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9 Homeopathic Remedies for Supportive Treatment of Erysipelas

Erysipelas is a bacterial skin infection of the upper layer of the skin. The bacteria causing it is mostly Group A Streptococcus bacterium. Another name for this condition is St. Anthony’s Fire because the rash occurring in it has a fiery appearance. Erysipelas is a skin disorder similar to cellulitis in which an infection occurs in the lower layers of the skin. Use of homeopathic remedies for erysipelas is recommended when the signs and symptoms are mild to moderate in intensity and no complications are present.

Causes 

It occurs from entry of bacteria in the skin through some cuts or sores on the skin.  The bacteria commonly causing it is Group A Streptococcus bacteria. Cuts on the skin, insect bites or animal bites, ulcers on the skin and surgical incisions are some of the injuries that raises risk of developing this condition. Persons suffering from certain skin conditions like eczema (a condition characterised by red, inflamed, itchy skin), impetigo (contagious, superficial infection of the skin mainly affecting infants and children), athlete’s foot (fungal infection of feet), psoriasis (an autoimmune skin condition in which red, inflamed, itchy scaly patches, forms on the skin) that cause breaks in the skin also makes them prone to erysipelas.

Some other health conditions that increase chances of this infection includes diabetes, issues with blood circulation, improper working of the veins or the lymphatic vessels. Lastly alcoholism, obesity, weak immune system and use of injection of drugs like heroin are some factors raising its risk. 

Though it can affect people of any age but is common in infants and elderly people above the age of 60 years.

Signs and Symptoms 

Initially before the beginning of the skin rash there occur fever, chills, shivering, fatigue, feeling unwell, loss of appetite, vomiting and headache. It develops within 48hrs of infection.  Afterwards the skin gets affected. Swollen patches may occur on the skin. These look shiny and have raised edges. It feels warm, is painful and can also be tender to touch. In severe cases blisters (fluid-filled eruptions) or petechiae (pinpoint red or purple spots) appear on the affected skin area. The skin rash occurs mostly on the face and the legs. In the case of the face, the nose and cheeks are commonly involved. The lymph nodes can also get swollen and lymphedema may occur.

Complications

If not treated rightly and in proper time then there is risk of some complications. These includes abscess (pus collection), gangrene (tissue death from loss of blood supply), blood clots, bone infections, joint infection. Next ones are infection in the heart valves, spread of infection to the brain and blood poisoning if infection spreads to the bloodstream.

Homeopathic Remedies for Erysipelas

Homeopathy offers supportive help in managing this condition. Homeopathic medicines help relieve its signs and symptoms. These help to halt further progression of the condition and heal the skin rash. These boost the natural defence mechanism of the body to help fight with the infective agent that is causing it and exclude it from the body. Use of homeopathic medicine is recommended for this condition when the signs and symptoms are mild to moderate in intensity and no complications are present. In such cases, it is advised to use any homeopathic medicine under supervision of a homeopathic doctor and avoid self medication. But in case of severe signs and symptoms or in the presence of any complication, it is strictly advised to take help from conventional mode of treatment.

1. Rhus Tox – Top Grade Medicine

It is a prominently indicated medicine for erysipelas. Firstly, it is helpful when there is skin rash on the face and scalp. The face appears dark red and shiny. Yellow blisters are also present. The rash is itchy and also has a burning, tingling, stinging sensation. The face appears hot. There may be loss of appetite and fever with this. In cases needing it the rash may first appear on the left side of face and then on the right side. Swelling under eyes is present. Next, it is useful when the eruption appears on hands, feet, arms and legs. There may occur small patches of rash or the rash may extend widely where it is required. Swelling may also occur with this. The rash may be attended with itching, smarting, stinging burning sensation. Blisters may arise on inflamed skin having a red and swollen base. The blisters vary in size from pin head to a pea.

2. Belladonna – For Skin Rash with Swelling and Fever

It is a natural medicine prepared from the plant deadly nightshade. It belongs to the family Solanaceae. It is indicated in these cases when swelling occurs with skin rash. The affected skin appears bright red. It is covered with blisters. Fever is present with this. Mostly the skin rash appears on the face where it is needed. The face is red, hot and hard in such cases.

  1. Apis Mellifica – When it is Attended with Marked Swelling

It is an effective medicine for managing cases in which swelling accompanies the skin rash. Swelling is present with red stripes on skin. In cases requiring it, the red, hard swellings occur mostly on legs and sometimes on arms. The swelling may also be most marked under the eyes with erysipelas on one side of the face where it  is needed. Next it is suited for cases where the nose or ears are swollen, red. The skin involved is red with a bruised, sore feeling. Burning stinging pain is also a peculiar symptom present in skin rash.  Other than these it works well when the rash starts in the right cheek, and then goes across the nose and extends to the left cheek. This medicine is also valuable for cases  when rash begins at one eye and goes from right to left side.  The face is  intensely hot and red, puffy, shiny with this. It may also be sore to touch. Lastly it offers help where the complaint recurs again and again.

  1. Graphites – When Blisters Discharge Sticky Fluid

This medicine works well in these cases when there are blisters on skin that discharge sticky, glutinous fluid. It works best when erysipelas start from the forehead and thereafter spread to the scalp and neck. Apart from this it is also indicated when erysipelas begin in the face and then gradually spread over the whole body. 

  1. Sulphur – For Painful Erysipelas

Use of this medicine is recommended for managing painful erysipelas. For using it the pain can be with throbbing, pulsating, shooting or stinging type.  A chief characteristic symptom for using it is erysipelas beginning from the right ear and then spreading over the face. Another symptom that calls its use is erysipelas of the face mainly in eyelids, nose, and left sided ear. The erysipelas migrating from place to place also indicates its use. Next symptom where this medicine is indicated is erysipelas in the legs and feet. Its last indicating symptom is large and shining swelling of the fingers.

  1. Lachesis – When it Affects Left Side of Face

This medicine is prominent for managing cases in which rash occurs on the left side of the face. In cases needing it the rash can begin near to the left side of the nose and then extend up and down to the left side face. In some cases the eruption occurs beneath the left eye. This area appears red, swollen and is accompanied with itching. The lower lid is swollen with this. The rash on the face has burning and itching where it is required. Headache may be present along with above symptoms. Other than these Lachesis is indicated when the face is red bloated with heat and swelling that assume purplish hue. Next it is beneficial for cases in which the blisters contain dark coloured fluid. Apart from above open ulcers on the leg on the left side attended with erysipelas also indicates its use. Lastly it is well indicated medicine for managing erysipelas in old people.

  1. Pulsatilla – When it Affects Face, Thighs, Buttocks

It is prepared from a plant named Pulsatilla Nigricans commonly known as wind flower or pasque flower. The family of this plant is ranunculaceae. It is used when erysipelas are present on thighs, buttocks and face. In case of face stinging, pricking pain is present. In such cases peeling of the skin also occurs. 

  1. Cantharis – For Erysipelas with Blisters

This medicine is significant to manage cases of erysipelas with blisters. The blisters are large in size where it is required. These may exude much watery matter. Burning sensation and pain is also there in them. Other than this it also works well in cases where skin inflammation is there followed by prickling. Another symptom for using it is inflammation of the dorsum of the nose that spread to both cheeks. This is followed by skin peeling.

  1. Thuja – For Facial Erysipelas with Swelling

It is a natural medicine prepared from fresh twigs of a plant Thuja Occidentalis having the common name Arbor Vitae. This plant belongs to family coniferae. It is indicated for cases in which the face is affected. The face appears red and hot. The burning redness is prominent on the cheeks. The affected skin tends to peel off when washed.

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Formication – Symptomatic Management with Homeopathy

The term formication is derived from Latin word ‘formica’ meaning ant. Formication is a sensation of having insects crawling/biting on or under the skin. It doesn’t mean that insects are really present which are causing the sensation. It is actually a specific form of tactile hallucination, meaning a false perception of touch in the absence of any external stimulus or physical cause for it. These help in reducing the intensity and frequency of this sensation gradually. Homeopathic medicines for formication help in reducing the intensity and frequency of this sensation gradually.Homeopathic medicines for formication

In some cases the sufferer has a fixed delusion of parasitosis. In this case he has a firm and persistent belief that he is infested with parasites, insects or bugs when no such infestation is present. He may even say that he has seen worms or bugs crawling on or under the skin. This delusion is most common in case of formication of drug induced origin and occurring in middle aged or elderly women.  

Formication is characterised under type of paraesthesia which means abnormal sensation on the skin with no apparent physical  trigger behind it. Paraesthesia also includes some other sensations including tingling, prickling, burning, numbness, coldness or pin needle like sensation. These sensations can affect any of the body parts but most commonly occurs in hands, feet, arms and legs. The reasons behind paraesthesia include pressure on a nerve, poor blood circulation, nerve damage.


