Heel Spur or Calcaneal Spur is one of the most common causes of heel pain. Continued overstrain of plantar fascia results in stripping of periosteum from its origin at the calcaneus. The gap thus formed is filled by the proliferation of bone resulting in formation of a bony spur to secure the detached attachment.
Patients complaining pain in one of the heels or back of the foot, often returns from the doctor’s office with a diagnosis of Calcaneal spur.
The technical name for heel bone is Calcaneus, which is one of the foot bones. Spur means a bony projection. (Spur has different meanings.)
When there is a bony projection of the heel bone (Calcaneal spur), the patient will face difficultly with movements. This disease is more frequently observed in females.
Heel Spur Causes
Thus calcaneal spur is a late sequale of plantar fascitis. Heel spurs and plantar fasciitis can occur alone or be related to underlying diseases which cause arthritis (inflammation of the joints) such as Reiter's disease, ankylosing spondylitis, and diffuse idiopathic skeletal hyperostosis.
Heel Spur Symptoms
The symptoms arise due to friction of spur with the bone and other soft tissues. There will be poky or stitching pain. The pain can be very severe for many. The pain could be severer. Most patients may present with pain while initial making steps, especially while getting up from bed in the morning. The friction leads to inflammation or swelling.
- The calcaneal spur may not be always painful. When painful a sharp, stabbing pain under or on the inside of the heel.
- The pain is typically relieved during rest, but is worse after getting up again.
- As a rule of thumb, it is most painful first thing in the morning.
- The pain is made worse by walking on a hard surface or carrying something heavy, such as a suitcase.
- The pain can become so severe that it becomes difficult to continue your daily work.
- It is a bony projection is a mechanical problem, which may require surgical removal if it is very large and if the symptoms do not reduce with medicines. Avoidance of wearing high heels is recommended in all cases.
- Conventionally, the patients are treated with pain killers or periodical injection of cortisone in the affected region which will give only short relief.
Homeopathy has excellent medicines and ycan play a big role to keep you stay fit.
There are highly effective homeopathic medicines prescribed on the basis of exact case analysis. The selection of such a medicine could not be easy; may best be done by a experienced homeopath, after evaluating the symptoms. Homeopathy can offer excellent relief in pain in many cases. However, it cannot reverse the bony growth. The patient may have to take medicine periodically.
Bruxism is the medical term for grinding, gnashing or clenching your teeth. The condition affects both children and adults.
Some people with bruxism unconsciously clench their teeth together during the day, often when they feel anxious or tense. This is different from tooth grinding or clenching that occurs at night, which is called sleep bruxism. Most children who are bruxers do so at night, while adults are either daytime or nighttime bruxers.
Bruxism refers to an excessive clenching together of the bottom and upper jaw accompanied by the grinding of the lower set of teeth with the upper set. Most people are unaware that they are grinding or gnashing their teeth because it frequently occurs at night (referred to as Sleep Bruxism). Usually it is only when someone points it out that people with Bruxism become aware that they are grinding their teeth.
Bruxism affects adults and children and, although not usually a serious medical problem, it can wreak havoc in the mouth - causing teeth to loosen and become painful. Parts of the teeth sometimes break having been ground away completely. This can lead to jaw joint disorders, pain, headaches, earaches, damaged teeth and abrasions in the mouth.
It is important if you experience Bruxism symptoms that you seek proper diagnosis and treatment. Bruxism symptoms include:
- Teeth grinding and teeth clenching
- Facial pain
- Oversensitive teeth
- Tongue indentations
- Damage to the tooth enamel causing the inside of the tooth to be exposed
What Causes Bruxism?
The exact causes of Bruxism are not exactly known, but a combination of factors may contribute to the problem. Factors that could trigger Bruxism symptoms include:
- Anger, pain or frustration
- Anxiety, stress or tension
- Certain personality types (particularly, aggressive, competitive or hyperactive personalities)
- Malocclusion (teeth that are not aligned properly)
- Diet and sleeping habits
Help for Bruxism
There are a number of ways to treat Bruxism. The aim of treatment is to alleviate pain, prevent permanent damage to teeth and change teeth clenching behaviors as much as possible.
If you suspect that you may be suffering from Bruxism you should consult your dentist. The dentist would most likely recommend a mouth guard to prevent teeth grinding together.
Solutions for Bruxism include surgery but only recommended in extreme cases. Medications administered to treat this condition are usually muscle relaxants or mild sleeping aids.
Other solutions for Bruxism such as natural and alternative therapies have proven to be beneficial in reducing the Bruxism symptoms. These therapies include:
- Stress management
- Relaxation therapy and meditation
An abscess or a boil is something that nearly every one experiences at least once in their lifetime. Some unfortunate people experience it very regularly and surely understand the discomfort involved in having recurrent abscess and boils. It can be a very painful condition. It can range from very mild pain to very severe painful and complicated condition Skin abscess is a collection of pus under the skin and is usually localized. Pain in abscess is a common symptom and the surrounding areas can show symptoms of inflammation like heat and redness. Homeopathic treatment of abscess can be a great boon to person suffering from it. Homeopathic medicines are very effective in treating skin abscess and boils. Once the abscess gets treated with homeopathic medicines, the chances of it recurring again are very less. Moreover, homeopathic medicines are very safe and natural medicines thus produce no side effects.
What is Skin Abscess or Boils?
Skin abscess or boils are localized collection of pus under the skin. Abscess can develop in any part of the body but is more common under the skin. It can occur even in deeper parts of the body which can be very complicated at times, even life threatening.
What causes Skin Abscess and boils?
This pus collection is formed due to body’s response towards an infection under the skin or a presence of a foreign particle or a body under the skin. The most common agent for bacterial infection under the skin is the presence Staphylococcus Aureus. Abscess may occur after an inflammation of a hair follicle or an obstruction of sweat or oil glands. It is also common for people to develop an abscess after a surgical procedure.
Homeopathic Medicines for the treatment of skin Abscess and Boils
Homeopathy has a great repository of medicines for treating skin abscess and boils. In this feature I will be discussing few of the top homeopathic medicines that I have used in my clinical practice for treating abscess and boils . While discussing medicines for abscess I will not be confining myself to skin abscess and boils only; I will be discussing abscess in other parts of the body too. Silicea , Calcarea Sulph ,Hepar Sulph , Calcarea Pic , Ichthyolum ,Kali Hydroiodicum , Syphillinum and Vipera are the Homeopathic medicines that I will be discussing in this feature.
Homeopathic medicine Silicea tops the table in treating skin abscess and boils . It promotes the suppurative processes and hasten the recovery . It is very useful abscess of cornea after a traumatic injury. It is very useful in Hepatic abscess and abcess of the labia. It is also very useful for felons, old fistulous ulcers, and abscess of joints. Another great medicine for treating abscess is Calcarea Sulph. It has a great role to play in treating abscess around anus in cases of fistula. Hepar Sulph is used when there is abscess in glands and also when there is an abscess of labia with great sensitivity to touch. Itchthyolum is very effective in treating crops of boils . Kali Hydroiodicum is effective in treating tiny small boils . Syphyllinum is an excellent choice when there is a succession of abscesses one after the other. Vipera is great medicine for abscesses when there is bursting sensation and is relieved by raising the affected part.
A common inflammation, blepharitis produces a red-rimmed appearance of the margins of the eyelids. It’s frequently chronic and bilateral and can affect both upper and lower lids. Seborrhic blepharitis is characterized by formation of waxy scales and symptoms of burning and foreign body sensation. Staphylococcus blepharitis is characterized by formation of dry scales along the inflamed lid margins, which also have ulcerated areas and may be associated with keratoconjunctivitis sicca (KCS, a dry-eye syndrome. Both types may coexist. Blepharitis tends to recur and become chronic. It can be controlled if treatment begins before onset of ocular involvement.
Blepharitis (blef-uh-RI-tis) is inflammation that affects the eyelids. Blepharitis is a common eye condition, causing the eyelids to be reddened, itchy, and somewhat swollen and scaly-appearing at the base of the eyelashes. As scales become coarser, the surface of the eye becomes irritated and forms crusts, which may cause the lids to stick together when waking up in the morning. If this crust falls into your eye, you may feel like you have "something in your eye" or experience a gritty sensation.
The eyes may become dry due to inflammation of moisture-producing tissues and this can cause a gritty sensation as well. It usually involves the part of the eyelid where the eyelashes grow. It occurs when tiny oil glands located near the base of the eyelashes malfunction. This leads to inflamed, irritated and itchy eyelids. Several diseases and conditions can cause blepharitis. It is often a chronic condition that is difficult to treat. Blepharitis can be uncomfortable and may be unattractive, but it usually doesn't cause permanent damage to eyesight.
