Choose homeopathy for gallstones!!!

WHAT ARE GALLSTONES?


Gallstones are solid particles that are formed in the gallbladder which is a small sac like organ located below the liver on the right side of the abdomen and stores bile until needed.

Gallstones within the gallbladder usually don’t cause any symptoms unless they are arg ones or much in number and person takes heavy fatty meal. Another cause of pain could be obstruction if they block bile secretion from the gallbladder or they get stuck into the bile duct.

The size of the stone may vary from very small like a grain to as big as a golf ball and may be single or multiple in number.


Types of gallstones:

There are two types of gallstones:

  • Cholesterol stones: are formed when there is excess of cholesterol in the bile.
  • Pigment stones: are formed when there is excess of bilirubin in the bile.

Risk factors for gallstones:

  • Fair, fat, forty, females: women who are obese and in the middle age are more prone to development of gallstones.
  • Sedentary lifestyle: being less active in daily life can predispose to development of gallstones.
  • Pregnancy: during pregnancy as well due to excess hormones, female become prone to development of gallstones.
  • High-fat diet: high fibre diet is also a risk factor for development of gallstones.
  • Low-fibre diet
  • High-cholesterol diet: is also a risk factor.
  • Oral contraceptive pills: may also predispose to development of stones.
  • Crash dieting.
  • Family history of gallstones.
  • Liver diseases like cirrhosis.
  • Having diabetes mellitus.

Complications of gallstones


  • Major complication of an obstructed gallstone is inflammation of the gallbladder which is also known as cholecystitis and cause fever and pain.
  • Blockage of common bile duct may cause infection and jaundice.
  • Sometimes due to association of pancreatic duct with the common bile duct the stone may get lodged in the pancreatic duct and would cause obstruction. This would cause inflammation that is pancreatitis leading to intense pain.
  • Gallstones also increases chances of gallbladder cancer as well in future.

SYMPTOMS & CAUSES


SYMPTOMS


  • Gallstones don’t produce symptoms usually unless there is obstruction caused by them. Symptoms caused by it are:
  • Pain in right upper abdomen and can occur after a fatty meal.
  • Pain is also felt in the epigastric region and can radiate to right shoulder as well.
  • nausea/ vomiting.
  • Bloating, indigestion, burping and clay stools.
  • Jaundice.
  • Sometimes it could be an emergency situation where the Pain is severe enough for the patient to tolerate.

CAUSES


  • Gallstones are formed when bile forms solid particles in the gallbladder. Although exact cause is not known but gallstone is formed when:
  • Bile contains excess cholesterol
  • Bile contains excess bilirubin
  • Gallbladder emptying is not complete and allows contents to concentrate.

DIAGNOSIS & TREATMENT


DIAGNOSIS


Imaging of the abdomen is enough for diagnosis by ultrasound or CT scan to visualise the stones.


TREATMENT


  • Many people stay asymptomatic and get to know about the stones accidentally only. Thus many patients don’t require any treatment as such.
  • Rest firstly symptomatic treatment is given to relieve pain and associated symptoms. Then surgery could be performed and gallbladder can be removed.
  • Oral medication can also be given to dissolve the stones.
  • Treatment plan entirely depends on the condition of the patient.

MANAGEMENT


  • Pain management is important if the patient is experiencing it.
  • Patient is advised not to skip meals as it would increase chances of production of stone.
  • Crash dieting should never be done and weight should be reduced slowly.
  • Healthy diet should be followed.
  • Maintain a healthy weight as per your age and height, not much or less.
  • Advice on adding fibres to the diet should be given and food should contain less oil.
  • Regular physical exercise is necessary.
  • Fatty/ greasy meal should be avoided.
  • Those having gallstones should not take oral contraceptives.

HOMEOPATHIC MANAGEMENT


Homeopathic approach to manage gallstones include management of pain and associated symptoms and to avoid surgery by dissolving the stones in the gallbladder by oral medicines. There are various medicines for gallstones but always constitutional medicines should be given as they would help in complete cure. Constitutional medicines can be sought for only after though case taking.


DO’S AND DON’TS


DO’S

  • Eat fibre rich diet.
  • Do regular physical exercise.
  • Loose weight slowly.
  • Maintain appropriate weight.
  • Eat regular meals.

 


DON’TS


  • Avoid fatty meals
  • Avoid skipping meals
  • Avoid oral contraceptive pills.
  • Don’t do crash dieting.
  • Don’t loose weight suddenly.

 

TIPS TO MANAGE ACNE!!!

  • Wash problem areas with a gentle cleanser: Twice a day, use your hands to wash your face with a mild soap and warm water. If you tend to develop acne around your hairline, shampoo your hair every day. And be gentle if you’re shaving affected skin. Avoid certain products, such as facial scrubs, astringents and masks. They tend to irritate the skin, which can worsen acne. Excessive washing and scrubbing also can irritate the skin.

  • Try over-the-counter acne products to dry excess oil


  • Avoid irritants: Avoid oily or greasy cosmetics, sunscreens, hairstyling products or acne concealers. Use products labeled water-based or noncomedogenic, which means they are less likely to cause acne.

  • Protect your skin from the sun: For some people, the sun worsens acne.

