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To study efficacy of Eschscholzia californica mother tincture (California poppy) in treatment of migraine headaches

This article was published in “International Journal of Homeopathic Science

Dr. Aditya Kaushik, Dr. Prasannata Arora and Dr. Anmol Arora

Abstract

The aim of the study is to check efficacy of Eschscholzia californica Mother Tincture in treatment of migraine headaches. Sampling: Randomized Double Blind Placebo controlled trial, Patient-attending OPD with complaint of Headache. Sample size of 100 patients, Inclusion Criteria: Patient with complaint of Headache (Age: 15 to 65year). Exclusion: Patient suffering from Diabetes mellitus, hypertension, Hypothyroidism or taking any drug; Data Collection: Data collection is done through structured questioner; McGill Pain Questionnaire was used and pain severity was assessed on a linear 6 Grade -Verbal rating Scale (VRS). Data analysis: the data is analyzed using SPSS Version 21 Conclusion: It is found Eschscholzia californica Mother Tincture is found effective in treatment of migraine headaches

Keywords: Headache, migraine, Eschscholzia californica

Introduction

Migraine headache is a common neurological complaint characterized with unilateral moderate to severe throbbing/ pulsating headache with nausea, vomiting, photophobia or photophobia. Migrain is caused due to spontaneous over activity of sensory pathways in the brainstem leading to abnormal amplification in pain. Migraine Headache has been termed the seventh disabler due to its considerable impact on the quality of life (QOL) of patient. The prevalence of headache peaks in midlife, and is low among adolescents and after the age of 60 years. Women have 18% more risk of developing migraine compared to a 6% chance in men. (Brett R; 2015) [4] .

Objective

To study efficacy of Eschscholzia californica Mother Tincture in treatment of migraine headaches.

Homoeopathic medicines for Migraine

Eschscholzia californica Eschscholzia californica (California poppy. golden poppy, California sunlight, cup of gold) is a spices of flowering plant in the Papaveraceae family which is found in California used for its medicinal values. It is a perennial plant growing to 13-152 cm tall with alternately branching glucose blue green foliage. The leaves are alternately divided into round lobed segments, the flowers are solitary on long stems, silky textured with four petal long and broad, flower color ranges through yellow, orange and red. Eschscholzia californica is known for its non-narcotic antispasmodic, sedative and analgesic quality. A soporific remedy used to promote relaxation and found useful for trouble sleeping (insomnia), aches, nervous agitation, nervous tension. Anxiety bed wetting in children, depression, long-term mental and physical tiredness (neurasthenia), nerve pain, various psychiatric conditions, blood vessel problems, sensitivity to weather changes, and sedation. It is commonly known for its therapeutic effects in relieving toothache and acts as tranquilizer. Though this research study is conducted to study the efficacy of the Eschscholzia californica Mother Tincture in craniofacial neuralgia and migraine headache. Other Medicines which are known for their efficacy in Materia Medica for migraine are: Belladonna characterized with intense throbbing, pulsating headache. Glonoinum an excellent medicine for congestive headaches of migraine triggered by sun exposure. Spigelia for left-sided migraine. Sanguinaria canadensis for right-sided migraine. Iris versicolor migraine associated with intense nausea, vomiting or acidity. Nux Vomica for migraine with gastric troubles. Natrum Carbonicum is suitable for sun headache migraine. Natrum Muriaticum migraine attacks that worsen around the menstrual cycle. Sepia migraine in women around menopause. Kali Phos for migraine due to stress.

Methodology

A randomized, double blind, placebo controlled trial enrolling 100 patients complaining of Headache. who met the selection criteria.

Sampling

Random sampling, Patient attending OPD with complaint of headache.

