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About Dr. Rajesh Vishwanathan

Hi, I am Dr. Rajesh Vishwanathan. I am a Family Physician with a deep interest in Diabetes and Alternative Medicine. I live and practice in Mumbai, India. My aim is to make the world a better place by introducing Alternative medicine with the main stream, so as to have an Integrative System of Medicine, that is both gentle and holistic.

Some useful Homeopathic remedies – Part 173.

STAPHISAGRIA.

 

This remedy is derived from a plant called as Delphinium Staphisagria and the mother tincture is prepared from the ripe seeds.

This remedy is useful in nervous affections with marked irritability.  This remedy is useful in persons, who get affected by suppressed anger after being insulted, which makes them speechless, sleepless nervous and finally they get a colic or IRRITABLE BLADDER OR IRRITABLE BOWEL SYNDROME.  This remedy suits subjects who are impetuous, violent, with outbursts of temper, hypochondriacally oriented, sad and very sensitive about what other persons say about him or her.  This remedy suits subjects who dwell a lot on sexual matters, prefer solitude and are peevish.

It is useful in Genito-urinary and skin diseases, where the ailment often comes on, due to the ill effects of suppressed anger and insults.

This remedy is also useful after subjects indulge in sexual excesses.

This remedy is useful in healing lacerated wounds and killing pain after tooth extraction.  This remedy is also useful when the teeth become black and crumble easily, with salivation and spongy gums that bleed easily.

This remedy suits subjects who have a stupefying headache and the brain feels as if it is squeezed, with a sensation as if a ball of lead is in the head.  This remedy is also useful in Lice infestation of the head, where the mother tincture is diluted with water in a proportion of 1:4.

This remedy is also useful whenever subjects have itching and eruptions above and behind the ears.

This remedy is useful in recurrent sty, chalazion cysts on the lid margins that itch.  It is useful for lacerated or incised wounds on the cornea.  This remedy is useful in bursting pain in the eyeballs associated with iritis.

This remedy is useful in pain in the ears, which is worse on swallowing.

This remedy suits subjects who have a desire for stimulants like tobacco, and who have a tendency to eat something even after the stomach is full.  This remedy is useful in subjects who complain of nausea after abdominal operations.

This remedy is also useful in colic pain in the abdomen after anger and severe pain in the abdomen after abdominal surgery.  This remedy is useful in diarrhea, which comes on after drinking cold water associated with an ineffectual desire to pass stools.

This remedy is useful in male subjects, who have an obsession for masturbation and for subjects, who constantly dwell on sexual matters.  It also suits subjects who have emissions with backache and weakness and breathlessness after coitus.

This remedy suits young female subjects, who are recently married and suffer from an irritable bladder, leucorrhoea and aching around the hips.  This remedy is very useful in Cystocoele, Cystitis (infection of the bladder) and in ‘Honey-moon Cystitis’, with a sensation as if a drop of urine is going to roll down the urethra, associated with urging and pain after urination.

This remedy is very useful eczema of the head, ears, face and the body, when the eczema is associated with thick scabs, which are dry and itch violently.  This remedy is also said to cure Fig warts that are pedunculated.

This remedy suits subjects who have a bruised feeling in the muscles, associated with a backache and a sore back, which is worse before rising in the morning. This remedy is useful when the extremities feel beaten and painful.

This remedy suits subjects whose symptoms aggravated after suppressed anger, indignation, mortification, after loss of fluids, after sexual excesses, tobacco abuse, and the least touch of the affected parts.

This remedy suits subjects who are better after breakfast, warmth and rest in the night.

This remedy is inimical to RANUNCULUS BULBOSIS, a remedy that does not follow or precede it well.

CAUSTICUM & COLOCYNTHIS are remedies that follow this remedy to complete the cure.

TIPS FROM THE MASTERS…

 STAPHISAGRIA is required when an abdominal or other operation wound is unduly painful for no obvious reason.

Dr. Foubister, M.B., Ch.B., D.C.H., etc.

 STAPHISAGRIA given before the incision for Circumcision allays the pain following incision and prevents inflammation.

Dr. Stearns, M.D.

 STAPHISGRIA is sometimes to be substituted for COLOCYNTHIS in the effects of violent emotion in women and children when the violent abdominal cramps fail to yield to the latter remedy.

Dr. E. A. Farrington, M.D.

 In nausea of pregnancy, STAPHISAGRIA has to be taken at the moment when the dizziness and nausea commenced before the vomiting sets in.

Dr. Teste.

For a child who makes a pretense of weeping but without tears, this is almost certainly the remedy: STAPHISAGRIA 30 or 200.

Dr. Foubister, M.B., Ch.B., D.C.H. etc.

 STAPHISAGRIA is well known for its effects when there is a strong sense of injustice. A number of remedies have this listed in Kent’s repertory under ‘Mortification’ but STAPHISAGRIA is most often needed when this is the leading symptom in my experience.

Dr. Foubister, M.B., Ch.B., D.C.H.

 STAPHISAGRIA is an excellent remedy for sty’s, which is normally given when PULSATILLA fails.  In my experience, I have found this remedy effective in all cases of sty’s whether chronic or otherwise or whether in lower or upper lids; recurrent sty’s.

Dr. R.B. Das.

Winning the war against Malaria.