Classification of Blepharitis:
There are two types of blepharitis:
- Anterior blepharitis, when the inflammation affects the outside front edge of your eyelids, where your eyelashes are attached.
- Posterior blepharitis, when the inflammation affects your Meibomian glands (which are on the inside front edge of your eyelids and produce a fatty liquid that protects your eyes).
- Sometimes, people will experience both types of blepharitis because the causes are often connected.
Anterior blepharitis- Many cases of anterior blepharitis are caused by a bacterial infection, usually a staphylococcal infection that is caused by the staphylococcus bacteria. Blepharitis that is caused by this type of bacteria is often known as staphylococcal blepharitis.
Anterior blepharitis can also occur as a complication of seborrhoeic dermatitis (a skin condition that causes your skin to become inflamed or flaky). As seborrhoeic dermatitis is known to cause oily skin, it is thought that the excess oil can irritate the eyelids, providing a breeding ground for bacteria.
Blepharitis that is caused by seborrhoeic dermatitis is often referred to as seborrhoeic blepharitis. It often occurs with posterior blepharitis as well.
Posterior blepharitis- Posterior blepharitis is caused when something affects the Meibomian glands that are found on the rim of your eyelids. These glands are responsible for producing an oily substance that makes up the top layer of your tears. This oily substance is needed to keep your tears in place and protect your eyes.
Blepharitis that is caused by problems with the Meibomian glands is often known as Meibomian blepharitis. Skin conditions, such as seborrhoeic dermatitis and rosacea (a skin condition that mainly affects the face), are known to affect how these glands work.
Seborrhoeic dermatitis- In the case of seborrhoeic dermatitis, the glands produce too much oil. As with anterior blepharitis, the excess oil is thought to provide a breeding ground for bacteria.
Rosacea- In the case of rosacea, not enough oil is produced. However, this is still a problem because your eyes are not being properly protected by your tears, so they also become vulnerable to infection.
About half of people with rosacea will experience associated eye symptoms, such as redness and irritation. Rosacea that affects the eyes is known as ocular rosacea, although this condition is unlikely to develop in people already taking oral antibiotics for rosacea.
Left untreated, ocular rosacea can lead to:
•iritis (uveitis), inflammation of the iris (the coloured part of your eye).
•keratitis, inflammation of the cornea (the transparent outer layer of your eye).
Signs and symptoms:
- Redness and swollen eyes or eyelids.
- Flaking of skin on the lids.
- Crusting at the lid margins, this is generally worse on waking.
- Cysts at the lid margin (hordeolum).
- Dry eye.
- Debris in the tear film, seen under magnification (improved contrast with use of fluorescein drops).
- Gritty sensation of the eye.
- Reduced vision.
- Blurry vision.
- Burning of the eye.
- Sensitivity to light.
- Eyelashes that grow abnormally (misdirected eyelashes).
- Loss of eyelashes.
Blepharitis involves the eyelid margins, where the eyelashes grow and the openings of the tiny oil glands near the base of the lashes are located. There may be involvement of the outer edges of the eyelid margins adjacent to the skin or/and the inner edge of the eyelid that comes into contact with the eyeball. Changes in the skin of the eyelids or the surface of the eye itself are usually secondary to the underlying disorder of the lid margins.
The cause of most cases of blepharitis is a malfunction of the oil glands of the lids. There are about 40 of these glands in each of the upper and lower lids. When these oil glands produce too much, too little, or the wrong types of oils, the eyelid margins can become inflamed, irritated, and itchy. Acnerosacea, a generalized illness of oil glands, is sometimes the underlying cause of this process.
There are some types of blepharitis that are due to disorders of the lid margin around the lashes. These include seborrheic blepharitis, which is similar to dandruff of the scalp, and infection of the lash base by Staphylococcal bacteria.
Allergies can also cause blepharitis. These include sensitivities to substances coming into direct contact with the lid margins, including mascara and contact lens solutions. Various sprays, exposure to animals, environmental chemicals, or airborne allergens can also cause blepharitis.
Less commonly, inflammation of the lids can be caused by a primary infection of the eyelids by bacteria or infestation of the lashes by tiny mites or head lice.
Homeopathic treatment for blepharitis
Homeopathy is one of the most popular holistic systems of medicine. 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 blepharitis but to address its underlying cause and individual susceptibility. As far as therapeutic medication is concerned, several remedies are available to treat blepharitis 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.
Ganglion is a small sac filled with fluid and is formed from the lining of a joint or tendon. It usually forms when the tissues surrounding certain joints become inflamed and swell up with lubricating fluid.
A ganglion cyst is a swelling that often appears on or around joints and tendons in the hand or foot. The size of the cyst can vary over time. It is most frequently located around the wrist and on the fingers.
Ganglion cysts arise from the capsule of a joint or the sheath of a tendon. They can be found at different places on the wrist. A ganglion cyst that grows on the top of the wrist is called a dorsal ganglion. Others are found on the underside of the wrist between the thumb and your pulse point, at the end joint of a finger, or at the base of a finger. Most of the time, these are harmless and will often disappear in time.
ETIOLOGY of Ganglion
- Exact cause is not known.
- May be benign tumour of tendon sheath.
- Excessive use of joint.
FEATURES of Ganglion Cyst
- Onset: insidious.
- Cystic swelling gradually appearing at back of wrist.
- Swelling causes mild discomfort during wrist movement.
- Other less common sites are- palm & dorsum of hand.
- On palpitation
- Cystic swelling.
GENERAL MANAGEMENT of Ganglion
- Immobilization of joint.
Homeopathy Treatment & Homeopathic Remedies for Ganglion Cyst
Homeopathy treats the person as a whole. It means that homeopathic treatment focuses on the patient as a person, as well as his pathological condition. The homeopathic medicines are selected after a full individualizing examination and case-analysis, which includes the medical history of the patient, physical and mental constitution etc. A miasmatic tendency (predisposition/susceptibility) is also often taken into account for the treatment of chronic conditions. The medicines given below indicate the therapeutic affinity but this is not a complete and definite guide to the treatment of this condition. The symptoms listed against each medicine may not be directly related to this disease because in homeopathy general symptoms and constitutional indications are also taken into account for selecting a remedy. To study any of the following remedies in more detail, please visit our Materia Medica section. None of these medicines should be taken without professional advice.
Nocturnal Enuresis also known as bedwetting is involuntary urination while asleep after the age at which bladder control is anticipated. Children who wet the bed do not do it knowingly. When a child has a problem with bed-wetting past the age of five years, then parents should be concerned. Bedwetting can become a cause of embarrassment for both children and their parents. This situation can possibly tarnish the self-confidence of the child developing a strong fear of being ridiculed by peers. Bedwetting can be absolutely cured with homeopathic treatment and strong support from parents.
Bedwetting (Enuresis) is the inability to maintain urinary control during sleep. Involuntary urination at night is referred to as nocturnal enuresis (NE) whereas involuntary urination at daytime is called as diurnal enuresis. Nocturnal Enuresis is also called as Bed-wetting. Bedwetting is more common in boys than girls. Nocturnal Enuresis can be divided into Primary Nocturnal Enuresis (PNE) and Secondary Nocturnal Enuresis (SNE).
- Primary Nocturnal Bedwetting
- Secondary Nocturnal Bedwetting
Primary Nocturnal Enuresis refers to inability to maintain urinary control from infancy. Primary Nocturnal Enuresis is the the most common form of bedwetting in childhood.
If the child has experienced a minimum 6-month period of continence before the onset of the bedwetting, the Nocturnal Enuresis is considered Secondary Nocturnal Enuresis. In secondary enuresis, the key is finding out exactly what has changed. There might be a new psychological stress such as a move, or a death in the family. It might be something physical: the onset of a urinary tract infection or diabetes, for example. It might be a situational change, such as altered eating, drinking or sleeping habits. Clearly, something has changed before bedwetting. The first step in solving the problem of bedwetting is identifying any changes in your child’s life.
Causes of Bedwetting
Research has shown that primary nocturnal enuresis is often inherited. Genetic factors are involved and it tends to run in families. Medical disorders like diabetes, urinary tract infection, sleep apnea or epilepsy can cause incontinence. Psychiatric disorders can also be a cause of bedwetting. Hormonal factors also play some role in Enuresis. (If there is not enough Antidiuretic Hormone (ADH)-this hormone reduces the amount of urine made by the kidneys). Urinary tract infection is also one of the reasons of Enuresis.
