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Homeopathic Treatment for Slow Digestion

What is Slow Digestion?

Slow digestion refers to a delay in the functioning of the stomach and intestines. There is a slow down of the movement of food through the digestive tract. This slow down leads to various signs and symptoms. Slow digestion affects the daily life of a person. Homeopathic treatment for slow digestion is gentle and efficient, and helps by increasing the appetite by improving digestion. These natural medicines decrease the intensity and frequency of symptoms caused by slow digestion like nausea, constipation, and abdominal fullness. Homeopathic medicines, along with lifestyle and dietary changes, not only give symptomatic relief to the patient but also help in treating the underlying cause of slow digestion. Therefore, a detailed case taking of the patient is essential. It helps in finding the cause as well as in the selection of the most suitable homeopathic medicine for Slow Digestion.

Reasons for Slow Digestion

The gastrointestinal tract includes the mouth, esophagus, stomach, intestines, rectum, and the anus. Digestion of food occurs with the muscular movement of the stomach and intestines, along with the help of enzymes and hormones. These movements assist in the breaking down and movement of food through the gastrointestinal tract. The muscular movements are under the control of the vagus nerves. Any damage to the vagus nerve due to illness or injury reduces this movement leading to slow digestion.

Why You Get Slow Digestion?

The exact cause of slow digestion is not clear. But certain factors can contribute to this condition. Diet is a major factor in regulating the pace of digestion. Unhealthy eating can lead to slow digestion. Food low in fiber and rich in fat, refined or processed food, also causes slow digestion. Low water intake is another contributing factor in slow digestion. Another important reason is a sedentary lifestyle or lack of physical activity. Stress can also make a person prone to slow digestion. Certain medication like antidepressants, narcotics, and iron supplements can also increase the risk of slow digestion. Slow digestion also associates with medical conditions like hypothyroidism, uncontrolled diabetes mellitus, nervous disorders including multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease, scleroderma, amyloidosis, and gastrointestinal disorders like diverticulitis, or as a complication of Crohn’s syndrome. Apart from above causes, slow digestion may develop after surgery on the digestive tract.

How Will You Know That You Have Slow Digestion?

The signs and symptoms of slow digestion may differ from person to person. Even the intensity and frequency of symptoms may vary in the same individual at different times. Symptoms may be mild to severe. Symptoms may also depend on the part of the digestive tract involved. It includes lack of appetite, nausea, and a burning sensation in the food pipe or stomach. There are belching and a sense of fullness even after eating a small amount of food, as well as pain and distention in the stomach or abdominal area. Vomiting usually occurs after a few hours of the last meal, and consists of undigested food. There is bloating in the abdomen, gas formation, and constipation.

Homeopathic Treatment for Slow Digestion

Beneficial homeopathic medicines for slow digestion are Abies Nigra, Pulsatilla, Carbo Veg, Ipecachauna, Lycopodium, China, Alumina, and Nux Vomica. These are natural homeopathic medicines and have no side-effects. They are safe to use for all age groups.

1. Abies Nigra – Homeopathic Medicine for Slow Digestion with Lodging of Food in the Food Pipe

Abies Nigra is a beneficial homeopathic medicine for slow digestion in cases where food is lodged in the food pipe or the stomach. The patient may describe it as a sensation of a hard lump in the stomach region, which he feels like coughing up. In most cases, the symptoms may get worse after eating or drinking tea.

2. Pulsatilla – Homeopathic Medicine for Slow Digestion with Belching

Pulsatilla is an effective homeopathic treatment for slow digestion accompanied by belching. There may be a bitter taste with frequent eructations, heaviness in the stomach, and the taste of food in the mouth remains for a long time. In most cases, the complaints get worse after eating fatty food.

3. Carbo Veg – Homeopathic Medicine for Slow Digestion with Heartburn

Carbo Veg is a highly recommended homeopathic medicine for slow digestion where heartburn is the chief complaint. There may be burning and an empty feeling in the stomach which is not relieved by eating. The patient may get symptoms even after eating a small portion of simple food. Digestion is so slow that food ferments before it can be digested. In most cases, pain gets worse on lying down.

4. Ipecacuanha – Valuable Homeopathic Medicine for Slow Digestion with Constant Nausea

Ipecacuanha is a beneficial homeopathic treatment for slow digestion with nausea and vomiting. There is persistent nausea with profuse salivation in such cases. Vomiting may occur immediately after eating and may contain undigested food or water. Even vomiting doesn’t give relief to the patient. In most cases, nausea may get worse after drinking cold water.

5. Lycopodium – Best Homeopathic Medicine for Slow Digestion with a Distended Abdomen

Lycopodium is an effective homeopathic treatment for slow digestion accompanied by distention of the abdomen. It works well for digestive problems that develop slowly. The intestines are the main organ affected. The key feature in such cases is flatulence. There may also be pain and tension in the lower abdomen. The patient may complain of abdominal bloating immediately after eating a small quantity of food. A sensation of tightness may be present around the waist. The patient may complain of sounds from the abdomen due to gas, and pass wind with difficulty and much noise. In most cases, the patient feels better after consuming hot drinks. Lycopodium works well for chronic gastric complaints in diabetic patients.