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A study to compare the efficacy of Eschscholzia californica MT and Passiflora incarnata MT in insomnia

This article was published in “International Journal of Homeopathic Science

Dr. Anmol Arora

Abstract

Objective:

The aim of the study is to compare the efficacy of E. californica MT and Passiflora incarnata MT in Insomnia. Sampling: Randomized controlled trial, Patient attending OPD with complaint of Insomnia. Sample size of 30 patients, Inclusion Criteria: Patient with complaint of Insomnia (Age: 25 to 45year). Exclusion: Patient suffering from Diabetes mellitus, hypertension, Hypothyroidism or taking any drug; Data Collection: Data collection is done through structured questioner. Data analysis: the data is analyzed using SPSS Version 21 Conclusion The study concluded that Eschscholzia californica is found more effective than Passiflora incarnata in cases of Insomnia

Keywords: Yucatec maya, traditional medicine, plant use, herbalist

Introduction

Insomnia has become a common problem among the people these days. Due to increasing stress level, night shifts, lack of exercise and sedentary lifestyle it has become prevalent among the age group of 25 to 45 year. Homoeopathy has a wide scope for the patient suffering from insomnia. Needless to mention that regular exercise, balanced diet, good sleeping habits are essential to overcome this problem. This study it is attempted to compare the efficacy of two of the well-known medicines used for insomnia in homoeopathy Eschscholzia californica and Passiflora incarnata.

Review of Literature

Insomnia is a sleep disorder characterized by difficulty in falling and/or staying asleep. Symptom which are found in patient suffering from insomnia are: Difficulty in falling asleep, waking to early in morning, waking up often during night, difficulty in going back to sleep once awake at night.

Types of Insomnia

There are two types of insomnia

1. Primary insomnia

2. Secondary insomnia

Primary insomnia:

A person having sleep problems that are not directly associated with any other health condition is called as primary Insomnia.

Secondary insomnia:

A person having sleep problems because of some other health condition or medication. Both Primary and Secondary Insomnia can be acute or chronic depending upon its duration of existence i.e how long it lasts and how often it occurs. Acute insomnia which comes and go can last from one night to a few weeks whereas chronic insomnia a person has sleeping problem at least three nights a week for three months or longer.

Causes of Insomnia

Life stress Illness Emotional or physical discomfort Environmental factors like noise, light, or extreme temperatures (hot or cold) Medications Interferences in normal sleep schedule (jet lag / switching from a day to night shift) Depression and/or anxiety

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Ulcerative colitis and its Homoeopathic Treatment

By Dr Anmol Arora MD( Hom)
Sr Homoeopathic Consultant and Specialist

Ulcerative colitis is a form of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). It is a chronic inflammation with ulcers (open sores) in the innermost layer of the large intestine. There is no known cause for ulcerative colitis but there are many possible factors such as genetics, infections and stress.

COLITIS-2

Symptoms of ulcerative colitis?
During a flare-up, symptoms can vary depending on the location of ulcerative colitis and the severity of inflammation:
• Diarrhea mixed with blood and mucus
• Abdominal pain – from mild discomfort to painful cramping.

Patients may also have anemia, fatigue and weight loss. Ulcerative colitis often has extra-intestinal manifestations such as joint pain, mouth ulcers, skin, eye and liver symptoms.

Diagnosis
The diagnostic work-up for ulcerative colitis includes:
• stool specimens
• blood tests
• an endoscopy with biopsies of the mucosa
• a barium enema X-ray
• video capsule endoscopy
• CT or MRI enterography

Treatment
Although the symptoms of ulcerative colitis can sometimes diminish on their own, the disease usually requires treatment to go into remission. Conventional treatment for ulcerative colitis includes corticosteroids and amino salicylates to reduce inflammation. In severe cases immunosuppressive drugs are also prescribed.

