HAEMORRHOIDS (PILES)

Haemorrhoids arise from congestion of the internal and/or external venous plexuses around the anal canal. They are extremely common in adults. The aetiology is unknown, although they are associated with constipation and straining and may develop for the first time during pregnancy. First – degree piles bleed, while second degree piles prolapse but retract spontaneously. Third degree piles are those which require manual replacement after prolapsing. Bright red rectal bleeding occurs after defecation. Other symptoms include pain, pruritis ani and mucus discharge. Treatment involves measures to prevent constipation and straining.

Severe pain occurs on defecation and there may be minor bleedimg, mucus discharge and pruritus. The skin may be indurated and sentinel pile adjacent to the fissure is common.

  • DO’S & DONT’S FOR PILES/FISSURES :-
  • Junk food
  • Bakery Products: Burger, Pizza, Patty, Cake
  • Spicy Curries
  • Coffee, Tea
  • Dairy Products : Cheese,Butter
  • Maida
  • Processed food
  • Garam masala, Red chilly
  • Non – veg.
  • Protein diet in dinner : Rajma, Chhole, Paneer, Beans.
  • Never stop your nature call : Go to stool when you feel.

DO’S –

  • Fruits : Apples, Banana, Oranges
  • Salads
  • Oats, Brown rice
  • Butter Milk
  • Fibres : Porridge, Cabbage
  • Vegetables : Spinach, Cabbage, Broccoli, Cucumber, Carrots
  • Drink adequate amount of water.

ALOPECIA(BALDNESS)

Alopecia areata is a recurrent non-scarring type of hair loss from some or all areas of the body and it can manifest in different patterns. It occurs when the immune system mistakenly attacks hair follicles where hair growth begins. Thus, it is a type of systemic autoimmune disorder in which the body attacks its anagen hair follicles and suppresses or stops hair growth. Alopecia areata is a fairly common skin disorder, and about 1% of the population is affected at any given time. 

Causes

  1. Heredity
  2. Drugs
  3. Nutritional deficiencies
  4. Systemic illness
  5. Stress
  6. Hormonal cause – High level of male hormones (both in men and women)
  7. Thyroid disorders

 

Signs and Symptoms

Although alopecia areata is often asymptomatic, approximately 14% of the patients experience pruritus and burning sensation in the affected area. The condition is usually localized when it first appears, as follows:

  1. Single patch – 80%
  2. Two patches – 2.5%
  3. Multiple patches – 7.7%

Role of Homoeopathy in Alopecia Areata
Homoeopathic treatment for alopecia is very effective. After homoeopathic treatment, the process of baldness stops, and new hair growth begins. Homeopathic treatment for alopecia areata involves stimulating the immune system. Once alopecia is treated with homeopathy, the chances of the problem occurring again are also highly reduced. Many homeopathic medicines are effective in the treatment of alopecia, but one needs to go for constitutional analysis before any prescription is made. The homeopathic approach towards management of alopecia is holistic, which takes into account the patient’s physical symptoms along with their mental and genetic makeup. It finds out the root cause of alopecia and aids in a cure.

Hair loss due to any mental and physical stress can be well-treated by proper homeopathic treatment, as medicines have a good impact on the psychological and physiological level. Thus, it helps maintain a healthy mental condition and a healthy balance of stress hormones, which have a bad impact on the hair follicles.Many other drugs have strong side-effects on the body, including hair follicles. They destroy the healthy atmosphere of the hair follicles and cause massive immature hair loss. Homeopathy neutralizes the toxic effects of the strong chemical drugs and also helps accelerate the body’s auto detoxification process. The homeopathic treatment not only checks the hair loss ailment but also treats the person as a whole. In addition to homeopathic treatment, a healthy nutrition habit is also highly required for a healthy hair and hair follicle

A low-protein and iron-deficient diet can make the hair weak and thin. Therefore, a well-balanced natural diet is strongly advisable for healthy hair. Although homeopathic medicines, such as Phosphorus, Baryta carb, Lycopodium, and Silicea, have excellent results, it is advisable to go for constitutional treatment for permanent cure.

