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Homeopathic Remedies for Labyrinthitis

The labyrinth is a part of the inner ear that is involved in hearing and maintaining balance. An inflammation of this part of the inner ear is known as labyrinthitis. The primary reasons behind labyrinthitis include viral infections (like herpes, measles, mumps, and rubella) and bacterial infection of the middle ear.

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Labyrinthitis is an infection of the inner ear.

Labyrinthitis can be treated effectively with homeopathic medicines that aim to reduce inflammation and provide symptomatic management. Conium, Gelsemium, and Kali Mur are the top homeopathic remedies used to treat labyrinthitis.

Homeopathic Treatment of Labyrinthitis

Symptoms of labyrinthitis including dizziness, vertigo, balance issues, fullness in the ear, noises in the ear (tinnitus), nausea, vomiting, fluid discharge from ear and ear ache can all be treated effectively with homeopathy. The most common homeopathic medicines for the symptomatic management of labyrinthitis include Conium Maculatum, Gelsemium Sempervirens, Kali Mur, Chininum Sulph, Cocculus Indicus, Pulsatilla and Chamomilla.

Homeopathic Medicines for Labyrinthitis

Conium Maculatum – Homeopathic Medicine for Vertigo with Labyrinthitis

Conium Maculatum is an effective medicine for labyrinthitis with marked vertigo. In most cases where Conium Maculatum works effectively, vertigo gets worse when turning the head or when lying down. In some cases, turning in the bed or rising from a seat can also worsen vertigo. Along with vertigo, there may be a pressure in the head and stopped sensation in the ears.

Gelsemium Sempervirens – Homeopathic Remedy Dizziness and Balance Issues in Labyrinthitis

Gelsemium Sempervirens is a natural medicine for labyrinthitis when dizziness and balance issues are the main symptoms. Lightheadedness that gets worse from walking is majorly noted in people who need this medicine. There are balance issues, and the person staggers while walking. Along with this head, there may be a heaviness in the head along with a blurred vision.

Kali Mur – Effective Homeopathic Medicines for Fullness in Ears

Kali Mur is a natural cure for labyrinthitis that works well in cases where there is a feeling of fullness in the ears. Along with fullness, crackling noises in the ear may be present. There may be ear discharges.

Chininum Sulph – Effective Homeopathic Remedy for Labyrinthitis with Marked Noises in Ear

Chininum Sulph is a natural remedy for labyrinthitis with marked noises in the ear (tinnitus). These noises in the ear may be roaring, ringing or buzzing in nature. There may be vertigo that gets worse upon stooping. Difficulty in hearing is another attending feature in most cases.

Cocculus Indicus – Natural Homeopathic Medicine for Nausea and Vomiting in Labyrinthitis

Cocculus Indicus is a well-indicated remedy for labyrinthitis when nausea and vomiting appear prominently. The other prominent symptom accompanying nausea and vomiting is dizziness or vertigo. Vertigo is worse when sitting up. Roaring, ringing in the ear, loss of balance and hardness of hearing are rest symptoms that may attend.

Pulsatilla – Natural Homeopathic Remedy for Ear Discharge in Labyrinthitis 

Pulsatilla offers natural treatment for labyrinthitis when there is the presence of an ear discharge along with other symptoms. The discharge in most cases is thick yellow or pus-like. Frequent ear infections are common in individuals needing this remedy. Other symptoms are vertigo with nausea, vertigo, especially when rising from the bed, hearing difficulty and humming noises in the ear. Pain in the ear, especially during the night, is another prominent symptom.

Chamomilla – Natural Homeopathic Treatment for Earache due to Labyrinthitis

Chamomilla is a natural medicine for labyrinthitis when an earache is present. A stitching type of pain is present in most cases. Warm pressure may offer relief. The ear feels sensitive to touch, and there may be roaring, ringing noises in the ear. There may also be a stopped feeling in the ears.

Symptoms of Labyrinthitis

The significant labyrinthitis symptoms include dizziness, vertigo, and problems with balance. Other symptoms of labyrinthitis include hearing loss, fullness in the ear, noises in the ear (tinnitus), nausea and vomiting. In some cases of labyrinthitis, a mild headache, fluid discharge from the ear, earache, and blurred vision may also be present.

Causes of Labyrinthitis

Some other causes, apart from infections, include underlying autoimmune disease, allergies, use of certain medicines (like aspirin, furosemide), injury to the head or ear, and any benign tumor of the inner ear. Smoking, intake of alcohol in large quantities and extreme stress are some other risk factors for labyrinthitis.

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Natural Treatment of Pinched Nerve with Homeopathy

A pinched nerve refers to nerve compression that occurs as a result of excessive pressure on a nerve. The points where nerves have to pass through narrow spaces in the body are the places where they tend to get pinched from. The pressure on the nerves can arise from muscles, tendons, bones, cartilage and that surrounds the nerve.

Pinched Nerve Homeopathic Treatment

A pinched nerve can cause pain and other complications.

A nerve may get pinched due to a variety of reasons like an injury to the nerve, disc herniation, bone spurs, degenerative disc diseases, and spinal arthritis. Homeopathic treatment of a pinched nerve helps alleviate symptoms like numbness, pain, and tingling sensations. Rhus Tox, Colocynthis, and Magnesia Phosphorica are the top homeopathic remedies for pinched nerves.

Homeopathic Treatment of Pinched Nerves

Homeopathy carries a good scope of treatment for cases of pinched nerves. A pinched nerve anywhere in the body can be effectively treated with homeopathic medicines. Homeopathic remedies are selected individually to treat the condition by assessing factors like the location of the pinched nerve, the associated symptoms and the modalities present in the given case. There are different symptoms presented for the use of each of these homeopathic medicines. Prepared from natural substances, these homeopathic medicines cause no side effects.

Homeopathic Medicines for Pinched Nerve

Rhus Tox – Homeopathic Medicine for Pinched Nerve in Spine

Rhus Tox is a highly effective homeopathic medicine for a pinched nerve in the spine that causes back pain. Pain in any part of the back including the neck, mid back or lower back can be effectively treated with this homeopathic medicine. The key indications to use Rhus Tox for pinched nerve include relief in back pain by motion and hard pressure, worsening back pain by rest, and a burning sensation in the lower back along with pain. A nerve compression arising in the back from overuse or overstraining of the back from weight lifting or some related sports activity is also treated well with Rhus Tox.

Colocynthis – Homeopathic Remedy for Pinched Nerve causing Left-side Sciatica

Colocynthis is a natural cure for a pinched nerve in the lumbar spine region that causes left-sided sciatic pain. The chief feature to use this medicine is a pain in the lower back that radiates down the left leg. The nature of the pain can be cramping, drawing or tearing type. Pressure or heat may relieve the problem in individuals needing this medicine.

Magnesia Phosphorica – Effective Homeopathic Medicine for Pinched Nerve causing Right-side Sciatica

Magnesia Phosphorica is a natural remedy for a pinched nerve in the lumbar spine causing right-sided sciatica. The pain starts in the lower back and radiates down the thigh, leg, and feet on the right side. Pain is mainly cramping or sharp, shooting-like and it gets better with a warm treatment. Tenderness of feet may be present along with sciatica in some cases.

Gnaphalium Polycephalum – Effective Homeopathic Remedy for Pinched Nerve causing Sciatica

Gnaphalium Polycephalum is a homeopathic treatment for pinched nerve leading to sciatica and numbness in the leg. The sciatica pain and numbness may alternate from one leg to another. The pain tends to get worse upon lying down while sitting relieves the pain.

Cimicifuga Racemosa – Natural Homeopathic Remedy for Pinched Nerve in Cervical Spine

Cimicifuga Racemosa is a homeopathic remedy for a pinched nerve in the cervical spine that causes cervical pain. Sensitivity to touch in the cervical spine along with pain, a feeling of contraction in the neck and worsening of pain with movement of the head or hands are characteristic features of this remedy.

Paris Quadrifolia – Natural Homeopathic Medicine for Pinched Nerve in Cervical Spine causing Numbness

Paris Quadrifolia is an effective cure for a pinched nerve in the cervical spine that causes numbness in the fingers. Along with numbness, pain in the neck appears that may radiate down the fingers.

Hypericum Perforatum – Natural Remedy for Pinched Nerve – Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Hypericum Perforatum is a highly suitable homeopathic medicine to treat a pinched nerve in carpal tunnel syndrome. The symptoms indicative of its use are numbness and tingling sensation in the fingers, and a crawling, burning sensation in the fingers.

Causes of Pinched Nerve

Many factors predispose a person towards developing a pinched nerve. Some of these include age-related wear and tear, heavy weight-lifting, overstraining of the back, obesity, pregnancy, sports activities, and excessive stress/strain from repetitive work. Apart from these, thyroid disease, rheumatoid arthritis, and diabetes mellitus are some other conditions that can predispose a person to develop pinched nerve.

Symptoms of Pinched Nerve

A pinched nerve can give rise to symptoms varying from mild to severe that can develop in any part of the body. The exact degree and location of symptoms depend on the particular nerve that has been compressed. In general, the symptoms of a pinched nerve include pain, burning sensation, tingling, numbness, and a pins-and-needles sensation in the area supplied by the nerve which has been pinched. Decreased sensation and muscle weakness are also noted in some cases. The major sites where pinched nerve is seen most commonly include cervical spine (neck), lumbosacral spine (lower back), and carpal tunnel in the wrist. In case of a pinched nerve in the cervical spine (neck) the symptoms include pain, numbness or tingling in cervical back. These symptoms can be seen radiating to shoulder, and the upper limb. In case of a pinched nerve in lower back, the primary symptom arising is sciatica (lower back pain radiating down the lower limb), numbness, tingling in the lower back or lower limb or isolated pain in the lower back.
In the case of carpal tunnel syndrome, the symptoms appear due to pinching of the median nerve in the carpal tunnel present in the wrist. These include wrist pain, tingling/ numbness of fingers of the hand (thumb, index finger, middle finger, ring finger) and weakness in the hand.

