HOW TO MANAGE FREQUENT COLDS & ENT INFECTIONS

Thanks to the polluted atmosphere & erratic weather conditions, we suffer from frequent & long episodes of cold, cough, throat infections, allergies of nose, throat & chest.

One gets tired of having antihistaminics in the form of cold meds, cough syrups, nasal drops , etc. Followed by frequent use of antibiotics and finally courses of steroids if you have an allergy.

Not only these increase the duration of illness, but lower your immune system, by suppressing the natural discharges of our body ( ex-cough syrups, nasal drops, and other form of antihistaminics)

Homeopathy along with some common-sense-home –remedies can help manage these episodes, by shortening the duration, reducing suffering and frequency of attacks.

  1. Simple practice of blowing nose is tremendously helpful, especially if the discharges are thick, & are dropping to throat via back of nose ( posterior nares). Don’t blow too hard, or you may feel pain in the ear.
  2. Steam inhalation, helps in most individuals with common cold and sinusitis. While in case of allergic rhinitis, the effect of steam may be variable and subjective. Since its harmless practice, inhaling unmedicated steam 2-3 times a day can be done.
  3. Warm fluids like luke-warm water, masala chai/ herbal tea, soup with pepper soothes body.
  4. You need more of fluids if you have cold, dry cough and fever.
  5. For mild cough home remedies like honey + hint of ginger, milk with pinch of turmeric, tea with tulsi leaves+ laung+ black pepper etc are quiet helpful. In case of moderate or severe cough one needs to visit the physician.
  6. Flu leads to high fever especially on 2nd and 3rd day; this kind of fever (especially in kids and infants) required a fever medicine. By 4th and 5th day the temperature comes down, this is the natural course of influenza/ flu.
  7. Sometimes toddles & infants may develop rash and skin eruptions along with fever, which needs to be seen by the treating doctor.
  8. Congestion in chest, with difficulty in breathing, talking, climbing stairs indicated that the lungs may be infected or it’s an attack of allergic bronchitis/ asthma, which requires immediate medical attention.
  9. Nose block for more than a week, with ear pain, and other symptoms can be a sign of allergic rhinitis/ nasal allergy or sinusitis, get yourself examined by your doctor.
  10. Ear pain, especially in children can be quiet disturbing, homeopathy offers excellent remedies for ear pain.
  11. Headache is common in flu and fever, but persistent headache over eyebrows, face is seen in a sinus infection.
  12. Flu or influenza is a self limiting condition, which means it gets better by itself in 3-5-7 days. But Homeopathy shortens the episodes and reduced suffering,  and at the same time saves one from unnecessary use of cold-cough syrups and antibiotics.
  13. Nose Bleed or Epistaxis- sometimes bleeding from nose may be seen in case of chronic cold, due to dryness, removal of scab, too much sneezing. Application of pressure, use of petroleum jelly for dryness, avoiding picking nose, blowing nose gently helps. Medical attention is required in case of frequent nose bleed.
  14. Bleed from throat or phlegm mixed with blood, these are sign of a number of illness ranging from allergic cough to cancer . So visit your doctor for a thorough examination.
  15. Nasal polyps- these are small, soft tumours in the nose, they cause recurrent colds, almost permanent nose block . Homeopathy is very useful in polyps.
  16. Redness or irritation in eye is also seen in sinusitis and allergies, its a part and parcel of your primary complaint, once allergy/ sinus infecition gets better, eye symptom go away. Restrain yourself from rubbing eye, wash them with tap water or use mild lubricating drop incase of sever irritation and dryness.
  17. Fever with Phlegm for more then 2 weeks, is also a sign of TUBERCULOSIS, a simple blood test, testing of phlegm and chest x-ray can diagnose it.

Homeopathic remedies –

NUX VOMICA- is one frequently indicated remedy for nose blocks, flu; fever almost acts like an antihistaminic and provides quick relief. Useful for infants too.

PULSATILLA- useful when the cold is thick, nasal discharge is yellow-green. Cough especially at night/ lying on bed. Used in ear pain also.

ARSENICUM ALBUM- useful in allergic colds, flu, congestion in chest, wheezing. Indicated in patients with allergic constitution, with weakness, anxiety, little thirst, chills etc.

HEPAR SULPH- useful in winter or cold exposure. Throat pains, blocked nose, fever with chills, thick nasal discharge, and yellowish phlegm from throat.