Some of the other causes of bedwetting include the following:
- Difficulties in waking up from sleep
- Slower than normal development of the central nervous system which reduces the child's ability to stop the bladder from emptying at night
- Abnormalities in the urethral valves in boys or in the ureter in girls or boys
- Abnormalities in the spinal cord
- Inability to hold urine for a long time because of small bladder
Drinking too much before bedtime is not a cause for Enuresis. It's not a mental or behavior problem. It doesn't happen because of child's laziness to get out of bed to go to pee (urinate). Also children do not wet the bed purposely or to harass their parents.
Nocturnal enuresis (Bedwetting) was once thought to be a psychological condition. It now appears that psychological problems are the result of enuresis and not the cause.
Treatment of Bedwetting
Children achieve bladder control at different ages. By the age of 5 years, most kids no longer urinate in their sleep. Bedwetting in children and babies up to the age of 5 is not unusual, even though it may be frustrating to parents. When bedwetting continues to age 5 (or at any age if it is troublesome to the child) it is time to discuss it with us and ask for treatment to stop it permanently.
Child can be treated with behavior therapy and medicine. Behavior therapy helps teach your child not to wet the bed. Some behavioral treatments include the following:
- Alarm system that rings when the child wets bed.
- Reward for dry nights.
- Asking your child to change the bed sheets when he wets bed.
- Having your child practice holding his or her urine for longer and longer times i.e. bladder training.
Bedwetting especially Primary Nocturnal Enuresis can also be treated safely and effectively with homeopathic medicines. Homoeopathic remedies selected after properly studying patient's case is very effective in stopping Primary Nocturnal Enuresis with no relapse. Patient having PNE of any age can be successfully treated. Moreover all homeopathic medicines are natural, easy to administer and without any adverse effects. If you have any specific question about your kid's condition, please click here to ask.
Caution for parents
Bed-wetting can lead to behavior problems in child because of the guilt and embarrassment a child feels. Punishing your child for wetting the bed will not solve the problem. On contrary it will worsen the situation and child will lose his confidence. Punishing, scolding or beating child will not help because child doesn't do it purposely. Teens shouldn't be made to feel guilty about something he or she can't control. It's important for your child to know that bed-wetting isn't his fault. Cure of bedwetting is a simple matter with homeopathy. Better to remedy this problem at the earliest.
Homeopathic Approach to Bedwetting
A growing number of parents today are concerned about the side effects of conventional drugs, especially in the treatment of young children. Here are some of the reasons why every parent should consider homeopathy for their children. Homeopathy is a safe system of medicine for children. Children being more susceptible, respond quicker to Homeopathy. Homeopathic treatment, being based on the ‘Constitutional Approach,’ treats the disease at the root level, hence enhancing the resistance power of the child. Homeopathy is also considered child friendly as the homeopathic pills, being sweet in taste, are accepted readily by children.
The homeopathic remedies act both on the psychological, physiological and physical level to relieve the condition of Bed-wetting. The Homeopathic remedies will prevent any unwanted contractions of the bladder and restore normal bladder musculature, function and urethral sphincter control, hence, preventing any involuntary passing of urine. Homeopathic remedies have been formulated to treat Nocturnal Enuresis or Bedwetting naturally without disturbing the endocrine system and it reduces anxiety, which is attributed to cause bed-wetting in children. These remedies are natural, gentle, safe and can be given to children of any age.
Has your child been diagnosed with Autism or Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or Aspergers?
Are you looking for a Natural Cure for Autism or Alternative Treatment for Autism?
What is Autism?
Autism is a disorder in which children have impaired or poor communication and social skills. It usually becomes apparent within first three years of life but some mild cases get diagnosed during early schooling. Autism is a disorder of neural development characterized by impaired social interaction and verbal and non-verbal communication, and by restricted or repetitive behaviour. But many parents feel that their kids start showing autistic traits suddenly after a period of normal development.
Autism is a severely handicapping Developmental disorder, which begins at birth or within the first 2 ½ years of life characterized by impairment in effective social skills, absent or impaired language development, repetitive and/or stereotyped activities and interest, especially inanimate objects the symptoms Of ASD suggest involvement of Neurological Endocrinal and Gastrointestinal System . For many years autism occurred in about 5 children per 10,000 live births. However, since the early 1990's, the rate of autism has increased enormously throughout the world, so that figures as high as 60 per 10,000 are being reported. The reasons for the increase are being debated, but the most likely cause appears to be the over vaccinations of infants, other theory prevalent are of Lyme Disease, Leaky Gut Syndrome, Chronic Inflammation Of Brain cells, Genetic Traits, Poor Neuro Immunity and Heavy metal Toxins.
Most autistic children are perfectly normal in appearance, but spend their time engaged in puzzling and disturbing behaviors, which are markedly different from those of normal children. They may stare into space for hours, throw uncontrollable tantrums, show no interest in people (including their parents) and pursue strange, repetitive activities with no apparent purpose. They have been described as living in a world of their own.
These are abnormalities of communication, abnormalities of social development, and a restriction of behavior and interest. Of these, the abnormalities of social development are the most specific to autism. These and other features will be described more fully.
Autistic aloneness is an abnormality of social development in which the child she unable to make warm emotional relationships with people. Autistic children do not respond to their relationships with people. Autistic children do not response to their parent’s affectionate behavior by smiling or cuddling. Instead, they appear to dislike being picked up or kissed. They are no more responsive to their parents than to strangers and do not show interesting other children. There is little difference in their behavior towards people and inanimate objects. A characteristic sign is gaze avoidance that is the absence of eye-to eye contact.
What is Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)?
The autism spectrum disorder describes a range of conditions classified as pervasive developmental. ASD includes autism, Asperger syndrome, pervasive developmental disorder not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS]. These disorders are characterized by social deficits, communication difficulties, stereotyped or repetitive behaviours and interests, and in some cases, cognitive delays.
What are the signs and symptoms of Autism?
Autism (or ASD) is a wide-spectrum disorder and children with autism often vary in the severity and range of signs and symptoms. As well as experiencing varying combinations of symptoms, some people will have mild symptoms while others will have severe ones.
Onset: Overt symptoms gradually begin after the age of six months, become established by age two or three years and tend to continue through adulthood.
Autism is distinguished by a characteristic triad of symptoms: impairments in social interaction; impairments in communication; and restricted interests and repetitive behaviour. Other aspects, such as atypical eating, are also common but are not essential for diagnosis. Here is a detail list of Autism symptoms.
Social Skills – signs and symptoms
- Very little or no eye contact.
- Resistance to being held or touched.
- Tends to get too close when speaking to someone (lack of personal space).
- Responds to social interactions, but does not initiate them.
- Does not generally share observations or experiences with others.
- Difficulty understanding jokes, figures of speech or sarcasm.
- Difficulty reading facial expressions and body language.
- Difficulty understanding the rules of conversation.
- Difficulty understanding group interactions.
- Seems unable to understand another’s feelings.
- Prefers to be alone, aloft.
- Unaware of/disinterested in what is going on around them.
- Talks excessively about one or two topics.
- Minimal acknowledgement of others.
Language Development – signs and symptoms
- Abnormal use of pitch, intonation, rhythm or stress while speaking.
- Speech is abnormally loud or quiet.
- Difficulty whispering.
- Repeats last words or phrases several times. Makes verbal sounds while listening (echolalia).
- Often uses short, incomplete sentences.
- Speech started very early and then stopped for a period of time.
- Difficulty understanding directional terms (front, back, before, after).
Behaviour – signs and symptoms
- Obsessions with objects, ideas or desires.
- Ritualistic or compulsive behaviour patterns (sniffing, licking, watching objects fall, flapping arms, spinning, rocking, humming, tapping, sucking, rubbing clothes).
- Fascination with rotation.
- Play is often repetitive.
- Unusual attachment to objects.
- Perfectionism in certain areas.
- Inability to perceive potentially dangerous situations.
Emotions – signs and symptoms
- Sensitivity or lack of sensitivity to sounds, textures (touch), tastes, smells or light.
- Difficulty with loud or sudden sounds.
- Resists change in the environment (people, places, objects).
- Calmed by external stimulation – soothing sound, brushing, rotating object, constant pressure.
Learning Development – signs and symptoms
- Exceptionally high skills in some areas and very low in others.
- Excellent rote memory in some areas.
- Difficulty with reading comprehension (can quote an answer, but unable to predict, summarize or find symbolism).
- Difficulty with fine motor activities (colouring, printing, scissors, gluing).
- Short attention span for most lessons.
- Resistance or inability to follow directions.
- Difficulty transitioning from one activity to another in school.
Locomotor Skills – signs and symptoms
- Walks on toes.
- Unusual gait.
- Difficulty changing from one floor surface to another (carpet to wood, sidewalk to grass).
- Difficulty moving through a space (bumps into objects or people).
- Gross motor skills are developmentally behind peers (riding a bike, skating, running).
