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Diabetic care through Homeopathy

Diabetic Care or Cure? Often the most controversial subject whirling around unanswered in the Medical field. Let us discuss what is Diabetes and how Homoeopathy can shed light on it so that we get to know later whether care or cure, which is the best term to suffix Diabetes.

what is Diabetes?

It is not a disease of Pancreas alone rather it is a syndrome characterized by the persistent increase of glucose in the blood. If untreated can, later on, lead to acute and chronic complications affecting the whole body and mind. Diabetes classified into  Type 1 Diabetes, Type 2 Diabetes, Gestational Diabetes, and others such as 1.5 Diabetes.  Disturbance in normal balance in the factors regulating Carbohydrate mechanism can lead to Diabetes. In the majority of cases, it is the inability to store sugar as glycogen hence it increases and absorbed in renal tubules in kidney. After explaining theories over theories now it says, diabetes is not due to an insufficient amount of Insulin secreted by Islets of Langerhans but it is the antagonistic action of Pancreas, Pituitary, Thyroid, and Adrenal glands together that leads to Diabetic syndrome. An anti Insulin factor secretion is also to be considered. Hence we should have a system of medicine that acts on the whole organism so that it creates a homo stasis within the body. Homeopathy is a  holistic system where it has an action on the whole organism rather than action only on a specific single organ.

Symptoms: Increased thirst, hunger, urination. Other symptoms are fatigue, numbness, and burning sensation, weight loss, slow healing wounds, dark skin patches, blurred vision according to the stage of the disease.

Causes:

It’s a derangement of sugar “HOMEOSTASIS” and also It’s an “INBORN ERROR” of sugar metabolism. The enzymatic defect that limits functional capacity of Insulin and one or more missed the link in a chain of a complex mechanism, which converts sugar into energy and heat.

Foremost cause is ‘Hereditary’ then stress, ethnic differences, Indiscretions in diet, Pregnancy, Obesity, Pancreatic, Extra Pancreatic, Pituitary, Adrenal, Dopamine, GIT, Other medication-induced, etc. Let us discuss the cause which is important for patients as well as for Homoeopathic treatment.

  1. A) Hereditary (INBORN ERROR): 

It’s one of the basic causes of Diabetes and it is a genetic defect with the presence or absence of accessory factors such as age, various races and ethnic groups, error in diet, stress, etc. The Non-Diabetics may act as a carrier to the next generation; as we all know grandparent’s gene which is recessive in their children gets expressed in their grandchildren (Atavism). In every cell, there is a specific gene for every specific enzyme. When a gene is altered its corresponding enzyme gets altered. Hormones such as Insulin and glucagon increases or decreases with altered enzymatic reaction ie; a genetically defective gene causes an enzymatic malfunction which may lead to Diabetes.

Role of Homoeopathy :

Let’s read the above passage in reverse

altered Hormones <- altered Enzyme <- altered “Gene”.

Hence the basic problem is in the gene. Let’s discuss how a gene gets altered? There should be some strong powerful internal or external agents to cause a change in the gene. Hereditary disease means, there should be a single person who started the chain to begin with. For eg:  the then considered first couple ‘Adam and Hawwa’ should have started the chain. It is illogical; because if so, the entire descendants should get affected by that. So some other cause has changed the genetic pattern at some stage. Our genetic code gets fixed during time of conception and it gets influenced either; before (spermatogenesis period),during and after conception (gestational period).

These stages can gets influenced

(a) Externally by exposing to powerful physical noxious agents Eg: spraying of Endosulphan causing genetic defects.

(b) Internally by mental stress. Eg: Here in the case of Diabetes, as it is more of a life style disease, a strong mental stress plays a major role – stress induced Diabetes.