Introduction:

Every year Malaria affects several million people. The problem is compounded by the fact that malarial parasites are rapidly growing resistant to single drugs such as chloroquine, sulfadoxine-pyrimethamine combinations and amodiaquin.  According to the World Health Organization about 300 to 500 million people develop malaria each year out of which 1.5 to 3 million children die every year.   In Africa alone, the 28 million reported cases of malaria are believed to represent only 5-10% of the total malaria incidence on the continent (Hamoudi & Sachs, 1999).

Even in India the prevalence rates of the dangerous form of malaria called as Plasmodium falciparum has gone up from 38.8% in 1995 to 47.5% in 2003.  The urgent need of the hour is mosquito control, better pesticides, a vaccine for this disease, genetic manipulation of the mosquito so that the parasite cannot invade the mosquito, genetic manipulation of the parasite to make it ineffective, introduction of certain form of fish that eat larvae and finally development of better and newer drugs.

Obstacles to the eradication of malaria

Malaria is clearly a worldwide challenge and it is different from other infectious diseases like AIDS, which can be eradicated by behavioural modification and education. Malaria is caused by the climate and ecological factors that are peculiar to tropical and subtropical regions.  What is frightening is that malaria is also seen increasingly in wealthy countries like UAE and Oman.

It is imperative that malaria should be looked with seriousness because it directly affects a country’s economy.  It takes away an individual workers productivity and creates a great burden on the GDP of already struggling economies. (Shepard, 1991; Bloom & Sachs, 1998).

The malarial parasite and its vector are both very complex. There is a constant mixing of genes and both the mosquito and the parasite acquire drug resistance, making eradication impossible. (Hamoudi, 2000).

The species-specific behaviour of mosquitoes in some regions, however, has allowed for the success of malaria control programs in those areas, while mosquitoes in other regions have posed significant obstacles to those attempting to prevent malaria infection. In some temperate regions where malaria has been eradicated, mosquitoes spend their winter in hibernation or a non-reproductive state. Control programs have used this fact to their advantage by using insecticide and drug treatments during the mosquito “off-season”.

In tropical zones, mosquitoes do not lie dormant as a result of this; individuals often receive multiple malaria infections. In African and sub-Saharan populations there is no immunity among the population to malarial disease. . (Hamoudi & Sachs, 1999).

The only way of preventing malaria is through educational prevention programs. Introduction of bed nets substantially control malaria, but distributing these nets do not offer a foolproof system to control this disease.

The other problem is the failure of Drug Treatment Programs. We first had quinine to combat malaria. It was replaced with chloroquine, which was cheap, safe, and effective. Soon worldwide resistance to chloroquine was reported. Even newer drug therapies with drugs like mefloquine, atovaquone have shown drug resistance. This is because the parasite constantly mutates.

Promising Newer drug therapies:

There are newer drugs, which combine a drug called as Artemisinin with a drug called as Lumefantrine.

Artemisinin is extracted from a Chinese herb called as Qinghao. The biological name of the plant is Artemesia Annua.  It is also called as sweet wormwood and has been used by the Chinese to kill parasites such as worms and flukes. Artemisinin has also proven itself as a safe and effective treatment for malaria. It causes a rapid reduction of the parasite biomass. It is useful against drug resistant parasite. It inhibits the sexual forms of the parasite and thus blocks its transmission. However, it has a short half-life and that factor may be responsible for development of parasite resistance.  It is surprising to note that Artemisinin is effective against a wide variety of cancers as shown in a series of successful experiments. The most effective is leukemia and colon cancer.  Lumefantrine on the other hand has a long half-life of 4 to 6 days. It also has a slower onset of action, so when combined with Artemisinin they supplement each other and there is a negligible chance of re-infection or drug resistance. No major side effects were noticed in this promising combination.

Conclusion:

Malaria is a dreaded disease and it is here to stay.  Despite resistance to drugs, some newer combinations have shown promise.  The eradication of this disease will depend on how quickly we find a new vaccine, which would be safe, inexpensive, easily administered and which conferred a life -long immunity against the disease. The other way of eradicating Malaria would be through mosquito control programs.

Some useful Homeopathic remedies – Part 172.

STANNUM.

 

This remedy is derived from Tin.

This remedy is useful for those who feel weak and faint when going downwards, but can go up well enough.  It also suits women who are sad and despondent, and feel like crying all the time, but crying makes them worse.  It is also useful in person with extreme exhaustion of the mind and body and has to sit down several times while dressing in the morning with great weakness in the chest.  This remedy suits subjects who are sad and anxious, easily discouraged and who have a dread of seeing or inter-acting with people.

 This remedy has its action centered round the nervous system and the respiratory organs.  It is suited for debility and in chronic bronchitis and chronic pulmonary conditions.  It is useful whenever there is a profuse muco-purulent discharge in an underlying tuberculous condition.  This remedy suits subjects who have an adhesive mucous in the throat, which is difficult to detach.  This remedy suits subjects who have a hoarse cough, where the mucous is expelled by forcible cough and the cough is excited by laughing, singing, talking, which is worse by lying on the right side.  The cough is copious green with a sweetish expectoration and more in the daytime.  The chest feels weak and the subject can hardly talk.

THE KEYNOTE SYMPTOM OF STANNUM IS THE PECULIAR FACT THAT ALL PAINS COME AND GO GRADUALLY.

This remedy is useful in subjects who have pain in the head, which is worse from motion, gradually increasing and decreasing, as if constricted by a band.

This remedy suits subjects, where the smell of cooking causes nausea and the colic is relieved by hard pressure.