- Fine motor skills are developmentally behind peers (hand writing, tying shoes, scissors).
When should you get your child evaluated for Autism or ASD?
If your child has any of these delays or behaviour, consult your paediatrician asap:
- No babbling by 9 months
- No pointing or gestures by 12 months
- Not responding to their name by 12 months of age
- No single words by 16 months
- Lack of pretend play by 18 months
- No two-word phrases by 24 months
- Any loss of language or social skills at any age
- Your infant or child resists cuddling and doesn’t respond to his or her environment or to other people
- Your child bangs his or her head or demonstrates self-injurious behaviour or aggression on a regular basis
- Your child demonstrates unusually repetitive behaviour, such as repeatedly opening and closing doors or turning a toy car upside down and repeatedly spinning its wheels
Treatment with Homeopathy
Homeopathy have promising treatment for Autism Spectrum Disorder, Child up to 6 years starts improving with first 120 days of medicine, total treatment time depends upon severity of illness, age of child, and it varies from total 18 to 26 month of treatment. Before starting the treatment psychiatrist / Neurology examination / Evaluation is must and also during treatment at regular intervals to assess the improvement. Homoeopathic medicine offers medicine to neutralize heavy metals, Anti Lyme Disease Treatment, Neuro immunity Enhancer, Removes Brain Cells Inflammations, corrects the symptoms of Hyperactivity, Monotonous Activity, Repetitive Behavior, Cognition development and Speech development,
Treatment has three aspects: management of the abnormal behavior, arrangements for social and educational services, and help for the family.
Behavioral method using contingency management.
Most autistic children require special schooling.
The family of an autistic child needs considered help to cope with the child’s behavior. Which is often bewildering and distressing.
Between 10 and 20 per cent of children with childhood autism begin improve between the ages of about four and six years and are eventually able to attend an ordinary school and obtain work.
Eczema or dermatitis are terms used to describe the characteristic clinical appearance of inflamed, dry, occasionally scaly and vesicular skin rashes associated with divergent underlying causes. The word eczema is derived from the Greek, meaning to ’boil over’. Which aptly describe the microscopic blister occurring in the epidermis at the cellular level. Dermatitis, as term suggests, implies inflammation of the skin which relates to the underlying pathophysiology.
Causes of acute eczema
Contact irritants such as:
- Topical medications
Causes of chronic eczema
- Suppressed acute eczema through long term topical steroid treatment
- Imbalanced immune system
- Fungal overgrowth
- Deficiency of or inability to process essential fatty acids
- Poor detoxification
- Low levels of gastric acids and poor digestions
- Low levels of good flora
Symptoms of acute eczema
- Redness of skin
- Irresistible desire to scratch
- Crust over skin
- Oozing of fluid
- Blister formation
Symptoms of chronic eczema
- Recurring cases of acute eczema
- Scaly patches over skin
- Dryness of skin
- Thick skin
- Constant itching
- Changes in color of skin
Homeopathic treatment of eczema
Homeopathy is one of the most popular holistic systems of medicine. 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 eczema but to address its underlying cause and individual susceptibility. As far as therapeutic medication is concerned, several remedies are available to treat eczema 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 eczema:
Alumina – skin dry even in hot weather, itching, bleeding when scratched, aggravation in evening, on alternate days, from heat of bed, at new moon, from eating new potatoes; amelioration; hard crust upon scalp; skin feels as if white of egg had dried on its surface.
Ammonium carb – eczema on the bends of the extremities; excoriation between the thighs and about genitals; aggravate from wet applications.
Cantharis – eczema solare with much burning and itching; when touched burning and smarting; complications with urinary troubles; aggravation from warmth; scales from on scalp like enormous dandruff.
Croton Tig – intense itching of skin; but so tender; unable to scratch; amelioration by gentle rubbing; eczema over whole body; develops an acute eczema over whole body.
Bovista – eczema over back of hand; moist eczema in the bends of knees, appearing during the full moon; frequently in women who suffer from dysmenorrhea
Arsenicum iod – eczema of the beard with oozing of watery discharge; Itching worse by washing; dry scaly itchy eruptions
Antim crud – eczema of face, genitals, and anus; severe continuous itching; eczema with gastric troubles; burning is worse at night.
Hydrastis – crusty, burning eczema on the neck. Eruptions like small pox-lupus; eczema on margins of head especially in front
Tellurium – itching of hands and feet; herpetic eruptions; ring shaped lesions with offensive discharges; Barber’s itch, stinging skin, eczema on back of ears and on occiput; offensive foot sweat.
Ledum pal – eczema of face and cheeks; skin is red in color, and worse scratching and at night. Putting feet in cold water gives relief.
Clamatis erecta – pustular eczema, vesicles with watery secretions followed by formation of scales and crust; inflammation increases with the increasing moon and decreasing with decreasing moon
Borax – itching on the back of finger joint with loss of nails.
Staphysagria – eczema of head, ears, face, and body; Thick scales, dry and itch violently; scratching changes its location of the itching.
Oleander – eczema of the scalp.
Petroleum – yellow green thick crust on the face and neck with profuse discharges; eczema disappears in summers and disappears in reappearing in winters; eczema and fissures occurring on the hand or behind the ear.
Natrum Mur – eczema of hair margin especially at the back of head.
Hepar Sulph – eczema of scalp, humid, very sore and sensitive to the touch, burning and sore on scratching, itching violently on rising in the morning, on genitals and upon on scrotom and thighs, emitting an offensive odor; boils on head and neck, very sensitive to contact; pustules around the seat of the disease, hands and feet always cold.
Lycopodium – eruptions begins on the back of the head and extends to face, also on hands, crust thick bleeding, oozing foetid moisture, itching violently; aggravation of symptoms from 4.00 to 8.00 pm. From getting heated, relieved from cold air or uncovering the parts.
Psorinum – dry or foetid eruptions; crusty eruptions, vesicles being pointed, with red areole; skin itches intolerably, scratches until it bleeds; dry and scaly eruptions, with little pointed vesicles around the reddened edges, discharge appearing during summe, but reappearing when the cold weather comes on.
Rhus tox – moist eruptions on head, beginning with small yellow vesicles with red areola, forming thick crust and hard horny scabs which eat of the hair, offensive itching worse at night, surface raw and excoriated; eczema scrota on inside of thighs, discharges freely, or thickened; eczema of right hand.
Thuja – eczema worse after vaccination; itching vesicles with shooting pains; dryness of covered parts; eruptions only on covered parts.
Sulphur – dry, scabby, offensive, easily bleeding, burning eruption, beginning along the margin of the hair from ear to ear posteriorly, with sore pains and crack; amelioration from scratching.
The word ‘asthma’ is derived from the Greek meaning ‘ panting’ or ‘labored breathing’. Asthma is a condition characterized by a paroxysmal wheezing dyspnoea (difficulty in breathing), mainly expiratory.
Asthma makes breathing difficult for more than 300 million people worldwide according to the WHO. It affects people living in the developing as well as developed countries and affects all age groups. It is the most common chronic disease in children and even with all the advances in treatment, the prevalence has only risen in the past few years.
Asthma, technically known as bronchial asthma is a chronic disorder which affects the lungs, bronchi and bronchioles. The lungs supply the body with oxygen. The lungs are subdivided into lobes, the right lungs with three, the left with two. The air goes into the lungs via the trachea, which divides into smaller tubes called the bronchi.
In principle, we inhale and exhale, at the rate of sixteen times a minute without difficulty breathing. However, during an asthma attack there is swelling in the mucous membranes of the bronchial tubes and the bronchioles of the lung. This inflammation causes narrowing of the passage way for air, to a point, where the asthmatic person has difficulty breathing. The muscles around the airway tightens and causes wheezing, coughing, and tightness of the chest. This is caused by specific allergens breathed though the respiratory system. The most common allergens are dust, pollen, feathers, animal dander, food, drugs, and mold spores (the same allergens responsible for hay fever). Children born to allergic parents are prone to the disorder.
Another cause of bronchial asthma is associated with bacterial infection, especially of the throat, nose and sinuses. Emotional disturbances, stress, and the sudden change in climate may also cause asthma. The most common symptoms of asthma are wheezing, a sense of suffocation, coughing, and difficulty breathing.
Work-related asthma is caused by an allergy to something at work. Hair dye, flour, paint, detergent, latex, and chemicals are some substances that may cause occupational asthma.
Asthma is primarily a chronic disease (a respiratory allergy) that presents as recurrent attacks of breathlessness and wheezing. There is a vast variation in the frequency and severity of symptoms of asthma from person to person. This is where the individualized treatment with Homeopathy can give significant relief to patients of asthma and help them lead an easy life.
