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5 Natural Homeopathic Remedies for High Uric Acid Treatment

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 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.

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.

1. Colchicum – For High Uric Acid

Colchicum Autumnale (commonly known Meadow Saffron) is a 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.

2. Benzoic Acid – For High Uric when Signs Show up In Urine

Benzoic Acid is a 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.

3. Ledum Pal – For Uric Acid with Ankle Pain

Ledum Palustre is a 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 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.

4. Guaiacum – For Uric Acid

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.

5. Lithium Carb – For Uric Acid with Stiffness

Lithium Carb is a 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

1. 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.

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. 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.

5. 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.

6. 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.

7. 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).

8. 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.

9. Nutrient deficiency

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

10. 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.

11. Parathyroid Hormones

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

12. 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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Homeopathic Medicines for Freckles

Freckles are a group of circular brown, flat spots that usually darken due to sun exposure. Freckles usually appear on the face (commonly around the nose and cheeks), and are also known as ‘ephelis.’ These spots are presented in groups and are multiple in number. Freckles commonly develop on sun-exposed skin after continuous or repeated exposure to the sun. Homeopathic medicines for freckles work by slowly lightening the melanin deposits and also help minimize the chances of their recurrence.
All type of skin tones may develop freckles but it is most common in people with fair complexion. The freckles usually appear uniformly but the appearance of it may differ in different people. Freckles may be yellow, reddish, tan, light brown or black. Freckles appear slightly darker than the surrounding skin and are most commonly found in children before puberty. homeopathic medicines for freckles

Homeopathic Medicines for Freckles

Homeopathy offers the safest and most effective treatment for freckles. As these medicines are made of natural substances it makes them safe for treating the freckles. Natural medicines treat freckles in a gentle, yet long-lasting manner. Unlike conventional treatment, homeopathic remedies do not use any harsh cosmetic procedures to lighten freckles. Further, these medicines used for treating the freckles not only work by lightening the melanin deposits but also helps in minimizing the chances of their recurrence without any side effects. Lycopodium, Pulsatilla, Thuja, Sepia, Natrum Carb, Phosphorus, Nitricum Acidum, and Sulphur are the top remedies. 

1. Lycopodium – For Liver Spots

Lycopodium (commonly known as club moss) is a herb that grows or is a native of northern Europe, North America, and Great Britain. This plant belongs to the Lycopodiaceae family and has a slender stem that trails along the ground and vertical branches.
Lycopodium is a medicine usually used to treat Liver spots or lentigines that are worse on the face and nose.

2. Pulsatilla – For Freckles in Young Women

Pulsatilla is a medicine prepared from a Wind Flower plant. This perennial plant belongs to the Ranunculaceae family and is native to eastern and central Europe, Norway and Denmark.
Pulsatilla is successfully used to treat freckles in young females with a red, hot, flushed face.

3. Thuja – For Light Brown Freckles

Thuja is obtained from twigs of young thuja tree also known as Arbor Vitae. This plant belongs to Cupressaceae family and is native of North America and Eastern Canada. This remedy is used to treat brown spots, freckles, and blotches successfully.
Thuja is best suited when skin is pale, dry with dark circles under the eyes.

4. Sepia – For brown colored Freckles

Sepia is used to treat discoloration on the nose and cheeks in young women. A yellowish-brown saddle across the nose and wrinkled skin with spots and yellow blotches are indicative of this medicine.

5. Natrum Carbonicum – For Freckles with Yellow Spots

Natrum Carbonicum commonly known as carbonate of soda belongs to mineral kingdom and is used to treat freckles on a pale face with blue rings around the eyes. It is best suited when skin is dry, rough, chapped with yellow spots and pimples.

6. Phosphorous – For Freckles which Gets Worse in Summer

Phosphorus is sourced from the essential mineral phosphorus. It is used to treat freckles with red spots which get worse in summers or on 7. constant sun exposure.

7. Nitricum Acidum – For Dark Freckles

This remedy is prepared by blending sodium nitrate and sulphuric acid. Nitric acid is most indicated in dark-colored freckles
which is mostly accompanied by pimples covering the face.

8. Sulphur – For Freckles with Dry Skin

Sourced from mineral kingdom Sulphur is prepared from sulphur sublimatum. This remedy is used to treat spotted freckles with pale, dry skin. It is best indicated when skin is unhealthy-looking with the presence of acne, old-looking face and circumscribed red cheeks.

In the conventional system of medicine, freckles are treated with the help of topical creams and different skin procedures. The most commonly used topical creams for treating freckles in the conventional system of medicine are fluocinolone, Hydroquinone, retinoids, and tretinoin. These topical creams often result in severe skin irritation, blistering, scaling and crusting of the skin. It may also cause irritation of eyes, nose, and mouth in some cases. Conventional treatment also often uses different skin procedure like cryosurgery, laser treatment, photo facials and chemical peels for the treatment of freckles. Common side effects of these skin procedure involve redness of the skin, swelling of the treated area. In some cases, these procedures may also result in burning scarring and change in pigmentation of the skin. Homeopathy works by lightening the melanin deposits and also helps minimize the chances of their recurrence without any side effects.

Causes of Freckles

Freckles are created as a result of an accumulation of the skin pigment (melanin) at one place and are often caused due to sun exposure. Genetics and a fair skin tone are other factors that may trigger the production of freckles.
Usually, on the exposure to UV radiation, the melanocytes get activated leading to the overproduction of melanin granules known as melanosomes. These melanosomes are responsible for the change in the color of the outer skin cell. Increased concentration of melanin may also cause freckles to mount up and cover the entire area of skin.
Genetics is the other common factors that may trigger the production of freckles. Presence of freckles is often associated with alleles of MC 1R gene.

Freckles almost never develop on covered skin. The most common site for freckles to occur is on face commonly around the nose and cheeks, arms, neck, upper back and shoulders. Freckles are distinctly more common in people with red hair and a fair complexion.

Fair Skin and Freckles

Fair-skinned people are most vulnerable to freckles and sun-related skin damage.
In fair-skinned people, the amount of melanin present is low, making more susceptible to freckles and sun damage to skin whereas in dark skin people the quantity of melanin is more which is helpful in blocking the UV rays and preventing the damage to skin by harmful sun rays.
Age above 50 or older makes people more prone to freckles and age spots.
At the age 50 or above people become more prone to develop freckles and age spots. As we grow older our skin starts to get thin and losing its elasticity; also the blood vessels which carry blood and the healing nutrients to skin surface become weak and frail. Hence the older we get we become more vulnerable to develop freckles and age spots.

People exposed to UV Rays in a high degree tend to be at a higher risk to develop freckles.
On exposure to UV radiation, the melanocytes get activated, leading to the overproduction of melanin granules which are responsible for the change in the color of outer skin cell and freckles. Therefore people like sports persons, swimmers, hikers, and field workers who are more exposed to UV rays become more prone to develop freckles.
Some of the ingredients in commonly used medication can boost skin sensitivity to the sun.
Common allergy medication, pain relievers, topical ointments for acne and some anti-aging creams containing alpha hydroxyl acids boosts the skin sensitivity to sun thus making it more prone to freckles and sun damage.

Compromised or weak immune system refrains the skin cells to resist or repair the skin damage.
If your immune system has been weakened or compromised due to some past infection or chronic diseases it refrains the skin cells in repairing the skin damage caused due to daily sun exposure thus making it more predisposed to freckles, sun spots, and fine lines.

Types of Freckles

Freckles can be classified into ephelides and lentigines.

