Archive for May, 2014

Bone Health and Homeopathy

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

As we know, there are 206 bones in our body which are exquisitely and perfectly set to keep our skeleton in good shape and in a healthy condition. A healthy skeleton reflects the good health of our body.

Today everyone is worried about his health and does his best to keep his body free from diseases. Some are focused on avoiding heart diseases, diabetes or hypertension, others think of avoiding cancer by regular screening tests. However, fewer people think or worry about keeping their bones in healthy condition.

Bones are a live part of our body. They can also breathe. Like skin and muscles they are tissues. Normally bones are composed of a hard and solid outer shell surrounding the connecting plates and rods of bones within which lies the bone marrow.

There are two types of cells in our body, which regulate the growth of bones. They are Osteoblasts, Osteoclasts.

Between age 20-30 our bone building cycle is in balance. Bones are breaking down and rebuilding at the same rate and their overall strength remains the same. But when an individual approaches middle age, the bones become weaker.

In our skin, there is a substance, 7-de-hydrocholesterol which gets activated after coming in contact with ultraviolet rays of the sun. It is converted into vitamin D which is ultimately absorbed into the blood circulation. Cortisol derived from vitamin D is used to increase the absorption of calcium from food into the blood stream.

“Osteo” means bones and “Porosis” means spongy or porous. Failure of absorption of calcium and phosphorous in bone marrow result in the reduction of bone mass and this condition is called osteoporosis.

Calcarea carbonica may be indicated when fatigue, restlessness, chills,back pain and puffy joints are seen.

Phosphorus is another homoeopathic remedy that is used for people who are typically hypersensitive to lights, odors, sounds. Affectionate, craving cold drinks, ice cream, seasoned food.

Calcarea phosphorica is used for people who are restless, desire change, grow too rapidly, crave smoked meat, salty food.

Symphytum - When osteoporosis is a problem, fractures often occur from mild trauma. Symphytum is a remedy that is typically used to repair and strengthen any new fractures that are found in the bones.

Silicia is given to nervous, easily tired and very chilly patients who tend to sweat at night. They have a delicate appearance with weak spines.

Calcarea flourica is another remedy which helps in strengthening the bones. It is needed in cases of malnutrition of bones.

Homeopathic remedies for skin allergies

Friday, May 23rd, 2014

Homeopathy is highly effective in the treatment of allergies and fully capable of stimulating the organism to heal to the point of complete relief from all allergy symptoms.

Homeopaths believe there is an association between allergies, skin problems (such as eczema and hives) and asthma. It is best not to suppress the symptoms of the skin or mucous membranes since that can actually drive the process of irritation further into the system, creating such conditions as asthma or perhaps joint problems. It is always best to start with homeopathic remedies to see if the symptoms improve.

Many of us have suffered from allergies at one time in our life, and usually the best treatment offered was symptomatic relief through avoidance of the allergen or through medication.

Venting clothes dryers outside is important, as is removing damp clothes from the washer quickly so mold does not accumulate. Keeping windows closed during the summer and fall when the allergens are high in the air can be of help. Running a clean air conditioner in the summer months may also help take mold out of the air. A low-fat diet is recommended and avoiding foods that are mucus producing, such as dairy, yeast, and sweets, is important. If the person is allergic to a specific food, that food should also be avoided. Aspirin and ibuprofen should be avoided in people who have allergies.

Homeopathy treatment for Acromegaly

Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

Acromegaly is the hormonal disorder in which pituitary gland (master gland) situated in base of the brain produces “growth hormone” in excess. Pituitary gland regulates the activities of many other endocrine glands such as adrenal, thyroid, ovaries. People with acromegaly have enlarged extremities, enlarged hands and feet, exaggerated facial features and many other features. As acromegaly is caused by increased production of growth hormone, this overproduction is caused by a benign tumor of the pituitary gland. When theses tumors expand they compress surrounding brain tissues such as optic nerve. This expansion can cause headache and visual impairments.
There are following Sign and symptoms of acromegaly indications which denotes several conditions:
• Pain or aching in the joints
• Enlarged hands and feet
• Head pain
• Hypertension
• Pain in back
• Generalized weakness or malaise
• excessive sweating
• Oily skin
• Thickness of skin
• Achrocchordons or skin tags
• Deformities in the mouth, tongue, and nose caused due to excessive enlargement
• Awkward voice
• Diabetes
• women and hirsutism (excess growth of hair in women) due to increased levels of prolactin and many others.
The selection of remedy is based upon the theory of individualization and symptoms similarity by using holistic approach. This is the only way through which a state of complete health can be regained by removing all the sign and symptoms from which the patient is suffering. The aim of homeopathy is not only to treat acromegaly but to address its underlying cause and individual susceptibility. As far as therapeutic medication is concerned, several remedies are available to treat acromegaly that can be selected on the basis of cause, sensations and modalities of the complaints. For individualized remedy selection and treatment, the patient should consult a qualified homeopathic doctor in person.