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Homeopathy for SIBO – Eliminate Bloating and Discomfort

SIBO (Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth) refers to a condition characterized by abnormally excessive proliferation of bacteria in the small intestine. These bacteria resemble the ones found more commonly in the colon than the small intestine.

Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth

SIBO and its homeopathic cure.

The small intestine is a part of GIT that connects the stomach to the colon (large intestine). The absorption of nutrients from food happens in the small intestine. The number of bacteria in the small intestine is comparatively much lower than the large intestine, and the type of bacteria also differ. Homeopathy offers an excellent scope of treatment for SIBO and helps manage symptoms like bloating, diarrhea, nausea, and vomiting. The most prominent homeopathic medicines that can be used symptomatically for SIBO include China Officinalis, Lycopodium Clavatum, Aloe Socotrina, Colocynthis, and Ipecac.

Homeopathic Treatment of SIBO

Homeopathic medicines for treating SIBO are all prepared from naturally occurring substances, and they treat the condition in a safe, gentle manner without any side effects. The remedies are chosen on the basis of individual symptoms presented by the patient and are used as per their different symptomatic indications.

Homeopathic Medicines for Symptomatic Treatment of SIBO

China Officinalis – Homeopathic Medicine for Excessive Gas in SIBO

China Officinalis is a highly effective homeopathic medicine used to treat excessive abdominal gas in cases of SIBO. The gas in the stomach stays for a long time after eating food. Bloating occurs in the entire abdominal area, and it gets better with motion. Colic from gas in the stomach, bitter belching, sour vomiting, diarrhea, and weakness and fatigue may also occur. Worsening of gastric symptoms following consumption of foodstuff like fruits, milk, fish, beer also indicates the need for China Officinalis.

Lycopodium Clavatum – Homeopathic Remedy for Abdominal Bloating due to SIBO

Homeopathic medicine Lycopodium Clavatum is used to treat abdominal bloating in cases of SIBO. The person needing this remedy complains of distension of the abdomen soon after eating. Eating even a small quantity of food can lead to bloating. The abdomen gets tense with a bursting sensation. The flatus may remain obstructed causing abdomen pain, diarrhea and constipation may alternate, and excessive bloating may occur from the consumption of foods like onions, cabbage, and beans.

Aloe Socotrina – Effective Homeopathic Medicine for Diarrhea in SIBO

Aloe Socotrina is a useful homeopathic medicine for treating diarrhea in cases of SIBO. The chief features to use Aloe Socotrina are copious, watery stool, jelly-like mucus that is passed with loose stool, a sudden urgency to pass stool, a constant bearing down in the rectum, heaviness, bloatedness, and excessive flatus in the abdomen along with rumbling/gurgling noises.

Colocynthis – Effective Homeopathic Remedy for treating abdomen pain in cases of SIBO

Colocynthis is a suitable homeopathic medicine for treating abdomen pain in cases of SIBO. The abdomen pains are cutting, tearing, cramping, or colicky. Eating or drinking anything tends to worsen the abdominal pain. In most cases, the pain is present around the navel along with a burning sensation in the stomach. Hard pressure or bending double can relieve the abdomen pain.

Ipecac – Natural Homeopathic Remedy for SIBO causing Nausea and Vomiting

Ipecac is a homeopathic remedy used to treat cases of SIBO where nausea and vomiting are the predominant symptoms. The nausea is intense and constant, making the person want to vomit. Nausea reappears quickly after a bout of vomiting. The smell of food tends to worsen nausea, and the vomit is watery fluid or of food. The other accompanying symptoms include pressing pains in the stomach, loss of appetite and cutting cramping pain in the stomach.

Causes of SIBO (Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth)

The conditions that interfere with the regular activity of intestinal muscles predispose a person to develop SIBO. The food travels from the small intestine to the colon by the coordinated activity of intestinal muscles. Whenever the regular muscle activity of the intestine slows down (either due to muscle or nerve abnormality), the bacteria get a chance to remain in the same place for long and multiply many times over than the reasonable amount. The bacteria that proliferate in the small intestine (in cases of SIBO) resemble the bacteria in the colon.
Some conditions that interfere with the regular activity of intestinal muscles include diabetes mellitus and scleroderma, and these can predispose a person to develop SIBO. Obstruction of small intestine from adhesions, scarring arising from any surgery in the past or a history of Crohn’s disease can also lead to the development of SIBO. Repeated, multiple courses of antibiotics and diverticulitis also increase the risk. It is also estimated that approximately 70 – 80% of patients with irritable bowel syndrome have SIBO.

Symptoms SIBO (Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth)

The primary symptoms of SIBO include abdominal bloating, excessive gas, diarrhea, pain in abdomen, nausea, and vomiting. In addition to these symptoms, weakness, fatigue, body aches, and weight loss may also be present. In severe cases of SIBO, various deficiencies of vitamins and minerals can also occur.

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Diaper Rash – Natural and Safe Treatment with Homeopathy

A diaper rash is a frequent condition noted amongst babies where a red rash develops on the baby’s bottom (hips).

Diaper Rash

A diaper rash affects the skin covered by a diaper.

It primarily affects the area that is covered by a diaper. Every child tends to get a diaper rash at some point, especially during the first two to three years of life. The chances of developing a diaper rash are unusually high during the first year of a child’s life. However, it is important to note that a diaper rash can happen to an adult using adult diapers for management of problems like fecal incontinence and more. Homeopathy can offer a natural, effective solution for diaper rash. Borax Veneta, Calendula Officinalis, Merc Sol, Nitric Acid, Sulphur, and Sulphuric Acid are the top-rated homeopathic medicines used to treat diaper rash.

Homeopathic Treatment of Diaper Rash

Homeopathic medicines for diaper rash are very mild and treat the condition in a very gentle manner. There are no side effects linked with homeopathic medicines as they boost the self-healing mechanism of the body to ensure natural recovery. Homeopathic medicines help the rash heal gradually while also managing other skin conditions in the form of eruptions (like pimples, blisters, and pustules) in the diaper area. In case of a diaper rash caused by a fungal infection, homeopathic medicines treat the infection. There are various medicines used to treat a diaper rash in the homeopathic system of medicine. The most suitable homeopathic medicines among them are selected for a child based on individual symptoms. These should be used only under the consultation of a homeopathic physician and self-prescription should be avoided.

Risk Factors for Diaper Rash 

One of the main reasons that lead to the development of a diaper rash is leaving a diaper on a baby for too long. Diapers have a threshold limit and must be changed well within that time to avoid rashes and discomfort for the baby. Leaving a diaper on for too long can result in the bottom area remaining in contact with the stool or urine for too long. This can cause skin irritation and lead to a rash. It is also very unhygienic. Frequent bowel movements and diarrhea also make a child predisposed to get a diaper rash.

Yeast Infections – An infection by Candida, fungi, yeast may result in a diaper rash. These fungi tend to grow in warm and moist areas, like the area of skin covered by a diaper.

Sensitivity – A diaper rash is also typical in babies who have sensitive skin and an allergic constitution. Soaps, detergents and baby wipes may lead to diaper rash as a result of an allergic reaction. Sometimes introducing new products in diet tend to change the frequency and composition of stool, which can again lead to a rash.

Bacterial Infections – Other slightly less common causes of a diaper rash include bacterial infections, like a staphylococcus infection.

Use of Antibiotics – Recent use of an antibiotic can cause an increase in the growth of yeast in the gut since antibiotics affect the good bacteria in the stomach (that keep the yeast in check). The increased amount of yeast can cause an infection and lead to a rash in the diaper area.

Signs and Symptoms of a Diaper Rash 

The primary sign of diaper’s rash is red, slightly raised rash on the skin of bottom area (buttocks) of the baby. The rash may spread to the genitals and thighs. In some cases, erosion of the top layers of the skin may be noted.  The skin is sore and may feel hot and tender to touch. In some cases, pimples, blisters or pustules may appear on the rash. These can together cause the baby to be irritable and cry incessantly. Touching or washing the diaper area while a rash is present makes the child cry out in pain.

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Homeopathic Treatment of Felon

A felon is the formation of an abscess on the distal part of the finger of the hand, on the side of the palm. Felon usually occurs as a result of a bacterial infection, but can also be caused by a viral infection. A herpes virus known as herpetic whitlow causes the viral infection.

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A felon on the hand, on the side of the palm.

Very rarely, fungi may cause felons. Felons are one of the most common types of hand infections. In a majority of the cases, felons affect the index finger and the thumb. Homeopathic medicines treat felon very effectively and can help avoid surgical incision and drainage of the infected part. The top homeopathic medicines that are used to treat felon include Silicea, Myristica Sebifera, Hepar Sulph, Apis mellifica, Fluoric Acid, and Tarentula Cubensis.

The most common bacteria that causes this infection is Staphylococcus Aureus. A cut, or a punctured wound as from a splinter, a nail or a pin near the fingertip usually allows the entry of bacteria.

Homeopathic Treatment of Felon

Felon can be excellently treated with homeopathic medicines. These medicines boost the self-healing mechanism of the body to fight the infection and ensure natural healing. With the use of homeopathic medicines, the pus in the felon gets discharged. Alongside that the redness, swelling, pain, numbness in the felon gets relieved. Use of the homeopathic medicines in the very beginning of a felon infection can prevent the complications associated with it. Remedies like Silicea, Myristica Sebifera, Hepar Sulph, Apis mellifica, Fluoric Acid, and Tarentula Cubensis are anti-suppurative remedies that treat the felon and cause no side effects. Depending on individual symptoms, the prescription may vary from case to case.

