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Monday, July 1, 2019

Homeopathy Remedies for Celiac disease - Gluten intolerance

Homeopathic Remedies For Celiac/Gluten Intolerance



Coeliac Disease (or celiac) disease is a disease of small intestines. This is a disease of the immune system that affects the absorption of essential nutrients from the small intestines. The small intestines abnormally react to gluten (a certain type of proteins) and produce the symptoms. Gluten is a protein that may potentially lead to problems such as Coeliac disease, dermatitis, autism, IBS, eczema, etc.
It is a disorder of small intestine in which a person has an immune reaction to eating Gluten. The delicate linings of the small intestines get damaged in response to the reaction of gluten, which leads to the symptoms.

 Gluten is a protein found mainly in wheat, barley, oat, and rye. Gluten is found in any food prepared from such cereals, including pasta, cakes, cereals, most types of bread, biscuits and certain types of sauces. It may be noted that wheat allergy and Coeliac disease (due to gluten hypersensitive) are two different conditions.Most beers, which are made from barley, so they contain gluten.


The precise cause of celiac disease isn't known.
When the body's immune system overreacts to gluten in food, the immune reaction damages the tiny, hair-like projections (villi) that line the small intestine. Villi absorb vitamins, minerals and other nutrients from the food you eat. Normally, villi resemble the deep pile of a plush carpet, on a microscopic scale. The damage resulting from celiac disease makes the inner surface of the small intestine appear more like a tile floor. As a result your body is unable to absorb nutrients necessary for health and growth.
A study done by Mayo Clinic and the National Institutes of Health estimates that about 1 in 141 people in the U.S. have celiac disease, although the disease often goes undiagnosed. Celiac disease is most common in Caucasians.
Some gene changes (mutations) appear to increase the risk of developing the disease. But having those gene mutations doesn't mean you'll get celiac disease — meaning other factors must be involved.
Sometimes celiac disease is triggered — or becomes active for the first time — after surgery, pregnancy, childbirth, viral infection or severe emotional stress

Since the linings of the small intestines get damages in response to gluten allergy, the inflamed intestines produce symptoms such as diarrhea, bloating of the abdomen. Also, there is lack of absorption of essential components such as vitamins, minerals, which leads to loss of weight, lethargic feeling, and other related symptoms.



The signs and symptoms of celiac disease can vary greatly.
Although the classic signs are diarrhea and weight loss, most people with celiac disease experience few or no digestive signs or symptoms. Only about one-third of people diagnosed with celiac disease experience diarrhea, and about half have weight loss.
Twenty percent of people with celiac disease have constipation, and 10 percent are obese.
In addition to digestive problems, other signs and symptoms of celiac disease include:
  • Anemia, usually resulting from iron deficiency
  • Loss of bone density (osteoporosis) or softening of bone (osteomalacia)
  • Itchy, blistery skin rash (dermatitis herpetiformis)
  • Damage to dental enamel
  • Headaches and fatigue
  • Nervous system injury, including numbness and tingling in the feet and hands, and possible problems with balance
  • Joint pain
  • Reduced functioning of the spleen (hyposplenism)
  • Acid reflux and heartburn

Children

As many as 75 percent of children with celiac disease are overweight or obese. Digestive signs and symptoms are experienced by 20 to 30 percent of children with the condition although the precise signs and symptoms differ by age.
In infants, typical signs and symptoms of celiac disease include:
  • Chronic diarrhea
  • Swollen belly
  • Pain
  • Failure to thrive or weight loss
Older children may experience:
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Short stature
  • Delayed puberty
  • Neurologic symptoms, including attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), learning disability, headaches and lack of muscle coordination



Some babies may show skin rash due to gluten sensitivity. Many times, some patients may not have any symptoms. The symptoms may disappear once patient omits gluten in the diet, by following gluten-free diet. Infants Soon after introducing solid food containing gluten, the baby may fail to grow or gain weight. As food is not absorbed properly, the stools may be pale, bulky and offensive smell.

The abdomen may be swollen and the baby may have repeated vomiting. The symptoms of coeliac disease in children may be similar to those in infants. In addition, poor absorption of vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients results in anemia and poor growth in children.
Anemia (low hemoglobin) in spite of eating well should make a doctor think of Coeliac disease. Adults: The signs and symptoms of coeliac disease in adults vary from person to person. Generally, the most common symptoms observed are diarrhea and weight loss. However, some people diagnosed with coeliac disease may have constipation and are found to be obese.
Patients may present with symptoms of indigestion, bloating of abdomen, mild abdominal pain and loss of appetite. In addition to these digestive symptoms, other symptoms include Anemia, headache, fatigue, itchy blisters on the skin (often called as dermatitis herpetiformis), numbness and tingling in feet and hands, osteoporosis, osteomalacia, damage to dental enamel, joint pain and acid reflux or heartburn.