UTERINE FIBROIDS

A fibroid is a benign tumor of the uterus. It can grow in and around the uterus.

Symptoms

  1. Long and excessive bleeding during menstrual periods
  2. Pelvic pain or pressure
  3. Swollen abdomen
  4. Frequent urination

Fibroids can also cause fertility and pregnancy problems, depending on their size and location.

Treatment of Fibroid

Surgical

  1. Myomectomy
  2. Hysterectomy

Non-surgical

  1. Hormone therapy: It helps shrink fibroids. Side effects of medications involve headaches and hot flashes.
  2. Uterine embolization: This procedure stops the blood supply to the fibroid, causing it to shrink and die.
  3. Birth control pills: They help control heavy periods
  4. Intrauterine devices: They release hormones to help reduce heavy bleeding and pain
  5. Reducing the level of estrogen in the body: Naturally occurring estrogen is stored in and manufactured by fat cells. Therefore, maintaining a healthy weight can decrease the amount of estrogen in the body.
  6. Warm fomentation: Warm bath or using a heating pad or hot water bottle on the abdomen and gentle massage helps relieve congestion.
  7. Pain relievers: They relieve the cramps or pain.

Role of Homeopathy in the Treatment of Fibroid

Homeopathy is one of the best alternative systems of medicine dealing with female complaints both acute and chronic. This system of medicine believes in the holistic concept (i.e., treating the individual as a whole). As the development of fibroid is a chronic process which occurs over a period of time, its cure is also gradual. The scope of homeopathy is good in the treatment of fibroid. The patient’s entire history is taken into consideration, which includes the chief complaint, associated complaint, mental state, previous history of any illness, menstrual history, obstetric history, physical generals, investigations, etc.

Based on this case history, a homeopathic similimum is selected.This homeopathic similimum stimulates the vital force, thereby improving the vitality of the patient. Once the vitality is regained, the body restores itself to health. Also, homeopathic medicines stop the progression of the disease along with the removal of signs and symptoms. Homeopathic medicines regulate the hormonal imbalance, which further helps to reduce the size of the fibroid.Nowadays, it is preferred over modern medicine to avoid side effects of oral contraceptive pills.

Also, it is of great help to patients who want to conceive, as there is no surgical interference done. So, homeopathy can come as a blessing in disguise for such patients. Homeopathic medicines help manage the symptoms of uterine fibroids as well as dissolve them. The time taken for cure depends on the size of the fibroid and intensity of symptoms.Important remedies in homeopathy used for treating fibroids are namely, Thalaspi Bursa Pastoris, Belladonna, Sepia Officinalis, Ustilago Maydis, Erigeron Canadensis, etc. In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

PCOD

Polycystic ovarian disease (PCOD), also known as polycystic ovary syndrome, is a common hormonal disorder, which occurs in women of reproductive age between 18 and 44 years. Patients with PCOD are seen to have multiple cysts in the ovary. These cysts cause excessive production of hormones called androgens by the ovaries and the adrenal glands. Androgens are the male hormones. They are present in small quantities in healthy females. Due to androgen overproduction, the ovarian follicles fail to mature and can cause a disturbance in menstrual periods.