6. China – Excellent Homeopathic Medicine for Abdominal Fullness Due to Slow Digestion

China is a beneficial homeopathic treatment for slow digestion with abdominal fullness. The patient may complain of fullness even after eating fruits. In such cases, the abdomen is very sensitive to touch and pressure. The fullness remains for a long time after a meal. The patient may feel as if he had just eaten. There may be an accumulation of gas in the abdomen along with pain. Even passing wind doesn’t give any relief to the patient. In most cases, consuming warm drinks further delays digestion.

7. Alumina – Beneficial Homeopathic Medicine for Constipation Due to Slow Digestion

Alumina is a highly recommended homeopathic treatment for constipation with slow digestion. The intestines are inactive in such cases, and the highlighting feature is excessive strain while passing stool. There may be a painful urge to pass stool long before the actual passing of stool. Even the passage of soft stool is difficult. In most cases, the condition gets worse by eating potatoes.

8. Nux Vomica – Suitable Homeopathic Medicine for Slow Digestion Caused by Sedentary Lifestyle

Nux Vomica is a good treatment in cases where a sedentary lifestyle leads to slow digestion. In such situations, patients feel weight and pain in the stomach. The stomach is very sensitive to touch, and there is a sour taste in the mouth. There is an urge to vomit, and vomiting relieves the symptoms. There is also a constant urge to pass stool, and the patient can pass only a little stool each time. Also, after passing stool, an uneasiness is felt in the rectum along with an unsatisfactory feeling. In most cases, the complaint gets worse after alcohol or coffee intake.

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Homeopathic Treatment for Thrombocytopenia

What is Thrombocytopenia?

A decrease in the blood platelet count is known as thrombocytopenia. The bone marrow, which is a spongy tissue inside the bones, produces blood platelet cells. These cells circulate in the blood and help in blood clotting. Blood platelet count varies between 1,50,000 and 4,50,000 per micro liter of blood. Dropping of the platelet count below this range is known as thrombocytopenia. Homeopathy treats various diseases by following a holistic approach. Homeopathic treatment for thrombocytopenia is based on the individual symptoms of the person. Dealing with thrombocytopenia under homeopathy requires a detailed case taking. The site of bleeding must be accurately noted. Following this, a complete analysis and evaluation of the case should be done to finalize the homeopathic prescription.

What are the Causes of Thrombocytopenia?

Thrombocytopenia can be inherited or acquired. The term inherited means a genetic transmission of this condition from parents to offspring. Acquired thrombocytopenia implies that the person is not born with this condition, but he has developed it at a later stage. Thrombocytopenia arises either from a decreased production of platelets in the bone marrow or when the destruction of platelets is higher than the rate of its generation. Another reason for thrombocytopenia is the trapping of too many platelets in the spleen which may happen because of an enlarged spleen. A decrease in the production of platelets may arise from cancer, including leukemia and lymphoma; viruses like rubella, mumps, HIV and Epstein-Barr virus; aplastic anemia; excess alcohol intake; inherited syndromes like Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome, thrombocytopenia absent radius syndrome and May-Hegglin anomaly; or decreased production of thrombopoietin by the liver. An increase in the breakdown of platelets may arise from autoimmune diseases like lupus, and is known as immune thrombocytopenia; idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura; thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura; medicines like heparin, sulfa drugs, anticonvulsants; virus like cytomegalovirus, mononucleosis; and pregnancy.

What are the Signs and Symptoms of Thrombocytopenia?

The signs and symptoms of thrombocytopenia include purpura, petechiae spots, bleeding from the nose and gums, and blood in the urine and stool. Purpura refers to purplish spots or blotches on the skin which are less than 3 mm in diameter. These arise from internal bleeding of small blood vessels. Petechiae are pinpoint hemorrhagic spots, red or purple, on the skin. Other symptoms of thrombocytopenia are prolonged bleeding from wounds, cuts, and excessive bleeding during menses. General weakness and fatigue may also be there. Sometimes a person may suffer from thrombocytopenia without displaying any of these symptoms, and platelets may be found to be low on doing routine blood tests.

Homeopathic Medicines for Thrombocytopenia

Homeopathic medicines for thrombocytopenia include Crotalus Horridus, Iodum, Latrodectus Mactans, Phosphorus, Secale Cor, and Bothrops Lanciolatus. These medicines help in controlling hemorrhages and raising blood platelets. A person should take homeopathic treatment for thrombocytopenia under the supervision of a homeopathic physician. Avoid self-medication.

 

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Homeopathic Treatment for Bruxism

What is Bruxism?