Clinical Features of Felon

A Felon presents as a pus-filled pocket (small abscess) at the fingertip. There may be a discharge of thick white pus from the felon. The fingertip affected becomes swollen and red. It can also be hot to touch. Pain in the affected fingertip is present which is usually of throbbing nature. The affected finger area may also be extremely tender to touch.
In some cases, the affected finger may become numb. In case a felon is not appropriately treated the infection can spread to the flexor tendons and the bone (causing osteomyelitis). Untreated, it also carries a risk of permanent damage to the finger due to reduced blood circulation from compression of the blood vessels.

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Treat your Stiff Neck With Natural Homeopathic Medicines

Homeopathic medicine for stiff neckA stiff neck can be the result of an injury or strain on the muscles and ligaments of the neck. A neck strain is the result of damage to the tendons and muscles or the ligaments that connect the muscle to the bone. A neck sprain, on the other hand, occurs as a result of the tearing of ligaments. Homeopathic remedies for neck stiffness work by treating the root cause of the problem. The top homeopathic treatments for a stiff neck include Rhus Tox, Cimicifuga, and Arnica.

Neck injuries include sports injuries, repetitive strain injuries, brachial plexus injuries and more. Poor posture is also a major contributing factor towards neck pain.

Homeopathic Medicines for Stiff Neck

Rhus Tox – Natural Treatment for Neck Pain

Rhus Tox is a top listed homeopathic remedy for treating neck pain. It works very effectively to treat general neck stiffness and pain resulting from neck strain, overuse of neck muscle, wear and tear of structures of the neck, repetitive stress on neck muscles, muscles spasm in the neck, injuries to the neck (whiplash injury) and carrying heavy weights on shoulders. There might be marked stiffness in the neck along with a pain in the shoulders. Rhus Tox also helps in cases where a stiff neck results from sleeping wrong. People needing Rhus Tox may feel relief by moving the neck and feel discomfort while at rest. For them, warm applications or a gentle neck massage may help relieve the pain.

Cimicifuga Racemosa – Effective Natural Cure for a Stiff Neck

Cimicifuga Racemosa is prepared from the root of a plant named black cohosh. This plant belongs to natural order Ranunculaceae. Its use is highly suggested when marked stiffness attends neck pain. The neck feels tensed and contracted. The neck is also sore and sensitive to touch. Pressure tends to worsen the symptoms. The motion of the head aggravates the neck pain. These symptoms that tend to result from degeneration or wear and tear in the neck structures are treated well with Cimicifuga.

Arnica – Natural Medicine for Neck Pain from Injury

Arnica is prepared from a plant called ‘Leopard’s Bane.’ This plant belongs to the family Composite. It is highly suitable for neck pain that arises from an injury, fall, and blows or overstraining of the neck muscles. The neck feels sore and bruised and is highly sensitive to pressure. The cervical muscles are often weak in such cases. Arnica helps manage neck pain, soreness and aids recovery from neck injuries and neck strains.

Bryonia Alba – Homeopathic Remedy for Stiff Neck that Worsens from Movement

Homeopathic Medicine Bryonia Alba is prepared from tincture of roots of a plant called Wild Hops of the family Cucurbitaceae. In cases where neck pain or stiffness worsens with movement and touching the neck worsens the pain, this remedy works well to help alleviate pain.

Guaiacum – Homeopathic Medicine for Stiff Neck

Guaiacum offers great help in cases of a stiff neck. In a majority of the cases needing Guaiacum, stiffness from the nape of neck extends towards the shoulders and scapulae. In some cases, the stiffness may extend down to the lower back. Stiffness worsens from cold. Neck pain is present on both the left and right side and extends to the head.

Lachnanthes – Natural Homeopathic Medicine for Wry Neck

Lachnanthes is a homeopathic remedy prepared from a plant named ‘Spirit Weed’ of the natural order Hemodoracae. As a remedy, it effectively treats a stiff neck. It also works well in cases where the neck gets drawn to one side- Wry Neck (also at times referred to as Torticollis). The pain and stiffness are felt from the neck and in the whole head, and bending the head backward worsens the pain.

Kalmia – Effective Natural Medicine for Neck Pain Extending Down the Arms

Homeopathic medicine Kalmia is prepared from the fresh leaves of a plant named ‘Mountain Laurel.’ This plant belongs to natural order Ericaceae. Kalmia is well indicated for neck pain that extends down the arms. The pain also extends to the fingers, particularly to the fourth and little finger. Sensations such as weakness, prickling, and tingling in the arms may be felt. The neck muscles feel sore and tender to the touch, and the pain worsens from neck movement. Neck pain worsening at night is also indicative of Kalmia.

Gelsemium – Effective Homeopathic Medicine for Neck Pain with Headache

Gelsemium is a natural remedy prepared from the bark of the root of a plant called ‘Yellow Jasmine.’ The natural order of this plant is Loganiaceae. Gelsemium remains highly effective for cases of a stiff neck with a headache. Muscular pains in the neck are marked, and the neck and shoulders feel sore. The neck may be sensitive to pressure, and a contracted feeling is present. Some people also experience dizziness.

Paris Quadrifolia – Natural Treatment for Stiff Neck with Numbness of Fingers

Paris Quadrifolia is prepared from a plant called ‘One Berry.’ The natural order of this plant is Trilliaceae. Use of Paris Quadrifolia is highly recommended for neck pain attended with numbness of fingers. The neck feels painful, stiff and swollen, and the person feels as if there is a heavy load on the head. These symptoms extend across the shoulders and fingers. Exertion tends to worsen the complaints, while rest offers relief.

Hypericum – Homeopathic Medicine for Stiff Neck due to Whiplash Injury

Hypericum is a plant remedy prepared from a fresh plant called ‘St. John’s Wort.’ It belongs to family Hypericacea. Hypericum yields wonderful results in neck pain that results from whiplash injury. The key features that indicate its use are – intense pain in the neck with extreme tenderness. Neck and upper limbs are also sensitive to touch, and the slightest movement of arm or neck intensifies pain.

Causes of Stiff Neck

Stiff Neck due to Sports Injuries

During an intense physical activity, the muscles and ligaments in the back, neck, and shoulders can get strained or sprained. This is more likely in cases of jerky movements (as in tennis), if it is a new activity, or if the player stretches an arm too far. Sportspersons who are involved in contact sports like football are also vulnerable.

Stiff Neck due to Brachial Plexus Injury

The brachial plexus is a complex network of nerves responsible for sending signals from the spinal cord to the hand, arm, and shoulder. A brachial plexus injury occurs when these nerves get compressed, stretched, or torn apart. A minor injury of the brachial plexus can cause an electric-shock-like feeling in the arm, a burning sensation shooting down the arm or weakness and numbness. These sensations often begin near the shoulder and can aggravate neck pain.

Whiplash Injury Leading to a Stiff Neck

A whiplash injury occurs on the soft tissues of the neck. It can cause pain and stiffness in the neck as well as the shoulder and arm. Headaches following a whiplash injury are also common. Such an injury is usually noted in cases of high-impact road accidents or an impact that leads to a forceful, sudden movement of the neck and head. The severity of such an injury can vary from slight stiffness and tenderness to restricted movement or temporary loss of sensation.

Repetitive Strain Injury and Stiff Neck

Repetitive movements of muscles can lead to pain in the surrounding muscles, tendons, and nerves. This condition is known as a repetitive strain injury. These usually occur due to repeated movements performed on a regular basis like during exercise, lifting objects, improper support on the arm, sitting in one position for too long, overuse of a hand, etc. It is also commonly known as a work-related upper limb disorder. It can cause long-term damage to the muscles and tendons if not treated on time.
An RSI mostly affects the upper body parts like the wrists, hands, shoulder, elbows, forearms and the neck.
The main symptoms of an RSI include throbbing, pain, tenderness, and cramps.

Neck Spasm

When the muscles of the neck contract involuntarily, it leads to a neck spasm. Neck spasms can cause stiffness and pain in the neck.
Some of the most common causes of neck spasms are prolonged or repetitive movements of the neck, using a computer or laptop for an extended period, turning awkwardly while sleeping, putting excessive weight on one shoulder or balancing a phone without using hands.

A Stiff Neck as a Result of Poor Posture

Posture directly affects the working of the neck and spine muscles. The most common cause of a stiff neck is straining of the neck muscles. There is a thin muscle known as the levator scapula muscle (found at the back and side of the neck) that connects the top of the cervical spine to the upper part of the shoulder. Two cervical nerves – C3 and C4 control this muscle and it is responsible for a wide range of neck movements like tilting the head or rotating it from side to side.
A poor posture, like slouching or hunching, over a period of time impacts the cervical curve and pulls the spine out of alignment.

The most common postures that lead to a stiff neck include excessive use of handheld devices like mobiles, tablets, laptops and more, which make a person tilt the head forward. This strains the muscles connecting the head and the neck.
Using pillows that are too thin or too high can also lead to stiffness since the neck is in one position and not well-supported.

The Link Between Stress and a Stiff Neck 

Stress and anxiety lead to increased inflammation and tension in the muscles. The shoulder muscles tend to react to physical as well as emotional tension, leading to a strain on the neck. Stress causes the muscles to contract and tighten in an attempt to protect the body, and so a stiff neck often follows an episode of stress, fatigue or anxiety.
A general lack of rest and relaxation, consistently poor sleep, increased inflammation due to a sedentary lifestyle, bad habits like smoking and a poor diet can also contribute to the condition.

General Wear and Tear

With age, almost all joints and muscles tend to weaken. Similarly, the neck joint also begins to wear down with age. Cervical problems, osteoarthritis, and other degenerative conditions can cause stiffness in the neck.