1. Ephelides

The word ephelides is derived from the Greek word ‘ephelis’ and is a medical term for freckle. Ephelides denotes 1 mm-2 mm flat spots that are usually light brown tanned and slightly reddish in color which appears during sunny months. They are typically found in people with light complexion being more common in red hair and people with green eyes. In some families, ephelides are found to e a genetic or a hereditary trait.

2. Lentigines

The term lentigines is originated from the Latin word ‘Lentil’ and are used as a medical term for large pigmented spots which are commonly known as liver spots. Lentigines are usually present at the site of sunburn and sun damage. These pigmented spots are darker than ephelides and do not fade away easily. Lentigines are also termed as Lentigo simplex or solar lentigo.

Natural Management of Freckles

Freckles can be naturally treated by adding vitamin C, E, and antioxidants to our diet which enhance the skin repair and also prevent the occurrences of the freckles and age spots.
Regular exfoliation of the skin also helps in fading the freckles as it stimulates the new skin cell growth and also helps in getting rid of darker, damaged skin.
Moisturizing the skin regularly keeps the skin well hydrated, healthier and makes it more firm to withstand the sun damage.
Consumption of green tea helps in rejuvenating damaged skin cells and also assist in hydration of skin thus preventing freckles and age spots.
Freckles can also be prevented by the use of sunscreens, wide-brimmed hats, seeking shade, staying indoors and avoiding the peak sun hours from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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10 Homeopathic Medicines for Syphilis

homeopathic medicines for syphilis

Syphilis is a sexually transmitted infection (STI) caused by a bacterium named Treponema pallidum (T.pallidum). Syphilis transfers from one person to another by sexual activity (oral, anal, or vaginal). Rarely syphilis can spread through direct contact with the lesion (like during kissing).
Syphilis can also be passed from mother to child during pregnancy or delivery. Homeopathic medicines for syphilis help treat the problem in the initial stages.

People who are sexually active are at an increased risk of contracting syphilis. Having unprotected sex, having multiple sexual partners, having HIV are some risk factors for contracting syphilis infection. Initially, sores develop on genitals, rectum or mouth. After the initial infection, the bacteria can lie dormant in the body for decades and can become active again and damage other organs.

Homeopathic Medicines for Syphilis

There is a great scope to treat syphilis in homeopathy in the initial stages. The cases of primary and secondary syphilis are well managed with homeopathic medicines. Chancre (painless genital ulcer commonly form during the primary stage of syphilis) of primary syphilis and symptoms of secondary syphilis including rash, sore throat, fatigue, hair loss, a headache can be managed with homeopathic medicines. However, in tertiary syphilis homeopathy plays a supportive role and can be taken along with conventional treatment for symptom management. The top medicines for treating syphilis in initial stages are Merc Sol, Cinnabaris, Kali Iodatum, Merc Cor, and Syphilinum.

1. Merc Sol – For Chancres in Primary Syphilis

Merc Sol is well indicated to treat chancre in cases of primary syphilis. The chancre may be single or several small ones on the penis in cases needing Merc Sol. The chancres are soft or indurated and superficial or deep where Merc Sol is indicated. The chancres have a cheesy bottom and inverted red edges. The chancre may be painful and bleed easily. There may be secretion of pus or yellow fetid discharge from chancres. Inguinal region is painful while walking. There is a pain in inguinal glands on pressure.

2. Cinnabaris – For Red Swollen Chancre in Primary Syphilis

Cinnabaris is useful for cases of syphilis with red, swollen chancre. The edges of chancre are hard and elevated. The chancre is located in the middle of the penis in cases where Cinnabaris is indicated. The chancre is most times indurated.

3. Kali Iodatum – For Primary Syphilis with Deep Chancres

Kali Iodatum is helpful for syphilis with deep chancres. The edges of chancre are hard. Thin discharge may be present which has an offensive odour. There may be tendency to slow suppuration in the chancre. The glans penis is swollen.

4. Merc Cor – For Soft Chancre in Primary Syphilis

Merc Cor is indicated for chancre which is soft. The margins are dark red. The chancre is painful and it may bleed easily. There may be a discharge of thin pus from the chancre. The surrounding part of chancre is swollen with heat.

5. Syphilinum – For Secondary Syphilis with Prominent rash on Skin

Syphilinum is a beneficial medicine for secondary syphilis with a prominent rash on skin. The rash is prominent on the forehead, chin, front of chest and arms. An excess of fine scales peel off from it. In some cases copper – colored maculae from top of head to foot appears. Biting sensation in different body areas is felt at night. Along with this, there is fever with excessive headache. Body is extremely cold with desire to be covered. Appetite is lost. Sore throat, inflamed pharynx, and ulcers in the throat may also appear.

6. Nitric Acid – For Secondary Syphilis

Nitric Acid is indicated for secondary syphilis with skin eruptions having prickling and itching on the skin. It is also indicated for warts like growths on genitals and anus. The growths are large, jagged, and often pedunculated. There is prominent sticking and pricking in them. They are painful to touch. Sometimes they bleed on washing.

7. Phosphorus – For Managing Hair Fall in Syphilis

Phosphorus is a valuable medicine for managing complaint of hair fall in cases of syphilis. Hair fall is excessive in cases needing Phosphorus. The hair loss is general or in patches. The scalp is dry. A heated sensation is also felt in the scalp. Violent itching on the scalp may be present.

8. Thuja – For Warts like Growth in Genitals and Anus

Thuja is prepared from fresh green twigs of plant Thuja occidentalis commonly named as arborvitae. The natural order of this plant is Coniferae. Thuja is an excellent medicine to treat wart-like growths in syphilis cases. In males, these growths appear on glans, penis, perineum. They may be painful especially on walking. In females the growths may be there on labia, vulva, vagina. They may have stinging pains and may also bleed. Warts may be also present on the anus in males and females needing Thuja. These warts are painful and sensitive to touch.

9. Phytolacca – For Sore Throat in Syphilis

Phytolacca is prepared from a plant named Phytolacca decandra commonly known as poke – root or red ink plant. The natural order of this plant is Phytolaccaceae. Phytolacca is indicated for syphilis to manage sore throat. The throat is darkened, is painful, raw, rough and dry. Tonsils are bluish or dark purple in color. Swallowing is painful. Pain from the throat may extend to ears. There is marked burning and smarting felt in the throat. Scraping sensation and excoriation are felt in the throat. Ulcers tend to appear on tonsils. A disposition to hawk and clear throat is present. A sensation of a lump/plug in the throat is felt. Mucus discharge from posterior nares may be present. Apart from this pain in the limbs may be present. The pain is worse from motion.

10. Arsenic Album – For Fatigue in case of Syphilis

Arsenic Album is a wonderful medicine for managing fatigue in case of syphilis. The fatigue is very intense where Arsenic Album is indicated. There is tiredness, fatigue, lack of strength from very little exertion. Restlessness is marked with fatigue. Anxiety may also be prominently present especially at night time with above features.

Signs and Symptoms

Syphilis has three stages and the symptoms vary as per the ongoing stage.

Primary Syphilis

This is the first stage. In this a small, firm, and round sore / ulcer which is painless, and is known as chancre forms at the site from where bacteria entered the body (penis, vagina, anus or in some cases mouth). The chancre is usually one but in some cases, multiple chancres develop. The chancre tends to appear around three weeks after exposure. Chancres usually heal and disappear within 3 to 6 weeks.

Secondary Syphilis

This stage arises after healing of chancre. In this rash appears on the trunk that cover full body. The rash may be red or reddish brown in color. Along with this wart-like growths may appear in mouth, anal and genital region. Other symptoms that may appear are sore throat, muscle aches, fever, headaches, swollen lymph nodes, fatigue, and patchy hair loss. These symptoms may disappear in a few weeks or they can return many times for a long period. If not treated in this stage then it passes into a latent stage where no symptoms appear. In some cases, the person never experiences symptoms again while in some disease may progress to the next tertiary stage.