Bruxism or grinding of teeth is a common oral habit. It refers to the non-functional grinding of teeth or clenching of the jaw. It is a condition that usually occurs in children but not uncommon in adults. This condition mostly occurs at night, but children tend to exhibit the habit during the day as well. In many cases, bruxism is mild and causes no harm. But if it occurs on a regular basis, it can lead to various complications like a headache, earache, jaw pain and dental damage. Homeopathic treatment for bruxism is very effective. Homoeopathic medicines are constitutional medicines that treat a problem in a very gentle way. They help with symptoms like a headache, ear pain and jaw pain that arise due to the grinding of teeth and assist in reducing the risk of permanent dental damage caused by teeth grinding. Homoeopathic medicines for bruxism are prepared from natural substances which have no side effects and are hence safe to use for all age groups. A detailed case taking should be done in instances of bruxism. This helps in finding the underlying cause leading to the grinding of teeth, which in turn, helps in identifying individual symptoms that will contribute to deciding which medicine to use.

Types of Bruxism

1. Awake bruxism: In this condition, the patient unconsciously clenches the teeth while awake. The clenching is more prominent than the grinding.
2. Sleep bruxism: In this type of bruxism, the clenching or grinding occurs during sleep.

Causes for Bruxism

The factors leading to bruxism are not known. A combination of genetic, psychological and physical factors may be responsible for bruxism.
1. Awake bruxism – Causes for awake bruxism include stressful situations and an automatic reflex to deep concentration or emotions like anxiety, anger, tension, and frustration.
2. Sleep Bruxism – Stress or anxiety adversely affect sleep which may lead to sleep bruxism. Sleep bruxism is associated with other sleep disorders like snoring or obstructive sleep apnoea.

Grinding of Teeth in Children

There are two phases of teeth grinding in children
1. When their teeth emerge
2. When their permanent teeth set in
Most children lose the teeth grinding habit after that period. Other conditions in children that lead to teeth grinding include nutritional deficiencies, worm infestations, psychological factors like anxiety and stress, endocrine disorders, and incorrectly aligned teeth.

Risk Factors for Bruxism

1. Genetics. Sleep bruxism runs in members of the same family.
2. Aggressive or competitive persons are more at risk of developing bruxism.
3. Young children are at a higher risk than adults.
4. Constant stress or anxiety.
5. Side effect of anti depressants.
6. Caffeine rich diet.
7. Excessive alcohol intake.
8. Tobacco smoking.
9. Disorders like epilepsy, ADHD, sleep related disorders like sleep apnea, Parkinson’s disease, and dementia.

Associated Symptoms

Persons who grind teeth while asleep are not even aware of this condition until the parents or spouse notice it. Symptoms of teeth grinding include dull headaches, especially in the temples, pain in the ear, facial pain, stiffness and pain in the jaw, difficulty in opening of the mouth, and disturbed sleep. Dental damage is another symptom and includes damage to the enamel, increased tooth sensitivity, tooth pain, flattening or chipping of teeth, loose teeth, fractured teeth, and injury to the inside of the cheek.

Homeopathic Medicines for Bruxism

1. Cina – Homeopathic Medicine for Grinding of Teeth in Children

Cina is useful a homeopathic medicine for bruxism in children. In most cases, the grinding of teeth occurs during sleep at night. The child may also scream at night. In some cases, there is foul breath and frothy saliva. Sometimes, the child is highly irritable, ill humored, and may tend to bite and strike others. Cina also works well in cases of teeth grinding because of worm infestation.

2. Santoninum – Excellent Homeopathic Medicine for Grinding of Teeth with Worm Infestation

Santoninum is an effective homeopathic treatment for bruxism caused by worm infestation. It works well both for grinding as well as clenching of teeth during sleep. Restlessness during sleep may also be a symptom, along with an itchy nose and abdominal pains.

3. Chamomilla – Beneficial Homeopathic Medicine for Bruxism in Angry Personalities

Chamomilla works well for patients prone to getting frequent fits of violent anger. Such individuals may be very obstinate and quarrelsome. They may also be sensitive to noise and pain. Chamomilla is a good homeopathic treatment for bruxism in children during dentition.

4. Belladonna – Homeopathic Medicine for Bruxism with a Headache

Belladonna is very useful homeopathic treatment for bruxism which is accompanied by a throbbing pain in the head. The patient’s face may turn red along with the headache, he may have mood swings, be forgetful, and suffer from mental confusion. The patient may also be restless and delirious.

5. Arsenic Album – Homeopathic Medicine for Bruxism with Anxiety

Arsenic Album is a highly effective homeopathic medicine for bruxism in persons suffering from intense anxiety and restlessness. Such patients suffer from fears, cannot find rest in one place, and are prone to shifting places. These patients grind their teeth while asleep. Their teeth may seem longer and are very sensitive to pressure.

7. Plantago – Homeopathic Medicine for Bruxism with a Toothache and Tooth Sensitivity

Plantago is an effective homeopathic treatment for bruxism in cases where teeth grinding occurs along with severe tooth pain and sensitivity. Grinding of teeth takes place at night. There may be a feeling of soreness in the teeth along with increased salivation. Sometimes, a pain in the ears may accompany the grinding of teeth.

