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Saturday, July 11, 2015

Homeopathy for Breast problems

Breast problems
The best insurance against breast cancer and other problems is regular self-examination of breasts; this should be done just after every period or, if periods have ceased, on same date each month; just before a period breasts can be misleadingly lumpy or tender due to activation of milk-producing tissue; it is also quite normal for one breast to be slightly larger than the other. If you detect anything suspicious, see your GP. You are not wasting his or her time.

Undress to waist and stand in front of mirror. Can you see any differences between breasts when you lean forwards, lift breasts upwards, stretch arms above head, press hands on hips? Things to watch for are different 'hang and 'swing', and areas of dimpling or flattening.
Lie in bath or on bed and feel each breast with flattened fingers. Does one breast feel different from the other? Are there any lumps or areas of thickening or tenderness in breast or armpit? Has one nipple begun to retract or stick out in an odd direction? Is there any discharge from it? Is there any new or persistent pain?
Breast abscess (mastitis) Due to milk stasis in the breast glands post-natally. If breast-feeding, continue to do so unless symptoms are very severe; symptoms are red, painful swelling in breast, some tenderness in armpit glands, and possibly mild Fever. Homeopathic remedies in Self Help section are recommended as first resort; if they do not work, see your GP; if antibiotics do not subdue infection, abscess may have to be drained. However, antibiotics are best avoided if you are breast-feeding; tell your GP you are breast-feeding if he or she proposes antibiotics, for whatever reason.
Specific remedies to be taken every hour for up to 10 doses
  • Abscess brewing, with hardening of breast tissue and pain on slightest movement Bryonia 30c
  • Symptoms as above, with red streaks on affected breast Belladonna 30c
  • Pain very localized, area extremely tender, irritability Hepar sulph 30c
  • Armpit glands swollen, looking generally pale, feeling shivery Phytolacca 30c
  • Nipple cracked and discharging pus, general exhaustion Silicea 30c
Self-help At first sign of pain bathe breast in hot water. Use gravity to help drain the affected area of milk by positioning breast and baby so that abscess is uppermost. Apply Calendula ointment to nipple. For other self-help measures see Breast-feeding problems.
Galactorrhea Abnormal production of small quantities of breast milk, usually from both breasts, unrelated to childbirth or breast-feeding; discharge is whitish or greenish; causes include excessive production of milk-stimulating hormone prolactin by pituitary (see Petuitary problems), malfunction of hypothalamus, cancer of the breast, drugs such as oral contraceptives, tranquillizers, and diuretics, and more rarely injury, burns, or surgery, nervous disorders such as Shingles, and problems with cervical part of spine. Problem affects very few women, notably women who suffer from amenorrhea (see Menstrual problems), and can occur in men. Milk production ceases once underlying cause is found and treated.
Specific remedies to be taken 4 times daily for up to 7 days
  • Discharge of milk follows injury to breast Arnica 30c
  • If breast remains swollen after taking Arnica Bellis 6c
  • Where breast is hard and painful to touch Conium 6c
Lumps in breasts May be due to a cyst (fluid-filled sac of tissue), to fibroadenosis (thickening of milk-producing tissue), to a benign growth, or to Cancer; pain is rare in such cases, so regular self-examination of breasts is important. Only a breast infection or abscess (see above) can be relied on to cause pain; it is also of sudden onset. If you notice any changes in nipple shape, skin colour, skin texture, or ‘hang’ of breasts, or any hard or tender areas you have not felt before, see your GP as soon as possible. Breasts may feel slightly tender before a period, but this is perfectly normal and due to changing hormone levels.