IPECAC- very useful in wheezing, cough with phlegm, cough followed by vomiting, asthma, bronchitis.

GELSEMIUM- flu, fever with chills, accompanied by dullness, lack of thirst & fever.

BELLADONNA- inflammation in throat, enlarged tonsils with pain, mild cough, very useful in stage one or beginning of attack.

CHAMOMILLA- Useful in earache, very commonly indicated in infants & toddlers.

ARGENTUM NIT- Congestion in chest, wheezing, phlegm, vomiting with cough.

ARGENTUM MET- inflammation of larynx with loss of voice, pain in throat.

These are just some of the common and frequently indicated homeopathic remedies for ENT & respiratory complaints.

A homeopathic prescription is personalised, what works for one may not be helpful to another , so visit your doctor , get yourself examined, explain symptoms in details so that your homeopath can prescribe a  SIMILIMCYT

Dr.Anshita Singh Rathore
BHMS, MD, DCC, CCN ,CYT

Hope you find this article useful!

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An Epidemic of Vitamin Deficiencies?

Everyone is wondering why nearly all of us are suffering from Vit D or Vit B12 or Iron or multiple Vitamins / Mineral Deficiencies these days.
We have access to good food, money and resources to buy it, educated enough to make the correct choices…then how and why are we deficient such basic nutrients?

The answer to this question lies within our stomach.

Yes the stomach and the intestines are responsible for digestion and absorption of all the nutrients in the body.
Infact the absorption of many nutrients ( minerals & vitamins ) are linked to & even dependent on each other.

Here is a brief list of ailments which can lead to Vit B12 Deficiency-
Recurrent or chronic gastritis
• Acid peptic disorder
• Irritable bowel disease
• Inflammatory bowel disease
• Recurrent episodes of diarrhoea
• Typhoid
• Frequent and term use of antibiotics
• Long term use of pain medications
• Over use of laxatives ( meds to relieve constipation)
• Long term use of antacids to relieve hyperacidity

Vitamin D deficiency is another common problem faced today. Here is a list of causes-
1. Lack of sun exposure
2. Poor intake of Vit D through diet
3. Diseases of the gut- Crohns Disease, Ulcerative colitis, Cystic fibrosis , IBS, Chronic Gastritis.
4. Obesity
5. Kidney Disease

Iron Deficiency-
Besides the dietary causes, blood loss (occult or otherwise), one of the leading causes of Iron deficiency anemia is disease of the stomach & intestine which reduces the absorption of Iron in the body.

Nowadays 1 in 3 individuals is suffering from one or the other diseases related to the gut. This clearly explains why we are becoming increasingly deficient in spite of eating well.

How to keep the intestine healthy?
Mindful and balanced diet along with management of one’s lifestyle in terms of sleep, activity, habits is very important in maintaing a healthy gut.
• Poor sleep, especially lack of sleep leads to over production of acid in the stomach.
• Sedentary habits / lack of activity slow down gut activity and production of digestive juices, hence poor digestion
• Emotional stress is associated with increased acid secretion, Irritable Bowel Disease, recurrent infections and more…
• A diet deficient in one nutrient may be deficient in others as well, for ex- Vegan Diet lacks Vit D & B12 both.
• Poor intake of food or lack of appetite is also a culprit here. For ex- Anorexia Nervosa, “Dieting” for weight loss.
• Increased intake of refined, packaged, chemically treated food items is invariable associated with poor nutrition, obesity and a large number of lifestyle disorders.
• Homeopathy and Natural Remedies to relieve gut ailments.

HOMEOPATHY –
Homeopathy not just offers excellent results in inflammatory diseases of the stomach & intestines but also helps relieve the symptoms of deficiencies at the same time.
Although a homeopathic prescription is based on a totality of symptoms, details personal, family history, temperament, habits, and over all constitution of the person, still I would like to mention the most commonly indicated homeopathic remedies for the gut ailments discussed.

LycopodiumPhosphorus
Sulphur
Carbo Veg
Carbon Animalis
Arsenicum Album
Capsicum
Veratrum Album
China/ Cinchona
Nux Vomica
Pulsatilla
Cheledonium
Argentrum Nitricum

Use of a Homeopathic similimum along with general management of lifestyle, stress & a prescribed diet can manage & cure deficiencies.

