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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.















Saturday, January 26, 2019

Homeopathy Remedies for fracture healing


Homeopathy Remedies for fracture healing


In clinical practice, homeopathy is widely used in the fracture-repair process, which accelerates the healing of fractures, enhances callus formation and reduces pain.Once a bone breaks, it often must be set in proper alignment and held there in order to heal properly. This process of setting a bone is called "reduction." Setting a bone without surgery is "closed reduction” and most fractures, especially in children, are treated in this fashion. Serious or complex fractures may require open reduction -- repositioning using surgery. And then once a fracture is “set”, the broken part is often immobilized for a period of time to allow the bone to heal through a process called callous formation and then “remodeling” (a process the body uses to return a broken bone to its original shape). The whole process typically takes 6-12 weeks.

 A fracture happens when a physical force (that is greater than the bone itself) is exerted on the bone. It can lead to a complete or partial breaking of the bone. The most common fractures are fractures of the clavicle (collarbone), ankle, hip, ulna, and radius. Homeopathic medicine for fractures boost the proliferation (rapid increase) of osteoblast cells (bone forming cells) and helps speed up the bone-healing process.

 Symptom
Most fractures are accompanied by intense pain when the initial injury occurs. It may become worse when you move or touch the injured area. In some cases, you may even pass out from the pain. You may also feel dizzy or chilled from shock.
Other potential symptoms of a fracture include:
  • a snap or grinding sound when the injury occurs
  • swelling, redness, and bruising in the injured area
  • difficulty supporting weight with the injured area
  • visible deformity in the injured area
In some cases, you may see broken bone poking through your skin.


Fractures can be classified as closed or open, as well as incomplete or complete.

Closed vs. open

A closed fracture is also called a simple fracture. In a closed fracture, the broken bone doesn’t break your skin.
An open fracture is also called a compound fracture. In an open fracture, the ends of the broken bone tear your skin. When your bone and other internal tissues are exposed, it puts you at higher risk of infection.

Incomplete vs. complete

In an incomplete fracture, your bone doesn’t break completely. In other words, it cracks without breaking all the way through. Types of incomplete fracture include:
  • hairline fracture, in which your bone is broken in a thin crack
  • greenstick fracture, in which your bone is broken on one side, while the other side is bent
  • buckle or torus fracture, in which your bone is broken on one side and a bump or raised buckle develops on the other side
In a complete fracture, your bone breaks completely. It’s snapped or crushed into two or more pieces. Types of complete fracture include:
  • single fracture, in which your bone is broken in one place into two pieces
  • comminuted fracture, in which your bone is broken or crushed into three or more pieces
  • compression fracture, in which your bone collapses under pressure
  • nondisplaced fracture, in which your bone breaks into pieces that stay in their normal alignment
  • displaced fracture, in which your bone breaks into pieces that move out of their normal alignment
  • segmental fracture, in which your bone is broken in two places in a way that leaves at least one segment floating and unattached
Incomplete fractures are more common in children. Their bones are softer than those of adults. As a result, they’re more likely to bend than break. Complete fractures can happen at any age.

causes 

You can develop a fracture when your bone is impacted with greater pressure or force than it can support. This force usually occurs suddenly or is very intense. The strength of the force determines the severity of the fracture.
Some common causes of fractures include:
  • falls
  • direct strikes to your body
  • traumatic events, such as car accidents or gunshot wounds
  • injuries from sport

 Homeopathy

Homeopathic medicines for fracture help in the formation of healthy callus, and they also boost the activity of proliferation of the osteoblast cells (bone forming cells). Certain medicines also help speed up the process of laying a new bone. These medicines are made of natural substances and can treat fractures effectively, without any side effects. These are usually used once the broken bone has been set in proper alignment. They then work to optimize the natural healing process of the body for a quicker, stronger bone healing.Homeopathic remedies for fracture help in reducing the pain and swelling at the site of the fracture. In fractures where there is slow bone healing, homeopathic remedies like a dosage of Symphytum works well

Symphytum Officinale One of the best homeopathic medicine for fractures is Symphytum Officinale. Also known as knit-bone, it is widely recommended as the first line of treatment of fractures. Symphytum Officinale is a natural and highly effective homeopathic medicine that boosts the activity of fibroblasts cells and helps in healing the fractured bone. It also helps with the production of callous and treats irritability and pricking pains at the point of the fracture site. It is also a suitable homeopathic medicine for hairline fractures.
Symphytum is a healing herb that is used in different potencies to help accelerate the healing of a broken bone. As a natural substance, it causes no side-effects and is used to treat fractures that cause immense pain

 Arnica Montana for fractures which cause immense swelling and pain at the site of the fracture. The affected site is sore to touch and bruised. Fractures that occur from a fall or those caused as a result of an injury by a blunt instrument are treated with Arnica. This medicine is also used to treat old bone injuries.Arnica is extremely helpful at curbing swelling and as a consequence, reducing pain. Prolonged use of Arnica can potentially minimize the swelling to absolute normalcy

 Calcarea Phos is a homeopathic medicine for fractures that are slow to heal. It is used to treat remote fractures and helps hasten the bone repair process in cases where the bone has not joined for a long time. Calcarea Phos provides calcium and phosphate, two elements required for quick union of the bone. It also promotes the formation of callus

 Silicea is a homeopathic medicine for fractures of brittle bones that get fractured often. Silicea strengthens weak bones and prevents them from getting fractured frequently. It is commonly used to treat and manage osteoporosis and other bone problems such as caries, necrosis, and exostosis.

 Calendula Officinalis is a homeopathic medicine for fractures where the skin covering the fractured site becomes raw, red and inflamed. There may be a copious discharge of pus along with stinging pains. This medicine is used to treat compound fractures (where the broken bone pierces the skin) and also to prevent gangrene.

 Hypericum: This soothes the fracture induced pains, especially when the fractures affect the nerves. This is a beneficial remedy for fractures in fingers, toes and the spinal regions.

 Eupatorium Perfoliatum: This helps in mitigating deep wounds and the consequent aches. The healing powers of Eupatorium Perfoliatum are extremely pervasive and results in quicker recovery.

 Ruta Graveolens: This re-nourishes the damaged body fibers and soothes the bruised areas. It is also known to reduce restlessness.This homeopathic remedy is known for its effect on bone-bruises and on injuries to the periosteum (the covering of the bones); both of these types of trauma are involved when a fracture of a bone occurs. Ruta is also indicated when the pain around a fracture is extreme, and the person feels lame or weak. This remedy is also helpful in many cases when pain persists after treatment with Arnica, or after the cast is removed.






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