Gene selection is a random selection process so if creating a positive ambiance ie; if you are able to live a stress-free life your descendants will remain healthy. In regard to you, even though if you have a genetic predisposition to get a familial disease, diseases won’t get affected if you can cope up with your stress more effectively. Homeopathy takes cares of you at any stage of life. Hence Diabetes can be cared for or cured in this generation or even can prevent passing on the disease to the next generation with suitable Homoeopathic medicine. Various races and ethnic groups demonstrate differences in glucose metabolism, again supports importance of the hereditary factors. These aspects of Diabetes are especially important for a multi-ethnic country such as India. “Heredity is the gun and environment is the trigger”.

  1. B) Stress

Stress results in the derangement of HOMEOSTASIS. Recurrent and persistent physical and mental stress in the family and at the workplace slowly leads to pancreatic exhaustion; as the above condition causes a sharp rise (spike) in blood glucose levels causing a demanding situation on the pancreas which results in pancreatic exhaustion in due course of time. The same happens in a person who has excessive consumption of carbohydrate or indiscriminate consumption of sugar and glucose to get instant energy.  Stress can be managed successfully and can create homeostasis by ourselves within our body, as nature has given us inborn power to heal ourselves. The stress which is not controlled properly can lead to mental and physical diseases including diabetes which require medical attention, hence a system that gives importance to the cause can give you better results that is Homoeopathy.

Homoeopathic therapeutics in Diabetes and it’s prognosis:

Diabetes can be dealt with beautifully through Homoeopathy by adopting different strategies according to the cause and particular symptoms experienced by the patient. Prognosis depends on so many factors like age of the patient, duration of the illness, concurrent diseases and its medication, past history of the patient and his family, the present state of health, his sensitivity, recent or past physical or mental stress and strain in the family and at his workplace. If more causes present, diabetes will be intensified so it becomes a complex disease that will be difficult to treat, however, it can be cared well. Homeopathy has a lot of medicines for Diabetic patients selected purely on the totality of symptoms particular to the individual. Hence whether your condition can be suffixed with cared or cured depends on you and your Homoeopathic Doctor after thorough assessment only. Hence don’t let hope to go once you get diagnosed that you have diabetes. In a 5 and half year Indian Medical education system, Homeopathy is the only system where psychology is a subject in the first-year curriculum, as a psychological approach in the patient care goes a long way in mitigating many diseases including Diabetic syndrome. And also Diet and Exercise is an inseparable part of the treatment. Each Homoeopathic medicine is proved on Healthy human beings so that it is devoid of side effects and is safe to use as it is extracted from nature. Proper selection and administration of constitutional Homeopathic medicine after case taking, analysis, and repretorisation is very effective in Diabetes.

In a nutshell, we can say Diabetes is a slowly progressive disease where you don’t have to panic to do any emergency treatment when initially get diagnosed. A Homoeopathic doctor can better treat diabetes if you are going as a fresh case rather than who is already under other modes of medication. Less the duration and multi-system involvement more the chance of cure, and the condition which cannot be cured can be endured with the hope of minimizing complications and symptomatic relief. Be close with nature and create homeostasis within the body through Homeopathy!

Author- Dr. Anaswaradev

 

Hair Fall

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Hair Fall

50 to 100 hair loss per day is normal but new hair grows at the same time. Hair loss occurs when this cycle of hair growth and shedding is disrupted or when the hair follicle is destroyed and replaced with scar tissue.

Common  Causes

  • Family history (heredity)
  • Stress
  • Hormonal changes like Thyroid Disorders
  • Medical conditions like Cancer, Skin disorders like Lichen planus, Lupus, Sarcoidosis etc
  • Medications –  used for cancer, arthritis, depression, heart problems, high blood pressure and birth control. Intake of too much vitamin A may also cause hair loss.
  • Certain Hair styling and Treatments
  • Unhygienic  measures in scalp care

Types:

Gradual thinning on top of head.

Circular or patchy bald spots(Alopecia Areata)

It occurs when the body’s immune system attacks hair follicles. usually affects just the scalp, but it sometimes also occurs in beards or eyebrows. In some cases, your skin may become itchy or painful before the hair falls out.

Sudden loosening of hair. A physical or emotional shock can cause hair to loosen. Handfuls of hair may come out.

