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5 Natural Homeopathic Remedies for High Uric Acid Treatment

What is Uric Acid?

Uric acid is a compound made up of carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen, and oxygen which is responsible for the production of many ions and salts known as urates and acid urates. Metabolic breakdown of purines in the body leads to the formation of this acid. These purines are naturally occurring substances found in many foods and human tissue. Kidneys help eliminate uric acid from the body, and it passes out along with the urine. When our kidneys do not eliminate uric acid efficiently or if there is an abundant intake of high purine foods, it leads to a marked increase in uric acid levels – a condition also known as hyperuricemia. Homeopathic medicine for uric acid helps lower the levels of uric acid in the body and also treats the body’s chronic tendency to hold an excess of uric acid.

Uric Acid Metabolism in the Body

Metabolism and production of uric acid are complex processes. They involve various factors that regulate the hepatic production of this compound, along with its renal and gut excretion. Uric acid is the final product of an exogenous (external origin) pool of purines and endogenous (internal origin) purine metabolism, varies significantly with diet and internal production of uric acid. Exogenous production of uric acid is majorly from the liver, intestines and other tissues like muscle, vascular endothelium, and kidney.
Many enzymes participate in the transformation of two purine nucleic acid (adenine and guanine) to uric acid. When our body functions optimally, the uric acid gets dissolved into the bloodstream and passes through the kidneys, finally getting eliminated with urine. However, high levels of uric acid in our body (that our kidneys cannot keep up with) lead to a build up and crystallization of uric acid.

Homeopathic Medicine for Uric Acid Control

Commonly, hyperuricemia (elevated uric acid) is managed or treated with the help of NSAIDs, colchicine, corticosteroids, xanthine oxidase, Probalan/Benemid, allopurinol, febuxostat, and pegloticase.
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and colchicine are usually recommended for acute attacks which may cause severe side effects like diarrhea, vomiting, and nausea.
These drugs can dramatically affect the blood sugar levels, blood pressure, blood count and also reduce liver function. Prolonged use of corticosteroids in some cases also known to cause severe mood changes.
The drugs like probalan and allopurinol are used to remove excess uric acid from the body but can lead to some severe side effects including rash, stomach pain, and kidney stones. Homeopathic treatment for uric acid, on the other hand, has no side effects. These medicines lower the levels of uric acid and also reduce the tendency to hold an excess of uric acid. Homeopathic remedies also treat the body’s metabolic process which handles purines (proteins that get converted to uric acid).
The top five homeopathic medicines for elevated uric acid levels include Colchicum, Benzoic Acid, Ledum Pal, Guaiacum, and Lithium Carb.

Colchicum – Homeopathic Medicine for Uric Acid

Colchicum Autumnale (commonly known Meadow Saffron) is a homeopathic remedy derived from the freshly dug up bulb of herb colchicum autumnale. This herb belongs to the family Liliaceae and is a native of Great Britain and Ireland.
Colchicum is especially indicated in cases where high uric acid levels give rise to the onset of gout. There may be a sharp pain in the great toe. The affected parts may be swollen and very hot to touch. There could be great sensitivity to touch along with extreme pain. The pains could be more intense in the evening and at night. Colchicum may be indicated almost as a specific medicine in most cases of high uric acid levels. Slightest effort to move the legs gives rise to a sharp, shooting and unbearable pain in the toe. Walking may also be difficult. The person needing this remedy has intense swelling and pain in the big toe that is worse from motion. The toe pain also worsens from slightest touch, with the tendency of evening aggravation of the toe pain.

Benzoic Acid – Homeopathic Medicine for Uric Acid When Signs Show up In Urine

Benzoic Acid is homeopathic medicine for uric acid that is indicated when the signs of high uric acid show urinary symptoms. Uric acid crystals may be deposited in the kidneys or the urinary tract, giving rise to stones. On examination, the urine may exhibit very high levels of uric acid. The color of urine may also keep changing from dark brown to pale yellow.
Benzoic acid may also be indicated when there are joint complaints, like a crackling sensation in the joints. The great toe may be swollen, causing difficulty in walking or even moving the limb. Cracking in the knee joint on movement may also be felt. In some cases, nodes from the deposition of urate crystals may be present on the knees. Homeopathic medicine Benzoicum Acidum also works well in cases of knee pain gets worse from drinking wine.
It is also indicated as a general medicine in all cases of raised uric acid levels.

Ledum Pal – Homeopathic Medicine for Uric Acid with Ankle Pain

Ledum Palustre is a homeopathic medicine derived from a small flowering shrub, commonly known as Marsh tea. Marsh tea is a low growing evergreen shrub that only grows up to a height of one meter. The shrub belongs to the heath family and is a native of northern Europe. It is also widely distributed in British America and around Canadian lakes.
Ledum pal is indicated when the high levels of uric acid in the blood result in the deposition of the crystals in the joint spaces. The first attack of pain could be triggered by an increased intake of meat or alcohol.
Ledum Pal is a very beneficial homeopathic medicine for gout leading to ankle pain. The person needing Ledum Pal has pain and swelling in the ankle. The pain from the ankle may radiate up the leg, and movement tends to intensify the ankle pain.

Guaiacum – Homeopathic Medicine for Uric Acid

Homeopathic medicine Guaiacum is prepared from the resin obtained from the woods of Guaiacum officinale. Commonly known as Lignum Vite Resin, it belongs to the family Zygophyllaceae and is a native of tropical America.
It is a well-indicated remedy to treat high uric acid levels and works well in chronic cases where the deformities and contractures set in. Intolerance to heat in any form, the affecting joints being extremely hot to touch, bad smell from the body are other symptoms. It is given in acute cases where the affected limb is painful, stiff and immobile.

Lithium Carb – Homeopathic Medicine for Uric Acid with Stiffness

Lithium Carb is a homeopathic medicine used to treat raised uric acid levels. The high levels of uric acid give rise to an unusual stiffness all over the body. Another peculiar feature is itching all over the skin of the joints. The pains are relieved by pouring hot water. Uric acid may get deposited in the joint spaces to give rise to nodosities which can be felt externally. The nodes may also be felt in the finger joints. In severe cases, they may be felt in the ear pinna.

High Uric Acid: Causes

High Purine Diet

Uric acid levels majorly get affected by purine-rich foods like beef, organ meats, mussels, sweetbreads, mackerel, spinach, asparagus, beans, lentils, dried peas, etc.
Oxalate-rich foods including spinach, beets, nuts, rhubarb, chocolate, black tea, wheat bran, beans and strawberries also contribute to increased uric acid levels. Some other dietary items like gluten, dairy, corn, white bread, and sugars can also lead to increased uric acid production.

Kidney Diseases

Levels of uric acid can also be elevated when the kidneys are unable to eliminate the excess of uric acid from the body. This can majorly be due to kidney dysfunction like kidney stones, chronic kidney disease, adverse effects of some drugs like diuretics, NSAID’s, etc.

High Intake of Fructose

Intake of fructose-rich foods and drinks increases the production of inosine and purines, thereby rapidly raising uric acid levels by activating certain enzymes. Fructose also stimulates uric acid synthesis from amino acid precursors such as glycine.

Diuretics Elevate Uric Acid Levels

Diuretics are known to be important causes of secondary hyperuricemia. They cause an increase in blood uric acid levels along with an increase in its reabsorption, leading to a decrease in the uric acid secretion from the body.

Increased Alcohol Intake

The production of uric acid gets stimulated by alcohol as it increases the lactic acid content in the body, which reduces the excretion of uric acid in the kidney. Alcohol also speeds up the breakdown of purines, thereby raising the production of uric acid.

Hypothyroidism

Deficiency of thyroid hormones (T3 and T4) influences the purine metabolism and also causes a reduction in kidney blood flow and filtration rate, which results in elevated uric acid levels in the blood.

Obesity

Obesity or excessive body weight leads to the production of excess uric acid in the body, making it difficult for the kidney to process and eliminate it. Hyperuricemia correlates with leptin (hormone that controls hunger) levels, as an obese individual has higher leptin levels (due to leptin resistance).

Sex Hormones

Blood uric acid is higher in men as compared to women, making males more prone to hyperuricemia. As estrogen hormone is required for the regular elimination of urate (uric acid salt) through the kidneys, men being low on estrogen tend to develop hyperuricemia.

Nutrient deficiency

In menopausal women, hyperuricemia is often linked to a Vitamin D deficiency.

High Sodium Intake and Ketogenic Diet

High intake of sodium and following a ketogenic diet (low carb, moderate protein, and high-fat diet) reduces the ability of the kidney to eliminate the uric acid.

Parathyroid Hormones

Increase in parathyroid hormone reduces the excretion of urate from the kidney, leading to elevated uric acid levels.

Chronic Lead Poisoning

Due to high levels of lead, kidneys the excretion of uric acid, leading to an increased build-up of urate along with uric acid levels.

High Uric Acid: Signs and Symptoms

Some of the most common signs and symptoms of high uric acid are as follows:

High Uric Acid: Symptoms in the Joints

When uric acid crystals settle into joints, symptoms of gout start to appear. Common symptoms of gout in the joints include:

  • Severe pain in joints of feet, ankles, knees, hips, wrists, hands, fingers and back where even the weight of clothing is intolerable.
  • Discoloration in the joints in the joints is quite noticeable; they may become deep red or even purple at onset.
  • Swelling and stiffness of joint are markedly present, and it may also feel hot.
  • Fever ranging from 100F-102.2F, with or without chills.
  • Inflammation of joint accompanied by tenderness, with decreased mobility of the joint.
  • Persistent discomfort as the joint inflammation and pain can last for days or weeks.

High Uric Acid: Symptoms on the Skin

In chronic cases, nodular masses of uric acid crystals (tophi) gets deposited in different soft tissues of the body. It is most commonly found as hard nodules around the fingers, elbow and the big toe. On repeated attack, the tophi may become swollen and tender.

High Uric Acid: Symptoms in the Kidneys

If we have high levels of uric acid in our body that our kidneys cannot keep up with, the uric acid then builds up and crystallizes. These uric acid crystals settle in the urinary tract and cause kidney stones. These kidney stones may cause symptoms such as pain in the back, abdomen or groin, chills, fever, nausea, vomiting and bloody urine.

Effects of High Uric Acid

Hyperuricemia (high levels of uric acid) play a significant role in many diseases. Some diseases directly related to high uric acid include:

Gout

Elevated levels of uric acid in the system may develop certain diseases, gout being the most common. Gout is a painful condition that affects the joints of feet and hands, especially the big toe. It develops when an excess of uric acid does not get removed by the kidney, or when a person eats more animal based proteins (which leads to the formation of uric acid crystals). These crystals are sharp-edged, press on the tender tissue under the skin causing very sharp and excruciating pain, swelling and inflammation of the joint. This condition is known as gout arthritis.

Metabolic Acidosis

When proteins are not metabolized by the body efficiently, and there is an increased intake of proteins in the diet, it results in an abundance of uric acid in the blood. Uric acid gets generally washed from the body through kidneys, and if the uric acid cannot be adequately excreted, the condition is known as metabolic acidosis.
If metabolic acidosis keeps progressing, it may lead to rapid breathing accompanied by confusion and lethargy. In severe cases, it can lead to shock or death.

Kidney Stones

Excessive uric acid levels in the urine commonly result in urate kidney stones. These stones are formed when uric acid crystallizes in the kidney and gets deposited there, forming stones of varying sizes. The size of stones may range from a grain of sand to large chunk. These Urate kidney stones are extremely painful and tend to reoccur.

Diabetes

High blood uric acid levels raise the risk for diabetes by increasing inflammation and oxidative stress.

Hypertension and Chronic Kidney Diseases

Elevated uric acid levels are also related to hypertension and Chronic Kidney diseases. These can increase the risk of metabolic disorders as well as heart diseases.

Bone Fractures

Raised uric acid levels may also increase the risk for bone fractures.
When there is a rise in the uric acid levels in the body, it induces inflammation in the bones and impairs the availability of nitric oxide. This leads to a suppression of Vitamin –D, which increases bone fragility and fractures.

Erectile Dysfunction and Hypyperurecimia

Males with raised uric acid levels tend to develop erectile dysfunction. This is likely because increased uric acid levels in the body have a strong connection with hypertension, microvascular diseases, and reduced blood vessel function, all of which increase the risk of developing erectile dysfunction.