Fungal Infections & Homeopathy

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Fungal Infections are one a very common and annoying skin complaints in hot & humid weather.

Medically termed as Pityriasis or Tinea Infection , these are caused by  fungi of  Melassezia family.

There are several variants seen in dermatophytoses or fungal infections…tinea versicolor, tinea alba, seborrhoeic dermatitis , cradle cap etc.

SYMPTOMS-

Rash, itching, bran-like or flaky skin, dryness, pin – pricking sensation are most commonly seen.

Change of skin color to- white, pale, brown, red or pink,

Location: Tinea may be seen on scalp, behind ears which is usually termed as Tinea Capitis

When located at beard area its called as Tinea Barbae

If on the rest of body its known as Tinea corporis

Seborrhoeic Dermatitis, is seen on face, back, shoulder and looks like acne.

Tinea infections are more common in children, teen and young adults. Since the fungus requires moisture and sebum ( fat like substance) to grow , and older individuals have drier skin, they are less commonly affected.

However, individuals with low immunity, or those suffering from debilitating illness like HIV, or taking steroids may suffer from Tinea Infections.

Treatment & Management:

Tinea infection tend to recur, hence applying ointments , creams , lotions are practically useless, they only the hide the symptoms , which come back in the worse of forms later.

Seborrhoeic dermatitis is very common and embarrassing issue with teens & young adults, which if often chronic & unresponsive to conventional medical treatment.

Hygiene is an important focus in treatment of any skin ailments, yet individuals who are very cautious about cleanliness may also get Tinea infections, which indicates a CONSTITUTIONAL TENDENCY , and hence homeopathy comes into the picture.

Since these are contagious , not sharing ones clothes, towels, toiletries is the first thing to do.

Applying something soothing to keep skin fairly moisturized ( but not oily/ sticky), is helpful in controlling itching.

HOMEOPATHIC REMEDIES FOR TENIA INFECTIONS:

Sulphur, Arsenic Album, Psorinum, Bacillium, Petroleum, Sepia, Natrum,Pulsatilla, Silicea,Mezereum are some of the frequently indicated remedies for these complaints.

However homeopathic prescription is based on a totality of symptoms which comprises of physical symptoms, temperament, tendencies and personal & family history of the individual. So if you are suffering from any kind of fungal infections, get in touch with a Homeopathic Practitioner to get a personalized prescription to get rid of this infection completely & safely.

 

 

Top 10 reasons to give homeopathy to your child!

For centuries skeptics have criticized homeopathic remedies of being nothing but placebo.
And homeopathy and homeopathic practitioners have defied all these allegations by showing excelling results in the treatment of children’s ailments, where there is no scope of a Placebo –effect.
Though there are innumerable children’s ailments that homeopathy provides solutions for, here are top 10 ones!

1. Common colds, flu – the most annoying of illness that distresses little ones , responds amazingly to homeopathy, rendering the episode mild and duration shortened. Infect the perpetual runny nose and cough seen in toddlers can be put a stop to by homeopathic constitutional medicines.

2.Tonsillitis- Recurrent tonsillitis one common complaint in the age group 3- 8 years, homeopathy not only helps treat the infection , but improves the immunity so as to avoid tonsillectomy , which is often advised by doctors of conventional medicine can be altogether avoided.

3. Bed wetting – Enuresis or bed wetting in older children can be due to a number of causes, ranging from psychological disturbance, fear etc to neurological issue, any of these can be corrected by help of the sweet pills.
 
4. Skin Ailments- most common skin ailment seen in kids is tenia infection, rash or hives, childhood eczema, which can be completely eradicated by use of homeopathy and use of topical steroids, anti fungal drugs can be totally bypassed.

5. Asthma & allergies – One in every five kids these days suffer from asthma, allergic bronchitis, or any other form of skin, respiratory or gut allergy. Allergies respond quiet well to Homeopathy, and can be managed quiet well to stop or at least minimise the use of anti allergic drugs, bronchodilators, steroids.

6. Behavioural Problems – Homeopathic remedies are prescribed on the basis of mental picture, temperament and personality type of the patient, and they are quiet valuable in the treatment of behavioural disorders in children.

7. Autism Spectrum Disorders- Learning issues, autism and similar disorders respond well to homeopathic constitutional medicine. Bach Flower remedies, which are an offshoot of homeopathy, have been quiet extensively used for such disorders in India and other countries and have been found positively effective .