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Homeopathic Treatment for Scalp Folliculitis

What is Scalp Folliculitis?

Inflammation and infection of the hair follicles on the scalp are known as scalp folliculitis. The medical term for scalp folliculitis is acne necrotica miliaris. The scalp is one of the major sites for folliculitis as the follicles on the scalp are the densest. The primary feature of this condition is the formation of red colored itchy pimples or pustular eruptions on the scalp. This situation needs an early diagnosis and treatment as it carries the risk of permanent damage to the hair follicle and resultant hair loss. Homeopathic treatment for scalp folliculitis is very beneficial. Homeopathic medicines are mild and gentle to use, especially for the treatment of skin disorders. They have no side effects because the preparation of homeopathic medicine for scalp folliculitis is with natural products. These medicines help to prevent the spread and progression of the condition. It also helps in the management of the symptoms like itching and burning. With homeopathic medicines, the intensity and frequency of symptoms gradually decline. At the same time, they help to heal the eruptions. Homeopathic medicines boost the self-healing mechanism of the body and fight the infection. They also manage hair loss.

Why do We Get Scalp Folliculitis?

Scalp folliculitis can occur because of two reasons. The first is bacterial infections caused by Staphylococcus aureus, fungal infections, yeast infections, viral infections and infections by mites. The second is non-infectious, in which scalp folliculitis develops due to over production of sebum and oil resulting in clogging of hair follicles.

What Factors Put You at Risk?

People having skin diseases like acne or dermatitis are more prone to developing scalp folliculitis. Medications like antibiotics or steroids may contribute to this condition. It can also develop due to irritation caused by certain hair products. Any wound or surgery to the scalp leading to skin damage makes a person prone to scalp dermatitis. Factors like wearing tight skull caps that increase heat, and sweating on the scalp also make the person prone to this condition. Bathing in poorly maintained hot bathtubs or swimming pools is another contributing factor. Shaving the head with infected tools can also cause scalp folliculitis. Apart from the above factors, certain medical conditions like diabetes mellitus, leukemia or HIV/AIDS can make a person prone to developing scalp folliculitis.

How do I Know if I Have Scalp Folliculitis?

The main symptom in scalp folliculitis is the development of red pimples or pustules on the scalp. The eruptions are very itchy and contain clear or yellow fluid. A crust develops over the eruptions. Burning, pain, soreness or tenderness accompanies these pimples. In severe cases, cases with a delay in treatment, or badly managed cases, there may be permanent follicle damage, scarring, hair loss or bald patches.

Homeopathic Medicines for Scalp Folliculitis

1. Sulphur – Beneficial Homeopathic Medicine for Scalp Folliculitis with Red Pimples

Sulphur is a very effective homeopathic treatment for scalp folliculitis where pimples appear on the scalp. In such cases, there is dryness, itching and burning on the scalp. Symptoms get worse in warm environments and on washing the scalp.

2. Silicea – Highly Recommended Homeopathic Medicine for Scalp Folliculitis with Pustular Eruptions

Silicea gives great results in cases of scalp folliculitis where pustules develop. It is a very good medicine for folliculitis conditions with suppuration. It helps in absorbing pus and quick healing. The eruptions may be itchy, and the itch worsens during the day. Patients may also see an increase in sweating.

3. Calcarea Sulph – Homeopathic Medicine for Scalp Folliculitis with Yellow Discharge in the Eruptions

Calcarea Sulph is a great homeopathic treatment for scalp folliculitis where the outbreaks are painful and ooze yellow discharge. The eruptions heal slowly and form a yellow crust. This remedy is beneficial for scalp folliculitis in children.

4. Graphites – Effective Homeopathic Medicine for Scalp Folliculitis when Discharge is Sticky

Graphites is a useful homeopathic treatment for scalp folliculitis where the primary feature is sticky discharge from the eruptions. The eruptions are moist rather than dry. These eruptions may also be very itchy. Washing the scalp may give temporary relief.

5. Mezereum – Prominent Homeopathic Medicine for Scalp Folliculitis with Thick Crust

Mezereum works wonders in cases of scalp folliculitis where the unique feature is the formation of thick crusts on the scalp. Thick discharge may get collected under these crusts. It may also have intolerable itching and ooze a gluey discharge. The patient’s hair may get matted due to the discharge.

6. Mercurius Sol – Homeopathic Medicine for Scalp Folliculitis with Blood Stained Discharge

Mercurius Sol is an excellent homeopathic treatment for scalp folliculitis where the eruptions have an offensive, blood stained discharge. There may be intense itching on the scalp. In most cases, symptoms get worse at night.

7. Oleander – Suitable Homeopathic Medicine for Scalp Folliculitis with Burning

Oleander is a very effective homeopathic treatment for scalp folliculitis in which burning of the scalp is a prominent feature. Soreness is felt with even slight friction in the scalp.