The remedy suits subjects who sleep with one leg drawn up and the other stretched out.  This remedy suits subjects who have a paralytic weakness in the extremities; drops things and ankles are swollen.  This remedy suits subjects who find that the limbs suddenly give out when attempting to sit down.  This remedy is useful whenever there is a spasmodic twitching of the muscles of the forearm and arm and the fingers jerk when holding the pen.  This remedy is useful in subjects with Neuritis associated with Typewriter’s paralysis.

This remedy suits subjects who are worse after using the voice, while laughing, talking, singing, lying on the right side and after warm drinks.

This remedy suits subjects who are better while coughing, expectoration and with hard pressure.

PULSATILLA is a remedy that follows STANNUM in respiratory conditions.

 TIPS FROM THE MASTERS…

 I have been astonished at its power over the prolapsed uterus.  It seems to strengthen the uterine ligaments.

Dr. Hughes, L.R.C.P.

 Do not forget STANNUM in frontal sinus conditions when the pain rises slowly to a peak and falls gradually.

Dr. Woodbury.

CHELATION THERAPY – AN ALTERNATIVE FOR CORONARY ARTERY DISEASE?

 Introduction:

 Hundreds of medical practitioners in the West are trying Chelation therapy for the prevention and treatment of degenerative circulatory diseases. Proponents of this therapy assert that it is useful in Coronary Artery disease, hypertension, Atherosclerosis, peripheral circulatory disease, premature senility and many age related diseases.

What is EDTA?

 

EDTA is the most commonly used agent for Chelation.  EDTA is a synthetic amino acid it expands as Ethylene-diamine-tetra-acetic acid. It is administered into the body as a series of intravenous infusions. Initially, EDTA gained its reputation for removing toxic metal poisoning from the body and was used in a rare condition where the Calcium levels in the blood are high in the body. It was an accidental finding that EDTA also helps restore the impaired circulation, which has lead to its widespread use in Alternative Medicine.

How does EDTA work?

To put it in a simple way, EDTA acts as a scavenger and binds to atheromatous concretions in the blood vessels, thus cleansing the blood vessels, and helps making them supple, less hard and reduces their narrowing.

So, in chronic circulatory dysfunction, where the coronary arteries may be blocked, EDTA opens up narrow and blocked coronary artery and reduces the angina pain.   If there is a circulatory deficiency in the legs, EDTA helps by improving the circulation by removing the obstructing plaques in the lower limb blood vessels.  It works similarly on the kidney and the brain and improves their function.

 Is Chelation alone enough?

 If elderly patients have a crippling disease and are bed-ridden, then Chelation should be tried in isolation.  But, if the patient is able to comply, then Chelation must be tried with Diet modification and Graded exercise programmes as a part of a comprehensive approach, which will help improve the normality of circulation in the entire body.

Conclusion:

 Despite its wide spread use in Degenerative conditions, Chelation therapy has remained controversial; it has been much misunderstood and grossly under-investigated by mainstream medical professionals.

It is unfortunate that today, Cardiology has become extremely invasive and millions of patients are undergoing Angioplasty or Coronary Arterial Bypass Grafting.  The recurrence rate of Coronary Artery disease despite these procedures is high.  Many patients have to undergo repeat bypass operations or repeat Angioplasty, procedures which are extremely expensive, risky and emotionally painful.

A more open-minded search for a painless and a non-invasive option for these diseases should be made and perhaps, Chelation therapy may be the answer to the crippling and potentially fatal vascular diseases.

Some useful Homeopathic remedies – Part 171.

SPONGIA TOSTA.

 

THIS REMEDY IS USEFUL IN DRY COUGH WITH A TUBERCULAR DIATHESIS.

 

This remedy is derived from Roasted Sponge, which is a sea animal belonging to the natural order of Coclenterata.

 This remedy is useful in dry cough with a tuberculosis diathesis, heart affection and in exhaustion and heaviness of the body after the slight exertion.

A KEYNOTE SYMPTOM OF THIS REMEDY IS  ‘INCREASE IN THE COUGH WITH FEAR AND ANXIETY’.

This remedy is useful in chronic dry cough with nasal catarrh.  This cough is associated with tickling of the throat, which causes the cough. This remedy is useful when the cough seems to come from a deep spot in the chest and the chest feels raw and sore.  This remedy is useful in bronchitis with wheezing asthmatic cough, which is worse from exposure to cold air and is associated with profuse expectoration.

This remedy is also useful in Thyroid gland enlargement (Goiter), associated with Hyperthyroidism.

This remedy is also useful in testicular swelling with pain and tenderness (Epididymo-orchitis).

This remedy is useful for the hoarseness of the larynx, where the cough is dry, barking, croupy and worse during inspiration. It suits subjects whose cough abates after eating or drinking food, especially warm drinks.  It is useful for sore throat that comes on after eating sweet things.  This remedy is useful in Tubercular laryngitis with hoarseness.

This remedy is useful for rapid and violent palpitation associated with breathlessness in valvular diseases of the heart and in angina pectoris.

This remedy is also useful in swelling and indurations of glands. It is useful in itching of the skin associated with measles.

This remedy suits subjects who awaken with fright and feel suffocated and are generally worse after sleep.

This remedy suits subjects who are worse during midnight, with the ascending wind. It also suits subjects who are better from descending and lying down with the head low.

TIPS FROM THE MASTERS…

 I have never done better work with any other remedy in valvular diseases of the heart than SPONGIA.

Dr. Nash, M.D.

