Molluscum Contagiosum is a viral infection which causes small bumps on the skin. These are usually dome shaped, pale looking ,shiny eruptions with a central dimple. They often occur in healthy children and adults and found to spread to other people by direct skin to skin contact and to other areas of ones own skin by scratching and rubbing. It can also be spread by contact with an object (eg, towel, gym mat, razor) that gets virus on it . Molluscum that develops in teenagers and adults may be due to sexual activity. Molluscum virus only affects the surface of the body and never spreads internally.
Molluscum eruptions usually appear 2 to 6 weeks after viral exposure. The condition lasts for several months to a few years, with an average of about 1 year. Molluscum may occur anywhere on the skin except the palms and soles. Common sites are the neck, armpits, sides of the chest, thighs, buttocks, genitals, and face. The number of bumps ranges from 1 to dozens, and they are often grouped together. The diagnosis is usually by clinical observation, and only occasionally a biopsy is required .
Treatment : General care and hygiene needs to be maintained. i.e to not share personal items like towels, razors ,combs etc., and to avoid direct skin contact. Molluscum can take long time to disappear approximately few months to more than a year. External application and cauterisation is done in conventional medicines but does not have promising results and recurs most of times.
However ,Homeopathy offers a safe and harmless treatment to such cases. It stimulates body healing power to fight against diseases. and also helps in treating the cause of disease rather than suppress it.
Here, I shall share a case of mine who was treated successfully with Homeopathy.
The patient is a young boy of 5yrs old, who came to me with such eruptions on the chest , face-chin area and had these eruptions since 8months. There was no history of any other skin ailment and nor other infections , except that he use to catch cold at every change of season and had suffered from pneumonia once. He is friendly boy, with love for cars and animals. He is shy in front of strangers especially elders. He is fond of dry finger food like sandwiches, biscuits etc and also has a few growing pain in the calves. He performs well in school and likes to listen to stories and play with friends. He is lean and thin , and sweats mainly on head. He is cautious and will not fall down very easily. He will take care of his toys and belongings.
On the above history and after observing the child , I prescribed him Calc Phos 200 – one dose and sac lac twice a day. And advised him Not to apply any medicated external application as we dont want to suppress the skin . After a months time, the eruptions had reduced but were still there. Then ,continued with sac lac , and after 2months he got viral fever. This was a good sign . I continued with sac lac and in about 7months time , the eruptions completely disappeared . This is the power of Homeopathy !
So , when the remedy is exact to the pathology and symptoms of the patient Homeopathy will give the best of results !
Today itself , the Times of India ,Vadodara- quotes Homeopathy to be given as immune boosters and help in prevention of infections
Immunity is nothing but the ability of our own system to fight the harmful substances and germs that enter our body . It has the capacity to recognize and tolerate what belongs to us and reject what is foreign. This immune system, hence is precisely a system and not a single entity and to function well , it requires both balance and harmony.Many products on store shelves claim to boost or support immunity. But the concept of boosting immunity actually makes little sense scientifically. In fact, boosting the number of cells in your body — immune cells or others — is not necessarily a good thing. Attempting to boost the cells of your immune system is especially complicated because there are so many different kinds of cells in the immune system that respond to so many different microbes in so many ways. Which cells should you boost, and to what number? So far,scientists do not know the answer. What is known is that the body is continually generating immune cells. Certainly, it produces many more lymphocytes than it can possibly use.
However ,there are helpful ways of strengthening our immune system. Following general good-health guidelines is the single best step you can take toward naturally keeping your immune system strong and healthy.
Like any fighting force, the immune system army marches on its stomach. Healthy immune system warriors need good, regular nourishment.There is some evidence that various micronutrient deficiencies — for example, deficiencies of zinc, selenium, iron, copper, folic acid, and vitamins A, B6, C, and E — alter immune responses.If you suspect your diet is not providing you with all your micronutrient needs,taking a daily multivitamin and mineral supplement may bring other health benefits,taking a daily multivitamin and mineral supplement may bring other health benefits.
Mind and body are interrelated and Homeopathy strongly believes in this and so has modern medicine come to agree to this now. A wide variety of maladies, including stomach upset, hives, and even heart disease, are linked to the effects of emotional stress. Homeopathy, is based on natures law- i,e the law of similars ,which with its minute dose stimulate the body’s own immune system and thereby help in healing the patient. Infact, Homeopathy actually gained its greatest popularity in Europe and America during the mid- and late-1800s primarily due to the significant successes it achieved in treating people suffering from the often fatal infectious disease epidemics that raged during that time. Cholera, typhoid, yellow fever, and scarlet fever were but some of the infectious diseases that homeopathic medicines were exceptionally effective in treating.