Causes of Asthma
According to the etiology, bronchial asthma is divided in the following groups:
- Allergic (extrinsic/ atopic) – This type of asthma usually starts in childhood and is often preceded by eczema. But most of the young adults (<35 yrs) developing asthma also fall in this category. Genetic factors also play a significant role i this. In this type of asthma the allergen leads to production of excessive (IgE) immunoglobulins.
- Infective or Intrinsic – This is not hereditary or allergic, but may be caused by, or at least associated with upper respiratory tract or bronchial infection which is usually viral.
- Psychological factors - (like anxiety, emotional stress etc) are often considered to be the sole cause of some asthmatic attacks, but it is still not certain whether it can be the sole cause or is only a precipitating factor.
- Occupational asthma – This can occur in certain industries in which there is exposure to metallic dusts (esp. platinum salts), biological detergents, toluene diisocyanate, polyurethane, flour and dust from grains etc.
ASTHMA – MECHANISM – WHAT ACTUALLY HAPPENS?
What ever may be the cause, it ultimately leads to paroxysms of bronchial obstruction produced by widespread bronchial spasm accentuated by plugging of the bronchi with excessive mucus.
ASTHMA – SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS
- Recurrent episode of paroxysmal dyspnoea (difficulty in breathing)
- The breathing is laboured, with a wheezing sound, mainly on expiration.
- Asthma attacks often occur in the early hours of morning (when there is no immediate precipitating cause). During the attack patients often prefers to sit then lie down.
ASTHMA – HOW DIAGNOSIS IS DONE?
Diagnosis can usually be made clinically by a competent doctor. Allergen sensitivity tests, X-ray, spirometry, sputum and blood tests etc may be of use in finding the cause and severity of the condition.
ASTHMA – WHAT TO DIFFERENTIATE FROM?
- Cardiac asthma
- Renal asthma
- Isolated attacks of non-paroxysmal dyspnoea.
ASTHMA – COMPLICATIONS
- Apart from chronicity, usually no complications.
- Pneumothorax, emphysema, or areas of consolidation or pulmonary collapse may occur in very advanced cases.
Homeopathic Treatment for Asthma
Homeopathy treats the person as a whole. It means that homeopathic treatment focuses on the patient as a person, as well as his pathological condition. The homeopathic medicines are selected after a full individualizing examination and case-analysis, which includes the medical history of the patient, physical and mental constitution etc.
General Approach – As far as I know homeopathy is the only system of medicine which tries to ‘cure’ this disease, instead of trying to provide symptomatic relief. While dealing with a case of asthma, a homeopath not only records the symptoms of the disease but also studies the medical history, family history, physical and psychological characteristics of a person. This helps to find the cause, the precipitating factors, and the hereditary tendency etc. Of special interest to a homeopath is the history of suppression of skin disease. Homeopaths believe that when there is a tendency or predisposition for a disease – it first manifests on the less vital organs, towards the periphery (like skin). If this manifestation is suppressed than the disease shifts inwards, towards the more vital organs (like lungs, heart, brain etc).
The fact that in children asthma is often preceded by eczema is observed by the allopaths also. This fact is written in all their textbooks of medicine. They say that children often ‘move-out’ of eczema and ‘move-into’ asthma. But they are unable to make a correlation. Homeopaths believe that the suppression of eczema with topical preparations, does not cure the disease/sensitivity of the person, it merely drives it inwards.
Now after ascertaining the symptoms and the cause, the homeopath tries to find a medicine which matches the symptoms as well as the general characteristics of the person. The medicine so selected is administered to the patient.
It is often (not necessarily) observed by homeopaths that when a right medicine is given, the asthma disappears but the old eczema (if it was there originally) reappears for some time, before finally disappearing itself. This reappearance of old symptoms is seen as a reversal of disease process and is considered a very good prognostic sign by homeopaths.
ASTHMA – CONVENTIONAL TREATMENT
Bronchodilators, anti-allergic drugs, and corticosteroids are commonly used to provide symptomatic relief.
ASTHMA – Lifestyle & General Management
- Avoid the allergen you are sensitive to.
- Do regular light exercise like brisk walking or jogging. Heavy exercise can precipitate an attack of asthma, so always do mild exercise without putting too much strain on your body.
- Learn breathing exercises to improve your lung capacity. Of especial use is ‘pranayam’, a yoga exercise.
- Learn some stress relieving exercises, meditation, or yoga to minimize the psychological factors related to disease.
- Eat healthy, nourishing and well balanced diet.
What is arthritis?
Arthritis is a general term for numerous conditions that affect bone joints; scientists do not know exactly what cause arthritis. Some think the disease is genetic-something that is inherited from your parents. Other think arthritis is caused by infection, obesity, bone damage, or another disease. Regardless of the cause or type of arthritis, people with arthritis experience chronic pain and swelling in their joints.
More than 46 million people in the United States – and about 300 million people worldwide – suffer from arthritis. Many people think arthritis is a disease that older people get as their joints wear down. It is true that the most common form of arthritis, osteoarthritis mostly affects people aged sixty and older. But people of any age can develop arthritis. In fact, more than 25,000 children in United States have one of several forms of the disease. Together these forms are called juvenile arthritis. Some young People develop osteoarthritis, but the most common form of juvenile arthritis is JRA. There are two main types of arthritis – osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. They are quite different from each other. Osteoarthritis is a condition that occurs when cartilage that covers the ends of bones in the joints breaks down and wears away. Rheumatoid arthritis is a disease caused by problems with the body’s immune system.
Symptoms associated with arthritis
Mainly stiffness, redness, swelling, limitation of movements, may also associated with fever, weight loss, carditis in specific medical conditions of arthritis.
Causes of arthritis
- Injury -can damage to bone, ligament and cartilage that ultimately leads to severe pain.
- Infection – Any kind of infection to the joint may result arthritis.
- Obesity and advanced age – Both are very common cause of arthritis.
- Overuse – Overuse of knee joint can cause bursitis which ultimately leads to intense pain.
- Sprain- Due to sudden unnatural movements causes pain as well as restriction of movement of the joint.
- Malignancy – Myeloma, metastatic carcinoma.
- Dislocation – Also causes severe arthritis.
- Other causes – Include Sarcoidosis, Sickle cell disease, Lupus, Kawasaki disease, Crohn’s disease, bone tumors, bleeding disorders etc.
Diagnosis of arthritis
- Complete physical examination – Include inspection of affected joint, movement, stiffness, tenderness, swelling and other important findings.
- Microscopic examination – Of joint fluid.
- X-ray knee – To diagnose fracture.
- MRI – to detect ligament rupture and other conditions
- MANTOUX TEST – To diagnose tuberculosis
- Blood tests – Include complete blood count, coagulation test, and blood culture.
- Urine test – Mainly for blood, sugar and protein etc.
Treatment of arthritis
Drug treatment – includes Anti-Inflammatory agents, ranging from mild and familiar oral medication, such as aspirin, to powerful new medications, such as etanercept and infliximab.
Immunosuppressive medicines (drugs that inhibit the immune system) may be prescribed in rheumatoid arthritis, especially when the activity of disease is moderate or severe.
Antibiotics are used in infectious arthritis.
Uric acid- lowering agents are employed to treat gout.
Corticosteroids – may be effective when injected in to the involved joints where only one or two joints are inflamed-a benefit that tends to be temporary, but sometimes is all the treatment that is needed.
The effectiveness of immunosuppressive, antibiotics, and uric acid-lowering drugs depends on the correctness of the diagnosis, while the anti-inflammatory agents are more generally effective.
Surgical treatment – surgical treatments, carried out by orthopedic surgeons, are indicated to repair or reconstruct some damaged joints that are painful or causing disability because they are no longer mechanically functional. Progress in joint replacement technology applicable to large weight-bearing joints-hips and knees-has been dramatic over the past three decades, and highly satisfactory results are now commonplace. In some cases, shoulder or elbow replacement can give good results as well. Wrist and ankle replacement are more problematic, but this technology is developing. Lesser procedures are also applicable in some cases.
Physical and occupational therapy – physical and occupational therapy have an important place in the treatment of arthritis.
Homeopathic treatment of arthritis
Homeopathy is one of the most popular holistic systems of medicine. 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 arthritis but to address its underlying cause and individual susceptibility. As far as therapeutic medication is concerned, several well-proved medicines are available for homeopathic treatment of arthritis that can be selected on the basis of cause, location, sensation, modalities and extension of the complaints. For individualized remedy selection and treatment, the patient should consult a qualified homeopathic doctor in person. Some important remedies are given below for the homeopathic treatment of arthritis:
- Bryonia Alba. – Pain with inflammation which, is aggravated by movement and relieved by moderate pressure and rest.
