Saturday, 27 September 2014

Otitis media


 In diseases of the ear, we often observe the condition of discharges from the ear. The discharge which comes from the middle ear is known as 'Otitis Media' which is primarily the outcome of a tubo-tympanitic catarrh.

 Acute causes

 Various conditions of the nose and nasopharynx by extension of the cold or infection. In children, adenoid growth, enlarged and septic tonsils are frequently the primary causes of acute middle ear involvement. Measles, typhoid fever, influenza and pneumonia are also the contributory causes for acute otitis media. Pyorrhoea, injury or accident also help to cause the discharge. If the acute condition of the ear discharge is not properly treated, it passes into the chronic condition. Syphilis, tuberculosis, anaemia, kidney disease must be sought for as the possible causes for the continuance of chronic otitis media. The bloody discharge may be due to streptococcus haemolyticus infection.

Sunday, 24 August 2014

Cholera

What is cholera ?

 Hahnemann and microbes

 It will surprise some modern scientists to be told that the microbic theories which they now advance to explain any and every disease are by no means of recent date, and that Hahnemann was before them all in claiming for microbes the chief share in the causation of cholera.

 In a pamphlet published in Leipzic in 1831  1 he vigorously attacked Hufeland, who advocated the atmospheric and telluric theory. In the following passage he anticipates modern views of immunity as well as of infection.
 “On board ships – in whose confined spaces, filled with mouldy, watery vapours, the cholera miasm finds a favourable element for its multiplication, and grows into an enormously increased brood of those excessively minute, invisible, living creatures so inimical to human life, of which the contagious matter of the cholera most probably consists – on board these ships, I say, this concentrated aggravated miasm kills several of the crew ; the others, however, being frequently exposed to the danger of infection and thus gradually habituated to it, at length become fortified against it and no longer liable to be infected.
 

Saturday, 23 August 2014

Aneurysm of the aorta & homeopathy


Definition
 An aneurysm is a pulsating tumour due to a dilatation of an artery, with the interior of which it is connected.
 Etiology
 This is a disease of middle life, and seen most frequently among men whose work demands prolonged physical strain. The uric acid diathesis, rheumatism, syphilis and alcohol play an important part in the production of arterio-sclerosis and thus in aneurysm. In this connection obliterating endarteritis of the vasa vasorum should be mentioned. Increased blood pressure is among the exciting causes in the thoracic aorta, and traumatism in the abdominal aorta.
 Pathology
 The existence of atheroma in every case of aneurysm of the aorta leaves no doubt of the association of the two processes. During the early stages both the inner and middle coats are thickened; while later, each is atrophied to such an extent that the outer coat practically forms the covering of the aneurysm

 

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Tracheitis & its treatment in homeopathy

Tracheitis is a catarrhal inflammation of the mucous membrane lining the trachea. It may be acute or chronic and is usually associated with a similar inflammation in the larynx or bronchi, but may exist independently.

 Etiology

 It is caused by the same influences – exposure with lack of resistance or the inhalation of irritating matter – that would excite a laryngitis or bronchitis, or may occur secondarily by extension of either of the latter.

 Pathology

 Tracheitis passes through the usual phases common to catarrhal inflammations elsewhere. A first stage of dry congested and swollen mucosa and the second stage of relaxation, free mucous or muco-purulent secretion, with which the inflammation subsides.

Sunday, 13 April 2014

Homeopathic medicine useful in Multiple neuritis

The cause should be sought out and correct if possible, absolute rest is of importance whether the case is dependent upon alcohol or not. As the case advances splints are of service to prevent contractures and help allay pain. Massage and electricity may be employed when the acute symptoms have subsided; a weak galvanic current, the positive pole applied to the painful part, will relieve the pain.

 The diet should be plain, but not stimulating in any way. To relieve the pain, a hot water bag or hot cloths will be of service.

 Belladonna

 The pain is severe and the parts are red and congested, and extremely sensitive to pressure.

 Arsenicum album

 The burning pain is present. The stomach is complained of; there is nausea and vomiting.

 Rhus toxicodendron

 There is a history of exposure. The restlessness is allayed temporarily by motion. Dampness, cold and damp weather aggravate the condition.