Homeopathic Remedies for ulcerative colitis
Homeopathic treatment can relieve the bleeding and diarrhea and can shorten flare-up`s duration. It can also bring about a long-term remission and prevent new attacks.
Research suggests that ulcerative colitis may be an autoimmune disease and a virus or bacterium may trigger the disease. Homeopathic treatment reinforces the immune system and helps the body`s defense against infection. Homeopathy is compatible with conventional treatment and you can take homeopathic medicines when you are on other medications too. Homeopathic therapy is natural and has no side effects.
Stress is one of the triggers that can set off a flare-up. Homeopathic medicines are very effective in ulcerative colitis because they balance the immune system, treat the intestinal symptoms and also relieve stress.

Some common homeopathic medicines for ulcerative colitis include:
• Argentum nitricum – diarrhea with mucus and blood; excessive gas; craves sweets but doesn`t tolerate sugar well. Anxious, always in a rush, irrational fears. Diarrhea from being anxious.
• Arsenicum album – foul-smelling diarrhea, more frequent stools at night, burning pain in the abdomen relieved by heat or warm drinks. Fear of disease and death. Chilly, weak but restless.
• Mercurius corrosivus – a medicine for ulcerative and hemorrhagic lesions, severe burning and frequent painful urge to defecate, bloody foul-smelling diarrhea, pain lingers after defecation.
• Nitricum acidum – diarrhea with mucus and blood with stinging pains and painful urges. Chilly, weak, irritable, with health anxiety.
• Phosphorus – bloody painless and profuse diarrhea. Emotional oversensitivity to the feelings of others. Overexcited mind with fits of anxiety mainly when alone or in the evening; gets tired easily.
Homeopathy can be safely used with herbs and supplements that also reduce the symptoms of ulcerative colitis, such as vitamins, fish oil and aloe vera juice

Ulcerative Colitis Dietary Advice
When the patient is relatively symptom-free:
The basic dietary principles for UC are no different to those for the general population. Carbohydrates (rice, bread, pasta, potatoes, breakfast cereals, etc), proteins (pulses, meat, fish, eggs, nuts, etc.), vegetables and fruits form the main part of the diet. Protein foods are essential for growth and repair and also provide iron – these should be taken in adequate quantities. Fat intake must be moderate because excess of fat intake may cause wind and diarrhoea.

Dairy foods, which provide calcium and protein, should be taken in adequate amounts provided they don’t cause any problems (such as diarrhoea and wind) to the patient.

Usually small amounts of milk, for example in tea or coffee, do not cause any problems. Dairy products such as butter, cheese and yoghurt are also well tolerated. If milk is excluded, it should be replaced with low lactose milk or with Soya milk. This should be discussed with a dietician to ensure that the nutritional balance is maintained.

Beer or other alcoholic drinks, excess of fruit or fruit juice, onions and spicy foods aggravate the symptoms in some patients and hence these are better avoided by them.

Constipation is often associated with distal colitis and may aggravate the condition; therefore, it is important to eat sufficient fibre in the diet in order to prevent this. However, if dietary fibre cannot be tolerated without unpleasant symptoms, a bulking agent is advised instead (e.g. Methylcellulose, Fybogel or Normacol), with an increased fluid intake to soften and regulate the motions.

Certain things to avoid in UC:
• Processed foods (i.e. foods containing preservatives)
• High intake of sugar and artificial sweeteners
• Excess of spicy foods
• High fat and deep fried foods
• Alcohol, beer and aerated water

Diet during the acute phase of UC:
An inflamed large intestine may not be able to reabsorb sufficient water or salt from the bowel and this can result in the passing a large volume of diarrhoea or semi-solid stool. Fluids need to be replaced during bouts of diarrhoea and vomiting to prevent dehydration. Usually this can be achieved by drinking more liquid but in severe cases, a solution of salt and glucose in water may be prescribed to improve absorption.
During a relapse, high fibre foods such as wholemeal bread, high fibre breakfast cereals, dried fruit and pulses, beans, lentils, peas and sprouts, may make diarrhoea worse. Reducing fibre may help reduce bowel movements. When symptoms improve, fibre can be gradually reintroduced back into the diet to the level that is tolerated. Those who suffer from constipation or who are troubled by passing hard stools need to maintain an adequate level of fibre in the diet. Bulking agents, stool softeners or osmotic laxatives may be helpful.

