Archive for January, 2015

Homeopathic Treatment of Ear Infections (Otitis Media)

Saturday, January 17th, 2015

Homeopathic Approach to Ear Infections

Many homeopathic medicines are used to successfully eliminate recurrent otitis media. Like vaccines, homeopathic medicines can challenge the immune system and successfully prevent and treat various infections, leading to stronger and healthier individuals who do not get severely or recurrently ill. Another advantage of using homeopathic medicines in treating various conditions is that it can be prescribed even before a definitive diagnosis has been made. This is because homeopathic medicines are prescribed based on the totality of symptoms by looking at the person holistically, that is, mind, body and emotion together and hence laboratory work is not always required to find the correct medicine.

Antibiotics are only helpful in certain bacterial infections, and since viral diseases are particularly common amongst children, conventional medicine often offers little help. Homeopathy differs from conventional medicine in that it doesn’t focus on treating ear infections as a separate problem but instead treats the child as a whole. This same child who has ear infections may also have other physical or emotional symptoms. They have a certain type of personality, certain likes and dislikes and many other things that make them a unique person. All of this information helps in choosing the right homeopathic remedy which matches the whole pattern of symptoms. This one right homeopathic remedy will help bring your child back into balance and allow their body to heal itself by strengthening the overall health of the child. Once the immune system is stimulated your child’s health improves, the ear infections and other problems will permanently go away. Homeopathic treatment is also very safe, natural, provides no side effects and is also regulated by FDA.

Helpful Tips

  • Along with homeopathic medicines some home precautions can help heal ear infections faster.
  • Keep your child well hydrated
  • Eliminate dairy foods which thicken and increase mucus, making it more difficult for an infected ear to drain.
  • To promote drainage prop your child at a 30 degree angle, this will help reduce pain too.
  • Apply cold or warm compresses, depending on what your child is comfortable with.
  • Never use instruments or cotton tipped applicators to clean the ears.
  • If your child has an ear infection, avoid taking him on airplanes as it will make him very uncomfortable. Air travel does not injure the ear or increase your child’s risk of developing an ear infection, but the change of air pressure in the cabin on takeoff and landing can increase the pain.

Prevention

  • Breastfeeding helps to pass along immunities that prevent otitis media. Also, the position of the child when breastfeeding is better than the bottle-feeding position for Eustachian tube functions. If a child needs to be bottle-fed, holding the infant at a 30 degree angle rather than allowing the child to lie down with the bottle is best. This position allows fluid to drain directly into the middle ear.
  • Reduce the risk for common cold.
  • Limit exposure to large groups of children, especially if your child is an infant.
  • Encourage children to wash their hands often.
  • Enhancing the immune system by homeopathic medicines as children who are prone to recurring bouts of Otitis media may have deficiencies in their immune system.
  • Gently massaging your child’s ear can help keep the Eustachian tube open. Using gentle pressure, draw a line along the back of the ear and down the back of the jawbone. Gently push and release the flap of skin in front of the ear several times. You can also massage your child’s ear by placing the fleshy part of your palm over your child’s ear, and gently rotating the ear in all directions.
  • Use an elimination diet to determine if food allergies are contributing to the problem e.g. Cow’s milk, eggs, wheat, corn, citrus, soy, oranges, peanut butter and many more.
  • If your child is subject to recurring ear infections, do not expose him/her to common irritating allergens such as pet dander, down comforters and pillows, carpets, draperies, and stuffed toys all collect dust and are possible offenders as well.

Common earache remedies

Friday, January 16th, 2015

Aconite napellus (Acon.)

Useful in the early stages of an ear infection, especially following an exposure to cold, dry air. Rapid onset of symtoms. Intense symptoms. Person is restless, thirsty, anxious and sometimes frantic. Ear sensitive to touch. Worse at night, especially between 12-2am.

Remember: Rapid onset; intense symptoms; restlessness; anxiety; thirst; worse after midnight.

Belladonna (Bell.)

Often the right ear. Sudden onset of intense pain that may shoot or throb. Bright red ear or ear canal. Glassy eyes or dilated pupils. High fever. Often with headache. May become delirious in sleep, with nightmares. Hot head with cold hands and feet. Prefers the dark. Better for sitting rather than lying. Pain worse with light, noise, cold air, or being bumped.

Remember: Rapid onset; intense symptoms; redness; often right-sided.

Calcarea carbonica (Calc.)

