into the throat.

5. Phytolacca – For Marked Burning Pains in Throat

It is prepared from plant Phytolacca decandra commonly known as Poke root and Red Ink Plant. It belongs to family phytolaccaceae. This medicine is suited when there is intense burning pain in the throat. The tonsils are enlarged, congested dark red, bluish or dark purple and are swollen. Dryness, roughness, rawness and excoriation is felt in the throat. Uvula is enlarged. There is soreness of the throat and sensation of a lump in the throat that causes a continuous desire to swallow. Disposition to hawk and clear throat is also there. The breath is fetid. Swallowing is difficult and painful. On swallowing excruciating and shooting pains extend to the ears through the throat. 

6. Baryta Carb – For Swollen Tonsils with Excessive Salivation

This medicine is helpful for cases in which the tonsils are swollen with excessive salivation. The tonsils are enlarged with pus. The palate is also swollen. Pain of smarting or stinging nature on swallowing is marked in the throat. Viscid phlegm in the throat in the morning may attend. It is a well indicated medicine when the throat symptoms move from right to left side.

7. Kali Mur – For Inflamed Tonsils with Painful Swallowing

This medicine works well when the tonsils are inflamed with intense pain while swallowing. The tonsils are covered with white or grayish white spots. Dryness and roughness is present in the fauces. Along with the above symptoms a person may hawk up thick and white cheesy mucus which has a very bad smell and taste.

8. Lachesis – For Swollen Tonsils with Small Yellow Patches

It is an important medicine for cases in which the tonsils are swollen along with small yellow patches on them. The tonsils and the uvula are swollen and dark red in colour. With this there is great difficulty to swallow. Swelling and pain is present especially in tonsil on the left side. The swelling and pain may shift to the right side tonsil. The pain from tonsils has a tendency to radiate to the ears. Other than this fullness, rawness and soreness in the throat is present. Next there is a sensation of a bread crumb sticking in the throat. There is also frequent inclination to swallow though it is painful.

9. Psorinum – With Cutting or Tearing Pain on Swallowing

It is a useful medicine for marked throat pain of cutting or tearing type on swallowing. The pain may radiate to the ears. With this a sensation of a plug or lump in the throat is felt. There is accumulation of tough mucus in the throat. Scraping sensation is felt in the throat. Sometimes there is a burning and scalding sensation in the throat. In some cases excessive offensive saliva is present. 

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Homeopathic Medicines for Thoracic Back Pain

Thoracic back pain refers to pain in the upper or middle back in the region of thoracic spine between the bottom of cervical spine (in the neck) and top of lumbar spine (in the lower back). Homeopathic medicines for thoracic back pain are very natural and safe and provide relief without any side effects. Thoracic back pain is not as common as pain in the neck and lower back pain. This pain can arise from various causes that range from mild to serious causes.Homeopathic Medicines for Thoracic Back Pain

Causes

Firstly it can arise from muscle strain, spasm, inflammation or its irritation. The strain may result from many reasons. For example, it may occur from sitting with the shoulders being bent forward for a long time period constantly, sitting for extended time periods at the computer, doing some activity that puts repetitive strain on the thoracic spine causing overuse injury. It may also result from some injury to the spine in the thoracic region as from sport injury, trauma or car accident. Secondly, it can arise from strained ligaments (tough tissue that connects bones to other bones) or tendons (tough tissue band that connects muscle to bone) in the thoracic spine. Other causes behind it are slip disc and thoracic stenosis. Slip disc is a condition in which when the outer ring of the intervertebral disc becomes weak or gets teared resulting in slipping out of the jelly like inner portion of the disc. Thoracic stenosis refers to narrowing of the spinal canal in the thoracic spine. 

Other causes include spinal osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, fracture of vertebra in the thoracic spine, scoliosis and kyphosis. In spinal osteoarthritis the cartilage at the ends of bones in the spinal joints degenerates. Osteoporosis is a medical condition resulting in weak, brittle and fragile bones prone to break easily. Scoliosis is a condition in which there is a sideways curve in a person’s spine. The curve can be S or C in shape. Kyphosis is an excessive convex curvature of the spine in the thoracic and sacral part regions resulting in bending of the spine forward.

A condition called fibromyalgia (a disorder characterised by widespread musculoskeletal pain which is accompanied with fatigue, memory issues, sleep disturbances and mood issues) may also lead to it. 

Apart from these it may arise in case of ankylosing spondylitis which is an autoimmune disease characterised by chronic inflammation of the joints of the spine, infection in the spine or spinal tumours. In some cases it may be caused by shingles (an infection in which there occurs a painful skin rash caused by varicella – zoster virus which is the same virus that causes chicken pox). Lastly, there is a possibility that the problem from other parts of the body can radiate to this region. For example it can cause problems affecting the lung, pleura, heart, food pipe, stomach, the gallbladder and the pancreas.

Symptoms

Depending on the cause behind it the pain may be accompanied by some other symptoms also. Firstly, there can occur stiffness in the thoracic back along with pain. Secondly numbness or burning sensation may occur. Pins and needles sensation can be felt. In case of arthritis pain may be present in other body joints also in addition to the middle back pain. Fatigue and fever may also sometimes be present in some of the cases. Lastly, weakness in the legs, loss of control over bowel or bladder may occur from spinal cord compression. 

Homeopathic Medicines for Thoracic Back Pain

Homeopathy offers a very effective management for cases of thoracic back pain. These remedies help in providing gradual relief. The homeopathic medicines target the root cause behind this pain to give best results. It is advised to take any of the homeopathic medicine for this pain under the supervision of a homeopathic physician who will prescribe best medicine after proper case study. The homeopathic medicines are recommended in these cases when the intensity of symptom is mild to moderate and no serious cause is linked with it. But in case the pain is very severe or there is loss of bladder/bowel control or some serious cause is present like gallbladder, lungs, heart then it is strictly advised to take urgent help from conventional mode of treatment.

  1. Rhus Tox – Top Grade Remedy 

Rhus Tox is a highly beneficial medicine for managing pain in the thoracic back. Persons needing it have constrictive pain in the muscles of this region. It gets worse while sitting. Bending forward also worsens it. They feel better by bending the back backwards. Sometimes they feel pain in the thoracic back between shoulder blades that gets worse from cold. Warmth helps to relieve this. It is one of the best medicines to manage cases of pain arising from muscle over strain or injury .

  1. Calcarea Carb – For Drawing Pain

This medicine is helpful when there is drawing pain in the thoracic back  between the scapula. A pressure sensation may also be felt with this. Cases having stitching pain in this area can also be helped with this. It is also a prominent medicine for cases having curvature of the thoracic spine.

