Sunday, September 14, 2008
What is lumbago/back ache?
Our spine comprises of mainly the bones (vertebrae), the disks and the spinal cord .Bones (vertebrae) are stacked one on top of each other to form the backbone. Through these vertebrae passes the spinal cord .Discs are a kind of cushions that are positioned between two vertebrae. They act as shock absorber in the spine. These disks are round and flat in shape and are made up of tough outer covering which surrounds a jelly like material called nucleus.Although the slipping of the disc can be triggered due to a trauma like over stretching or lifting weight etc. It is difficult to pinpoint one single cause for this kind of disc problem. This problem often occurs out of gradual degeneration of the disk and is related to the aging process. Gradually over a period of time, as we age, the discs loose their water content and both the outer shell as well as the inner nucleus becomes stiffer and brittle.As the discs wear out, their outer covering becomes more prone to getting torn. It is when the outer covering of the discs that get torn and the nucleus moves out to irritate the nerve passing by, that the pain occurs. The pain can occur in back, hips or even legs. In severe cases relentless pain can occur even with simple movements causing one to lie down in one position for hours and days at a time. pain can sometimes radiate down the legs and this is called sciatica. Although the slipped disk can occur anywhere in the backbone, the lumbar (lower back area) is more prone for this kind of disk.
Apart from rest followed by physiotherapy homeopathy helps in both acute and chronic backaches. reduces pain and discomfort in acute cases and helps to strengthen the muscles in the back in chronic cases thereby preventing recurrence of back pain.
Monday, August 4, 2008
Sciatica pain can range from a simple dull ache to severe electric like shocks. The pain can at times be so severe that the patient may hardly be able to move out of bed. Usually patients complain of pain while walking or standing but at times reverse of this happens, the pain is worse while lying down in a normal sleeping or lying posture and patient has no other option other than to stand or walk or lie in certain uncomfortable posture Patients with sciatica may suffer from additional symptoms such as numbness and weakness along the course of nerve, tingling and pins and needles feeling (mostly in the foot or toes) and loss of bladder and bowel control ( this an emergency medical condition).Sciatica is not a disease in itself but a symptom of the sciatic nerve being irritated or compressed ('pinched' as one may call it in a layman?s language) along its course. The most common place for this to occur is the lower part of the spine where the nerve roots of the sciatic nerve are compressed by a prolapsed (slipped) disc. Pinching of the nerve due to a Disc prolapse is the most common cause. Other medical conditions including trauma to the spine, spinal tumors, and spondylolisthesis (slipping of one vertebra over the other) and lumbar vertebral canal stenosis can cause sciatica.
The key to prevent sciatica is to prevent any damage to your lower spine. The following tips can be very helpful if executed properly Exercising regularly This can strengthen back and abdominal muscles, thus preventing damage to your vertebral column.Good postureMaintain a good posture while sitting and use an ergonomically designed chair which properly supports your hips and does not press upon your back of the thighs and knees while sitting.
HOMEOPATHY AND SCIATICA
Homeopathy as a natural system of medicine offers distinct advantages to the people who suffer from sciatica. The biggest advantage that homoeopathy offers is that it is able to treat the pain very effectively and is able to rectify the compression or irritation on the sciatic nerve. Another great benefit of using homoeopathy is that along with the treatment of sciatica homoeopathy also aims at strengthening the patient's constitution in order to prevent further recurrences.
Monday, July 21, 2008
With the increase in number of professionals who sit for hours together doing desk work or sitting for hours in front of the computer and call center jobs which requires continuous sitting in one posture the number of people suffering with cervical spondylosis is on the rise .Cervical spondylosis is a 'wear and tear' of the vertebrae and discs in the neck. It is a common cause of neck pain
The most common symptoms with which these patients approach the doctor are
Pain and stiffness in the neck.
The pain and stiffness could be confined to the neck alone
There could be radiation of the pain from the neck to the right hand
There could be radiation of the pain from the neck to the left hand
There could be radiation of the pain from the neck to the back of the head
There could be giddiness associated with pain and stiffness
There could be only pain in the upper arm
There could be numbness in the tips of the fingers
These above symptoms could all suggest that you could be suffering from a condition known as cervical spondylosis
What is the cervical spine?
The cervical (neck) spine is made up of small circular bones (vertebrae) stacked on top of each other. Between each vertebrae is an intervertebral disc which acts like a shock absorber and allows flexibility of the spine. Muscles and ligaments run between, and are attached to, the vertebrae. Nerves from the spinal cord pass between the vertebrae going to the shoulder, neck, arm, and upper chest.
What is cervical spondylosis?
To an extent, we all develop a degree of degeneration in the vertebrae and discs as we become older. However, cervical spondylosis is a term used if the degree of degeneration is more severe, and causes more symptoms, than is expected for a given age.
As the 'discs' degenerate, over many years they become thinner. Sometimes the adjacent vertebrae develop small, rough areas of bone on their edges. The nearby muscles, ligaments, and nerves may become irritated by these degenerative changes which can cause troublesome symptoms.