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Homeopathic Medicines Can Help Avoid Varicose veins Surgery

The veins that are enlarged, twisted or engorged are known as varicose veins. Varicose veins can develop in any part of the body but most commonly appear in the legs and feet. Varicose veins in the legs develop as a result of pooling of blood due to improper functioning of valves in the veins of the legs. Varicose veins can be well-treated with homeopathic medicines. The top homeopathic remedy for varicose veins includes natural medicines like Hamamelis Virginiana, Pulsatilla Nigricans, and Calcarea Flour.

What are the Symptoms of Varicose Veins?

Varicose veins may not cause any symptoms in most of the cases and only appear as dark/purple-colored prominent veins in the leg. General symptoms include aching, tired or heavy feeling in the legs, throbbing and cramping in legs, and worsening of pain from sitting or standing for extended periods.
Color changes, swelling/inflammation, and ulcers on the legs may be indicative of severe changes like phlebitis (inflammation in a vein) and venous ulcers and should be addressed promptly.

Homeopathic Remedies that Treat Varicose Veins

The conventional treatment for varicose veins usually involves techniques like sclerotherapy, laser surgery, micro sclerotherapy, endoscopic vein surgery and endovenous ablation therapy.

Sclerotherapy involves injecting a liquid or foam through a chemical injection to redirect the blood to a healthier vein. Microsclerotherapy is a similar procedure.

Laser Surgery employs the use of light energy to block off a vein.

Endoscopic Vein Surgery uses a small scope with a light that is inserted into the vein through a small incision to block it off.

Endovenous Ablation Therapy uses radiofrequency waves and heat to block off a vein.

These treatments tend to have some very common side effects that include nerve damage, deep vein thrombosis, wound complications like skin infections, blood clots, vascular injuries, scarring and staining of the skin.
Also, despite an invasive surgery, the chances of recurrence of the problem are common. Homeopathy has an excellent scope for treating varicose veins.
The symptoms like pain, cramping, tiredness, a sensation of heaviness in the legs are well-managed with homeopathic medicines. Homeopathic remedy for varicose veins works at strengthening the valves of veins in legs, reducing the blood engorgement and aid in the symptomatic management of the varicose veins. The benefits of using homeopathic remedies for varicose veins are as follows:

Homeopathic Medicines have No Side-Effects

Homeopathic medicines for varicose veins cause no side effects, unlike conventional treatments. These medicines for varicose veins are made of natural substances and are highly diluted, yet potent, and they work to prevent the backflow of blood in the vein.

Homeopathic Remedies are Simple and Effective

Homeopathy works to restore the internal healing mechanism of the body. This helps address the condition naturally and effectively, and invasive procedures like surgery can be held off.

Homeopathic Medicines are Safe

Made from natural substances, homeopathic medicines help treat the condition on a long-term basis. Once a homeopathic treatment for varicose veins has been successfully administered, the chances of the condition recurring are slim to none. Unlike conventional treatment, homeopathy offers long-term relief from the symptoms of varicose veins.

Top Homeopathic Medicines for Varicose Veins

Hamamelis Virginiana – Homeopathic Remedy for Varicose Veins with Tiredness/Aching in Legs

Homeopathic medicine Hamamelis is prepared from a plant commonly named witch – hazel. This plant belongs to family Hamamelidaceae.
Hamamelis Virginiana is a highly effective homeopathic remedy for varicose veins. Its most prominent symptom indication is tiredness or aching in the legs. Along with this, a tense feeling in the legs may be present. The varicosities may look like hard and knotty swellings in the legs. A dragging sensation in the legs may be present. Pain in varicose veins from the slightest motion is another feature. Soreness of varicose veins may also arise. Hamamelis Virginiana can help to reduce the engorgement of blood in veins and its related symptoms. Deep-rooted, circular ulcers with stinging, pricking pain and high sensitivity are another prominent features for using the homeopathic medicine Hamamelis Virginiana.

Key Indications for using Hamamelis Virginiana for Varicose Veins:

– Tiredness or aching in the legs.

– A tense feeling in the legs.

– Varicose ulcers with stinging and pricking pain.

Pulsatilla Nigricans – Homeopathic Remedy for Varicose Veins that are Painful

Pulsatilla Nigricans is a natural homeopathic medicine prepared from plant “windflower”. The natural order of this plant is Ranunculaceae.
Pulsatilla Nigricans is an excellent homeopathic remedy for varicose veins that are painful. Heaviness or weariness in the legs along with pain, a tensed and drawing sensation in the legs, cramping in the legs (mostly in the evening) are the symptoms highly indicative of homeopathic medicine Pulsatilla Nigricans.
Hanging down the lower limbs worsens the complaints. Along with these symptoms, restlessness in the lower limbs may also appear. Pulsatilla Nigricans is indicated for varicose veins in women when the symptoms worsen during menses and for varicose veins on lower limbs, forearms, and hands.

Key Indications for using Pulsatilla for Varicose Veins:

– Presence of painful varicose veins.

– A tensed and drawing sensation in the legs.

– A cramping sensation in the legs.

Calcarea Fluor – Homeopathic Remedy for Hard, Knotty Varicose Veins

Calcarea Fluor is a highly recommended homeopathic remedy for varicose veins. It is a biochemic medicine for varicose veins that work wonderfully in reducing the engorgement of blood in veins and improving blood circulation. Few indications for using Calcarea Fluor are enlarged veins, hardened veins, knotty veins on lower limbs. The attending features are dry, cracked skin on the legs.

Key Indications for using Calcarea Fluor for Varicose Veins:

– Presence of hard varicose veins.

– Presence of knotty varicose veins.

– Dry, cracked skin on the legs.

Other Important Homeopathic Medicines for Varicose Veins

Calcarea Carb – Homeopathic Remedy for Painless Varicose Veins

Calcarea Carb is an excellent homeopathic remedy for varicose veins. It is useful for varicose veins that are painless and appear only as prominent veins on the legs. Burning sensation in veins may be present in a few cases. A marked coldness in feet, excessive sweat on feet (sour smelling) and varicose veins on the legs and thighs are well-treated with Calcarea Carb.

Fluoric Acid – Excellent Homeopathic Remedy for Varicose Veins worsened by Warmth

Fluoric Acid is a valuable homeopathic remedy for varicose veins treatment. The most characteristic feature to use Fluoric Acid is painful varicose veins in the legs that are made worse by warmth. Fluoric Acid is used to treat long-standing, obstinate cases of varicose veins. Apart from the above symptoms, Fluoric Acid is useful for varicose ulcers with red margins. Pain in ulcers is intense, and warmth worsens the pain while cold application relieves the pain.

Apis Mellifica – Homeopathic Remedy for Varicose Veins with Stinging Pains

Apis Mellifica is a homeopathic remedy for varicose veins where there is a stinging pain present in the affected area. Burning sensation and sensitiveness on the leg may be present. In a few cases, lower limbs feel tired, bruised and heavy as lead. Swelling in the legs may also be present with inflamed veins.

Graphites Naturalis – Homeopathic Remedy for Varicose Veins with Itching

Graphites Naturalis is a highly recommended homeopathic remedy for varicose veins attended with itching. Itching in most cases gets worse at night time. Little pimples may be present on the surrounding skin surface (affected by varicose veins). Skin dryness may also be there to a high degree. Other attending features are restlessness, heaviness, and tensed feeling in legs. The tensed feeling gets worse upon extending the legs. A congested feeling in legs and feet on standing may also be present. Graphites Naturalis is also a helpful homeopathic remedy for swelling in the legs with peculiar shooting pain as well as for varicose eczema.

Vipera Berus – Homeopathic Remedy for Varicose Veins with Bursting Sensation in Legs

Vipera Berus is a well indicated homeopathic remedy for varicose veins with a marked ‘bursting’ feeling in the legs. A pain of unbearable nature that gets worse on hanging down the legs is present. Elevating the legs brings relief. Severe cramping pain in the legs is also present. Swollen, tender veins and blueness of overlying skin are highly indicative of using homeopathic medicine Vipera Berus.

Millefolium Achillea – Homeopathic Remedy for Varicose Veins during Pregnancy

Homeopathic medicine Millefolium Achillea is prepared from a plant named yarrow of the family Composite. Millefolium Achillea is an effective homeopathic remedy for varicose veins arising during pregnancy. It works well in cases of both painful and painless varicose veins. A drawing pain is most prominently present in the legs. Homeopathic medicine Millefolium Achillea is also suitable for varicose veins that break and bleed easily.

Lachesis Muta -Homeopathic Remedy for Varicose Ulcers

Lachesis Muta is an important homeopathic medicine for treating varicose ulcers. People needing Lachesis Muta have ulcers with bluish-purplish surroundings. There is a thin, offensive discharge from the ulcers. Pus discharges may also be there in a few cases. Bleeding may arise from the ulcers, and an intense burning sensation may be present. There is extreme pain and high sensitivity to touch on the ulcer. Applying warmth to the ulcers helps relieve the pain. Itching that gets noticeably gets worse after sleeping is another characteristic feature.

Zincum Met – Homeopathic Remedy for Varicose Veins that are Very Large

Zincum Met is an effective homeopathic medicine for large varicose veins on the legs. A tight, full, congested feeling in the legs is prominent. Tearing pain in the legs and formication (sensation like insects crawling over the skin) are also present in a few cases. The person requiring homeopathic medicine Zincum Met also complains of uneasiness and heaviness in the legs with constant motion of the legs. Burning sensation and sweat on lower limbs are also common. Apart from varicose of legs, Zincum Met is also indicated for varicose veins in the genital organs.

Arsenic Album – Valuable Homeopathic Remedy for Varicose Veins that are Inflamed

Arsenic Album is a homeopathic remedy for varicose veins that are inflamed. The symptoms indicating the use of Arsenic Album are swollen legs, burning sensation, and uneasiness in the legs. The uneasy feeling in the legs makes the person change the position of the legs frequently. A burning sensation in most cases is worse during the night. Warm applications over the legs may offer relief. Fever, extreme weakness, and stabbing pains on the legs are other symptoms. Arsenic Album is useful for varicose ulcers with a gray crust and inflamed borders.