Earache or glue ear that follows colds. Child is usually obstinate, pale and pudgy with a large head that sweats easily, especially during sleep. Anxious on thinking about unpleasant things. Often craves eggs and sweets or is sensitive to milk.

Remember: Obstinate; timid; pudgy; sweaty head or neck (in sleep).

Chamomilla (Cham.)

Unbearable pain. Anger and impatience with the pain. Demand many things but push them away when offered. Can’t be pleased – nothing will satisfy. Cannot be comforted except by being carried or rocked briskly. One cheek red, the other cheek pale. Earache may occur with teething. Worse at night and for warmth.

Remember: Cannot be pleased; anger and impatience; better when carried briskly.

Hepar sulphuris (Hep.)

For chronic ear infections rather than in first stage. Ear is extremely sensitive to touch of any type and cold air. May cover head or lie on affected side to keep ear warm. Pain often sharp like a splinter. Irritability or tantrums. Thick discharge from nose or ear smells like old cheese. Pain worse at night. Remedy may be needed to finish a cure started by Mercurius solubilis.

Remember: Older infection; irritable; sensitive to cold and touch; ‘old cheese’ odour.

 Kali bichromicum (Kali-bi.)

Sharp, stitching or stinging pains. Intense itching or tickling inside ear. Thick, yellow and foul smelling discharge, often stringy. Irritable. Sweaty. Feels cold.

Remember: Itching; stringy or offensive discharges; sweaty; irritable; chilly.

Mercurius solubilis (Merc.)

For chronic ear infections rather than the first stage. Often right sided. May be discharge of pus that will be thick, burning, and have an offensive odour. Pus usually green though sometimes yellow. Thirsty. Bad breath. Salivation. Perspiration. Tongue flabby with imprint of teeth on edges. Glands or tonsils may be swollen. Sensitive to extremes of temperature. Pain worse at night.

Remember: Older infection; bad breath; flabby tongue; salivation; offensive discharges (if present).

Pulsatilla (Puls.)

Clingy. Seeks sympathy, company, and reassurance. Ear pain worse at night and in a warm room, better in open air. Worse for warm applications. Little or no thirst. Changeable moods. Thick, yellowish-green, bland discharge from nose if a cold is present or from the ear in advanced stages.

Remember: Clinging, desires sympathy and comfort, thirstless, worse for warmth.

Silicea (Sil.)

Difficulty in hearing that often improves with blowing the nose, yawning, or swallowing. Discharge of blood and pus. Smelly discharge. Dried crusts within the ear canal. Itching. Children bore their finger into the ear. Head sweats during early sleep.

Remember: Itching; difficulty in hearing; sweaty head in sleep.

Diagnosis of Allergy

Wednesday, January 14th, 2015

Diagnosis mainly include :

Blood test – to detect the presence of IgE antibodies in the blood patch

Skin patch test – performs especially in cases of eczema

Skin prick test – the test involves using a small needle to prick a drop of fluid. Containing a known allergen just under the surface of skin, if there is reaction, it means test is positive and if skin does not react in any way this will indicate a negative result.

Symptoms of Allergy

Monday, January 12th, 2015

Skin related allergy symptoms

• Itching
• Redness
• Burning
• Eruptions, rashes
• Dry skin

Eye related allergy

• Itching from the eyes
• Redness
• Watery eyes
• Foreign body sensation in eyes

Respiratory tract related allergies

• Wheezing
• Cough
• Shortness of breath
• Congestion
• Feeling of suffocation

Allergic rhinitis symptoms

• Watery or runny nose
• Itching in the nacres
• Nasal congestion with stuffy nose
• Post nasal drooping
• Itching in the eyes and throat
• Redness of tip of the nose
• Watering from eyes may be associated with these symptoms

GIT related allergy symptoms

• Nausea
• Vomiting
• Diarrhea
• Sick feeling
• Abdominal pain
• Gas
• A life threatening allergic reaction to food is called an anaphylactic reaction and symptoms include
• Wheezing
• Shortness of breath
• Severe fall in the blood pressure
• Difficult swallowing
• Swelling of lips, mouth and throat
• Stomach pain
• Hives
• Nausea
• Vomiting

Homeopathic Remedies for Broken Bone Support

Tuesday, January 6th, 2015

If an injury involving a bone is very painful, and the person has difficulty moving the body part or bearing weight on it, the bone could be fractured. A doctor’s care should always be sought because correct assessment and proper setting of a fracture is very important for healing. Homeopathic remedies can ease the pain and swelling associated with broken bones, as well as help to accelerate the healing process.

