Friday, 23 February 2018

Homeopathic Treatment of Arthritis

What Is Arthritis?

Arthritis is a generic term for a variety of conditions that affect bone joints and cause chronic pain and swelling, among other symptoms. It is one of the most widespread of medical conditions with an estimated 46 million people in the U.S. and 300 million worldwide suffering from it. The most common form, called osteoarthritis, generally affects people of about 60 years of age and above. However, it can develop at any age and over 25,000 children in this country suffer from a form of it called Juvenile Arthritis.

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The Symptoms

The most common symptoms of the condition are stiffness and pain in the joints, redness and swelling of the affected part of the body and in some cases, weight loss and fever. Arthritis usually results in varying degrees of movement limitation, depending on its severity.

The Causes

The causes could be generic or be due to any of the following factors:

   ·       Obesity and advancing age – these are the most common causes

          ·       Injury to the bone, ligament or cartilage

          ·        Overuse of the joints

          ·         Infections that affect the joints

          ·         Sprains due to sudden awkward movements that do not heal properly

          ·         Dislocation of the joint

          ·         Malignancies and tumors

          ·         Various diseases

The Diagnosis

Diagnosis requires the completion of a range of tests which include, but are not limited to:

     ·         A complete physical examination with a special focus on the affected joint(s)and an evaluation of the pain, swelling, stiffness, tenderness and limitations of movement

    ·         Laboratory examination of the joint fluid

           ·         X-ray of the affected joint to look for signs of physical damage or fractures.

           ·         MRI to detect damaged ligaments and other similar problems

           ·         Test for TB which can also cause joint problems

           ·         Blood tests

           ·         Urine tests

Traditional Treatment

Traditional treatment for arthritis is typically very aggressive. It involves:
           ·         Drug treatments including the use of anti-inflammatory medications of varying strengths

           ·         Immunosuppressive medication (which restrict the functioning of the body’s immune system)

           ·         Antibiotics
           ·         Medication to lower uric acid in the system

           ·         Corticosteroids which are injected directly into the affected joints. The relief from pain is rapid but the results may be only temporary

     ·         Surgical treatment in the form of joint replacement. This is most successful in the case of knee and hip replacement. 

The medication options often involve unpleasant side effects and the surgery would mean a long recovery period.

Homeopathic Treatment

Homeopathy is less aggressive in its approach to arthritis but that does not mean that it is less effective. Homeopathy looks at the symptoms as the route to the underlying cause of the condition. The specific reason why a patient is susceptible to the condition is also evaluated. Based onthese results, and the specific location and nature of the pain, swelling, limited movement and other issues, a course of medication is prescribed. There are a number of well established homeopathic remedies for arthritis which have proven to be most effective. Treatment by a qualified and experienced homeopathic doctor means that a lasting cure for arthritis is possible, and the side effects of strong traditional medication or surgical procedures can be avoided. If you suffer from any of the symptoms mentioned here, consult a homeopathic doctor. Whether the cause is arthritis or something else, the sooner homeopathic treatment is begun, the earlier will be the cure.

Tuesday, 23 January 2018

Dandruff and Homeopathy

Dandruff is one of the most common of all ailments affecting the scalp. Most people suffer it sometime or other in their lives, often without even knowing it. In many cases, the condition clears up by itself. However, treatment is required for others.

Dandruff is nothing but excessive scaling of dead skin cells on the scalp. It is not serious and has no effect on your overall health. The main effect of the condition is cosmetic: the dead cells, you may feel, are a form of social embarrassment. This might lower your self-esteem!

However, in a few cases, untreated dandruff can cause premature hair loss, which is more serious.

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Actually, dandruff by itself is not a disease or medical condition – it is the symptom. The human body is in a constant state of renewal. That includes shedding of old skin cells and formation of new ones.