Carbo Veg – Homeopathic Remedy for Spider Veins

Carbo Veg is a prominently indicated homeopathic remedy for spider veins. The veins appear reddish bluish. The skin feels cold and sweaty, and the person may experience itching that gets worse during the evening. Varicose ulcers that bleed easily also indicate the need for the homeopathic medicine Carbo Veg.

Arnica Montana – Homeopathic Remedy for Varicose Veins with Soreness

Homeopathic medicine Arnica Montana is prepared from the plant ‘Leopard’s Bane’ which belongs to the natural order Composite. Arnica Montana is a valuable homeopathic remedy for varicose veins accompanied by extreme soreness. Fear of touching the legs is present as a result of the soreness. Exertion worsens the complaint. An aching, bruised sensation in the legs is also there in few cases. Bruised feeling in the legs as if beaten may also accompany in some instances .may also be present. The skin of the legs may also be swollen, red and hot.

Varicose Veins – How Do They Develop?

The veins in our legs contain one-way valves. These valves of the veins in the legs allow only one-way blood flow (from the legs to the heart) when the muscles squeeze the veins in the leg.
When the muscles contract, the valves open and blood from the legs pushes upwards to reach the heart. When these muscles relax, the valves close to prevent reverse flowing of blood back in legs. In case these valves don’t function properly, it results in a reverse flow of blood and stagnation of blood in the leg.
This causes the veins to become enlarged, twisted, engorged, and they are known as varicose veins.

Diagnosing Varicose Veins

A physician can usually diagnose the varicose veins by looking at them and asking questions. An ultrasound of the lower limbs is recommended to check and locate any damaged valves. It also helps rule out the presence of any blood clot. Other investigations include Color Duplex Ultrasound scan and Venograms (X-rays of the area taken after injecting a special dye).

Factors that Contribute to Varicose Veins

Obesity: Obese people often develop varicose veins without any knowledge, as the veins are not visible beneath the layers of the skin (due to accumulated fat). With time, the pressure from the leaking veins causes damage on the surface of the skin, and the problem becomes visible. This also puts many overweight people at a higher risk of developing leg ulceration.

Standing/Sitting for a Long Time: Sitting or standing for long durations causes leads to poor blood circulation in the legs. When we sit, it becomes harder for the veins to move the blood to the heart. Over time, this can cause swelling in the ankles, blood clots, and varicose veins. Sitting with the legs crossed or bent for long durations can make the problem worse.

Old Age: With age, the veins lose elasticity and cause them to stretch. This causes the valves in the veins to become weak. As a result, the blood that should be moving towards the heart starts flowing backward.

Pregnancy: During pregnancy, it is very common for a woman to develop varicose veins since the volume of blood in the body increases, but overall, the flow of blood from the legs to the pelvis decreases. Varicose veins often develop or become worse during the later stages of pregnancy since the uterus starts to exert increased pressure on the veins in the legs. This condition often improves post pregnancy within three to twelve months.

Age: The chances of developing varicose veins increase with age. Aging causes the wear and tear of the valves in the veins, allowing blood to flow back into the veins where it gets collected.

Gender: Females are more likely to develop varicose veins due to hormonal changes they experience throughout their lifetime. Pregnancy, pre-menstruation, menopause, hormone replacement therapy and the use of birth control pills all cause hormonal changes in a woman’s body. Female hormones are known to relax the walls of the veins.

Family History: A family history of varicose veins makes a person susceptible to developing the condition.

Complications Related to Varicose Veins

The complications of varicose veins include bleeding, venous ulcers, varicose eczema, superficial thrombophlebitis and DVT (deep vein thrombosis).

Bleeding: Veins that are close to the skin may rupture and bleed. The bleeding may occur spontaneously or be the result of a minor injury. Spontaneous rupture occurs with the weakening of walls of the veins. This happens when the veins stretch due to enlargement over time. In addition to this, the pressure inside the veins is already high due to the pooling of blood. The weak vein walls and high pressure inside the veins can lead to a spontaneous rupture of veins.

Venous Ulcers: A venous ulcer is a painful sore that develops on the leg near the ankles in case of varicose veins. Venous ulcers heal slowly. The pooling of blood in the veins builds up pressure. If not treated in time, the increase in pressure can cause the skin around the ankle to break and form an ulcer. The varicose ulcer usually develops on the skin of the inner side of the leg, immediately above the ankle. The base of such an ulcer is generally red and has uneven borders. The skin around the ulcer is discolored, dark, and hard.
Swelling of the leg, ankle, and heaviness in the leg, foul-smelling discharge from the ulcers, itching, burning, and pain of varying intensity may be present. A high fever may also be present in cases of infection.

Varicose Eczema: Varicose eczema (also known as stasis / gravitational eczema) is another complication of varicose veins. It affects the lower legs, where the skin gets dry, red, itchy, scaly, and flaky. The affected skin looks shiny and may be painful and tender. In some people, a brown discoloration of the skin may be present.

Superficial Thrombophlebitis: Superficial thrombophlebitis refers to an inflammation of the vein near the surface of the skin caused by a blood clot. The symptoms include intense swelling, redness, warmth, pain, and tenderness on the legs. Hardening of vein and darkening of the skin on the vein is a common characteristic. It is usually a short-term condition that resolves itself in about 2 – 3 weeks without any complications in a majority of cases. Rare complications if arise in minority of cases includes cellulitis and DVT.

DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis): Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) refers to the development of a blood clot within vein deep inside the body (usually in the leg). It causes swelling and warmth in the affected leg. Other features are a pain in the leg, redness/discoloration of skin on the leg. DVT may lead to severe complications like pulmonary embolism (when blood clots in vein break and travel via the bloodstream to lodge in the lungs). Common symptoms of pulmonary embolism include sudden shortness of breath, chest pain, dizziness, rapid pulse, and spitting of blood.

Spider Veins are Not Varicose Veins

Spider veins are dilated clusters of tiny (<1mm diameter) superficial blood vessels developing close to the surface of the skin. They are also called telangiectasias. Spider veins appear as thin, red, blue, purple lines or as weblike networks of blood vessels on the surface of the skin. These look like a spider’s web. They mostly appear on the face, legs, and feet. They don’t usually cause any problems and are mainly considered to be a cosmetic issue. These are generally common in older adults.

Managing Varicose Veins

There are certain diet and lifestyle measures one can follow to prevent and manage varicose veins:

Get the Blood Flowing with Exercise

Regular exercise offers a host of benefits. Exercise can help increase the blood flow throughout the body and also reduce inflammation. Staying in one position for too long makes it harder for the veins to pump blood back to the heart. Also, poor posture, like sitting with the legs crossed, increases the pressure on the veins.
Exercise also helps lose or maintain an ideal weight, balance the hormones and lower the blood pressure. All these factors are known to contribute to the development of varicose veins but can be effectively managed with exercise.

Certain exercises, like calf-raises, side lunges, and leg lifts help stretch and strengthen the veins around the legs. Other low-impact activities like bicycling, walking and swimming also help alleviate pressure from the veins in the legs.

Maintaining a Healthy Weight

People who are overweight are more likely to develop varicose veins, especially overweight women and older adults. Carrying excess body weight puts higher amounts of pressure on your veins and can contribute to inflammation or reflux, especially in the largest superficial veins, such as the saphenous vein in the legs.

Habits to Change

It is common for people to remain seated for long hours in today’s time. Sitting and standing for long hours should be avoided, and gentle stretches and exercises should be incorporated in everyday life to keep the circulation up.
Additionally, sitting or lying down with the legs elevated is an important preventive measure.
One should avoid wearing high heels for long durations.
There are various compression stockings available that are recommended for use. These stockings squeeze the leg muscles and help them move the blood efficiently.

Foods to Eat to Manage Varicose Veins

An Anti-Inflammatory Diet

Foods that help improve blood flow and reverse inflammation can be consumed to speed up the process of healing varicose veins. These foods also help prevent future episodes of varicose veins. Some anti-inflammatory foods that help reduce varicose veins include:

Foods with Antioxidants

Flavonoids, vitamin E, and vitamin C are important oxidants found in berries, green vegetables, and citrus fruits. These foods help fight inflammation, improve the health of the arteries and strengthen the veins. Vitamin E acts as a natural blood thinner and prevents blood clots, while vitamin C works on the health of the skin and serves as a potent anti-inflammatory.

Foods Rich in Magnesium

Some of the most common signs of electrolyte deficiencies like magnesium and potassium are issues with blood pressure, leg cramps and pooling of blood. Foods like sweet potatoes, avocados, cruciferous vegetables, bananas and leafy vegetables contain these essential electrolytes and should be added to the diet.

Foods High in Fiber

Fiber found in food helps improve the heart function as well as the functioning of the digestive system. Lack of fiber can cause constipation, which leads to increased pressure on the veins near the abdomen and legs.
High fiber foods like flaxseeds, fresh fruits, chia seeds, sprouted legumes, vegetables and ancient grains.

Foods that are Spicy

Spicy foods like curries and cayenne peppers heat up the body and increase blood circulation. They also help control the appetite and weight.

Diuretics to Reduce Water Retention 

Foods with diuretic properties help increase urination to reduce water retention in the body. Cucumber, fresh herbs like parsley and basil, asparagus, fennel, and celery are natural diuretics.

Foods to Avoid incase of Varicose Veins 

A poor diet leads to weight gain, low circulation, hormonal imbalances, blood pressure issues, and in some cases, arterial damage.
Some foods to avoid include sugar, alcohol, trans fats, caffeine and processed foods. Such foods also tend to contain large amounts of sodium, which (when taken in excess) dehydrates the body. These foods may also contain toxins that can make the swelling in the varicose veins much worse.