Causes/Predisposing Factors

Symptoms

  1. Few, irregular, or absent menstrual periods
  2. Hirsutism (excessive hair growth) and androgenic alopecia (male pattern baldness) due to elevated androgens (testosterone)
  3. Acne associated with oily skin
  4. Obesity
  5. Mood swings, bloating
  6. Lack of ovulation causing infertility

Role of Homeopathy in PCOD
Compared with other alternative medical therapies, homeopathy has shown better efficacy in the management of PCOD. Homeopathic treatment of PCOD involves analysis of the chief complaints, evaluation of the root cause, and provision of homeopathic medicines, which help the therapeutic process. Homeopathy believes that chronic diseases, such as PCOD, are not precipitated by an external cause. In fact, such diseases manifest when the immunity or internal vitality of the body is deranged, thereby making it difficult for the body to heal itself. Homeopathy tries to restore the vitality of the body by the provision of a stimulus in the form of a small dose. Once the vitality regains its original balance, the body can nurse itself back to health without any external aid. However, along with the homeopathic medicine, patients also need to maintain their diet, do regular exercise, and sleep well.

The homeopathic approach toward the management of PCOD is holistic and individualistic, which takes into account the patient’s physical symptoms along with the mental and genetic makeup. Rapid progression of the disease can be halted with homeopathy, thereby evoking a feeling of general wellbeing. The homeopathic constitutional treatment is seen to reduce the hyperactivity of the glands, regulate the hormonal imbalance, and dissolve the cysts in the ovaries. Thus, homeopathy helps in the regularization of the menstrual cycle, which eliminates the need for hormone therapies and surgery, thereby increasing the chances of conception. Homeopathic medicines are safe and have no known side effects. Homeopathy does not target the cysts caused by PCOD, but the actual cause which is responsible for triggering the hormonal imbalance. Thus, homeopathy is an individualistic and holistic branch of medicine with good results in cases of PCOD. Natrum Mur, Pulsatilla, and Sepia are few of the known effective medications for PCOD in homeopathy.

ARTHRITIS

Arthritis is an inflamation of the joints, which can affect one or multiple joints. It is very common in old people, above the age of 65 years, but it can also develop in children, teens and young adults. The incidence of arthritis is greater in women than in men, and it is also common in people who are obese. Joint pain, stiffness and swelling are the most common symptoms of arthritis. The range of motion of the joint may also decrease, and the individual may experience redness of the skin around the joint. Morning stiffness of the joint, lasting for a few minutes, is usually seen with the complaint. Some patients may also experience other general symptoms, such as loss of appetite, low grade fever and feeling of lethargy. There are different types of arthritis with diverse causes and treatment methods.

TYPES OF ARTHRITIS –

1.Osteoarthritis

2.Autoimmune arthritis – where the body’s immune system destroys it’s joint.

3.Juvenile arthritis – which occurs in children.

4. Infectious arthritis – in which infection spreads from a different part of the body to the affected joint.

5. Psoriatic arthritis – which affects people with psoriasis.

6.Gout – where excessive uric acid gets deposited in the smaller joints.

CAUSES OF ARTHRITIS

  1. Injuries (damage to bone/ cartilage / ligament
  2. Infection
  3. Obesity
  4. Overuse of the joint
  5. Sprains
  6. Malignancy (cancerous changes)
  7. Dislocation
  8. Other causes (sarcoidosis, sickle cell disease, bleeding disorders, etc.)

ROLE OF HOMEOPATHY IN THE MANAGEMENT OF ARTHRITIS –

Homeopathy is a system of alternative medicine, which was founded by Dr. Samuel Hahnemann. It was discovered in the year 1796. It is based on the law of Like cures Like (simillia simillibus curentur), which states that the substances which cause the symptoms of the disease in the healthy people have the power to cure similar symptoms in the diseased people. Homeopathy is a holistic science which does not simply treat arthritis, but it treats the person with arthritis. In the homeopathic mode of treatment, the patient is asked to provide detailed information about the disease with other associated illness. It also includes an assesment of the patient’s emotional, and intellectual behaviour, lifestyle,diet and the history of all the diseases he had suffered till date.

Once, the case taking process is completed, homeopathic medicine is selected based on the disease severity and patient’s behaviour. This selected medicine not only acts on the disease but also improves the whole anatomy of the patient. The most commonly indicated homeopathic medicines in cases of arthritis are Rhus Toxicodendron, Bryonia Alba, Apis Mellifica, Belladonna and Ruta.