When the intestine is inflamed its capacity to absorb fat is impaired and even a moderate amount of fat in the diet may cause wind and diarrhoea. Restricting high fat foods may help. However, it is important to replace these foods with carbohydrate- and protein-rich foods to prevent weight loss.
Protein loss can occur from leakage of the damaged intestinal lining. If this lining bleeds there is a risk of becoming deficient in iron which can lead to anaemia. A nutritious diet, high in calories and protein, is then needed to replace lost energy and nutrients.
In active inflammation certain vitamins and minerals may be lost from the body. Supplements of multivitamins and iron tablets may help. High intake of fluids and foods rich in magnesium and vitamin C may lower the risk of relapse. For consultation kindly contact at +91-9810097591.

“Homoeopathy for safe and natural way of cure without side effects”

SWINE FLU- ITS HOMOEOPATHIC TREATMENT By Dr Anmol Arora MD (Hom); Sr Homoeopathic Specialist and Consultant

SWINE FLU

Although the name ‘swine flu’ brings up a lot of extra fear and worry, it is important to note that swine flu is just an influenza A H1N1 virus. The big difference is that the current swine influenza A (H1N1) virus has components of pig and bird influenza viruses in it, so that humans don’t have any immunity to it. That is what made it more likely that it would become a pandemic virus (have the ability to cause a global outbreak) because it could easily spread from person-to-person.
The Swine flu has been compared to other similar types of influenza virus in terms of mortality: “in the US it appears that for every 1000 people who get infected, about 40 people need admission to hospital and about one person dies”.
SYMPTOMS OF SWINE FLU INFECTIONS CAN INCLUDE:
• FEVER, WHICH IS USUALLY HIGH, BUT UNLIKE SEASONAL FLU, IS SOMETIMES ABSENT
• COUGH
• RUNNY NOSE OR STUFFY NOSE
• SORE THROAT
• BODY ACHES
• HEADACHE
• CHILLS
• FATIGUE OR TIREDNESS, WHICH CAN BE EXTREME
• DIARRHEA AND VOMITING, SOMETIMES, BUT MORE COMMONLY SEEN THAN WITH SEASONAL FLU
SIGNS OF A MORE SERIOUS SWINE FLU INFECTION MIGHT INCLUDE PNEUMONIA AND RESPIRATORY FAILURE.
SWINE FLU HIGH RISK GROUPS –

Swine flu high risk groups, people who are thought to be at risk for serious, life-threatening infections, are a little different and can include:

* pregnant women
* people with chronic medical problems, such as chronic lung disease, like asthma, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and immune suppression
* children and adults with obesity

PRECAUTIONS TO KEEP SWINE FLU AT BAY –
The deadly Swine Flu has reached the Indian shores following the global outbreak and now, claimed one life. However, Swine Flu is certainly one of those diseased where an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Here are five tips for you to keep away from the pandemic.

1. Wash your hands frequently

Use the antibacterial soaps to cleanse your hands. Wash them often, for at least 15 seconds and rinse with running water.

2. Get enough sleep

Try to get 8 hours of good sleep every night to keep your immune system in top flu-fighting shape.

3. Drink sufficient water

Drink 8 to10 glasses of water each day to flush toxins from your system and maintain good moisture and mucous production in your sinuses.

4. Boost your immune system

Keeping your body strong, nourished, and ready to fight infection is important in flu prevention. So stick with whole grains, colorful vegetables, and vitamin-rich fruits.

5. Keep informed

The government is taking necessary steps to prevent the pandemic and periodically release guidelines to keep the pandemic away. Please make sure to keep up to date on the information and act in a calm manner.