8. Hepar Sulph – Homeopathic Medicine for Painful and Sensitive Scalp Folliculitis

Hepar Sulph is a very beneficial homeopathic treatment for scalp folliculitis where the major complaint is eruptions on the scalp along with pain and sensitivity. The pain gets worse with the slightest touch. The scalp is sensitive to cold.

9. Arsenic Album – Homeopathic Medicine for Scalp Folliculitis with Hair Loss

Arsenic Album works well in cases where hair fall occurs with scalp folliculitis. Hair fall is in circular patches, and dandruff occurs as dry scales.

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Homeopathic Treatment for Squint

What is a Squint?

A squint, also known as strabismus, refers to a condition in which the coordination of the eyes is disturbed. In healthy persons, both the eyes point in the same direction and the focus of the eyes remains the same. But in case of a squint, the focus of one eye is correct while the other eye deviates. The affected eye can turn upward, downward, inward or outward. The extraocular muscles help in the movements of the eyeball. A squint develops due to the weakening of one or more extraocular muscles. It is a common condition in young children between the ages of 1 to 3 years, but it can affect adults too. Homeopathic treatment for squint is very effective for mild to moderate cases. They help in strengthening the eye muscles gently and naturally. Under this treatment, homeopathic medicines along with eye exercises provide the best assistance to the patient. But in severe cases of squint, homeopathic medicines provide supportive treatment in conjunction with the conventional mode. It helps in managing the symptoms related to vision. Homeopathic treatment for squint is natural and has no side effects. They are safe to use for all ages.

A detailed case taking is essential in every case. Case analysis helps in identifying the underlying cause as well as the characteristic symptoms of each case. These symptoms assist in the selection of the appropriate homeopathic medicine.

What are the Causes and Types of Squints?

A squint develops when the muscles of the eyes are not working properly. There are two types of causes leading to a squint. The first type of cause is congenital. In congenital cases, a squint is present from birth. Also, this condition may be present in other members of the family. The second type of cause is acquired, where a squint develops later in life. Acquired causes include an injury to the brain or nerves, hydrocephalus, viral infections like meningitis and measles, accidents, long untreated eye illnesses like hyper myopia or long-sightedness, myopia or short sightedness, or astigmatism, which is a defect in the shape of the cornea. It may also be present in premature babies or children with Down’s Syndrome and cerebral palsy.

Squints can be intermittent – where it appears only for some time or during certain activities. It can also be constant – where it is present continuously. There are different types of squints, depending on the direction of eye movement. The first is exotropic where the eye turns outward; the second is esotropic where the eye moves inward. These are also known as divergent and convergent squints respectively. The third type is hypotropia here the eye turns downward, and the last is hypertropia in which the eye rotates upward.

Signs and Symptoms of a Squint

Signs and symptoms vary from mild to severe depending on the underlying cause and duration of the squint. In newborns and infants, you may notice deviation of the eyes in the initial months of life. It may be temporary and arise due to tiring of the eye muscles. Generally, it goes away by itself. But if it persists, treatment is required. A squint is a very common cosmetic problem which when not treated properly may lead to permanent loss of vision. It may affect one or both eyes. As mentioned earlier, since the patient is unable to focus both eyes at one point, he may move his face or head in a particular direction to use the eyes together. Either the person may see with one eye or develop double vision, also known as lazy eye or amblyopia. There may also be a loss of deep perception.

Homeopathic Medicines for Squint

Top homeopathic medicines for squint are Physostigma, Jaborandi, Cyclamen, Gelsemium, Natrum Mur, Ruta, Alumina, Cicuta, and Stramonium. Physostigma is a top ranked homeopathic medicine for squint cases with short-sightedness. There may be profuse watery discharge the patient may complain of weakness in the eyes. Jaborandi is a highly recommended homeopathic medicine for squint with long-sightedness. In such cases, the eye turns upward and inward. Cyclamen is a useful homeopathic medicine for squint where the affected eye turns toward the nose. There may be a burning sensation in the eye. The vision is disturbed, and objects may appear double. The patient may also complain of cloudy vision. Gelsemium is another very effective homeopathic medicine for squint with disturbances in vision. The patient may complain of blurred or double vision. The eye turns outward when the person is looking sideways and disappears when looking straight. The patient may experience difficulty in opening the eyes. Natrum Mur is a suitable homeopathic treatment for squint caused by the weakening of eye muscles. The person may complain of pain in the eyes when looking downward. The eyes turn outward. Patients may face difficulty working in sunlight or bright light. The symptoms may get worse with fatigue. Ruta is beneficial homeopathic treatment for squint which occurs due to the over straining of eye muscles. Symptoms may get worse due to excessive reading or working in dim light. Alumina is an excellent homeopathic treatment for squint in children where both eyes are affected. The symptoms may get worse during dentition. The child may tend to look at one point constantly. Cicuta works well in cases where a squint appears after certain intervals. In such cases, the patient develops a squint following a fall or a blow. Stramonium is a very effective homeopathic medicine for squint due to brain disorders. The patient may have wide open eyes with marked staring, the vision may be affected, and objects may appear dark and large.