Symptoms


Person affected may feel itching on the skin. This may lead to scratching and picking on the skin area where crawling is present. Scratching may sometimes be very severe to cause bleeding and excoriations of the skin. Scratching or picking also can damage the skin and cause cuts on the skin. It can get infected and lead to open wounds and skin ulcers. Depending upon the cause formication may occur with other symptoms. These include fatigue, body aches, stiffness in the body, tremors of the hands, difficulty concentrating, depressed feeling, or feeling agitated.

Causes

Formication can be a symptom of various medical conditions. First, it can be a symptom of anxiety. Next, it may occur in case of diabetic neuropathy (nerve damage that occurs in case of diabetes). Other conditions that may have a symptom of formication are fibromyalgia (disorder in which widespread pain in the body occurs which is attended with sleep problems, tiredness and issues with mood and memory) and parkinson’s disease (Degenerative neurological disorder that begins with tremors, muscle rigidity, slowness of movement and stooped posture). It can also occur in shingles also known as herpes zoster (A viral infection caused by varicella zoster virus. In this a painful, blistering skin rash occurs that affects one side of the body). Next medical condition that can lead to it is Lyme disease (an infectious disease caused by a bacteria of the type borrelia transmitted to humans by a bite from an infected black – legged / deer tick).

Apart from above it can appear in cases of skin cancer. Females who are around perimenopause age can also experience it.  It may also arise from use of some medicines (used for treating depression) or recreational drug use (eg. Cocaine and crystal meth). Other causes are pesticide exposure, mercury poisoning, hypocalcaemia, diseases of the spinal cord and peripheral nerves. Lastly it may arise from withdrawal of using alcohol or stopping use of certain drugs.

Complications 

It can lead to poor sleep quality, tiredness, concentration difficulty, frustration, anxiety, depression. The complications that can arise from constant scratching of skin includes skin infection, skin ulcers, gangrene, fever and sepsis in severe cases.

Homeopathic Remedies for Formication 

People with complaints of formication may find homeopathy to be very useful for managing the symptoms. The medicines used in homeopathy for managing it are prepared from naturally occurring substances. Hence they are very safe and gentle to use with zero side effects. There is no specific medicine in homeopathy for managing it and the best suitable homeopathic medicine for any case of formication is selected as per the individual symptoms of the sufferer. It is advised to get a homeopathic medicine prescribed by a homeopathic doctor for a case of formication after a detailed case analysis. In case of severe complicated cases it is advised to get help from conventional mode of treatment.

1. Zincum Met – When it is Better by Rubbing

This medicine is beneficial for cases persons who have general formication which is better by rubbing. They feel as if they are covered with ants. Other than this it is useful for crawling sensation in both the calf muscles extending to toes. Formication in the feet along with coldness especially at night is also a guiding symptom to use it. Lastly, it is used when there is a sensation of bugs crawling from feet up to knees or even thighs disturbing the sleep.

2. Agaricus – For Formication Along the Spine

This medicine is best indicated for sensation of ants creeping along the spine. Along with this there may be a burning sensation in the back. It is also a prominent medicine for formication in the feet along with heaviness or weakness. Persons having crawling sensation in upper and lower limbs can also be benefited with it.

3. Aconite – When it Shifts from One Place to Another

It is a natural medicine prepared from plant Aconitum Napellus commonly known as monkshood. It belongs to family ranunculaceae. It is well indicated medicine to manage formication in various body parts when it shifts from one part to another. For using it the crawling sensation may be present in upper and lower limbs. Next there may be crawling in the spine as from beetles. Thirdly formication is felt on the scalp specifically relieved by heat. Creeping in the fingers while writing is another characteristic symptom.

4. Cocainum Hydrochloricum – For Sensation of Foreign Body or Worms under Skin

It is the next prominent medicine used where a person has sensation of foreign bodies or worms under the skin. He may also have a sensation of bugs on his body or clothes. There may be a specific symptom of formication in the hands and forearms attended with numbness. Apart from these it is also indicated for cases of parkinson’s disease and delirium tremens. 

5. Ranunculus Bulbosus – When it Affects Scalp or Fingers

It is prepared from plant Ranunculus Bulbosus having the common name buttercup. It belongs to family ranunculaceae. It is a valuable medicine for crawling, creeping sensation in the scalp. Burning sensation in the scalp may also be there with this. Another symptom where it is helpful is crawling sensation in the skin of fingers.

6. Hypericum – For Crawling in Hands and Feet

It is a natural medicine prepared from fresh plant Hypericum perforatum having the common name St. John’s Wort. It belongs to the family hypericaceae. This medicine is suitable for managing crawling sensation in the hands and feet. Sometimes needle-like sticking is also felt with this. In some cases numbness is experienced along with crawling sensation. Lastly pain in the fingers and toes may accompany the above symptoms. 

7. Picric Acid – When it Affects Head, Legs or Ears

It is another effective medicine for these cases. It is most helpful for persons having a crawling sensation on the head. They feel as if there are ants all over the head surface. It is also beneficial for persons who have crawling in the legs. Numbness may attend it. Next symptom that can accompany this is a pricking sensation as if from needles. Trembling is yet another symptom that can be present with this. Lastly people having a sensation of worms crawling in their ears can be benefited with it. 

8. Causticum – For Crawling Sensation in Soles of Feet

This medicine is suited for cases having crawling sensation in the soles of the feet. There feels as if something alive is present in the soles where it is required. Next characteristic symptom for using it is the crawling sensation in the ball of the great toe. This burning is also felt in the big toe. Sometimes it can be attended with pressive or stitching pain in it.

9. Cistus – For Sensation of Ant Crawling all over the Body

This natural medicine is prepared from plant Cistus Canadensis also named as  Helianthemum canadense. It is commonly known by various names like Rock rose, Ice plant and Frost weed. It belongs to the family cistacae. It is an effective medicine when there is a sensation of ants running through the whole body. For using it this sensation is most marked in the evening or at night time. This sensation may be accompanied with itching. It is also well indicated medicine when an ant crawling sensation is attended with anxiety.

10. Secale Cor – For Formication in Spine, Limbs, Finger Tips, Tongue

This is a good medicine for managing formication in the spine. This may be accompanied with coldness in the back. Secondly, it is indicated to manage formication in the limbs. Prickling, tingling or numbness may be felt with this. Third characteristic for using it is a crawling sensation in tips of fingers as if something alive is creeping under skin. The fingertips may be sensitive to cold with this. Another guiding symptom to use is painful tingling or sensation of crawling of ants on the tongue. Apart from all above this is indicated for managing crawling tingling sensation as from ants which is relieved from rubbing.

11. Sulphur – For Crawling Sensation in Hands and Feet

Sulphur is a valuable medicine for managing crawling sensation in the hands and feet. People requiring it may also have crawling on the tip of their fingers. Prickling sensation may also be felt in fingertips. This tends to get worse on hanging arms down. In case of feet initially heated burning sensation is felt. This is followed by itching and crawling in them.  Sometimes crawling occurs specifically in the heel of the right side. This is marked in the evening in bed.

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Hemifacial Spasm – Homeopathic Remedies Can Help

Hemifacial Spasm is a nervous system disorder characterised by involuntary twitching of  muscles on one side of the face. These result from irritation of the facial nerve that causes involuntary muscle contraction. Another name for these spasms is tic convulsif. Homeopathic remedies for hemifacial spasm help in relaxing the muscles and provide relief in this condition.hemifacial spasm

Initially there occurs twitching of the eyelid, mouth or cheek muscles and with time these spread to other areas of the face and in some cases the entire face.

Causes

The facial muscles are under the control of the facial nerve. This nerve carries signals from the brain to facial muscles to cause its contraction or relaxation. But if something causes irritation of this nerve or puts pressure on this nerve, then it can affect the nerve signals that are being carried to the face. Then it can lead to twitching or contraction of muscle at other times when they are not supposed to contract. 

Mostly it arises when a blood vessel touches a facial nerve. Other than this it may also happen from a tumour putting pressure on this nerve. Also, injury or damage to the facial nerve may also be a cause.

In many cases there is no specific cause. 

In very rare cases it may be an initial symptom of multiple sclerosis (An autoimmune system in which the immune cells attacks and damages the myelin sheath that covers nerve fibers).

Both males and females can be affected with hemifacial spasm. But mostly women above the age of 40 years are affected with it.

Symptoms 

The main symptom is involuntarily twitching of muscles on one side of the face. They mostly start in the eyelid known as blepharospasm. The intensity varies and in starting mostly these are mild twitches and with advancing time can become more severe. In severe cases they may cause complete closing of the eye from spasm. Anxiety and tiredness tend to worsen the twitching. Initially the twitches tend to come and go but with time they may become continuous. 

Afterwards the twitching involves other areas of the face of the same side. These include cheeks, eyebrow, parts around the mouth, lips, jaw, chin and upper part of the neck. The spasm may pull the mouth to one side. 

Sometimes these twitches involve all the muscles on the entire one side of the face. The spasms may also occur during sleep. The left side of the face is usually more affected as compared to the right side.