8. Teething Troubles- Dentition or teething is the phase that is most tormenting for the child as well as his/her parents. It’s well known fact that children who are given homeopathic remedies during dentition can get through this phase quiet comfortably.

9. Immunity – Recurrent & chronic infections of skin, respiratory tract, gut , eyes etc can be prevented , and intensity & duration of illness minimized by use of Homeopathic Remedies.

10. Growth, Development & Weight Issues- Homeopathy is found to be useful during the phases when the body is going through changes. Developmental problems, delayed milestones, weight gain & puberty changes are some of the conditions where homeopathy can be prescribed safely and provides excellent results.

Besides the conditions mentioned, homeopathy is also useful in treatment of epilepsy, surgical conditions, neurological problems & autoimmune illness like rheumatoid arthritis.

Lesser sick days for the child and fewer sleepless nights for the parents is what homeopathy offers!

 

 

 

POLYCYSTIC OVARY SYNDROME & HOMEOPATHY

—  PCOS is a disease of the endocrine, that is, hormonal system of the body, affecting an ever increasing number of females, from 11 to 45 yrs age group.

—  Presently PCOS is a major cause of Infertility.

—  PCO and PCOS are two different entities, the former refers to Ovaries being enlarged with trapped ovum (female egg), and the later is the full-fledged syndrome affecting the whole body.

—  PCOS is associated with / is a risk factor for-Diabetes, Infertility, Endometrial Cancer, Breast Cancer, High Cholesterol Level, Heart Disease, Stroke, Psychological Disorders like Depression, Increased risk of Diabetes & Miscarriage during Pregnancy, etc.

How’s? Why’s?

—  The exact cause of PCOS is not known. It’s just a disturbance of the HPO Axis- the Hypothalamus- Pituitary- Ovarian Axis.

—  HPO Axis maintains the hormone balance of the female body.

—  In PCOS, the levels of female hormones are reduced, while those of male hormones are increased.

—  This leads to REDUCED or NO EGG FORMTION, thus swelling & cysts (large no. of immature eggs) in the ovary.

—  These are also insulin resistance, leading to Diabetes like state and obesity.

—  Increased male hormones lead to VIRILISM.

—  Multiple Follicles seen in the ovary, termed as POLYCYSTIC OVARY.

Signs & Symptoms

—  Most common symptoms are changes in menstrual cycles. There may be AMENORRHOEA or absence of menses, seen mostly in young girls.

—  OLIGOMENORRHOEA or Delayed menses, the cycles may vary from 40 days to 3 or 4 months.

—  Occasionally there may be HYPERMNEORRHOEA or frequent menses.

—  Menstrual flow may be heavy, particularly if they come after several months gap.

—  Cycle may or may not appear, but there is no or very less OVULATION i.e. EGG FORMATION in the ovaries.

Signs & Symptoms

—  OBESITY particularly CENTRAL OBESITY is associated with PCOD.

—  Insulin resistance is seen, causing High Blood Sugar.

—  HIRSUTISM or male like hair growth is seen. Coarse hair may appear on face, breasts, abdomen etc.

—  ACNE may appear fresh or may aggravate.

—  Thickening & darkening of skin around armpits, groins or chest may be seen, known as ACANTHOSIS NIGRICANS.

—  Depression, low self esteem is common.

—  Infertility due to ANOVULATION i.e. no egg formation in the ovaries.

—  Hair fall & thinning, male pattern hair loss.

DIAGNOSIS & INVESTIGATIONS

—  To confirm the diagnosis a detailed history, esp. family history is must. Many times PCOD is inherited, and may be seen in first degree relatives.

—  Clinical examination, showing swelling in the ovaries, excess hair growth etc.

Lab tests & Investigations include-

—  Hormone assays- FSH, LH, Prolactin, Estradiol, Testosterone.

—  Blood sugar & Glucose Tolerance Test ( GTT).

—  Lipid Profile

—  Thyroid Function Tests

—  Ultrasound (sonography) of the pelvis.

TREATMENT

—  Treatment of PCOS is directed towards managing the symptoms. Since the cause is not known, there is no definitive treatment.

—  However weight loss of about 10 % of body weight may bring about ovulation, regular cycles and regulates hormonal levels, as fatty tissue interfere with the formation of female sex hormones.