Psoriasis

Patients with psoriasis are commonly found to have high uric acid levels. A study shows that hyperuricemia affects about 20% of patients with psoriasis.

Managing High Uric Acid

Lifestyle Measures

Certain lifestyle measures can help manage gout. These include:

– Avoiding food substances with high purine content, like meat, fish, seafood, beans, shellfish, and spinach.
– Avoiding excessive intake of alcohol.
– Increasing the water intake.
– Reducing weight (in case of obesity or being overweight).
– Ensuring routine exercise.

Foods to Avoid

Limiting or consuming moderate to high levels of purine-rich food plays a vital role in the treatment of hyperuricemia.
Foods that should be avoided, or their intake minimized include:

  • Purine-rich foods such as beef, organ meats, mussels, sweetbreads, mackerel, spinach, asparagus, beans, lentils, dried peas need to be strictly avoided.
  • Avoid oxalate-rich foods including spinach, beets, nuts, rhubarb, chocolate, black tea, wheat bran, beans, and strawberries.
  • Common allergens like gluten, dairy, corn and food additives are to be limited.
  • Minimize refined foods like white bread and sugars.

Foods to Eat

  • Add high fiber foods to your diet, such as brown rice, bran, avocados, bananas, potatoes, and barley.
  • Include Vitamin C-rich foods like bell peppers, oranges, guava, broccoli, cherries and kiwi in your diet.
  • Incorporate food rich in magnesium, such as yogurt, almond, avocados, cashews, salmon, figs and pumpkin seeds.
  • Omega -3 rich foods is a mandatory addition to the diet which includes walnuts, flaxseed, chia seeds, salmon, tuna, and supplements.

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Top 3 Natural Homeopathic Remedies for Treating Head Injuries

Head injury broadly includes any injury that occurs on the scalp, skull or the brain. A head injury can vary from a mild bump on the scalp to a severe brain injury. A minor head injury may lead to confusion or a headache. On the other hand, a significant head injury may lead to memory loss, coma or death. Head injuries are broadly categorized into two types – closed head injury and open/penetrating head injury. In case of closed head injury, the skull does not break. Breaking of the skull by an object, and its entry into or on the brain is referred to as an open or penetrating head injury. Homeopathic medicine for head injury helps relieve pain and treats the associated problems following a head injury. Arnica, for example, is an excellent homeopathic first-aid remedy for head injuries.

Causes of Head Injuries

There are several causes of a head injury, which include: – accidents (on a roadside, at home, or at the workplace) – falling and hurting the head – physical assault (getting into a fight, domestic violence, childhood abuse, etc.) – sports injuries (as in skateboarding, soccer, football, hockey, etc. ) – Gunshot wounds

Types of Head Injuries

The different types of head injuries are: Intracranial Bleeding – It refers to bleeding in the skull. Lacerations to the scalp – Tearing of skin that results in an irregular wound. Subdural hematoma, epidural hematoma – Collection of blood outside the blood vessels is referred to as a hematoma. Bleeding below the dura mater (one of the three layers that cover the brain and spinal cord) is known as subdural hematoma while bleeding between dura mater and skull is known as an epidural hematoma. Concussions -Concussions arise from a blow to the head in which the brain gets shaken and hits against the wall of the skull. Cerebral contusions – Bruising of the brain tissue is known as a cerebral contusion. Skull fracture – A break in the skull bone is known as a skull fracture. It is further divided into four types – linear, depressed, diastatic and basilar skull fracture.

Symptoms of a Head Injury

The symptoms of a head injury can be felt immediately or develop slowly over a couple of hours or days. The intensity of symptoms depends upon the severity of the head injury. The signs of a minor head injury and a major head injury are different.

Symptoms: Minor Head Injury

The symptoms of a minor head injury include dizziness, feeling foggy in the brain, confusion, headache, nausea, ringing in the ears, sensitivity to light/noise, a bump or swollen area on the scalp ( a bruise) or a small superficial cut in the scalp.

Symptoms: Major Head Injury

The symptoms of major or serious head injury include:

  • loss of consciousness
  • vomiting
  • change in the size of pupils of eyes
  • leaking of clear fluid or blood from the nose, ears or mouth
  • problems in balance/ coordination
  • inability to move any of the limbs
  • slurred speech
  • stiff neck
  • blurred vision
  • impaired hearing/smell/taste
  • abnormal eye movements
  • loss of memory (amnesia)
  • difficulty walking
  • a severe headache
  • serious disorientation
  • low breathing rate
  • weakness in one side of the body
  • a deep cut in the scalp
  • behavioral changes (including irritability)

Homeopathy for Head Injury

Any head injury needs urgent medical attention. Homeopathic medicines can effectively treat acute head injuries as well as the long-term effects that develop due to an injury. However, it should be noted that in case of head injuries, conventional treatment should be taken along with homeopathic treatment. This is because the head injury can be severe and conventional medicines may be required for emergency care. Among the various homeopathic medicines for a head injury, the top ones include Arnica Montana, Natrum Sulph, and Cicuta Virosa. These are homeopathic medicines prepared from naturally occurring substances and treat head injuries in a very safe, gentle manner without any side effects.

Top three Homeopathic Medicines for Head Injury

Arnica Montana – Homeopathic Medicine for Head Injury

Arnica Montana is a top homeopathic medicine for a head injury. It has a high healing capacity and works in a very effective manner in case of a head injury from falls, blows, or those arising from blunt instruments. Hematomas, concussions, contusions are all treated well with Arnica Montana. It is also indicated for skull fractures. Arnica Montana should be used as a first aid homeopathic medicine in case of head injury. Soon after a head injury, a state of shock, confusion, drowsiness, stupor that appears can be dealt well with this homeopathic medicine. The extreme pain, soreness, tenderness of head following an injury, a burning / heated sensation in the head, meningitis following head injury can be treated with Arnica. In case of meningitis, a great stupor and an excessive inclination to vomit are indications to use this medicine.

Natrum Sulph – Homeopathic Medicine for Head Injury – Chronic Effects

Homeopathic medicine Natrum Sulph an effective treatment for the chronic effects of a head injury. It helps treat mental troubles arising from a head injury. Depression following head injury is a prominent feature to use this medicine. Here, the important indicating features to use this medicine are sadness, tearfulness, aversion to living and suicidal thoughts. In addition to that, a dislike to speak or be spoken to is present. Other symptoms include a low spirit, ill humor, irritability, and anxiety. It also helps treat epilepsy that may develop after a head injury. Natrum Sulph also works well to treat headaches that follow a head injury, along with pain at the back of the neck.

Cicuta Virosa – Homeopathic Medicine for Head Injury followed by Epilepsy

Cicuta Virosa is a homeopathic medicine for a head injury that is followed by epilepsy (seizures). Violent convulsions with distortions of limb, bending of the head, neck, and spine backward are the most prominent feature to use this medicine. Other significant symptoms include froth from the mouth, rolling of eyes up, and dilated pupils. Most of the times, a spasm begins in the head and travels down. Prolonged unconsciousness follows an episode of convulsions. Extreme weakness following the convulsions, convulsions triggered by noise, and visual disturbances as a result of head injuries are indicative of this medicine.

Other Important Homeopathic Medicines for Head Injury 

Apart from these medicines, some other significant homeopathic medicines are used for treating a head injury and its effects. These include Helleborus Niger, Conium Maculatum, Hypericum Perforatum, Belladonna and Calendula Officinalis. The key indications for using these homeopathic medicines are as follows:

Helleborus Niger – Homeopathic medicine for Head Injury – Altered Mental Functioning

Helleborus Niger is a homeopathic medicine for a head injury that leads to altered mental functioning, with symptoms like confusion, slowness of perception, inattention, drowsiness, dullness and weakness/loss of memory. Unintelligible muttering, constant thoughtless staring at one spot, slowness in responding, indifferent behavior, anxiety, boring head in a pillow, rolling head from side to side, beating head with hands, picking of lips/clothes, and fixed dilated pupils are other symptoms that indicate the need for Helleborus Niger.

Conium Maculatum – Homeopathic Medicine for Head Injury – Vertigo

Conium Maculatum is a homeopathic medicine for head injury followed by vertigo. In such cases, vertigo gets worse when turning the head sideways. Lying down and turning in bed may worsen vertigo. In some cases, worsening of vertigo due to a noise or an eye movement is also noted. Vertigo with an inclination to fall sideways is also treated well with Conium.

Hypericum Perforatum – Homeopathic Medicine for Head Injury – Headaches

Hypericum Perforatum is a homeopathic medicine for a head injury that is followed by headaches. Soreness of eyes with a headache, a sensation of being lifted up high in the air are the main symptoms. Hypericum is also indicated for treating a fracture of the skull, and for open wounds with weakness due to blood loss.

Belladonna – Homeopathic Medicine for Head Injury followed by Brain Inflammation

Belladonna is a prominent homeopathic medicine for brain inflammation following a head injury. The symptoms to use this medicine include fever, severe headache, heat in the head, flushed face, frequent full pulse, stiff neck, nausea, vomiting, drowsiness, boring head in a pillow, and convulsions.

Calendula Officinalis – Homeopathic Medicine for Lacerated Wounds of Scalp

Calendula Officinalis is a natural homeopathic medicine used to treat lacerated wounds of the scalp. It helps heal an injury that is attended by features like wounds on the scalp that are raw, inflamed and are highly painful, along with an occurrence of fever. This medicine helps in reducing pain, inflammation, promoting healthy granulation and preventing suppuration. Calendula Officinalis is also indicated for compound fractures of the skull.

Head Injury: Complications

The major complications of head injury are: Meningitis Inflammation of the protective membranes (meninges) of the brain and spinal cord is known as meningitis. If not treated immediately it can cause permanent damage to the brain and may also prove to be fatal life-threatening. The symptoms of meningitis include a very high fever, headache, stiff neck, nausea/vomiting, skin rash, and seizures. Hydrocephalus An abnormal fluid buildup in the ventricles of the brain is referred to as hydrocephalus. Excess fluid puts pressure on the brain and damages it. To prevent permanent brain damage, quick treatment is required. The symptoms include a headache, neck pain, sleepiness, vomiting, blurred vision/double vision, confusion, eyes fixing downward, poor coordination, and seizures. Coma Coma is a state of an extended period of unconsciousness. The person in a coma doesn’t respond to the environment and cannot be awakened by any stimulation. Coma in head injury may arise from swelling in the brain or a brain hemorrhage. Seizures Seizures arise from abnormal electrical activity in the brain. The symptoms of seizures include uncontrollable shaking of the body, temporary confusion, unconsciousness and a staring spell. The symptoms tend to last for 30 seconds to 2 – 3 minutes. When a tendency of seizures develops, the condition is known as epilepsy.

Important Preventive Measures

Head injuries, whether minor or major, can lead to long-term problems. It is important to get timely treatment in case a head injury has occurred. Preventing head injuries is important, and the following measures can be taken to avoid traumatic brain injuries :

  • Always Wear helmets while driving bikes, bicycle, or while participating in sports activities like skating.
  • Do not drive after consuming alcohol.
  • Make it a habit of wearing a seat belt when sitting in a car.n

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Top 3 Natural Homeopathic Remedies for Shingles

Shingle is a viral disease characterized by a very painful skin rash which usually erupts in the form of cluster blisters on the body. It is also known also known as Herpes Zoster. The outbreak of shingles presents itself in the form of a cluster of fluid-filled blisters. The hallmark of shingles is that it affects only one side of the body particularly face or torso (torso refers to the trunk of the human body). The blisters are located as band or strip on one side of the chest and do not cross the midline. Other locations include one side of forehead or eye. Many people develop only one episode of shingles in their life, but some people can have recurrent episodes depending upon their immunity. Homeopathic treatment for shingles helps boost the immunity, reduce the severity of the symptoms and also helps reduce the chances of recurrence of the disease.

What Causes Shingles?

The causative agent of Shingles is VZV (Varicella Zoster Virus). The reactivation of VZV causes shingles, and it is the same virus that causes Chickenpox (varicella). Only those who ever had Chickenpox can develop shingles later in their life. The first exposure to VZV that most commonly occurs in childhood or adolescent leads to chickenpox. After the chickenpox resolves in a person, the virus remains dormant in some nerve cells of the spine of our body. When the VZV is in an inactive state in our body, it shows no symptoms. In some people, the virus can get reactivated again due to some factors and travel along the nerve pathway. It then reaches the skin of the particular area supplied by that nerve and can cause shingles (painful blisters). The most important thing about VZV is that it never goes away from the human body but lies dormant within some nerve cells. Only when the virus is active, it produces symptoms in the human body.