  1. Agaricus – For Pain with Sensitivity of Spine to Touch

This medicine is very suitable when a person has pain in thoracic back along with sensitiveness of the spine to touch. In most cases needing it the nature of pain is sharp stitching type like from splinters on the thoracic vertebra. There is also a sensation as if the dorsal muscles are beaten. Bruised sensation is also felt. On bending forward it feels as if the muscles in the thoracic region are short.

  1. Kali Carb – Stiffness in Thoracic Region with Pain

Kali Carb is a well indicated medicine when stiffness in the thoracic region accompanies pain. The pain is a dull type where it is required. It is also indicated when there is stinging pain in any of the sides of the thoracic back. 

  1. Phosphorus – For Pain with Heated Sensation

It is very effective medicine for cases in which pain is accompanied with heated sensation in the spine. The nature of pain for using it is dull, burning or throbbing type. The painful part is also very sensitive to pressure.

  1. Natrum Sulph – For Shooting Type of Pain

It is a very useful medicine when there is shooting pain in the back between the scapulae. Sometimes there is a piercing type of pain as from knives where it is required. This worsens while sitting in the evening. Soreness is also present  in the spine in addition to above symptoms.

  1. Arnica – For Bruising Pain 

It is a natural medicine prepared from a plant named Arnica Montana having the common name Leopard’s – bane and also fallkraut. This plant belongs to family compositae. It gives best results when there is bruised pain in the region of thoracic vertebrae. The same pain may also be felt in the neck. Other than this it is best indicated medicine for managing pain arising from trauma, injuries occurring from blunt objects or from a fall. 

  1. Colocynth – For Excessive Tenderness on Upper Thoracic Vertebra

It is prepared from pulp of fruit Citrullus colocynthis also called cucumis colocynthis and bitter apple. This plant belongs to the family cucurbitaceae. This medicine is used when there is excessive tenderness on pressure on the upper thoracic vertebra. Mostly the upper four vertebrae of the thoracic spine are tender to pressure in cases needing it. Other than it is also indicated when there is pain in the shoulder blades that extends to the neck. This region may also be tense. 

  1. Zincum Met – For Pain in Muscles of Upper Middle Back

This medicine is valuable for managing pain in the muscles of the upper middle back. Stiffness is also present with this. In most cases this gets worse from movement. Sometimes increase of pain is also noted specifically in the morning time.

  1. Nux Vomica – When Pain is Accompanied by Tensed Sensation 

This medicine is considered in cases where pain in the thoracic back is attended with tensed sensation. For using it the pain is mostly aching or pressing type. In some of the cases the pain can be burning or stitching type also.

  1. Lycopodium – For Drawing and Aching Pain

This medicine is prepared from plant Lycopodium Clavatum commonly known by the name of club moss. This plant belongs to family lycopodiaceae. This medicine is well indicated when there is drawing and aching pain. Warmth sensation in the spine may also be felt with this. Apart from these bruises, the pain in thoracic back also indicates its use. This is worse at rest.

  1. Tellurium – When Upper Dorsal Vertebrae are Sensitive 

It is a significant medicine for cases in which there is painful sensitiveness of the spine in the region of the upper thoracic vertebrae. Mostly the upper six dorsal vertebrae are sensitive to pressure and touch in cases that need it.

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Homeopathy for Altitude Sickness

Altitude sickness refers to a group of symptoms that can arise in a person from going at higher altitudes too quickly. It happens due to low levels of oxygen at high altitudes. It is also known by the name of mountain sickness.  This condition usually occurs at altitudes of 8,000 feet (ft) or higher. People who live at high altitudes are adapted to low oxygen saturation, but persons who travel to higher altitudes than their body is used to can develop altitude sickness. Climbing, hiking, driving at higher altitudes too rapidly or climbing at too high altitudes poses a risk of it because the body doesn’t get enough time then to adjust to the decreased oxygen levels. Homeopathy for altitude sickness can help manage symptoms, with homeopathic remedy Coca being the first-aid medicine, popularly known as ‘the mountaineer’s remedy.’ homeopathy for altitude sickness

Anyone can get it who hurry into ascending at high altitudes, without giving their body enough time to adjust to the changes in air pressure. The chances of it are increased if the climb is difficult and takes excessive energy compared to an easy climb needing less energy. Risk is increased in persons having a history of this complaint. The risk is lowered if a person ascends at high altitudes in a gradual manner. Mountain sickness can be acute or chronic. In acute type  symptoms are felt shortly after ascending quickly at high altitude. While in chronic type the symptoms develop after a person remains at higher altitude of more than 8200 feet for an extended time. The chronic mountain sickness is also known as Monge’s disease. 

Symptoms 

The symptoms of this condition occur between 6 to 24 hours after reaching higher altitudes. The intensity of symptoms depends on various factors that include age of the person, weight of the person, general physical fitness levels, the speed at which a person climbed the higher altitude and how much time is spent by a person at  the high altitude. A person is said to have altitude sickness if he gets a headache and at least one other attending symptoms of altitude sickness at a height of 8000 ft. Other than headache the symptoms of this condition when in mild condition includes  dizziness, nausea, vomiting, fatigue (tiredness, weakness), sleeplessness (insomnia), loss of appetite, general malaise, feeling sleepy, increased heart rate and shortness of breath on doing exertion. The symptoms  tend to get better in a day or two as the body adjusts itself to altitude change. But in severe cases serious symptoms may develop. These serious symptoms are severe headache, shortness of breath  even at rest, chest tightness, skin discolouration, cough, coughing of blood, loss of coordination, unsteady gait means problem in walking, confusion and decreased consciousness.

Classification of Altitude Sickness

It is classified into three types:

Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) :

It is the  most common and the mildest form of altitude sickness. Its symptoms include dizziness, headache, nausea and muscle aches.

High – Altitude Cerebral Edema (HACE):

This form occurs if AMS is not treated well in time and it persists. In this type fluid fills the brain leading to its swelling and hindering its normal functioning. This fluid leaks from blood vessels into the brain that occurs from low oxygen levels resulting in brain swelling. This type needs immediate treatment because it can cause death if not urgently treated. Its symptoms include intense drowsiness, confusion, disorientation, fever, trouble walking and hallucinations (a symptom in which a person sees or hears things not present actually in reality

High – Altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE)

In this type excessive fluid builds up in the lungs and hinders its normal function. This type is also life threatening and if not treated immediately can cause death. The symptoms of this type are difficulty breathing even at rest, blueness of skin or lips (cyanosis), persistent intense cough, chest tightness / congestion, rattling or gurgling noises in lungs when breathing, confusion and  weakness.

