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Homeopathic treatment of cholera

Monday, January 6th, 2014

Cholera (also known as Asiatic cholera or epidemic cholera is an acute enterotoxin-mediated gastrointestinal infection caused by the gram negative bacillus Vibrio cholera, It promotes fluid and electrolyte loss and, possibly, hypovolemic shock, metabolic acidosis, and death. A similar bacterium, Vibrio parahaemolyticus, causes food poisoning.
Some people infected with cholera bacteria have no symptoms, although these people are still a potential source of infection because the bacteria pass out of the body in their feces. When symptoms do occur they may appear anywhere between six hours and five days after the initial infection with the bacteria. The most common symptom of cholera is mild diarrhoea, and in about 10 % cases the symptoms are severe, with profuse watery diarrhea and vomiting. In such cases fluid loss may be substantial, as much as quart, of fluid per hour, which can lead to rapid dehydration. The dehydration itself causes additional symptoms and signs, including a dry mouth and mucus membrane, thirst, lethargy, rapid heart rate, and leg cramps. If not treated, severe dehydration can be fatal within hours.
The aim of homeopathy is not only to treat cholera but to address its underlying cause and individual susceptibility. As far as therapeutic medication is concerned, several remedies are available to treat cholera 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. There are following remedies which are helpful in the treatment of cholera:
Veratrum album – violent vomiting with continues nausea; great prostration; vomiting of food, of acid, bitter, white, or yellow-green mucus. Vomiting, with diarrhea and pressure in the pit of the stomach; while vomiting the abdomen is painfully contracted; vomiting whenever he moves or drink; nausea with violent thirst. Aethusa cynapium – violent vomiting (in children) of curdled milk; of green mucus; violent vomiting with diarrhea; green mucus, or bloody substance; sensation of coldness in the abdomen; black bluish swelling of the abdomen; loose stool preceded by cutting in the abdomen; with tenesmus in the morning, after rising; diarrhea-discharges green, thin, bilious, with violent tenesmus; bloody stools
Carbo veg – Carbo veg is indicated in collapse stage of cholera; frequent vomiting and diarrhea; vomiting of sour, bilious, and bloody masses; frequent, involuntary, cadaverous smelling stool, followed by burning; collapse with Hippocratic face, body is icy cold.
Ipecauc – nausea, very easy, copious vomiting and sudden profuse rice water like stool; loud noise in the abdomen like gurgling of water; coldness and cramps in the body, it is a valuable remedy in cholera.
Secale cor – for the last stage of cholera; when the patient desires to keep cool; Patient is almost pulse less and cold; and averse to being covered.
Phosphorous – violent thirst for cold water, but vomits it immediately or as soon as it becomes warm in stomach; hiccough after eating, making the pit of stomach sore and aching; profuse diarrhea, pouring away as from a hydrant; rumbling in abdomen and debility, as a sequel to cholera.
Nicotine – thirstlessness; without vomiting or diarrhea, with icy-cold forehead, and without any sign of action in the vegetative muscles; slow, irregular, intermittent pulse; oppressed breathing; anxiety about the chest; icy coldness from the knees to the toes.