Some symptoms that can accompany are pain in ear usually behind the ears, ringing noises in ear and difficulty in hearing.

Types

These spasms are characterised under two forms – typical and atypical form. These spasms are said to be typical when the spasm starts in the eyelid and afterwards spreads to the lower part of the face.

In case of atypical form the spasm begins in the cheek bone area and then spreads to the eyelids.

Homeopathic Remedies for Hemifacial Spasm

Homeopathic medicines are very effective in managing cases of hemifacial spasm. With its use the intensity and frequency of complaint reduces gradually. These medicines are prepared from naturally occurring substances so are very safe and gentle to use. These treat this condition in a very natural way without any side effects. The best suitable homeopathic medicine for a case is selected after detailed case analysis in every individual case. 

  1. Zincum Met – Top Grade Medicine

It is a leading medicine for managing cases of hemifacial spasm. It is beneficial when there is twitching of the lower lid of the left side. It is also helpful for managing jerking in the left eyebrow. Next it works well when there is spasms and twitching of muscles of the face. Twitching in the upper lip on the left side is another symptom calling for its use.

  1. Agaricus – Another Effective Medicine

It is another good remedy for managing these cases. Firstly it is indicated when there is twitching in the eyelids. Eyelids jerk and twitch. It is frequent. With spasm watering may occur from eyes. Secondly it is indicated for facial muscles twitching. Here twitching specifically of the right cheek is indicative for using it.

  1. Cuprum Met – For Spasm in Eyelids and Jaw

It is the next important medicine for managing spasms in various body parts. In cases needing it frequent twitching of eyelids specifically on the left side predominate. Next there may be spasm in jaw muscles where it is required. 

  1. Causticum – For Eyelid and Facial Muscle Twitching

This medicine also has a marked action on the nerves and muscles. It offers help to manage twitching of eyelids. Other than this it proves effective in cases where twitching of muscles of the face especially on the left side is present.

  1. Opium – For Facial Twitching at Corners of Mouth

Its use is highly recommended for managing the twitching at the corners of mouth. The mouth may appear distorted with this. Its use may also be done in twitching of other facial muscles. There occurs spasmodic motion of facial muscles with trembling in such cases. 

  1. Mygale – For Constant Twitching of Face

This is another highly valuable medicine for these cases. Its use is considered when there is constant twitching of muscles of the face. As per homeopathic literature this medicine has proved effective in curing many cases of twitching and contractions of facial muscles.

  1. Magnesium Phos – For Twitching of Eyelid and Corner of Mouth

It is a very helpful medicine for managing complaints related to muscles, one among them is spasm, twitching of muscles. It proves effective when there is spasm of eyelids. It is also useful for twitching of corners / angles of mouth.

  1. Physostigma – For Twitching Lids and Eyes

It is a natural medicine prepared from beans of plant Physostigma venenosum having the common name Calabar Bean. It belongs to family leguminosae. It is well indicated for treating twitching of muscle of eyelid and around the eyes. It also helps cases where spasms in the face are there that extends to the neck.

  1. Ignatia – For Twitching of Eyelids, Lips

This medicine is prepared from seeds of a plant Ignatia Amara commonly known as St. Ignatius Bean. It belongs to the family loganiaceae. This medicine is prominent to manage twitching of the eyelids and lips. Other than this it also helps when there occur twitching of corners of mouth. Last indication for using it is spasm in the cheek. 

  1. Cubeba – For Twitching of One Side of Mouth when Speaking or Smiling

It is prepared from dried unripe fruit of plant Cubeba Officinalis having the common name Piper cubeba. It belongs to the family piperaceae. It is specifically indicated when there occur twitching on one side of mouth when speaking or smiling.

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Improving Blood Circulation with Homeopathy

The circulatory system of our body carries blood, oxygen and nutrients to each and every part of the body. But in case the circulation is poor, the blood doesn’t reach properly to tissues depriving them of oxygen and nutrients required for normal functioning resulting in certain symptoms. Homeopathy for blood circulation offers a supportive help in these cases to improve blood circulation and give symptomatic relief along with conventional treatment. 

Homeopathy for blood circulation

Poor circulation commonly occurs in limbs like legs and arms. 

Causes 

Poor circulation is not a disorder but arises from some of the health issues. 

It can arise from various causes. First among them is atherosclerosis. It arises when plaque  builds up in the artery arteries causing its hardness and narrowing of lumen. It leads to a decrease in blood flow. It can affect arteries of the heart, brain, legs and arms. Atherosclerosis can lead to peripheral artery disease (a circulatory problem in which blood flow to the limbs is decreased due to narrowing of the arteries).

Second reason is a clot in a blood vessel that can restrict blood flow to the organs. The clot may cause partial or complete blockage of blood flow. Blood clots can form in any of the body areas. If a blood clot forms in arms or legs then then it carries a chance to travel to vital organs like heart (causing heart attack), lungs and can also lead to stroke (death of brain cells from decreased or interrupted blood supply to a part of brain depriving it from getting oxygen and nutrients)

Third cause is diabetes mellitus. High blood sugar levels for a long time can lead to damage of blood vessels and plaque can build up in these vessels. 

Next reason is varicose veins (twisted, enlarged and engorged veins). This happens from weakening or damage of the valves of veins. It results in backward blood flow and blood pooling in the vein resulting in stretching and twisting of the veins. Any vein in the body may be affected with it but usually they occur on the back of the legs. 

Another cause is being overweight (it compresses blood supply through the whole body. Persons who are obese are at more risk of poor circulation if they remain in standing or sitting position for a prolonged period. It puts them at risk of varicose veins, high blood pressure). Lastly it can arise from raynaud’s disease In this disease there occurs narrowing of the small arteries in the hands and toes. Its symptoms usually occur when the sufferer is in a cold temperature or under excessive stress. 

Symptoms 

Its main symptoms are numbness, tingling or pin needle sensation in the hands and feet. Next is coldness in the hands and feet. 

Another symptom is pain of throbbing or stinging nature in the limbs. Other than this there may occur cramps in the limbs (hands, feet, arms, legs). Skin colour changes may also occur. Due to low amount of arterial blood to body tissues the skin may look pale or blue, or purple

Next swelling and ulcers can occur in the lower limbs. Fatigue is also seen sometimes. Other than this symptoms depend on which part of the body has sluggish blood circulation. For example poor circulation to the brain can impact its functioning resulting in dizziness, memory loss, concentration issues, headache and fatigue. If circulation to heart is poor it may result in chest pain, breathing difficulty, high blood pressure, irregular heartbeat. When circulation to Kidneys is reduced it may result in edema of hand, feet. Women may have irregular menstrual cycles and fertility issues if the blood supply to the female reproductive system is reduced. Men may face complaints of erectile dysfunction (inability to get or maintain an erection for sexual intercourse) in case of poor blood flow to the genitals. 

Homeopathy for Blood Circulation 

Homeopathic medicines are effective to relieve symptoms like numbness, tingling, coldness in limbs, cramps in  limbs, fatigue, concentration issues and manage varicose veins cases. The medicines for managing these cases are selected as per the symptoms of the patient in every individual case. Poor blood circulation can have serious complications related to vital organs like heart, lungs, brain. So it is advisable to take these medicines only when no serious complication is present. One should always take any homeopathic medicine for this condition under guidance of a homeopathic doctor. In critical cases it is strictly advised to take immediate help from conventional  mode of treatment.

  1. Carbo Veg 

It is one of the best homeopathic medicines having marked action on venous circulation. It is indicated when a person feels weak, exhausted. With this coldness in legs down the knees may be present. Numbness in the feet is yet another attending symptom. It is also a prominent medicine for managing cases where varicose veins or varicose ulcers are present. 

  1. Agaricus 

This medicine works well to manage complaints of icy coldness in the legs. It is attended with numbness where it is required. Next it is useful for paleness and numbness of the fingers with sensitivity to cold. It also helps in cases having cramps in the hands and feet. Agaricus is also one of the leading medicines for cases of Raynaud’s disease. 

  1. Calcarea Carb

Calcarea Carb is well indicated for sluggish blood circulation when there is marked coldness in the limbs. For using it the hands and feet feel cold, clammy.  Other than this it offers help for managing cramps in calves of the legs. Lastly it is indicated when there numbness of the feet mainly at night in bed.

  1. Pulsatilla 

It is a natural medicine prepared from plant Pulsatilla Nigricans commonly known as wind flower. It belongs to family ranunculaceae. It is a top grade medicine to help cases where varicose veins are present in the legs. These may bleed too. There is pain in the legs with restlessness. The pain worsens from letting limbs hang down. Legs also feel heavy and weak. 

  1. Crataegus 

It is prepared from plant Crataegus Oxyacantha commonly known as hawthorn berries. It is a leading homeopathic medicine indicated for dissolving crustaceous and calcareous deposits in the arteries. Its use is recommended in tincture form. 