Contributing Factors that Lead to Shingles

Stress
Emotional or psychological stress makes a person more prone to develop Shingles since chronic or intense stress weakens our immune system.

Increasing Age
Shingles most commonly occur after 50 years of age. The risk of having shingles increases with age. It is rarely seen in children, but older people are more prone to develop it due to compromised immunity.

Impaired Immune System
Shingles most commonly develop in people with a weak immune system. Certain diseases like HIV/AIDS, cancer, a long history of medicines intake, long-term use of steroids or immunosuppressive drugs, autoimmune disorders like (rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory bowel diseases) makes a person more prone to develop Shingles.

Shingles – Signs and Symptoms

Early symptoms: The initial symptoms of Shingles before the rash develops include fever and feeling of weakness. There may be feeling of pain, burning and tingling sensation over the affected area.

Skin Rash: Skin Rash in shingles appears as pink or red blotchy patches which appear in the form of a band over one side of the trunk(the most common site) along the nerve pathway. The person can also feel shooting type of pain in the area of the rash. At this stage, shingles are not contagious.

Blisters: Blisters are a cluster of fluid-filled eruptions that appear after the rash. They appear as a band over one side of the trunk, and can also develop over one side of forehead or eye. Blisters continue to grow for many days.

Are Shingles Contagious?

Active blisters are contagious. The infection (VZV ) can transmit to other people through direct contact with the infected person. However, the other person will first develop chickenpox, not Shingles if the person never had a VZV infection earlier.
On the other hand, if a person has had Chickenpox earlier and he gets exposed to the VZV infection, there is a likelihood of developing shingles.

Scab Formation: Over a period of seven to ten days blisters sometimes ooze a contagious liquid, start becoming cloudy and begin to flatten. Gradually scab starts forming over the flattened blisters. It can take approximately one to two weeks for complete crust formation over the blisters.
At this stage, there are fewer chances of transmission of the virus. The pain also starts subsiding, but in some people, pain continues for months or years.

The Shingles ‘Belt’: Shingles is also referred to as “ shingles girdle “ or “shingles band” as it looks like a belt or half belt when it appears around the waist or rib cage. Shingles are easily recognizable with this classic presentation.

Shingles On Face: Shingles on the face appear in different areas.

Zoster Opthalmicus: Shingles can commonly involve Trigeminal nerve of the face. The ophthalmic branch is most commonly involved, and when the virus gets reactivated in this nerve branch, it is referred to as zoster opthalmicus. In some cases, it can cause blindness. The skin of the forehead, the orbit of the eye and upper eyelids may also be involved.

Shingles Oticus: It refers to shingles which involve the ear. It develops when the virus travels from the facial nerve to the vestibulocochlear nerve. There are chances of hearing loss and vertigo in this condition.

Widespread Shingles: A shingles rash is referred to as a wide rash which occurs when more than twenty skin lesions supplied by separate spinal nerves are involved. It is more likely to occur in people with a weak immune system.

Infections can also occur in open blisters and can lead to permanent scarring of skin in some individuals.

Healing: In many people, the skin rash starts healing within two to four weeks. Some people are left with minor scars while in some complete healing without any scarring is observed.
Some people can also have continued pain for months or longer after healing has taken place at the site of the rash. This is referred to as postherpetic Neuralgia.

Homeopathic Treatment for Shingles 

Homeopathic treatment for shingles works in a gentle, yet effective manner to reduce the severity of the symptoms and also help clear up the infection rather than suppressing it. These medicines have no side effects and work very well for post-herpetic neuralgia.

There is no cure for shingles in the conventional system of Medicine; medications are aimed to reduce the duration of shingles episode and to minimize the intensity of pain. Some commonly used medicines include

Antivirals: These do not treat shingles but are meant to reduce the severity and duration of the disease. They are not effective for postherpetic neuralgia. Side effects of antiviral medicines include nausea, dizziness, pain in stomach, mild skin rashes, joint pains, and they can also cause a sore throat.

Analgesics: Pain medications are used to treat mild to moderate pains in shingles. When the pain is severe, excessive intake of painkillers can cause side effects and trigger anxiety in a person.

Corticosteroids: Corticosteroids are indicated along with antivirals to reduce the pain and for postherpetic neuralgia. Prolonged usage of corticosteroids can cause immunosuppression.

 

Rhus Tox: Homeopathic Medicine for Shingles on the Right Side

The homeopathic medicine Rhus tox is prepared from poison – ivy, a vine-like shrub. This shrub grows naturally all over North America. Rhus Toxicodendron belongs to Anacardiaceae family. The leaves and stalks of this creeping shrub are collected at night. The oil found within the plant is said to be most potent at night. The curative effect of this shrub dates back to 18th century when a French physician found that accidental exposure to poison ivy healed a patient with chronic skin lesions. Since then this plant is used to treat various skin disorders. Rhus tox is very useful in Herpes Zoster with intense itching in affected skin area. There is burning and Neuralgic pains after herpes zoster, especially on the right side. Herpetic eruptions alternating with dysentery and pains in chest, itching with burning and smarting, feeling as if pierced with hot needles, increase in eruptions on rubbing, a feeling of burning pain on blistering skin rash and itching that gets better with the application of hot water are the main symptoms. It is also indicated for shingles alternating with asthma.

Ranunculus Bulbosus: Homeopathic Medicine for Shingles with Bluish Vesicles and Intense Itching

Homeopathic medicine Ranunculus bulbosus for shingles is derived from the plant bulbous buttercup or St Anthony’s Turnip. This is a perennially growing plant and belongs to the Buttercup family. Ranunculus bulbosus is prepared from the bulb of this plant. This plant is native of Western Europe and the northern Mediterranean coast. As an introduced weed it grows in eastern and western parts of North America.
It is the principle medicine for treating Herpes zoster. It is indicated for herpetic eruptions with itching where the eruptions are vesicular and pustular. It is highly recommended for shingles with blue blisters that are filled with serum. There is an intense burning and itching that gets worse with contact.

Mezereum: Homeopathic Treatment for Shingles with Blisters with Scabs

Homeopathic Medicine Mezereum is prepared from a plant called Daphne Mezereum (also known as Spurge olive). This plant belongs to the vegetable kingdom. The bark of the shrub is used to prepare Mezereum. This plant is native of hilly woods of nearly whole of Europe and Russian Asia.
It is indicated for Herpes Zoster with burning pains. Eruptions ooze out with a discharge of acrid, gluey moisture from thick crusts. Scab formation over herpetic blisters with pus beneath it, itching over affected skin rash that gets worse by warmth, a sensation of insects crawling are some symptoms. The eruptions are crusty with white scabs and can bleed when touched. The skin becomes cold in those places where there is intense itching.

Other Important Homeopathic Remedies for Shingles

Croton Tiglinum: Homeopathic Treatment for Shingles on Face

Homeopathic Medicine Croton tiglinum is prepared from a plant known as purging cotton. It belongs to the Euphorbiaceae family. Croton tiglinum is also known as ‘Jamaal Gota’ in Hindi. This medicine is prepared using croton oilseeds. This shrub is found in Southeast Asia. It works well in cases of Herpes zoster where the eruptions have stinging and smarting pains, vesicles, and pustules run into one another and speedily develop a seropurulent exudation. There is the formation of large brown scabs with peeling of skin and falling off of the pustules. Blisters are present in clusters, confluent and oozing, especially on the face with itching that is followed by painful burning.

Dolichos: Homeopathic Treatment for Shingles on Armpit

Homeopathic remedy Dolichos pruriens is prepared from a plant named cowhage, also known as the cow-itch plant. It is a bean-like plant that belongs to the Fabaceae family. Dolichos is prepared using hair scraped from the epidermis of the pod. This plant grows widely in the tropics, including Bahamas and India. It can also extend to southern Florida. It is indicated in those cases where herpetic eruptions are on the armpit, spreading in rings forward to the sternum and backward to the spine. Pains are burning and smarting over the affected area. This medicine is also indicated for shingles without eruptions, and there is intense itching which gets worse by scratching.

Dulcamara: Homeopathic Treatment for Shingles from Exposure to Cold

The homeopathic remedy dulcamara is prepared from the bittersweet plant, also known as the bitter nightshade. It belongs to family Solanaceae. It is made using freshly obtained green leaves and stems of the bittersweet plant. This is a perennially growing plant which is indigenous to Asia and Europe, and now it is widely found in North America. Dulcamara is a top grade remedy when Herpes Zoster occurs after being exposed to cold, especially in wet weather. Herpetic eruptions get worse at night and better by moving about and from external warmth. The eruptions are thick, crusty, moist and get worse before menses (in women). The crusts over blisters are thick and brownish –yellow which starts bleeding when scratched.

Natrum Mur: Homeopathic Treatment for Shingles on Flexures

Natrum Mur is a homeopathic treatment for shingles that are worse on flexures (bent or curved part). Vesicles with watery contents burst and leave thin scurf (flakes on the skin). Blisters form on burning spots on the skin. Herpetic eruptions become crusty and dry in bends of the limbs and margins of the scalp.

Homeopathic Treatment for Shingles: Post Herpetic Neuralgia

Postherpetic neuralgia refers to the condition when there is a persistent and recurrent pain in the area of the body which was affected by Herpes Zoster. In some persons, the pain continues to be present for months or years even after the herpetic lesions have subsided. When pain persists for more than 90 days, it is termed as post-herpetic Neuralgia.

Homeopathic medicines are very effective in treating postherpetic neuralgia. They can naturally help to reduce the intensity of pain without making the person dependent upon them. Following homeopathic medicines are highly recommended for Postherpetic Neuralgia:

Mezereum: Natural Treatment for Postherpetic Neuralgia with Burning

Mezereum is a top grade homeopathic remedy for neuralgic pains with violent itching and burning. The inter-costal neuralgia continuing after the disappearance of the eruptions can be effectively treated with Mezereum. It is also recommended for violent neuralgia of the face and teeth, that which towards spreads towards the ears at night. Neuralgic pains come and go quickly, leaving the part numb. Mezereum is used to treat neuralgia over the left eye, where the pain radiates and shoots downwards.

Kalmia: Homeopathic Treatment for Postherpetic Neuralgia with Pains

It is highly indicated remedy for neuralgic pains of the face or of those nerves that supply the part where there were herpetic eruptions. The neuralgic pains are violent, tearing and shooting type, and come and go suddenly. The pains are worse in the day, coming and going with the sun or else get worse at night by lying down

Ranunculus Bulbosus – Homeopathic Medicine for Neuralgia on Eye

Ranunculus Bulbosus is a homeopathic treatment for postherpetic neuralgia on the supraorbital (above the eye orbit) or intercostal nerves (between the ribs) after herpes zoster with sharp neuralgic pains preceding it. Neuralgic pains are stitching, stabbing and shooting type, and the herpetic eruptions are bluish in color.

Zincum Mettalicum: Homeopathic Treatment for Postherpetic Neuralgia with Burning Pains

Zincum met is indicated for Herpes zoster when the blisters are dry, over the whole body or on the back and hands. Neuralgic pains are burning and jerking in nature, and the shingles get worse in the evening and from the slightest touch. It is also indicated for suppurating herpetic eruptions.

Difference between Shingles and Herpes

Herpes Zoster and herpes simplex are two different diseases caused by a virus. The only similarity is that the family of Herpes virus causes both these diseases.
Varicella-zoster virus causes shingles or herpes zoster through direct contact with the infected person. Herpes is caused by herpes simplex virus (HSV 1 and HSV 2). HSV 1 is transmitted through oral contact via saliva, surface in and around the mouth and can also be spread by oro-genital contact. HSV 2 is transmitted through sexual contact.
Blisters in Herpes are red and painful around the mouth, genitals, and thighs. Infected women can experience vaginal discharges as well.

In Shingles, blisters appear in clusters and are fluid-filled and usually occur on one side of trunk, eye, face like a band and never cross the midline.
In one condition called zosteriform herpes simplex, the rash looks similar to Shingles rash and is difficult to differentiate visually. The Tzanck smear is used to diagnose acute infection in herpes but cannot distinguish between VZV and HSV.