Cysts are conventionally treated by draining off fluid, provided diagnosis has been determined; otherwise they need surgical removal. Benign tumours are also treated by surgical removal; after such treatments, check-ups are carried out every 2 years. In homeopathic medicine, all of these conditions are treated constitutionally, although the remedies listed below may be used while constitutional treatment is being sought. For conventional and homeopathic treatment of malignant tumours, see Cancer.
Specific remedies to be taken 4 times daily for up to 14 days
  • Cyst diagnosed, affected area hard and painful, stitching pains in nipple, and itching inside the breast, discomfort worse just before and during period, wanting to press breast hard with hand Conium 6c
  • Cysts present, breasts have purplish tinge and feel extra tender before and during period, chill, damp weather and emotional strain make discomfort worse Phytolacca 6c
  • Pain comes and goes suddenly, reducing you to tears Pulsatilla 6c
  • Breasts swollen, hard, and thickened, nipples sore, cracked, and blistered Graphites 6c
  • Breasts painful and engorged with milk at time of period Mercurius 6c
  • Breasts red, throbbing, and heavy, lying down makes discomfort worse Belladonna 30c
  • Breast feels hard, slightest movement makes pain worse Bryonia 30c
Self-help Reduce intake of animal fats and of tea, coffee, and other beverages containing caffeine. Occasionally substitute oily fish (herring, mackerel, sardines) for meat or dairy products. An 8-week course of Vitamin E is also recommended, gradually increasing daily dosage from 100 to 600 units; however, if you have High blood pressure, check with your GP first as extra Vitamin E can temporarily raise blood pressure. Extra Vitamin B6, magnesium, and zinc, and also evening primrose oil and kelp, would also be beneficial.
Nipple problems Dark red discharge from one nipple may indicate a benign tumour called a duct papilloma, which requires surgical removal, or cancer of the breast (see Cancer; white or greenish discharge from both breasts, unrelated to childbirth, may be galactorrhea. Brown area around nipple (areola) can be affected by cysts (see Sebaceous cysts) or Boils. Eczema only affecting the nipple area may be Paget’s disease, which may lead to cancer. Nipples which do not protrude are said to be retracted or indented; in some women this is quite normal, but may make breast-feeding difficult; recent indentation, however, may be a sign of cancer and requires prompt investigation by GP. For other nipple problems see post-natal breast problems.
Specific remedy to be taken every 12 hours for up to 7 days
  • Long-standing indentation of nipples, provided cancer has been ruled out Silicea 30c
Painful breasts General tenderness is quite common before period (see Premenstrual syndrome); localized pain may be an abscess (see above) or a lump (see above for possible causes).
Size problems Except post-natally, when milk glands are working hard, breast tissue is largely fat, laid down and maintained by action of female sex hormone oestrogen; since fat distribution is determined genetically, losing or putting on weight is not an infallible way of reducing or increasing breast size; however, if you are overweight and suffer from pain in neck and shoulders because your breasts are too heavy for the muscles which support them, do try to lose weight; if you are underweight, extra calories will enable you to lay down more fat, which will encourage oestrogen production. Breast reduction is occasionally necessary on medical grounds, breast augmentation almost never.
Homeopathy offers a number of remedies for enlarged or shrunken breasts and associated symptoms; if there is no improvement within 1 month, see your homeopath.
Specific remedies to be taken every 12 hours for up to 7 days
  • Breasts large because of fluid retention Natrum mur. 30c
  • Breasts heavy and pendulous, especially if woman is obese, pale, and prone to sweats and chills Calcarea 30c
  • Enlargement associated with pain and tenderness Conium 30c
  • Enlargement associated with darting pains Carbo an. 30c
  • Small, flaccid breasts which enlarge and harden before period Conium 30c
  • Gradual loss of fatty tissue, bluish-red lumps in skin of breasts, tendency to feel hot all the time Iodum 30c
  • Breasts poorly developed or wrinkled and shrunken Sabal 30c 