What are the symptoms of cervical spondylosis?
Pain in the neck. This may spread to the base of the skull and shoulders. Movement of the neck may make the pain worse. The pain sometimes spreads down an arm to a hand or fingers. This is caused by irritation of a nerve which goes to the arm from the spinal cord in the neck..
Some develop neck stiffness, particularly after a night's rest.
Headaches from time to time. They often start at the back of the head just above the neck and travel over the top to the forehead.
Some numbness or pins and needles may occur in part of the arm or hand. It is best to tell a doctor if these symptoms occur as they may indicate a problem with a 'trapped nerve' in the neck.
TREATMENT FOR CERVICAL SPONDYLOSIS
Exercise your neck and keep active
Aim to keep your neck moving as normally as possible. As far as possible, continue with normal activities. In the past, some people have worn a neck collar for long periods when a flare-up of neck pain developed. It is now known that if you wear a collar for long periods it may cause the neck to 'stiffen up'. So, try to keep your neck as active as possible.
Professionals who spend hours doing desk work or in front off the computers should take small breaks in between and try and do simple neck exercises
Some of those neck pains and stiffness which does not improve inspite of exercise and medication are most certainly due to stress. When a person is in constant stress the muscles in the neck goes into spasm and causes pain and stiffness in the neck so it is very important for the doctor to identify the cause and treat it accordingly
The most commonly used medicines used for the treatment of cervical spondylosis are..
Rhus Tox ..Pain and stiffness in the nape of the neck,pain between the shoulders. Kalmia..pain from the neck down the arms,pain extending to the shoulder blades. Conium..cervical spondylosis with giddiness.
Other commonly used medicines are causticum,calcarea phos,calcarea flour,nux,hypericum,
Note .Although I am giving the most commonly used medicines used for a particular complaint in my column it is advised that you consult a qualified homeopathic doctor nearby to you and take his advise about the treatment of the problem.
Friday, July 18, 2008
A migraine is a common type of headache that may occur with symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, or sensitivity to light. In many people, a throbbing pain is felt only on one side of the head.
Some people who get migraines have warning symptoms, called an aura, before the actual headache begins. An aura is a group of symptoms, usually vision disturbances, that serve as a warning sign that a bad headache is coming. Most people, however, do not have such warning signs.
Headache - migraine
Causes, incidence, and risk factors
A lot of people get migraines -- about 11 out of 100. The headaches tend to start between the ages of 10 and 46 and may run in families. Migraines occur more often in women than men. Pregnancy may reduce the number of migraines attacks. At least 60 percent of women with a history of migraines have fewer such headaches during the last two trimesters of pregnancy.
Until the 1980s, scientists believed that migraines were due to changes in blood vessels within the brain. Today, most believe the attack actually begins in the brain itself, and involves various nerve pathways and chemicals in the brain.
A migraine attack can be triggered by stress, food, environmental changes, or some other factor. However, the exact chain of events remains unclear.
Migraine attacks may be triggered by:
Bright lights, loud noises, and certain odors or perfumes
Physical or emotional stress
Changes in sleep patterns
Smoking or exposure to smoke
Menstrual cycle fluctuations, birth control pills
Foods containing tyramine (red wine, aged cheese, smoked fish, chicken livers, figs, and some beans), monosodium glutamate (MSG), or nitrates (like bacon, hot dogs, and salami)
Other foods such as chocolate, nuts, peanut butter, avocado, banana, citrus, onions, dairy products, and fermented or pickled foods
Migraine headaches, which can be dull or severe, usually:
Feel throbbing, pounding, or pulsating
Are worse on one side of the head
Last 6 to 48 hours
Symptoms accompanying migraines include:
Nausea and vomiting
Sensitivity to light or sound
Loss of appetite
Numbness, tingling, or weakness
Warning signs (auras) that can precede a migraine include seeing stars or zigzag lines, tunnel vision, or a temporary blind spot.
Symptoms that may linger even after the migraine has gone away include:
Feeling mentally dull, like your thinking is not clear or sharp
Increased need for sleep
Signs and tests
Migraine headache may be diagnosed by your doctor based on your symptoms, history of migraines in the family, and your response to treatment. Your doctor will take a detailed history to make sure that your headaches are not due to tension, sinus inflammation, or a more serious underlying brain disorder. During the physical exam, your doctor will probably not find anything wrong with you.
Sometimes an MRI or CT scan is obtained to rule out other causes of headache like sinus inflammation or a brain mass. In the case of a complicated migraine, an EEG may be needed to exclude seizures. Rarely, a lumbar puncture (spinal tap) might be performed.
.Homeopathy over the years has been able to greatly help patients suffering with migraine headaches…Once the patient starts on the homeopathic treatment the intensity of the migraine will reduce, the attacks will not happen so frequently as before and over a period of time they will be able to be completely free from attacks of migraine..Most commonly used remedies for migraine are …lachesis,sanguinaria,sepia,iris.vers,pulsatilla,natrum.mur…etc,
Other measures taken along with homeopathic line of treatment is as follows:
Rest in a quiet, darkened room
Drink fluids to avoid dehydration (especially if you have vomited)
Try placing a cool cloth on your head
Every person responds differently to treatment. Some people have rare headaches that require little to no treatment. Others require the use of several medications or even occasional hospitalization.