Homeopathy for Altitude Sickness

There are some medicines in homeopathy that are beneficial for cases of altitude sickness. These can be considered in these cases of mild intensity. In cases where any of the symptoms are very severe /serious and are indicating HACE and HAPE it Is advisable to take immediate help from conventional treatment. Homeopathic medicines can help mild cases with symptoms including headache, exhaustion, dizziness, sleeplessness, palpitations, anxiety and mild difficult breathing. The first aid homeopathic medicine best fit for managing these symptoms is Coca also popularly known as “The mountaineer’s remedy’’. 

  1. Coca

This medicine is prepared from leaves of the plant Coca Erythroxylon that belongs to family linee. It is top listed medicine for cases of altitude sickness. It is the best homeopathic medicine for managing cases of mild to moderate intensity. The key features to use this medicine in these cases are headache, dizziness, sleeplessness, palpitations, anxiety, exhaustion and difficulty breathing. This medicine is helpful when any of these symptoms arise from ascending high altitudes. Its use is also recommended as a preventive for altitude sickness in persons having a history of this condition any time in the past.

  1. Calcarea Carb 

Calcarea Carb is another well indicated homeopathic medicine for cases of altitude sickness. It is mainly indicated for vertigo (a symptom in which a person feels as if he is moving or the surrounding objects are moving but actually they are not) when climbing high altitudes or going up a hill. For using it the vertigo can be felt on suddenly turning the head. The vertigo is attended with a sensation of falling. Along with vertigo, headache nausea and vomiting can be present too.   

  1. Carbo Veg 

Carbo Veg is the next valuable medicine for altitude sickness. One of the main actions of this medicine is centred around the complaints arising from lack of proper oxygenation of blood. In cases of mountain sickness it is beneficial for complaints of mild difficult breathing. This can be used only in mild cases and not severe ones. Persons needing it have quick, short breathing. This is attended with desire to take a deep breath. Breathing difficulty worsens from walking. They may desire to be fanned to get more air. Palpitation can be felt with the above symptoms. Another attending symptom that they may have is weakness and exhaustion.

  1. Gelsemium

It is a natural medicine prepared from the bark of the root of plant Gelsemium Sempervirens commonly known as yellow jasmine. This plant belongs to family loganiaceae. This medicine can help in managing the complaint of dizziness. Persons needing it feel Lightheadedness or vertigo. It worsens from sudden movement of head and also from walking. The head may feel heavy with it. Next it works well to manage excessive drowsiness or feeling sleepy. Lastly, it is an effective medicine for managing fatigue, tiredness, weakness. 

  1. Belladonna 

This medicine is prepared from plant deadly nightshade. It belongs to family solanaceae. It is a beneficial medicine to manage headaches. Persons who require it feel throbbing, pulsating pain in the head usually in the temples (sides) of the head. Congestion, fullness, heat in the head accompanies it. They may feel better in pain from applying pressure on the head.

  1. Conium

This medicine is well indicated to manage dizziness and vertigo with whirling sensation in the head. In cases needing it the vertigo is felt when turning the head or when rising from a seat or walking. Along with this a pressure sensation is also felt in the head.

  1. Arnica

It is prepared from a plant named Arnica Montana having the common name Leopard’s – bane or fallkraut. It belongs to the family composite. It is a very beneficial medicine for managing muscle aches. The main characteristic symptom for using it is sore bruised pains in the body. It feels as if the body is beaten. It helps to relieve the muscle pain and soreness very effectively.

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9 Homeopathic Medicines to Manage Dacryocystitis

Dacryocystitis refers to an inflammation or an infection of the tear sac at the inner corner of the eye. Homeopathic medicines for dacryocystitis help to boost the body’s defence mechanism to fight the infection and provide natural relief.

The tear sac is the upper dilated ends of the nasolacrimal ducts (or tear duct) that fill with tears secreted by the lacrimal glands before they get discharged down the nasolacrimal duct into the nose. Tears are produced by lacrimal glands and on blinking the tears spread across the eyes and keeps the eyes moisten, clean and free of bacteria. Afterwards the tears drains through puncta in nasolacrimal duct then into back of the nose. After this new tears comes in and the process is repeated.  When there occur any blockage in the tear sacs or the tear ducts then this cycle gets disturbed and used tears can’t drain from the eye. This favours the bacteria to build up inside the tear sac resulting in an infection. Staphylococcus aureus bacteria is the major bacteria causing agent behind it.

Causes 

This infection arises mainly from blockage in the tear duct. This blockage can happen for many reasons. Firstly it can arise in case of sinusitis (inflammation of the mucous membranes lining the para sinuses) and nasal polyps (soft, non cancerous growths on the lining of nasal passages or paranasal sinuses). Next reason is an injury to the nose or the eye. Thirdly tumours in the paranasal sinus or foreign object in the lacrimal duct can lead to it. It can also follow a surgery on the nose or paranasal sinus.

In infants it is common if they have a blockage of the tear duct by birth resulting in congenital dacryocystitis.

Other than above persons having deviated nasal septum (DNS), hypertrophy of inferior turbinates and inflamed mucous membrane of nose (rhinitis) are at risk of it.

Symptoms 

In these cases firstly redness and swelling occurs in the lower inner corner of the eyelid. This area is also painful. Next there is mucus or pus discharge in the corner of the eye. Other than these watering / excessive tearing from the eyes and fever may be present. The intensity of these symptoms vary from person to person. 

Types 

It can be acute or chronic. In case of acute type the symptoms begin  suddenly and are usually severe in intensity. In cases of chronic dacryocystitis the starting of the symptoms are gradual and the symptoms are less severe as compared to the acute type. 

Complications 

If not treated well in time then there is a chance that it can becomes chronic in nature. Dacryocystitis in babies carries a chance to spread to the eye socket. This may result in serious complications that need urgent medical help as these can be life threatening. It includes meningitis (inflammation of the membranes that surround the brain and spinal cord). Secondly, it may lead to collection of pus (abscess) in the brain. Lastly sepsis can happen which is spread of infection throughout the body.

