|Posted on 16 January, 2016 at 6:45||comments (3)|
CASE OF PSORIASIS TREATED BY HOMEOPATHY
According to the National Psoriasis Foundation, psoriasis is the most prevalent autoimmune disease in the United States. It can develop at any age, but usually occurs in people between 15 and 25 years old. The main symptoms include itchy, red patches of thick skin with silvery scales on the elbows, knees, scalp, back, face, palms, and feet.
Psoriasis can be irritating, stressful, and embarrassing. Creams, ointments, medications, and light therapy may help. However, some research suggests diet may help.
What Causes Psoriasis?
Psoriasis occurs when the immune system mistakenly attacks normal tissues in the body. This reaction leads to swelling and a quicker turnover of skin cells. With too many cells rising to the surface of skin, the body cannot slough them off fast enough. They pile up, forming itchy, red patches.
Scientists don’t know what causes the immune system to malfunction in the first place. That makes treatment difficult.
Current treatments focus on taming the symptoms of psoriasis, which tend to come and go. Creams and ointments help reduce inflammation and skin cell turnover, reducing the appearance of patches. Light therapy has been found to help reduce flare-ups in some patients. For more severe cases, doctors may use medications that dampen the immune system, or block the action of specific immune cells.
However, medications can have side effects. If you’re looking for alternative treatments, some studies show promising results with certain types of diets.
Can Diet Help?
So far, research on diet and psoriasis is limited. Still, some small studies have provided clues into how food may affect the disease.
As far back as 1969, scientists looked into a potential connection.
Some recent research shows that a low-fat, low-calorie diet may reduce the severity of psoriasis. In a 2013 study published in JAMA Dermatology, researchers gave participants a low-energy diet of 800-1,000 calories a day for eight weeks. They then increased it to 1,200 calories a day for another eight weeks.
Participants not only lost weight, but experienced a decrease in the severity of psoriasis. Researchers speculated that obesity increases inflammation in the body, making psoriasis worse. Therefore, a diet that results in weight loss may be helpful.
What about a gluten-free diet? Could it help? According to some studies, it depends on the person’s sensitivities. Those with celiac disease or wheat allergies may find relief by avoiding gluten.
A 2000 study found that patients with gluten sensitivities on gluten-free diets experienced improvement in psoriasis symptoms. When they returned to their regular diet, the psoriasis worsened. A2005 study also found some people with psoriasis had an elevated sensitivity to gluten.
Though fruits and vegetables are an important part of any healthy diet, it may be especially important for patients with psoriasis. A 1996 study, for instance, found an inverse relationship between an intake of carrots, tomatoes, and fresh fruit and psoriasis. All of these foods are high in healthy antioxidants.
Another study published a year later found that patients with psoriasis had lower blood levels of glutathione. Glutathione is a powerful antioxidant found in garlic, onions, broccoli, kale, collards, cabbage, and cauliflower. Scientists speculated that a diet rich in antioxidants may help.
A 1993 study showed that men who abused alcohol experienced little to no benefit from psoriasis treatments. Anearlier 1990 study compared men with psoriasis to those without the disease. Men who drank about 43 grams of alcohol a day were more likely to have psoriasis, compared to men who drank only 21 grams a day.
An earlier 1986 study also found a relationship between heavy drinking and severe psoriasis. Though we need more research on moderate alcohol consumption, cutting back may help ease psoriasis symptoms.
Healthy Diet, Healthy Weight
Dermatologists have long-recommended that a healthy diet is best for those with psoriasis. That means lots of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins. In addition, maintaining a healthy weight may provide significant relief.
A 2007 study found a strong connection between weight gain and psoriasis. Having a higher waist circumference, hip circumference, and waist-hip ratio were also associated with an increased risk for the disease.
So eat clean and stay lean to reduce psoriasis flare-ups
HOMEOPATHY AND PSORIASIS
Treating PSORIASIS with homeopathy one needs to know the history of patient accurately.
There are many remedies in homeopathy which can treat n cure PSORIASIS completely.
A 22 years boy approached to me psoriasis on knees. It had started a year ago.
Appearance of lesions: there were scaly dry eruptions with red inflammatory spots in between.
Itching was prevalent.
Physical appearance- healthy masculine physique. Well toned body with exercise. Restless while sitting.
Mental: very much irritability. He was completely obsessed with thought of earning good muscles and projecting himself as well built person. He was constantly in high proteins in order to form well built muscles. His mother was reluctant to put him on so high proteins but he was upset with her poking and acted very much stubborn to listen to her.
He had a lethargy and lack of motivation in life as told by him.
There was lack of emotional attachment towards his family members. He was not getting excited at any pleasant phenomenon in life neither he was crying for any upsetting things. His emotions were standstill.
Completely confused over focusing on career. He was overworked mentally to think about his career. He was going for physical work out daily to develop his personality but he told that he is feeling better when he works out. Mind is diverted. So he was undergoing more and more work out and at the end of the day he was tired to fatigue
Craving- nonveg esp poultry and eggs
Stools- constipation often
Thermals- chilly patient with profuse sweat.