—  Conventional medical treatment involves use of Oral Contraceptive to regulate cycles and reduce the unwanted hair growth and hypoglycemic agents to control blood sugar. Hormonal preparations to induce ovulation, especially the patient are trying to conceive.

—  Dietary changes to manage obesity and optimize nutrition and are advised.

—  Exercise to promote weight loss, regulate hormonal activity & reduce depression, anxiety etc.

—  Counseling is advised to help deal with symptoms particularly low self esteem, mood swings, depression, anxiety etc.

—  Like any other illness PCOS causes lots of mental stress, which may aggravate the symptoms further, so stress management by way of medical help, self help, social support is very important part of the management.

—  Alternative therapy like Homeopathy   provides safer solutions to PCOS & related Infertility.

HOMEOPATHY FOR PCOD-

These are some of the commonly used remedies with their indications, prescribed for PCO and PCOD.

Since a homeopathic ( especially constitutional ) remedy is prescribed on the basis of a totality of symptoms that includes the  temperament , behaviour and attitudes of patient besides the physical symptoms/complaints, the symptoms mentioned here are mostly related to the mental state. It is obvious that the patient has the usual symptoms of PCO, which I haven’t unnecessarily described again.

APIS MELLIFICA

Suits an anxious, awkward, passionate female, who is prone to emotional outbursts. Anxious temperaments make her a busy bee. Tenderness & severe pain in the lower abdomen is also noticed along with a tendency to retain water in general, causing puffy swellings.

CALCAREA CARB

Full of fears- a calcarea lady has numerous fears, ranging from rats to financial ruins. She may be an anxious, hypochondriac with a fear of cancer or infectitous illness. Earthy, hardworking, contentious individuals, who are usually constipated, very delicate, sensitive to cold & wet weather.

COLOCYNTH

Reserved and too proper in nature. Get offended easily and the reserved displeasure or anger may even lead to physical symptoms like colic or suppressed menses.

IODUM

Very restless, hurried, anxious females. Always lean, inspite of hogging day and night. Feel hungry all the time, which is also a sign of anxiety, besides an over active thyroid gland, for which this remedy is quiet resourceful.

LACHESIS

Shows an array of mental and emotional symptoms. Passionate, talkative, energetic, temperamental, delusional, dominating, aggressive, anxiety and a number of fears. Prone to having difficulty in sleeping, breathing, with palpitations.

LYCOPODIUM

Nervous, timid & lacking in confidence. However sometimes they may show a false ego or be boastful.

Lean, flatulent, usually looks older then age, many times there is lack of development of breasts.

NATRUM MURIATICUM

Reserved, closed, proper and well behaved females. Fear of being hurt in relationships or a history of being hurt is always there with brooding about the same. Often suffer from migraines, constipations & allergies. Prone to depression.

PULSATILLA

Emotional, attention seeking, jealous female. Many times fears men& marriage. Tendency to gastric upsets easily, espcially after eating fat containing food.

SILICEA

Mild and sensitive natured female who is nervous yet quiet obstinate at times. Refined & with intellectual inclinications.Concentious nature leading to anxiety.

THUJA

Low self esteem & lack of identity. Prone to having delusions & odd opinions about self. Suspicious and mistrustful. Tendency to warts, growth, “sycotic” affections.

HOMEOPATHY combined with dietary & lifestyle modifications renders excellent outcomes in cases of PCOD.

Hope readers find this useful!

Hair Problems with Homeopathic Remedies for Hair Loss – publised on Ezine.com

Hair Problems with Homeopathic Remedies for Hair Loss – publised on Ezine.com

Hair fall, breakage and poor quality (frizzy, dry) has become a major concern for every second or third adult or even adolescent today.

Ironically stress is a major cause of hair problems & losing hair even bigger cause of worry.

Here is some of the medical lingo, which a person usually hears from the doctor or comes across while searching on Google during his struggle through the hair problem.

ALOPECIA means loss of hair from places where it should be usually present- scalp, body.

Diffuse loss of scalp hair, commonly seen in females- termed as FEMALE PATTERN HAIRLOSS/ BALDNESS

MALE PATTEREN BALDNESS / ANDROGENIC ALOPECIA are hair loss affecting temples predominantly, followed by vertex. It’s the most common form of hair loss, prevalent in 30-40% young males.

TRACTION ALOPECIA- caused due to undue pulling or hair – tight ponytails or hair accessories.