 SPONGIA TOSTA is the most valuable medicine we have when there is fibrinous deposit upon the valves of the heart.  I have repeatedly found the bellows-murmur disappear as well as the subjective symptoms become relieved under its use.  Sudden waking up in the night with a sense of suffocation is the symptom, which especially leads me to its choice I must say that for removing the valvular lesions of endocarditis, I have found SPONGIA very inferior to NAJA.

Dr. Hughes, L.R.C.P.

 SPONGIA relieves the cough and other concomitants of an aneurysm of the descending aorta.

Dr. Hughes, L.R.C.P.

 

SPONGIA is useful only in Asthma depending upon Tuberculosis.

Dr. Boehr.

VEGANISM – THE WAY FOR A HEALTHIER LIFE.

Introduction:

The western world has always been advocated the use of meat, fish, poultry, grains, dairy products, fruits and vegetables for a healthy living.  But recent studies have shown that this diet actually causes diseases.

More people are turning vegetarian and some are turning into vegans. Veganism is a form vegetarianism where the subjects consciously avoid diary products is eggs. Vegans also avoid using fur, leather, wool and cosmetics, where the products are tested on animals.

Comparative anatomy studies of humans and carnivores:

If we see the hands of human beings, they are rounded without claws suggesting that human hands are meant for pluck fruits rather than tearing flesh.  The incisor teeth are meant for chewing vegetables and the human canine teeth is not well developed.  The salivary secretion in humans has salivary amylase, an enzyme that is designed to digest complex vegetarian carbohydrates. The hydrochloric acid secretion from the stomach is less than 10% of that of the carnivores, suggesting that the human body is more designed to absorb and digest vegetarian food.  Lastly, the length of the large intestine in carnivores is very short and it is three times longer in humans. This is perhaps one reason, why we are meant to be vegetarian.

Non-vegetarianism is dangerous:

The consumption of animal fats and proteins has been linked to heart disease, colon cancers, lung cancers, diabetes, higher cholesterol levels, osteoporosis (brittleness of bones), kidney diseases, blood pressure, obesity and more recently the consumption of beef has lead to the fatal MAD COW DISEASE.

Animal agriculture and the environment:

Contrary to popular beliefs, animal agriculture takes a devastating toll on the earth’s natural resources because it requires enormous amounts land, water, fertilizes and other resources to feed farm animals.  It would be easier on the earth’s resources, if we all turned vegetarian.

Animals pay a heavy price for our way of living:

All of us have a distorted notion that drinking milk or eating eggs does not kill animals. We seldom realize that the cows and chickens live their short lives caged, drugged, mutilated and deprived of their most basic freedom so that we can drink milk or eat eggs.  Many of us are not aware that these animals are cruelly slaughtered when their production rates decline.

The four holistic food groups:

A vegetarian diet would be a lot healthier and holistic.

Whole grains, which include rice, bread, pasta, corn, cereals, millets, barley are rich in fiber and other complex carbohydrates, proteins, B complex vitamins and trace elements.

Vegetables are rich in vitamin C, beta-carotene riboflavin, iron, calcium and fiber.

Legumes are all good sources of fiber, protein, iron, calcium, zinc and B vitamins. Soya milk and tofu are excellent sources of vegetable protein.

Fruits are rich in fiber, vitamin C and beta-carotene.

Conclusion:

The meat industry has contributed to more American deaths than all wars, natural disasters, and all automobile accidents combined.

Adopting a Vegan lifestyle is not easy but it provides abundant benefits to animals’ lives, to the environment, and to our own health.

Some useful Homeopathic remedies – Part 170.

SPIGELIA.

 

 

THIS REMEDY IS USEFUL IN HEADACHES AND HEART AFFECTIONS.

 It is derived from an herb called as Spigelia Antihelmia. This herb has a pink root.

This remedy suits subjects who are afraid of sharp pointed things, pin and needles.

Spigelia is an important remedy in pericarditis or other disease of the heart.

This remedy is also useful in certain eye and nervous system disorders.  It is particularly useful in glaucoma of the left eye.  This remedy suits subjects who have pain beneath the frontal eminence and temples extending to the eyes, worse in the left eye.

It is an extremely useful remedy for headache.  This remedy is useful when the pain is throbbing and worse while making a false step.

This remedy suits subjects who have a pressing pain in the eyes whole turning them and when there is severe pain in and around the eyes extending deep into the socket of the eyeball.  This remedy is useful in ciliary neuralgia.  This remedy is useful in TRIGEMINAL NEURALGIA.

This remedy is useful in chronic nasal catarrh, with postnasal drip, with the forepart of the nose being dry.

This remedy is useful in combating severe toothache, worse after eating and from cold food, with a foul odor from the mouth.

This remedy is useful in Facial neuralgia, which is worse on the left side.

This remedy is useful in violent palpitation, with pre-cordial chest pain, which aggravates with movement.  This remedy is also useful for chest pain with radiating neuralgia extending to both arms.  This remedy is useful in angina pectoris and in breathlessness of cardiac origin.  This remedy is useful in Neuralgia that comes on before the vesicles appear in Herpes Zoster.

This remedy is useful in worm infestation and in subjects with ineffectual urging of the stools.

This remedy suits subjects who are worse from touch, motion, noise turning, washing and from concussion of the head.

This remedy suits subjects who are better lying on the right side with the head held high.

TIPS FROM THE MASTERS…

 SPIGELIA often stops the pain curatively, where a narcotic especially some barbiturate is given by a routinist, a down hill practice.  Dr. T. K. Moore, M.D.

 In some cases of pericarditis I have treated, SPIGELIA has done all the medicine could do and I have the utmost confidence in it. Dr. Russel, M.D.