Arnica : This remedy is useful for reducing the pain and swelling that accompany any new injury, and should be taken as soon as possible after a break occurs. It may also be helpful in calming the person, since breaking a bone is traumatic as well as painful. Doses may be taken frequently, according to how the person feels. Arnica may be used for several days while pain and soreness are prominent. Another remedy may be indicated later, to encourage proper healing of the bones and surrounding tissues.

Bryonia: This remedy may help to bring relief if excruciating pain results from even the slightest motion. The person usually wants to remain completely still and not be touched or interfered with.

Calcarea phosphorica: This is a useful remedy for aching and soreness in bones and joints, especially when the area feels cold and numb. It can help relieve the pain of fractures and bone bruises, and encourages repair and strengthening if a fracture is slow to heal.

Eupatorium perfoliatum: This remedy is well-known for its use in flu and fever when the bones are extremely painful ( “as if broken”) and is useful to relieve the deep or aching pain of actual broken bones.

Hypericum: This remedy is very useful for crushing injuries to body areas that are well-supplied with nerves. If smashed fingertips or toes are severe enough to traumatize the bones, Hypericum can be a welcome form of pain relief.

Ruta graveolens: This remedy is known for its effect on bone-bruises and on injuries to the periosteum (the covering of the bones); both of these types of trauma are involved when a fracture of a bone occurs. Ruta is also indicated when the pain around a fracture is extreme, and the person feels lame or weak. This remedy is also helpful in many cases when pain persists after treatment with Arnica.

Symphytum: This remedy is best known for helping broken bones rejoin and heal. It should be taken after a bone is set to ensure proper joining of the bone. (A common recommendation is to take it several times in the first few days, then once a week while the bone is healing.) It is also useful in many cases when pain persists in old, healed fractures.

Homeopathy Dosage Directions

Instructions for use are usually printed on the label.

Many homeopathic physicians suggest that remedies be used as follows: Take one dose and wait for a response. If improvement is seen, continue to wait and let the remedy work. If improvement lags significantly or has clearly stopped, another dose may be taken. The frequency of dosage varies with the condition and the individual. Sometimes a dose may be required several times an hour; other times a dose may be indicated several times a day; and in some situations, one dose per day (or less) can be sufficient.
If no response is seen within a reasonable amount of time, select a different remedy.

Homeopathic Remedies For Weak Bone

Monday, January 5th, 2015

Many factors can contribute to osteoporosis, including the aging process (especially in women after menopause), inadequate exercise, dietary errors or deficiencies, and effects of certain drugs. Homeopathic remedies will not reverse existing bone loss, but can bring the body into better balance and help its minerals and nutrients be used efficiently. Remedies are also helpful for aching bones and prevention or healing of fractures.

Calcarea carbonica: This remedy is often helpful to individuals who are easily tired by exertion and tend to feel anxious and overwhelmed from work or stress. The person may be chilly, flabby or overweight, and feel worse from cold and dampness. Back pain, swollen joints, and a sweaty head at night are often seen. People who need this remedy often have strong cravings for both eggs and sweets.

Calcarea phosphorica: Stiffness, soreness, and weakness of the bones and joints often are experienced by those who need this remedy. Aching in the bones of the neck, upper back, and hips can be distressing. Deep tiredness frequently is felt, especially after exercise. Calcium deposits and bone-spurs may develop, even while general bone-loss is taking place, and fractures may be slow to heal. A feeling of dissatisfaction and a strong desire for travel or a change of circumstances are often seen in people who need Calcarea phosphorica.

Phosphorus: This remedy is often helpful to people who are sensitive, suggestible, imaginative, but easily tired or weakened physically. Bones may be less strong than normal, or be slow to heal after fractures. Weakness is often felt in the spine, with burning pain between the shoulder blades. People who need this remedy are often tall and thin with an easily-flushing face. A desire for refreshing foods (especially ice cream) and strong thirst for cold or carbonated drinks are other indications for Phosphorus.

Silicea (also called Silica): People who need this remedy are often nervous, easily tired, very chilly, and tend to sweat at night. They have a refined or delicate appearance, and often have weakness in the spine. Their injuries are slow to heal, and they tend to have a low resistance to infection. Moderate exercise often warms the person up and improves energy.