Tertiary syphilis

Tertiary syphilis can occur many years (even 10 to 30 years ) after the onset of the infection, after the latent asymptomatic stage. In the late stages, the disease damage may occur to the brain, heart, blood vessels, nerves, eyes, liver, bones, and joints.

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5 Homeopathic Medicines to Treat Unwanted Facial Hair

Hair on the body is always up for debate when it comes to women. While hair on the arms, legs, underarms, stomach, and back are considered normal, there are instances where there is excessive growth of facial hair. Hair growing on the chin of a female, for example, is considered undesirable. Unwanted facial hair refers to a condition where there is an abnormal growth of hair on a woman’s face, especially in the areas which generally do not have hair. These are not to be confused with the slight, thin, light-colored hair that is present on the face (commonly known as peach fuzz). Unwanted facial hair is usually thick, coarse and dark and follows the male-pattern of hair growth. How to stop hair growth on a woman’s face? Homeopathic medicine for unwanted facial hair offers a safe, long-lasting treatment option that works by focusing on the root cause of the problem.    homeopathic medicines for unwanted facial hair

Genetics play an important role in the distribution of the hair found on every individual’s body. The color, density, and texture of hair differ according to the heritance & ethnic backgrounds. In medical terms, the growth of unwanted facial hair is known as Hirsutism. Although this condition is quite common, it can be a source of constant embarrassment, low self-esteem, and distress in some women and can often lead to anxiety and depression.
Hirsutism is different than hypertrichosis, which is excessive hair growth anywhere on the body. Unwanted, thick facial hair usually grow on sites like the upper lips, sides of face and chin.
But this condition can also cause hair growth on parts where males usually grow hair after puberty, like the chest, neck, lower back, thighs, abdomen, and buttocks.

Homeopathic Medicine for Unwanted Facial Hair

There are different treatment options available for Hirsutism, including cosmetic and medical options. These treatments can help manage the condition and decrease the levels of androgens (or their impact on the hair follicles).
Cosmetic treatments may include plucking, waxing, laser hair-removal techniques & electrolysis, etc., but they can irritate the skin if done continuously for a long time. Medications which treat hirsutism are usually antiandrogens or contraceptive pills. These can put the patient on a higher risk of liver damage. To note the effectiveness of the treatment, it needs to be carried out for a couple of months. In many cases, the treatment is continued for an indefinite time.
Homeopathic treatment for unwanted facial hair takes into account all the symptoms to figure out the underlying cause of the problem. Once the cause has been identified, proper treatment is given to resolve the condition. Homeopathy helps in treating the condition on a long-term basis. Unwanted facial hair gets steadily reduced over the course of the treatment, and there are no associated side effects. Oleum Jecoris Aselli, Sepia Succus, Oophorinum, Natrum Muriaticum, and Calcarea Carbonica are the top remedies for unwanted facial hair.

1. Oleum Jecoris Aselli – Best Remedy for Unwanted Facial Hair

Oleum Jec. is a medicine prepared from cod liver oil that is obtained from various species of fish (usually of the genus Gadus). Cod liver oil is a rich source of Vitamin A and D which was used in the 19th century as a folk remedy for several wasting diseases.

It is used to treat abnormal growth of hair on the face of a woman, particularly on the chin and upper lips. The hair on the face could be short, dark & thick. Also, this remedy has a potent action upon the female sexual organs. It is used to treat amenorrhoea and oligomenorrhoea, both of which develop as a result of hormonal imbalance in a female’s body. There can be soreness of both ovaries along with dysmenorrhea.

2. Sepia Succus – For Unwanted Hair due to Hormonal Imbalance

Sepia is a medicine derived from an animal source. The trituration of the dried liquid contained in the ink bag of the cuttlefish is used for the curative part of the remedy.

Sepia is used to treat unwanted facial hair which usually occurs due to a hormonal imbalance. It can give great results in cases where PCOS or disturbed menses are the causes for the facial hair to occur. Usually, the menses are late, scanty with pain in the abdomen. It is also used to treat cases of induration of the ovaries.

3. Oophorinum – For Unwanted Hair due to PCOS

Oophorinum is a medicine prepared from the ovarian extract of a sheep or the cow. This extract contains estrogen, progesterone, and follicle stimulating hormone and is potentized according to the principles of homeopathy. Oophorinum is used to treat cases of unwanted facial hair that occur due to ovarian cysts or tumors. It primarily acts upon the female genitalia and the skin. The patient tends to feel worse during menses, which are too early, profuse, clotted and of brief duration.

4. Natrum Muriaticum – For Unwanted Hair on the Upper Lips

Natrum Mur. is used extensively to treat unwanted facial hair that grows on the upper lip. Acne on the face may also be present. Menses may be too early, too profuse, and the flow is usually observed at night. The patient can be thin and anemic, with an excessive dryness of the skin and mouth. This medicine is also used to treat female sterility also.

5. Calcarea Carbonica – For Unwanted Hair in Obese Women

Calcarea Carb. is used to treat unwanted facial hair in females who have a tendency to grow fat. Usually, the patients who require this remedy have a slow metabolism, resulting in deposition of fat over the body. This can result in hormonal irregularities which lead to menstrual disturbances. The menses may occur too early, and be profuse. They also last for a longer duration. These disturbances further initiate the growth of unwanted facial hair.

Causes of Unwanted Facial Hair Growth

Usually, hirsutism arises from an underlying endocrine imbalance which can be adrenal, ovarian or central.
Excess male hormones called androgens, like testosterone, are produced in both male and female bodies. In women, the amount of androgens is lower as compared to males. When the level of androgens in women rises too much, it leads to the growth of unwanted facial hair.
Hirsuitism may be a sign of more serious medical condition, especially if it occurs after puberty. General physical examination and a few tests can help rule out the underlying cause, which can help decide the appropriate course of treatment.

Factors that lead to Increased Production of Androgens

1. Hormonal Imbalance: When a girl hits puberty, her ovaries begin to produce both male and female sex hormones. This leads to a growth of hair in the armpits and pubic area. Hirsutism occurs if the ratio of the hormones becomes imbalanced and an excessive amount of male sex hormones are produced. Hair growth on face due to hormonal imbalance is one of the most common effects of androgens.

2. PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome): This is the most common condition caused by an imbalance of sex hormones resulting in the occurrence of the dark and thick unwanted facial hair, multiple cysts in ovaries, irregular periods, obesity and infertility.

3. Sensitivity of Hair Follicles to Androgens: Male hormones (like testosterone) stimulate hair growth, cause an increase in the body size of the hair and intensify the growth and pigmentation of hair. If the hair follicles become sensitive to androgens, it may result in the growth of thick, dark hair on the body of a female, in places where hair usually where hair do not grow.

4. Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia: This is a condition which is usually inherited. Typically there is dysfunction of the adrenal gland (gland above the kidney which produces hormones). This dysfunction causes an elevation in the levels of steroid hormones including cortisol and androgens. As a result, a hormonal imbalance may occur, resulting in the growth of unwanted facial hair.

5. Tumors: If there is any androgen-secreting tumor in the ovaries or the adrenal glands, it can cause overproduction of androgens. As a result of the androgen imbalance, facial hair may grow. Although a rare condition, it causes a severe effect.