ALOPECIA TOTALIS- baldness in entirety.

ALOPECIA UNIVERSALIS- loss of scalp & body hair.

ALOPECIA ARETA- hair loss in patches.

TELOGEN EFFLUVIUM is a scalp disorder characterized by the thinning or shedding of hair, may lead to baldness in the long run.

CICATRICAL ALOPECIA- is a type of alopecia where there is destruction of hair follicles leading to permanent hair loss; there may be burning, itching, pain & redness of scalp along with hair loss.

Hair loss, breakage & poor quality of hair can be attributed to a variety of other causes

    1. Physiological Conditions like- Pregnancy, Post delivery period, Menopause, Breast Feeding
    1. Scalp Infections or inflammatory conditions- Dandruff, Seborrhea Dermatitis, Psoriasis
    1. Nutritional Deficiencies- Iron, Vitamin D, C, A, E, B complex especially B6, Zinc, Magnesium, Selenium.
    1. Illness – Typhoid, Cancer, Liver Diseases
    1. Endocrine / Hormonal Disorders- Thyroid Gland Disorders, Renal Disorders, Pituitary Disorders, Poly cystic Ovarian Syndrome
    1. Drugs- Antihypertensive drugs, Corticosteroids, Oral Contraceptives, Anti- depressants, etc
    1. Mental Stress
    1. Overuse of Cosmetics/ Hair Products, Hair accessories and hair styles that may cause friction or make hair dry
    1. Genetic Predisposition
    1. Environmental factor- pollution levels, toxins in water & air
  1. Ageing

MANAGING HAIR LOSS

    • Correcting the underlying condition- scalp infection, taenia capitis, hormonal illness, etc, the recovery from underlying illness mostly ensures regaining of hair. Sometimes a systemic illness may lead to severe hair loss, which may be corrected by homeopathic medication.
    • Nutrition for Hair- Proteins, Minerals, Essential Fatty Acids. Hair, like most body tissue consists of proteins and for synthesis & repair of a number of micro nutrients is required.
    • Avoiding harmful agents-certain drugs, alcohol, nicotine (tobacco, smoking).
    • Avoiding overuse of dyes, cosmetics, hair styling products that may damage hair roots. Use of chemicals on ones scalp & hair should be minimal so that the scalp is clean & pores can breathe.
    • Hair massage to improve circulation is a tried -n- tested way to perk up dry hair.
    • Mild shampoo’s to keep scalp clean.
    • Medication- a therapy that suits the patients needs & inclinations could be, conventional medicines, homeopathy, ayurveda & naturopathy Keeping stress levels to minimum ensures a healthy body.
  • Building strong immunity to keep infections far off.

HOMEOPATHY FOR HAIR LOSS

Homeopathy helps in treating the underlying causes like hormonal Imbalances, deficiencies, scalp infections & even hereditary hair loss to stop or slow down hair loss & promote new growth in men & women both.

With proper homeopathic medication, nutritional & hair care advice hair growth, quality & density show dramatic improvement.

# LYCOPODIUM CLAVATUM

This one of the commonest indicated remedy in male pattern baldness. Hair loss in females after child birth. Loss of hair from beard, eyebrows and other parts is also an indication for Lycopodium. Hair loss associated with liver disease is well treated by this remedy

# SEPIA

Sepia is indicated in hair loss associated with physiological & hormonal disorder- pregnancy, lactation, post delivery, menstrual irregularities. Facial pigmentation or chloasma may often be seen in such patients.

# SILICEA

Is another proficient remedy for baldness in men. Alopecia in females, associated with hormonal disorder like Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. Scalp infections like boils, taenia capitis, seborrhic dermatitis are also an indication for Silicea.

# CALCAREA GROUP-

Calc Carb & Calc Flour is frequently prescribed for hair problems associated with hormonal disturbance in men & women both who corroborate with the respective constitution types.

# GRAPHITES

This is indicated in alopecia areta, male & female pattern baldness. Also indicated in scalp infections like dermatitis, psoriasis etc.

# NAT RUM MUR

Alopecia associated with delivery, lactation & chronic illness best responds to Natrum Mur. That triggered by an emotional event – grief, loss of a loved one or emotional trauma leading to depression like state is a very prominent indication of this remedy.

# PHOSPHORIC ACID

This remedy is similar to Natrum Mur in its indications. Commonly indicated in alopecia universalis or totalis.