 Coronary thrombosis has become one of the biggest killers of civilized men and it is a pity that men do not think of SPIGELIA ANTIHELMITHICA in their distress. To be given in the I.M. potency.   Dr. Jugal Kishore, D.M.S.

 

THE BATES METHOD.

Bates method is a simple method of teaching people to make use of their eyes in a relaxed manner.  This technique was devised by, Dr. William H. Bates who was a leading Ophthalmologist in the New York Postgraduate Medical School.  After seeing over 30,000 patients, Dr Bates concluded that if the mental thinking in the patients improved positively by 50%, their vision also improved.  Dr Bates firmly believed that defective vision was not necessarily as a result of damage of the eye or deterioration of the lens, but it was often as a result of mental stress. He also concluded that for the accommodation of the eye and a sharp vision, the extrinsic ocular muscles of the eye played a major role and not the lens of the eye.

He put his concepts into practice by introducing ‘Palming’; where the patient cover the closed eyes with the palms of the hands, crossing the fingers on the forehead, so as to avoid the direct pressure on the eyeballs.  Some practitioners also combine meditation and visual imagery to this method.  He also advocated the practice of alternate focusing to objects near and far to strengthen the external ocular muscles of the eye.

Bates also believed that the defective eye blinks rarely and that the normal eye blinks both gently and frequently and he advocated his patients to blink the eye consciously.  This improves the vision by lubricating the eyeball and counteracts the harmful effects of staring.

Bates also believed that sunlight was also an important ingredient in improving the vision and extorted his patients to sun themselves with closed eyelids. This should be done along with the silent movement of the head gently, from side to side. This was called as ‘Sunning’.

Many persons who had serious myopic problems improved after trying the Bates method and the power of their glasses came down. 

Conclusion:

The Bates Method combines Palming, Sunning, Meditation and Visual Imagery.  It has definitely improved the eyesight of thousands of sufferers. The Bates method combines the rational use of scientific principles with Holistic methods such as meditation.

Some useful Homeopathic remedies – Part 169.

SILICEA.

 

This remedy is derived from Pure Flint or Quartz.

It is a remedy for imperfect assimilation and consequent defective nutrition.  It suits children who have Rickets, with a large head, and a slow closure of the fontanels, with a pale face and distended abdomen.  It is useful in scrofulous rachitic children who are slow in walking.  It also suits children who are headstrong, abstracted with fixed ideas.  ONE PECULIAR SYMPTOM IS THAT THIS REMEDY SUITS CHILDREN, WHO ARE FEARFUL OF PINS AND SEARCH AND COUNT THEM.

It suits adults who are anxious, yielding, faint-hearted, chilly and worse from cold and better from warmth and wrapping up.  This remedy suits subjects, who are restless, fidgety, starts at the least noise, and is easily fatigued and wants to constantly lie down and even mental activity fatigues the patient.

It should be used with great caution in TUBERCULOSIS, because it may re-activate old cavities.

This remedy helps the body to re-absorb fibrotic conditions and scar tissue.  It is a great remedy and it promotes the expulsion of foreign bodies; such as fish bones and splinters.  This remedy is useful in whitlows, carbuncles and fissures in the anus.

It is useful for draining abscesses, curing quinsy, headaches and keloids (excessive scar tissue).

It is useful in combating the ill effects of vaccination.

It is useful in healing fistulas in the anus.

The subjects requiring this remedy are cold, chilly and hug the fire and want plenty of warm clothing. They are generally worse in winter and lack vital heat and are intolerant to alcoholic stimulants.

The subjects requiring this remedy generally lack moral or physical grit and are generally mild and yielding in nature, faint-hearted and anxious, nervous and excitable and sensitive to all impressions.  It suits subjects who suffer from brain-fag.

This remedy suits subjects who have profuse head sweats, which extends to the neck, associated with an offensive smell.

This remedy is also useful in swelling in the lachrymal duct, sty in the eye, in iritis (inflammation of the cornea), in irido-choritis, ulcers in the cornea and in cataracts in office-workers. It also suits subjects who have a corneal opacity after keratitis (corneal inflammation).

This remedy suits subjects who have mastoiditis with a fetid discharge from the ears, and sensitiveness to noise with a roaring sensation of the ears.

This remedy suits subjects who have itching at the point of the nose, which is dry hard with crusts that bleed when an attempt is made to loosen them.  This remedy also suits subjects who are prone to sneezing in the morning with an obstructed nose, with a loss of smell and perforation of the septum.

This remedy is useful in facial neuralgia, with a throbbing of the face with a red face and the subjects are worse from the cold and damp weather.

This remedy is useful for abscesses in the root of the teeth, in pyorrhea where the teeth become sensitive to cold water.

This remedy is suitable in cases of periodical Quinsy (Peri-tonsillar abscess) and for all colds that settle down in the throat and in all hard swellings of cervical lymph glands.

This remedy suits subjects who have disgust for meat and warm food, with a lack of appetite, with excessive thirst, colic in the abdomen and constipation.

This remedy is suitable in cases of fistula in the anus, fissures in the anus, hemorrhoids, painful spasm of the anal sphincters and when the stools come down with great difficulty and recede again.

This remedy suits male subjects who have a blood in the urine with involuntary urination.  It also suits subjects, who have a prostatic fluid discharge while urinating.  It is a useful remedy for children with bed- wetting and in worm infestation.  This remedy suits male subjects who have a burning soreness of the genitals with eruption on the inner surface of the thighs.  This remedy suits subjects who suffer from gonorrhea with a thick fetid discharge from the urethra.  This remedy is also useful in elephantiasis of the scrotum and in hydrocoele (collection of fluid around the testicles).