TREATMENT –
Homoeopathy plays a very important role in the treatment of the swine flu . it is usefull both as prophylactic and for the infection already set in. the medicines which are found usefull as prophylactic dose are INFUENZIUM 200 , ARSENIC ALBUM 200 , GELSEMIUM 200 .
If the infection set in Aconite 3x 10 drops thrice a day to be started immediately along with Ars Alb 30 thrice a day . You may contact the physician if still the symptom persist.For consultation you may contact on +91 – 9810097591.
“Homoeopathy for safe and natural way of cure without side effects”

Rehabilitating Disability; A Socially Created Problem

Rehabilitation of people with disabilities is a process aimed at enabling them to reach and maintain their optimal physical, sensory, intellectual, psychological and social functional levels. Rehabilitation provides disabled people with the tools they need to attain independence and self-determination. Before we start on this topic of rehabilitation we must know that what we mean by word disability.

“Disability is a socially created problem and not an attribute of an individual”

Far from being a mere physical fact, disability is also a normative, cultural, and legal construct. What a society at a particular time in its history considers to be a disabling conditioning reflects its conception of a normal and socially functional human being; and hence in a way it reflects society’s self image. For instance, being a female, poor and homeless is considered disabling in several South East and Central Asian societies. The recognition of a physical and mental condition as disabling by a society is also a tacit acceptance by it of its responsibility towards people considered disabled. A society with a deep ethos of social responsibility is likely to be more open in its definition of disability. A very recent and a radical new development is the intervention of disabled people themselves in the social construction of disability. This perhaps is occurring for the first time in human history. It has contributed to a process away from negative definitions of disability as indicating abnormality and impairment to a positive definition that first and foremost asserts essential humanness, understood around notions of human rights and community life, of the disabled that they share with all others, and then within this shared framework identifies special features that make disabled people different from others.

Social values, norms and attitudes are not static and are liable to change depending on a wide range of factors and forces that operate at macro and micro level. Consequently, the formal notion of disability has undergone revisions to accommodate changes in social norms and attitudes.

What is Disability ?

What most often passes for a ‘common sense’ understanding of disability is that it is what ‘is wrong’ with someone.

“Disabilities is an umbrella term, covering impairments, activity limitations, and participation restrictions. An impairment is a problem in body function or structure; an activity limitation is a difficulty encountered by an individual in executing a task or action; while a participation restriction is a problem experienced by an individual in involvement in life situations. Thus disability is a complex phenomenon, reflecting an interaction between features of a person’s body and features of the society in which he or she lives.

The World Health Organization (WHO) in 1976, provided a three-fold definition of impairment, disability and handicap explaining that ‘an impairment is any loss or abnormality of psychological, physiological or anatomical structure or function; a disability is any restriction or lack (resulting from an impairment) of ability to perform an activity in the manner or within the range considered normal for a human being; a handicap is a disadvantage for a given individual, resulting from an impairment or a disability, that prevents the fulfillment of a role that is considered normal (depending on age, sex, social and cultural factors) for that individual.’ Such a description frames disability within a medical model, identifying people with disabilities as ill, different from their non-disabled peers and unable to take charge of their own lives. Moreover, the diagnostic parameters of a medical definition do not take note of the imperfections and deficiencies in the basic social structures and processes that fail to accommodate the difference on account of disabilities.

Medical understanding

Those viewing disability through this medical lens concede that it is unfortunate that many disabled people face social exclusion or poverty but these are seen as the result of the natural functional limitations imposed by their ‘disabilities’. Furthermore, as the problem is primarily medical, solutions are generally given over to various caring professionals either to cure, rehabilitate or to protect the individual with a disability.

Social understanding

The international disability movement (as represented by disabled people’s organisations – DPOs) has offered a radical alternative to the medical conception of disability by asserting that people are disadvantaged not by their impairments, but as a result of the limitations imposed on them by attitudinal, social, cultural, economic, and environmental barriers to their participation in society

Who is Disabled ?

