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1. Tension headaches: These are most common form of headaches characterized by constant pain, tightness, dullness, or pressure in the head. The pain can remain for weeks without interruptions. Stress & tensions are common causes precipitating this complaint. At times there are underlying psychological illnesses leading to this state. Homeopathy works far better than analgesics in managing this complaint by treating the underlying cause & hence nullifying the effect. 2. Migraine: Most patients suffering from migraine complain of periodic headache, which is typically one sided (unilateral) accompanied by vomiting. Headaches are generally preceded by an aura of visual disturbances. Periodicity is the most characteristic feature of this illness. The condition starts after puberty & continues till late middle life. The headache is usually localized to the frontal region & can spread to one side of the head. The pain occurs at intervals, which varies from patient to patient. The pain is very severe throbbing with vomiting, photophobia, & a lot of weakness. Common causes • Stress & anxiety play a major role in initiating & precipitating migraine. • Dietary factors like chocolates, cheese, and alcohol may precipitate the attack. • In women it is precipitated before menses or women taking oral contraceptives. • More than 50 % of the cases have a genetic predisposition. Skin complaints: Skin complaints have troubled man since a long time & man has tried various techniques to get rid of them. Homoeopathy has come more in focus because of its ability to cure them effectively without any side effects. Common beliefs about skin complaints are that they are very local complaints and getting rid of them solves the problem for good. However, unfortunately that's not true for many skin complaints. They generally have a deep underlying cause precipitating the skin eruption and therefore applying ointments locally hardly helps a permanent cure. 3.Eczema: It can be allergic (soaps, detergents, etc.) or endogenous like atopic, seborrhoeic and Neurodermatitis They are characterized by redness & ill-defined swelling, blister like eruptions, cracking, discharges, scaling, itching. People having it for a long time can have thickening of the skin, fissures, and pigmentations. 4. Psoriasis: This is characterized by thickening of the skin, well-demarcated elevated margins and scales. This complaint is characterized by excessive epidermal proliferation (fast multiplication & death of the upper layer of skin causing the scaling) The cause remains unknown. However, the factors that play a role are Genetic, Bio-chemical, Immunopathological (immune system related) & local. The factors that trigger the pathology are trauma, infections, sunlight, drugs like anti malarial and steroids. Stress & anxiety can trigger an acute exacerbation. 5. Acne Vulgaris: These are pimples, as we all know. This is generally caused because of inflammation of blocked pilo sebaceous follicles (blocked oil glands of the skin). Cause - hormonal, leading to over secretion & infection. The skin is greasy & the face has blackheads & often we find skin scaring. 6. Urticaria: This is characterized by a lot of elevated patched (red or white), or nodules with lot of itching & burning. It is generally caused as a reaction to some allergen either via contact or ingestion. It's a complaint where the immune system of the body hyper reacts to the stimulus. 7. Warts: These are skin eruptions commonly known as viral warts. They do recur even after cauterization. Another type seen mostly in children is called the water warts or molluscum contagiosum, which spreads, by direct contact. Gastro - intestinal System Our GI tract is exposed to many invasions every day through food and water in terms of algae, bacteria, etc. The food passes through the body parts like oesophagus, stomach, and intestines small & large. Many of the complaints pertaining to this system are dealt successfully with Homoeopathy like 8. Acid-pepsin Dyspepsia (Acidity): Gastritis, Peptic Ulcers & Duodenal Ulcers-we call this problem an A- type personality complaint. Increase in the secretion of the acid in the stomach & damage to the mucus wall that prevents this acid from affecting the stomach causes this problem. Faulty diet, inappropriate use of medications & stress are important causes of this problem. The commonest symptom is pain in the abdomen and hunger pains. These pains are ameliorated ,temporarily, by eating. 9. Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS): This is the most commonly found problem of the G.I. system where stress, anxiety, & tension play a very important role. It is seen in individuals who are anxious personalities. It is seen more commonly in women. The symptoms are pain in the lower left abdomen better by passing stools and erratic bowel habits like alternating symptoms diarrheoa & constipation and an uncontrollable strong urge to pass stools. 10. Worm infections (Pin worms, thread worms): Affecting mostly children these are very recurrent nagging problems associated with symptoms of itching in the anus, pain in the abdomen, nocturnal cough, irritability, loss of appetite and loss of weight. Homoeopathy offers excellent results in this sphere. 11. Haemorrhoids/Piles: Irregular diet, constipation, & modern day life style are primarily responsible for this complaint. There is difficulty in passing stools, bleeding which can be dark in colour and swelling in the anal region. (engorged piles). Proper diet, & medication can restore normalcy completely. 