  1. Gelsemium 

It is again a natural medicine prepared from the bark of root of plant Gelsemium Sempervirens having the common name yellow jasmine. It belongs to the family loganiaceae. Its first indication for use is numbness in the limbs. It is also indicated for managing weakness in these cases. Dizziness can also be managed with this medicine. Concentration difficulties are another characteristic feature for using it.  Its last indication is cramping in the muscles of the forearm. 

  1. Arsenic Album 

It is yet another beneficial medicine indicated for weak blood circulation. It offers help to manage tingling sensation in the fingers. Persons having numbness and weakness in the feet can also be helped with this medicine. They may also have cramps in the calf muscles of the legs. Arsenic Album is one of the top listed medicine for managing fatigue, weakness, exhaustion. Persons needing it feel exhausted from little exertion. A general anxiety and restlessness can attend to the above symptoms when it is required. 

  1. Silicea

Use of this medicine is most indicated for managing icy coldness of the feet. Coldness is worse mainly at night time in cases needing it. It may be accompanied with excessive sweating on the feet. The sweat smells bad. The legs may also feel cold. Persons needing it may also have numbness in the feet especially in the evening. Tingling in the soles of feet is another symptom that they may complain. Sometimes they also have cramps in the calves and soles. Lastly they may have a pricking sensation in both the arms.

  1. Rhus Tox

It is another valuable medicine indicated for cases of sluggish blood circulation. This medicine is prepared from fresh leaves of plant Rhus Toxicodendron. It belongs to family anacardiaceae. It offers best help in cases having tingling sensation in the feet. Next it is effective to manage cramping in the legs and feet. 

  1. Lachesis

This medicine is prominently indicated for managing varicose veins and varicose ulcers. In case of ulcers burning sensation can be there. These may also be sensitive to touch. Secondly it is used in cases of tingling in the toes. Numbness in the finger tips is yet another symptom where this medicine offers help. 

  1. Ferrum Met

This medicine is useful in cases presenting with coldness and numbness in the hands and feet. The coldness may be almost continuous. It is also significant to manage cramps in the legs, feet and toes. Apart from these varicose veins on the feet indicates its use. Another symptom for using it is easy fatigue from walking. 

  1. Sepia

This medicine offers help to manage icy cold feelings in the lower limbs. People who need it usually feel coldness in legs and feet mostly in the evening in bed. They may also have heaviness and bruised feeling in their limbs.  

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12 Effective Homeopathic Medicines for Cold Feet 

Every person might have experienced cold feet at some point in life. The coldness may be felt internally in the feet or the feet may be cold to touch or both. It may just be occurring as a normal response of the body to change in temperature and is temporary. When a person faces a cold environment the blood vessels in the hands and feet constrict resulting in reduced blood flow to these areas. It diverts the blood flow from hands and feet to more vital organs (like heart, brain, lungs) and keeps them warm. Homeopathic medicines for cold feet target the root cause behind it and bring about symptomatic relief.Homeopathic medicines for cold feet

But it may also be indicative of some health conditions. It can arise from various causes. One of the main reasons behind it is poor blood circulation. It may occur in persons having a sedentary lifestyle, or someone who spends a lot of time seated and has an inactive lifestyle. It results in decreased blood circulation to the lower limbs resulting in cold feet. Next poor circulation may arise from smoking tobacco. Another reason that may lead to reduced circulation is high blood cholesterol. Lastly it may occur from some of the heart conditions in which the heart has to work hard to supply blood all over the body at a good speed. Second cause behind cold feet is excessive stress and anxiety. When a person is under stress or anxiety then adrenaline is pumped into the bloodstream. It results in constriction of the blood vessels at the periphery of the body causing reduced blood flow to the extremities making them cold.

Third cause of cold feet is diabetes.  High blood sugar levels  can cause the arteries to get narrow leading to reduced blood supply to the tissues. Diabetes also leads to nerve damage from very high blood sugar for an extended time period. Other attending symptoms that may be present with cold feet in diabetics includes numbness, prickling sensation and tingling in the feet. Next cause is anaemia ( refers to a condition where a person has a decreased level of healthy red blood cells in the body). Hypothyroidism (means an under active thyroid which is unable to produce the right amount of the thyroid hormones) is yet another cause for this. It causes issues in the body and can lead to feeling of coldness all over the body including the feet . Other than  this it can arise from nerve damage that can arise from trauma, injury, diabetes and frostbite. Damage to peripheral nerves can also happen from liver disease or kidney disease, autoimmune diseases, alcoholism and lack of certain vitamins. Another reason is peripheral artery disease (PAD) in which the blood flow to legs and feet is obstructed or slowed down.  

Lastly it can arise from Raynaud’s disease in which the body overreacts to cold and results in coldness and numbness of fingers and toes. These also appear pale and then blue and when they get warm again they turn red in colour.

Symptoms 

It may be accompanied with tingling, numbness or pins – and – needles sensation in the feet depending on the cause behind it. The colour of the foot may be red, purple blue or pale white. Weakness and pain in the feet can also attend sometimes.

Homeopathic Medicines for Cold Feet 

Homeopathic medicines are very effective in managing cases of cold feet. The homeopathic medicines are prepared from naturally occurring substances so are very safe and gentle to use. Use of these medicines is recommended in cases where no serious health issue (for example heart disease) is associated. As the reasons behind it are variable it is best to get a homeopathic medicine prescribed from a homeopathic physician after detail case analysis.  A homeopathic physician can rule out the reason behind it and prescribe accordingly and refer to conventional mode of treatment if any serious cause is suspected where homeopathy has a limitation to help.  

  1. Calcarea Carb – Top Grade Medicine

It is a top listed medicine for managing these cases. Persons needing it have cold feet. It gets worse at night time in bed. Along with this there is sweating of the feet. It has an offensive smell or sour smell.  Next they may also feel weakness in the feet. Lastly they may sometimes have insensibility of the feet usually in the evening. It is one of the major medicines for managing cases of underactive thyroid.

  1. Agaricus – For Icy Cold Feet

This medicine is well indicated when the feet are icy cold. For using it the coldness is most marked in the big toes. It may be accompanied with numbness in feet. Sometimes twitchings also occur with this. It is also indicated when the feet are icy cold up to the ankles. In some cases formication or crawling sensation and itching is felt in the back of the foot. Lastly weakness and heaviness in the feet can be present.

  1. Silicea – For Cold Feet with Excessive Sweating

Silicea is a prominent medicine for coldness of feet attended with excessive sweating. The sweat is offensive. In cases needing it the coldness is worse at night time. Sometimes the coldness is also felt in the legs along with feet. Weakness may also occur in the feet. There may also be tingling in the soles of feet. Numbness in the feet in the evening is yet another symptom that may be present. Coldness of feet in females especially during menses is also indicative for using this medicine. 

  1. Kali Phos – For Prickling in Feet 

It is a good medicine for cases in which prickling in the feet is present with coldness. Accompanying symptoms include a stinging sensation in the soles. Feet may be swollen in some cases. 

  1. China – For Cold Feet and Hands

It is a natural medicine prepared from dried bark of plant Cinchona Officinalis commonly known as Peruvian bark. It belongs to the family rubiaceae. It is an important medicine when there is coldness in both feet and hands. There may be paleness also on the feet and hands. The coldness persists even in a warm room. With this feet may feel weak. Coldness of hands and feet get worse from walking in cases that require it. Anaemia may be present in cases where it is required.

  1. Zincum Met – For Cold Feet and Formication  

use of this medicine is considered when the feet are cold and there is formication in the feet. Both these symptoms worsen at night when it is needed. Weakness and nervous movement of feet can also be there. Feet are also sweaty around the toes. 

  1. Carbo Veg – For Cold Feet in Evening

This medicine is useful when the feet coldness occurs in the evening. The feet may also be red and swollen. The hands may also be cold where it is required. In many cases the coldness of feet extends up to the knees. Feet may be numb and sweat too. 

  1. Sepia – For Coldness in Legs and Feet

The main indication for using this medicine is coldness in legs and feet. In some cases swelling is also present in legs and feet. Other symptoms that may attend are tingling and numbness in soles of feet. 

  1. Causticum – For Coldness and Numbness in Feet 

It is a major medicine for managing cases in which there is coldness and numbness in the feet. Additionally there may be drawing and tearing in the feet. Swelling may be present too on the feet. Tingling in the soles of the feet may be present. Last symptom that may be there is crawling sensation in both the soles.

  1. Lycopodium – For Cold Feet up to Ankles

This medicine is prepared from plant Lycopodium Clavatum commonly known as club moss. It belongs to the family lycopodiaceae. People needing it feel the coldness of the feet up to their ankles. They feel as if they are standing in cold water. In some cases the chilliness may extend up to legs and even the back. Coldness in one foot and heat in another foot are also characteristic symptoms that indicate its use. Profuse cold perspiration may be present on the feet. 