Assessing the case-
Over all the ailments from was appearing to be over strain and over stress.
Looking at the mentals and chief complaints it was pointing towards king of psoric remedies cacarea carb..
Pathologically increased protein intake might have aggravated his skin ailments.
His eruptions were too dry and itchy.
Following was the drug picture:
2. Craving eggs
3. Ailments from straining excess
Remedy comes out to be calcarea carb.
3 doses of calcarea carb 200 with interval of 8 days treated the PSORIASIS completely.
|Posted on 16 January, 2016 at 5:50||comments (0)|
A 29 year old female visited my clinic on Aug 9th, 2014 with the chief complaint of irregular periods for the last two years. It all began when she was 22 years old. She lost her grandfather whom she was very much attached to. That very month her periods got skipped. Later they became quite irregular, and for that they did gynaecological treatment. Unfortunately the treatment didn’t help and instead gave her increased body fat.
Her physical appearance was of typical feminine delicate looks. She was very particular about her answers, sometimes responding with only one word.
She was not very social, most of the time sitting in her balcony doing her hobby or studies. According to her mother, she was very moody, sometimes very cheerful, sometimes sulky and weeping for trifles. When attached to someone she just gets involved fully. She gives a hundred percent to whatever she is doing and is sincere in her all efforts.
Associated complaint- urticaria after having pastries.
Appetite – normal
Thirst – very little
Craving – fatty foods like pastries, oily food though it gives her urticaria
Stools – normal
Urine- frequent urine infection
Periods very much irregular
Menses before: lots of bloating and mental irritability ending in weeping.
Thermals were not so marked
Assessing The Case
Overall the striking problem was irregularities in menses and mood swings. These two issues seem related to hormonal ups and downs. She had suppressed menses after losing her loved one. That is suppressed menses from grief. The homeopathic remedy which has this pqrs symptom is Ignatia. If she had taken Ignatia at that time she might not have ended up with PCOD. Unfortunately she was treated with lots of oestrogen and progesterone compounds which ultimately landed her in insulin resistance and PCOD. After being treated many times with steroids she ended in a Pulsatilla state. If you go through her physical generals it will give you a complete picture of Pulsatilla. While treating her I went through her reports. I treated her based on the following case analysis:
ailments from grief
aversion to talk, asks for nothing
craving for things which disagree
plump female, disposition to obesity
The first symptom of ailments from grief was pointing toward Ignatia, but the rest of the picture was of Pulsatilla. These physical generals were developed after taking hormonal treatment.
I decided to treat her first with Ignatia 200. I gave her one dose of Ignatia 200 and asked her to wait for one week. She reported on the fourth day saying she had got her periods. This time her periods were thick and a bit scanty. Dysmenorrhea was well marked. She was feeling cold while moving around. She was suffering with nasal discharge with thick yellow mucous.
I couldn’t think anything else but Pulsatilla 200. It gave her relief from dysmenorrhea. I kept her on Pulsatilla 200 tds . The next 3 periods she got after 45 days and it continued for 6-8 months. After 10 months her periods appeared on the 30th day and since then she has her regular menstruations of 30 days. Her sonography showed clear stromal tissue of both ovaries.
Dealing with PCOD
Polycystic ovarian disease (PCOD) is a common hormonal disorder in women of reproductive age. PCOD is a condition where enlarged cysts are located on the outer edge of each ovary. Up to 25% of women have multiple fluid-filled cysts in their ovaries, however, many of these women don’t develop PCOD. When a woman gets affected with polycystic ovary disease, her pituitary gland may discharge high levels of luteinizing hormone (LH) and the ovaries may make excess androgens. This disrupts the normal menstrual cycle, and may lead to infertility, excess body hair and acne.
Causes of PCOD: the main cause of polycystic ovary disease is still unclear, however, there are many theories put forward:
If a woman’s body develops insulin resistance, the ability to use insulin effectively gets damaged, and the pancreas has to secrete more insulin to make glucose available to the cells. It is believed that the excess insulin boosts androgen production by the ovaries.
Eating certain foods can trigger an inflammatory response in some predisposed people. In such a scenario, the white blood cells of the woman’s body produce substances that may lead to insulin resistance and cholesterol accumulation. If other women in the family, as in mother or sisters have PCOD, there is a good chance that PCOD may develop.
Symptoms of PCOD: Depending on the degree of the hormonal imbalance, the symptoms of PCOD may vary in severity. The symptoms are:
Irregular or missed periods
2. Excessive hair growth on the face, around the nipples, and/or around on the lower abdomen
4. Thinning of the hair on the head
5. Persistent acne
7. Type 2 diabetes or prediabetes
Apart from dietary restrictions and improvement in life style, homeopathic medicines often make wonder cures for PCOD.