12. Fissures: Painful defecation, burning while passing stools & fresh bleeding per rectum are all symptoms of fissure in the ano. The cause can be trauma, hard stools, and constipation and anal/ peri anal abscess to name a few. 13. Ulcerative Colitis: The exact cause is still elusive but it has been seen that a stressful situation in life can precipitate this disease. The main complaint in this problem is diarrheoea, bloody stools or stools with mucus & pus and pain in the lower abdomen. Urinary System: 14. Renal Stone & Renal colic: Kidney stones responsible for agonizing colic are made of calcium oxalate, phosphate, uric acid crystals, or cystine stones. The causes vary from diet, habitat, & internal pathologies. Treatment of the renal stone with Homoeopathy depends on the type, site & the size of the stone. 15. Urinary tract infection: Sudden onset, difficulty in passing urine, painful urination, burning are some of the common symptoms. Desire to pass urine even after emptying the bladder, pain in abdomen & at times haematuria (bleeding) are also seen. Precautions against urinary infection 1. Increased fluid intake 2. Regular emptying of bladder 3. Complete emptying of bladder Respiratory System: Problems related to this part of the body are encountered the most. We all must have suffered from complaints relating to the respiratory systems many a times. The complaints can be divided broadly in 2 parts • Allergic • Infective (Bacterial & Viral) Children as well as adults are prone to these complaints. In children there has been an increase in the incidence of childhood asthma & respiratory tract infections. We have treated babies as small as 6 months old suffering from acute chest infections & congestions that required nebulization frequently. All these children have been helped in their acute attacks as well as they have been off any form of medication within 4-6 months period of starting homoeopathic treatment. Upper respiratory tract: 16. Allergic Rhinitis & Hay fever: These are hypersensitive disorders with sudden sneezing, running nose (coryza), nasal congestion, smarting, & watering of eyes due to over reaction to any antigen (pollen, dust mite, flowers, etc) 17. Sinusitis: Infections of sinuses are characterized by running or blocked nose. Pains in the forehead orbit of the eye, cheekbones, and occiput depending on the sinus affected. 18. Tonsillitis: Homoeopathy & tonsillitis have a very long relation & it has always helped to get rid of this infection. Recurrent throat infections lead to the inflammation & swelling of the tonsils, which is accompanied by swelling of the adenoids too. Fever, difficulty in swallowing & pain in the throat are the common symptoms of this complaint. 19. Pharyngitis & Laryngitis: Inflammation of the throat with symptoms like hoarseness of voice, throat pain especially while swallowing & cough. Along with regular medication warm water gargling(three times a day) is essential. Lower respiratory tract: 20 Bronchitis (allergic & infective): The most common symptom is a dry non-productive, irritating cough with discomfort in the chest followed by difficulty in breathing & wheezing. 21 Asthma: It can be allergic or intrinsic. In most of the cases this problem begins in the childhood & it is allergic. The symptoms are breathlessness, wheezing in the chest and shortness of breath. It can happen suddenly or can be persistent. Emotional stress plays a major role as a trigger factor for an attack. All complaints of the respiratory tract infection can be associated with very high fever, malaise and drowsiness. The homoeopathic medication prescribed takes care of the infection as well as the fever and other associated complaints. 22 Acutes & Homoeopathy: It's a common myth that Homoeopathic medicines act slowly & can't help much in acute complaints. Homoeopathy acts effectively in many acute complaints giving quick relief. Some common acute complaints • Viral Fever • Influenza (Flu) • Diarrheoa (Acute Gastro-enteritis) • Dysentery 23 Fever: Fever is one infection, which rings an alarm bell in people of all age groups. Especially so in parents whose child has a fever. For us as doctors it is not important to just treat the fever. Fever is only the body's reaction and not the main infection per se. Our aim is to investigate & find out where is the origin of the fever. Fever is always an out come of some internal infection & unless that is dealt with the fever does not subside. Joints & connective tissue disorders Cases of joint complaints have done well on homoeopathic treatment. The prognosis depends on • Type of the pathology • Duration of the complaint • Underlying cause • Age of the patient 24 Backache: One in every four persons suffers from some sort of back complaints or Lumbago as it is known commonly. This is because of several causes like Posture, work stress, injury, infection, mental stress, back aches resulting from other internal pathologies (referred pains). People with back problems go to lengths to reduce their pain resorting to various forms of treatments. • We have many cases of backache where the patients have got rid of their ache completely. Complaints like prolapsed-intervertebral disc and restricted lifestyles due to these kinds of problems have been totally symptom free and leading normal lives. 25. Cervical Spondylosis: A problem of the neck region. The most common complaints are that of pain in the nape of the neck, tingling & numbness of the fingers & pain in the shoulders & back. Vertigo & stiffness of the neck are other common symptoms. The main causative factor is reduction in the disc space in-between the vertebrae (bones of the spinal cord in the neck) leading to compression of the nerves. Wrong postures & occupational stress (physical & mental) of modern day life play an important role. Along with medication the patient is required to do regular neck exercises & physiotherapy. Regular exercise & correct postures helps in avoiding this problem. 