This remedy suits female subjects who have a uterine colic with milky acrid leucorrhoea, with itching of the vulva and the vagina.  This remedy is also useful in abscess of the labia, vaginal cysts and for dissolving hard lumps in the breast.

This remedy is very useful in colds that fail to yield, with persistent muco-purulent sputum and violent cough, which is worse while lying down with a thick yellow lumpy expectoration.  It is useful in the suppurative stage of expectoration.

This remedy suits subjects who have a weak spine and are susceptible to draughts of cold air, which affect the back with pain in the coccyx.  This remedy is also useful in spinal irritation after injuries to the spine and in diseases of the bones and spine (e.g.: Potts’s spine).

This remedy is useful in subjects with a tendency to sleep walking.  It also suits subjects who are sleepless with feeling of a rush of blood and heat in the head.  It also suits subjects, who frequently start in their sleep, with anxious dreams and excessive gasping.

This remedy is very useful in sciatica with pain thorough the hips, legs and feet with cramps in the calves and soles.  This remedy is also useful in curing in-growing toenails.  This remedy is useful in icy cold sweaty feet where there is an offensive sweat in the feet.  This remedy is also useful in soreness in the feet, which extends from the instep to the sole of the feet.

This remedy is useful for skin diseases for subjects with Felons, abscesses, boils, old fistulous ulcers, painless gland swelling, raised colored blotches, scars that become painful and when every skin injury suppurates.  This remedy is also useful for curing crippled nails, bursas and keloids. It is useful in In-growing toe nails.

This remedy suits subjects with fevers that are associated with chilliness, sensitivity to cold air, with creeping sensation and shivering of the body.

This remedy is useful in subjects, who have constipation, which may be worse before and during menstruation, due to the inactivity of the rectum and the stools often recede and are partially expelled.  THIS IS REFERRED TO AS ‘SHY STOOLS OF SILICEA’ BY SOME HOMEOPATHS.

Another peculiar observation is that Silicea is useful in curing ailments, which come on with the suppression of foot-sweats. This is a strange symptom.

This remedy suits subjects who are worse in the new moon in the morning, who are worse from washing in cold water, who are worse during the menstrual period, worse from uncovering, worse from lying down and worse in the damp weather and worse from lying down on the left side and worse from the cold.

This remedy suits subjects who hare better from warmth, wrapping the head in the summer and in wet humid weather.

The remedies that follow SILICEA well are THUJA, SANICULA, And FLOURIC ACID & PULSATILLA.

TIPS FROM THE MASTERS…

A remarkable feature of SILICEA is its ability to promote the expulsion, exteriorization of foreign bodies from the tissues. Many are the records of sphincters, thorns, and pieces of glass, gravel or metal, which have been extruded from various parts of the body after the administration of the drug.  There are sites where surgical removal or attempts threaten are fraught with considerable risk of adding trauma to trauma and the extrusion of the foreign body by natural means aided and abetted by SILICEA in potency, is a preferable procedure ‘albeit’ involving some delay.

Dr. D. M. Gibson, F.R.C.S., etc.

 Hydrocoele and scrofulosis (glandular swellings) disappear after SILICEA.

Dr. Hartman.

 When a mastoid operation has been carried out and there has been slow healing and a constant discharge from the ear, the administration of SILICEA will clear up the trouble.

Dr. Beta.

 SILICEA is also one of the greatest remedies for chronic diarrhea in soldiers due to sleeping on damp grounds, eating all sorts of food, long exhausting marches.

Dr. Kent, M.D.

 SILICEA is excellent for pyorrhea and also PHOSPHORUS and a lotion of SYMPHYTUM Q –2 drams to 8 ounces of water is a good application to the gums in these cases.

Dr. Ruddock, M.D.

 In impending tetanus, we certainly have efficient preventives of the full-fledged disease. ACONITE with fever, anxiety, tension of the muscles, tingling and numbness.  VERATRUM VIRIDE, HYPERICUM with excruciating pain in the wound, BELLADONNA, CICUTA, SILICEA and possibly AUGUSTURA: if the wound is suppurating or has suddenly ceased to discharge pus.

Dr. Farrington, M.D.

For harmful effects of Penicillin: ARSENICUM, THUJA, NUX VOMICA & SILICEA.

Dr. Kent, M.D.

If such bad effects as erysipelas, convulsions or diarrhea should follow vaccination, SILICEA will cure the case, THUJA itself, is complementary here; and comes in very well for diarrhea following vaccination and also when the vaccination fever is high. Pustules like those of Smallpox together with a rash that appears all over the body.

Dr. E. A Farrington, M.D.

PHOSPHORUS is the surest remedy for Glaucoma and helps more frequently than any other remedy; if a cure is not completed by PHOSPHORUS, LYCOPODIUM and no less SILICEA will be found indispensable.

Dr. Jahr.

SILICEA appears to cause a leucocytosis and may increase body resistance to disease in this way.

Dr. Ruddock, M.D.

 

 

NATURAL WAYS OF INCREASING THE HEMOGLOBIN.

Introduction:

The World Health Organization estimates that about 2.5 billion to 3 billion persons are anemic worldwide.  50 % of all anemia cases are caused by Iron deficiency.