  1. Ferrum Met – When Feet and Hands are Continually Cold

Ferrum Met is a highly beneficial medicine for cases in which the feet and hands are continually cold. With this the feet can be numb. Cramping in feet and toes is another symptom that can attend. Ferrum Met is one of the leading medicines for managing cases of anaemia. 

  1. Menyanthes – For Cold Feet with Heat in Face

It is a natural medicine prepared from plant Menyanthes trifoliata. Having the common name Buck – bean and Bitterklee, it belongs to the family gentianaceae. This medicine is beneficial for cases presenting with coldness in feet and heat in the face. The coldness from feet may extend to knees. It seems as if they are present in cold water. The hands are also cold.

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Menstrual Migraine – Homeopathy Can Help

Menstrual migraine is a term to describe migraine experienced by a woman every month any time between two days before beginning of the menses to 3 days after its onset. Migraine refers to a throbbing or pulsating headache that occurs mostly on one side of the head. It is usually attended with nausea, vomiting and sensitivity to light and sound. Menstrual migraine is diagnosed when a woman gets such a headache for at least 2 out of 3 consecutive menstrual periods. Homeopathic Remedies for menstrual migraine gradually reduce the frequency and intensity of the headache in chronic cases.Homeopathic Remedies for Menstrual Migraine

Causes 

Menstrual migraine occurs from hormonal changes. Drop in the female hormone estrogen that occurs just prior to a menstrual period triggers these headaches.

It doesn’t occur from low levels of oestrogen in a female but from drop in levels of oestrogen from one level to another. In some women taking birth control pills can trigger these migraine attacks. This is because during 3 weeks time from a given month women take pills that supply the body with hormones regularly. But when it’s time to take no pills during pill free / menses week the estrogen level drops right away at high speed leading to headache.

Next around a woman’s perimenopausal time there occur a series of drastic changes that can trigger this migraine. 

Though these headaches decrease in frequency during menopause but women on hormone replacement therapy (HRT) during menopause may also get frequent headaches. During pregnancy these headache may get better.

Symptoms 

Its main symptom is one sided headache. It is usually felt as a throbbing type of pain. To this nausea and vomiting may accompany. Other than this sensitivity to light and sound may be experienced during headache. In some cases a set of symptoms called aura occurs before headache.

Symptoms of aura might include tingling or pins / needles like sensation in the face, arm or leg; bright spots, flashes of light or different shapes before the eyes, temporary vision loss ; Weakness / numbness in the face or one side of the body.

  1. Pure menstrual migraines –  these are experienced only around the periods and at no other times. 
  2. Menstruation-related migraines – these are the ones that occur around periods but also occur at other times too.

Homeopathic Remedies for Menstrual Migraine 

Homeopathic medicines are very effective to treat cases of menstrual migraine. They offer great help in managing the acute attacks to provide relief and are also beneficial to reduce its future recurrences in long term cases. The homeopathic medicines to treat it are of natural origin so they treat the condition in a very safe, gentle and natural way without any sort of side effects.

  1. Natrum Mur – Top Grade Medicine

It is a prominent medicine for treating headache before and during menses.  The headache feels as if thousands of hammers are knocking on the brain. With this there is nausea and vomiting. The face gets red. The eyes also feel heavy. Visual disturbance may be felt sometimes with headache. The pain worsens from motion and also from eye movement where it is needed. It feels better after sleep and pressing on the eyes. 

  1. Pulsatilla – For Headache Attended with Vomiting

It is a natural medicine prepared from a plant Pulsatilla Nigricans commonly known as wind flower. This plant belongs to family ranunculaceae. It works well in cases in which headache is accompanied with vomiting. Mostly it is helpful when a headache occurs two or three days before the menses. There is also dimness of vision. Headache is one sided and is pulsating type for using it. Watering from eyes on the side affected may sometimes be present. Menstrual flow may be scanty. There may be some relief in the headache by walking in the open air. It is also a great medicine when headache is felt at the appearance of the menses. Here pain is mostly felt at top of head and the pain is mostly pressing or throbbing in nature.

  1. Sepia – For Headache during Menstruation

This is another useful medicine for treating headache at menstrual time. In cases needing it the pain is stinging type in one side of the head. It is accompanied by nausea and vomiting. The pain worsens in a room and feels better in the open air. It is also better by lying on the painful side of the head. The menses may be scanty and last for too short a duration in cases requiring it.

  1. Belladonna – For Throbbing Type of Headache

This medicine is prepared from a plant deadly nightshade. It belongs to family solanaceae. It is a very beneficial medicine for managing a throbbing type of headache. With this there feels fullness sensation and heat in the head. Mostly the headache gets worse from light exposure and noise where it is indicated. It may also worsen from cold air exposure. Pressure on the head may relieve the pain.

  1. Glonoine – For Congestive, Throbbing, Bursting Headache

Glonoine is a very effective medicine for congestive throbbing and bursting headaches. Females needing it can feel the pain before, during or at the end of their periods. The eyes and face may be red with the pain. Sometimes pain is tearing in nature. Nausea occurs with pain. They may get relief in pain from sleep. 

  1. Lachesis – For Headache before and during Menses

Use of this medicine is considered when headache occurs before and during menses. When it occurs before menses it is felt as throbbing pain in the left temple. When it occurs during periods it is felt as beating in the head. Along with this burning sensation on the top of head is experienced. Dimness of vision or flickerings before the eyes is felt with headache. 

  1. Sanguinaria can – For Right Sided Headache

It is a natural medicine prepared from fresh roots of plant  Sanguinaria canadensis having the common name Blood – root and Puccoon. It belongs to the family papaveraceae. It is a significant medicine when pain in the head occurs specifically on the right side. The headache begins from the back of the head and radiates to the front of the head and settles over the right eye. There occurs a sensation as if the head would burst or the eyes would be forced out of the head. The face gets red and hot during a headache. The menstrual blood is bright red with clots and has an offensive smell. It may be scanty. 

  1. Nux Vomica – When Menses are Preceded and Attended with Pressure in Head

This medicine is specifically indicated when menses are preceded and attended with pressure in the head. This is marked in front of head and top of head (vertex). Headache during menses that worsen from lying down is also indicative for using it. Females needing it also have cramping pains in the uterine region during menses. With this excessive nausea is felt.

  1. Graphites – For Headache over Eyes

Graphites is indicated when headache is felt over eyes during menses. The pain is severe. With this nausea and burping is there. The periods are scanty and blood flow is thin in females needing it.

  1. Lycopodium – For Headache and Abdominal Bloating before Periods

This medicine is prepared from plant Lycopodium Clavatum commonly known as club moss. It belongs to the family lycopodiaceae. It is well indicated for females who complain of headache and abdominal bloating before periods. They have gas in their abdomen. They also have nausea with this. Next they can have pain in the abdomen and tiredness. Mostly pain is felt in the temples (means sides of head).

  1. Carbo Veg – For Early, Profuse Periods with Headache

This medicine is indicated in cases in which the periods occur early and are copious attended with headache. The headache is violent. It is accompanied with nausea. Lastly great weakness occurs along with above symptoms.

  1. Kreosote – For Headache with Profuse Menses

This medicine is valuable for cases in which the headache occurs during menses and the menstrual flow is profuse. Clots may be present in the blood. Along with headache rushing sound in the ears may be present. In some cases the headache occurs before menses. Before menses  vomiting of mucus, abdominal bloating and pain around the navel may be present too.

  1. Ignatia – For Heaviness in Head along with Heat

This medicine is used when there is heaviness and heated sensation in the head. This may be present before or during periods. In some cases severe pressing pain in the forehead is experienced. Mostly sensitivity to light accompanies. Some other symptoms that may attend are ringing in the ears, cramping in the abdomen and excessive weakness in the whole body.

  1. Magnesia Carb – For Headache, Chilliness and Weakness during Menses

The chief feature for using this medicine is headache, chilliness and weakness during menses. The face appears pale with this. Sometimes spasmodic or pressing pain in the abdomen are present too. Other than above it is also indicated for pain in  the head at commencement of menses.

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Homeopathic Medicines for Shoulder-blade Pain

Shoulder blades medically known as scapulae refers to flat triangular bones one on either side in the upper back below the shoulders. These bones are also known as wing bones. Shoulder-blade pain can be felt within, above, below, over, under the shoulder blades or in between the blades. Homeopathic medicines for shoulder-blade pain can gradually reduce the intensity of pain by treating the root cause behind it.
Shoulder-blade Pain
The pain can occur suddenly or develop gradually depending on the cause behind it. The pain can radiate to other body areas too. In some cases numbness or tingling sensation can accompany the pain. Lastly, crepitus (grating sound that appears when the shoulder moves or on pressing it) may be present.

Causes

It can arise from various reasons ranging from mild to severe ones.