6. Cushing’s Syndrome: It is primarily a disease of the adrenal gland. It occurs if the body has been exposed to high levels of cortisol hormones, which in turn hinders the functioning of the adrenal gland. There can be an imbalance in the ratio of the male and female hormones. The condition causes bloating and sudden weight gain around the face, neck and the abdominal area. People having Cushing’s syndrome will usually have thicker & visible body & facial hair.

7. Side-effects of Certain Medications: Hirsutism can occur as an adverse effect of certain medications, particularly as a side effect of androgen therapy.

8. High Levels of Insulin: High levels of insulin can stimulate ovarian cells to produce more androgens and lead to unwanted facial hair growth.
In case there is no reason detected for unwanted facial hair, the condition is called idiopathic hirsutism.

Contributing Factors

There can be different factors that could be causing the occurrence of unwanted facial hair, like:

Family history: Congenital adrenal hyperplasia and polycystic ovarian syndrome can run in families. A positive family history needs to be ruled out during the diagnosis as this could be a reason for unwanted facial hair.

Obesity: There is an increased production of the androgens in obese women which can lead to a growth of unwanted facial hair. It can also worsen the problem.

Ancestry: Although no cause has been verified for this, usually women of Middle Eastern and South Asian descent are at a greater risk to develop unwanted facial hair.

Main Symptoms

A number of symptoms may arise along with unwanted facial hair, and these are usually linked to increased production of androgens. The process of development of the symptoms is called virilization.
Signs of virilization can include:

  • Irregular menstrual cycle
  • Oligomenorrhea ( Scanty menses )
  • Amenorrhoea ( Absence of menstruation )
  • Deepening of the Voice
  • Acne ( Usually upon cheeks, chin & nose )
  • Obesity around the mid-abdomen
  • Loss of hair from head
  • A decrease in breast size
  • Increased muscle mass
  • Enlargement of the clitoris

Diagnosing the Condition

Diagnosis of unwanted facial hair can be made with physical examination and laboratory tests. One must know how to differentiate between two conditions – a general increase in body hair, and male pattern virilization. Diagnosis includes assessment of ovulation and an ovarian ultrasound to rule out Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, or a CT scan to check the ovaries and adrenal glands for tumors or cysts.

Unwanted Facial Hair – Complications

Although hirsutism doesn’t cause any physical complications, the underlying cause of hormonal imbalance can lead to certain complications like –

  • Hirsutism and irregular periods can indicate towards polycystic ovarian syndrome, which can inhibit fertility. Women who take certain medications to treat hirsutism should avoid getting pregnant during treatment to prevent any risk of birth defects.
  • Hirsutism can be emotionally distressing. Some women feel self-conscious about having unwanted body hair while others develop social withdrawal, depression or anxiousness.

Managing Hirsutism

Hirsutism isn’t generally preventable, but it a manageable condition.
It is not always possible to control hirsutism, but if one is aware of the cause, a few measures can help prevent the worsening of the condition.
A common question asked by those suffering from this problem is – how to stop hair growth on a woman’s face naturally? This condition is reversible if the correct homeopathic treatment is followed, and that requires an accurate diagnosis of the underlying problem. Some tips to manage the condition are:

  • A healthy diet and exercise can help to control weight if you are overweight which might help reduce hirsutism, particularly in the case of polycystic ovarian syndrome. Keeping a check on weight can reduce the risk of high cholesterol and diabetes which contribute towards hirsutism.
  • Avoiding unnecessary medicines known that cause hirsutism can also reduce the risk.
  • Managing stress and keeping a regular check upon it is important because stress generally worsens hormonal imbalance.
  • Keep a check on your insulin levels to avoid excessive amounts of circulating insulin in the body as it guides the ovaries to secrete more androgens.

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Saving Your Child from a Tonsil Surgery with Natural Homeopathic Medicines

 Homeopathic medicines for tonsils

Tonsils refer to masses of lymphoid tissues lying in the back of the throat, one on either side. Tonsils have a protective role and act as the first line of defense against the bacteria and virus that get inhaled or ingested. Inflammation of tonsils, on one side or on both, is known as tonsillitis. Homeopathic medicines for tonsils treat the chronic tendency toward recurrent infections that have resulted in tonsillitis in the first place.

Does Homeopathy have a permanent Treatment for tonsillitis?

Yes, Homeopathy can treat tonsillitis completely. Homeopathy is a highly advanced science that takes the inside-out approach to all disease, including tonsillitis, starting at the root cause and in time, curing the condition without the need for surgical intervention. Tonsillitis is treated most efficiently under the Homeopathy. Homeopathy follows a two-step procedure to deal with tonsillitis. In the first step, these medicines are given to treat the acute symptoms of tonsillitis. In the second step, Homeopathy targets the chronic tendency toward recurrent tonsillitis. Homeopathy medicines improve the body’s immune system and make it strong enough to fight infection quickly. Medicines prominently indicated for tonsillitis treatment are Belladonna, Hepar Sulph, Merc Sol, Calcarea Carb, and Psorinum.

Homeopathic Medicines for Tonsils

1. Belladonna and Calcarea Carb – Top grade Medicines for tonsillitis

Belladonna and Calcarea Carb are among the top listed medicines for tonsillitis. Belladonna is suitable for treating acute tonsillitis. The guiding features for use of Belladonna are red, inflamed, enlarged tonsils and dry throat attended with fever. Swallowing food is difficult. Heat, constriction and lump in the throat may also be felt. Calcarea Carb is an excellent medicine for treating chronic tonsillitis. An indicative symptom for use of Calcarea Carb is the tendency to catch a cold with the slight change in weather.

2. Merc Sol – For Tonsillitis with Burning, Smarting Pain in Throat

Merc Sol is an extremely effective medicine for treating tonsillitis with marked burning, smarting pains in the throat. Excessive salivation is also observed in such cases. There is a constant inclination to swallow. White deposits on tonsils may be present. Fetid or foul odor from the mouth may also be observed. Another attending feature is pain radiating from the throat to ear.

3. Hepar Sulph and Baryta Carb – Best Medicines for Peritonsillar Abscess

Hepar Sulph and Baryta Carb have proved very successful in treating a peritonsilar abscess. The symptoms to look out for before advising Hepar Sulph are quinsy with stitching pain in the throat. Pain from throat may radiate to the ear. The pain is mainly felt on swallowing. Hoarseness of voice may also be noted. The person may hawk up yellow mucus. Baryta Carb is indicated when there is smarting or stinging pain in the tonsils. Empty swallowing usually worsens the pain. A burning sensation is felt in the throat. Liquid alone can be swallowed with ease. Persons needing Baryta Carb also have the tendency to catch a cold easily, with the cold settling in the throat every time.

4. Merc Iodatus Ruber and Lachesis Muta – For Left-sided Tonsillitis

Merc Iodatus Ruber and Lachesis Muta are majorly indicated medicines for treating left-sided tonsillitis. Indications for use of Merc Iodatus Ruber are swollen tonsil with dark red fauces on the left side, lump sensation in the throat and tendency to hawk. Lachesis Muta is selected when the symptoms include swollen tonsil on the left side, a purplish appearance of left side tonsil and throat pain radiating to the ear. Difficulty in swallowing liquids may be observed. Taking hot drinks may worsen the pain. Merc Iodatus Ruber and Lachesis Muta are also the best prescriptions when tonsillitis starts from the left side and shifts to the right tonsil.