- Ledum pal. – Excellent remedy for gout and rheumatism which is of ascending nature, better by cold application.
- Rhus Tox. – Pain aggravated by first movement, damp weather and better by continuous motion.
- Colchicum – pain worse by motion touch or mental effort, better by warmth and rest.
- Kalmia lot. – descending type of pain, pain with palpitation of heart and slow pulse
- Guaiacum. – Gouty abscesses of joints, pain relieved by cold bath and cold application.
- Calcaria Carb. – Arthritic swelling, knee pain especially in fleshy people which is worse by cold.
- Benzoic acid – gouty concretions of joints, knee pain due to abnormal deposition of uric acid
- Hypericum. – Remarkable remedy for rheumatoid arthritis has outstanding action over nerve pain.
Ankylosing spondylitis (AS) is one of the many types of arthritis. "Ankylosing" means joining together or stiffening; "spondylitis" means inflammation of the vertebral bones of the spine. Inflammation of the bones in AS can lead to degeneration, pain, and loss of joint motion. AS typically affects the spine but can been seen in other areas, especially the hips. Ankylosing spondylitis can range from a mild to more severe disease in patients. Ankylosing spondylitis is approximately three times more common in males than females. It is usually diagnosed in young adults, with a peak onset between 20 and 30 years of age. Children may also be affected by a form of AS termed “juvenile ankylosing spondylitis”, seen in children younger than 16 years of age. There is evidence suggesting a strong genetic component in the development of the disease.
AS is a type of arthritis of the spine. It causes swelling between vertebrae, which are the disks that make up your spine, and in the joints between spine and pelvis. Ankylosing spondylitis is an autoimmune disease. This means immune system, which normally protects body from infection, attacks body's own tissues. The disease is more common and more severe in men. It often runs in families.
Early symptoms include back pain and stiffness. These problems often start in late adolescence or early adulthood. Over time, ankylosing spondylitis can fuse vertebrae together, limiting movement.
ETIOLOGY of Ankylosing Spondylitis
- Exact cause is unknown
- Evidence points to autoimmune etiology
- Positive family history
SYMPTOMS of Ankylosing Spondylitis
- Onset: insidious
- Pain in back, buttocks
- Morning stiffness, better with activity
- Weight loss
- No movement possible
- Gradual involvement of:
- Whole vertebral column
- Tenderness at sacro-iliac joint
- Cervical, thoracic spines become tender
- Restricted movement
- Patient cannot erect spine
- Sits, walks with flexed spine
- Chest expansion diminished
- Complete rigidity of spine & involved joints
- Kyphosis (curve in spine)
COMPLICATIONS of Ankylosing Spondylitis
- Aortic incompetence (calcification of valve)
- Recurrent chest infection
- Atlanto-axial subluxation
The early Symptoms
Amaurosis (Greek meaning darkening, dark, or obscure) is vision loss or weakness that occurs without an apparent lesion affecting the eye. It may result from either a medical condition or from excess acceleration, as in flight. The term is the same as the Latin gutta serena.
Types of Amaurosis
Leber’s congenital amaurosis is an inherited disease resulting in optic atrophy and secondary severe vision loss or blindness. It was first described by Theodore Leber in the 19th century.
Amaurosis fugax (Latin: fugax meaning fugitive) is a temporary loss of vision in one eye caused by decreased blood flow (ischemia) to the retina. Another cause is the presence of emboli located in the ipsilateral (same side) internal carotid artery. It is a type of transient ischaemic attack (TIA). Those experiencing Amaurosis usually experience complete symptom abeyance within a few minutes. In a small minority of those who experience Amaurosis, stroke or vision loss has resulted. Diabetes, hypertension and smoking are factors known to increase the risks of suffering this condition. It also can be the result of surgical repair to the mitral valve, when very small emboli may break away from the site of the repair., while the patient’s tissue grows to cover the plastic Annuloplasty band.
This condition can also occur in ruminants suffering from a vitamin B1 (thiamine) deficiency due to Thiamine-Related Cerebrocortical Necrosis (CCN).
Homeopathy Treatment for Amaurosis
Homeopathy treats the person as a whole. It means that homeopathic treatment focuses on the patient as a person, as well as his pathological condition. The homeopathic medicines are selected after a full individualizing examination and case-analysis, which includes the medical history of the patient, physical and mental constitution, family history, presenting symptoms, underlying pathology, possible causative factors etc. A miasmatic tendency (predisposition/susceptibility) is also often taken into account for the treatment of chronic conditions. A homeopathy doctor tries to treat more than just the presenting symptoms. The focus is usually on what caused the disease condition? Why ‘this patient’ is sick ‘this way’. The disease diagnosis is important but in homeopathy, the cause of disease is not just probed to the level of bacteria and viruses. Other factors like mental, emotional and physical stress that could predispose a person to illness are also looked for. No a days, even modern medicine also considers a large number of diseases as psychosomatic. The correct homeopathy remedy tries to correct this disease predisposition. The focus is not on curing the disease but to cure the person who is sick, to restore the health. If a disease pathology is not very advanced, homeopathy remedies do give a hope for cure but even in incurable cases, the quality of life can be greatly improved with homeopathic medicines.
The homeopathic remedies (medicines) given below indicate the therapeutic affinity but this is not a complete and definite guide to the homeopathy treatment of this condition. The symptoms listed against each homeopathic remedy may not be directly related to this disease because in homeopathy general symptoms and constitutional indications are also taken into account for selecting a remedy.
Alopecia Areata & Hair Fall
Alopecia Areata is an autoimmune skin disease resulting in the loss of hair from the scalp and elsewhere on the body. The person's own immune system attacks the hair follicles, resulting in round, smooth bald patches on the scalp. A person with a family history of autoimmune diseases is prone to develop this condition.
The novel approach of suppressing the autoimmune response with local cortisone (steroid) may work temporarily and is limited to the patch only. Relapses are common and the course still remains unpredictable. It has no long-term advantages and does not alter the nature of the disease.
Why Homeopathy from HomeoConsult R&D?
Homeopathy, on the other hand, addresses the defective immune response, family history or genetic predisposition, nature and intensity of the disease as well as systemic, emotional and numerous other factors commonly affecting this condition.
It does not consider Alopecia as an external disorder. On reasoning you will appreciate that this condition is an outward manifestation of internal disarray. Treating it locally will usually prove futile and temporary.
Research indicates that Alopecia Areata is an autoimmune disease in which the body’s own hair follicles are attacked. There is some evidence that the following factors play a role is initiating this autoimmune response:
- Triggers such as viral infections
- Some form of internal or systemic dysfunction
- Genetic markers or predisposition: 5% of individuals with Alopecia Areata have someone in the family suffering from it too. Often affects those whose family members have asthma, allergies, rheumatoid arthritis, vitiligo and other autoimmune related conditions.
GENERAL HAIR LOSS & CAUSES
Daily shedding of few hairs is a normal cycle. Every 2-3 months approximately 10% of the hair falls out and new hair grow in its place. Excessive hair loss and failure on the part of reappearance of new hair are factors which lead to baldness.
Common causes of hair loss are:
- Autoimmune diseases: Alopecia Areata, Lichen Planus
- Chemical: Hair shedding & breakage from styling, dyes etc.
- Drugs: Chemotherapy, gout medicines, birth control pills, excess of Vit. A, depressants
- Hormonal: Thyroid dysfunction & hormonal imbalances in men & women
- Infections: Fungal infections such as Tinea Capitis - causes hair loss in spots
- Post Major illness: May lead to sever hair loss
- Scalp diseases: Psoriasis and atopic dermatitis may lead to temporary, patchy loss
- Systemic: Diabetes, lupus etc.
Male Pattern Baldness
Genetic condition, inherited from either parents
Susceptibility of hair follicles to DHT (byproduct of testosterone)
Hair become thinner, shorter and easily shed leaving behind shiny, bald patches
Once the hair follicles permanently atrophy in size, the condition is permanent
Hope of revival of hair WITH HOMEOPATHY in partially affected areas does exist
Hope of slowing down the process WITH HOMEOPATHY definitely exists
Role of homeopathy:
Homeopathy plays a definitive role in stimulating the partially atrophied hair follicles and rejuvenating hair which has thinned or become scantly. Most cases treated at HomeoConsult R&D first witness a slow down in the falling of hair, followed by regrowth and increased density of hair in the affected areas. The biggest advantage of the treatment is the prevention of further loss on competition of 4-6 months of treatment.