Firstly, it may arise from straining or injuring the muscles or tendons (tough band of fibrous connective tissue which connects muscle to bone). The injury or trauma may occur from a blow, accident or a fall. The straining can follow lifting heavy objects, sleeping in an uncomfortable position, excessive exercise involving upper back, upper limbs and shoulders or working on the computer for long periods of time continuously without any break.
Other reasons include disc bulge in the spine, degeneration of disc of spine, spinal stenosis (narrowing of the spinal canal) and nerve compression. Another reason is fibromyalgia (a disorder in which there occurs widespread musculoskeletal pain attended with weakness, memory issues, sleep problems and mood issues). Apart from above it may occur from scoliosis (an abnormal sideways curvature of the spine). Other than these it may arise from osteoarthritis (a degenerative joint condition in which the cartilage at the ends of bones in the joints which helps in smooth frictionless motion of joint deteriorates) in joints around neck or ribs. It can also result from shingles (an infection caused by varicella-zoster virus that causes a painful skin rash), myofascial pain syndrome (Long term pain disorder in which pressure on sensitive points in the muscles result in muscle pain and in some cases pain in some unrelated parts of the body), acid reflux  (condition in which stomach acid rise up into the food pipe), rotator cuff injuries ( means injury to group of muscles and tendons surrounding the shoulder joint) and frozen shoulder (a condition in which there occurs pain and stiffness in the shoulder joint).

Other reasons are snapping scapula syndrome (in this there occur a loud popping sound, grating or grinding sensation on raising the arm overhead), fracture of scapula, whiplash injury (neck injury that arise from forceful, rapid back and forth movement of the neck commonly seen in rear end car accidents). 

It may also occur from referred pain means pain in the shoulder pain may be felt from problems in some other part of the body. For example it may be arising from some lung disorder, liver problem or a gallbladder disease. It may be present from serious causes like certain cancers like lung cancer, liver cancer, esophagus cancer. Some other serious causes that need immediate medical help right away include heart attack, pulmonary embolism ( a blockage in one of the pulmonary arteries in lungs usually caused when a  blood clot from deep veins in the legs travel to the lungs and block blood flow to the lungs), rupture of thoracic aorta.

Homeopathic Medicines for Shoulder-blade Pain

Homeopathic medicines are very effective to manage pain in the shoulder blade. As the reasons behind it vary from mild to serious it is best to take any homeopathic medicine under guidance of a homeopathic physician who after detailed case study will find if the case can be helped with these medicines or help from conventional treatment is required. Homeopathic medicines can be used when the pain is from mild to moderate intensity and no serious cause is linked with it for example Muscle or tendon injury / strain, joint issues, frozen shoulder, fibromyalgia). But in case of severe pain and when any serious cause is suspected or present (like heart attack, cancer, pulmonary embolism) then it is strictly advised to take immediate help from conventional mode of treatment. Some of the symptom indicative of serious issue that needs urgent medical help from conventional system includes shoulder blade pain  accompanied by difficulty in breathing, chest pain, coughing of blood, lightheadedness, rapid heartbeat, irregular heartbeat, increased sweating, fever, difficulty in speaking, one sided body paralysis, sudden vision loss and loss of consciousness. 

  1. Rhus Tox – Top Grade Medicine

It is a leading medicine for managing shoulder blade pain. Persons needing it feel pain between the scapula. They feel better in pain from warmth. Along with pain the area between shoulder blades feels tensed.  It may be sensitive to touch. It is also indicated for pain felt on top of the scapula. Rhus Tox is an effective medicine for managing complaints that follow over – straining or injury of the muscles or tendons. It is also prominent for complaints that arise from joint problems. 

  1. Bryonia – For Stitching Pain

It is prepared from a plant named Bryonia alba or wild hops. This plant belongs to the family cucurbitaceae. It is a very beneficial medicine for cases presenting with stitching pain between the shoulder blades. Next it is helpful for managing pain beneath the right scapula at the lower angle. This pain can be sharp, aching or dull. Other than this it works well when pain is localised between inferior angles of the scapulae. Lastly a pressing sensation between scapulae is also indicative of its use.

  1. Ruta – For Pain in Nape of Neck and Shoulder Blade

Homeopathic medicine Ruta is prepared from a plant named Ruta graveolens commonly known as garden rue. The natural order of this plant is rutaceae. This medicine is well indicated for cases in which there is pain in the nape of neck and shoulder blade. The pain of using it is mainly drawing type. Next it is indicated when there is pain specifically below the right scapula. Persons needing it have worsening of pain by movement of right arm and also after exertion. They feel relief from pressure. Lying on the right side also gives relief to them. Like medicine Rhus Tox it is also a great medicine for managing conditions arising from overstraining the tendons or inflamed tendons and joint complaints. 

  1. Chelidonium – For Pain under Inner and Lower Angle of Right Scapula

It is prepared from plant Chelidonium majus also known as Greater Celandine. It belongs to the family papaveraceae. This medicine is specifically indicated for pain felt under the inner and lower angle of the right scapula. The pain can be bruised or aching type. Next indication is stitching pain  beneath the right scapula. This gets worse from the motion of the arm. Last indication is a cramp like pain in the internal border of the right scapula.

  1. Ranunculus Bulbosus – For Pain along Lower Margin of Shoulder Blades

This natural medicine is prepared from plant buttercups. This plant belongs to the family ranunculaceae.Use of this medicine is considered for managing pain along the lower margin of the shoulder blades. The pain is of muscle origin. With pain burning sensation may be present. Apart from this, the contusive type of pains in between shoulder blades also guides its use. The last indication for using it is stitching pain in and between shoulder blades.

  1. Arnica – For Complaints Arising after Injury, Trauma

It is prepared from a plant named Arnica Montana commonly known as Leopard’s – bane or fallkraut. It belongs to family compositae. Use of this medicine is highly recommended for complaints that follow an injury (specifically from blunt objects) trauma, blow, fall. In general sore, bruised pain as if beaten is felt in injured places where this medicine is required. This medicine helps to relieve pain, heal the injured place and help recover from injury in a very effective manner. Other than this pressive pain between scapulae is another guiding feature for using it.

  1. Colocynth – When Shoulder Blade Pain Extends to Neck

This medicine is prepared from pulp of fruit Citrullus colocynthis also known as cucumis colocynthis and bitter apple. This plant belongs to the family cucurbitaceae. This medicine is helpful when pain from shoulder blades extends to the neck. Along with this tension is felt in neck and shoulder blades. Its use is also beneficial for drawing pain in the region of the right scapula. Apart from these pain under the right scapula better from pressure is another characteristic symptom where it offers help. 

  1. Kali Carb – For Shoulder Blade Pain and Stiffness

This medicine gives benefit when the shoulder blade pain is accompanied by stiffness. In cases needing it the stiffness can be present between both the shoulder blades. In some cases the stiffness begins in the left side of the nape of the neck and extends down to the left inner scapula. This is most worse after waking up. Another symptom for using it is pain in the right scapula of tearing nature felt in the morning. It is also used for stinging type of pain in the right scapula during motion.

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10 Effective Homeopathic Medicines for Pityriasis Alba

Pityriasis alba refers to a skin condition in which there appears red or pink patches on the skin, initially with fine scales. Afterwards, these patches clear up leaving behind pale marks on the skin. It is not contagious and doesn’t spread from direct skin to skin contact with a person having this condition. Homeopathic medicines for pityriasis alba help to halt further progression of complaint and recover from spots already present.Homeopathic medicines for pityriasis alba

Causes

The exact cause behind it is still unknown. But it is thought to be a type of eczema (low grade) or related to eczema. Eczema is a skin condition in which there occurs itchy and inflamed patches on the skin. Next, it may be a result of excessive use of topical corticosteroids used for treating eczema. Other than this people who have excess sun exposure and who take frequent hot baths are at its risk. People with sensitive skin are also predisposed to it. Most commonly it occurs in children (between the ages of 6 years-12 years) and adolescents. Both boys and girls are equally affected by it. 

Symptoms 

In this condition there appear pink or red coloured patches on the skin. These are dry and covered with scales. The scaling is fine in these cases. These patches may be round or oval in shape. These may even be  irregularly shaped sometimes. The margins of lesions may be well demarcated or ill defined. The number of spots can vary from 4 to 20 in a person. Their sizes vary from small to big ones. The patches develop most commonly on the face (mainly on the cheeks and chin). Next they may also show up on the neck, arms, shoulders, chest, back and abdomen. The patches may be raised or flat. These don’t have any attending symptoms usually. But some of its sufferers may have itching in these spots. The scaling is most noticeable in the winter when dry air is present and humidity is low. These patches may last from few months to several years altogether varying from case to case. On healing these leave light coloured pale patches on the skin. These look prominent in summers from tanning of the surrounded skin surface.

Homeopathic Medicines for Pityriasis Alba

Homeopathy carries a great scope in treating these cases. With use of these medicines the spots on skin gradually start to fade away. These also reduce the dryness, scaling over the spots and help to relieve itching in the spots if present. The homeopathic medicines for treating it are prepared from naturally occurring substances. So these are very safe to use and don’t cause any side effects. Gentle, safe and effective recovery occurs with these medicine uses. 