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Top Homeopathic Remedies for Orchitis

Orchitis refers to the inflammation of testicles. It can be one-sided (unilateral) or both sided (bilateral). In most cases, orchitis is caused by a bacterial infection or a viral infection. Homeopathic treatment for orchitis carries an excellent scope to treat the problem for long-term results. Homeopathic medicines for orchitis boost the body’s immune system to fight the infection causing orchitis and promote natural healing. They help reduce the inflammation in the testicles and manage the associated symptoms like pain in the testicles, heaviness in the testicles, groin pain, painful / burning urination, painful ejaculation, and discharge from the penis.

Homeopathic Remedies for Orchitis

Clematis Erecta – Homeopathic Remedy for Orchitis with Painful, Inflamed, Swollen Testicles

Clematis Erecta is a natural homeopathic medicine used to treat orchitis. It is prepared from the leaves and stem of a plant named ‘Virgin’s Bower’ that belongs to the Ranunculaceae family. A person needing Clematis Erecta has painful, inflamed, and swollen testicles. A bruised feeling in the testicles may be present, along with a drawing or shooting pain in the testes. The pain from testicles tends to extend to the groins and the thighs. Swelling in the groin on the same side as that of the inflamed testicles also appears. Sometimes, a pinching pain is felt in the testicles. The testicles are also painful to touch. Walking worsens the pain.
Clematis is also indicated for a burning pain that appears during ejaculation. The patient may have a history of gonorrhea.

Rhododendron Chrysanthum – Effective Homeopathic Medicine for Orchitis when Testicles are Sore and Painful to Touch

Rhododendron Chrysanthum is a natural medicine prepared from fresh leaves of a plant commonly named ‘Yellow Snow Rose.’ The natural order of this plant is Ericaceae. Use of Rhododendron is considered when testicles are very sore and painful to touch. The soreness extends from the testicles to abdomen, thighs or perineum. The nature of pain in the testicles varies from drawing, sticking, bruised, pressing, pricking or tearing. The pain in testicles gets worse from sitting, and there is relief from motion or walking. A thin discharge from the urethra may be present. Fever may attend orchitis. There may be enlargement of testicles after chronic orchitis and swelling of testicles post gonorrhea.

Spongia Tosta – Natural Homeopathic Medicine for Orchitis with Stitching, Shooting Pain in Testicles

Spongia Tosta is indicated for orchitis with stitching and shooting pain in the testicles. The pain from the testicles may extend to the groin and the spermatic cord. Pain in testicles can get worse from touch. In a few cases that call for the use of Spongia, a pinching or squeezing pain in the testicles is felt. Along with orchitis, the epididymis may be enlarged and hardened. A heated sensation in the scrotum, testicle and spermatic cord is usually present.

Conium Maculatum – Natural Homeopathic Cure for Orchitis with Painful Ejaculation

Conium Maculatum is a natural medicine for orchitis where the affected person experiences painful ejaculation. The testicles are swollen with cutting pains in testicles.
The pain from testicles extends to the root of the penis. Sometimes, pressing and tearing pains in testes may be present. It is also indicated for very severe pains in the testicles that appear during the night, often waking the person from sleep.

Pulsatilla Nigricans – Natural Homeopathic Remedy for Orchitis following Mumps Infection

Pulsatilla Nigricans is a natural remedy for orchitis prepared from a plan called ‘Wind Flower.’ This plant belongs to the family Ranunculaceae. Pulsatilla Nigricans offers natural homeopathic treatment for orchitis that follows a mumps infection. There is an aching, burning pain in the swollen testicles. The testes are also sore with tearing, lacerating or burning pains. Testicles are very tender to touch. Sometimes, there may be a severe, pressing pain in testicles. The pain may extend to the abdomen and loins. Standing and walking worsens the testicle pain. A deep-seated pain is felt in the groins too. Fever, nausea, and vomiting may arise with orchitis. Along with a swollen testicle, the epididymis is also swollen (a condition known as epididymitis). A thick yellow or yellow-green discharge from the penis may be present.

Nux Vomica – Homeopathic Medicine for Orchitis with Swelling and Hardness of Testicles

Nux Vomica is indicated when there is inflammation of testicles with swelling and hardness. The testes are sensitive and painful to touch. A pain of constrictive, and drawing nature is present in the testicles. Pressure and motion worsen the pain. Cramp-like pain and contraction in spermatic cord may be felt. A thin discharge from the penis may appear. Burning on urinating is also present.

Merc Sol – Natural Homeopathic Medicine for Orchitis with Gonorrhea Infection

Merc Sol is a well-indicated natural remedy for orchitis linked to a gonorrhea infection. The person needing Merc Sol has swollen, hard testicles with a drawing pain that extends to the groins, abdomen, and legs. There is a yellowish-greenish discharge from the penis. The discharge may be worse at night. Other symptoms include painful erections, burning in the urethra while passing urine.

Cantharis Vesicatoria – Effective Homeopathic Treatment for Orchitis with Painful, Burning Urination

Cantharis Vesicatoria is recommended for orchitis treatment when the testes are swollen, inflamed, and painful. A predominating symptom that indicates the need for this medicine is painful, burning urination. A burning, smarting, pain is intensely felt while passing urine. Sometimes, cutting pain in the urethra is also present. Another attending symptom is burning pain in the urethra after coitus.

The Main Cause of Orchitis

A viral infection that mainly leads to orchitis is mumps. Bacterial orchitis primarily results from epididymitis (infection of epididymis – a coiled tube at the back of the testicle that stores sperm while they mature and transports sperms from testicles to vas deferens).
Bacteria mainly associated with orchitis are E.coli and staphylococcus.

Risk Factors Associated with Orchitis

The risk factors for orchitis from sexually transmitted infections include – having a partner with a sexually transmitted disease, having unprotected sex with multiple sexual partners, or himself having a history of any sexually transmitted infection.

Risk factors for orchitis other than from sexually transmitted infection are – repeated urinary tract infections (UTI’s), any surgery of urinary tract or genitals, congenital problems of the urinary tract, and not being vaccinated against mumps virus.

Signs and Symptoms of Orchitis

The signs and symptoms of orchitis may be present on one side, or on both sided. These symptoms include pain in the testicles, swelling in testicles, heaviness in the swollen testicles, pain in the groin, tenderness in testicles, painful and burning urination, painful ejaculation, blood in the semen, discharge, nausea, fever, vomiting, and swollen lymph nodes of the groin area.

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Homeopathic Remedies for Heavy Bleeding During Periods

Homeopathic Remedies for Heavy Bleeding During Periods

Heavy-periods-homeopathyHeavy and excessive bleeding during periods is not normal and calls for medical intervention. In medical terminology, excessive bleeding during periods and prolonged periods continuing for more than a week are referred to as Menorrhagia. The cause can be as simple as a little exertion to pathological conditions like fibroid in uterus and hypothyroidism. Women of menopausal age experience heavy bleeding known as flooding. Excessive bleeding can also be a result of an inflammatory condition in the uterus. Made of natural substances, Homeopathic medicines can cure Menorrhagia with zero side effects. Homeopathic treatment offers complete recovery from heavy bleeding during periods in women.

Homeopathy can completely cure heavy bleeding during periods.

Homeopathic medicines are a very safe remedy for heavy bleeding during periods. Homeopathic treatment can completely cure women who experience heavy periods. To ensure that the woman suffering from heavy bleeding during periods gets the right Homeopathic treatment, there are a few key characteristics that are taken into account. The first thing to notice is the colour of the blood: whether it is bright red, pale, dark or black. It is also important to know about the fluidity of blood — whether the blood is fluid, clotted or both. The next characteristic to notice is whether the blood flow is oozing, gushing or has any other form. Whether there is any pain associated with bleeding is another important question to be kept in mind before recommending the Homeopathic medicine. Each woman experiencing heavy periods is also asked whether there are additional symptoms like nausea, vomiting, loose stool or headache. Attention should also be paid to finding out any underlying cause. The appropriate Homeopathic medicine is recommended after going through all these details. It may sound that a lot of questions are being asked, but remember, selecting the right Homeopathic medicine is important as it will do wonders to cure heavy and excessive bleeding during periods.

Top Homeopathic Medicines for Heavy Bleeding During Periods

Sabina: Best Homeopathic Remedy for Heavy Bleeding during Periods

Sabina is the top Homeopathic medicine for controlling heavy bleeding during periods. This Homeopathic remedy is very beneficial when the bleeding during periods is both excessive and prolonged. A few women may also have an early appearance of periods before the expected date. The bleeding increases with the slightest motion. Regarding the character of blood for using Homeopathic medicine Sabina, it is partly fluid and partly clotted blood flow. The bleeding is accompanied by pain in the sacrum that radiates to pubes. Sabina is also a Homeopathic remedy of great help for women who have excessive bleeding during menopause.

Ferrum Metallicum: Homeopathic Medicine for Heavy Bleeding of Watery Character during Periods

Homeopathic medicine Ferrum Metallicum is useful in all those cases of heavy bleeding where excessive bleeding of very thin, even watery, form is experienced by women. Ferrum Metallicum is thus the ideal Homeopathic treatment for menstrual bleeding which is excessive and thin. The periods also continue for a long duration in addition to heaviness. Homeopathic medicine Ferrum Metallicum, or Ferrum Met as it is known, is also very beneficial for weak and anemic (lack of blood) women who suffer from heavy bleeding during periods.

China: Top Homeopathic Medicine for Weakness after Heavy Bleeding during Periods

Homeopathic medicine China is the best cure for women who experience weakness, even to a degree that they faint, after prolonged heavy menstrual bleeding. The bleeding is substantial and painful. Clots of dark blood may pass during bleeding. Homeopathic remedy China has twin benefits: it halts the long continuing heavy bleeding and also helps the women recover promptly from the weakness and exhaustion due to blood loss. For women who feel weak as a result of heavy bleeding during periods, Homeopathic medicine China never disappoints.