HRD’s Homeopathic treatment benefits
Since Male pattern baldness is a result of atrophy of hair follicles an aggressive approach which includes internal homeopathic medicines as well as local herbal extracts are used:
- Internal Homeopathic remedies: Possibly helps in reducing susceptibility to DHT
- Local Herbal (Homeopathic) extracts: Stimulate the partially atrophied follicles
Female Pattern Baldness
Hair loss in women caused by hormonal imbalance & aging
Genetic predisposition & family history usually evident
Hormonal changes such as those after menopause cause thinning of hair
Unlike male pattern baldness, frontal hairline is maintained
Thinning & loss of hair takes place from all over
Usually leads to permanent hair loss if left untreated
HRD’s Homeopathic treatment benefits
Just like Male Pattern Baldness, Homeopathy can help reduce or stop the progression of the condition in most cases. If diagnosed early and treated before the condition becomes irreversible, homeopathy can help in the regeneration of hair where the hair follicles are active.
We therefore urge individuals to start the treatment as early as possible in order to achieve a faster recovery.
Since Female pattern baldness leads to irreversible hair loss an aggressive approach which includes internal homeopathic medicines as well as local herbal extracts are used:
- Internal Homeopathic remedies: Stop and prevent further progression.
- Local Herbal (Homeopathic) extracts: Stimulate the partially affected hair follicles
Allergies are caused by the body’s hypersensitivity to foreign substances such as pollen, animal dander, dust and food. Irritation of the mucous membranes along the upper respiratory system is common. Symptoms are sneezing, a runny nose, itchy eyes, irritation of the roof of the mouth, a stuffy nose, congested sinus areas and a headache. Allergies are not simple to treat; they generally represent a chronic problem that is genetic, although they may skip one, two or three generations. Homeopathic remedies can help in the acute stages of allergies to help relieve the symptoms, but usually a more constitutional approach to help the underlying condition is necessary for permanent help.
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.
Allergies that occur in the wintertime are generally due to allergens such as dust from heating systems and molds that accumulate in basements, humidifiers, and furnaces. Allergies in the springtime are often due to tree pollen, and in late spring or early summer, grass pollens are usually the cause. Later in the summer, problems are often due to Ragweed, Goldenrod, and dust during the dry season. Molds, especially those from trees and leaves, are usually the allergen during early to late fall when the weather is damp.
Acute attacks of hay fever often respond to homeopathic remedies. Allergies are usually deep-seated problems, and are often best addressed with a constitutional remedy and the guidance of an experienced practitioner.
Allium cepa: Indications for this remedy include watery eyes and a clear nasal discharge that irritates the upper lip, along with sneezing and a tickling cough. The person usually is thirsty, and feels worse indoors and when rooms are warm, and better in fresh air.
Arsenicum album: A burning, watery, runny nose with a stuffy, tickling feeling during allergy attacks suggests a need for this remedy. Swelling below the eyes and a wheezy cough are common. The person may feel chilly, restless, anxious, and is often very tired.
Euphrasia: This remedy can be helpful if the eyes are swollen and irritated with acrid tears or pus. The nose also runs, but with a blander discharge. Symptoms are often worse in the daytime and worse from warmth, and the eyes may hurt from too much light. The person can also have a cough in the daytime, which improves at night.
Ferrum phosphoricum: This is a very useful remedy in the early stages of any inflammation. Taken when allergy symptoms start, it often slows or stops an episode. Symptoms include runny eyes with a burning or gritty feeling, facial flushing, watery nose, and short, hard, tickling cough.
Gelsemium: A tired, droopy feeling during allergies with a flushed and heavy-feeling face suggest a need for this remedy. A sensation of dryness or of swollen membranes may be felt inside the nose—or the nose may run with irritating watery discharge, with the person sneezing frequently. Aching in the back of the head and neck, a trembling feeling, and chills along the spine are often seen when a person needs Gelsemium.
Natrum muriaticum: Allergy attacks with sneezing, watery eyes, clear nasal discharge that resembles egg white, and a loss of taste and smell will all suggest a need for this remedy. The person may have dark circles under the eyes, be thirsty, feel withdrawn and sad, and act irritable if comforted.
Nux vomica: If the nose is alternately stuffed up (especially outdoors or at night) and running (indoors and in the daytime), this remedy may bring relief. Other symptoms include a teasing cough, a scraped or tickly feeling in the throat, and headache. A person who needs this remedy often feels impatient, irritable, and chilly.
Sabadilla: Long paroxysms of sneezing, itching in the nose with irritating runny discharge, a feeling of a lump in the throat, and watery eyes will all suggest a need for this remedy. The person may feel nervous during allergy attacks, and trying to concentrate can bring on drowsiness or headache.
Wyethia: Intolerable itching felt on the roof of the mouth and behind the nose—sometimes extending into the throat and ears—strongly suggests the use of this remedy. Everything in the person’s head feels dry and irritated, but the nose may still be runny.
Homeopathy Dosage Directions
Select the remedy that most closely matches the symptoms. In conditions where self-treatment is appropriate, unless otherwise directed by a physician, a lower potency (6X, 6C, 12X, 12C, 30X, or 30C) should be used. In addition, 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.
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a developmental disorder characterized by inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity. It is the most commonly diagnosed behavioral disorder of childhood, affecting 8 - 12% of school-aged children. Although many people sometimes have difficulty sitting still, paying attention, or controlling impulsive behavior, people with ADHD find that these symptoms greatly interfere with everyday life. Generally, these symptoms appear before age 7 and can lead to problems in school and in social settings. One- to two-thirds of all children with ADHD continue to have symptoms when they grow up. A diagnosis can be controversial, since there are no lab tests for ADHD, and no objective way to measure a child's behavior. There is no best way to treat ADHD, however, experts agree that taking action early can improve a child's educational and social development.
Signs and Symptoms
A person is diagnosed with ADHD if they have at least 6 symptoms from the following categories, lasting for at least 2 months. In diagnosing children, the symptoms must appear before age 7, and pose a significant challenge to everyday functioning in at least 2 areas of life (usually home and school). Most children do not show all the symptoms, and they may be different in boys and girls (boys may be more hyperactive and girls more inattentive).
- Fails to pay close attention to details or makes careless mistakes
- Has difficulty sustaining attention in tasks or play activities
- Does not seem to listen when spoken to directly
- Does not follow through on instructions and fails to finish tasks
- Has difficulty organizing tasks and activities
- Avoids, dislikes, or is reluctant to engage in tasks that require sustained mental effort (such as school work)
- Loses things needed for tasks or activities
- Is easily distracted
- Is forgetful in daily activities
Hyperactivity and Impulsivity
- Fidgets with hands or feet or squirms when seated
- Does not remain seated when expected to
- Runs or climbs excessively in inappropriate situations (in teens or adults, may be feelings of restlessness)
- Has difficulty playing or engaging in leisure activities quietly
- Acts as if "driven by a motor"
- Talks excessively
- Blurts out answers before questions are completed
- Has difficulty waiting his or her turn
- Interrupts or intrudes on others
What Causes It?
No one is sure what causes ADHD. Although environmental factors may play a role, researchers are now looking to find answers in the structure of the brain.
- Altered brain function -- Brain scans have shown differences in the brains of children with ADHD compared to those of non ADHD children. For example, many children with ADHD tend to have altered brain activity in the prefrontal cortex, a part of the brain known as the command center. This may affect their ability to control impulsive and hyperactive behaviors. Researchers also believe hyperactive behavior in children can be caused by too much slow wave (or theta) activity in certain regions of the brain.
- Genetics -- ADHD seems to run in families.
- Maternal or childhood exposure to certain toxins -- Women who smoke, drink, and are exposed to PCBs during pregnancy are more likely to have children with ADHD. Children who are exposed to lead, PCBs, or phthalates are more likely to develop the disorder.
- Re-term birth -- Up to 20% of babies who are born prematurely develop ADHD.
Risk factors for ADHD include:
- Heredity -- children with ADHD usually have at least one first-degree relative who also has the disorder.
- Gender -- ADHD is 4 - 9 times more common in boys than in girls. Some experts believe that the disorder is underdiagnosed in girls, however, and recent studies show no association between a child's sex and ADHD.
- Prenatal and early postnatal health -- maternal drug, alcohol, and cigarette use; exposure of the fetus or infant to toxins, including lead and PCBs; nutritional deficiencies and imbalances; pre-term birth and low birth weight.
- Low Apgar scores at birth.
- Other behavioral disorders, especially those that involve too much aggression (such as oppositional defiant or conduct disorder).
What to Expect at Your Provider's Office
There is no objective test for ADHD, so making a diagnosis can be hard. Doctors may use a number of tests and observations. For this reason, it is crucial to make sure the doctor who evaluates you or your child is trained in diagnosing ADHD.