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Homeopathic Treatment for Sunburn

What is Sunburn?

Sunburn refers to redness, irritation, and burning of the skin caused by prolonged exposure to sunlight. It is commonly known as radiation burns. Ultraviolet light from the sun is responsible for sunburn. Sunburns are the first degree or superficial burns that people get on exposed areas like the face, limbs, and back. Homeopathic medicines are excellent for treating sunburn. Homeopathic treatment for sunburn helps by managing its acute symptoms as well as chronic effects. It gives relief to the patient by reducing the intensity of severe symptoms like itching, redness, and burning. Homeopathic medicines also decrease the risk of blister formation. If blister formation occurs, they help in the gentle healing of blisters. It also lowers the risk of pus formation in the blisters. Following the management of the acute phase, homeopathic medicines also help in the treatment of chronic complaints arising due to prolonged sun exposure. Homeopathic medicines give relief naturally and gently. Homeopathic treatment for sunburn is safe with zero side-effects and can be used for all age groups.

What are the Causes of Sunburn?

Most people have experienced sunburn at some point. Sunlight radiates ultraviolet rays of different wavelengths like UVA, UVB, and UVC. Out of the three, UVA and UVB penetrate the skin and cause sunburn. Sunburn is the body’s reaction to the disturbance and damage done by ultraviolet rays to the DNA of the skin cells.

Risk Factors for Sunburn

Developing sunburn depends on various factors like skin type, duration of UV exposure, and the intensity of sunlight. Melanin gives your skin a dark color. It is a pigment that reduces the harmful effects caused by UV rays by blocking it. Hence people with lighter skin are more prone to developing sunburn. People exposed to sunlight for an extended duration of time, like farmers or visitors to the beach, develop sunburn very easily. Sunburn may appear in any season, but it is more common in summers. The chances of developing sunburn are higher if the exposure to sunlight is between 10 AM and 4 PM during the day, since the intensity of sunlight is more during that period. Persons living in tropical areas, high altitudes, or ozone layer depleted areas, are more at risk. Medications like some oral contraceptives and certain antibiotics may put you at risk as well. Sunburn most commonly appears in young children and elderly persons. Males are more at risk of developing sunburn. Other people at risk are those who sunbathe to get a tan.

Signs and Symptoms of Sunburn

Mild exposure to sunlight is beneficial. It helps in providing natural warmth. Secondly, it leads to the synthesis of Vitamin D which is essential for healthy bones. Various signs and symptoms may develop if the exposure to sunlight is for a long duration. Mild exposure leads to minor sunburns with redness and pain in the affected area. There may be redness for several hours following the exposure. The redness may be most prominent after 12 to 24 hours of exposure. The patient may complain of irritation and a burning sensation. Skin is also hot to touch. But in severe cases of sunburn, there may be swelling along with blister formation. Apart from these local symptoms, the patient may complain of a fever with a chill, headache, nausea, itching, and extreme weakness. After a few days, the skin begins to peel off. If the exposure to the sun persists for a prolonged time, it may lead to the development of skin cancers.

Top 5 Homeopathic Medicines for Sunburn

1. Sol – Top Homeopathic Medicine for Sunburn

Sol is a very beneficial homeopathic treatment for sunburn. It works well for sunburn of varying intensities, from mild to severe. It is specifically used for sunburn with red, itchy skin. The skin, in such cases, is sensitive to sunlight and burns easily from the least exposure to sunlight. Rashes usually appear on the areas exposed to the sun; like the face, back, and back of the hands. There may be peeling of skin along with the sensation of heat. In some cases, the itching may get worse in the evening. Such patients usually complain of chronic sunburns.

2. Belladonna – Suitable Homeopathic Medicine for Sunburn with Redness

Belladonna is a beneficial homeopathic treatment for sunburn in cases with redness and burning. The affected area appears swollen, smooth, and red. The skin may get dry, hot, and sensitive to touch. The key feature in such cases is that on touching the skin, it seems to be extremely hot.

3. Cantharis – Wonderful Homeopathic Medicine for Sunburn with Blisters

Cantharis is a very effective homeopathic medicine for blisters formed due to sunburn. Patients may complain of vesicular eruptions on the face which may be highly sensitive to touch. These eruptions may turn black later. There may also be sharp pain and burning. Patients get relief by cold application to the affected area.

4. Apis Mellifica – An Excellent Homeopathic Medicine for Sunburn with Stinging

Apis Mellifica is a valuable homeopathic treatment for sunburn which causes stinging and burning. The patient may complain of sensitivity to heat, and dry and sensitive skin. Sudden puffiness may appear in the whole body, and the swollen areas may become sensitive to touch. Apis Mellifica is an important homeopathic medicine for sunburn with water-filled blisters and stinging pain.

5. Sulphur – Helpful Homeopathic Medicine for Itching Due to Sunburn

Sulphur is a useful homeopathic medicine for sunburn with lots of itching. The skin looks unhealthy and dry, and small pimples may develop. The patient has the urge to scratch, which may cause burning. In some cases, the itching may get worse at night or after washing. It works well in cases where there has been excessive use of local ointments for sunburn in the past.