When the shedding is excessive, especially on the scalp, the visible flakes that fall on the shoulders and cover clothes is called dandruff. At times, the skin on the scalp becomes oily and/or itchy and may show signs of redness. Dandruff can take two forms – it can be chronic (long-lasting) or intermittent.

The causes

In general, the causes of dandruff fall into two categories – internal and external. The internal causes include, but are not limited to: poor overall health, hormonal imbalance, allergies, emotional stress, improper nutrition including excessive consumption of sugars, fats and starches and hereditary and genetic factors.

The external causes include: infections, climatic conditions that cause dryness of the skin, poor personal hygiene, excessive use of hair products like sprays, gels, coloring agents, curling irons etc., and excessive consumption of oily junk foods.


The diagnosis of dandruff is very basic and simple. The flakes are examined to ensure that they are not caused by medical conditions like psoriasis, seborrheic dermatitis and fungal infections. Once these are ruled out, dandruff treatment can begin.


Conventional medicine treats the symptom of dandruff – the flakes – rather than the cause. The most common ways in which this is done is by the use of anti-dandruff shampoos, anti-fungal shampoos and harsh chemicals to clear the dead cells from the scalp. The flakes may temporarily be removed thus, but they usually reappear.

Homeopathy, on the other hand, treats the problem in its totality: this means treating the underlying cause, which could be one or more of the ones listed above. By treating the actual cause, homeopathy offers in the long term a lasting cure.

In the short term, homeopathic medications work to slow down the excessively rapid multiplication and shedding of the skin cells; they remove the obvious visual signs of the condition. Some of the popular homeopathic medications include Thuja, Natrum muriaticum, Kali sulphuricum, Graphites, Phosphorus, Carboneum sulphuratum, Sulphur, Ammonium muriaticum, Lycopodium and Mezereum.

If dandruff adds to your stress these days, consulting with, at the earliest, an experienced homeopathic doctor will ensure the right diagnosis and the right treatment for lasting relief from the embarrassing problem. 

Friday, 22 December 2017

Unique Homeopathic Healing for Acne

Acne is a problem that hits both boys and girls when they reach puberty. The hormonal changes that occur at this stage of life block the oil glands in their skin; consequently, the natural oil secreted in the skin cannot drain out. The oil thus collected forms the ideal environment for the growth of Propionibacterium acnes (the organism responsible for acne). The result is pimples and discoloration of the skin.

Usually acne manifests itself most commonly on the face; however, it can occur on other parts – neck, shoulders, back, chest, etc. Although this common skin condition is not a serious health issue, it can cause scars and disfigure the face and other parts of the body. Acne can pose a threat to adults too, because of dietary problems, as a side effect of various types of medication and other health conditions.

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The psychological impact

The obvious effects of acne are cosmetic in nature – in the form of affecting the physical appearance. Nevertheless, it is not just a cosmetic issue. The temporary or permanent disfigurement it may cause can have a major psychological impact as well. Acne victims may become acutely conscious of the blemishes; this can affect their otherwise natural ability to interact with others and maintain the poise with which they function among relatives and in the society.

Signs of acne

Acne can take the following forms:

  • Blackheads and whiteheads: small bumps on the skin caused by clogged and enlarged hair follicles
  • Pustules or pimples: pus-filled tiny lesions on the surface of the skin, often red at the base
  •  Papules: pink-colored bumps on the skin, often painful when touched even gently
  •  Nodules: large solid lesions that occur deep under the surface of the skin, often painful even when untouched     
  •  Lesions: wounds on and under the skin surface, with persistent scars of varying intensity when healed    