Homeopathic Medicines for Dacryocystitis

Homeopathic medicines offer good help in cases of dacryocystitis. These medicines help to manage its signs and symptoms including redness, swelling, pain, mucus or pus discharge, watering/excessive tearing from eyes. The homeopathic medicine for managing these cases is selected individually based on the symptom presentation. So a homeopathic physician must be consulted before taking any homeopathic medicine. It is to be noted these medicines are recommended for cases in which the symptoms are mild to moderate in intensity. In case when symptoms are severe or have any complication then it is strictly advised to take immediate help from conventional mode of treatment

  1. Pulsatilla – For Early Stages 

Use of this medicine is indicated for early stages. It is a natural medicine prepared from plant Pulsatilla Nigricans having the common name wind flower. This plant belongs to family ranunculaceae. Persons needing it have redness and swelling at the edge of their eyelids. With this there is mucous or pus discharge at the inner angle of the eye. Due to this discharge the eyelids may stick up in the morning. They may also have tearing, shooting or stinging pain. A burning sensation may also be there. Other than this they may have excessive watering from the eyes. The watering gets worse in the morning and also in the open air.

  1. Silicea – From Swelling in Right-Sided Lachrymal Sac

This medicine is prominently indicated for cases having swelling specifically in the right sided lachrymal sac. In  cases requiring it a little lump is present at the corner of the eye and skin over it is inflamed and painful to pressure. There is a throbbing type of pain present in the swollen sac. With this there is flowing of tears which are hot. This is usually present in the evening. While in morning time mucous secretion appears.  Burning pains in the right eye may also attend.

  1. Hepar Sulph – When There is Pus Formation

This medicine works well when pus formation has occurred. People who need it have great sensitivity to touch the inflamed area in the inner corner of the eyelid. Along with it pain of throbbing nature is felt. The inflamed area is also sensitive to cold. It also offers help when there is watering from the eyes. It is constant where it is required. Along with speeding up the process of pus discharge this medicine is also known to prevent formation of pus in these cases.

  1. Merc Sol – To Manage Excessive Watering

This medicine is useful to manage excessive eye watering. In most cases this is worse in the evening time. The eyelid is swollen with this. Redness of lids is also noted. It is accompanied with pain. The nature of pain may be pressive or cutting type. The lid is also painful to the slightest touch. It is also helpful to manage mucus and pus discharge. It is thin where it is needed. 

  1. Graphites – For Pain in the Inner Corner of Eyelid

This is a very beneficial medicine for managing pain in the inner eyelid corner. This region is also red and inflamed. Pain is also present there. The pain is mostly stitching in nature. In some cases a burning sensation is also felt. Itching can occur sometimes. Next, there is frequent watering from the eyes. It usually gets worse in the open air. 

  1. Apis Mellifica – For Slight Inflammation of Tear Sac. 

Apis Mellifica is a valuable medicine when there is little inflammation of the tear sac. Firstly, there is a stinging sensation in the inner angle of the eye when it is required. Secondly, there is soreness and swelling in this area. Next smarting sensation can also be there. Itching is sometimes felt. Other than this there is excessive watering from eyes with burning sensation. Cold application may relieve the inflammation in persons needing it.

  1. Natrum Mur – For Redness, Soreness of Eyelid

This medicine is indicated when there is redness and soreness of the eyelid. Mucous secretion is present with this. Other than this watering from the eyes may occur, particularly in the open air.

  1. Calcarea Carb – For Swelling and Throbbing Pain

It offers help in persons having swelling and throbbing pain. They may have smarting, burning sometimes. There can also be cutting pain in the eyelids. In daytime they may have watering and smarting pain in the eyelid.

  1. Stannum Met – When Yellow White Discharge is Present 

It is a useful medicine when there is a presence of yellow white discharge. With this biting sensation in the eyes is there. Pustular swelling at the inner angle especially of the left eye is present with above symptoms.

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Genital Itching in Males : Homeopathic Remedies That Work

Genital itching is a very common complaint experienced by a number of males. It can occur in any part of the male genital area. Homeopathic remedies for genital itching are prepared from naturally occurring substances, making them safe, gentle and effective. It may accompany a rash in the area. Sometimes eruptions, bumps, sores, flakiness may be present too, and these can be painful. In some cases, a burning sensation may be present along with itching. homeopathic remedies for genital itching

Causes

There are various reasons that can cause itching in the male genitals. 

One of the main reasons behind it is fungal infection. Mainly jock itch also called tinea cruris which is a fungal infection in the groins, and upper inner thighs can extend to scrotum of the males. It presents with an itchy red rash that may also have flakes on it and peeling of the skin too. Secondly, it can arise from skin allergies. Here contact dermatitis is an example that causes a skin rash when skin comes in contact with an allergen or some irritant like a chemical substance. 

Another cause for it can be an inflammatory skin disease. An example is balanitis means an inflammation of the foreskin or the head of the penis. Use of certain products like soaps, lubricants, douches and creams may lead to itching in some cases. It may also occur from pubic lice (in this case tiny insects also called crabs lay eggs in the pubic hair and infect the genital region.) These lice can be transmitted when a person comes in contact with infected clothes, linens, towels, toilets and also through sexual contact with an infected person).
Viral infection (an example is genital herpes which is a sexually transmitted infection caused by Herpes Simplex Virus presenting with sores on genitals that are itchy and painful) is yet another reason linked with it. Apart from these it may occur in case of sexually transmitted diseases (eg, genital herpes,  genital warts which is sexually transmitted disease caused by human papilloma virus presenting as small, flesh coloured bumps on skin and syphilis  which is sexually transmitted infection caused by a bacterium Treponema pallidum.
Syphilis begins as a painless sore on the genitals, rectum or mouth.
Another cause is scabies (skin rash caused by small mites sarcoptes scabiei). Other than above it may happen in case of autoimmune skin disease. An example of it is psoriasis (an autoimmune skin disease in which there occur red inflamed patches on the skin covered with silvery white scales). Another example is lichen planus (autoimmune disease in which flat topped purple coloured papules occur on the skin with overlying fine white lines. Other than skin it may affect nails, hair, and mucous membranes). In some cases no reason can be found behind the itching, meaning that it is idiopathic. 

Homeopathic Remedies for Genital Itching 

Homeopathic medicines are very effective to manage complaints of genital itching in males. These medicines treat the root cause behind it and bring relief in the itching. Along with itching these also help to heal any eruptions, sores, ulcers present on the genitals. The medicines used for managing this complaint are prepared from naturally occurring substances. So these are very safe and gentle to use without any side effects. There are no specific medicines in homeopathy that can help each of these cases and most suitable medicines in homeopathy to manage it are selected individually for every case depending on the case details. 

  1. Nitric Acid – For Violent Itching 

This medicine is considered when there is violent itching on the genitals. Most males needing it have itching on the foreskin. There may also be small blisters (fluid-filled eruptions) present there. These blisters may burst and then get covered with small dry scabs. Burning sensation on the foreskin may also be felt. They may also have an excessive itching on the scrotum.