Full-body hair loss. Some conditions and medical treatments, such as chemotherapy for cancer, can result in the loss of hair all over your body. The hair usually grows back.

Patches of scaling that spread over the scalp. This is a sign of ringworm. It may be accompanied by broken hair, redness, swelling and, at times, oozing.

Hair-pulling disorder. This condition, also called trichotillomania.Affects people who has an irresistible urge to pull out their hair,

Diabetes

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Diabetes

If you have diabetes, it means you have too much glucose in your blood

Chronic diabetes conditions include type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes.
Potentially reversible diabetes conditions include
1. Prediabetes
when your blood sugar levels are higher than normal, but not high enough to be classified as diabetes. This can be treated with our diet chart alone.
2. Gestational diabetes
Which occurs during pregnancy but may resolve after the baby is delivered. If persist after delivery then you require our treatment.
3. Type 1 Diabetes
Type 1 Diabetes occurs in people under the age of 20, but may occur at any age.
Here the insulin-producing cells of the pancreas (called beta cells) are destroyed by the immune system. They produce no insulin and must use insulin injections to control their blood sugar. Here you have to be on insulin and we can give you symptomatic treatment.
4. Type 2 Diabetes
With Type 2 Diabetes, the body continues to produce insulin, although insulin production by the body may significantly decrease over time. The pancreas produces either not enough insulin, or the body is unable to recognize insulin and use it properly. When there isn’t enough insulin or the insulin is not used as it should be, glucose can’t get into the body’s cells to be used as energy.This glucose then builds up in the blood.. Your kidneys are forced to work overtime to filter and absorb the excess sugar. If your kidneys can’t keep up, the excess will start excreting into your urine along with fluids drawn from your tissues. This triggers more frequent urination, which may leave you dehydrated. As you drink more fluids to quench your thirst, you’ll urinate even more .
We can give cure depends on stage of disease.
Early symptoms of diabetes, especially type 2 diabetes, can be subtle or seemingly harmless — if you have symptoms at all. Over time, however, you may develop diabetes complications, even if you haven’t had diabetes symptoms.
Symptoms
•Excessive thirst and increased urination
•Fatigue
•Weight loss
•For women, bladder and vaginal infections are especially common.
In Advanced Stage
•Blurred vision

High levels of blood sugar pull fluid from your tissues, including the lenses of your eyes. This affects your ability to focus.
Left untreated, diabetes can cause new blood vessels to form in your retina — the back part of your eye — and damage established vessels. For most people, these early changes do not cause vision problems. However, if these changes progress undetected, they can lead to vision loss and blindness.
•Slow-healing sores or frequent infections
•Tingling hands and feet
Excess sugar in your blood can lead to nerve damage. You may notice tingling and loss of sensation in your hands and feet, as well as burning pain in your arms, hands, legs and feet.
•Red, swollen, tender gums
Diabetes may weaken your ability to fight germs, which increases the risk of infection in your gums and in the bones that hold your teeth in place. your teeth may become loose, or you may develop sores or pockets of pus in your gums — especially if you have a gum infection before diabetes develops.
Take your body’s hints seriously
If you notice any possible diabetes signs or symptoms, contact your doctor. The earlier the condition is diagnosed, the sooner treatment can begin. Diabetes is a serious condition. But with your active participation and the support of our health care team, you can manage diabetes while enjoying an active, healthy life.

Osteo Arthritis

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 Osteoarthritis (OA)

 

It is the most common type of arthritis. It is also known as:

  • degenerative joint disease
  • degenerative arthritis
  • wear-and-tear arthritis OA is a disease of aging.

Other risk factors for OA include:

  • obesity
  • a job that puts stress on the joints
  • joint injury
  • joint malformation

Causes and Symptoms of Osteoarthritis

OA is caused by a breakdown in the cartilage that covers the joints. The protective tissue is damaged by age and repeated motion. This increases the friction as the bones of the joint rub against each other. It can also cause damage to the bone.