5. Merc Iodatus Flavus and Lycopodium Clavatum – For Right-sided Tonsillitis

Merc Iodatus Ruber and Lachesis Muta are significant medicines for tonsillitis of right side. The guiding features for use of Merc Iodatus Flavus are – swollen tonsil on the right side, tough mucus in throat and constant inclination to swallow. Other symptoms that may arise are the feeling of a lump in the throat, relief from taking cold drinks. The symptoms guiding use of Lycopodium Clavatum are swollen right-sided tonsil, sharp pain in right tonsil, mainly on swallowing, ulcers on the tonsils. Cold drinks may worsen the pain in the right tonsil. Warm drinks may relieve the pain. Both Merc Iodatus Ruber and Lachesis Muta are also rated among the best medicines for tonsillitis that starts on the right side and then shifts to the left tonsil.

6. Phytolacca Decendra – Where Pain from Tonsils Radiates to Ears

For treating tonsillitis where pain from tonsils radiates to the ears, Phytolacca Decendra is considered a top grade remedy. The pain worsens from swallowing. Eating hot things worsens the pain. Other indications to look out for before prescribing Phytolacca Decendra are roughness and burning sensation in the throat. The tonsils are dark red or bluish in appearance.

7. Streptococcinum – For Treating Strep Throat

Streptococcinum is an excellent medicine for treating a strep throat infection. The symptoms to use this medicine are enlarged, swollen tonsils, infected tonsils, and recurrent tonsillitis. The tonsils may get infected with purulent matter. This medicine is also useful for treating debility after a streptococcal infection.

8. Psorinum, Tuberculinum and Baryta Carb – To Prevent Recurrent Throat Infections

Psorinum, Tuberculinum and Baryta Carb are very effective in boosting immunity to prevent recurrent throat infections. These medicines help reduce susceptibility to recurrent infections. The person with cold and throat complaints every change of weather can benefit greatly from these medicines. Psorinum and Baryta Carb are also well-known treatments for quinsy/ peritonsilar abscess.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Can lifestyle changes help decrease tonsillitis risk?

  • Yes, lifestyle changes can decrease the risk of tonsillitis.
  • Maintain hygiene – wash hands often, especially before you eat.
  • Sharing of utensils should be avoided.
  • A person with tonsillitis should cover the nose when he/she sneezes to prevent spreading the infection

2. Why does tonsillitis occur?

Tonsillitis mainly arises from viral infections. Major tonsillitis causing infections include those with influenza virus, adenovirus and rhinovirus. Tonsillitis may also be the result of a bacterial infection. The most common bacteria that cause tonsillitis is Group A beta-hemolytic streptococcus.

3. How do I know I have tonsillitis?

Pain in throat along with swollen tonsils is the first indicating features for tonsillitis. The pain usually gets worse while swallowing. The pain may be one sided or appear on both sides depending upon which tonsil is involved. The other symptoms that may attend are fever, bad/fetid breath and ear pain. White/yellow pus spots may also appear on the tonsils.

4. At what age does tonsillitis appear?

Tonsillitis is more common among children and young people. However, tonsillitis can occur at any age.

5. Can tonsillitis spread from one person to another?

Yes, tonsillitis can spread from one person to another. A person with tonsillitis can spread the infectious agents in the air as well as nearby objects every time he coughs or sneezes. Another may get tonsillitis indirectly by touching these infected objects and then touching his face with the same hands.

6. What does tonsillitis diagnosis involve?

Tonsillitis can be easily diagnosed by getting details of clinical symptoms and by a physical examination of the throat. In case of suspected strep throat cases, tonsil swabs are sent for culture.

7. What is strep throat?

Strep throat is a bacterial infection that is caused by group A streptococcal bacteria leading to inflammation and pain in the throat and tonsils. Strep throat is highly contagious and spreads quickly from one person to another through cough, touch or sneeze. Strep throat is very common in school going children and among teenagers. Major complications may arise in strep throat infection. These include rheumatic fever and post-streptococcal glomerulonephritis.

8. Are tonsillitis and strep throat the same thing?

Tonsillitis is inflammation of the tonsils, the cause behind which can be a virus or bacterial infection. Strep throat is a form of sore throat leading to inflamed/painful throat and tonsils, specifically caused by group A streptococcal bacteria.

9. My doctor has advised surgery for my child’s tonsillitis complaint. Can Homeopathy help?

Homeopathy has great scope for treating tonsillitis. In many cases of mild to moderate cases of tonsillitis, Homeopathy has shown excellent results and helped avoid surgery. These medicines focus on treating the root cause of tonsillitis i.e. recurrent nasal infections, by improving the body’s immune system and thus, making it less susceptible to infections.

10. Are there any complications related to tonsillitis?

Complications associated with tonsillitis include difficulty in breathing and peritonsillar abscess. In tonsillitis with group A streptococcal bacteria i.e. strep throat infection, the serious complications include rheumatic fever and post-streptococcal glomerulonephritis.

11. What is quinsy/peritonsillar abscess?

Collection of pus behind the tonsils is referred to as quinsy or peritonsillar abscess. It is a rare, but very serious complication of tonsillitis.

12. Can Homeopathic medicines treat recurrent tonsillitis as well?

Yes, natural medicines remain very successful in building a child’s immunity. The primary aim of Homeopathy medicines is to build a child’s immunity and prevent recurrent infections that lead to tonsillitis.

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5 Homeopathic Remedies for Egg Allergies

An egg allergy refers to an overreaction of the immune system to a protein found in eggs. The reaction may develop from eating eggs or food containing eggs like cakes, cookies, etc. Although both the egg white and egg yolk can lead to an allergy, allergies towards egg-whites are more common. It is one of the most common food allergies seen in children, and they often outgrow this as they reach adolescence. Homeopathic medicines for egg allergy work by moderating an over-active immune system and help provide relief from the symptoms.  homeopathic medicines for egg allergy

Cause of Egg Allergy

The primary cause of an egg allergy is an overreaction of the immune system due to misidentification of the protein in eggs. This causes the release of histamines and other chemicals in the blood that leads to various symptoms. Any person with an allergy like atopic dermatitis or a positive family history of egg allergy is at risk.

Signs and Symptoms of Egg Allergy

The symptoms of egg allergy may arise within a few minutes to an hour following the consumption of eggs or any of the foods containing eggs. The symptoms of egg allergy vary from case to case, both regarding the form and intensity. The symptoms of an egg allergy include skin issue like urticaria, skin rash. Gastric symptoms can include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal cramps. Nasal symptoms include nasal blockage, sneezing, runny nose along with itchy, watery, swollen eyes. Respiratory symptoms include wheezing, shortness of breath, coughing, and chest constriction. A severe, life-threatening condition known as anaphylaxis may arise in rare cases of an egg allergy which requires urgent intervention under the conventional mode of treatment. In the case of anaphylaxis, the blood pressure drops, airways get constricted, pulse rate rises, and the person may experience dizziness, unconsciousness.

Homeopathic Medicines for Egg Allergy

The homeopathy system of medicine helps address egg allergy by moderating the immune system and engaging the body’s natural healing mechanism to treat the symptoms and the cause. These medicines help reduce the intensity, as well as the recurrence of the allergy. They are made of natural substances and do not cause any side-effects or dependency issues, as seen with conventional drugs.

1. Ferrum Met and Colchicum Autumnale are two medicines used in cases where there is vomiting upon consumption of eggs.

2. Lycopodium Clavatum is a medicine used to treat egg allergies where there is diarrhea on consumption of eggs.

3. Sulphur and Psorinum are medicines used to treat skin conditions that occur as a result of the allergy.

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Managing Progressive Supranuclear Palsy with Homeopathy

homeopathy for Progressive supranuclear palsy

Progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP) is a rare brain disorder that causes problems with balance, walking, eye movements, speech, and swallowing. It is also called Steele-Richardson-Olszewski syndrome. Homeopathy for Progressive Supranuclear Palsy can help manage the symptoms, but is limited in its scope and should not be the only course of treatment for this disorder.