26. Osteo- arthritis (O A): Pain in the weight bearing joints especially the knees, hips & spine are mostly caused by O A. There is degeneration in the lining of the joints caused by age, osteophytes and wearing of the joint capsule. There are many underlying factors, which need to be looked into when the problem is diagnosed. 27. Rheumatoid Arthritis: An auto-immune affection and inflammation of the joints this disease affects all the joints of the body. The affected joints show destruction & deformation. The blood test may or may not reveal a positive RA factor. Symptoms: Swelling & pain in the small joints of the finger & toes to begin with. As the disease progresses other joints get affected along with other systemic symptoms (weight loss, fever, weakness, etc.) 28. Gout: A disorder of the body where the required amount of uric acid is not excreted but accumulated giving rise to inflammation and pains in various joints of the body. The toe and ankle are usually affected. They are very painful & do not respond to normal painkillers. Along with the medication it is very important to have a proper dietary assessment & shift on a low protein diet. Systemic disorders 29. Diabetes: It is one of the fastest growing problems in today's world. It is caused by underproduction of a hormone called Insulin secreted by Pancreas. This hormone plays a vital role in the metabolism of the body. Our modern day life style, food habits, & obesity are known as major precursors of Type 2 diabetes. A diabetic has to maintain a balance between his diet, exercise, & activity. Stress (physical & Mental) plays an important role in increasing of blood sugar levels. Regular check up with your doctor & regular monitoring of Glycosalated Hemoglobin A1c helps us monitor diabetic control. The better the control the less are the chances of complications of diabetes like Nephropathy (Kidney affection), Neuropathy (Nerve affection), Retinopathy (Eye complications) & Cardio vascular complications. Stress plays a role in altering the body's metabolism & aggravating the problem. Homoeopathy helps here in reducing the stress hormones, maintaining good health, & regulating blood glucose. Along with medications it is vital to adhere to proper diet & regular exercise regime given to you by the doctor. The other type of diabetes Type 1 (Insulin dependant diabetes mellitus) has to be managed exclusively with Insulin injections along with diet & exercise. 30. Hypertension: Along with diabetes another health condition that's been making headlines is hypertension or high blood pressure. We have treated patients as young as 18 yrs. of age getting being diagnosed as hypertensive. This problem is a silent killer & the symptoms are not always noticeable. 70 % of the cases suffer from essential hypertension. (i.e. Exact cause remains elusive) Some of the causes that lead to this complaint include kidney diseases, Endocrinal disorder, Alcohol, drugs, pregnancy, & Stress. Symptoms- most patients remain asymptomatic but a few may have throbbing, pulsating headaches & head heaviness. Not treating this condition promptly can lead to cerebral hemorrhage (Stroke), retinal & renal damage. Along with medications it is important to bring about a change in life style. This includes reducing stress (physical as well as mental), regular exercise, weight loss, healthy food habits, & a salt restricted diet. All these help in managing the problem & for those who don't suffer from it, this regimen will help in keeping the problem at bay. 31. High Cholesterol: Our diet constitutes of carbohydrate, protein, & fat. Energy is stored in the body in form of glycogen & adipose tissue (fat). Excess of blood fats (FFA free fatty acids) can cause deposition in the blood vessels leading to cardiac & cerebral complications. It is important to keep the levels of triglycerides, LDL & VLDL cholesterol as low as possible. This can be done by drastically improving the food habits. Our routine food could be very rich in fat, which increases cholesterol & body weight. Normal blood cholesterol must be kept below the level of 200 mg% & Triglycerides below 150 mg %. At the clinic appropriate diet instructions are advised along with the medication. 32. Ischemic Heart Disease (IHD): There have been so many cases reported of young adults about 30-35 yrs & above who have undergone by-pass surgeries or angioplasty to treat a blocked coronary artery. This disease generally affecting people in the 4th decade & above is now taking a toll on young adults. Our life style plays an important role in inviting this problem with our modern day living, diet rich in fats (especially saturated fats), refined & processed foods, lack of proper exercise & stress along with other systemic diseases like Diabetes & Hypertension. All these coupled together lead to IHD. This pathology is characterized by reduced blood supply to the heart muscle, which can be due to atherosclerotic plaque in blood vessels, arteriospasm, & cardiac overload. The patient may not have any symptoms to begin with, hence the problem often goes unnoticed. Preventive cardiac care is gaining lot of momentum worldwide. Bringing about a change in life styles along with an alteration in diet help in minimizing the risks. Yoga, too, plays an important role in keeping the body fit.