Breasts  are the attrective part of a mature girl after puberty. The girls enter a new stage of her life. Some girls get depressed and frusterated due to small breasts, some unhappy with large breasts and some are due to defective shape and size.

This unsatisfaction about the breast- size cause emotional trauma , feels uncomfertable AND they are afraid to attrect sexual attention.

 Now homoeopathy is the answer of that lovely creature of the god. By help of homoeopathy any one reshape her breasts.

Following are the abnormal condition and their cosmatic homoeopathic treatment.

* Breasts are small with inferlity - Medicine is iodium.

* Breasts become small with small hard lumps it - krosotum.

* Full grown breasts going small rapidly. - chimiphila.

* Breasts are going atropied leaving a flacid bag like skin. - conium .

* breasts become small with ovarian dropsy. - iodum.

*Breasts small with ovary coplain. - baryta carb.

 * Breasts become small in nursing woman - lac can.

* One breast  smaller than other - sabal serulata.

* Underdevloped breasts with delayed or absent of menses- lycopodium.

* Breasts are rounded and beautiful become flat and out of shape with lean body. - nux , mos.

* Breasts underdevloped with infantile uterus and overies. - onasmodium.

* Defective devlopment of breasts with delayed puberty and stunted growth. - pituitarin.

* Underdevloped breasts or sunken breasts due to the diseases of uterus. - sabal ser.

* Breasts underdevloped  and shrivelled with infantile uterus and ovaries and physical debility- sabal ser.

*Nipple are short and flat and instead of a projection, a depression exists - sarsaparilla.

*Imperfact development of breasts and uterus both - sulphur.

* Hypertrophy of breasts with pain during menopause -sangunaria.

* Breasts hypertrophy too early in puberty - bacillinum.

* Nipplles insensitive -sabal ser.

* Nipple small - pulsatilla, Iodum.

* Breasts too big - cylamen, conium.
 Some diet and exercise for breast

Homoeopathic Management
Breast Lumps and Mastitis :       
    Mastitis occurs after a chill - Aconitum
Red streaks radiate from a central point in the breast - Belladonna
Pulsating pain with hardness of the breast, a sudden headache often accompanies the mastitis - Belladonna
Pain occurs because of bruising -Bellis perennis 
The breast is hard to touch, heavy and painful-Bryonia alba
Mastitis occurs after with stiching pains and tense swelling are experienced --- Bryonia alba
Tender and swollen breasts occur before a period --- Calcarea carb
Piercing pain which is worse at night - Conium maculatum
Tender ness of the rest of the breast , which feels hard , the breast is painful even
From the touch of clothes or when out walking -Conium maculatum
Pain full cracked nipples - Graphites
Chronic mastitis (medical diagnosis essential) - Silica
Worst right breast, discoloration of breast with red streaks, breast very sensitive to touch, high fever with throbbing carotids --- Bellodona
Breast hard as stone worse right or left breast, lips dry and parched, tongue coated thick white. Psychologically patient is irritable and wants to be alone, does not want to be touched or moved, headache, feels as if head would burst -Bryonia.
Cracked nipples, swelling of the mammae esp right, internal itching in breast, drives patient to despair, better by rubbing and scratching, mammae heavy, hard to walk down steps.---Castor equi
Cracked fissured nipples, blisters with honey type discharge; mentally the patient is extremely dull, sluggish, and lethargic. On the other hand there is extreme anxiety over trifles --- Graphites
Extremely useful in abscess where the only comfort is from heat. The patient is extremely sensitive to pain, patient will be adequately covered with blankets, breast tender to touch, it limits the extent of suppuration if used in high potency ---- Hepar sulph
Salivation during sleep - pain breast at night - worse heat or cold - swelling without heat - cracked ulcerated nipples - discharge offensive. Psychologically patient has a strong impulse to kill the child or husband (post--partum depression) ---Mercurius
Tendency to recurrent abscess, spasm of pain when child nurses, pain in the breast radiates all over the body, breast hard or soft. Milk too lumpy and thick, tongue has red tip. Psychologically patient is depressed, wants to be left alone and weep grief over loss of pregnancy --- Phytolacca  
Breast usually tender and sore - pain in uterus when child nurses, -abscess - heal very slowly -inverted nipples, plugged duct- tender breast --- Silica
Therapeutic medicines nodosities in the breasts. It can also be applied locally on    
cancerous glands. ---- Scrophullaria nodosa
Indicated in breast nodules of stony hardness.---- Calcarea flour
Glands have a certain elasticity and pliability about them rather than the stony  
hardness of Calc-f. and Cistus.---- ---- Lapis alba.

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