In the US it is estimated that:
  • More than 3.5 million people in the United States have anemia.
  • Anemia occurs in all age groups and in all racial and ethnic groups.
  • In the United States, sickle cell anemia affects about 72,000 people.
  • Sickle cell anemia occurs in one in every 600 African-American births.
  • About 2 million Americans have sickle cell trait.
  • Approximately 10 percent of children with SCD suffer fatal or debilitating strokes.
  • Aplastic anemia occurs in about 500–1,000 people in the U. S.

Anemia can be caused by several factors:

 Older Adults & the Elderly

  • Fatigue, weakness and other anemia symptoms can be misconstrued as normal signs of old age, but neither anemia nor these symptoms are a natural part of aging and should receive meticulous medical attention.
  • 10% of persons aged 65 and older have anemia
  • 50% of nursing home residents have anemia
  • Anemic elderly are twice as likely to hospitalized for falls

 Cancer Patients

  • 80% of chemotherapy patients have severe anemia

 

Chronic Kidney Disease Patients

  • Anemia is a common and early complication of chronic kidney disease (CKD)
  • 28% of mild CKD patients are anemic
  • 87% of severe CKD patients are anemic

 In Critically ill Patients
Many factors contribute to anemia in critically ill patients including

  • Trauma,
  • Surgical blood loss,
  • Inflammation
  • Nutritional deficiencies.
  • 50% of patients in the intensive care unit are anemic
  • 75% of long-stay critically ill patients are anemic

 Women of Childbearing Age

  • Heavy bleeding with normal menstruation may cause iron deficiency anemia.
  • Anemia can also develop during pregnancy
  • 12% of women aged 12-49 are iron deficient
  • 20% of pregnant women in the U.S. have anemia

Anemia related to poor nutrition:

  • Vitamins and minerals are required to make red blood cells.
  • In addition to iron, vitamin B12 and folate are required for the proper production of hemoglobin.
  • Deficiency in any of these may cause anemia because of inadequate production of red blood cells.
  • Poor dietary intake is an important cause of low folate and low vitamin B12 levels.
  • Strict vegetarians who do not take sufficient vitamins are at risk to develop vitamin B12 deficiency

 People with Heart Disease

  • Hypertension can precipitate or worsen many established cardiovascular diseases, advancing the severity of anemia and congestive heart failure.
  • 17-48% of patients with heart failure have anemia
  • 43% of hospitalized heart attack patients have anemia

People with Rheumatoid Arthritis

  • 30-60% of rheumatoid arthritis patients have anemia

People with Chronic Health Conditions

Anemia is often associated with these diseases and often goes undetected

  • Chronic kidney disease,
  • Cancer,
  • Diabetes,
  • Cardiovascular disease,
  • HIV/AIDS,
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Inflammatory bowel disease.

Pernicious Anemia:

  • There also may be a problem in the stomach or the intestines leading to poor absorption of vitamin B12.
  • This may lead to anemia because of vitamin B12 deficiency known as pernicious anemia.

Sickle cell anemia:

  • In some individuals, the problem may be related to production of abnormal hemoglobin molecules.
  • In this condition the hemoglobin problem is qualitative, or functional. Abnormal hemoglobin molecules may cause problems in the integrity of the red blood cell structure and they may become crescent-shaped (sickle cells).

Thalassemia:

  • This is another group of hemoglobin-related causes of anemia.
  • There are many types of thalassemia, which vary in severity.
  • These are also hereditary

Alcoholism:

  • Poor nutrition and deficiencies of vitamins and minerals are associated with alcoholism.
  • Alcohol itself may also be toxic to the bone marrow and may slow down the red blood cell production.

 Aplastic anemia:

  • Occasionally some viral infections may severely affect the bone marrow and diminish production of all blood cells.
  • Anti cancer medications and some other medications may pose the same problems.

Hemolytic anemia:

  • Hemolytic anemia is a type of anemia in which the red blood cells rupture (known as hemolysis) and become dysfunctional.
  • Some forms of hemolytic anemia can be hereditary with constant destruction and rapid reproduction of red blood cells.
  • This destruction may also happen to normal red blood cells in certain conditions, for example, with abnormal heart valves damaging the blood cells.

 

The symptoms of anemia:

 

The symptoms are very imperceptible at first. The symptoms of anemia include weakness, fatigue, dizziness, headaches and heart palpitations. These symptoms result from the body not getting enough oxygen through the bloodstream.  It can become a life-threatening condition if left untreated for a long time.

 Some foods that raise the Hemoglobin:

Pumpkins are rich in vitamins and folic acid and vitamin B12 and are useful in combating anemia.

Vegetables like spinach and broccoli, sweet potatoes, beans, green peas, pulses and all green leafy vegetables are rich in iron, folic acid and B12.

Zucchini this is another very effective food for treating anemia. Eat in salads or steam cooked.

 

Tamarind leaves tea is very good for raising hemoglobin.

 

Guavas are great for preventing anemia, and it is believed that they may also prevent leukemia.

Some home remedies that are useful in anemia.

Red wine

Believe it or not! A glass of red wine daily corrects anemia very soon.

Vinegar and molasses

 2 spoons of apple cider vinegar and blackstrap molasses with water or tea is a very good home remedy to correct anemia.

Bee Pollen

1 teaspoon of bee pollen is a powerful biological stimulant and increases the red cells in the bone marrow.

Herbs and anemia.
Yellow dock root

It is a common roadside weed. It has the property of raising the hemoglobin levels.  Many people with anemia have surprised their doctors when they reported that their good results came from this simple plant.