SUMMARY –

By restoring the entire system, homeopathy not only treats the symptoms of arthritis but also achieves equilibrium within the individual.

HOMEOPATHY DURING PREGNANCY

Self care with homeopathy during pregnancy could be rewarding. A correctly chosen homeopathic medicine can work efficiently to relieve discomfort and help the body to heal itself without any side effects.

Pregnancy is an interesting and absorbing time for most women and can also involve a great deal of stress. Many emotional, hormonal and physical changes take place as baby grows inside the womb.

Homeopathy during pregnancy is safe for your growing baby because only a minute amount of medicine is used in preparation of medicines.

Homeopathy is safe even before conception, during pregnancy and even during breast feeding.

Common Ailments during pregnancy and its treatment:

  1. Morning Sickness – Colchicum, Sepia, Symphoric Carpus Pacemosa.
  2. Vomitting – Ipecac, Nux Vomica
  3. Constipation -Nux Vomica
  4. Cough – Chamomilla,Causticum/ Conium
  5. Backache – Kai carb, Aesculus
  6. Piles – Hamamelis 30, Aesculus

During Labour –

1.Caulophyllum200 for difficult labour where cervix is slow to dilate and pains are strong but ineffective.

2.Pulsatilla – where contactions are irregular and weak, cervix is slow to dilate. Puls 1M is effective in inducing labour.

3. Gelsemium – Rigid os

4. Post Partum Hmg – Arnica 200

But, one should always consult your physician before taking any medicines.

DO’S AND DONT’S DURING PREGNANCY:-

  • Take folic acid daily dose at least 3 months prior to conception.
  • Once you conceive, talk to your doctor.
  • Have your first ultrasound for foetal well being done (6-8 weeks) followed by blood tests.
  • You should know your blood group (both partners).
  • Nausea and vomitting are common during first three months.
  • Avoid travelling in 1st and 3rd trimester.
  • Middle trimester is safe for travelling especially on Railway route.
  • Maintain Dental hygiene.
  • Avoid wearing heels.
  • Do not lift too much of heavy weight.
  • Avoid slipping on wet floors.
  • Avoid personal (intimate) contact in first three months.
  • Take good (healthy) diet. Keep on eating every two hours in first trimester (taking into count calories).
  • Take at least 5 fruits / day.
  • Do not think too much of weight gain (7 -8 kgs is sufficient).
  • Try to sleep on left side.
  • Avoid caffeeine.
  • Avoid too much of exercise.
  • Avoid Alcohal, Smoking.
  • Little work – out is necessary.
  • Get your vaccination of Tetanus done.
  • TALK TO YOUR DOCTOR IMMEDIATELY IF YOU OBSERVE :-
  • Sudden vaginal discharge of blood.
  • Sudden increase in foetal movements.
  • Sudden pain in abdomen.
  • Burning in urine.
  • Fever.

UNDERSTANDING HOMEOPATHY

Homeopathy is a medical system based on the belief that the body can cure itself .It is a pseudoscientific system of alternative medicine. It was created in 1796 by Samuel Hahnemann. The homeopaths believe that a substance that causes symptoms of a disease in healthy people would cure similar symptoms in sick people i.e. Like cures like. Homeopathy is used worldwide to treat both acute and chronic conditions.

The holistic nature of Homeopathy means each person is treated as a unique individual and their body, mind, spirit and emotions are all considered in the management and prevention of disease. Taking all these factors into account, a homeopath will select the most appropriate medicine based on the individual’s specific symptoms and personal level of health to stimulate their own healing ability. History taking, examination and investigation, are all important factors in establishing the diagnosis.Questions about your eating habits, lifestyle, temperament, personality, medical history and sleeping patterns etc help the doctor to treat his patients.

Homeopathic medicines are safe for all age groups!