Shingles: Complications

Post Herpetic Neuralgia: In some cases, even after the shingles blisters have resolved, the pain continues to be present. This condition is known as post-herpetic neuralgia. Postherpetic neuralgia is most commonly seen with shingles in the mouth which occurs when the mandibular division or the maxillary part of the trigeminal nerve is involved.

Neurological Issues: Shingles can cause facial paralysis, hearing problems and balance issues depending upon which nerves are involved in the infection.

Loss of Vision: When shingles involve the eyes, it can cause infection in the eyes and subsequent loss of vision in some cases.

Encephalitis: In sporadic cases, shingles may lead to inflammation of the brain resulting in encephalitis (acute inflammation in the brain).

Shingles: Pain Mangement

There is no cure for shingles in the conventional system of treatment, but there are some home remedies for shingles nerve pain that can help:

  • A cool, wet compress can help relieve pain and itching in shingles rash. You need to soak a cloth in cold water, squeeze the water out of cloth and apply the cloth to the affected area. Repeat it several times. Do not use any ice packs to the rash as it can make the affected area more sensitive.
  • Shower Baths: Cleaning of blisters on a daily basis with cooling bath or shower can reduce the risk of spreading the infection.
  • Soothing Lotions and Creams: Lotions do not hasten the process of healing but can help reduce the itching to some extent. Choose the lotions containing natural ingredients, like calamine lotion.
  • Dietary Changes: Healing of shingles is prolonged when you have a weak immune system. Try consuming diets that help boost the immune system. This includes a diet rich in vitamins, green leafy vegetables, and a protein-rich diet that includes eggs, chicken, and red meat. For a Vegan diet, tomato, beans, and spinach are the top foods.

 

Natural remedies and homeopathic medications can help manage herpes zoster to a great extent, and also reduce the chances of recurrence.

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Top 4 Natural Homeopathic Remedies For Sore Throat

A sore throat is a common condition that causes pain, itching, and a scratchy feeling in the throat. Everybody tends to acquire it at least once or twice in a year. Difficulty in swallowing is another common symptom of a sore throat. The pain caused by a sore throat is a result of swelling or inflammation anywhere in the throat. Though it causes pain and irritation in the throat, it is usually not serious and develops as a result of flu or colds that tend to resolve in a week’s span. Homeopathic medicine for throat works by reducing the severity of symptoms like pain, and helps reduce inflammation and swelling to treat the problem.
Inflammation in back of the throat is known as pharyngitis, while inflammation of tonsils present on the sides of the throat is known as tonsillitis. Another condition, known as a strep throat (caused by the streptococcus bacteria), is a more serious cause of a sore throat that needs a quick medical diagnosis. Majority of cases of a sore throat arise from a viral infection, followed by bacterial infections and allergies. Other causes of a sore throat include GERD, smoking, overstraining of voice, chronic sinusitis, and a weakened immune system.

What Causes Sore Throat

Viral Infections

Out of all the cases of a throat, around 90 – 95 % of arise from a viral infection. The primary viral infections that lead to a sore throat are influenza (flu), common cold, measles, chicken pox, mumps, and mononucleosis

Bacterial Infections

Bacterial infections linked with a sore throat are more serious than viral infections. The most important is an infection with group A streptococcus bacteria that can lead to a strep throat.

Allergies

A person who has allergies is usually at an increased risk to develop a sore throat. The common allergens include dust, pollen, grass, molds, pet danders (mainly from dogs and cats). PND or post nasal dripping of mucus is the main cause of a sore throat that develops due to allergies. Mucus dripping from posterior nares in the throat tend to cause scratching, tickling, and irritation in the throat.

Dryness

Dry air tends to decrease the moisture levels of the throat, leading to dryness, roughness, and scratchiness in the throat. Mouth breathing also tends to dry the throat that leads to scratchiness and sore throat.

Top Homeopathic Medicines for Sore Throat

From a large list of homeopathic medicines for treating a sore throat, the top-ranked medicines are Aconite, Belladonna, Natrum Mur, and Merc Sol. The characteristic features of these homeopathic medicines are as follows:

Aconite – Homeopathic Medicine for Throat with Itching

Aconite is an excellent homeopathic medicine for an acute sore throat. It works well when the itching in the throat begins. The throat and parts like the fauces, tonsils, uvula, and palate get severely inflamed. A burning, prickling and stinging sensation may also be present. Dryness in the throat, difficulty swallowing and high fever are other symptoms.

Belladonna – Top Homeopathic Medicine for Throat with Intense Pain and Redness

Belladonna is a top homeopathic medicine for a sore throat attended with intense pain, a red, shiny and swollen throat, enlarged and swollen tonsils, a constriction and lump felt in the throat, dryness and scraping sensation, extreme thirst and high fever.

Natrum Mur – Homeopathic Medicine for Throat with Cold and Flu

Natrum Mur is a well indicated homeopathic medicine for a sore throat with cold and flu. Natrum Mur is helpful when there is soreness and pain in the throat with a watery discharge from the nose and violent sneezing. In some cases, soreness in the nose is also present. Apart from this, dryness in throat, a sensation of a lump or splinter in the throat may be present.

Merc Sol – Homeopathic Medicine for Throat with Painful Swallowing

Merc Sol is a homeopathic medicine for throat accompanied by painful swallowing. During swallowing, shooting pains are felt in throat, ear, and tonsils. Production of phlegm, smarting sensation and heat are also felt in the throat. Along with these symptoms, profuse salivation and night aggravation of the symptoms may be present.

Other Important Homeopathic Medicines for Throat

Many medicines come under homeopathic remedies for a sore throat, and these work well to treat the symptoms as well as causes of a sore throat. The top grade medicines under homeopathy for throat include:

Arsenic Album – Homeopathic Medicine for Throat from Cold Food/Drinks

Arsenic Album is a homeopathic remedy for sore throat that develops after consuming cold food or cold drinks. The symptoms that indicate the need for this medicine include pain, swelling, and constriction in the throat. Warm beverages relieve the pain in the throat, and there may be a sensation of having a hair lodged in the throat. There may be a runny nose, with a thin, watery, burning nasal discharge with itching in the nostrils. Nasal discharges may alternate with nasal blockage, and the symptoms tend to get worse in the open air and get better indoors. Arsenic Album is a useful homeopathic remedy for sore throat and runny nose.

Hepar Sulph – Homeopathic Medicine for Throat Pain due to Cold

Hepar Sulph is a homeopathic medicine for throat that becomes sore after the person gets exposed to the cold. A pain in the throat from exposure to cold that worsens upon speaking and swallowing, the presence of a plug-like sensation in the throat, sensation of a splinter in the throat, hawking of yellow mucus, roughness and swelling of glands in the neck and fever (with chills) are the symptoms that indicate this medicine.

Merc Iod Flavus – Homeopathic Medicine for Sore Throat on Right Side

Merc Iod Flavus is a homeopathic medicine for sore throat that develops on the right side. The right side of throat (along with tonsils) gets swollen and inflamed. Tenacious mucus in throat and constant inclination to swallow, foul breath, and relief upon taking cold drinks are the symptoms that indicate the need for Merc lod Flavus.

Merc Iod Ruber – Homeopathic Medicine for Sore Throat on Left Side

Merc lod Ruber is a homeopathic medicine for sore throat that develops on the left side. There is redness, pain, and swelling in the left side of throat (including the tonsil), and swallowing liquids and solids is painful. White phlegm may be hawked out.

Bryonia Alba – Homeopathic Medicine for Throat with Cough

Homeopathic medicine Bryonia for a sore throat works well when a cough is present, along with dryness and rawness of throat. Sharp pain in the throat that gets worse upon swallowing, scraping sensation and constriction, dry, hard, hacking cough that gets worse at night are the primary features that indicate the need for Bryonia.

Phytolacca Decandra – Homeopathy for Sore Throat and Earache

Phytolacca Decandra is a homeopathic medicine for the throat when pain from throat radiates to the ear. The pain is worse while swallowing, and it is difficult to even swallow water. Main symptoms that indicate the need for this medicine are a burning sensation in the throat, a disposition to clear the throat and hawk, and a slimy white coating on the tongue. The throat may appear dark red/bluish red and the tonsils are also large, blue and congested.

Phosphorus – Homeopathic Medicine for Throat with Hoarseness

Phosphorus is a homeopathic medicine for a sore throat accompanied with hoarseness of voice. The voice gets rough and husky, especially in the evening. There may be a pain in the throat that gets worse from talking, a scraping sensation in the throat, and cough with tickling sensation are the primary symptoms. The cough is dry, harsh and racking and gets worse from talking or laughing.

Merc Sol – Homeopathic Medicine for Throat with White Spots on Tonsils

Merc Sol is a homeopathic medicine for throat when whitish spots appear on the tonsils. Ulcers on the tonsils, rawness, smarting, burning, a continual inclination to swallow, enlargement and hardness of throat glands, increased salivation, and a sore throat that worsens with a change in seasons is treated well with Merc Sol.

Argentum Met – Homeopathic Medicine for Throat and Overuse of Voice

Argentum Met is a homeopathic medicine for a sore throat that appears as a result of overuse of voice. The throat feels raw, sore and the voice becomes hoarse, with alternation in the timbre of the voice. Phlegm that is viscid, and jelly-like or gray may also be present.

Kali Bichromicum – Homeopathic medicine for Throat with Mucus in the Throat (PND)

Kali Bichromicum is a homeopathic medicine for a sore throat with PND (post nasal drip). The mucus is tough and stringy and is hawked out in the morning. A thread-like mucus draws out of the throat. The throat is red and inflamed, and the uvula gets swollen. The voice turns hoarse, ulcers may appear on the tonsils, and constant retching and cough may appear. In some cases, the Eustachian tube may get blocked that leads to difficulty in hearing.

Belladonna – Top Homeopathic Medicine for Tonsillitis

Belladonna is a top grade homeopathic medicine for tonsillitis where the tonsils are red and swollen with pain. The pain in the throat gets worse from swallowing, along with dryness. Fever may also arise. Belladonna is considered to be the first aid medicine for tonsillitis.

Wyethia Helenoides – Homeopathic Medicine for Pharyngitis

Wyethia Helenoides is a homeopathic medicine for follicular pharyngitis where there is swelling, dryness in the throat. Itching in the upper palate, a dry, elongation of the uvula, and prickling in the throat may be present.

Baryta Carb – Homeopathic Medicine for Throat – Quinsy (Peritonsillar Abscess)

Baryta Carb is a homeopathic medicine for throat that is inflammed at the tonsils. This is also known as Quinsy or peritonsillar abscess. The principal symptoms to use this medicine include inflamed tonsils with pus formation, stitching, smarting or stinging pain in tonsils, burning sensation and pain that gets worse on empty swallowing.

Sore Throat: Signs and Symptoms

The signs and symptoms of a sore throat are as follows:

  • Pain in the throat that becomes worse on swallowing food, drinks or saliva
  • Itching, irritation and scratchy feeling in throat
  • Difficulty in swallowing
  • Redness, swelling of the throat and tonsils along with pain
  • White patches, pus or ulcers on the tonsils
  • Hoarseness of voice
  • Coughing
  • Dryness in throat
  • Burning sensation in the throat
  • Earache
  • Nasal symptoms (like a runny nose, blocked nose, and sneezing)
  • Enlargement of lymph nodes in the neck that can be felt

Some general symptoms that accompany a sore throat are fever (with or without chills), weakness, headache and body aches.

When to see a doctor?

A sore throat is a common occurrence and clears up within a week on its own if it is not due to a bacterial infection. A physician should be consulted if:

  • A sore throat lasts for more than a week
  • There is extreme difficulty in swallowing or breathing
  • You can see pus points or white spots on the tonsils or the back of the throat
  • Excessive drooling in young children
  • Constant fever, or high fever
  • Blood in the sputum
  • Strep Throat

Strep Throat

A sore throat that develops as a result of a bacterial infection (called Streptococcus pyogenes) is known as a strep throat. It is very contagious. It most commonly affects children, but people of any age group can be affected. It can either spread through respiratory droplets of an infected person or through touching an object carrying infected droplets and then touching the mouth with same hands.

