Monday, 23 April 2018

Migraines and Homeopathy

If you happen to think that a migraine is just another type of headache, that means that you have never suffered from one. A migraine is an intense pain that prevents the sufferer from living a normal live while the attack is going on. That could be for a few hours or even a few days. The causes of it are still being researched but two of the most common reasons are that it is hereditary and is due to the imbalance of certain chemicals in the brain.Migraines affect a very large percentage of adults, with women being more predisposed to it than men. According toan article in the New England Journal of Medicine, migraines are the seventh leading cause of disability worldwide, although it has not received the attention it deserves.

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Treating Migraines with Traditional Medicine

Traditional medicine focuses on relieving the intense and debilitating pain that is a migraine. These include NSAIDS such as Triptans, Acetaminophens, Ibuprofen etc. as well as opioids and anti-nausea medications. At times drugs like beta blockers, anti-seizure drugs and anti-depressants are prescribed in an effort to prevent the onset of the pain. While these may help to some extent in enabling a patient to return to a partially normal life, the efficacy varies, and they are only short-term solutions. The objective of traditional medicine is to control the pain of a migraine. There is no focus on curing the problem by dealing with what causes it.

The Homeopathic Alternative

With homeopathy, for all medical conditions, the aim is to treat the underlying cause of the problem and by doing so, provide long term and lasting cures. In the case of migraines, the action of the medication is two-fold – it relieves the pain and simultaneously works to restore the imbalance and improper functioning of the metabolic system that caused it in the first place.

If a person has suffered from migraines for a long period of time, he or she can forget what it is like to live a life free of this terrible pain. The quality of life is affected and patients accept the misery as their fate. None of this needs to be so. Homeopathy has proven to be very successful in providing a long-term cure for migraines.

Consult a Doctor

Although homeopathic medicines are safe and have few, if any, side effects, self-medication is never advisable. Since the cause of the pain varies from person to person, the medicines prescribed have to be specific to each patient. That requires a detailed examination to be conducted and the medical history to be examined. Once the probable cause of the problem has been established, the medicines that will work on those causes can be given. Only a qualified homeopathic doctor will be able to do all this and find the right medication for a patient. Taking the wrong medicines will not produce the desired results and may even cause other health issues.

Friday, 23 March 2018

Homeopathic Support in Surgery Recovery

Homeopathy is a highly effective system of medicine with a proven track record that goes back centuries. While it is a standalone system of treatment, it can also work in conjunction with other medical systems such as the traditional medical system that many Americans subscribe to. That is a major advantage when a person needs to have surgery done.Homeopathy cannot replace surgery when it becomes the only option for recovery from sickness or injury. However, that is not to say that homeopathy does not have a role to play in surgical recovery.

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The Recovery Road

Surgery is defined as “The treatment of injuries or disorders of the body by incision or manipulation, especially with instruments.” Surgery can be frightening but advances in medicine and surgical techniques and technology have made it safer than ever before, even in the most complicated cases. However, the fact remains that surgery, while being a remedy, is also a major assault on the bodyirrespective of whether it is a routine appendectomy, or major cardiac or brain procedures. The recovery from surgery can be slow and at times painful.  In some cases, the patient will have to undergo major post surgical rehabilitation. The satisfactory progress of the recovery will define the success of the surgery itself. This is where homeopathy can play a major role. Not only will it promote recovery, the need for consuming narcotic medication can also be reduced.

Common Homeopathic Medications in Surgery Recovery

Here are some of the common medications often prescribed for surgical recovery:
     
        ·   Arnica Montana – This helps the body deal with pain, assists in the reduction of bruising and enables faster healing.

        ·   Phosphorus – Helps to deal with the unpleasant after-effects of anesthetics.
                       
        ·   Ledum Palustre – Helps in recovery from the puncture wounds associated with surgery.

        ·   Staphysagria – Helps in controlling the sensitivity from tissue laceration that often occurs during surgery.    
          
        ·   Hyepericum –This is used to help in dealing with damage to nerves and nerve rich tissue which may be impacted by surgical procedures.
            
       There are many mor emedicines in homeopathy, and a homeopathic doctor will know what to prescribe.

       Consult Doctors

       If you or someone close to you is planning on having surgery done, consult a homeopathic doctor with details of the medical condition and the proposed surgical procedure. The doctor may or may not conduct an examination of her own. She will then discuss with you the ways in which homeopathic medication can help in the recovery process. You can then inform the surgeon about the advicefromthe homeopathic doctor and if required the two of them can discuss the case and work out a combined medication process that will help in the recovery. The  difference that this approach can make in the recovery process can be amazing. There are two critical issues to keep in mind. First is notto try and treat yourself – medication should only be taken as approved by the surgeon and the homeopathic doctor. Second, consult only a qualified, experienced homeopathic doctor, preferably one who is trained in both traditional medicine and homeopathy.

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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Symptoms

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.

Diagnosis

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.

Treatment

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!