Some have been able to raise their hemoglobin count in a few weeks with yellow dock.

It is available in tincture form as well as capsules. This herb can have the side effect of causing diarrhea if the dosage is too high.

Nettle leaf.

The stinging nettle, also called nettle leaf. This plant can be herb contains a stinging irritant to skin; it can be cooked and eaten like spinach.

It grows in moist shady places. It can be obtained as the bulk dried herb, tincture, or capsule form at health food stores.

It is often combined with red raspberry leaf and oat straw herb, and used as a tea. The addition of anise seed seems to improve results. 

Dandelion and burdock root.

These herbs are often used in combinations to treat anemia. These plants are widespread and easy to identify, and could be used in cases where medical help is not available. They may work by increasing the body’s ability to absorb iron from food.

Alfalfa.

This is a plant that is very nourishing when taken in tablet form. It is often included in combinations of herbs designed to build up the blood.

Alfalfa tablet doses are usually large, like 18 per day. It is more like a food than a medicine.

Dong quai.

It is a Chinese herb, has been reported to help in the treatment of anemia, but to date, no scientific studies have been done to verify this.

Homeopathic remedies for anemia.

Ferrum Metallicum

 Iron is the great allopathic remedy for anemia from almost any cause. It is also a great homoeopathic remedy, but it will not cure every case of anemia; careful individualization is necessary.

It suits patients who have an appearance of full bloodedness or plethora, which is followed by paleness or earthiness of the face and puffiness of the extremities.

Pulsatilla:

Pulsatilla is the great remedy and is indicated in the anemic conditions where the patient is relaxed and worn out; chilly and suffers from gastric and menstrual derangements.

The patient requiring Pulsatilla feels better in the open air. Dizziness on rising, absence of thirst, and the peculiar disposition will lead to the remedy. 

Cinchona

 It is the chief remedy for anemia resulting from loss of fluids, as in lactation or hemorrhage, or from all exhausting discharges, such as menstrual flow, long lasting and diarrhea.

Natrum muriaticum is also a remedy for anemic and debilitated conditions due to loss of fluids, especially in women who suffer from menstrual disorders and in chronic cases with a dead, dirty-looking skin.

Chininum arsenicosum is sometimes prescribed for anemia.  It has been found to be curative in certain cases of pernicious anemia.

Calcarea carbonica

Almost any of the deeper acting constitutional remedies may be of use in anemic and debilitated conditions

Arsenicum album

This is a very useful remedy in cases of pernicious anemia or in anemia’s due to hemolysis in malaria.

It indications are excessive prostration considerable edema, violent and irregular palpitation, marked appetite for acids and brandy, extreme anxiety and rapid emaciation.  There is irritable stomach and intense thirst.

Helonias

It is an excellent remedy in anemia. It suits especially anemia from prolonged hemorrhage in women enervated by indolence and luxury, or such as are worn out with hard work; they are too tired to sleep and the strained muscles burn and ache.  This anemia is associated wih disturbances in the urinary and sexual organs.

Aletris
It is useful in dull, heavy and confused females. It is useful in debility of females from a protracted illness.  Power and energy of mind and body are weakened.

Secale

This remedy is useful in progressing anemia, where the patient is pale, bloodless and jaundiced in color.

Ayurveda and Anemia
1) Lauha bhasma

Historically (1500 B C) in Ayurvedic literature Charak Samhita described fatigue and pallor due to bloodlessness, which can be cured by Lauha bhasma (Calcified iron).

2) Lohasavam is a curative for anemia, jaundice, liver affections, cardiac lesions, dropsy and fever. Lohasavam mixed with Draksharishtam is effective in pregnant women.

The main ingredients are Iron, Triphala, trikatu, Vidanga, Motha, Chitrak, Dhtaki and jaggery.

3)  Dhatri Lauh

It is very good Ayurvedic remedy for peptic ulcer syndrome, pain in abdomen, hyper acidity, anemia and Pitta imbalances.

It is also useful as a regular supplement after first trimester of pregnancy and lactating mothers. The action of these roots is balancing three doshas in body.

4)  Navayas Lauh has nine (Nava) main constituents.

It has Triphala and Nagarmotha, which are very well known digestive rejuvenator.

Trikatu in it corrects the metabolism of the body.

Pippali is an immuno modulator and digestive and respiratory rejuvenator.

Vidanga kills the intestinal worms.

Chitraka mool corrects all aspects of digestive system; digestion, assimilation of food and evacuation of feces.

Navayas Lauh
  • Is useful in indigestion, anemia, and eye diseases
  • Is useful in all skin diseases
  • Helps in all diseases involving the liver i.e. jaundice, hepatitis, loss of appetite etc.
  • Is useful in management of heart diseases which are having their origin in anemia
  • Is useful in management of hemorrhoids

Diet in Ayurveda:

Ayurveda also recommends a good well-balanced diet rich in iron, sesame seeds, almonds, vegetables as beet, lettuce, spinach, soybean, radish, carrots, tomatoes and fresh fruits as banana, black berries, strawberries, apple, amla, and plums.

Lifestyle modifications

  • Enjoy sunbathing as the sunlight stimulates the production of red blood cells.
  • Yoga postures such as Shoulder Stand (Sarvangasana), Posterior Stretch (Paschimotthanasana), Corpse Pose (Shavasana) are also considered useful in combating anemia.

References:

 www.anemia.org.

www.nhlbi.nih.gov.

www.emedicinehealth.com.

www.adoptayurveda.com.

www.hpathy.com.