Migraine headaches generally represent no significant threat to your overall health. However, they can be chronic, recurrent, frustrating, and they may interfere with your day-to-day life.
Stroke is an extremely rare complication from severe migraines. This risk may be due to prolonged narrowing of the blood vessels, limiting blood flow to parts of the brain for an extended period of time.
Get enough sleep each night
Learn to relax and reduce stress -- try progressive muscle relaxation (contracting and releasing muscles throughout your body), meditation, biofeedback, or joining a support group
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
2. Potentised cholesterol or cistus canadensis will also bring down cholestrol in blood.
3. Black gram is an efficient reducing agent for cholesterol in blood. Intake of 10 grams of black gram soaked in an oz of water along with the water for a month will show perceptible difference.
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Tuesday, July 1, 2008
Homeopathy is a medical science which uses natural substances, like plants and minerals, to mimic illness and stimulate healing. It was developed by Dr. Samuel Hahnemann, after whom Hahnemann Hospital is named. It is based on two principles: 1. Like cures like. 2. The minimum dose. 1. The first principle is “like cures like”, or “Whatever symptoms a substance can produce, it can cure.” Because onions can produce the symptoms of watering eyes and burning nose, a remedy made from onion, can cure the watering eyes and burning nose of someone with allergies. Another example is poison ivy. It produces burning, itching skin and sometimes stiff, painful muscles and joints. A homeopathic remedy made from poison ivy is used for everything from burns and skin rashes to rheumatoid arthritis. 2. The second principle is the “mimimum dose”. It states “To cure without harm, use the least amount of medicine necessary.” That's important because side effects of regular drugs kill over 100,000 people a year, just in America. Homeopathic remedies are made by removing all toxic material and leaving just the “imprint” or energy pattern of the original substance. Remedies work by giving your body information about healing. It’s similar to the way a floppy disk gives information to your computer. Once your body knows what to do, it does all the healing by itself. Homeopathic remedies are free of side effects and safe even for small children.
Who uses homeopathy?
According to the World Health Organization, homeopathy is the second most widley used form of medicine in the world. It is used by over over 500 million people. In England, France and the Netherlands, homeopathy is covered by the National Health Service. In England 42% of the doctors refer their patents for homeopathic care. Homeopathy was made a medical specialty by an act of parliament and the Royal Family has been using homeopathy for the last three generations. There are seven homeopathic hospitals including the Royal London Homeopathic Hospital. In France, 39% of physicians prescribe homeopathic remedies and eight medical schools offer post graduate degrees in homeopathy. French pharmacists are required to learn about homeopathy and the remedies are sold in all twenty three thousand pharmacies. In the Netherlands 40% of the general practitioners give out homeopathic remedies. Homeopathy is also practiced in Germany, Italy, Spain, Belgium, Russia, Poland, Mexico, Argentina, Australia, Scotland, Greece, Canada, Venezuala and India. The Royal London Homeopathic Hospital and the homeopathic hospitals in Glasgow and Moscow, have been in existence for a hundred years.
Why Use Homeopathy?
1. It’s safe. Homeopathic remedies have no chemical side effects and can be used by small children, pregnant women , people with kidney or liver problems and those with drug sensitivities. By contrast, conventional drugs kill over 100,000 Americans a year.
2. It’s effective. Homeopathic remedies are effective against bacteria and viruses. They also work against antibiotic resistant infections. They are useful for many chronic ailments, for which there is no conventional cure. The Spanish Flu of 1918 killed over twenty milllion people worldwide and five hundred thousand in the United States. In the United States, those who got homeopathic treatment had a 98% survival rate. During the epidemics of the 19th century, (eg.cholera, typhus, plague, smallpox) people treated with homeopathy had survival rates 50% greater than those treated with coventional medicine. Homeopathy is also amazingly effective in preventing disease. In the 1974 meninngitis epidemic in Brazil, 18,640 children were given a homeopathic remedy for prevention. The protection rate was 99%. In a smallpox epidemic in Iowa in 1902, the homeopathic preventive was 97% effective.
3. It’s economical. Homeopathic remedies cost about eight cents a dose. The conventional medicine for sepsis infections costs about $4000 a day. The equivalent homeopathic remedies cost about fifty cents a day.
How do you use homeopathic remedies?
Most remedies come as little pellets, either B.B. sized or like tiny grains of sand. Just tap three B.B. sized pellets or 6-8 grain sized ones into the cap and toss them directly onto your tongue. Let them dissolve on your tongue. As you start to feel better, take the remedy less often. When you are really feeling good, stop taking the remedy altogether. It keeps working by itself for some time. Don’t ever think you have to finish the bottle. With homeopathy, less is more. Try to avoid mint or lots of coffee when you are on a remedy, since those substances can sometimes antidote its effect.