# PHOSPHORUS

Hair falling in handfuls, patchy hair loss in men & women of Phosphorus Constitution Type. Dryness, brittleness and hair loss from other body parts is also an indication for phosphorus.

# PSORINUM

This is a nosode. Indicated in dry, brittle, splitting hair, associated with scalp conditions like psoriasis, dermatitis, taenia infections.

# FLUORIC ACID

This is indicated in dry, brittle hair which may break on least touch. Alopecia or Baldness in young males responds very well to this remedy.

# APIS MELLIFICA

Is often useful is hair loss in females suffering from Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. A patient of the Apis Constitutional Type response promptly to this remedy, whether administered for hair problems, allergy or any other complaint.

# SULPHUR

This remedy is indicated in a number of illnesses with associated hair disorders. Scalp & skin infections, inflammatory illness like psoriasis, dermatitis, and taenia capitis are competently treated & cured by Sulphur.

Other remedies often useful in treated in hair loss are Selenium, Staphysagria, Baryta Carb, Thuja, Medorrhinum, Ignatia, Kali Carb, Tuberculinum or any Homeopathic Remedy that suits the totality of symptoms & constitutional type of the patient.

Homeopathy offers excellent solutions to hair & scalp conditions. A therapeutic diet combined with Homeopathic Remedy and hair advice one can put and end to hair problems.

Hope this helps with your hair woes!

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Anxiety-know your enemy

Anxiety-know your enemy

An article publised on ezine.com

ANXIETY

– An abnormal and overwhelming sense of apprehension and fear often marked by physiological signs (as sweating, tension, and increased pulse), by doubt concerning the reality and nature of the threat, and by self-doubt about one’s capacity to cope with it.
– A state of uneasiness and apprehension, as about future uncertainties
– The response to a stressor, involving, body, emotions, thinking (cognition ) and behaviour.

Good Or Bad?

– Anxiety is considered to be a normal reaction to a stressor.
– It may help an individual to deal with a demanding situation by prompting them to cope with it.
– It makes the individual VIGILANT & ALERT.
– It makes one take proactive actions against al possible dangerous situations/ threats.
– Optimal amount of anxiety is helpful in a situations like- test/exam, job interview, competition to take out the best in a person and keeping him aroused & alert.
– However, when anxiety becomes overwhelming, it may fall under the classification of an anxiety disorder.

Fear v/s Anxiety

– Anxiety is a response to a stimulus, could be real or imaginary, identifiable or unidentifiable.
– It could be persistent, sometime even without a relevant stimulus.
– While Fear is an appropriate response to a perceived threat.
– Fear is more focused, while anxiety is more generalized.
– Fear is short lived and focused on the present ( present threat), whereas anxiety is focused on future/ upcoming threat.

Types of Anxiety

– Anxious/ avoidant Personality Disorder
– Social Anxiety
– Generalized Anxiety Disorder
– Panic Disorder
– Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
– Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
– Phobia

– Optimal amount of anxiety is helpful in a situations like- test/exam, job interview, competition to take out the best in a person and keeping him aroused & alert.
– However, when anxiety becomes overwhelming, it may fall under the classification of an anxiety disorder.

Avoidant Personality Disorder

– DSM IV Criteria for Dianosis of APD:
– Avoids occupational activities that involve significant interpersonal contact, because of fears of criticism, disapproval, or rejection
– Is unwilling to get involved with people unless certain of being liked
– Shows restraint within intimate relationships because of the fear of being shamed or ridiculed
– Is preoccupied with being criticized or rejected in social situations
– Is inhibited in new interpersonal situations because of feelings of inadequacy
– Views self as socially inept, personally unappealing, or inferior to others
– Is unusually reluctant to take personal risk or to engage in any new activities because they may prove embarrassing

Genralized Anxiety Disorder

– Non-specific, persistent fear and worry and become overly concerned with everyday matters.
– A diagnosis of GAD is made when a person has been excessively worried about an everyday problem for six months or more.
– A person may find they have problems making daily decisions and remembering commitments as a result of lack of concentration/preoccupation with worry s. Work & personal life are seriously impaired.

Social Anxiety

– An intense fear and avoidance of negative public scrutiny, public embarrassment, humiliation, or social interaction. This fear can be specific to particular social situations (such as public speaking) or, is experienced in almost all social interactions.