Your bone and health – problems and remedies

Friday, May 9th, 2014

As we know, there are 206 bones in our body which are exquisitely and perfectly set to keep our skeleton in good shape and in a healthy condition. A healthy skeleton reflects the good health of our body.
Today everyone is worried about his health and does his best to keep his body free from diseases. Some are focused on avoiding heart diseases, diabetes or hypertension, others think of avoiding cancer by regular screening tests. However, fewer people think or worry about keeping their bones in healthy condition.
Between age 20-30 our bone building cycle is in balance. Bones are breaking down and rebuilding at the same rate and their overall strength remains the same. But when an individual approaches middle age, the bones become weaker. We never notice it until finally we start developing a stoop, get occasional backache and lose weight. This is because our spinal vertebrae become weak and collapse under our body weight – resulting in curved spine. Besides the vertebrae, the pelvis, the ribs and long bones of our body are also affected. As we become older, the outer shell of our bones become thin and a stage may come when even a single sneeze or cough can fracture a bone.
Diet plays a very important role in bone health. Osteoporosis can be prevented by improving the digestive system along with intake of food rich in calcium, vitamin D and proteins.
Our diet should contain natural foods, milk and dairy products, fish and eggs, cod liver oil, green leafy vegetables like spinach, cabbage, beans, peas and all types of nuts, dates, figs etc.
Calcium is best absorbed in body in the form of milk and cow’s milk is the richest source of calcium. Soy contains not only calcium but also plant oestrogen and it seems to help maintain bone density.
Fruits like half ripened papaya, chikoo and mango containing phosphorous can help retain calcium in the body. A high protein diet can raise excretion of calcium. In women 50 gms, and in men 65 gms of proteins daily are suggested.
Keeping a good digestive system is essential to prevent osteoporosis. The Calcium we eat in our diet is better for building healthy bones than calcium taken from supplements. Supplements should contain vitamin D also, which facilitates the absorption of calcium. Sometimes calcium supplements may cause constipation. Drinking more water and eating food rich in fibre such as vegetables and fruits can help avoid this. People must be exposed to sunlight for at least 10-15 min daily as sunlight is considered to be the richest source of vitamn D.

Although homoeopathic medicines do not reverse any existing bone loss, they help to ease the pain of bones, help the bones to heal from any breaks or fractures, and allow the absorption of essential minerals and nutrients to prevent bone loss. There are numerous homoeopathic remedies to combat osteoporosis.
Calcarea carbonica may be indicated when fatigue, restlessness, chills, back painand puffy joints are seen. The symptoms are known to worsen if the weather is coldand damp. Anxious, chilly, perspire during sleep, crave sweets.
Phosphorus is another homoeopathic remedy that is used for people who are typically hypersensitive to lights, odors, sounds. Affectionate, craving cold drinks, ice cream, seasoned food. Often tall and skinny.
Calcarea phosphorica is used for people who are restless, desire change, grow too rapidly, crave smoked meat, salty food. They get exhausted very easily when undertaking any physical activity. Bone spurs or calcium deposits often develop and recovery from fractures is extremely slow.
Symphytum - When osteoporosis is a problem, fractures often occur from mild trauma. Symphytum is a remedy that is typically used to repair and strengthen any new fractures that are found in the bones. It is also associated with reducing the pain in old and healed fractures.
Silicia is given to nervous, easily tired and very chilly patients who tend to sweat at night. They have a delicate appearance with weak spines.Their injuries are often slow to heal and they tend to have a low resistance to infection.
Calcarea flourica is another remedy which helps in strengthening the bones. It is needed in cases of malnutrition of bones. Worse on beginning motion, and better from warmth. Fear of poverty.

Homeopathic remedies for toothache

Friday, May 2nd, 2014

Causes:
Dental caries or root abscess formations. A dull ache, at times throbbing, with a swelling of the face and jaw.

Symptoms:
Pain, swelling and tenderness.

Treatment

Aconitum: When children experience sharp and excruciating dental pain that makes them frantic, this medicine should be considered. The pains are usually worse at night and by cold. They cause great restlessness and anxiety.

ARNICA: This medicine is good to be taken pre- and post-operatively for tooth extraction or any other dental surgery.

BELLADONNA: When there is rapid onset of throbbing pain that is better by warmth, this medicine is valuable. There is redness and swelling of the gums and a flushed face with hot skin. The children moan, especially when exposed to the air. They tend to have dilated pupils.

Chamomilla: These children experience extreme pain that is worse at night and by warm applications or warm drinks and better by cold things (they prefer to suck on an ice cube). These children are extremely irritable. They cry loudly and persistently. Rocking and carrying them provides relief, but only temporarily.

COFFEA: A toothache that makes children extremely restless and sleepless suggests this medicine. They receive some relief from cold water, while the pain is aggravated by warm drinks or food.

HEPAR SULPHUR: Tooth pain from the slightest touch and from exposure to cold water, food, or air suggests this medicine. These children are hyper-irritable.

HYPERICUM: When children have shooting pains from injury or infection, this medicine should be considered. It is also good for injuries to the front teeth.