Homeopathic treatment

Traditional medicine treats directly the visible signs of acne, either through the application of ointments on the skin and/or through a course of medication. It may treat the visible signs of the condition; however, it does not address the underlying cause(s). Homeopathy is a holistic system of medicine that looks at the condition in its totality; it acts to provide a comprehensive and lasting outcome of treatment. It heals the surface disfigurement of acne, addressing at the same time the root cause(s) of the problem. It does this by:

           v  Controlling any genetic tendency that might trigger acne

           v  Treating the hormonal changes or disturbances that cause skin blemishes

           v  Reducing excessive oiliness of the skin

           v  Reducing the hyper pigmentation that often follows the onset of acne

           v  Controlling and reducing the possibilities of infections that may arise from acne

           v  Controlling and reducing any scar formation

Acne is indeed a common and natural occurrence; that does not mean you have to suffer it without treatment. If you have an acne problem, on any part of the body, whatever is your age, you can rely upon homeopathy for lasting relief; it can help reduce the intensity of the condition and control any long-term scarring and disfigurement issues.

More importantly, it can help regain your self-esteem that has suffered some beating due to acne. An experienced homeopathic doctor will be able to prescribe the right treatment for your specific condition.

Thursday, 23 November 2017

Homeopathy: Myths and Facts (Part-1)

Although homeopathy is the second largest system of medicine practiced worldwide today, there is still a great deal of misconception and misunderstanding about it. There are myths accepted without question as facts not only by laypersons, but also by practitioners of other systems of medicine.

Because of this unwelcome scenario, many patients who could benefit from homeopathic treatment miss the chance to obtain an effective and lasting cure for some of their chronic medical conditions. Listed below are six commonest myths about homeopathy, subjected to a reality check.

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1 Myth: Homeopathy is not a proven system of medicine.

Fact: Samuel Hahnemann founded Homeopathy in the 18th century, and a great deal of pharmacological and clinical data since has been collected about its effectiveness. Clinical studies conducted all over the world have proven its effectiveness. Homeopathy is not a system of beliefs – it is a system of medicine based on sound and proven scientific principles.

2 Myth: Homeopathic medicines are nothing but placebos.

(= harmless, unmedicated preparationgiven to make a patient believe that they are effective medicines; therefore the cure is in the belief and not in the imaginary medicinal content.)

Fact: Homeopathic medicines come in the form of small white sugar balls, all of which look the same. This has given rise to the myth that they are nothing but placebos. It is true that these small white balls are made up of sugar, but they are used as carriers for the actual medication in liquid form, which these balls have absorbed. Thus, the homeopathic medicine is not in the sugar balls, but in the actual medicinal liquid, they have absorbed.

3 Myth: Homeopathic treatment takes a very long time.

Fact:  Homeopathy is often the last resort for some people for whom other systems of medicine have proven to be ineffective. By this time, an acute problem would have become chronic. Naturally, treating a chronic condition takes longer time.

Another reason is that many people turn to homeopathy seeking cure for their arthritis, serious allergy and skin conditions, which by their very nature cannot be cured quickly. The fact is that timely visits can offer quick and effective treatment of a wide range of medical conditions.

4 Myth: You must blindly believe in homeopathy for it to be effective.

Fact: Trust in the doctor and the medication is an important psychological factor in every system of medicine. However, you do not have to accept unconditionally homeopathy for it to be effective. All that is required is an open mind. The efficacy of the treatment will become apparent when the medication starts to take effect; this will do away with any skepticism.

5 Myth: Homeopathic doctors are not highly trained professionals.

Fact: Homeopathy is a highly evolved system of medicine and to be able to practice it, a doctor must have undergone many years of under and post graduate training, similar to that of traditional medicine. A licensed homeopathic doctor is as qualified as a practitioner of traditional medicine is.

6 Myth: Homeopathy can cure anything.

Fact: It cannot; patients who turn to homeopathy expecting it to be a silver bullet will be disappointed. As with every other system of medicine, homeopathy has its limitations. For example, it can help in the quick recovery from a surgical procedure, but it cannot substitute for surgery.

Wednesday, 25 October 2017

Understanding Psychosynthesis

Good health is an important matter in everybody’s life. Traditional medicine works by the use of medication or surgery to cure an illness that exists in the physical body. The problem with this approach is that it is meant to be and is post active – it begins its work in response to an illness that has already developed.