The exact cause of progressive supranuclear palsy isn’t known yet. The symptoms of PSP arise due to the deterioration of brain cells in the region of the brain stem. It has been found that destruction of brain cells is linked with an abnormal amount of protein (called tau that forms clumps in brain cells) hinder their functioning resulting in the death of brain cells. The condition affects people who are over the age of 60 years. 

Signs and Symptoms

The main signs and symptoms of progressive supranuclear palsy include unsteady gait, loss of balance while walking resulting in frequent falls (mostly backward) and an inability to control eye movement. There may be difficulty focussing the eye on objects or looking upward/downward. Blurred vision, double vision, sensitivity to light, involuntary closing of eyes (blepharospasm) may also be felt. Inability to maintain eye contact during conversation is other vision complaints. These signs and symptoms tend to worsen over time, the rate of its progression varies from person to person. Other symptoms include stiffness, difficulty swallowing, slow / slurred speech, sleep disturbances, change in behaviour (like irritability, mood swings, impulsive behaviour, laughing / weeping without reason, loss of interest in pleasurable activities), depression, anxiety, slowness of thought, memory problems, forgetfulness, difficult reasoning and decision making ability, monotone speech and a mask-like facial expression.

Homeopathy for Progressive Supranuclear Palsy

Homeopathy plays a supportive role in managing the symptoms of progressive supranuclear palsy. These medicines can be taken along with conventional treatment to give symptomatic relief to the patient and improve the quality of life. Homeopathy medicines are indicative to manage gait issues, vision problems, speech / swallowing difficulties and attending memory issues, sleep problems, behavioral problems, depression, and anxiety. Homeopathy medicines are selected individually for every case of progressive supranuclear palsy as per the characteristic symptoms. The top homeopathic medicines for supportive help to manage progressive supranuclear palsy include Alumina, Agaricus, Causticum, Phosphorus and Baryta Carb.

1. Alumina – For Unsteady Gait/loss of Balance while Walking

Alumina is well indicated to manage unsteady gait/loss of balance while walking in progressive supranuclear palsy. Staggering and tottering while walking is present where Alumina is used. There is a need to sit frequently while walking. Thighs and legs feel tensed, stiff like a cramp with gait problems.

2. Agaricus – For Loss of Balance while Walking with Tendency to Fall Forward

Agaricus is a prominent medicine for managing the loss of balance while walking in cases of progressive supranuclear palsy. In such cases gait is unsteady. Person reels and totters while walking. There is a tendency to fall forward. Legs may feel heavy and weak while walking.

3. Causticum – For Loss of Balance while walking with Tendency to Fall Backward

Causticum next medicine to manage complaint of loss of balance while walking in persons having progressive supranuclear palsy. It is most indicated for cases where a person have unsteady gait with a tendency to fall backward. Legs may feel tensed and cramped with the above features.

4. Phosphorus – For Visual Complaints

Phosphorus is a significant medicine for supportive help to manage visual complaints in progressive supranuclear palsy. Blurred and double vision indicates its use. It is also useful when sensitivity to light (photophobia) is an attending complaint.

5. Baryta Carb – For Mental Dullness, Forgetfulness

Baryta Carb is prominent medicine for managing mental dullness and forgetfulness in progressive supranuclear palsy. Persons needing Baryta Carb forgets familiar words. They are also forgetful while conversing with others. They forget what they have said in a conversation. They have slowness of thought. Reasoning and understanding ability is also diminished in them.

6. Anacardium – For Memory Problems, Forgetfulness, Weak Memory

Anacardium is prepared from the layer of nut between shell and kernel of a plant Anacardium Orientale having common name marking nut. The natural order of this plant is Anacardiaceae. Anacardium offers help to manage memory problems and forgetfulness in cases of progressive supranuclear palsy. Persons needing Anacardium suffer from marked forgetfulness and they don’t remember anything. Their mind gets extremely weak and dull. They forget the names of close persons and unable to recognize familiar faces. Sadness and high irritability may appear in them.

7. Belladonna – For Difficult Swallowing

Belladonna is prepared from a plant named deadly nightshade. The natural order of this plant is Solanaceae. Belladonna helps to manage swallowing difficulties in cases of progressive supranuclear palsy. Persons needing Belladonna have difficulty to swallow food. They have to drink liquid frequently while eating solid food to move it down. Swallowing is also painful. There is a fear of choking with food while eating. Throat feels very dry.

8. Lachesis – For Slow, Difficult Speech

Lachesis is indicated to manage slow, difficult speech in cases of progressive supranuclear palsy. In such cases, it may be difficult to pronounce words. The tongue feels heavy and moves with difficulty. Stammering may also be present.

9. Coffea Cruda – For Sleep Disturbances

Coffea Cruda is very beneficial for managing sleep disturbances in progressive supranuclear palsy. There is difficulty falling asleep where Coffea Cruda is indicated. The person remains wide awake at night though feeling drowsy. Tossing and turning from side to side in bed is there. If sleep appears then there is difficulty maintaining sleep. Coffea Cruda is also indicated for restless sleep with frequent waking.

10. Ignatia – For Behaviour Changes (irritability, mood swings) and Depression

Ignatia is prepared from seeds of plant Ignatia Amara. This plant belongs to natural order Loganiaceae. Ignatia is very useful to manage behavior changes and depression in case of progressive supranuclear palsy. Persons needing Ignatia have marked irritability and mood swings. They become sad with weeping one moment suddenly followed by happiness and laughing. Fatigue both on the mental and physical plane is also marked. Ignatia is also indicated for managing depression in persons having progressive supranuclear palsy. They remain sad with frequent weeping spells. They are joyless. They prefer to be alone and isolated. An aversion to talking also prevails in them. They don’t want to do any work either mental or physical. They become absent-minded. Their memory becomes weak with difficult thinking and forgetfulness. They become mentally dull. They also start losing interest in pleasurable activities.

11. Aconite – For Anxiety Issues

Aconite is prepared from a plant Aconitum Napellus commonly known by the name of monkshood. The natural order of this plant is Ranunculaceae. Aconite is highly suitable for treating anxiety issues in persons having progressive supranuclear palsy. Such persons have high anxiety attended with restlessness. They have intense palpitations, cold sweat with trembling during anxiety phase. They fear to go out where there is a crowd and have a fear of death.

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8 Best Homeopathic Medicines for Stomach Ulcers

Stomach ulcers are sores or ulcers arising in the lining of the stomach. They are also known as gastric ulcers. In a majority of the cases, stomach ulcers are caused by infection with Helicobacter pylori bacterium. Another frequent cause is long term use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID’s). Homeopathic medicines for stomach ulcers help to heal the sores in the stomach and prevent the tendency towards stomach ulcers in the chronic phase.    homeopathic medicines for stomach ulcers

Tobacco smoking, drinking alcohol and stress are the risk factors that predispose a person to stomach ulcers. The protective mucus lining of the stomach is reduced due to the above causes. This allows the acid content of the stomach to eat away the inner tissue lining, resulting in ulcer formation.

Symptoms of Stomach Ulcers

The major symptom of stomach ulcers is pain/burning in the epigastric region. Other symptoms include nausea, vomiting, bloating, loss of appetite, weight loss and hematemesis (vomiting of blood).