DIET
Persons with celiac disease should follow a life-long gluten free diet, strictly avoiding wheat, rye, and barley proteins. A gluten free diet allows the intestine to heal and improves gastrointestinal symptoms, such as diarrhea, constipation, excess gas, and bloating. Strictly following this diet also help prevent conditions that may be caused by long-term untreated celiac disease. Such as lymphoma (a cancer of the lymph tissue) and osteoporosis (the chronic loss of bone mass).The foods to avoid are wheat, rye, and barley, as well as all food products made from these grains. To stay healthy the patients must follow this gluten free dist for the rest of his or her life because eating even a small amount of gluten can lead to damage of the small intestine. Many grocery stores now carry a variety of gluten free bread and pasta products, and thus people with celiac disease can enjoy a well balanced diet with a wide variety of foods. In some patients additional complications may develop as a result of the celiac disease, in which case further treatment may be required. For example, if a patient develops malnutrition, then he or she will require treatment with nutritional supplements.



Homeopathy approch-
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 celiac disease symptoms but to address its underlying cause and individual susceptibility. As far as therapeutic medication is concerned, several medicines are available for celiac disease symptoms treatment that can be selected on the basis of cause, sensation, modalities of the complaints. For individualized remedy selection and treatment, the patient should consult a qualified homeopathic doctor in person. There are some specific head homeopathic remedies which are quite helpful in the treatment of celiac disease symptoms:
Lycopodium, Carbo Veg, Arsenic Album, Silicea, Nux vomica, Bryonia, Sulphur, Calcaria Phos, Natrum Mur, Mag Carb and many other medicines..
 
All of these remedies can be used for much less extreme situations.

Arsenicum album - 

Burning sensations and symptoms. Thin, runny nose. Nausea, vomiting and/or diarrhea - burning in abdomen and rectum. Feels like ate something tainted or bad.

Itching and dry skin.



Carbo Vegetabilis - Spacey and tired. Head feels heavy and constricted. Runny nose, wheezing and cough. Bloated, gassy, cramping, rumbling abdomen. 

 
Colocynthis - Irritable. Frontal headache. Sharp, cutting abdominal pain, makes person bend over - better with pressure.

Jelly like stools.


Histaminum
- For any situation where there is a histamine or allergic reaction, helpful for skin, respiratory and sinus responses. 



Lycopodium - Congested nose. Fullness and bloating of abdomen. Gas and rumbling stomach. Hives and itching skin. 


Natrum Mur - Severe headaches, migraines. Runny nose, congestion, sneezing. Pain in abdomen, constipation. Dry, itching skin.

Nux Vomica
- Headache in occiput or over eyes. Stuffed up nose, worse at night, runnier during day, sneezing. Nausea and indigestion. Alternating constipation and diarrhea. 
















Saturday, February 9, 2019

Role of Homeopathy in Nervous Breakdown

Role of Homeopathy in Nervous Breakdown









Nervous Breakdown or Mental breakdown is a condition when a person is unable to function in everyday activity of life. The term nervous breakdown is no longer considered a medical term, it’s still used by many to describe intense symptoms of stress and an inability to cope with life’s challenges.  It is a state when physical and emotional stress become intolerable and impair one’s ability to function effectively. It is a disease of modern lifestyle. It can also be caused by any mental health disorder.
During a nervous breakdown, emotional state of a person shifts from an ability to cope with life stresses to a state of total disruption of normal functioning.What others see as a mental breakdown may actually be an undiagnosed mental illness.
There isn’t one agreed upon definition for what constitutes a nervous breakdown. It’s generally viewed as a period when physical and emotional stress become intolerable and impair one’s ability to function effectively.