  1. Arsenic Album – For Dry Rough Spots with Scales

It is a very effective medicine when there are dry rough spots on the skin covered with scales. It may get worse from the cold. The spots are red coloured. Itching may be present in the lesions. Overall skin is very dry with this. Apart from above it is also indicated for white spots on the skin. 

  1. Calcarea Carb – For Pityriasis Spots on Face

This medicine offers great help in cases where pityriasis spots on the face are marked. Red patches may be marked on the cheeks when this medicine is needed. This medicine is also well indicated for pale spots on the face.

  1. Thuja – When it Affects Face and Neck

This medicine is prepared from fresh twigs of plant Thuja Occidentalis having the common name Arbor Vitae. This plant belongs to family coniferae. It works well when pityriasis affects the face, forehead and neck. In most cases it worsens from washing with warm water. In cases requiring it the skin looks dirty. There are brown-white spots  or red spots on skin. Sometimes there is dry skin with brown spots on arms.

  1. Merc Sol – For Spots on Forearm and Chest

It is the next well indicated medicine for pityriasis alba. For using it the red spots are present on forearms and chest. They begin as small spots that enlarge gradually in a circular form. They are rough and dry. They are also covered with small whitish scales. The spots may be itchy. Itching worsens from warmth in the bed where it is required. 

  1. Silicea – For Red Spots on Neck

It is useful when there are spots on the neck on its front side or back side. The spots are red coloured. These are covered with slight scales. It is also indicated when skin is dry, yellowish covered with spots of  pityriasis. 

  1. Arsenic Iodatum – For Dry Scaly Lesions

This is a very beneficial medicine for cases having dry scaly lesions. Persons who require it have itching in it. Sometimes a burning sensation is also felt in it.

  1. Phosphorus – For Spots on Abdomen and Chest

It is beneficial when spots appear on the abdomen and chest. In cases needing it the spots may be brown, reddish brown or pale colored.  The skin can be dry and scaly with this.                                                                  

  1. Psorinum – For Scaliness Over any Body Part

This medicine is indicated when scaliness occurs on any of the body parts. Skin looks dirty with this. There is much itching with scaling with desire to  scratch. scratching gives temporary relief. It is  a good remedy for rash on back and neck.

  1. Sulphur – To Manage Itching

It is a leading medicine for managing itching on skin. Most people needing it have worsening of itch at night and from the heat of bed. Itching may also worsen from washing. This is attended with scratching but it worsens itching. Skin is dry, scaly where it is indicated.  

  1. Colchicum – For Pink Spots 

It is prepared from a bulb of a plant Colchicum autumnale having the common name Meadow Saffron. It belongs to the family melanthiaceae of the liliaceae. This medicine is indicated for pink spots on the skin. For using it the spots can be present on back, chest or abdomen. The skin is dry where it is required. 

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Homeopathy for Polymyositis – Symptomatic Treatment

Polymyositis is a type of inflammatory myopathy that causes muscle inflammation and leads to muscle weakness on both sides of the body. Homeopathy for polymyositis can be used along with conventional treatment to improve muscle function, muscle strength, and reducing muscle pain.

The exact reason behind it is still unknown. However it is thought to be an autoimmune disease (autoimmune means where the immune cells attack the body’s own healthy tissue and damage it out of a mistake). People having certain diseases are at risk of developing this condition. It firstly includes  rheumatoid arthritis (an autoimmune chronic inflammatory disorder that primarily causes joint inflammation but may also affect other organs). The second example is lupus (an autoimmune disease that causes inflammation in various body systems including joints, skin,  heart, lungs, kidneys, blood cells, brain). Next is scleroderma (a rare disease that leads to hardening and tightening of the skin and connective tissues). Others are Sjogren’s syndrome (an autoimmune disorder having two most common symptoms that includes dry eyes and a dry mouth) and HIV. This condition is usually diagnosed between the ages of 30 to 60 years. Women are more often affected with this condition as compared to men.

Symptoms  

The symptoms in this condition result from inflamed muscles.

Its main symptom is muscle weakness that worsens gradually. The muscles commonly involved are those nearest to the trunk of the body as of thighs, hips, neck, upper back, shoulders and upper arms. The weakness occurs on both sides of the body. Person with it may have difficulty in going upstairs, rising from a chair or lifting arms, lifting objects. In some cases pain and tenderness in areas of muscle weakness may be present. As the disease progresses there may be wasting (atrophy) of the muscles. Other than above there may be fatigue, weight loss, fever, joint pain and raynaud’s phenomenon (a condition that causes coldness and discolouration of fingers on exposure to cold temperature). As the disease progresses, in some cases the muscles located away from the trunk of the body may also get affected. 

Complications 

Its first complication is difficulty swallowing if muscles of esophagus are affected. Next complication is breathing trouble if the muscles of the chest are involved. Lastly it may result in aspiration pneumonia (in case of difficulty swallowing the food or liquids may get into lungs leading to pneumonia) and respiratory failure. Some other conditions that can be associated with it are cardiovascular disease (it includes inflammation of muscular walls of heart called myocarditis, congestive heart failure and arrhythmias) and interstitial lung disease (it causes scarring of lung tissue leading to stiffness of lungs). People with polymyositis are at risk of osteoporosis, autoimmune conditions and cancer.

Homeopathy for Polymyositis

Homeopathic medicines offer good supportive help to manage symptoms in cases of polymyositis. These medicines can be used along with conventional treatment for improving muscle strength, muscle function and reducing muscle pain. These medicines help by moderating the overactive immune system which is causing muscle inflammation and its resulting symptoms. These medicines are recommended when the symptoms are mild to moderate in intensity and no complications are present. But in severe cases or where some heart related or lung related issue is there, cancer is associated or any sort of complications are present then it is strictly advisable to take help from conventional mode of treatment. Homeopathy has a limitation in treating such cases.

  1. Arnica – For Weak Neck Muscle

It is a natural medicine prepared from a plant named Arnica Montana having the common name Leopard’s – bane or fall kraut. It belongs to family compositae. It is a great medicine for cases where muscles are inflamed and mainly neck muscles are weak. With this pain is also there in neck muscles as if bruised. Soreness, lame feeling in the limbs is another guiding feature for using it. Pain in limbs and back also calls for its use. Here it feels as if the back and limbs are bruised and beaten.

  1. Rhus Tox – To Manage Muscle Pain

This medicine is very suitable to manage muscle pain in these cases. Firstly it is well indicated to manage pain in shoulders and also for pain between the shoulders. Secondly it is helpful for constrictive pain in dorsal muscles. This worsens while sitting and bending forward where it is required. With this there may be painful tension between shoulder blades. Heavy weight like pressure on shoulders is another attending symptom. In some cases the arms feel lame. Thirdly it is useful for managing tearing or drawing type of pain in the hip that extends to the knee.

  1. Causticum – For Limb Weakness

It is one of the most effective medicines for managing cases having progressive loss of muscle strength. It offers benefits where limbs feel heavy and weak.  With this drawing, bruised and tearing pain in thighs can be present. Persons needing it feel soreness in the hips and thighs on the side laid upon that necessitate the need to turn over to the other side. Tearing pain in the neck and shoulder blades is also indicative of using this medicine.

  1. Gelsemium – For Muscle Weakness and Pain

This medicine is prepared from the bark of the root of plant Gelsemium Sempervirens commonly known as yellow jasmine. This plant belongs to family loganiaceae. It is a well indicated medicine for managing muscle weakness and pain. The weakness is present in limbs where it is indicated. The muscle pain is deep seated in cases needing it. There is aching, tiredness and soreness in the muscles. Muscle ache occurs from over exertion. There is deep seated pain in muscles of hips and bruised pain in the muscles of the neck for using it. Shoulder pain especially at night is also indicative of using it. Lastly there is drawing, contracting pain from thighs into toes. this gets worse when from motion or when walking. This is accompanied with great soreness of thighs.

  1. Bryonia Alba – For Weakness and Pain in Neck

It is a natural medicine prepared from a plant named Bryonia alba or wild hops. This plant belongs to family cucurbitaceae. This medicine is well indicated for cases having weakness and pain in nape of neck together. Other than this it is a great medicine for cases having dull stitching pain in the upper back between scapula. Another indication to use it is great weakness of the thighs that cause difficulty in going upstairs. In some cases needing it there is stitching pain in the hips. Lastly it is useful for managing lame and bruised sensation mainly in the right hip in morning time. 

  1. Stannum Met – For Weakness of Thighs, Upper Arms and Neck

This medicine is prominent to manage weakness and heaviness in thighs. The weakness is marked when going downstairs. Next, it is highly valuable for managing weakness of the upper arms. In such cases the arms  become fatigued easily from slight exercise. Weakness in the arms is also felt even from holding light weight that too for a short time. Other than above it is also significant to manage weakness in the nape of the neck. 