  1. Sulphur – When Itching Worsens on Going to Bed at Night

This medicine is well indicated for cases in which itching of the genitals gets worse on going to bed at night. For using it the itching is marked on the foreskin and the glans penis. Along with itching offensive sweat may be present on genitals. It is also indicated for ulcers on the genitals with itching. These ulcers may discharge pus and get covered with a crust.

  1. Natrum Mur – For Itching and Stinging Sensation

This medicine is effective for managing cases in which itching is attended with stinging sensation on genitals. It may be felt on the glans penis or on the scrotum. Itching on the scrotum can be intense and can disturb sleep at night. It is one of the best medicines for managing cases of genital herpes. In such cases it is indicated when there are eruptions between the scrotum and the thighs with itching and soreness.

  1. Croton Tiglium – For Itching on Scrotum

This medicine works well to manage cases of itching on the scrotum. The scrotum may be red with this.  Itching worsens while walking in cases needing it. The itching is severe and also disturbs the sleep. Relief occurs from scratching the parts. Sometimes the vesicles are present on the scrotum and the penis where this medicine is required. It is also effective to manage itching on the glans penis. It is also a good medicine to manage eczema of the scrotum attended with itching that is worse at night.

  1. Petroleum – For Itchy Eruptions on Genitals

Petroleum is beneficial for cases in which there are itchy eruptions on the genitals. The eruptions may be present on the glans, scrotum and between the scrotum and the thighs. Other than this it is useful when there is itching, redness with burning pain in the genitals. It is also an important medicine for herpes eruptions on the glans and scrotum with itching. In some cases requiring it the eruptions may extend to perineum and the thighs. 

  1. Thuja – For Itching of Glans and Prepuce

This medicine is prepared from fresh twigs of plant Thuja Occidentalis having common name Arbor Vitae. This plant belongs to family coniferae. Its use is considered when there is itching on the glans and prepuce. Swelling or inflammation of glans and prepuce may attend it. Glans are also sensitive to touch. There may be a burning sensation between the prepuce and glans penis. Its use is also done for managing itching ulcers on the genitals. Lastly, it offers help in cases of wart-like growths on the glans and prepuce that are moist and itchy.

  1. Rhus Tox – For Itching on Inner Surface of Foreskin

This medicine is prominently indicated for itching on the inner surface of foreskin. Red blotches may be present on the itchy area. It is also helpful for managing intolerable itching on the scrotum. The scrotum is thick and hard where it is needed.

  1. Apis Mellifica – For Red, Itchy Scrotum

It is very beneficial for cases in which there is redness and itching of the scrotum. The itching is violent in cases needing it. Other than this the scrotum is also sore to touch. 

  1. Hepar Sulph – For Itching in Herpes Eruption

It is a good medicine for cases where itching occurs in the herpes eruption on the genitals. There are small blisters in groups where it is needed. The vesicles are whitish with a red base. Intolerable itching accompanies. The eruption is also very sensitive to touch.

  1. Caladium – For Itching on Scrotum with Eruptions

It is a natural medicine prepared from plant Caladium seguinum also known as Arum seguinum. It belongs to family araceae. It works well in cases of itching on the scrotum with eruptions. The eruptions are dry and scaly. Itching is violent. In most cases needing it the itching worsens at night time. This may be accompanied with excessive sweating on the scrotum.

  1. Cannabis Sativa – When Itching is Accompanied with Inflammation and Swelling

This medicine is indicated when the itching occurs along with inflammation and swelling of the genitals. This may be felt on the prepuce, glans or the penis. These parts may be deep red. In some cases the penis feels sore. It may also have a burning sensation.

  1. Silicea – For Itching with Red Eruptions on Genitals

Silicea is a very helpful medicine for males who have itching with red eruptions on their genitals. The eruptions may be dry or moist. The eruptions may appear on prepuce or scrotum. Prepuce is red with this and may also be excoriated. In some cases the prepuce is also swollen. 

  1. Sarsaparilla – for unbearable itching

It is prepared from dried rhizome of plant Sarsaparilla Officinalis also known as Smilax Officinalis. It belongs to the family smilacaceae. Males requiring it complain of unbearable itching mostly on the scrotum and perineum. After scratching there may appear little pimples on this area. These eruptions ooze moisture leading to soreness of the parts. 

  1. Nux Vomica – For Itching on Inner Surface of Prepuce

Nux Vomica offers help when there is itching on the inner surface of the prepuce. The margins of prepuce are sore. Itching may also be present on the glans penis and scrotum in cases requiring it.

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Supportive Homeopathy for Spinal Stenosis

Spinal stenosis refers to narrowing of the spinal canal that puts pressure on spinal cord and nerve roots. Spinal canal is a cavity within the vertebral column containing the spinal cord (long bundle of nerves extending from the base of the brain to the lower back that carries signals between the brain and the rest of the body). Homeopathy for spinal stenosis uses medicines that are recommended when the symptoms are mild to moderate.

homeopathy for spinal stenosis

Spinal stenosis is of two types. First is cervical stenosis in which the narrowing occurs in the cervical spine in the neck. Second type is lumbar stenosis in which the narrowing occurs in the part of the spine in the lower back.

Causes 

Spinal stenosis can arise from several causes. Firstly, it can happen in case of osteoarthritis in the spine. Osteoarthritis is a form of arthritis that causes degenerative changes in the cartilage and bone of the joint. In such cases the bone growths and thickening of ligaments also occur that tend to compress the spinal canal.
Secondly, it can arise from disk herniation or bulge in the spine. The disks in the spine are soft cushions which act as shock absorbers. In case these herniation or bulge out these can put pressure on the spinal cord or nerves.  Third reason behind it is thickening of ligaments in the spine that function to hold the bones of spine together and can bulge into the spinal canal and compress it.
Next, it may also happen in case of rheumatoid arthritis (an autoimmune disorder affecting joints resulting in inflamed, swollen, painful, stiff joints).
Another medical condition known as paget’s disease that can cause bony overgrowth in the spine may contribute to it. Some of its other causes are tumours or abnormal growths in the spine, injury to the spine and  scoliosis (abnormal curvature of the spine). People having some deformity of spine by birth, some genetic disease affecting bone development in the body and those who are more than 50 yrs of age are at risk of it.  

Symptoms 

In case of slight narrowing no symptoms occur. But when the narrowing is excessive the nerves are compressed leading to symptoms. The symptoms tend to begin gradually. Its symptoms depend upon the location where stenosis is present and which nerves are affected. 