 Cause
Overwhelming Stress is most important cause of nervous breakdown. Other possible reasons includes:
  1. Divorce
  2. Financial problems
  3. Problems at work and school
  4. Stress

Symptoms of Nervous Breakdown

  1. A strange feeling and believing that someone is watching you or stalking you, known as paranoia
  2. Anxiety with high blood pressure
  3. Depressive symptoms such as loss of hope and thoughts of suicide or self-harm
  4. Extreme mood swings
  5. Loss of sleep
  6. Panic attacks- which include chest pain, detachment from reality and self, extreme fear, and difficulty breathing
  7. Sensation as if someone is speaking although not in real and many other kinds of hallucinations
  8. Shaking of hands and feet
Post traumatic stress disorder– flashbacks of a traumatic event.
Some signs of withdrawal can also be seen like
  1. Avoiding social functions and engagements
  2. Depression
  3. Difficulty in focusing at work, and being easily distracted, poor concentration
  4. Easy fatigue
  5. Eating and sleeping poorly
  6. Excessive sleep
  7. Feeling of hopelessness or worthlessness
  8. Isolating oneself in home
  9. Loss of interest in social, family or work
  10. Maintaining poor hygiene
  11. Not attending office work
  12. Suicidal thoughts
Change of mood include-depression, feeling burnt out, uncontrollable anger, fear, helplessness or crying.
Physical symptoms like
  1. As a person is susceptible to infection he has frequent illnesses
  2. Difficult sleep or disrupted sleep
  3. Difficulty in breathing, feeling like your heart is racing, tightness across the chest or a lump in throat
  4. Headaches and dizzy spells
  5. Hot or cold flushes
  6. Lack of energy to household activities and office work
  7. Stomach cramps and irregular bowel movements

Psychological Signs of Nervous Breakdown

Unsolicited Thoughts– It includes those thoughts which a person simply don’t want to have but your mind keeps on bringing them into your awareness. How hard a person try to keep them away, they keep on coming to his mind. This is a very important sign of nervous breakdown.
A person has continuous thoughts of uncertain future. He keeps of thinking about scenarios where life is unbearable or there is no perceived way out. It is also important sign of nervous breakdown.


Patient is extremely sensitive to any opinions and judgement of the people around them. Harmless passing comments can become increasingly taken as criticism and intentional attacks on the sufferer.
Emotional signs of nervous breakdown-
It includes a range of symptoms like deep sadness, hopelessness, irritation, agitation.
Other symptoms include
Patient become critical of themselves, particularly with respect to what has happened in the past. This feeling that nobody can go back and change the past is the main reason to feel guilty. The feeling of guilt eats away their self-esteem which make them more critical.
Feeling of helplessness is also there. There is kind of vicious circle as helplessness makes people feel useless and incapable so this can often start a cycle of self-criticism and guilt.

Risk factor which can contribute to nervous breakdown

  1. Family history of anxiety disorders
  2. Major life change like divorce
  3. Persistent work stress
  4. Personal history of anxiety disorders
  5. Poor sleep and relaxation
  6. Recent injury or illness that is causing trouble in day to day life activities
  7. Recent traumatic event like death in the family
  8. Serious financial issues

Some other physical signs include

  1. Change in posture- if a person has change of posture from upright position to stooping.
  2. Slowing down of movement. This is a sign of depression.
  3. A person feels extremely tired without any strenuous exertion.
  4. Unexplained pains can be a common sign.

 manage your symptoms

You can break out of the cycle of psychological or behavioral distress by:
  • using either talk therapy or cognitive behavioral therapy
  • taking prescription medications, such as antidepressants or antianxiety medication, to treat chemical imbalances
  • practicing alternative treatments, such as acupuncture, massage therapy, or yoga
If you’re feeling overwhelmed and on the verge of a breakdown, consider these strategies for managing your symptoms:
  • Breathe deeply and count backward from 10 when you’re feeling anxious or stressed.
  • Cut caffeine and alcohol from your diet.
  • Develop a sleep schedule and routine that will help you sleep well. This could mean taking a warm bath, switching off electronic devices, or reading a book before bed.




Tips for self-care

Lifestyle modifications can help you prevent a nervous breakdown. They can also help lessen the severity and frequency of them. These include:
  • getting regular exercise at least 3 times a week, which can be as simple as walking around your neighborhood for 30 minutes
  • going to a therapist or counseling sessions to manage stress
  • avoiding drugs, alcohol, caffeine, and other substances that create stress on the body
  • getting regular sleep and sleeping for at least six hours a night
  • incorporating relaxation techniques like deep breathing into your daily routine
  • reducing your stress level by pacing yourself, taking mini-breaks, better organizing your environment and daily activities, and keeping a daily to-do lis

 