The signs and symptoms arising are a pain in the throat on swallowing, soreness in the throat, swollen red tonsils, and pus points on the tonsils. Fever, skin rash, headache, body aches and swollen/tender lymph nodes in the neck are other symptoms. A strep throat left untreated can lead to complications like rheumatic fever (an inflammatory disease involving joints, heart, skin, and brain), kidney inflammation (glomerulonephritis), peritonsillar abscess (collection of pus beside the tonsils) and mastoiditis (inner ear infection).

To confirm a strep throat, a rapid strep test or culture test or throat swab is performed to detect the presence of Streptococcus pyogenes bacteria.

Streptococcinum: Homeopathic Remedy for Sore Throat with White Spots

Streptococcinum is a homeopathic medicine for a sore throat in cases where a strep throat has developed. In case of strep throat, antibiotics are needed to avoid any further complications. Homeopathic medicine Streptococcinum can be used along with antibiotics. This medicine helps in symptomatic relief and speeds up the recovery process. The symptoms indicating the need for this medicine are redness, swelling, and constant pain in the throat and tonsils. Pus points on the tonsils, enlarged nodes in the neck, frailty, and weakness are other symptoms.

Homeopathy for Sore Throat

The conventional system of medicine indicates the use of antibiotics and painkillers for a sore throat. While painkillers can help reduce the severity and irritation that appears as a result of a sore throat, they do nothing to fix the cause of the problem. Antibiotics are only required in case of a bacterial infection.
Viruses cause many infections like colds, sore throat, coughs, and antibiotics do not work on them. Such infections typically need to run their course, and an otherwise healthy person can fight these off naturally.
Most sore throat infections clear up on their own within a week, and antibiotics play no role in the recovery.

Homeopathic medicine for a sore throat can help clear up an infection for long-term relief. These medicines also work well to treat recurrent sore throats by boosting the body’s immune system to fight the cause or infection and bring about natural recovery.
Homeopathic medicines for pharyngitis and tonsillitis help bring relief from the acute symptoms of a sore throat and also treat the tendency of recurrence. People of all ages can use these medicines safely since they do not have any toxic side effects.
It’s only in cases of strep throat that homeopathic medicine is recommended along with conventional antibiotics since strep throats can cause further complications.

How to Cure a Sore Throat Fast?

Since a sore throat causes pain and disrupts daily life, quick and easy treatments to cure a sore throat are always sought after. Some home remedies to manage a sore throat include:

  • Getting adequate rest and resting the voice
  • Staying hydrated by drinking fluids to keep the throat moist.
  • Dehydration needs to be avoided.
  • Easy to digest foods and comforting beverages like broth, green tea, warm water with honey and ginger, or ice pops can soothe the throat.
  • Gargling two to three times a day with warm salt water can help soothe the throat, reduce inflammation and prevent the worsening of infection.
  • Using a humidifier to keep the air moist, so it does not irritate a sore throat. Avoiding allergens and irritants like cleaning products and smoke from cigarettes or incense.

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The wonder Of Homeopathic Medicine Arnica In Treating Injuries

Arnica Montana, commonly known as leopard’s bane, is a plant indigenous to Europe. It is mainly cultivated in North America. The word ‘Arnica’ has been derived from Latin meaning ‘Lambskin’, because of the wooly textured leaves. However, the word ‘Montana’ depicts mountains, i.e., where the plant grows. The drug Arnica Montana is prepared from the roots of its plant.
Back in those days, when it was not yet scientifically proven to have medicinal properties, the locals used to pop it into their mouth in cases of falls, injuries, and pains. Little was it known that this plant would have intrinsic medicinal properties that could replace a surgeon’s knife in some cases.

Arnica has been used in homeopathy to treat a variety of injuries, both fresh and old. It can be used to treat both the acute and chronic effects of injuries. These injuries leave a sore, bruised feeling all over the body. The patient feels restless and cannot find a comfortable spot to rest at. In the olden times, it was also used as a topical treatment.

Arnica has an important role to play in many conditions, but it is a renowned drug for its action on the injuries. It can be given for major as well as minor injuries, where the bleeding is concealed and the skin stays intact. Arnica is known to have antibiotic and muscle relaxing properties as well.
The efficacy of Arnica in healing injured tissues is testified from the fact that many surgeons around the world use this homeopathic medicine to promote healing and minimizing postoperative infections.

The ‘Arnica’ Constitution

Arnica tends to suit ‘Plethoric’ constitutions, meaning those who have an abounding quantity of blood, with a red face and lively expressions. Constitutionally, the patients are predisposed to congestions of the parts like the head and limbs.

Arnica: Drug Action

The chief action of arnica is on the blood and blood vessel particularly on the capillaries (small blood vessels). It is known to possess a quality of absorbing blood. It also has antibiotic properties, hence preventing septic conditions. On the muscles, it acts as a muscle relaxant and relieves the tension of the stressed parts.

The scope of Arnica in Treating Injuries

Arnica for Bruises

A bruise is a bluish black discoloration that forms under the skin, sometimes may look like a blood clot.
Arnica is an infallible remedy for such complaints. The bruises could be due to any reason, be it a mechanical trauma or due to weak capillaries. It has been clinically seen that sometimes people tend to have a random bruise here and other and the patient himself is not aware of any trauma at the site. Such bruises can arise as a result of extravasation(outflow) of blood from the small vessels owing to the weak capillary walls. This is how Arnica can do wonders in such cases; it affects the weak capillary walls and strengthens them and also causes constriction of the dilated small vessel, stopping the flow of blood. It can affect these vessels and increases their power to retain the blood. It is a wonderful remedy in the first stage of injury, where much bruising has been done and the pain is intense but diffused.
It can also be given for bruises that arise as a result of a blow to the stomach or other organs. Not to forget its impeccable role in treating ‘Black Eye’, i.e.the bluish black discoloration surrounding the eye which is generally because of a strong blow to the part.
The parts that are bruised are very sore; the soreness being much greater than the size of the bruise. The patient can barely afford to move or let alone touch the affected part. Arnica can help in dealing with the soreness and tenderness in such cases, along with healing the bruise.

Arnica Montana for Haemorrhages

Arnica has a wonderful capability of reabsorption of blood. It can be given for hematomas (collection of blood under superficial layers), for conditions where there is concealed bleeding, the blood has escaped out of the capillaries but the skin remains intact. Such conditions when there is no sufficient tone in the fibers of the vessel to hold the blood. The vessel walls then ooze out blood. These hemorrhages are a result of mechanical traumas, which are blunt without causing any open wounds. An important thing to note in cases of injuries where there has been bleeding is that Arnica should only be used once the bleeding has stopped (either by suturing or once the wound has gone through the stage of initial clot formation). It is a well-indicated remedy for cases of retinal hemorrhages and helps in the easy resolving of the condition. It can also be given in cases of epistaxis ( bleeding from the nose) especially after an episode of injury to the nasal area. Here, Arnica helps in vasoconstriction of the vessels and helps in stopping the bleeding.
It also very effectively dissolves the petechial hemorrhages (small pinpointed bleeding spots under the skin), owing again to the re-absorption capability of the medicine.

Arnica for Suppuration

Arnica has often proved to be beneficial for cases where the wounds have a tendency for pus formation that could be avoided with its use. It can be given in cases of pyaemia and septicaemia, as a result of a trauma. It often happens that after a blow or contusion, the patient gets restless, has a lame sore feeling all over the body, tosses and turns on lying down, cannot find a spot soft enough to make him feel relaxed. This could or could not be attended with fever. In such cases, Arnica has proven to be a great remedy. It can remove the bacterial infections in the background owing to its antibiotic properties, along with healing the concealed bleeding under the skin and other consequences of an injury. Many surgeons use Arnica in order to prevent postoperative infections in their patients.

Arnica for Sprains

A very common type of injury that almost everyone has faced one time or the other is a sprain due to a misstep. An injury of the ligaments is known as a sprain. It can be caused due to twisting of the foot in an undesired manner. It is a very common type of injury seen in sportsmen or in women who wear high heels. Such cases of sprains where even wearing the shoe could seem like a task can be marvelously healed with Arnica. Arnica relaxes the tension of the twisted ligament and helps in managing the pain, soreness and the lameness of the part affected. The black and blue appearance of the sprained part goes away in a surprisingly short time, and one can manipulate the part with much ease.

Arnica for Fractures

Arnica is especially given in fractures of the head or spine, with the compression of the brain. It very well manages those cases where the patient goes into a coma (unconscious state) after an accident, where there is head injury or the spinal cord may be involved. It can minimize the post-injury effects and works well for people who go into a coma following the injury. Its effective role in helping a patient come out of coma post the injury puts Arnica under the special category of treating head injuries.

Conditions that arise after a head injury (whether recent or remote), can be effectively treated with the remedy. For example, epilepsy following an injury to the head, loss of memory, speech problems following an injury etc. are also effectively cured with Arnica.

Fractures of the bone may call for the use of Arnica, both externally and internally, to relieve the swelling of the limb. Many times, people develop localized muscle twitching after a fracture, which is nothing but a reflex of the fracture. They feel significantly better with respect to the pain, swelling, and tenderness when treated with Arnica. Arnica helps in speeding the process of healing and preventing the infection and deterioration of the bone.

Arnica for Myalgia

A very common phenomenon that has been clinically seen is that once a disease has taken its course and resolved, it leaves a trail of unrelated complaints behind. For instance, after an episode of flu, patients complain of muscular pains all over. They cannot relate it to any other event but to the illness that they have suffered in the past. Such pains (though have no direct relation to the illness they have suffered from), cannot be ignored. This is where Arnica can prove to be beneficial. It is an underestimated remedy in such cases of myalgia (muscle pains), where the muscle pains have started as a consequence of a disease. It can also be given for cases where the muscles are sore and tender as a result of over-straining, be it at the gym or laborious working at a workplace.
It works brilliantly in myalgia of the intercostal muscles (muscles between the ribs) after exertion, where the person feels as if his ribs are bruised, and even breathing becomes difficult for him.

Other Clinical Conditions Treated with Arnica:

  • Concealed Injuries
  • Typhoid fevers
  • Gout
  • Black eye
  • Fractures
  • Sprains and Strains
  • Meningitis
  • Mechanical Otitis
  • Epistaxis
  • Myalgia
  • Haematuria
  • Hydrocele
  • Uterine Prolapse
  • Metrorrhagia
  • Boils
  • Septicemia
  • Appendicitis
  • Postpartum Haemorrhages
  • Bed Sores
  • Headache
  • Bronchitis
  • Diarrhea
  • Dysentery
  • Haematuria

Dosage

Homeopathic medicine Arnica is recommended in the potency of 30C. In recent, fresh injuries it can be repeated frequently. In cases of remote injuries, it can be used in high potencies but with infrequent repetitions.
It can also be applied locally in the form of tincture, but not on abraded (broken) skin.
Caution: Although homeopathic medicine Arnica is a safe remedy to use, a homeopathic physician must be consulted prior to its use.

Arnica and Other Homeopathic Remedies

Arnica follows well after Aconite, Apis, Ham, Ipecacuanha and Veratrum album.

  • It is complementary to Aconite, Hypericum and Rhus tox.
  • It antidotes the effect of Camphor.
  • It is followed well by Acid sulph.

How to use Arnica

Mild-to-moderate injuries can be effectively treated at home using Arnica. It is also sold by the name of Arnica Montana. 30 c potency of Arnica can be taken internally 4- 5 times a day. Its use should be discontinued once the desirable relief has been achieved. In cases where the injury is severe and blood loss is uncontrollable, one should immediately contact the local hospital

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Top 10 Natural Homeopathic Remedies for Anxiety

What is anxiety?

Anxiety refers to a mental state of nervousness, fear, and worry. Getting anxious once in a while on certain occasions is a regular part of life. For example getting anxious before an examination, while giving an interview or during stressful events is somewhat normal. The anxiety on such occasions is short-lived and temporary. But anxiety becomes a problem when the reaction of the person in a given situation appears in a highly intense form and out of proportion than what one usually expects. If the episodes of such extreme anxiety appear frequently, it tends to interfere with the normal activities in everyday life and puts an adverse impact on relationships. Homeopathic medicine for anxiety works in a mild, gentle and effective manner to gradually reduce the physical and mental reactions associated with anxiety.
There are various types of anxiety disorders, like social anxiety disorder, panic disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, substance-induced anxiety disorder and separation anxiety disorder.

Does Homeopathy work for anxiety?