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Homeopathic Treatment for Trigger Finger

What is Trigger Finger?

Trigger finger, medically known as stenosing tenosynovitis, is a disease of the tendons of the hand. It is a painful condition in which the fingers or thumb get locked in bending position. There is difficulty in straightening the affected finger; and there is a clicking or popping sound on straightening the finger. Trigger finger can appear in one finger or may involve many fingers at one time. Though a common condition in the right hand, it can appear in both hands as well. Trigger finger makes a person anxious and frustrated since it interferes with daily life and work. It affects the efficiency of a person adversely, especially while performing tasks related to the hands. Homeopathic treatment for trigger finger is very effective. With the use of homeopathic medicines, the intensity of symptoms like pain, stiffness, and frequency of episodes gradually declines. A complete recovery in trigger finger follows.

Every case of trigger finger requires a detailed case taking that will help in finding the underlying cause and also the characteristic symptoms of the person. These symptoms are important for the selection of the most suitable medicine for the patient. Homeopathic medicines treat trigger finger by correcting the underlying cause. Homeopathic treatment for trigger finger is natural, safe, and has no side effects.

What are the Causes of Trigger Finger?

Trigger finger is caused by irritation, inflammation, and thickening of tendons of the fingers and thumb. Tendons are the strong tissue bands that link muscles to the bones. There is a covering on the tendon called the sheath. In normal conditions, there is the smooth movement of the tendon within the sheath while bending and straightening the thumb and fingers. In cases of trigger finger, the space between the tendons and its sheaths becomes narrow due to inflammation or thickening of tendons or sheath of the affected fingers or thumb. This narrowing leads to pain and restricts the movement of fingers.

What are the Risk Factors for Trigger Finger?

Overuse of hands with frequent and repetitive movements of hands and fingers put a person at risk of getting trigger finger. Individuals who carry out regular or continuous straining movements, like gripping or grasping of hands and fingers for a prolonged time, are prone to getting trigger finger. Persons in certain occupations or activities in which there is a constant straining of the fingers and hands tend to get trigger finger. Musicians, farmers, and laborers are at high risk of developing trigger finger. Apart from overuse, medical conditions like diabetes mellitus, rheumatoid arthritis, and gout also make a person prone to trigger finger. Trigger finger usually affects middle aged people. Females are more likely to suffer from trigger finger than males.

What are the Symptoms of Trigger Finger?

Initially, the patient complains of mild stiffness or tenderness at the base of the thumb or affected fingers. The stiffness is more in the morning or when the person initiates movement. In some cases, the patient may get relief by continuous movement of the fingers. As the disease progresses, affected fingers get locked on bending, and the person finds it difficult to straighten locked fingers. There may be a popping or clicking sound on straightening the affected finger. In advanced cases, the person may have to release the lock with the other hand. There may also be a formation of nodosities at the base of the affected fingers.

Homeopathic Treatment for Trigger Finger

There are many homeopathic medicines for trigger finger. Some of them are Arnica Montana, Ruta Graveolans, Rhus Tox, Causticum, Lycopodium, Mercurius Sol, and Sulphur. Arnica Montana is an excellent homeopathic medicine for trigger finger where the condition develops due to straining or overexertion of the hands. The patient may have soreness and pain in the fingers that get worse with a slight touch. Ruta Graveolans is a beneficial homeopathic medicine for trigger finger caused by straining or overuse of the tendons of the hands. A particular symptom for patients needing Ruta Graveolens is the aggravation of the problem in the cold. The fingers may also be stiff and sore. Rhus tox is helpful in cases of trigger finger where there are noticeable rigidity and stiffness in the fingers during initial movement in the morning. Patients needing this homeopathic medicine get relief by moving their fingers and hands continuously. The problem may aggravate by resting the hand. Causticum is a valuable homeopathic medicine for trigger finger in cases where there are pain and stiffness in the fingers along with difficulty in straightening the fingers. Lycopodium is a suitable homeopathic medicine in cases of trigger finger where nodes on fingers develop. The other symptoms are stiffening of fingers along with a burning pain in the palms. Mercurius Sol is a beneficial homeopathic medicine for trigger finger where there is locking of fingers and stiffness in the hand while working. On moving the hands, there may also be a cracking sensation. Sulphur is useful in cases where the fingers lock when the person tries to grasp something. There may also be nodules on the fingers and cracking of finger joints in such cases.

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Best Homeopathic Medicines for PTSD

What is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder?