Many methods of the commonly called ‘alternative medicine’ take another approach – that of working in the first place to prevent sickness from developing. They believe in the dictum “Prevention is better than cure”. Nowhere is this truer than in the system of homeopathy. One of the less understood and yet a basic aspect of homeopathy is the concept of psychosynthesis.

What is psychosynthesis?

The concept of psychosynthesis dates from the work of Roberto Assagioli, an Italian psychiatrist, in the early part of the 20th century. It is a derivative of psychoanalysis; in its most basic sense, it is an inclusive process of human growth. That the mind, spirit and body are all interconnected and that they have a major influence on each other is an established fact.

A body that is in good physical condition will be adversely affected by the negativity of the mind or spirit. Conversely, a sick body will affect your healthy spirit and mind. A psychiatrist treats conditions of the mind. A priest helps deal with problems of the spirit. A doctor of medicine deals with illnesses of the body. While each of these diverse treatments may be effective in itself, there is no interaction between the three, leading to a mutually supporting and holistically positive effect on any human condition.

Psychosynthesis is the process of consciously strengthening the bonds that connect these three facets of human existence to provide for all round health and well-being. It is a psychological approach to the way of life you ought to lead and live. It helps you understand self and the way the world around impacts existence of self. By doing this you understand better your needs and by fulfilling them, you achieve your full potential.

Most people carry around unwanted spiritual and mental baggage. Psychosynthesis enables you to see clearly your own baggage that holds you back. When you divest yourself of it, you move forward to a more productive, fruitful and rewarding life that includes first holistic health.

The way to holistic health

It is true that homeopathy cannot guarantee you will never ever fall sick. However, it does strengthen your body in conjunction with your mind and spirit. That is surely an integral part of a human being; the risk of any sickness is thus reduced. Should any illness occur, there are proactive and effective ways of dealing with it. Psychosynthesis is a vital part of that process and it plays a significant role in strengthening the overall human condition to function at its best.

Homeopathy is not an “alternative” system: it is part of mainstream medicine in this sense! To know more about holistic health as derived from the inputs of psychosynthesis, contact an experienced homeopathic doctor who applies the insights of psychosynthesis to homeopathy. Your body, mind and spirit will all be the better for it!

Monday, 25 September 2017

Homeopathic Treatment for Addiction

Addiction is a condition where a person consumes a substance or engages in a possibly pleasurable activity; however, it becomes so obsessive that normal activities and the quality of life take a toll. From smoking to drugs, gambling, sex and much more, addiction can appear in many forms. According to The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse, 40 million Americans, or one in seven, suffer some form of addiction.

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The key to recovery

The key to getting over an addiction is with no one other than the patient herself/himself; there should be an earnest desire to get rid of it, and to escape from the urges that ruin otherwise a healthy life. Addiction does affect both the body and the mind. The mere desire to escape is often not enough to enable the patient win the battle.

Medical treatments can provide support that indicates a far greater chance of ridding of the debilitating condition, and returning to normal life. Traditional medicine offers a variety of treatments for addiction. These range from nicotine patches (that stop the urge to smoke), to medications (that help in the withdrawal from drugs) to psychological counseling (that resists the urge to indulge in unhealthy activities) and more.

The problem with medications is that they often become crutches on which the patient becomes dependent, which in turn lead to a different form of addiction. Another undesirable aspect of medications is that they may have side effects, which cause additional problems and complications.

Homeopathy: safe and effective option

Traditional medicine uses the ’one-size-fits-all’ principle of treatment. For example, a habitual smoker takes nicotine patches or chewing gum to fight off the desire for nicotine, and thus overcome the addiction. However, the root cause and the effect of patient-specific physical and mental conditions often remain unaddressed. This makes de-addiction much more difficult and opens the door for bouts of worrisome recurrence of the problem.