In case of stenosis in the cervical spine in neck the symptoms that occur includes numbness or tingling in hand, arm, leg or foot; or weakness in these parts. Next symptom is neck pain. There may occur problems in walking and maintaining balance. When the condition is severe functioning of the bladder or bowel is affected. Next in case of stenosis in the lumbar spine in the lower back numbness or tingling in a foot or leg occur. With this there can be back pain. Next symptom is pain or cramps in the leg. Weakness in the lower limb may also be there. This worsens from standing for an extensive time period and when walking. Sitting or bending forward may relieve this.

In severe cases paralysis of legs may occur. In some cases cauda equina syndrome may occur. It is a serious condition that arises from compression of the nerves in the lower segment of the spinal canal which is a surgical emergency because if not treated urgently it can lead to permanent paralysis of legs or loss of bladder control (urinary incontinence).

Some symptoms of this syndrome includes severe lower back pain; sciatica pain that travel from lower back down the legs along the path of sciatic nerve, weakness in the legs; problem in walking; loss of sensation in the buttocks, inner thighs, anus and genitals; and bladder dysfunction (difficulty passing urine leading to retention of urine or difficulty in controlling it) or bowel dysfunction (trouble holding or passing stool) and loss of sexual function.

Homeopathy for Spinal Stenosis

Homeopathic medicines offer a supportive help in these cases to manage its symptoms along with conventional treatment. The homeopathic medicines gradually reduce the intensity of the symptoms. The homeopathic medicines for managing it are selected individually for every case depending on the symptoms presentation. It is advised to take any homeopathic medicine for these cases under supervision of a homeopathic doctor who can find the best medicine that will suit a case by doing a complete case study. In case of severe symptoms and where a serious condition like cauda equina is suspected it is strictly advised to take immediate help from conventional mode of treatment. 

  1. Zincum Met – Top Grade Medicine

It is a leading medicine having a marked action on the spine and nerves. It is well indicated for managing numbness and tingling sensations in the limbs. Next it is helpful when there is weakness in the lower limbs mainly in the calves. In cases needing it pain in the lower back may also be present. This is attended with a burning sensation along the spine. There may be sensitiveness of the spine to touch.

  1. Causticum – For Managing Weakness of Limbs

It is a very effective medicine for managing weakness of the limbs. Persons needing it also feel heaviness in the limbs. They may have unsteady walking. Next electric shock like pain in the legs can attend it. Another complaint that they complain about is numbness of hands, feet and toes. Lastly they may have pain in the nape of the neck.

  1. Picric Acid – For Numbness, Weakness in Legs

It is very beneficial for cases having numbness and weakness in the legs. There is also a crawling and prickling sensation as from needles in the legs. The legs feel heavy like lead with this. Next there is pain in the lower back extending down the legs. This gets worse from motion. coldness of feet may be present with this.

  1. Phosphorus – For Numbness in Hands, Feet 

This medicine works well in cases having numbness in the hands and feet. Fingers and toes also feel numb where it is required. Crawling sensation in the finger tips may occur with this. With these symptoms there is weakness in the arms. Legs also feel weak and they tremble on beginning to walk. Lastly pain in the back along with burning sensation in spots in the spine can be there.

  1. Arsenic Album – For Tingling Sensation in Fingers

Arsenic Album is a great medicine for cases with tingling sensation in the fingers. It is also indicated for persons having weakness in the limbs. Another indication to use it is numbness in the feet. Apart from above burning pain in the limbs and cramps in the legs are also well managed with it.

  1. Rhus Tox – To Manage Pain

This medicine is very effective for pain management. Firstly it is helpful to manage pain in the neck. Next it is beneficial for managing pain in the lower back. This pain worsens on movement. There is a sensation as if the back would break. Hard pressure on the back or lying on something hard may relieve the back pain. There may be drawing or stitching pain in the back when sitting. It is also useful for managing cramps in the legs and tingling sensation in the feet.

  1. Kalmia – To Manage Pain and Numbness 

It is a natural medicine prepared from fresh leaves of a plant Kalmia Latifolia commonly known as mountain laurel and calico bush. It belongs to family ericaceae. This medicine is valuable to manage pain and numbness and pricking sensation in limbs. For using it pain in the neck is there that extends down the arm. Next there is pain in the lower back with great heat and burning. Along with numbness and pricking in limbs weakness is also felt. Coldness in limbs may also be there. 

  1. Paris Quadrifolia – For Neck Pain and Numbness in Fingers

It is prepared from a plant named One Berry. This plant belongs to the family trilliaceae. It is a prominent medicine for managing neck pain and numbness in the fingers. In cases needing it the pain from the neck extends down to the fingers. The neck pain gets worse from exertion. It gets better from rest. A sensation of weight and heat may be felt in the neck. The heated sensation from the neck may extend down the back.

  1. Oxalic Acid – For Numbness and Tingling in Limbs

This medicine is indicated to manage numbness and tingling in limbs. Mostly it is used when there is numbness starting from shoulders and radiating to the fingertips or there is numbness in the thighs. Along with this weakness in hands and feet is present. Other than this, pain in the spine radiating to limbs is another accompanying symptom. 

  1. Plumbum Met – For Weakness of Arms and Hands

It is an important medicine for managing weakness in arms and hands. Other than this it is also indicated for cases having stinging tearing pain in limbs along with numbness and tingling sensation. Lastly, lightning like pains in lower limbs is also indicative of its use.

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Periodic Limb Movement Disorder : How Homeopathy Can Help

It refers to a condition in which there occur repetitive twitching or jerking movements of the legs and sometimes arms during sleep. The movements occur about every 20 to 40 seconds. These may continue for minutes or hours during sleep. There are numerous homeopathic medicines for periodic limb movement disorder that are prepared from naturally occurring substances that can be very helpful in treating this condition.PLMD Homeopathy

It is also considered a sleep disorder because this movement disorder occurs specifically during sleep and disturbs the sleep resulting in sleepiness during day time. It is also sometimes called periodic leg movement during sleep (PLMS). 

Causes 

PLMD is classified as primary and secondary. The exact reason behind primary PLMD is still not known. It is often linked with disturbance in the nerve regulation that carries messages from the brain to limbs, but there are no specific studies that confirm this link. This type is uncommon. In the case of secondary PLMD there is often a link to an underlying medical problem. First medical condition linked with it is anaemia (a condition in which there are not enough healthy red blood cells that can carry sufficient amounts of oxygen to the body tissues). Second condition is narcolepsy (a chronic sleep disorder in which the sufferer has intense drowsiness during the daytime and has sudden attacks of sleep. They have difficulty staying awake for a long time period and can sleep any time at any place irrespective of the circumstances and surroundings).
Next medical condition is restless leg syndrome (RLS) which is a neurological condition characterised by irresistible desire to move the legs due to unpleasant sensations felt in the legs that occur specifically in the evening or at night time while sitting or lying down. Another condition is diabetes mellitus.
Lastly, OSA means obstructive sleep apnea is linked with it. It is a serious sleep disorder in which there occur momentary pauses in breathing several times during sleep.