Borax: Homeopathic Medicine for Gripping Pain during Heavy Menstrual Bleeding

Borax is a Homeopathic remedy of great help for women who experience intense pain in the womb and lower abdomen during menstrual bleeding. The pain from the abdomen may extend to the lower back. Profuse bleeding during periods and pain also result in nausea in a few women. Borax thus is the best Homeopathic medicine when women experience painful and excessive bleeding during periods along with nausea.

Belladonna: Homeopathic Remedy for Pain in Hips during Heavy Bleeding in Periods

Belladonna is the top Homeopathic cure for heavy bleeding during periods with pain in hips. The blood is mostly bright red in colour and flows abundantly. A few women complain that the blood feels hot too. Belladonna is also a Homeopathic remedy of great help for women who have a severe headache with excessive bleeding during periods.

Calcarea Carb: Homeopathic Medicine for Vertigo During Heavy Bleeding in Periods

Calcarea Carb is a highly beneficial Homeopathic remedy when vertigo accompanies heavy bleeding during periods. Calcarea Carb is recommended when the periods are excessive and the duration is prolonged. In patients of hypothyroidism with heavy periods, Homeopathic medicine Calcarea Carb is of great help. The woman may also have very cold feet with heavy bleeding. Homeopathic medicine Calcarea Carb also proves its effectiveness in controlling excess bleeding due to tumours in uterus like in fibroid or polyp uterus.

Homeopathic Medicines Millifolium and Ipecac for Bright Red, Heavy Bleeding during Periods

Millifolium is a very helpful Homeopathic cure for halting heavy bleeding during periods when the blood is bright red in colour. The periods are excessive as well as prolonged. Homeopathic medicine Ipecac works well when bright red blood gushes out in excess from the womb. Nausea is a constant companion with heavy bleeding in women needing Ipecac.

Homeopathic Medicines Cyclamen, Crocus and Hamamelis for Dark Heavy Bleeding during Periods

Cyclamen, Crocus and Hamamelis are very helpful Homeopathic medicines for stopping heavy bleeding during periods when the blood gushing out is dark in colour or blackish.  Cyclamen is the best Homeopathic remedy when the blood is dark or black in colour and clotted. Crocus is the ideal Homeopathic medicine when the woman experiences heavy black bleeding and the blood forms long strings. Hamamelis is the best Homeopathic treatment when the bleeding is heavy and dark or black in colour in the fluid form.

Homeopathic Medicine Ferrum Met for Heavy Bleeding of Pale Watery Blood

Homeopathic medicine Ferrum Met is of great help for women who experience heavy bleeding of pale thin watery blood. The bleeding is both excessive as well as prolonged. Ferrum Met is the best Homeopathic cure for women with watery excessive hemorrhages during periods.

Homeopathic Medicine Sabina for Heavy Bleeding of Partly Fluid and Partly Clotted Blood

Sabina is the top Homeopathic medicine for women who have heavy menstrual bleeding of fluid and clotted blood in combination. Most women needing Sabina feel that the bleeding gets worse with the slightest motion. Sabina is a also a very effective Homeopathic remedy for controlling excessive bleeding in menopausal women.                                                             

Homeopathic Medicines Thalaspi and Trillium Pendulum for Heavy Bleeding in Fibroid Tumours of Uterus

Homeopathic medicine Thalaspi is the best hemorrhage controller in women who have very prolonged periods with heavy bleeding due to fibroid uterus. The blood also contains large clots. Severe colic in abdomen and backache may also show in addition to bleeding for using Thalaspi. The bleeding may continue up to two weeks. In contrast to Thalaspi, Homeopathic medicine Trillium is of great help when heavy bleeding from the fibroid is bright red in colour without any clots. The woman may also experience pain in the hips and back and the bleeding increases with the slightest motion.

Homeopathic Medicines Sabina, Ustilago, China and Trillium for Excessive Bleeding during Menopause

Sabina is a very effective Homeopathic cure for heavy bleeding during menopause when even the slightest motion worsens the condition. The blood is partly fluid and partly clotted. Homeopathic medicine Ustilago is the best remedy when dark clotted blood defines the heavy periods in menopause. The clots may even turn into strings. China is the ideal Homeopathic remedy when exhaustion and faintness occur due to heavy flooding during periods. Trillium is the best Homeopathic medicine when bright red bleeding occurs during menopause with pain in the back and hips.

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Homeopathic Treatment for Chronic Lyme Disease

Lyme disease, also known as ‘Lyme borreliosis’ is a tick-borne, infectious disease which is caused by a bacteria. It spreads from the bite from ticks infected by the bacterium. It is caused by the bacteria (of the type borrelia) known as Borrelia burgdoferi. The bacteria travel through the infected site to the central bloodstream and settle into various body tissues, causing different symptoms within the body. A person can also experience autoimmune activity triggered by this bacterium if Lyme disease is not treated correctly, and it can lead to chronic lifelong symptoms. Homeopathic treatment for Lyme disease helps moderate the immune system and helps reduce the severity of the symptoms caused by the bacteria.

Lyme Disease: Symptoms

Medically, Lyme disease in a person develops in three phases:

First Stage

Early Localized Infection – It occurs within three to 30 days after the bite of an infected tick that transmits the infection. In this stage the, the infection is limited to the area of tick bite on the skin, and it does not spread in the body.

Erythema Chronicum Migrans (EM): It refers to outwardly expanding rash which occurs at the site of the bite of a tick. The rash is red and painless. The rash appears like a bull’s eye which is characterized as the innermost portion which remains dark red and indurated (firmer and thicker), the outer portion remains red, and the area in between both portions is clear. 70 – 80 % of the infected people represent with EM in early infection. 20 – 30 % of people can have Lyme disease without the EM rash.
EM is the hallmark of Lyme disease.

Flu-like Symptoms: The rash is often accompanied by fever, malaise, headache, muscular soreness and swollen lymph nodes.

Second Stage

Early Disseminated Infection – After the onset of local infection, within a span of days to weeks, the bacteria (Borrelia) begin to travel through the bloodstream.
EM rash may start to develop at various other sites of the body (apart from the original tick bite site).

Borrelia lymphocytoma: It is a purple colored lump that develops on the earlobe, nipple or scrotum. This skin condition is found in Lyme disease sufferers of Europe but is absent in North American patients.

Neuroborreliosis: It refers to acute neurological issues that appear in approximately 10-15 % of untreated people. The symptoms include facial palsy (loss of muscle tone of one or both sides of the face), meningitis which can cause severe headaches, a stiffness of neck and sensitivity to light, inflammation of nerve roots of the spinal cord, mild encephalitis which can lead to disturbance in sleep, mood changes or memory loss.

The adverse impact of this disease is the disturbance of the electrical conduction system of the heart leading to an abnormality of heart rhythms such as Atrioventricular block (AV block).

Third Stage

Late disseminated infection – Also termed as chronic Lyme disease or post-treatment Lyme disease syndrome (PTLDS), t includes symptoms of Lyme disease as a result of the immune response of the affected tissues of the body towards borrelia bacteria. In this stage, the infection spreads entirely throughout the body.
Untreated or inadequately treated Lyme disease patients can develop chronic or severe symptoms after several months of onset of this disease. These symptoms involve many parts of the body including the brain, joints, eyes, nerves, and heart.

Late disseminated infection includes:

Fatigue: The hallmark of chronic Lyme disease is a feeling of tiredness. Muscle aches and constant severe headache often accompany the fatigue. The fatigue can linger for many years. The symptoms can mimic chronic fatigue syndrome or fibromyalgia. (1)

Polyneuropathy: Patients experience shooting pains, numbness and tingling sensation in the hands and feet.

Lyme Encephalopathy: This includes neurologic symptoms. 5 % of untreated patients experience neurologic symptoms that involve insomnia (lack of sleep), cognitive difficulties, personality changes and a general feeling of being unwell, chronic fatigue and lethargy.

Chronic encephalomyelitis: It can be a progressive issue and affected person deal with:

  • Cognitive difficulties
  • Migraines
  • Brain fog
  • Issues in balancing
  • Weakness of legs
  • Bladder issues
  • Vertigo
  • Pain in back

Psychosis: A rare occurrence in untreated Lyme disease cases, it refers to an abnormal condition of mind in which a person has false beliefs and sees or hears things that others do not see.
The patient can also experience anxiety and panic attacks along with delusional behavior accompanied by derealisation or depersonalization syndrome (the person feels being detached from oneself or reality).

Acrodermatitis Chronic Atrophicans (ACA): ACA is a chronic skin condition and has been noticed in elderly people in Europe. ACA starts as a reddish-blue patch of discolored skin, mainly on the back of feet or hands. The lesion starts becoming thin and wrinkled over several weeks or months. If not treated properly, it can become hairless and dry.

Lyme Arthritis: Arthritis in Lyme disease mainly affects the knees. In some people, it can involve other joints like elbows, wrists, hips, ankles, and shoulders. There is swelling of the affected joint with pain which is mild to moderate in intensity. There are chances of formation of Baker’s cyst (fluid-filled cyst behind the knee) which can rupture. Joint erosions are also seen in some cases.

Homeopathic Treatment for Lyme Disease

Homeopathic medicines for Lyme disease are selected according to the most prominent symptoms of the disease. These medicines help moderate the immune system and offer a natural treatment for Lyme Disease. There are no side effects of homeopathic treatment and it is safe for use in people of all ages.
The most commonly indicated medicines for Lyme disease in the conventional system of treatment are antibiotics- oral or intravenous, which are often prescribed for several weeks. Side effects related to intravenous antibiotics include lowering of white blood cells and mild to severe diarrhea.
Although some patients may require corticosteroids, painkillers, NSAIDs, and muscle relaxants in acute cases, these medications do not work long-term.
In cases of chronic Lyme disease, continued use of these medicines can give rise to side effects like loss of appetite and digestion issues, lowering of blood pressure, mental symptoms such as poor memory and mental fogginess, body pain and numbness.