Homeopathic Medicines for Stomach Ulcers

Homeopathy offers a very safe and effective treatment for stomach ulcers. Homeopathic medicines for stomach ulcers primarily help reduce the frequency and severity of symptoms of stomach ulcers in the acute phase. Homeopathic medicines for stomach ulcers are selected as per individual symptoms that vary from person to person. Argentum Nitricum,  Nux Vomica, Kali Bichromicum, Lycopodium, Carbo Veg, Hydrastis, Phosphorous, and Graphites are the top remedies for stomach ulcers.

1. Argentum Nitricum – For Stomach Ulcers with Radiating Pains

In my experience, Argentum Nitricum rates among the best medicines for stomach ulcers. This medicine is well indicated when sharp ulcerative or burning pain is felt in the stomach and radiates to other regions of the abdomen. The pain is sometimes gnawing in nature. Symptoms such as belching, nausea, vomiting may also appear along with these radiating pains. Abdominal distension may also be present in such cases where Argentum Nitricum will prove one of the most effective medicines for stomach ulcers.

2. Nux Vomica – For Stomach Ulcers where Eating Worsens Pain

Nux Vomica has shown the most satisfactory results in stomach ulcer cases where pain in the stomach is felt from eating even the smallest amount of food. The stomach region is also sensitive to touch in such cases. Nux Vomica is also one of the best-suited medicines for stomach ulcers where spicy food, coffee, tobacco, and alcoholic drinks worsen the symptoms. Tightness and pressure may be felt in the stomach after eating. Nausea, vomiting, eructations, flatulence, and heartburn may accompany the above symptoms.

3. Kali Bichromicum – For Ulcers in Stomach

Kali Bichromicum is another of the top grade medicines for stomach ulcers. I have seen amazing recoveries in gastriculcer cases with Kali Bichromicum. It is indicated in round ulcers with a feeling of heaviness in the stomach soon after eating. The food seems to sit in the stomach like a load. Appetite is low in cases where Kali Bichromicum will work as one of the most effective Homeopathic medicines for stomach ulcers.

4. Lycopodium Clavatum – For Boated Abdomen

Lycopodium has proved itself as the most useful among medicines for stomach ulcers where the main symptoms are burning, constrictive pains attended with marked flatulence and fullness/bloating of the abdomen. Bloating starts soon after eating. A person in need of Lycopodium may get relief in pain from taking warm water. Farinaceous food like cabbage and beans worsen the symptoms. Lycopodium Clavatum is known among the best medicines for stomach ulcers with any of the above-mentioned symptoms.

5. Carbo Veg – For Stomach Ulcers

Carbo Veg is another of the prominently indicated medicines for stomach ulcers. It is most helpful when burning pain in the stomach is accompanied by sour belching or heartburn. The pain may extend from the stomach to the back. The epigastric area may also be sensitive and tender to touch. Eating the smallest amount of food, even light food, worsens the symptoms in such cases where Carbo Veg will prove the most effective among Homeopathic medicines for stomach ulcers to heal the condition.

6. Hydrastis Canadensis – For Stomach Ulcers with Weight Loss

In my clinical practice, Hydrastis has proved extremely effective in treating stomach ulcers where they are accompanied by weight loss and emaciation. A key symptom is a constant sore feeling in the stomach. Cutting and sharp pain in the stomach may also be present in cases where Hydrastis works as one of the most effective medicines for stomach ulcers. Weakness and a loathing of food in epigastrium are other symptoms to look out for. Hydrastis is also one of the major medicines for chronic gastritis.

7. Graphites – For Stomach Ulcers with Vomiting after Eating

In case of ulcers with vomiting immediately after eating food, Graphites has shown the most promising results among medicines for stomach ulcers. Constrictive and burning pain in the stomach is experienced after eating. Excessive belching, the taste of ingesta is also an attending symptom in such cases where Graphites is prescribed as one of the most reliable medicines for stomach ulcers.

8. Phosphorus – For Stomach Ulcers where Cold Drinks bring Relief

Phosphorus is rated among the most reliable medicines for stomach ulcers where having a cold drink relieves pain. Burning in the stomach after eating is complained of. Along with this, sour, bitter belching may also be experienced in such cases. Phosphorus is made its place among the top rated Homeopathic medicines for stomach ulcers with the above symptoms.

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Homeopathic Medicines for Swollen Knee

A swollen knee is the result of the accumulation of fluid in or around the knee joint. It is commonly referred to as a ‘knee joint effusion’ or ‘water on the knee.’ Knee swelling can come on suddenly or gradually, can be mild or severe and can limit the movement of the leg. It often causes pain and can make walking very uncomfortable. The swelling can be both unilateral (affecting one knee) and bilateral (affecting both knees). Homeopathic medicines for swollen knee treat the condition in a gradual, safe and natural way.      homeopathic medicines for swollen knee

The most common cause of a swollen knee is an injury, but in some cases, it may develop due to an underlying problem in the knee joint. The structure of the knee joint is as follows: The knee joint has a capsule, which is like a sac surrounding the whole joint. This capsule contains the synovial fluid which nourishes and lubricates the joint, enabling it to smoothly carry out movements of the body. The joint capsule acts as a container, keeping the fluid within the knee joint. Sometimes it may happen that the joint becomes overworked, or twisted. In case the joint gets irritated, it responds by producing more fluid in order to protect and heal itself. This is how the term ‘water on the knee’ has come about.

Homeopathic Medicines for Swollen Knee

There are various forms of conventional treatment for a swollen knee depending upon the cause for it. For a swollen knee caused by an infection, antibiotics are given to treat the underlying infection. In inflammatory diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) are usually prescribed. The above mentioned conventional treatment can, however, have adverse side effects on the body, the scope of which is totally emitted in Homeopathy. Both acute and chronic conditions respond well to Homeopathy. Apis Mellifica, Arnica Montana, Bryonia Alba, Benzoic Acid, Rhus Tox, Sticta Pulmonaria, Benzoicum Acidum, Silicea, and Kali Iodatum are the top remedies for a swollen knee.

1. Apis Mellifica – Where Pain Worsens Under Pressure

Apis Mellifica, also known as the Poison of the Honey Bee, is a medicine derived from dried honeybees commonly found in the Western region and Europe. Apis Mellifica is an effective remedy with a sphere of action revolving around the urinary system, gastrointestinal system and the skin with characteristic burning stinging pains as that from the bite of a bee.
It is used to treat a swollen knee that is accompanied by intense, stinging, and shooting pain in the knees. The pain worsens under pressure. The knee may appear shiny, sore, and sensitive to the touch. In the case of housemaid’s knee, it is indicated when the knee is highly swollen, sore and sensitive to touch. In some cases, the knee pain is of burning, stinging nature. Slight touch and pressure can worsen the pain.

2. Arnica Montana – For Swelling Due to Injury

Arnica Montana is used to treat a swollen knee that develops as a result of an injury or trauma. Arnica is also known as Leopard’s Bane, which is a perennial flowering plant native to Europe. It belongs to the family Compositae. Its main sphere of action is around the muscles and the cellular tissues of the body by acting through the cerebrospinal system. Other symptoms include soreness, bruising and pain. A sensation of dislocation with a tenderness of the knee joint may also be present.

3. Bryonia Alba – For Swelling Due to Rheumatic Joint

Bryonia Alba is a medicine used to treat swelling in the knees due to a rheumatic joint complaint. It is also known as White Bryony and belongs to the family Cucurbitaceae. This is a perennial climbing herb found in Europe and Northern Iran. The knee joint is red, hot and swollen. Along with swelling, a sharp, tearing, stitching pain may also be present. The slightest movement of the knee can worsen the pain. Through the cerebrospinal nervous system, no other remedy affects the mucous membranes as Bryonia does.