Yes, there are different homeopathic remedies that effectively treat anxiety. The homeopathic medicines for treating anxiety are made of natural substances, making them safe for use without any side effects. Homeopathic medicines are used to treat anxiety that varies from mild to severe in intensity (like general nervousness to panic attacks). Homeopathic medicines work by seeking insights into the psychology of the person to bring about complete recovery. Since these are natural and not habit forming, there is no risk of drug-dependency.
Most cases of anxiety that fall under the category of mild to moderate intensity are treatable with homeopathy. In cases of chronic anxiety of high intensity, homeopathy can help manage the symptoms.
Homeopathy can also help treat panic attacks. The medicine Aconitum Napellus, for example, is a good example of a homeopathic medicine for anxiety.

Anxiety: Causes and Contributing Factors 

The exact cause of anxiety in an individual is yet not understood. However, genetic and the environmental factors conjointly play a significant role in developing anxiety.

An individual with a positive family history of anxiety is at risk to suffer from the same. People who are prone to stress, or have had bad life experiences in the past (like domestic violence, bullying, child abuse) or emotional events like the death of a loved one are at risk to develop anxiety.
The stress can be associated with relationships, friendships, financial instability and problems in the workplace.
Anxiety also tends to arise from abuse or as withdrawal symptoms of certain drugs and alcohol.

Certain medical disorders also predispose a person towards anxiety. These include thyroid issues, heart complaints, asthma, cancer, diabetes mellitus and brain degenerative disorders like Parkinson’s disease.

Symptoms of Anxiety

The signs and symptoms of anxiety include nervousness, worrying, tension, trembling, restlessness, palpitations, sweating, headache, concentration difficulty and trouble sleeping.
Frequent urination, nausea, and diarrhea are other features of anxiety.

Diagnosing Anxiety

Anxiety is a mental health complaint that is diagnosed on the basis of the symptoms provided by the patient. There are no tests to diagnose anxiety itself, but tests like thyroid function test and vitamin B12 are recommended to rule out other medical conditions that could be giving rise to the symptoms of anxiety.

Homeopathic Medicine for Anxiety

Aconitum Napellus – Homeopathic Medicine for Anxiety

Aconitum Napellus is a homeopathic medicine for anxiety where the person gets palpitations. Cold sweat on the body during an anxiety attack, a constant chain of changeable thoughts in mind, fear of death, talkativeness, fear of public spaces are symptoms that indicate the need for this medicine. Consuming cold water may offer relief.

Arsenic Album – Homeopathic Medicine for Anxiety about Health

Arsenic Album is a homeopathic medicine for anxiety about health where the person experiences extreme restlessness. Symptoms like changing positions from one side to another, sadness, gloom, fear, trembling, chilliness, weakness, and nausea that gets worse after midnight indicate the need for this medicine.

Argentum Nitricum – Homeopathic Medicine for Anxiety from Anticipation

Argentum Nitricum is a homeopathic medicine for anxiety that links with anticipation, also known as anticipatory anxiety. Anticipatory anxiety means anxiety from constant thoughts about events that are about to take place in the future. For example, a person may get anxious about a public meeting to be attended in the future. The person tends to think constantly about the event until the final day. Diarrhea may set in during the anxiety phase. Hurriedness and impatience, and weakness in the legs are other associated symptoms.

Gelsemium Sempervirens – Homeopathic Medicine for Anxiety about Public Appearance

Gelsemium Sempervirens is a homeopathic medicine for anxiety related to making a public appearance. If the individual has to go and engage with many different people, excessive anxiety and nervousness arise, along with exhaustion and drowsiness. Sadness, melancholy, and confusion of mind, irritability, and diarrhea are associated symptoms. This medicine also works for stage fright.

Opium – Homeopathic Medicine for Anxiety from Fright

Opium is a homeopathic medicine for anxiety that arises from fright. The person needing Opium usually has a history of some sort of fearful incidence in the past that triggers the anxiety. The terror of that episode reoccurs time and again, leading to bouts of anxiety. Nervousness, uneasiness, and irritability along with fear and anxiety appear.

Calcarea Carb – Homeopathic Medicine for Anxiety with Fear of Misfortune

Calcarea Carb is a homeopathic medicine for anxiety with fear of some impending misfortune where the person develops an intense fear of some terrible mishappening. Symptoms like palpitations, shuddering, and restlessness with anxiety, sweating and trembling, nausea and a fear of death and hopelessness indicate the need for this medicine. The anxiety tends to get worse at night.

Phosphorus – Homeopathic Medicine for Anxiety about Future

Phosphorus is a homeopathic medicine for anxiety about the future where the person experiences sadness, restlessness, melancholy, indifference, weariness from everyday life and extreme irritability. Sweating on the forehead, nervous exhaustion and fatigue are other associated symptoms, and these tend to get worse in the evening.

Coffea Cruda – Homeopathic Medicine for Anxiety with Sleeplessness

Coffea Cruda is a homeopathic medicine for anxiety with sleeplessness. Thoughts crowd a person’s mind when attempting to sleep, along with palpitations and nervousness. The person may toss and turn from side to side in the bed in anguish and remain wide awake all night due to anxiety.

Ignatia Amara – Homeopathic Medicine for Anxiety with Depression

Ignatia Amara is a homeopathic medicine for anxiety with depression. The person has anxiety as a result of long-standing grief from the past. Sadness, social isolation, and aversion to talking are the predominant symptoms, along with brooding about past events. There is also an aversion to speaking, and sudden mood changes may occur.

Kali Phos – Homeopathic Medicine for Anxiety with Weakness

Kali Phos is a homeopathic medicine for anxiety coupled with weakness and fatigue. The person needing Kali Phos experiences dread, fear, nervousness and anxiety. Slight noises tend to trigger anxiety, and the person may feel tired and fatigued all the time. An aversion to being alone, weariness from everyday life, negative thinking and excessive sensitiveness are other symptoms.

Lilium Tigrinum – Homeopathic Medicine for Anxiety of Incurable Disease

Lilium Tigrinum is a homeopathic medicine for anxiety where a person fears contracting an incurable disease. The symptoms include nervousness, restlessness, and hurriedness. Palpitations, fear of becoming insane and fear of being alone are present. Remaining busy or engaged in work relieves the symptoms.

Homeopathy for Anxiety: Frequently Asked Questions

I get worried, stressed, anxious and tensed very quickly and tend to get palpitations. Am I suffering from an anxiety disorder?

Getting worried, stressed, anxious and tensed is a regular part of life and every individual tends to experience it every once in a while. You are not suffering from an anxiety disorder if these symptoms last only for a brief period. However, if these symptoms occur too frequently with high intensity, last for a long time and tend to interfere with your everyday life, then there are chances that you have an anxiety disorder. A clear diagnosis can only be made with a clinical analysis and in-depth discussion of your symptoms.

How do I come to know if I have panic disorder?

Recurrent panic attacks are one of the most common indications of a panic disorder. Panic disorder can be suspected if you have sudden, frequent episodes of heightened fear, terror, along with palpitations, shortness of breath, pounding heart, dizziness, and sweating.

I am a male aged 30 years and get very anxious, self-conscious with trembling and palpitations in social situations and tend to avoid them. Do I have social anxiety?

As per your symptoms of getting anxious, self-conscious with trembling and palpitations in social situations and their avoidance, there are chances that you have developed a social anxiety disorder. You must get yourself analyzed by a psychologist who can confirm the diagnosis.

I am a female aged 25 years with a family history of anxiety. Will I also develop the same?

Having a positive family history of anxiety does put you at risk to develop the same. But it doesn’t mean that you will develop anxiety because of that.

Can anxiety lead to any complications?

Yes, people with anxiety are at risk of some complications like isolation, disruption of relationships, suicidal attempts, addiction to drugs and alcohol. Such people are also predisposed to IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), heartburn, high blood pressure, cardiovascular diseases and weight fluctuations.

Will I have to continue taking my anti-anxiety medicine if I start homeopathic medicines for my anxiety?

You will have to continue your anti-anxiety medications, but only during the initial months alongside the homeopathic treatment. It is not advisable to suddenly stop your anti-anxiety medicine because your body has become habitual to it, and stopping suddenly can cause withdrawal symptoms. Once you respond to homeopathic medicines, then you may gradually stop the anti-anxiety drugs and transition entirely to homeopathy.

I am taking anti-anxiety medicines for my anxiety for a long time; can homeopathy help me not be dependent on these?

Yes, homeopathy can help you to get rid of the anti-anxiety medicines that you are already taking, but it is a gradual process. You will have to continue taking anti-anxiety medication along with the homeopathic medicines till you respond to the latter.

For how long a person with anxiety needs to continue homeopathic treatment for complete recovery?

The recovery period in any case of anxiety varies from a few months to a year. However, most cases of anxiety start to respond at the beginning of the homeopathic treatment. Factors like duration and intensity of anxiety and an individual’s response to homeopathic medicines tend to affect the length of the treatment.

If I start homeopathic medicines for anxiety, will I have to take it throughout my life?

No, you don’t need to take homeopathic medicines for your anxiety for life as these medicines are not habit forming. Once you get better to the point where you manage the symptoms yourself, you may gradually discontinue the medications.

Which homeopathic medicines work effectively to treat anxiety?

The top-ranking homeopathic medicines for anxiety include Aconitum Napellus, Arsenic Album, and Argentum Nitricum.

Do conventional medicines for anxiety have side effects?

The most commonly prescribed medicines for anxiety are made of substances like benzodiazepines and selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). These medications have shown side effects like low blood pressure, nausea, depression, lack of coordination, emotional dysfunction, memory loss, dizziness, weight loss and more. These drugs may also cause ‘paradoxical effects,’ where a person may suffer a worsening of the symptoms.

Tips to Manage Anxiety

Certain lifestyle measures that can help manage anxiety include:

– Taking a walk regularly
– Doing regular exercises
– Ensuring adequate sleep
– Avoiding use of alcohol
– Quitting smoking if you are habitual to it
– Adapting techniques like yoga and meditation to manage stress
– Increasing the intake of water, green vegetables, and fruits
– Joining some anxiety support group
– Sharing your problems with family members or doctor and avoiding isolation

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Homeopathic Medicines for loose Stools and Diarrhea

What is Diarrhea?

Homeopathic Medicines for Diarrhea

Homeopathic Medicines for Diarrhea

The condition where thin, loose, watery stools tend to occur three or more times in a day is known as diarrhea. Diarrhea tends to last for at least a couple of days, but in chronic cases, it can go on for a long time. It is a fairly common problem and not a severe condition if timely treatment is taken. In cases where diarrhea continues for more than a couple of days or weeks, it indicates an underlying infection or inflammation in the bowels that needs to be addressed. Homeopathic medicine for diarrhea works by treating the underlying cause of diarrhea.

Can Homeopathy treat Diarrhea?

Yes, homeopathy offers effective treatment for diarrhea. It treats the root cause of diarrhea to help ease the symptoms and bring about recovery. The homeopathic medicine for diarrhea is prepared from natural substances, so there are no side effects. Homeopathy for diarrhea works for people of all age groups and can be safely used in children and older adults.
Homeopathic cures for diarrhea also work well for infections (viral, parasitic, bacterial), inflammatory bowel disease and irritable bowel disease.

What are the causes of Diarrhea?

Diarrhea can be a result of many conditions and factors, but the most common causes of diarrhea include:

Contaminated Food and Water

‘Spoilt’ food and water contain disease-causing pathogens like (bacteria and parasites) which can get transferred into our body and disturb the physiological functioning. This is also known as food poisoning.
Parasites like Giardia lamblia and cryptosporidium cause diarrhea, while Escherichia coli (commonly known as E.coli), salmonella, shigella, and campylobacter are common diarrhea-causing bacteria.
In developing countries, ‘traveler’s diarrhea’ is a common complaint, brought about by these bacteria and viruses.

Rotavirus in Children

A widespread cause of diarrhea in children is rotavirus, a virus that spreads quickly through contaminated hands, objects and surfaces. This virus causes inflammation in the stomach and intestines, leading to severe diarrhea, fever, dehydration, abdominal cramps, and vomiting.

Medications

Certain medicines like antibiotics disturb the balance of gut bacteria by killing both good and bacteria. This imbalance can cause diarrhea.
Antacids often contain magnesium, which can cause the stools to become loose.

Emotional Stress

The gastrointestinal tract has many nerves connected to it and is very sensitively tuned to the nervous system. Therefore, any factors (like stress) that affect the nervous also have an impact on the gastrointestinal tract.
Stress can cause spasms throughout the gut and cause diarrhea.