The most common symptoms of OA are pain and stiffness. OA can occur in any joint. However, the most commonly affected joints are in the:

  • hands
  • knees
  • hips
  • spine

Over time, OA can cause:

  • pain
  • swelling
  • stiffness
  • limited range of motion

OA is different than Rheumatoid arthritis (RA). RA is an autoimmune disorder. The body’s immune system attacks joint tissue. This leads to swelling and pain.

Hyperthyroidism

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  1. Hyperthyroidism

Hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid) is a condition in which your thyroid gland produces too much of the hormone thyroxine. Hyperthyroidism can accelerate your body’s metabolism significantly, causing sudden weight loss, a rapid or irregular heartbeat, sweating, and nervousness or irritability.

Causes
A number of conditions, including Graves’ disease, toxic adenoma, Plummer’s disease (toxic multinodular goiter) and thyroiditis, can cause hyperthyroidism.

How it all works

Reasons for too much thyroxine (T-4)

Normally, your thyroid releases the right amount of hormones, but sometimes it produces too much T-4. This may occur for a number of reasons, including:

  • Graves’ disease. Graves’ disease, an autoimmune disorder in which antibodies produced by your immune system stimulate your thyroid to produce too much T-4, is the most common cause of hyperthyroidism. Normally, your immune system uses antibodies to help protect against viruses, bacteria and other foreign substances that invade your body. In Graves’ disease, antibodies mistakenly attack your thyroid and occasionally attack the tissue behind your eyes (Graves’ ophthalmopathy) and the skin, often in your lower legs over the shins (Graves’ dermopathy). Scientists aren’t sure exactly what causes Graves’ disease, although several factors — including a genetic predisposition — are likely involved.
  • Hyperfunctioning thyroid nodules (toxic adenoma, toxic multinodular goiter, Plummer’s disease). This form of hyperthyroidism occurs when one or more adenomas of your thyroid produce too much T-4. An adenoma is a part of the gland that has walled itself off from the rest of the gland, forming noncancerous (benign) lumps that may cause an enlargement of the thyroid. Not all adenomas produce excess T-4, and doctors aren’t sure what causes some to begin producing too much hormone.
  • Thyroiditis. Sometimes your thyroid gland can become inflamed for unknown reasons. The inflammation can cause excess thyroid hormone stored in the gland to leak into your bloodstream. One rare type of thyroiditis, known as subacute thyroiditis, causes pain in the thyroid gland. Other types are painless and may sometimes occur after pregnancy (postpartum thyroiditis).
  • Sudden weight loss, even when your appetite and the amount and type of food you eat remain the same or even increase
  • Rapid heartbeat (tachycardia) — commonly more than 100 beats a minute — irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia) or pounding of your heart (palpitations)
  • Increased appetite
  • Nervousness, anxiety and irritability
  • Tremor — usually a fine trembling in your hands and fingers
  • Sweating
  • Changes in menstrual patterns
  • Increased sensitivity to heat
  • Changes in bowel patterns, especially more frequent bowel movements
  • An enlarged thyroid gland (goiter), which may appear as a swelling at the base of your neck
  • Fatigue, muscle weakness
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Skin thinning
  • Fine, brittle hair

Older adults are more likely to have either no signs or symptoms or subtle ones, such as an increased heart rate, heat intolerance and a tendency to become tired during ordinary activities. Medications called beta blockers, which are used to treat high blood pressure and other conditions, can mask many of the signs of hyperthyroidism.

Graves’ ophthalmopathy

Sometimes an uncommon problem called Graves’ ophthalmopathy may affect your eyes, especially if you smoke. In this disorder, your eyeballs protrude beyond their normal protective orbits when the tissues and muscles behind your eyes swell. This pushes the eyeballs forward so far that they actually bulge out of their orbits. This can cause the front surface of your eyeballs to become very dry. Eye problems often improve without treatment.

Signs and symptoms of Graves’ ophthalmopathy include:

  • Protruding eyeballs
  • Red or swollen eyes
  • Excessive tearing or discomfort in one or both eyes
  • Light sensitivity, blurry or double vision, inflammation, or reduced eye movement.

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