Symphytum: When osteoporosis is a problem, fractures often occur from mild trauma. This remedy can be useful for strengthening and healing bones when new fractures occur, and also helpful when pain persists in old, healed fractures.

Homeopathy Dosage Directions

Instructions for use are usually printed on the label.

Many homeopathic physicians suggest that remedies be used as follows: Take one dose and wait for a response. If improvement is seen, continue to wait and let the remedy work. If improvement lags significantly or has clearly stopped, another dose may be taken. The frequency of dosage varies with the condition and the individual. Sometimes a dose may be required several times an hour; other times a dose may be indicated several times a day; and in some situations, one dose per day (or less) can be sufficient.
If no response is seen within a reasonable amount of time, select a different remedy.

Homeopathic Treatment for Diabetes

Friday, January 2nd, 2015

Homeopathy has complete say in curing of diabetes. Homeopathy as such has a vital role to play in the cure and management of diabetic patients. Diabetic patients who go for homeopathy get rid of the life-long disease. Homoeopathy can be used effectively in the treatment of Hyperglycemia.

 

Homeopathy and Diabetes

  • Phosphorus: to stabilize blood sugar levels.
  • Syzygium Jambolanum: reduces level of sugar immediately, use 5 drops of it after every 6 hours
  • Aurum Metallicum: reduces craving for sugar with the diabetic patients
  • Uranium Nitricum: improves nephritis problems.
  • Arsenicum Bromatum: normalize excessive thrust and hunger, common with diabetes.
  • Insulinum: helps to improve the functioning of pancreas
  • Phosphoric acid has remarkable power to cure diabetes in the early stage.
  • Lactic acid good remedy for diabetic patients

 

Diet Plan for Diabetes

The diet of a diabetic patient is utmost importance. The goal of a diabetic diet is to avoid any surges in the blood glucose by maintaining ideal body weight through proper nutrition. The diabetic patients should follow three meals and three snack pattern in their diet plan.  The main aim of diabetic diet is to maintain blood sugar level (70-140 mg/dl), cholesterol level (200 mg/dl ) and blood pressure (120/80 mm Hg).

 

Diet Schedule for Diabetic patient

Morning :       Bitter gourd juice 1-2 ounce (40 ml)
Breakfas t:     Skimmed M ilk (250-400ml) or Butter milk or Sprouted gram, moong, methi approx. 50 gm or Fresh Amla juice 50 ml
Lunch :         Roti( wheat + gram flour) 25-50 gm, green vegetablkes 250gm, Salad 50gm,  Moong 25 gm Curd 150gm + 1 glass butter milk
Evening :       Roasted gram 30 gm, Vegetable soup or 1 glass butter milk
Dinner :         As in lunch but use of curd is not advisable at night.

 

Best Fruits and Vegetables in Diabetes

Some of the most beneficial food for diabetic patients is given below. Some foods are also to avoid as these may cause heart disease and increase high blood pressure

  • Fresh fibrous fruits and vegetables are useful  in diabetes
  • Soyabean, Bean, Turnip, Cucumber, garlic, Lauki, Bitter gourd, Spinach, Fenugreek, Bathua, Chaukie, Amla,  Jamun, Bel, , cabbage, tomato and  carrot.

 

Diabetic Lifestyle

  • Skip sleeping at day time
  • Avoid alcohol
  • Avoid smoking
  • Take care of your ENT parts
  • Follow exercise regularly
  • Do Yoga
  • Take extra care of your food
  • Make your dietary chart

 

Foods to Avoid for Diabetes

  • Cakes
  • Fast and junk foods
  • Jaggery
  • Ghee
  • Butter
  • Cold drinks
  • Biscuits
  • Dried fruits like badam
  • Oil for cooking.

 

Preventions and Precautions for Diabetes

With the help of regulated diet, alternative system of medicine and proper module of exercise; diabetes can be controlled and managed to a larger extent.

  • Avoid sugary substances /products completely.
  • Use of junk, oily, fried and fat enriched foods should be avoided.
  • High fibrous food should be preferred.
  • Avoid non-veg.
  • Avoid ghee, vanaspati, fine flour, smoking, chewing of jarda and gutka.
  • Keep yourself away from stress as it is the root of many diseases.
  • Frequent and excessive eating put you in danger
  • Apathy for exercise may put you in danger.
  • Do healthy physical exercise along with Yoga and meditation