An injury to spinal cord or tumour of spinal cord are also linked with. Some other factors that can contribute to it include deficiency of iron, use of certain medications like antidepressants, anticonvulsants, and antihistamines. It may also follow after stopping use of sedatives like diazepam.

Symptoms 

Its main symptom is repetitive movements in one or both the legs during sleep. The movements  occur during the non rapid eye movement phase of the sleep. During movement the bending of hips, knee, ankle, or big toe may occur. The movements may be slight or strong like kicking. The movements occur every 20 – 40 seconds. 

It can sometimes even occur in the arms also. The movements may lead to poor, restless sleep and sleeplessness. Persons with it may wake unrefreshed and in day time they have excessive sleepiness. It may lead to tiredness, irritability, poor memory, concentration problems, behaviour issues and poor performance at school or work from sleep problems. Some people with this disorder may also complain of symptoms of restless leg syndrome (RLS). It is to be noted that around 80% of people with RLS also have PLMD. People with it may not be aware of the leg movements and are only noted by bed partners. 

Though it can occur at any age but is common in middle aged and elderly people. Both men and women are equally affected with this condition.

Homeopathic Medicines for Periodic Limb Movement Disorder

Homeopathy offers a very effective treatment for cases of PLMD. Because of natural origin of homeopathic medicines for periodic limb movement disorder, these are very safe and gentle to use without any sort of side effects. With its use the intensity and frequency of the jerks in the limbs start to decrease gradually. The most suitable medicine for a given case of PLMD is selected based on the individual symptom presentation. It is best to consult a homeopathic doctor for prescription of medicine who after detailed case analysis can suggest the most appropriate medicine that can be beneficial. 

  1. Zincum Met – Top Grade Medicine

Zincum Met is one of the best medicines for treating this disorder. Persons needing it have jerks in the limbs during sleep. They may have jerked mostly in the left sided leg during sleep. Sometimes they have twitching of the left arm during sleep especially in the morning. It is also leading medicine for restless leg syndrome. In such cases excessive uneasiness is felt in the legs at night. This lead to urge to move the legs constantly

  1. Cuprum Met – For Jerking of Arms and Legs

It is another beneficial medicine for PLMD treatment. It is indicated when there is jerking and twitching of the arms and legs. In case of twitching in the lower limbs these are drawn backward. Jerking may also be there in the hands and feet. Excessive weakness in the limbs may attend these symptoms. 

  1. Lycopodium – For Jerking and Restlessness in Legs

It is a natural medicine prepared from plant Lycopodium Clavatum commonly known as club moss. It belongs to the family lycopodiaceae. Use of this medicine is recommended for jerking and restlessness in the legs at night time. Along with jerking of the limbs there is restless sleep with no ease in any position. There occur frequent waking from the sleep. It leads to unrefreshing sleep.

  1. Kali Carb – For Uneasiness and Jerking of Limbs

This medicine is considered when there is uneasiness and jerking of the limbs. The limbs may also feel heavy with this. These may also feel tired and cold. Due to uneasiness in the limbs there is desire to move them. Jerking of the legs on falling asleep occurs where it is needed. Next jerking in the muscles of hips and the thighs also indicates its use. 

  1. Sulphur – For Jerking of Limbs on Going to Sleep

This medicine is considered when there is jerking of the limbs on going to sleep. It appears suddenly. Heated sensation in the feet may be marked with this. There is irresistible drowsiness in the daytime in cases requiring it. 

  1. Cinnabaris – For Painful Jerking in the Leg

This medicine is well indicated when there is painful jerking in the leg after sleeping. The painful twitching tends to awaken a person from sleep at night. Tearing pain in the legs may be present. The feet may be cold with this. Sleepiness in the daytime may occur due to sleeplessness at night.

  1. Ignatia – For Limb Jerks when Falling Asleep

It is prepared from plant Ignatia Amara having the common name St. Ignatius’ Bean. This plant belongs to family loganiaceae. It is a very beneficial medicine for persons having limb jerks when falling asleep. They may also have a crawling sensation in the limbs. Sometimes they feel tingling in the limbs. Lastly it is also one of the well-indicated medicines for persons who have complaints of sleep jerks through the whole body.

  1. Natrum Mur – For Leg Jerks and Twitching in Thigh Muscle

This medicine works well in case of leg jerks and twitching in the thigh muscles. In cases requiring it, drawing sensation may be felt in legs. Sometimes there is heaviness of the legs and feet.
Lastly, there can be restlessness in the legs with the need to move them constantly.

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10 Effective Homeopathic Medicines for Epigastric Pain 

Epigastric pain refers to pain in the middle of the upper abdomen immediately below the ribs. This pain may simply be arising from mild reasons like overeating, eating heavy or spicy food. This may not be a reason of concern and having mild to moderate epigastric pain once in a while is also usually not a concern. But when it is recurrent at short intervals, persistent or is severe then it may be indicative of some medical reason that needs diagnosis and treatment. The medical causes can range from mild to serious ones. Homeopathic medicines for epigastric pain bring relief in intensity and frequency of pain gradually by targeting the root cause behind it.

homeopathic medicines for epigastric pain

Causes

First reason behind it is overeating that causes the stomach to expand more extensively than its normal capacity. It leads to pressure on the organs present around the stomach and causes pain in the epigastric region. Its second reason is indigestion. It is a general term for describing discomfort in the upper abdomen that can arise from overeating, eating spicy or fatty food or eating food items that don’t agree with the system. Its symptoms include pain in the upper abdomen, fullness feeling even from slight eating and after meals, burning and bloating in the upper abdomen, burping, nausea. Next reason is acid reflux (means back up of the stomach acid in the food pipe). As time progresses GERD (gastro esophageal reflux disease) can develop after acid reflux. Persons having these conditions can experience epigastric pain along with its other symptoms including heartburn, indigestion, acidic taste in mouth, lump feeling in throat, soreness in throat and cough. Lactose intolerance is yet another reason behind it. It is a digestive disorder in which the sufferer has reduced ability to digest lactose, a sugar found in milk and other dairy products. Its symptoms occur after the sufferer consumes some dairy product. The symptoms include epigastric pain, gas, stomach bloating, nausea, vomiting, loose stool. 