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD, is a psychological condition which commonly occurs in people who have undergone some stressful trauma. Terrifying or traumatic events such as warfare, sexual assault, an accident, or a natural disaster, are the main factors leading to PTSD. PTSD can occur in both children and adults. Men and women, especially those who are emergency personnel and rescue workers, are often affected by PTSD. The main symptoms of PTSD are flashbacks of horrifying events in the past, nightmares, and delusions which also known as hallucinations. Patients with PTSD want to be left alone and are indifferent to life, especially towards their family and friends. Disturbed sleep and difficulty in concentration are also common complaints of PTSD. Most people who experience a traumatic event undergo fear, anxiety, shock, and nervousness. These are the common reactions in response to stressful events and do not usually result in PTSD. But if the anxiety or stressful conditions remain for more than a month and get worse then it is indicative of PTSD. In homeopathic treatment for PTSD, the patient is considered a whole entity. Thus, the cure acts at all the levels, including the psychological level.

Homeopathic remedies are made up of natural substances and are very safe. The advantage of homeopathic treatment for PTSD is that it does not make a person dependent. Homeopathy cures the person without any side effects. These natural homeopathic remedies do not slow down the body’s natural processes and make it dull, as might be the case with other treatments.

Homeopathic Treatment for PTSD

Recommended medicines in the homeopathic treatment for PTSD are Natrum Muriaticum, Ignatia, and Kali Phosphoricum. Natrum Muriaticum acts well for PTSD when a person tends to dwell on past unpleasant memories. The person wants to be isolated and is afraid of new relationships. Ignatia, an excellent homeopathic medicine for PTSD, is of great help when frustration and hopelessness accompany PTSD. Ignatia also works well when a person is quarrelsome and has many changes in mood. Kali Phosphoricum is a well indicated homeopathic medicine for PTSD when night terrors accompany it. In such cases, patients have an aversion to meeting people and talking to them.

Homeopathic Medicines for PTSD with Flashbacks of Past Unpleasant Events

Staphysagria and Nitric Acidum are considered as top grade medicines in the homeopathic treatment for PTSD when flashbacks of previous unpleasant events occur. Staphysagria acts well when a person keeps dwelling on past unpleasant incidents of rape or sexual abuse. The patient tends to throw or break things. Nitricum Acidum is a very effective homeopathic medicine for PTSD in cases where a person holds grudges and dwells on past horrifying incidents. Nitricum Acidum treats symptoms like violent anger and hatred for the people who have offended.

Homeopathic Remedies for PTSD Accompanied by Disturbed Sleep

The most effective homeopathic remedies for PTSD accompanied by disturbed sleep are Opium and Coffea. Opium acts well in cases of PTSD when a person is sleepy but is unable to sleep. The person develops a fear after the fright, which remains for a long time. Coffea works well in cases where there is sleeplessness with a continuous flow of ideas in the mind. Mental activity keeps a person awake and makes him restless.

Homeopathic Treatment for PTSD with Nightmares

Excellent remedies for PTSD accompanied by nightmares are Arsenic Album and Staphysagria. Arsenic Album is a beneficial homeopathic medicine for PTSD in cases where there are nightmares and restlessness. In such situations, the patient has dreams of dead persons, fire, and darkness. Staphysagria, a well selected homeopathic medicine for PTSD, works well, especially in children. Usually, the child screams, wants everybody to go out, and calls for the mother.

Homeopathic Medicines for PTSD with Delusions or Hallucinations

Prominent homeopathic remedies for PTSD along with delusions or hallucinations are Agaricus Muscarius and Hyoscyamus. Agaricus Muscarius is a well-indicated treatment for PTSD when the person is preoccupied with thoughts of death, graves, and dying. Hyoscyamus, another effective homeopathic remedy, acts well when a person talks to imaginary characters and also imagines he is in the wrong place.

Homeopathic Medicines for PTSD Accompanied by Indifference

Top homeopathic remedies for PTSD accompanied by indifference are Sepia and Aurum Metallicum. Sepia is very useful in persons who show an aversion to family, friends, company, and sympathy. Aurum Metallicum acts well while dealing with patients who have lost love. In such cases, patients tend to commit suicide and imagine they are unfit for the world.

Homeopathic Treatment for PTSD when a Person Wants Solitude

Natrum Muriaticum and Ignatia are excellent homeopathic remedies for PTSD when a person wants to be alone. Natrum Muriaticum is of great help in cases of severe depression and feelings of isolation. In such situations, the person shuts down emotionally and closes off from others after the traumatic event. Ignatia is a well chosen homeopathic remedy for patients who want to be alone and cannot tolerate contradiction. Other symptoms include indifference, excessive emotion, moodiness, and an aversion to any amusement.

Homeopathic Medicines for PTSD with Anger

Top grade homeopathic remedies for PTSD accompanied by anger are Chamomilla and Nux Vomica. Chamomilla works well in cases where the patient gets involved in disputes and quarrels without a valid reason. The patient also tends to dwell on past disagreeable occurrences and keeps on moaning. Nux Vomica is a very effective homeopathic medicine for PTSD when the patient is impatient when spoken to, spiteful, violent and angry without provocation.

Homeopathic Medicines for PTSD with Difficulty in Concentration

Anacardium and Kali Phosphoricum are excellent homeopathic remedies for PTSD for patients experiencing difficulty in concentration and memory.