To evaluate a child, the doctor will take a complete medical history and do a thorough exam to check for conditions that may mimic ADHD, such as hyperthyroidism or problems with vision, hearing, and sleeping. Many symptoms show up at home or school rather than the doctor's office, so you may be asked to fill out questionnaires. Your child's teacher may be interviewed. Your doctor will try to determine not only how the child behaves but also where the behavior occurs and how long it lasts. Children with ADHD have long lasting symptoms that usually show up during stressful situations or situations that require sustained attention (such as schoolwork).
Diagnosing an adult with ADHD can be even more challenging. Because your symptoms would have appeared when you were young, your doctor may try to find out as much as possible about you when you were a child by getting information from your parents or former teachers. (If your symptoms are recent, you are not considered to have adult ADHD.) In addition to ruling out the other conditions mentioned above, your doctor may also check for depression and bipolar disorder, which can mimic ADHD.
Since the cause or causes of ADHD are not known, there is no way to prevent the condition. However, pregnant women can avoid known risk factors, including cigarette smoke and known toxins. It can be managed with medication, behavioral therapy, and lifestyle changes.
How to treat ADHD, particularly in children, is a controversial subject. Current treatment includes therapy or medication, or a combination of both. Studies show that medication by itself, without some kind of therapy, is not likely to improve a child's outcome in the long term. Family therapy, behavioral therapy, social skills training, and parent skills training are often used. Many parents investigate nutritional therapies (such as elimination diets or high-dose vitamins), but so far there is no clear evidence that these approaches are effective. Preliminary evidence indicates that homeopathy and mind/body techniques, especially biofeedback, may help improve behavior in children with ADHD.
Parent skills training offered by specialized clinicians provides parents with tools and techniques for managing their child's behavior. Behavior therapy rewards appropriate behavior and discourages destructive behavior. It can be performed by parents and teachers working together with therapists and doctors. For example, older children with ADHD may be rewarded with points or tokens, or even written behavioral contracts with their parents. Creating charts with stars for good behavior may work for younger children. On the other hand, timeouts may discourage undesirable behavior. Other techniques include:
- Setting rules that are easily understood, developmentally appropriate, and not unduly harsh
- Avoiding repeated commands once the child has been reminded of the consequences
- Disciplining the child before becoming too angry and frustrated
- Following discipline with praise when the child follows the rules and behaves appropriately
In addition to behavioral intervention at home, changes in the classroom environment (or work, in the case of adolescents or adults) are significant parts of the treatment plan. Hyperactive children do best in highly structured circumstances with a teacher experienced in handling their disruptive behavior and capable of adapting to their distinctive cognitive style. Interactions with groups can be very challenging for a child with ADHD. Social skills training, appropriate classroom placement, and clear rules of engagement with peers are essential. Preliminary evidence suggests that computer-based attention training in schools is highly effective for students who have ADHD.
Adults with ADHD may benefit from behavioral therapies, including cognitive remediation, couple therapy, and family therapy.
Stimulant medications are the most widely researched and commonly prescribed treatments for ADHD. Although researchers do not fully understand how these drugs improve ADHD symptoms, studies indicate they boost the amount of dopamine and serotonin in the brain. Dopamine is a chemical that is associated with activity; and serotonin is a chemical associated with mood and well being. Medications prescribed for ADHD include:
Methylphenidate (Ritalin, Concerta) -- a stimulant and most commonly used medication for ADHD; effective in 75 - 80% of people with the condition; not recommended for children under 6 years of age
Dextroamphetamine (Dexadrine) -- a stimulant that is effective in 70 - 75% of people with ADHD; not recommended for children under 3 years of age
Lisdexamfetamine dimesylate (Vyvanse)
Atomoxetine (Strattera) -- the first nonstimulant medication approved to treat ADHD. Strattera increases the levels of both dopamine and norepinephrine in the brain. Strattera was first developed as an antidepressant and, as with all antidepressants, carries a "black box" warning that it may increase thoughts of suicide in young children and teenagers.
Antihypertensives (clonidine, guanfacone) -- These medications are not approved by the Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of ADHD, however, they have been used off label for several years. Antihypertensives aren't as effective as stimulants, however, they are commonly used with stimulants to treat stimulant-induced tics and insomnia.
The most common side effects from these medications are trouble sleeping, decrease in appetite, and nervousness.
Complementary and Alternative Therapies
According to a recent survey, many parents use complementary and alternative treatments for their children with ADHD, with nutritional therapies being the most common. Although studies show conflicting results, if your child appears sensitive to certain foods, talk to your doctor about eliminating them for a brief period to see if his symptoms improve. Putting a child on any supplement or complementary or alternative therapy (CAM) diet should be done only under the supervision of your doctor.
The Feingold diet was developed in the 1970s by Benjamin Feingold. He believed that artificial colors, flavors, and preservatives, as well as naturally-occurring salicylates (chemicals similar to aspirin that are found in many fruits and vegetables), were a major cause of hyperactive behavior and learning disabilities in children. Studies examining the diet's effect have been mixed. Most show no benefit, although there is some evidence that salicylates may play a role in hyperactivity in a small number of children. Because the Feingold diet is difficult to follow and also involves changes in family lifestyle (children are encouraged to participate in creating meals, for example), you should talk with your doctor before trying it.
Other dietary therapies may concentrate on eating foods that are high in protein and complex carbohydrates, and eliminating sugar and artificial sweeteners from the diet. One study found increased hyperactivity among children after eating foods with artificial food coloring and additives. However, studies show no relation between sugar and ADHD. In one study, children whose diets were high in sugar or artificial sweeteners behaved no differently than children whose diets were free of these substances. This was true even among children whose parents described them as having a sensitivity to sugar. However, some researchers believe that chronic excessive sugar intake leads to alterations in brain signaling, which would contribute to the symptoms associated with ADHD.
Some doctors who focus on nutrition say they see positive results when testing for food allergies and using an elimination diet. If you think your child might benefit from food allergy testing or an elimination diet, talk to a doctor who has experience in nutrition for children with ADHD.
Vitamins and Minerals
- Magnesium (200 mg per day) -- Symptoms of magnesium deficiency include irritability, decreased attention span, and mental confusion. Some experts believe that children with ADHD may be showing the effects of mild magnesium deficiency. In one preliminary study of 75 magnesium-deficient children with ADHD, those who received magnesium supplements showed an improvement in behavior compared to those who did not receive the supplements. Too much magnesium can be dangerous and magnesium can interfere with certain medications, including antibiotics and blood pressure medications. Talk to your doctor.
- Vitamin B6 -- Adequate levels of vitamin B6 are needed for the body to make and use brain chemicals, including serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine, the chemicals affected in children with ADHD. One preliminary study found that B6 pyridoxine was slightly more effective than Ritalin in improving behavior among hyperactive children. However, the study used a high dose of B6, which could cause nerve damage (although none occurred in the study). Other studies have shown that B6 has no effect on behavior. Because high doses can be dangerous, do not give your child B6, or take high doses yourself, without your doctor's supervision.
- Zinc (35 mg per day) -- Zinc regulates the activity of brain chemicals, fatty acids, and melatonin, all of which are related to behavior. Several studies show that zinc may help improve behavior, slightly. Higher doses of zinc can be dangerous, so talk to your doctor before giving zinc to a child or taking it yourself.
- Essential fatty acids -- Fatty acids, such as those found in fish and fish oil (omega-3 fatty acids) and evening primrose oil (omega-6 fatty acids), are "good fats" that play a key role in normal brain function. The results of studies are mixed, but research continues. Omega-3 fatty acids are also good for heart health in adults, but high doses may increase the risk of bleeding. If you want to try fish oil to see if it reduces ADHD symptoms in you or your child, talk to your doctor about the best dose.
- L-carnitine -- L-carnitine is formed from an amino acid and helps cells in the body produce energy. One study found that 54% of a group of boys with ADHD showed improvement in behavior when taking L-carnitine, but more research is needed to confirm any benefit. Because L-carnitine has not been studied for safety in children, talk to your doctor before giving a child L-carnitine. L-carnitine may make symptoms of hypothyroid worse, and may increase the risk of seizures in people who have had seizures before. It can also interact with some medications. Talk to your doctor.
Before prescribing a remedy, homeopaths take into account a person's constitutional type -- your physical, emotional, and psychological makeup. An experienced homeopath assesses all of these factors when determining the most appropriate treatment for each individual.
In a study of 43 children with ADHD, those who received an individualized homeopathic remedy showed significant improvement in behavior compared to children who received placebo. The homeopathic remedies found to be most effective included:
- Stramonium -- for children who are fearful, especially at night
- Cina -- for children who are irritable and dislike being touched; whose behavior is physical and aggressive
- Hyoscyamus niger -- for children who have poor impulse control, talk excessively, or act overly exuberant