  1. Phosphorus – For Weakness in Upper Arms

Use of this medicine is considered in cases in which weakness in upper arms is present. Along with this drawing pan in the muscles of shoulder and upper arm accompanies. In some cases, severe pains in the muscles of the right shoulder are present, and they extend to the elbow. Apart from above it is also used in cases where weakness and heaviness in the lower limbs is present. This is most marked when going upstairs.

  1. Belladonna – For Upper Arm and Thigh Pain

This medicine is prepared from plant deadly nightshade. This plant belongs to family solanaceae. It is beneficial to manage pain in upper arm and thigh. Persons needing it also feel drawing, tearing, heaviness and pressure in the upper arms. Sometimes they have bruised pain in the upper arm. Next they may have pain in thighs as if it is beaten. Lastly they can have cutting or stitching pain in thigh mainly right side when sitting.

  1. Calcarea Carb – For Pain and Weakness in Thigh Muscles

It is a suitable medicine for managing cases of pain and weakness in the thigh muscles. For using it the weariness of muscles is felt in the morning on beginning to walk. This is attended with pain in the middle of thighs as if beaten when going upstairs. This pain may also be felt in the upper arms. Along with above symptoms there may be loss of muscle mass in thighs.

  1. Aesculus – For Weakness in Back of the Neck

This medicine is prepared from the kernel of a plant named as Aesculus Hippocastanum commonly known as horse – chestnut. This plant belongs to the family sapindaceae. It is indicated for cases in which lameness and weakness in the back of the neck is present. In cases needing it pain in neck and between the shoulder blades is also there. Sometimes there is pricking sensation in the neck and shoulders.

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Ramsay Hunt Syndrome – Homeopathy Can Help

Ramsay Hunt syndrome arises when shingles ( a viral infection in which painful skin rash with blisters appears in a localized area) affects the facial nerve close to one of the ears. In case of this syndrome ear pain, facial paralysis (loss of facial movement due to nerve damage causing loss of control over facial muscles) and hearing loss can occur in the affected ear along with the painful skin rash. This syndrome is also known by the name of herpes zoster oticus. Homeopathic medicines for Ramsay Hunt Syndrome help manage its symptoms including earache, facial weakness, tinnitus, vertigo. Homeopathic medicines for Ramsay Hunt Syndrome

It is caused by a virus named varicella zoster virus (VZV). It is the same virus that causes chickenpox. This virus after initial exposure causes chicken pox. A person after recovery from chickenpox still carries this virus in the nerves in a dormant manner. This virus can reactivate any time years later and cause shingles on any of the body area including the face.

Anyone who has a history of chickenpox carries the virus and can develop this syndrome. But people who are  aged above 6o yrs and those having weak immunity with a history of chickenpox are at risk. It occurs rarely in children. Ramsay Hunt syndrome isn’t contagious by itself. But a person having this virus on reactivation of it can cause chickenpox in people who don’t have a history of chickenpox or have not been vaccinated for it. 

Symptoms 

The first main sign that arises in this syndrome is a red painful skin rash with blisters (fluid – filled bumps) inside the ear, outside or around the ear. Next main symptom is facial weakness or facial paralysis that occur on the same side of the affected ear. Most of the time both rash and the facial paralysis happen at same time but in some cases they may occur one after the other. In some of the cases the rash can also appear in the mouth mostly on the roof of your mouth. while in some cases no rash over the skin appears.

Other symptoms that can arise in it includes ear pain on the affected side, hearing loss, ringing noises in the ears (tinnitus), difficulty in closing eye on the affected side, vertigo ( sensation of spinning), neck pain, dryness in the mouth or drooling, dryness of the eyes, decreased sense of taste, change in perception of taste, hyperacusis (means louder sound perception on the affected side) and little slurring of speech. The sensory function of the face is unaffected and only its motor function means movement is affected.

Complications

If it is not treated well in time then it can lead to some complications. Its first complication is postherpetic neuralgia (it refers to pain that last for months together after the shingles rash has healed due to damage to the affected nerves. The pain is attended with sensitivity to touch the affected area). Next complication is permanent hearing loss, facial weakness or facial paralysis. Last complication is damage to the eye (this results from difficulty in closing the eyelid from muscle weakness that can lead to eye dryness and damage the cornea causing eye pain and blurred vision).

Homeopathic Medicines for Ramsay Hunt Syndrome

Homeopathic medicines play a good role in managing signs and symptoms of this syndrome. These medicines manage this condition naturally by boosting the natural defence mechanism of the body to fight with viral infection. These medicines can be taken along with conventional treatment for supportive help to heal the eruptions and manage its symptoms including earache, facial weakness, tinnitus, vertigo. It is recommended to use any of the homeopathic medicine for managing it after consulting a homeopathic physician. In case of severe complications it is suggested to take help from conventional mode of treatment independently.

  1. Mezereum – For blisters with brown scabs

It is a natural medicine prepared from fresh bark (gathered just before the plant flowers) of plant Daphne mezereum commonly known as Spurge Olive. It belongs to family thymelaceae. It is a well indicated medicine for treating blisters on the skin. In cases needing it the blisters are covered with brownish scab. There is itching on the affected skin. After scratching burning is felt on the skin. These symptoms worsen from touch and in bed. Pain is also marked with these symptoms. Lastly it is a valuable medicine to manage nerve pain that persist even after healing of the blisters (post herpetic neuralgia).

  1. Rhus Tox – For fluid filled blisters 

This medicine is prominent for cases in which there are fluid filled blisters on skin. These are itchy. In cases that require it initially itching and burning begin. This worsens from touching or moving the affected parts. A sensation of needles piercing the skin is also felt. Following this blisters appear on the red and inflamed skin. Other than blisters it also offers help to manage neck pain. 

  1. Causticum – To manage facial weakness and facial paralysis

This is a top listed medicine for managing cases of facial weakness and facial paralysis. Drooling of saliva is there where it is required. This gets worse after eating. Persons needing it also have herpetic eruptions on the ear – lobe and behind the ears. Next they may also have ringing or roaring noises in the ears. 

  1. Sepia – For herpes behind ears and on lobe of ears

Use of this medicine is considered for cases having herpetic eruptions behind  the ears and on the lobe of the ears. In some cases these eruptions may spread to the nape of the neck. Sometimes humming noises in the ears may be present. Next there can be stitching type of pain in the ears. Lastly, over sensitivity to noise may be there.

  1. Oleander – For eruptions in and around the ears

It is prepared from leaves of plant Nerium Oleander having the common name Rose Laurel. It belongs to the family apocynaceae. It is helpful medicine when herpes eruptions occur in and around the ears. There may be oozing from these eruptions. These may be itchy too. They may also be sensitive to touch.

  1. Merc Sol – For eruptions burning when touched

This medicine is beneficial when the eruptions burn on being touched. These eruptions are small and transparent containing watery fluid. These are attended with large scales on the edges. The eruptions have itching in them. In some cases the eruptions form dry spots or crusts. Along with above symptoms stitching, tearing or burning pains may be felt in the ear. This pain may extend to the cheek also.

  1. Kreosote – When ear herpes relieves from warmth

This medicine is used when there are herpetic eruptions in ears that are relieved from warmth. There is a tendency of worsening of the eruptions in the evening time where it is required. It may also worsen in the open air. In some of the cases needing it the herpes may also be present on the eyelids, cheeks and around the mouth.

  1. Teucrium – For dry herpes with white scales

This medicine is prepared from fresh plant Teucrium Marum verum belonging to the family labiatae. It is a significant medicine for managing cases where the eruptions are dry and covered with white scales. For using this medicine the eruptions can be present on and behind the ears. Along with this tearing, shooting or lancinating pain in the ear can be there. Other than this hissing or roaring noises can be heard in the ears.

  1. Psorinum – When herpes spread from side of head over the ears and cheek

This medicine is useful when the herpes eruptions spread from side of the head over the ears and cheeks. The eruptions can discharge yellow fluid. These eruptions are painful. Sometimes there can be excessive scaling over the eruptions. The eruptions may also itch intolerably. Lastly there may be humming or buzzing noises felt in the ears. 

  1. Graphites – Another medicine for managing facial paralysis

It is yet another indicated medicine for managing case of facial paralysis. The face muscles are distorted where it is required. With this difficulty in speech is present. 

  1. Belladonna – To manage ear pain 

This medicine is prepared from plant deadly nightshade. This plant belongs to family solanaceae. It is a very effective medicine for managing ear pain. Persons needing it may have tearing, stitching or shooting pain in the ears. It may be accompanied with difficulty in hearing. In some cases there occurs roaring, humming in the ears. The roaring may be attended with vertigo.

  1. Chininum Sulph – To manage noises in ear

It is a great medicine for managing noises in the ear. Most cases needing it have ringing, buzzing or roaring noises in the ear. This can be accompanied with difficulty in hearing. 

  1. Conium – For managing vertigo

It proves highly beneficial for managing vertigo episodes. The key features for using it are vertigo felt when turning the head or when lying in the bed. For using it the vertigo may also worsen from slight noise. 

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