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4. Benzoic Acid – For Swollen Knee due to Gout

Benzoic Acid is a medicine used to treat a swollen knee due to gout. Along with swelling, painful nodes on the knee joint may be present. Drawing pain in the knees, a cracking sound upon movement and aggravation of the symptoms might indicate the need for this medicine.

5. Rhus Tox – For Swelling with Stiffness

Rhus Tox is used to treat a swollen knee with stiffness. The knee feels hot, painful, heavy and tense. Massage and movement help ease the pain.

6. Sticta Pulmonaria – Swelling due to Bursitis

Sticta Pulmonaria is one of the best medicines for a swollen knee that occurs due to bursitis. The main symptom that indicates the need for this medicine is a red, hot, intensely swollen knee. This is due to the collection of a significant amount of fluid in the patellar bursa. Stretching the leg or moving about often brings relief. For housemaid’s knee, the primary guiding symptom for using this medicine is severe shooting pain in the affected knee. The knee is also highly inflammed with marked redness and heat.

7. Benzoicum Acidum – For Gout affecting Knee Joint

Benzoicum Acidum is a remedy for gout that affects the knee joint. The joint is swollen and painful with a cracking sound on movement. In some cases, nodes from the deposits of urate crystals may be present on the knees.

4. Silicea – For Tearing Knee Pain

Silicea is a natural medicine for housemaid’s knee and swelling when knee pains are tearing in nature. Pressure and exercise worsen the pain over the knee. The knee is also highly swollen and shining.

5. Kali Iodatum – Swelling Aggravated at Night

The main feature to use Kali Iodatum is the pain over knee worse from lying on the affected side. Other symptoms indicating Kali Iodatum use are swelling over knee aggravated at night time.

Risk Factors that lead to a Swollen Knee

Following are some risk factors that can predispose a person to a condition like swollen knee:

1. Age: The risk of developing diseases which lead to knee effusion, like arthritis, increases with age. This makes older adults more vulnerable to develop a condition like a swollen knee.

2. Sports: People who are actively involved in sports that involve twisting the knee, such as basketball, are more likely to experience knee injuries that cause swelling.

3. Obesity: Excess weight puts added stress on the knee joint, thus contributing to the tissue and joint overload and knee degeneration that can lead to a swollen knee. Obesity increases the risk of osteoarthritis, one of the more frequent causes of knee swelling.

4. Occupation: Occupations that including sitting on the knees for hours together or hobbies like gardening, increase the pressure on the knees thus causing a knee effusion presenting itself as a swelling.

Symptoms of Swollen Knee

The symptoms corresponding to the condition are swelling and redness of the affected area along with tenderness and a warm feeling on the joint.

Diet and Lifestyle Recommendations

‘We are what we eat’ and hence diet plays an important role in every disease condition. While some foods can make things worse, there are plenty of anti-inflammatory foods that can ease the swollen knee joints.

1. Choose fish over red meat as red meat is rich in cholesterol and salt, thereby contributing to inflammation. Cooking in olive oil (rich in omega-9 fatty acid) can help reduce inflammation. Other useful food items are nuts like walnuts, almond, and hazelnuts along with garlic, onion, beans and lots of high fiber rich food and fruits.

2. To reduce inflammation, avoid processed foods such as packaged meats, cookies, chips, and other snacks. These are often high in unhealthy fats, salts, and sugars, which are linked to inflammation. Limiting your alcohol intake is also important, especially when taking certain medications.

Some lifestyle changes that can help prevent and manage a swollen knee include wearing proper shoes while walking, avoiding high heels for extended periods of time, warming up before an intense physical activity, performing light exercise to avoid a sedentary lifestyle, keeping a check on the weight since being overweight can put extra stress on the bones and joints, always maintaining the correct posture (especially while while at work, sitting or driving), lifting weight with care and consuming appropriate quantities of calcium and Vitamin D.

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Wonderful Homeopathic Remedies for Peptic Ulcer

Have you been suffering from abdominal pain that gets more severe when you are on an empty stomach? It is likely that you have contracted a peptic ulcer. A peptic ulcer even referred to as peptic ulcer disease (PUD), is an open sore ring in the gastrointestinal tract that is essentially acidic in nature and causes severe pain. It is a mucousal erosion that occurs on the inner lining of the esophagus, stomach or upper parts of the small intestinal tract and is characterized by abdominal pain. Homeopathic remedies for peptic ulcers help provide suitable relief from this painful condition since these remedies have practically no side-effects and are non-toxic.  Homeopathic Remedies for peptic ulcers

Nearly 70–90% cases of such ulcers are linked to a spiral-shaped bacterium that thrives in the acidic environment of the stomach.  The incidence of peptic ulcers occurring in the duodenum (the initial tract of the small intestine) is four times higher than those arising in the stomach.

I will discuss some remedies and myths of this disorder later in the article.

Homeopathic Remedies for Peptic Ulcers

There are a wide variety of medicines for Peptic Ulcers, ranging from Uranium Nitricum, Kali Bich and Graphites to Crotalus Horridus, Geranium and Graphites.

I find Uranium Nitricum to be the ideal remedy for gastric and duodenal ulcers characterized by boring pain in the pyloric region, a bloated abdomen, and a ravenous appetite followed by flatulence.

Kali Bich is best suited for round ulcers occurring in the stomach that lead to vomiting of bright yellow water and a load in the stomach immediately after eating, giving the patient the feeling that digestion has come to a standstill.

Crotalus Horridus is helpful in cases of ulceration in the stomach due to chronic alcoholism. Patients who are unable to retain anything, exhibit violent vomiting or vomit blood benefit from this medicine. Graphites is good for treating duodenal ulcers marked by a burning in the stomach and a feeling of hunger.

Kinds of Peptic Ulcers

Broadly speaking, peptic ulcers are classified into two main categories. The esophageal ulcers are those that occur in the esophagus, hollow tube through which food moves from your throat to your stomach. The duodenal ulcers are the ones that erupt inside of the upper portion of the duodenum, the small intestine.

The ulcers that are found in the stomach are termed as the gastric ulcers.

There is also a Meckel’s diverticulum ulcer, which is characterized by a lot of tenderness.

Symptoms of Peptic Ulcers

The primary symptom of a peptic ulcer is, of course, pain. The pain causes a burning sensation and gets more acute when the stomach acid passes over the sores. The pain can be experienced anywhere in the region of the navel, spreading to the breastbone.

The sensation of pain is worsened on an empty stomach and often gets more acute at night. The pattern of the pain is such that it may go away temporarily on consuming some non-acid producing foods but keeps returning from time to time.

The less common signs and symptoms of the peptic ulcers may include vomiting of blood that may look reddish or blackish in color, dark blood in stools or stools that are blackish, the feeling of nausea, a sudden drop in weight or appetite, etc.

Myths about Peptic Ulcers

The primary factor responsible for peptic ulcer is a chronic swelling caused by the Helicobacter pylori bacteria.

These ulcers can also be triggered by the use of NSAIDS. While the incidence of duodenal ulcers has fallen considerably during the past three decades or so, the number of cases of gastric ulcers have registered a rise, primarily due to the widespread use of NSAIDs.

The most common myth associated with peptic ulcers is that they are caused by highly spiced foods or a stress related job. It has also been believed that smoking, caffeine, coffee or alcohol consumption lead to this condition.

However, these are mostly myths and research has clearly shown that it is a bacterial infection or some medications which essentially trigger peptic ulcers.

Natural remedies for peptic ulcers not only provide permanent relief from pain and other related symptoms, they also treat the body’s inability to fight with helicobacter pylori . Thus once treated with natural remedies, peptic ulcers will be gone for good

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