Homeopathy, as a system of medicine, works on four basic concepts:
  •  According to the principle of ‘like cures like’, similar medicine can cure a disease that causes similar symptoms in healthy people. 
  •  The ’law of minimum doses’ states that the most effective treatment of an illness would be to administer low doses; minimum doses encourage the body to respond naturally to the disease, using its internal strengths.
  •    A case is different from every other, and a holistic view of the individual is essential to finding the most effective form of treatment.
  •    Best remedies are derived from natural sources like minerals and plants.

      Homeopathy has been a trusted system of treatment for all kinds of addiction for over two centuries.  It works by:

  •  Detoxing the body by using diluted remedies for the drug of abuse
  • Treating the symptoms presented
  • Treating the overall constitution of the patient to address any excesses or deficiencies that may be the underlying cause of the addiction
  • Ensuring the patient of a lasting solution
The Bönninghausen Repertory, the standardized reference for homeopathic treatment, lists hundreds of addiction remedies, the use of which is dependent on the specific needs of the individual. Homeopathy can be very effective in treating addiction, as long as you are in the hands of a trained and reputed homeopathic doctor

Monday, 28 August 2017

Respecting your Body with Homeopathy

The word homeopathy is coined by fusing together two Greek words – Hamios, which means ‘similar’, and Phalos, which means ‘suffering’. In his highly celebrated book The Wisdom of the Body, Dr. Walter B. Cannon clearly outlined the signification of “similar suffering” and its high effectiveness in curing diseases.

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The wisdom of the body

Conventional medicine treats symptoms only as signs that indicate some health problems in the body. For example, a runny nose indicates cold. However, it is more than that: it is an effort by the body to flush out the toxins that have caused the sickness.

Conventional medicine prescribes drugs to stop or suppress these symptoms, thereby reducing body’s ability to fight the sickness. In the case of a cold, runny nose maybe stopped, but the underlying sickness remains. The drug triggers side effects such as nasal congestion, headache, fatigue etc., which can worsen the overall physical condition.

Over millennia, the human body has fine-tuned its adaptation to the surrounding environment. As the body has evolved down the centuries, so too have the symptoms associated with various diseases. Quite unconsciously, with its sophisticated systems, the body can react to any invasion that causes distress. Every symptom is an effort by the body to use its natural resources to ward off an illness.

Homeopathic remedies do not ever attempt to suppress or remove the symptoms to provide a temporary but false sense of relief. Instead, they act to support and enhance the body’s natural ability to fight illnesses. Homeopathic medication enhances the symptoms and thereby increases the body’s own abilities to heal it. This is what “similar suffering” means.

The principle of “similar suffering” or “treating like with like” is the foundation of some of the most effective of conventional medical treatments – immunizations and allergy treatments. In both cases, a weakened form of the causes of the sickness is introduced into the body. It stimulates the body’s own responses and strengthens its ability to fight the sickness, should it occur.

The effectiveness of homeopathy lies in its proven efficiency in providing the body with an increased ability to fight disease and recover quickly. Because the process is  natural, there are no dangerous side effects. Thus the focus is always on the wisdom of the body.

Choosing the right doctor

Homeopathy is not really “alternative medicine” in the generally accepted use of the term. This science of medicine has evolved over a long period. Millions of people the world over have complete faith in its efficacy. This faith stems from the satisfying treatments they have received and the cures they have experienced first-hand.

Homeopathy rests on an exhaustive understanding of the human body, the condition of each patient, and the patient-specific combination of medicines that will provide the cure required. As with any school of medicine and medical treatment, finding the right doctor is a key factor in the cure.

Obviously, vast and deep medical knowledge of the doctor is crucial. Equally important is the empathy that the doctor has for the patient. The positive psychological effect of ‘safe’ regimen prescribed by a ‘trusted’ doctor with high reputation plays a major role in speeding up the recovery.