HOMEOPATHY FOR CHRONIC PAIN

Updated: Feb 24

This article was published in Rhode Island Natural Awakenings June 2017 issue.


Chronic pain conditions are the top reason patients seek care, the most common reason for disability and addiction, and the biggest driver of healthcare costs; their treatment costs more than cancer, heart disease, dementia, and diabetes care. The personal impact in terms of suffering, disability, depression, suicide, loss of function, depression, suicide, addiction, overdosing, and lower quality of life.

Homeopathy is based on the recognition that the entire state of an unwell individual is an expression of illness or disease. Symptoms might arise from physical or psychological areas, but only when considered in totality, do they constitute the particular illness or disturbance of an individual.

Many people experience pain syndromes that range from acute to chronic. Homeopathy can offer safe nonaddicting pain relief, when symptoms and medicine are correctly matched.

Homeopathy is rooted in the Hippocratic method of medical therapeutics which emphasizes: (1) rational principles of observation, (2) the study of the patient who is sick is rather than the disease, and (3) assisting the natural process of healing by strengthening the individual’s resistance to illness.

Homeopathy is practiced on a foundation of patient- centered evaluation and observation. It includes careful history- taking, direct and objective observation and physical examination. Physical pathology and disease classification are of limited use to the homeopath who prescribes on the basis of observable disturbances of an individual’s health. This is the only way through which a state of complete health can be regained by removing all the sign and symptoms from which the patient is suffering. The aim of homeopathy is not only to treat chronic pain syndrome but to address its underlying cause and individual susceptibility. As far as therapeutic medication is concerned, several remedies are available to treat chronic pain syndrome that can be selected on the basis of cause, sensations and modalities of the complaints.

So, in Homeopathy, each person is regarded as a sum of his symptoms and his innermost feeling regarding the disease. Since the aim is to understand each person as an individual, the homeopath looks for things that are most individualistic of people for the chronic pain cases we ask the location of pain, the sensation/ character of pain or how will you describe the pain and most important is the emotional aspect in general as well as how the person is expressing his emotions and feelings in terms or relation with the pain. e.g. some will say I feel as if I am stabbed , someone may say I feel am not supported while explaining their backache or I feel heavy/ burdened general aches and soreness….

Many times its been seen that people feel relaxed/ relieved during the process of case taking itself; and after taking a thorough case we analyze the case and the remedy is selected in a best suitable potency for that particular case. A time to time follow up is taken with the duration of 4-6 weeks.

The following is a short list of several homeopathic medicines used in pain syndromes.

ARNICA , ACONITE, BRYONIA, RHUS TOX , EUPATORIUM, COLOCYNTH, HEPAR SULPH, HYPERICUM, STAPHYSAGRIA AND ETC.

OTHER MODALITIES USED:

Mudras/ Hand Gestures

Believe it or not, your health is in your hands! Our hands are particularly blessed with virtues of wellness. The four fingers and the thumb represent the five major building blocks or the ‘Panchamahabhootas’ of which the entire universe is made viz. Sky (Ether), Air, Fire, Water and Earth.

In theory of Mudras / hand gestures disease is nothing but a limitation that emerges in the continuity and balance of these five elements. And when held the specific fingers in specific positions we can balance these elements in our body and can eliminate the pain, relax the mind and body as well.

Diet

Food is a powerful healer, too. As an Nutrition expert in Ayurveda I can say ; Follow a vata-pacifying diet of warm, moist, mildly spiced, nourishing foods for a month and see if it makes a difference. The sweet, salty, and sour tastes are all vata pacifying—just make sure you find natural, healthy sources of sweets (like ripe plums, pears, or dates) and don’t overdo. Overeating aggravates vata.

Herbs

Turmeric and ginger help reduce inflammatory pain, while valerian, kava kava, chamomile, skullcap, passionflower, hops, and jatamansi (the “Indian valerian”) help combat tension-related pain. And since chronic pain is often a combination of inflammation and tension.


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