Food allergies

Food allergies can also cause diarrhea, as the body tries to expel the allergens out quickly.
Lactose intolerance is also a common cause of diarrhea. People who are unable to digest lactose (found in dairy products) often experience loose stools after consuming dairy products.

Digestive Disorders

Chronic diarrhea is often a sign of some underlying gastrointestinal disorder like irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), Crohn’s disease, celiac disease, colitis, inflammatory bowel disorder (IBD).

Symptoms of Diarrhea

If you are passing stool for three or more times in a day, and the stool is watery, or loose, then you have diarrhea.
Other signs and symptoms of diarrhea that can accompany loose stool include cramping in the abdomen, mucus/blood in stool, and abdominal bloating.
In case of food poisoning, vomiting and nausea may be present.

Are there any tests to check for diarrhea?

Not everybody with diarrhea needs to undergo clinical tests and investigations. Simple diarrhea with a duration of a few days to a week is not very serious and can be treated with adequate home remedies.
Clinical tests for diarrhea are required when the duration of the problem lasts for a couple of weeks to months, along with the presence of blood or mucus in the stool. In such cases, tests like stool culture, endoscopy, colonoscopy, anti – TTG (tissue transglutaminase ), wheat allergy, etc., are conducted.

Diarrhea and Dehydration

Diarrhea causes a person to lose a significant amount of fluid and electrolytes quickly, so rehydrating salts are usually recommended along with homeopathic medicines to restore the fluid and electrolytes balance, and prevent dehydration.
The signs to look out for to detect dehydration are dry skin, lightheadedness, less urination, and general weakness. In case you experience such symptoms, it is necessary to restore the fluid and electrolytes balance immediately.

Homeopathic Medicine for Diarrhea

Which are the best homeopathic remedies for diarrhea?

The most effective homeopathic medicines for diarrhea include Aloe Socotrina, Croton Tiglium, and Podophyllum Peltatum.

Aloe Socotrina – Homeopathic Medicine for Diarrhea with Watery Stool

Aloe Socotrina is used to treat cases where the stool is copious, watery, yellowish or brownish. An urgency to pass stool, rumbling/gurgling, a constant sensation of bearing down in the rectum, involuntary release of stool on passing flatus are some other symptoms that indicate the need for this medicine.

Colocynthis – Homeopathic Medicine for Diarrhea with Abdominal Cramps and Colic

Colocynthis is the homeopathic medicine for diarrhea recommended in cases where there is a loose stool with abdominal cramping. A watery, yellowish, sour smelling stool, increased flatulence, a burning, pricking pain at the anus along with intense abdominal cramps are the symptoms that indicate the need for this medicine. Bending down double or applying pressure helps relieve the abdominal cramps.

Croton Tiglium – Homeopathic Medicine for Diarrhea (after light eating and drinking)

For diarrhea that occurs from light eating and drinking, homeopathic medicine Croton Tiglium is recommended.
This medicine is indicated when the person feels the urge to pass stools even after consuming a small quantity of food or drink. The stool is yellowish, watery, copious, and gushing in nature. Croton Tiglium is also used to treat diarrhea that occurs during hot weather.

China Officinalis – Homeopathic Medicine for Diarrhea with Weakness

China Officinalis is a well-indicated homeopathic medicine for diarrhea where there is an excessive weakness. Yellowish, frothy, loose stool followed by weakness, distension of abdomen with flatulence, flatulent colic, belching of bitter fluid, and rumbling in the stomach pit are the symptoms that indicate the need for this medicine.

Colchicum Autumnale – Homeopathic Medicine for Diarrhea with Mucus

Colchicum Autumnale is indicated in cases where the mucus (present in the stool) is jelly-like, while the stool is watery, and has an intense, sour odor. Itching and burning at the anus may also be present.

Podophyllum Peltatum – Homeopathic Medicine for Watery Stools

Podophyllum Peltatum is the homeopathic medicine for diarrhea where the stool is watery, foul-smelling, painless and gushes out. The stool is profuse and may be yellowish or greenish, and contain undigested food particles.
This medicine is also indicated in cases where there is an involuntary release of stool (upon passing flatus or during sleep).

Argentum Nitricum – Homeopathic Medicine for Diarrhea due to Anxiety

Homeopathic medicine Argentum Nitricum is used to treat diarrhea that is triggered by anxiety or nervousness. The person needing this medicine has watery stool (which may have mucus) with noisy flatulence, loud belching, cutting pain and loud rumbling in the abdomen. Diarrhea that arises due to anticipation or as a result of IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) also indicates the need for this medicine.

Chamomilla – Homeopathic Medicine for Diarrhea during Dentition

Chamomilla is the homeopathic medicine recommended for diarrhea that occurs during dentition (teething).
Symptoms indicating the need for Chamomilla include a fetid, watery, sour-smelling stool that is yellowish – greenish. Swelling at the anus may be present with diarrhea and the child is usually irritable, cross and restless.

Arsenic – Homeopathic Medicine for Diarrhea due to Food Poisoning

Arsenic Album is a homeopathic medicine for diarrhea and vomiting in cases of food poisoning. The characteristic symptoms include foul, loose stool, offensive odor, excessive nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, weakness, and a sour/bitter taste in the mouth.

Natrum Carb – Homeopathic Medicine for Diarrhea due to Milk Consumption

Natrum Carb is a homeopathic medicine recommended in cases where diarrhea occurs after consuming milk. The primary symptoms for using Natrum Carb include a watery gushing stool, fetid flatus, burning in rectum after stool, cutting pain in the rectum during stool, gas, bloating, and abdominal colic.

Homeopathy and Diarrhea: Frequently Asked Questions

Is diarrhea serious?

Diarrhea, in general, is not a very serious problem, but its severity varies from case to case. If a person passes thin stool about three to four times a day, for a duration of two to four days, then it is not a severe condition. However, passing excessive stool multiple times a day can lead to dehydration and the complications related to it.
Also, if a person passes blood or mucus with loose stool, loses weight, or has continued fever along with stools, then it is a cause of concern.

I am passing frequent loose stool with mucus from last three months; what does it indicate?

There are many reasons for passing mucus with loose stool. The most common causes include colitis, parasitic infections, IBD (inflammatory bowel disease). Detailed case history and investigations are required to pinpoint the exact reason for your problem. Diarrhea can be a symptom of some other underlying problem.
Certain medications can also lead to diarrhea, including antibiotics, antacids, and antidepressants.

Can a person get diarrhea from stress or anxiety?

Yes, stress and anxiety can cause diarrhea as a result of the hypersensitivity of the gut to emotional and hormonal responses. A significant example of a medical condition that persists from stress and anxiety is IBS (irritable bowel syndrome).

Can allopathy and homeopathic medicine for diarrhea be taken together?

Homeopathic medicine for diarrhea effectively treats mild-to-moderate conditions when coupled with the intake of fluids and electrolytes. Homeopathic medicines also help reduce the severity of the symptoms. However, in case of severe diarrhea, where the person passes a significant amount of watery stool, allopathic medicines are recommended to prevent severe dehydration and help quick relief and recovery. Both allopathic and homeopathic medicines can be taken together to help manage the problem.

Can oral rehydration salts be used along with homeopathic medicines for diarrhea?

Yes, one may take oral rehydration salts along with homeopathic medicines for diarrhea.

For how long does a person need to take homeopathic medicines for diarrhea?

The time duration for which a person needs to take homeopathic medicines for diarrhea depends on the severity of the problem. In acute cases of diarrhea, homeopathic medicines need to be taken for few days to a week In case of chronic diarrhea due to conditions like IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), parasitic infection, IBD (inflammatory bowel disease), the duration of homeopathic medicines lasts from few months to a year’s time.

Tips to Manage Diarrhea

Some measures can help manage chronic diarrhea, like:

1. Avoiding milk, spicy food, highly fatty food and high fiber food
2. Increasing water intake
3. Managing stress and anxiety
4. Avoiding alcohol and caffeine5. Washing hands after stool and before eating to prevent infections

 

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Natural Homeopathic Remedies for Pilonidal Cyst

Homeopathic Treatment for Pilonidal Cyst

Homeopathic Treatment for Pilonidal Cyst

The formation of a cyst at the cleft of the buttocks near the tailbone is known as a Pilonidal Cyst. The cyst contains hair and skin debris. It develops when hair penetrates the skin due to friction and the body, considering it to be a foreign substance, forms a cyst around it. The cyst can get infected, get filled with pus, and form an abscess. A pilonidal sinus is formed when a tract begins from the infected cyst and opens on the surface of the skin. Under the conventional mode of treatment, a surgical incision of the pilonidal cyst is advised (which is painful and temporary). Homeopathic medicine for pilonidal cyst is a safe and efficient treatment option. Homeopathic medicines follow a curative approach to treat pilonidal cysts, rather than just providing relief from the symptoms.These medicines help provide relief from troublesome symptoms like pain and swelling. They also help dissolve the cyst.

Causes and Risk Factors of a Pilonidal Cyst and Pilonidal Sinus

Homeopathy has a great scope in treating Pilonidal Cysts. Homeopathic medicines treat Pilonidal Cysts in a very safe, gentle and effective manner and prevent the need for surgical procedures. These medicines are made from natural substances and raise the body’s self-healing powers to fight the infection naturally. Homeopathic medicines help to manage the symptoms like pain, itching, and discomfort. Homeopathic medicines for pilonidal cyst also help in absorbing the pus discharge from the Pilonidal sinus.

Pilonidal Cyst and its Causes

The exact cause of pilonidal cyst is not clear. But a theory states that initially, hair penetrates the skin of the cleft between buttocks. Friction or rubbing makes the hair go deep into the skin. The body, considering this hair to be a foreign article, forms a cyst around it. This cyst may break open and form a tract that emerges on the surface of the skin (which is called a pilonidal sinus). Obesity, inactive lifestyle, excessive sitting, and excessive body hair on the back are factors that predispose a person to a pilonidal cyst. The age group most prone to developing a pilonidal cyst are between 20 – 25 years. Pilonidal sinus is more common in males than in females.

Symptoms of Pilonidal Cyst / Sinus

Sometimes Pilonidal Cysts do not give out any signs/symptoms. However, they usually appear with swelling and pain in the cleft of the buttocks. Redness and itching also appear. A discomfort while sitting also arises. There is also drainage of pus or blood from the Pilonidal sinus. The pus may be white or yellow or may have an offensive odor. Fever may also appear along with the above features in some cases.

Homeopathic Medicines for Pilonidal Cyst / Sinus

Among a long therapeutic list for treating Pilonidal Cysts, the top rated seven homeopathic medicines are as follows, along with their characteristic features:

Silicea –Homeopathic Medicine for Pilonidal Cyst

Silicea is a homeopathic medicine for Pilonidal Cyst where there is a purulent discharge from the sinus. The pus discharge may be very offensive and fetid. Hardness and swelling at the cleft of the buttock is also present. Itching also appears, mostly in the daytime.
Silicea helps to reduce the swelling and aids in the expulsion of the hair and the pus from the cyst.

Hepar Sulph – Homeopathic Medicine for Pilonidal Cyst with Pain

Hepar Sulph is a homeopathic medicine for pilonidal cyst when there is a pain in the cyst. The pain is throbbing, beating, stinging or pricking in nature. The skin above the cyst is highly inflamed and hot. It is also very sensitive and sore to touch. In the majority of the cases, the pain gets worse at night. Exposure to cold air also worsens the pain in some cases. Pus discharge that is blood-stained may also arise. There is an offensive odor, like old cheese, from the pus.

Myristica Sebifera – Homeopathic Medicine for Pilonidal Cyst.

Myristica Sebifera is a homeopathic medicine for pilonidal cyst. This is a natural medicine prepared from a plant of the Myristicaceae family. In pilonidal sinus cases, it helps to hasten the suppuration and aids in complete recovery. Its use prevents surgical intervention in most cases of pilonidal sinus.
Apart from Pilonidal Cysts, Myristica works wonders in treating suppurative diseases like boils, abscess, carbuncles, anal fistula, and Whitlow.