The next cause is inflammation of the stomach lining (Gastritis). Its main symptoms are pain or burning in upper abdomen, nausea, vomiting, 

In some cases it may also occur from inflammation of the food pipe/ esophagus (Esophagitis) and hiatus hernia (it occurs when the upper part of the stomach bulges through the diaphragm (a muscle that separates abdomen and chest). Barret’s esophagus is also a reason for it. In this condition there is change in the mucosal cells lining the lower part  of the esophagus from stratified squamous epithelium to simple columnar epithelium with goblet cells. It can lead to cancer of the esophagus. 

Peptic ulcer disease is another cause behind it. In this case there occurs damage to stomach lining or small intestine lining.  Apart from above this may arise in case of inflammation of pancreas, gallbladder or liver, in case of gallstones and from drinking too much alcohol.  

Lastly, mild pain in epigastrium may also occur in pregnancy from pressure put on by growing womb and hormonal changes. But severe epigastric pain during pregnancy can sometimes indicate a serious condition preeclampsia (disorder of pregnancy in which there occurs high blood pressure and excessive amount of protein in the urine)  that can be life – threatening and needs urgent treatment.

Symptoms 

Some other symptoms may attend it depending on the cause behind it. These include nausea, vomiting, gas, bloating, belching, heartburn, loose stool, constipation, loss of appetite and burning in the abdomen.

Homeopathic Medicines for Epigastric Pain 

Epigastric pain can be managed effectively with homeopathic medicines. Along with relieving pain these also manage its attending symptoms. One should take any of the homeopathic medicines for the pain under guidance of a homeopathic doctor after complete case analysis. Use of these medicines is recommended when the pain is mild to moderate and is not associated with any serious cause behind it. But in cases of severe pain and where it is caused by some serious cause like gallstones, barrett’s esophagus, ruptured peptic ulcer, pre pre-eclampsia then it is advised to take help from conventional mode of treatment as homeopathy can’t help these cases. Also in case the epigastric pain is attended with vomiting of blood or black particles, blood in stool, black tarry stool, chest pain / tightness, difficulty breathing, high fever also then it is strictly advised to take urgent help from conventional mode of treatment 

  1. Nux Vomica – Top Grade Medicine

It is a very effective medicine for managing pain in the epigastric region. The pain tends to worsen after a meal where it is required. Persons needing it also feel pressure in this region. They also feel full and bloating. Fullness worsens after eating. Burping tends to relieve the fullness. Another complaint that is present is heartburn. Nausea and vomiting may also be present. It is also one of the best medicines for cases of indigestion that follow from eating spicy food or taking alcohol, strong coffee. 

  1. Colocynth – For Pain with Sensation of Marked Fullness 

It is prepared from pulp of fruit Citrullus colocynthis also named bitter apple. This plant belongs to the family Cucurbitaceae. It is a well-indicated medicine for cases having pain and marked fullness in epigastrium. It is one of the most beneficial medicines for cramping pain in the stomach. Next, the pain can be griping, compressive or sharp pinching colicky type.  The gripping sensation is worse after a meal where it is required. This may be followed by loose stool sometimes. The epigastric may be sensitive to touch. Other than above there may be nausea, vomiting and frequent belchings. 

  1. Arsenic Album – When it is Attended with Burning

This medicine offers great help when the pain is accompanied with burning in the epigastric region. The burning is excessive with a sensation as if red hot coals are present there. In some cases needing it there may be stitching or stinging pain in this region. There may be constricted sensation also. Sometimes it is sensitive to slightest touch. It may also appear distended and hard. Heartburn is another attending symptom. It is a leading medicine for managing cases of gastritis.

  1. Bryonia – When Epigastrium is Painful to Pressure

It is a natural medicine prepared from the root of the plant Bryonia Alba commonly known as wild hops. This plant belongs to the family cucurbitaceae. It is used when the epigastrium is painful to pressure. The pain present is mostly cutting type where it is required. Stitching pain in the stomach may also be felt sometimes. A sensation of stone in the stomach may be there with the above symptoms. Next pressure in epigastrium may be present. This worsens after eating and when walking. Persons needing it may also have constipation with very hard, dry stool.

  1. Carbo Veg – For Pain with Excessive Gas and Bloating

It is a very beneficial medicine for managing this pain with excessive gas and bloating of abdomen. For using it the type of pain can be aching, griping, burning or lancinating type. There is marked distension of the upper abdomen and gas with this. The distension may get better by passing gas. The epigastric region may be sensitive to touch. Other symptoms that may be present are sour belchings, heartburn and loose stool. 

  1. Pulsatilla – For Pain that Worsens after Eating

It is a natural medicine prepared from plant Pulsatilla Nigricans commonly known as wind flower. This plant belongs to family ranunculaceae. Use of this medicine is considered when the pain in epigastrium worsens after eating. This pain tends to extend to the back and abdomen. This is followed by water brash. In some cases after stool pressing in epigastrium is felt. It is one of the leading medicines for managing indigestion occurring from eating fatty food.  

  1. Dioscorea – When Pain is Sharp, Cutting Type

It is prepared from fresh roots of the plant Dioscorea Villosa having the common name wild yam. This plant belongs to the family Dioscoreaceae. This medicine works well in cases of sharp, cutting epigastric pain. In cases needing it this gets worse from stooping. It may get better from standing erect. In some cases this pain may radiate to the left side of the upper abdomen. 

  1. Lycopodium – For Excessive Bloating, Distension

It is prepared from plant Lycopodium Clavatum commonly known as club moss. This plant belongs to family lycopodiaceae. This medicine works well in cases having excessive bloating and distension in epigastrium. This is felt after a meal where it is required. With this there are griping, gnawing, clutching, twisting, griping, constrictive pains. The epigastric region may be sensitive to touch. In some cases burning in epigastrium is there that extends up into the throat. 

  1. Chamomilla – For Loose Stool Preceded by Epigastric Pain 

It is prepared from fresh plant Matricaria chamomilla belonging to family compositae. This medicine is recommended when there is loose stool preceded by pain in the epigastric region. The pain is a cutting, constricting type. The stool is watery, frequent, and greenish. It may have slimy, mucus in it. Sometimes there are undigested food particles in it.The stool smells sour. 

  1. Cocculus Indicus – For Pain with Belchings

This medicine is prepared from powdered seeds of a plant named as Indian Cockle. This plant belongs to the family menispermaceae. It is valuable for cases having sore pain in epigastrium with belchings. The belchings may be empty, bitter, fetid or putrid. It is also indicated for pain in epigastric and umbilical regions from gas.

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