Homeopathic Medicines for Lyme Disease

Arsenicum Album – Homeopathic Treatment for Lyme Disease with Chronic Fatigue

The homeopathic medicine Arsenicum album is a metal-based remedy which is prepared from Arsenic. Arsenicum album is prepared by isolating arsenic from various metals, such as cobalt, nickel, and iron. Highly diluted arsenic preparations are used to make of Arsenicum album. It is a well-indicated remedy for weakness and body fatigue in Lyme disease. Characteristic of this remedy includes a marked weakness and extreme restlessness. It is also indicated in cases of Lyme disease when there are tearing pains in the limbs, which gets worse during the night and while the person is at rest after exertion. There is a sudden decrease in strength during the second stage of Lyme disease, which is well indicative of this remedy.

Key indications for using Arsenicum Album for Lyme Disease:

– Fatigue
– Extreme Restlessness
– Tearing Pains

Ledum Palustre – Homeopathic Treatment for Lyme Disease with Skin Rash

The homeopathic medicine Ledum palustre is prepared from Ledum, also known as marsh tea. Ledum or wild rosemary is a herb which is found in the marshlands all over the United States, Canada, and northern Europe. The fresh herb is dried and then powdered to prepare this remedy. Ledum belongs to the family Ericaceae.
Ledum is known for its antiseptic properties and is useful in preventing infections. Ledum palustre is a well-indicated remedy for insect stings, including tick bites. It is also indicated for a twitching sensation around skin rash. The area of the tick bite is cold to the touch.

Key indications for using Ledum Palustre for Lyme Disease:

– Tick Bite
-Twitching Sensation around the rash

Rhus Toxicodendron – Homeopathic Treatment for Lyme disease with Arthritis

The homeopathic medicine Rhus tox is prepared from poison ivy- a vine-like shrub. This shrub is found naturally all over North America and belongs to the Anacardiaceae family. The leaves and stalks of this shrub are collected at night to prepare Rhus Toxicodendron. Rhus tox has given tremendous results in arthritis, especially of knee joints in Lyme disease patients. There is stiffness and painful swelling of the knee joint which becomes better by warmth. It is also indicated for joint problems in the elbows and ankles in some instances of Lyme disease. A tingling sensation in feet and other places of the body is also treated with this remedy.

Key Indications for using Rhus Tox for Lyme Disease

– Knee Joint Arthritis
– Tingling Sensation

Belladonna – Homeopathic Treatment for Lyme disease with Constant Headache

The homeopathic medicine Belladonna is prepared from the Belladonna plant. Belladonna plant is also known by other names such as nightshade, devil’s cherry, and Atropa belladonna. It is a herbaceous plant, and it belongs to the Solanaceae family. Belladonna is a perennial plant and is found in Europe, North Africa, and Western Asia. The entire belladonna plant is used to prepare the belladonna medicine. Belladonna is a top graded medicine for migraine in patients of chronic Lyme disease. The headache is pulsating and throbbing in character. There is a feeling of extreme fullness in the head. Noise and light seem to worsen the headache of Lyme disease patients. Cold air, head bath with cold water acts as aggravating (increasing) factor for the migraine. Applying hard pressure on the head helps relieve the pain.

Kali Phosphoricum – Homeopathic medicine for Brain fog in chronic Lyme Disease

Kali phosphoricum is a well-indicated remedy for patients of Lyme disease where there is mental fatigue from overwork. There is dullness of mind, loss of memory, a lack of interest in talking and the person suffers from forgetfulness. The characteristic symptom of using this remedy is a low, nervous condition with sensitivity. The person is easily fatigued.

Aconitum Napellus – Homeopathic Treatment for Lyme Disease with Anxiety and Palpitations

The homeopathic medicine Aconitum napellus is prepared from the herb called aconite, also known as Monkshood. The aconite herb belongs to the family Ranunculaceae. The whole plant, leaving the root. is used to prepare Aconitum. This herb is indigenous to the region from the Himalayas to Europe. As a remedy, Aconite is recommended for Lyme disease patients when they suffer from anxiety as a result of chronic effects of this disease. Patients go into a state of mental and emotional shock and experience a fear of death. Panic attacks and shock, restlessness and inconsolable anxiety, tachycardia (heart rate that exceeds the normal resting rate) with palpitations, fainting palpitations with tingling in fingers and palpitations from motion and pulse are other symptoms that call for this remedy.

Conium – Homeopathic Treatment for Lyme Disease with Vertigo

The homeopathic medicine Conium is prepared from the hemlock plant. This plant is a perennial herbaceous flowering plant and belongs to the Apiaceae family. The plant originally belongs to Europe, particularly Britain, Africa and different regions of Asia. The leaves, roots and flowering stems of the hemlock plant are used to prepare Conium. The curative effects of Conium are seen in cases of Vertigo especially in Lyme disease (in the later stages of the disease).
Vertigo appears as a sensation where the person looking steadily at an object feels like the object is spinning.
Vertigo upon rising, or going down the stairs may be present, along with weakness and an inclination to sleep. There is numb feeling in the brain as if stupefied, which gets worse upon turning over in bed.

Thuja – Homeopathic Treatment for Delusions as a result of Lyme Disease

The homeopathic medicine Thuja is prepared by using the leaves and twigs of the thuja plant. Thuja tree belongs to the Cupressaceae family. Out of five, two species of Thuja trees are found in North America and the remaining three species are found growing in eastern regions of Asia. Thuja is a well-indicated remedy for delusions and has given good results in Lyme disease patients who have fixed ideas and delusions in later part of the disease. Delusions as if a strange person is by the side and delusions as if the body were fragile are present. There is dullness of mind with sadness. The person feels depressed, isolated and alone.

How to Distinguish Lyme Disease from Fibromyalgia?

Both fibromyalgia and Lyme disease can cause fatigue and pain, but there are many differences between them
The cause for fibromyalgia is not clear, but it is related to genetic factors, often triggered by stress (physical or emotional stress), and associated conditions like osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and Ankylosing spondylitis. Fibromyalgia gives rise to widespread pain and tender points, body fatigue, depression, headache, pain, and cramping in the lower abdominal region.

Lyme disease, on the other hand, is an infectious tick-borne disease caused by the bacteria of borrelia type. After the bite of the tick, the bacteria penetrate into the bloodstream and trigger symptoms inside the body. Symptoms of Lyme disease include a headache, chill, fever, swelling of lymph nodes and a rash called Erythema migrans. As the condition takes the chronic form, there are chances of developing arthritis, nerve involvement leading to numbness or tingling sensation, depression, anxiety, palpitations and short-term memory loss.

Although symptoms overlap between Fibromyalgia and Lyme disease, these diseases are distinguished by the presence of a rash which is a hallmark of Lyme disease (called Erythema Migrans). There is no such rash in fibromyalgia.

Chronic Lyme Disease: Causes and Transmission

The causative agent of Lyme disease is bacteria. The main type of bacteria causing Lyme disease in the United States are Borrelia burgdoferi and Borrelia mayonii. In Europe and Asia, Borrelia afzelii and Borrelia garinii are the causative bacteria. The primary vector for transmitting the bacteria to humans in Lyme disease is an infected black-legged or deer tick. Ticks which are frequently found on deer carry the bacterium in their stomach and transmit it to humans when they bite. People working in grassy and heavily wooded areas are more prone to get Lyme disease.
Lyme disease is not contagious.

Ticks crawl over your clothes or body for many hours before they get attached to your skin. Ticks are usually found in the scalp, groin or armpits, but they can attach to any part of your body. It takes at least 36 to 48 hours for an infected tick to pass bacteria to the body once it is attached to the skin. Most ticks cause infection in the nymphal stage (immature form of ticks, before larval stage) since they are very small in this stage and feed for a longer duration of time before they are detected.

Lyme Disease: Risk Factors

Exposure to wooded or grassy areas: Deer ticks thrive in wooded areas of Midwest and the northeastern region of the United States. Children and Adults with outdoor occupation working in these areas are at a high risk of contracting Lyme disease.

Not removing ticks properly after exposure: For transmission of bacteria from an infected tick to the human body, the tick needs to be attached to the body for at least 36 to 48 hours. The chances of developing Lyme disease grow low if the tick is removed within two days of exposure.

Lyme Disease: Complications

Lyme disease can cause permanent damage to the joints, brain, nervous system and heart. Significant complications of Lyme disease include increased risk of developing an autoimmune form of arthritis, as a result of chronic Lyme disease (even after the treatment) which includes:
Rheumatoid Arthritis
Psoriatic Arthritis
Peripheral spondyloarthritis

Lyme Disease: Management

Prevention is the most important step when it comes to Lyme Disease. Some preventive measures include:

  • Use insect repellent and bug sprays.
  • Use tweezers to remove ticks even if your body is exposed to ticks.

Dealing with Lyme Disease:

Since in the later stages Lyme disease takes the autoimmune form, the best way to manage chronic Lyme disease is by boosting your immune system.

Sleep and Management of Emotional Stress:

Stress triggers inflammation and disturbs the hormonal balance of the body. One should get enough sleep (at least 6 to 8 hours per day) and avoid stress to improve body functioning.

Foods to Eat

Consume anti-inflammatory foods like vegetables, nuts, and seeds, and antioxidant-rich foods like green leafy vegetables and berries.
Foods rich in probiotics (like yogurt) help to reduce the progression of Lyme disease.

Supplements to improve cell functioning include:

Vitamin D3 – It helps to boost the immunity, and so supplements rich in vitamin D3 should be a part of the daily diet.

Omega -3 Fatty Acids – These fatty acids play an anti-inflammatory role and improve cognitive functions. Fish-oil supplements should be taken daily.

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