Merc Sol – Homeopathic Medicine for Pilonidal Cyst with Pus Discharge

Merc Sol is a homeopathic medicine for pilonidal cyst treatment in the late stages when the pus begins to release from the cyst. The pus discharge is profuse, acrid and sticky. The affected area is sore and painful to touch. Itching may also be present. An increased amount of offensive sweat on the body is present. The symptoms worsen at night, and warmth tends to aggravate all these symptoms.

Calcarea Sulph – Homeopathic Medicine for pilonidal cyst with Yellow Pus

Calcarea Sulph is a homeopathic medicine for pilonidal cyst with yellow pus discharge. The discharge is thick and lumpy and may be bloody in some cases. Calcarea Sulph helps in controlling pus formation.

Phosphorus – Homeopathic Medicine for Pilonidal Cyst with Bloody Discharge

Phosphorus is a homeopathic medicine for pilonidal cyst treatment when there is a bloody discharge from the cyst. The blood is thin and profuse. Burning in the surrounding skin may also appear.
Phosphorus is an excellent anti-hemorrhagic remedy. It helps in controlling the bloody discharge and also contributes towards healing the pilonidal sinus.
It is also useful in cases where healing has taken place in the past, and the problem has arisen again with a bloody discharge. It is also indicated in cases where the pilonidal cyst has colorless and fetid pus.

Lycopodium Clavatum – Homeopathic Medicine for Pilonidal Cyst with Milky-white Pus Discharge

Lycopodium Clavatum is a homeopathic medicine for pilonidal cyst where there is a milky white pus discharge. The discharge has a putrid smell and is corroding. Burning and stitching pain is felt in the affected area. Warmth worsens the complaint. Fever with alternate chills and heat may also arise. It is also indicated when the cyst recurs periodically and does not get treated.

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Homeopathic Remedies for Schizophrenia

Homeopathic Treatment of Schizophrenia

 

Homeopathic Remedies for schizophrenia

Homeopathic Remedies for schizophrenia

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

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

Schizophrenia and the Reason behind It

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

Symptoms of Schizophrenia

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

Homeopathic medicines for Schizophrenia

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

Lachesis  –Homeopathic Medicine for Schizophrenia with High Degree of Suspiciousness

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

Anacardium Orientale – Homeopathic Medicine for Schizophrenia with Auditory Hallucinations

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

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

Hyoscyamus Niger – Homeopathic Medicine for Schizophrenia Accompanied by the Delusion of Being Poisoned

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

Other Significant Homeopathic Medicines for Symptomatic Treatment of Schizophrenia

Baryta Carb – Homeopathic medicine for Schizophrenia accompanied by high suspicion that people are talking about him/her

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

Stramonium – homeopathic medicine for Schizophrenia where patients talk with imaginary spirits

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

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

Plumbum Met – homeopathic medicine for Schizophrenia accompanied by delusions of conspiracies of being murdered

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

Thuja Occidentalis – homeopathic medicine for Schizophrenia accompanied by the sensation of being under superhuman control

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

Platina –homeopathic medicine for Schizophrenia accompanied by delusions of grandiosity

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

Calcarea Carb – homeopathic medicine for Schizophrenia accompanied by delusions of being followed by someone all the time

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

Kali Bromatum –homeopathic medicine for Schizophrenia where persistent sleeplessness attends delusions

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

Cannabis Indica – homeopathic medicine for Schizophrenia accompanied by disorganized speech

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

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

 

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Homeopathic Remedies For Trigeminal Neuralgia Treatment

Having pain in the face may sound like a minor ailment but Trigeminal Neuralgia is not something mild. Although not life-threatening, it can be a very painful condition.T he pain can be so severe that at times it is like an electric shock.  Most of the cases that I have treated have been caused by tooth extraction and two Homeopathic medicines- Hekla Lava and Verbascum, have won me great laurels in treating many intractable cases of Trigeminal Neuralgia.

The trigeminal nerve is the largest among 12 pairs of cranial nerves. The trigeminal nerve transmits sensation from the brain to the face. It is also responsible for motor functions such as biting and chewing. There are two trigeminal nerves – right and left – and there are three branches named ophthalmic, maxillary, and mandibular.

Trigeminal neuralgia refers to episodes of severe, excruciating, shock-like pain in the face from the involvement of any of the three branches of the trigeminal nerve. The pain lasts for a few seconds and may carry on for a few minutes. In a majority of the cases, the facial pain is one-sided, but sometimes, it can be both sided. The exact cause of trigeminal neuralgia is not known. However, it is thought to arise from compression of the trigeminal nerve because of a blood vessel or tumor. Other causes include brain lesions, facial trauma, and multiple sclerosis. Triggers for trigeminal neuralgia include face washing, eating, touching the face, talking, and exposure to cold air.

Homeopathic treatment for trigeminal neuralgia is among the most effective alternative treatments. Homeopathic remedies for cases of nerve pain give excellent results. There are lots of homeopathic medicines that are useful in treating trigeminal neuralgia. The homeopathic mode offers a cure by following a holistic approach to trigeminal neuralgia. Prominent homeopathic remedies for trigeminal neuralgia include Spigelia, Magnesium Phos, and Verbascum Thapsus. Homeopathic medicines help to reduce the intensity of pain and the frequency of attacks. After that, they help treat the chronic tendency of trigeminal neuralgia.

Top 4 Homeopathic Medicines for Trigeminal Neuralgia

1. Spigelia – Homeopathic Medicine for Left Sided Trigeminal Neuralgia

Spigelia is a very effective homeopathic medicine for trigeminal neuralgia. Spigelia works wonders when trigeminal neuralgia occurs on the left side. In such cases, there is a pain on the left part of the face including the temple, the eye, the cheek, and the teeth. Usually, the facial pain can be described as tearing or burning. Touching the face worsens the pain. Sometimes, this pain lasts the entire day.

2. Magnesium Phos – Homeopathic Medicine for Right-Sided Trigeminal Neuralgia

Magnesium Phos is a very beneficial homeopathic treatment for trigeminal neuralgia which occurs on the right side. The person experiences shooting or lightning like pains. In some cases, application of warmth over the face may offer relief. Magnesium Phos should also be used when trigeminal neuralgia is triggered by the slightest touch on the face or by the washing of the face with cold water.

3. Verbascum Thapsus – Homeopathic Remedy for Trigeminal Neuralgia when the Time of Pain is the Same

Verbascum Thapsus is an effective homeopathic treatment for trigeminal neuralgia when the pain occurs at the same time every day. The pain is concentrated around the zygoma, the temporal maxillary joint, and the ear. Along with the pain, the eyes may also water. Verbascum is also indicated for trigeminal neuralgia where a change in temperature, movement or pressing teeth together triggers the pain.

4. Hecla Lava – Homeopathic Medicine for Trigeminal Neuralgia Arising after Dental Operation

Hecla Lava is a beneficial homeopathic medicine for treating trigeminal neuralgia arising after a dental operation. Trigeminal neuralgia after tooth extraction strongly points towards the use of Hecla Lava. Hecla Lava is also significant among homeopathic remedies for nerve pain in the face arising from a decayed tooth.

Homeopathic Remedies for Trigeminal Neuralgia have a great role to play in the reducing the recurrence of attacks; Not only do they relieve the pain associated with this Nerve disorder but a well-prescribed homeopathic medicine also makes sure that the recurrence of the attacks also withers away slowly.

Other Homeopathic Medicines for Trigeminal Neuralgia

 

Hepar Sulph and Lachesis – Homeopathic Treatment for Trigeminal Neuralgia Triggered by Touching the Face

Hepar Sulph and Lachesis are useful homeopathic remedies for trigeminal neuralgia when it is triggered by touching the face. Hepar Sulph is mostly used when neuralgia occurs on the right side. The pain extends from the right temple to the lip. It also works well for shooting pain in the jaw on opening the mouth. Lachesis is a suitable homeopathic treatment for trigeminal neuralgia when touching the face triggers it on the left side. Along with the pain, there may also be heat flushes in the face and a tearing pain in the jaw.

Mezereum – Homeopathic Medicine for Trigeminal Neuralgia Triggered by Eating or Drinking

Mezereum is an excellent homeopathic medicine for trigeminal neuralgia that is triggered by eating or drinking. In such cases, there is an extreme pain in the face and teeth which moves towards the ears. Application of something warm brings relief. Mezereum is also used when the symptoms of trigeminal neuralgia aggravate at night.

Kreosotum – Homeopathic Medicine for Trigeminal Neuralgia Triggered by Talking

Kreosotum is excellent homeopathic medicine for trigeminal neuralgia triggered by talking. Along with facial pain, a burning sensation may also be felt in the face. The face is red and may be hot to touch. Lying down on the affected side of the face brings relief. Kreosotum works well in cases where exertion triggers trigeminal neuralgia.

Aconite and Magnesium Carb – Homeopathic Medicines for Trigeminal Neuralgia Triggered by Exposure to Cold Air

Homeopathic medicines Aconite and Magnesium Carb work wonders in treating trigeminal neuralgia when exposure to the cold triggers it. In such cases, there is a pain in the face accompanied by a tingling sensation. Sometimes numbness may also be present. The affected side of the face may also feel heavy. Along with these symptoms, restlessness may be present. Magnesium Carb is a helpful homeopathic treatment for trigeminal neuralgia with pulsating facial pain or tearing and arises with exposure to cold air. In some cases, the facial pain may be digging or boring. Magnesium Carb works well for trigeminal neuralgia which worsens from rest and gets better by moving around.

Ferrum Met and Silicea – Homeopathic Remedies for Trigeminal Neuralgia Triggered by Washing with Cold Water

Ferrum Met and Silicea are prominent homeopathy remedies for neuralgia involving the trigeminal nerve triggered by washing with cold water. In such cases, there is a facial pain, redness, and flushing of the face from cold washing. Silicea works well for throbbing or tearing facial pain. Silicea is also an effective homeopathic treatment for trigeminal neuralgia which worsens from exposure to cold, damp environment.

Homeopathic Medicines for Trigeminal Neuralgia when Right Side of the Face is affected.

Magnesium phosphoricum is a very useful homeopathic medicine for trigeminal neuralgia of right side of the face. The main indicating symptom for its use is that the right side is affected, pain is better by applying warm applications and pressure. Kalium phoshphoricum is also for right-sided facial pains of trigeminal neuralgia. For this medicine to be used trigeminal neuralgia pains get better by cold applications.

Homeopathic Remedies Spigelia and Lachesis for left-sided Facial pain.

Spigelia is one of the most effective homeopathic remedies for Trigeminal Neuralgia when facial pain is on the left side. The pain is very severe and is worse from touch. Another medicine for the left-sided condition is Lachesis when much heat in face and head are present along with the pain.

Homeopathic Remedies for Trigeminal Neuralgia in which Facial pain is accompanied by Numbness.

Chamomilla is a wonderful medicine for facial pain with numbness. The person feels that one side of the face is red and hot other side being pale and cold. Another medicine for this condition is Verbascum Thapsus when the left side is involved. The condition gets worse by the slightest change in temperature. And if this complaint affects the right side of face then medicine Mezereum gives a very good result. The main indication towards this medicine being worse from eating.

Homeopathic Treatment for Trigeminal Neuralgia in which Facial pain is accompanied by Twitchings:

Belladonna is very well indicated medicine for this condition when the face is very red hot and swollen. Another medicine.  Agaricus Muscarius is a medicine when there is the sensation of icy cold needles piercing through the face.

Homeopathic Medicines When Trigeminal neuralgia is caused by Injury

When Trigeminal neuralgia starts after an injury two medicines need special mention. First one is Allium cepa when the left side is affected; the Second one is Hypericum perforatum when trigeminal neuralgia on the right side.

Homeopathic Remedies When Trigeminal neuralgia is triggered by Emotions

If Trigeminal Neuralgia is triggered by emotional excitement, Coffea cruda is the best choice.

Homeopathic Medicines When Trigeminal neuralgia is triggered by exposure to cold air

If the complaint begins from cold exposure Two medicines  Aconitum napellus and Dulcamara can be used. The differentiating point between the above medicines is that the former is used after dry cold wind exposure and the latter after wet cold wind exposure.

Homeopathic Medicines When Trigeminal neuralgia is caused by Tooth Extraction

For Trigeminal Neuralgia arising after tooth extraction, homeopathic medicine Hekla lava is nearly specific in treating it.For neuralgias arising due to caries of teeth, medicine Plantago major works wonders. This medicine also works well if the condition occurs due to the middle ear infection.

 

 

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