Role of Nutrition in PCOD
It has been shown that improving baseline nutrition and losing weight (if needed) can do a lot to improve both the symptoms and the underlying disorder. Focusing on a higher protein and lower carbohydrate nutrition profile is important. Making primarily plant-based food choices and changing eating patterns to regular small meals with healthy snacks between can re-establish a balanced blood sugar and hormonal response leading to improved fertility. Important Changes – Reduce sweets and sweeteners. Eliminate candy, ice cream, desserts and pastries. Read ingredients on every label. Foods ending in -ol or -ose (glucose, dextrose, lactose, mannitol, xylitol, sorbitol etc) should be avoided. Also eliminate “diet” and “sugar free” foods made with Splenda, Aspartame and Saccharin as these are toxic chemicals. Stevia is a natural sweetener that can be used freely. Small amounts of raw honey and maple syrup could be good replacement. Eliminate processed grain products. Avoid pasta, crackers, breads, white rice, and all other processed flour products. Potatoes are also best eliminated as their starch is converted to sugar very quickly in the body. Reduce unhealthy fats. Eliminate packaged baked goods, deep fried foods, high fat dairy products like cream and sour cream and margarine. Switch from balsamic vinegar to apple cider vinegar, umeboshi vinegar, or use lemon/lime juice instead of vinegars. Have balsamic vinegar occasionally, as it is high in sugar.
OUR TREATED CASE OF PCOD PUBLISHED IN AN INTERNATIONAL MAGAZINE
|Posted on 16 January, 2016 at 4:35||comments (0)|
OBESITY THE VISCERAL FAT FACTOR!!
When the Flat Belly Diet experts talk about belly fat, it's important to know that there are actually two different types: subcutaneous and visceral. Subcutaneous is best defined as the fat that you can see, the "inch you can pinch." Subcutaneous means "beneath" (sub) "the skin" (cutaneous), and it's no secret that this fat resides all over. In some places—your thighs, underarms, belly—it may be thicker than in others, but for the most part it's everywhere, even on the soles of your feet.
What also distinguishes the Flat Belly Diet is that it targets the second type of fat—visceral—which is much more dangerous and difficult to lose. Visceral fat (which gets its name from viscera, which refers to the internal organs in the abdomen) resides deep within the torso, wrapping itself around your heart, liver, and other major organs. In fact, it's possible to be relatively thin and still have too much visceral fat. That's why it's sometimes referred to as "hidden" belly fat, but we prefer to think of it as "deadly." Excess visceral fat can literally subtract years from your life.
How does this happen? Carrying excess visceral fat is one of a complex group of symptoms collectively called Metabolic Syndrome, or Syndrome X. The other symptoms are high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and elevated insulin levels. Having just one of these conditions contributes to your risk of serious disease, but your risk grows exponentially as the number of symptoms grows.
Visceral fat has been linked to a long list of adverse health conditions, including:
• High blood pressure, stroke, and heart disease
• High cholesterol
• Breast cancer
One of the main reasons visceral fat is so deadly is because of its role in inflammation, a natural immune response that has lately been tied to almost every chronic disease there is. Visceral fat secretes precursors to an inflammatory chemical that helps fuel the systemic process that exacerbates early symptoms of disease.
In fact, according to a study published in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association, visceral fat may have a greater impact on the cardiovascular health of older women than does overall obesity. Danish researchers found that women with excessive belly fat had a greater risk of atherosclerosis than those whose fat was stored mostly in their hips, thighs, and buttocks. Here's why:
• The proximity of visceral fat to your liver boosts production of LDL cholesterol (the "bad" one), which collects in your arteries and forms plaque, a waxy substance.
• Over time, this waxy plaque becomes inflamed, causing swelling that narrows the arteries, restricting the passage of blood.
• The narrowing passageways increase blood pressure, straining your heart and potentially damaging tiny capillaries.
• The inflammation further increases your risk of blood clots, which can break loose and cause stroke.
But it gets worse. Visceral fat also contributes to insulin resistance, an early precursor to diabetes. Insulin resistance is a condition in which cells do not respond to insulin and the pancreas is forced to increase production in order to clear the bloodstream of glucose. Over time, insulin resistance can lead to full-blown diabetes, which can severely comprise the entire circulatory system and cause long-term issues with vision, memory, and wound healing.
As if that weren't enough, a Kaiser Permanente study comparing people with different levels of belly fat showed that those who had the most belly fat were 145% more likely to develop dementia compared with people with the least amount of belly fat. Why? Inflammation again, suggest investigators.
These science-based studies should be reason enough to motivate you to shed your belly fat forever. But even if you reduce calories and exercise regularly, you can still be left with too much hidden visceral fat. What is the answer? By focusing on the research, we've discovered that the only way to minimize both visceral and subcutaneous fat is by eating the right kind of ...fat. Studies have shown that a core group of healthy fats—monounsaturated fats that we call MUFAs (pronounced moo-fah), are the key to shedding both subcutaneous and the deadly visceral fat.