Panic Disorder

– Brief attacks of intense terror and apprehension, often marked by trembling, shaking, confusion, dizziness, nausea, difficulty breathing.
– Can be triggered by stress, fear, or even exercise; the specific cause is not always apparent.
– May last for 10 min to several hours.

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

– Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder which results from a traumatic experience. Post-traumatic stress can result from an extreme situation, such as combat, natural disaster, rape, hostage situations, child abuse or even a serious accident. It can also result from long term exposure to a severe stressor.
– Common symptoms include hyper vigilance, flashbacks, avoidant behaviors, anxiety, anger and depression.

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

– Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a type of anxiety disorder primarily characterized by repetitive obsessions (distressing, persistent, and intrusive thoughts or images) and compulsions (urges to perform specific acts or rituals).

Phobia

– Fear and anxiety triggered by a specific stimulus or situation.
– Sufferers typically anticipate terrifying consequences from encountering the object of their fear, which can be anything from an animal to a location to a particular situation.
– Fear is not proportional to the actual potential danger.

Causes of Anxiety

– In the Brain – Anxiety is associated with changes / lack of certain neurotransmitters in the brain.
– Genetics. Researchers know that if Anxiety disorders runs in your family then there is a high probability of developing the same.
– Age. People who are elderly are at higher risk of developing GAD. Younger individuals are more prone to developing social anxiety.
– Health conditions. Conditions such as cancer, heart disease, recurrent infections, allergies are associated with anxiety disorders.
– Changes and stressful events. It’s not surprising that people might become anxious during stressful times..

— Loneliness
— Lack of social support
— Marital or relationship problems
— Financial strain
— Early childhood trauma or abuse
— Unemployment or underemployment

– Medications and substances. Many prescription drugs can cause symptoms of anxiety. Alcohol or substance abuse is also associated and makes the condition worse.

Symptoms of Anxiety

– Feelings of apprehension or dread
– Trouble concentrating
– Feeling tense and jumpy
– Anticipating the worst
– Irritability
– Restlessness
– Watching for signs of danger
– Feeling like your mind’s gone blank

Physical Symptoms of Anxiety

– Pounding heart
– Sweating
– Sinking feeling in the stomach
– Frequent urination or diarrhea
– Difficulty in breathing or heavy breathing
– Tremors and twitches
– Muscle tension, esp around head and neck
– Headaches
– Fatigue
– Insomnia/Inability to sleep

Managing Anxiety

– MEDICAL TREATMENT

Drug Therapy

– PSYCHOTHERPY

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy, Talk Therapy, Exposure Therapy

– ACTIVITY & EXERCISE, helps release neurotransmitters.
– LIFESTYLE MODIFICATION- Nutrition, Occupation, Activity, Environment.
– REDUCING INTAKE OF- Alcohol, Caffeine, Nicotine
– ALTERNATIVE THERAPY

Homeopathy & Bach Flower Therapy

Hypnosis

– RELAXATION TECHNIQUES

Yoga, Meditation, Biofeedback, Imagery/ Positive Visualization, etc

– SUPPORT SYSTEM

Family & friends

– BUILDING EMOTIONAL SKILLS

— Helps cope with current situation, adversities in general, being prepared for any future episodes.
— Helps dealing with negative emotions & appropriate emotional expression.

How and when to seek help?

– We all have our own ways to coping with situations, sometimes they don’t work. When they don’t… you will know, which is by way of symptoms.
– This is the time you need to seek help, which may be from a friend, family member, a person who is unbiased and non judgmental.
– Best would be a doctor or counselor, who would listen, understand, empathise, suggest solutions, or help in any or every way.
– SELF -HELP
– Try not to be a people pleaser.
– Being aware & mindful of your thoughts & behaviors.
– Having realistic expectations from yourself and those around you.
– Control your emotions and express them at appropriate time, situation and person.
– Work on your self-esteem & confidence levels
– A Break – no matter how short or long, it does help.
– Appreciation – complementing one self on smallest of gestures or achievements.

Have faith in yourself and Hope for a better tomorrow!

 

Hahnemannian Oath

“On my honour I swear that I shall practice the teachings of Homoeopathy, perform my duty, render justice to my patients and help the sick whosoever comes to me for treatment. May the teachings of master Hahnemann inspire me and may I have the strength for fulfillment of my mission.”