Homeopathy Approach -

Aconite napellus

It is remedy which is associated with fear, anxiety and great anguish of mind and body.  Patient has great physical and mental restlessness. Patient has complaints and tension caused by exposure to dry, cold weather. Patient has great fear, anxiety. He also fears death buy believes that he will soon die. He often predicts the day of death. He also has characteristic fear like that of future, crowd, crossing the street.  This is a remedy for restlessness in which is keep tossing about. Music is unbearable for patient. It makes him sad. He feels as if what had just been done was a dream. It is one of the best remedies for panic attacks and fear. It is given to patient when he has rapid, sudden, intense symptoms of fear and panic after accident and natural disaster. It is given when patient is agitated, restless, and fearful. Associated with fear he has other symptoms like dry skin and mouth, thirst, pounding heart.
This remedy should be given in cases where panic attack is very intense, where something needs to done instantly and medical aid should be given as emergency. The tension is seen both medically and physically. Physically patient has severe muscle pains with extreme restlessness with shaking and even convulsions can be seen.It is great remedy for ongoing anxiety caused by a traumatic event.

Argentum nitricum

This is a remedy which has in coordination, loss of control and want of balance. Patient wants mental and physical balance. He is fearful and nervous. It is given when patient has impulse to jump out of a window.  Patient is very sad and apprehensive of disease. His time passes slowly. His memory is weak. He has impulse and he wants to do things in a hurry.  He has very types of fears and anxieties. Patient has desire for sweets. Patient has dried up constitution due to long time mental exertion.   Patient has apprehension and nervousness. It is given when patient has continuous anxiety and feel worse because of this anxiety. Patient has great desire for sweet things. But the habit of sugar can lead to digestive upsets and diarrhoea and flatulence is caused by anxiety. It is given when patient has strange impulses like- stepping into a line of traffic, throwing themselves from a height, or throwing themselves from a height, or poking something into a power outlet.
Patient feels worse by overheat and they feel better in cool fresh air and away from crowds.

Arsenicum album

This remedy is associated with weakness, exhaustion, restlessness with worsening of all symptoms at night. Patient feel extreme exhaustion after slightest exertion. Patient usually has complaints when sea side. The complaints of this patient often comes annually. He has great anguish and restlessness. It is given to a patient who often changes place continuously. He fears death and being left alone.  He has great fear all the time with cold sweat. It is given to a patient who thinks that it is useless to take medicine. He is often suicidal. He has hallucinations of smell and sight. He has great despair which drives him from place to place. It is given to a person  who is very thin, miser, selfish, lacks courage and is always confused. This remedy is to be given when patient focuses on issues like security and safety, what will happen in future, especially at night and when alone. It is given when patient has anxiety about health, robbers, or money. These patient feels better when in company of his family and friends. These patient do their work with perfection in order to divert their mind.

Calcarea carbonica

This medicine is to be given to person who has increased local and general perspiration, who is in bad position due to mental or physical overwork. It can also be given to children who grow fat, have large belly, with large head, pale skin. These kind of person are sensitive to cold. Children want to take eggs in diet, eat dirt and other indigestible things. These person are prone to have diarrhoea. This to be given to a person who are very apprehensive which is worse towards the evening. He fears misfortune, any disease which is spread through contact. This person does not want to do anything. This is a great remedy for phobias like dark, insects, spiders, and animals, especially dogs. These patient can’t see anything unpleasant things and cannot tolerate any act of cruelty.

Gelsemium sempervirens

 This medicine is to be given to a person who has weakness. Weakness is so much that it seems that patient has paralysis. Patient has complete relaxation and weakness. It is given to patient who has general depression from heat of sun. It is important remedy for sunstroke. It is given to a person who  desire to be quiet and want to be left alone.  He has dullness of mind and is very lazy with lack of energy to anything. This person completes lacks fear. It is given to a person who has complaints related to body as a result of emotions like fear, excitement. He often has bad effects from fear, exciting news. In children, the condition is opposite as they are afraid of falling and grasps the nurse and screams. It is a very good remedy for agoraphobia, which is basically a fear of wide open spaces. Patient has peculiar desire to hide away.

Phosphorus

This a remedy which should be taken by those who are tall, slender, narrow chest, are very weak due to loss of blood. these patient are sensitive to  light, sound, odors, touch, thunderstorms.  This remedy has special feature that all the complaints starts suddenly. This remedy is to be given to a person who has great depression of spirits. Patient has a fear as if something was creeping out of every corner. It can also be given for loss of memory. It is given when patient has fear of death when alone. It is given when person has insanity with an exaggerated idea of one’s own importance.















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