According to the Persons with Disabilities (PWD) Act, 1995, “Disability” includes :-

Blindness;

Low vision;

Leprosy-cured;

Hearing impairment;

Loco motor disability;

Mental retardation; and

Mental illness;

The PWD Act (1995) further defines a “person with disability” as suffering from not less than forty per cent of any disability as certified by a medical authority

The PWD Act is currently under legislative review. The new definition of disability will include persons with any impairment that has a ‘substantial and long-term adverse effect’ on the ability of a person to carry out normal day-to-day activities. This new defination will also include people diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes, Cancer, HIV and also persons affected by disabilities listed in the 1995 act who have less than 40% disability.

Causes of Disability

The causes of disability can be broadly classified into three groups: genetic/hereditary factors, biological (including age-related) factors, and accidents.

There is some overlap between the categories as there may be more than one cause of disability: for example, increasing frailty may have contributed to an accident, which in turn may have caused or exacerbated a disability.

The most common causes of disability were diseases of the musculoskeletal system and connective tissue (40%), followed by diseases of the circulatory system (13%), problems of old age (8%), diseases of the respiratory system (7%) and of the ear and mastoid processes (7%). The relative frequency of cerebro vascular disease, diseases of the nervous system (in particular multiple sclerosis), and arthritis and rheumatism increased with severity of disability.

Rehabilitation

Rehabilitation is the process of assisting someone to improve and recover lost function after an event, illness or injury that has caused functional limitations. Rehabilitation is a huge field within health, promoting recovery for people after events such as :Stroke ,Spinal cord injury , Orthopaedic surgery ,Traumatic brain injury , burns.

Rehabilitation in Mental health includes Drug rehabilitation , the rehabilitation of criminal behavior (penology), Rehabilitation therapy aimed at improving neurocognitive function that has been lost or diminished by disease or traumatic injury (neuropsychology),And a branch of psychiatry dealing with restoration of mental health and life skills after mental illness ( Psychiatric rehabilitation)

Assistive technologies

Assistive technologies are applications of modern technology to make it easier for people with disabilities to live their lives independently and with confidence. The first law specifically advocating the development of assistive technology is the Technology-Related Assistance for Individuals with Disabilities Act of 1988. Since then numerous laws have been passed to expand the use of assistive technologies and support their development.

Many of the earliest applications of assistive technology were for people with hearing difficulty. For decades now, telecommunications companies have been required to provide systems that convert between text and speech for the hard of hearing, including teletext and closed captioning. These systems were implemented before the development of effective computer-based text-to-speech, so they were carried out by people trained to listen and type in real time.

Assistive technologies for computer use have boomed in recent years as access to computers and the internet have become a crucial component of modern life. With the help of screen readers and similar technology, people with visual impairments can use the internet almost as easily as a person without visual impairments. This has enabled the visually impaired to have access to the wealth of information available online.

Aside from technologies for the hearing- and visually-impaired, people with other kinds of disabilities also benefit from technology. Mobility technology and durable medical equipment allow people with conditions like cerebral palsy to get around independently-something that would have been nearly impossible not long ago. Mobility technologies have also helped many elderly people live much fuller lives than they would otherwise.

The emerging field of Rehabilitation engineering is the application of engineering sciences to design, develop, adapt, test, evaluate, apply, and distribute technological solutions to problems confronted by individuals with disabilities . The use of robotic devices to augment rehabilitation is the latest field and an emerging world of Rehabilitation robotics. And we are still Growing……………….

EAR FUNGUS : OTOMYCOSIS By Dr Anmol Arora ( Sr Homoeopathic Specialist )

Otomycosis ; An flourishing infection of hot humid weather By Dr Anmol Arora ( Sr Homoeopathic Specialist )
otomycosis

Synonyms
Fungal ear infection, mycotic otitis externa , Singapore Ear

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