  • Avoid friction or pressure on your skin: Protect the acne-prone skin from contact with items such as phones, helmets, tight collars or straps, and backpacks.

  • Avoid touching or picking at the problem areas: Doing so can trigger more acne or lead to infection or scarring.

  • Shower after strenuous activities: Oil and sweat on your skin can lead to breakouts.

  • Choose homeopathy for permanent relief.

  • Lifestyle: Moderation and regularity are good things, but not everyone can sleep eight hours, eat three good meals, and drink plenty of water a day. One can, however, still control acne despite one’s frantic and unpredictable routine. Probably the most useful lifestyle changes one can make is to never to pick or squeeze pimples. Playing with or popping pimples, no matter how careful and clean one is, nearly always makes bumps stay redder and bumpier longer. People often refer to redness as “scarring,” but fortunately, it usually isn’t permanent. It’s just a mark that takes months to fade if left entirely alone.

UTERINE FIBROIDS

WHAT ARE UTERINE FIBROID?


Uterine fibroids otherwise known as leiomyomas are benign/ non cancerous growths in the uterus which usually appear during the child bearing age in the females. The fibroids are composed of same lining as of the uterus but are a bit dense then the uterine lining.

The fibroids are never associated with predisposition of cancer and never turn malignant/ cancerous. There could be single fibroid or more then one as well and the size may vary from a seedling to large enough to enlarge the size of uterus and become palpable. Mostly women have no symptoms from the fibroid and spend almost normal life with them but in some cases they trouble a lot.

In many cases uterine fibroids are accidentally diagnosed during a pelvic examination or ultrasound.


Risk factors for development of fibroids:

  • Age: the risk of developing fibroids increases with age upto the menopausal age as fibroids are oestrogen dependant. After menopause there in natural production of oestrogen decreases and the fibroids shrink afterwards.
  • Oral contraceptive pills: much use of OCPs increase the risk of development of fibroids.
  • Obesity: obese women are more prone to development of fibroids.
  • Race: black women are three times more vulnerable to development of fibroids.
  • Family history: those who have family history of fibroids are more likely to develop fibroids.

Types of fibroids:

Depending on the location; fibroids can be of following types:

  • Subserosal fibroids: are located beneath the outer most layer (serosa) of the uterus.
  • Submucosal fibroids: are located in the uterine cavity beneath the inner most layer of the uterus (mucosa).
  • Intramural fibroids: are located within the wall of the uterine lining.
  • Pedunculated fibroids: can grow inside or outside of the uterus but are attached through a stalk to the uterus.

SYMPTOMS & CAUSES


SYMPTOMS


  • Heavy bleeding during menses
  • Bleeding for more then a week during menses
  • Pressure in pelvic region along with pain.
  • Frequent urge to pass urine due to pressure on bladder by the fibroid
  • Backache
  • Pain in legs
  • Difficulty in clearing of bowels causing constipation.
  • Sometime pain during sexual intercourse is also seen.

CAUSES


  • Exact cause of development of fibroids is not known but family history of fibroids predispose to development of fibroids.
  • Often gene changes are also seen in the fibroid cells.
  • Fibroids are oestrogen dependant.

DIAGNOSIS & TREATMENT


DIAGNOSIS


Pelvic examination and ultrasound are enough to diagnose fibroid


TREATMENT


Usually when symptoms are not much severe conservative treatment is done as the fibroids automatically shrink after menopause due to natural deprivation of oestrogen. Otherwise following treatments are given:

  • Progestin-releasing intrauterine device is inserted which relieves the heavy bleeding but doesn’t shrink the fibroid.
  • Gonadotropin releasing hormone agonists suppress production of oestrogen and progesterone and thus put the female into temporary postmenopausal state. Thus fibroid starts to shrink.
  • Medicines for heavy bleeding are given.
  • More so uterine artery embolization is done which cuts down the blood supply to the fibroid. Thus the fibroid shrinks and die.
  • Dilatation & curettage: scrapping of the bulky uterine lining is done to relieve heavy bleeding.
  • Myomectomy: surgical removal of fibroid is done and uterus is preserved.
  • Hysterectomy: uterus is removed if nothing works.

MANAGEMENT


Management of a case of fibroid includes:

  • Educate the patient about the condition and the treatment procedure.
  • To combat heavy blood loss give dietary advice to the patient.
  • Treat anaemia in cases of heavy blood loss.
  • Ask patient to do regular physical exercise.
  • Watchful waiting of the condition should be done as the fibroid is ultimately going to shrink automatically after menopause.
  • If the patient is having pain, then pain management should be done.
  • Ask the patient to keep check over any new symptom.

HOMEOPATHIC MANAGEMENT


Homeopathic management includes selection of a medicine after thorough case analysis which could help the patient to feel better in everything. There are many medicines like sepia, pulsatilla, sulphur, graphites, tuberculinum, arsenic alb, psorinum, natrum our etc which can help the patient with every symptom of fibroid. Thus the patient can live towards normal life with fibroid till menopause.


DO’S AND DON’TS


DO’S


  • Keep check over the symptoms.
  • Maintain hygiene.
  • Do regular physical exercise.
  • Take healthy nutritional diet.
  • Use hot water bottle to relieve pain.

DON’TS


  • Don’t smoke.
  • Don’t be stressed.