There are no specific homeopathic medicines which are thought to be more effective than others in augmenting a person’s own immune system. Each homeopathic medicine is effective when it is properly prescribed. The art is to find the correct homeopathic medicine that fits the person’s unique pattern of symptoms and covers the underlying pathology as well. For eg , a medicine named Arsenic album which became extremely popular in these Covid times , is effective in treating cold, insomnia, digestive disorder and even cancers but will not be effective if the symptoms dont match perfectly. Similarly, other remedies like Bryonia, Gelsemium, Eupatoreum Perforatum , Lachesis, Rhustox and many more are frequently mentioned under the treatment and prevention of Covid 19 ,but will be effective if only correctly matched with the symptoms of the patient and the underlying pathology.
So in a nutshell, Immunity is not only taking care of physical health but also includes mental health. Stay positive and stay happy to fight infections!
We have always heard that we are product of our thoughts, but never imagined that it is scientifically true as well. Till date we believed that we are controlled by our genes but that’s not true .Its actually the perception or beliefs that select our cells or genes and hence our behaviour. With the help of epigenetics, meaning ‘on top of genes’ or ‘in addition to genes’, biologists find out that epigenetics are the factors that determine how and when a gene is expressed. Epigenetics is a new type of science gaining popularity in the scientific world today by research conducted by wellknown biologists namely Bruce Lipton and many others. Our cells get influenced by the external and environmental factors around us and hence accordingly turn our genes on and off. He explained this with the help of an experiment, wherein same cells were placed in 3 different medium’s – and the outcome of these same cells were different- due to the environment in which they were placed.. ..cells from one dish became bone ,another became muscle while the cells in the third dish became fat. This means, the environment determined the fate of these cells and not their genetic pattern. Similarly, moving our body from one environment to another alters the composition of our blood ( which is the culture medium).Hence this environment affect our cells and their behaviour. In other words, our thoughts and perception have an overwhelming effect on our behaviour! And changing our perception, our thoughts will change the activity of our cells too… In simplest terms, we need to change the way we think in order to heal ourselves……we are not in control of our genes rather it’s the environment that selects the gene .So it is how we see things or perceive them , i.e our beliefs are altering our biology.
This is what Homeopathy is all about, rather this is what spiritual leaders have discovered many many years ago! Homeopathy treats the person as a whole—mind and body together .Any emotional or physical stress caused to the individual ,the way he has perceived it and reacted to that situation decides the disease and hence the correct remedy or medicine which removes this perception. This perception, like in cases of congenital diseases is analysed from the time of conception and the intrauterine life, while in cases of autoimmunity like rheumatoid arthritis or Parkinsons, detailed history is taken of the patient to understand the environment or stress in which his perception changed and thereafter started getting symptoms.
In short, the new science of epigenetics promises that every person on the planet has the opportunity to become who they really are, complete with unimaginable power and the ability to operate from, and go for, the highest possibilities, including healing our bodies and our culture and living in peace. And that we are responsible not only for ourselves but our health too!
It is said that 80% of ones immunity lies in the gut .
Constipation is one such common symptom which can hamper our daily routine and ease.
Most of us have faced this symptom some time in our lives but what is the exact meaning of constipation ??
You are said to have constipation if you have two or more of following for atleast 3months :
Straining during a bowel movement more than 25% of the time
Hard stools more than 25% of the time
Incomplete evacuation more than 25% of the time.
Passing stools twice or even less in a week.
Common causes of Constipation are :
Inadequate fibre or roughage in your diet
Inadequate fluid intake
Irregular diet and frequent travelling
Not going for stools when the urge is there…very common in children and adults
Neurological conditions like parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis
Irritable bowel syndrome
Overuse of laxatives which over time weaken the bowel muscles
Drugs like iron tablets etc…
Bloated feeling of abdomen
Uneasiness and pain in the lower abdomen.
Difficulty in passing stools
Most of the time a change is our lifestyle helps in relieving constipation but sometimes investigations are required .
Colonoscopy to look for obstruction in the large intestine.
Blood test to rule out Thyroid function.
Homeopathy has an important role to play in treating Constipation. Homeopathic medicines gently bring back the funcitoning of the bowels back to normal.It not only improves the stool but also regularises the bowel movements and reduces the dependency on laxatives and purgatives.
Constitutional Homoeopathic medicines treats the cause of constipation and hence improves the overall health of the indivual.
Few Homeopathic remedies for constipation :
NUX VOM : Constipation due to irregular lifestyle and irregular eating habits. Stressful ,hurry worry routine in ambitious and workholic people.Stools are incomplete with ineffectual urge to go stools often.
SULPHUR : Incomplete stools ,have to rush to the toilet as soon as he gets up .Also insufficient and unsatisfactory stools . Stools are dry ,hard and have to strain especially initially with burning and itching at the anus.
Bryonia :Large, dry, hard ,knotted stool as if burnt is the book picture of Bryonia.No urge for stool and dryness of the rectum. stools are passed with great difficulty.Often helpful in children with constipation .
OPIUM : Here the constipation is due to absolute inactivity of the rectum.No urge whatsoever and slow peristalsis.Stools are impacted,hard,dry black balls.
PLUMBUM MET: Here there is some intestinal activity.Lead colic is one of the effects of the drug.There is loss of muscular activity and diminished secretion of intestinal glands.
ALUMINA : one of the important medicines for constipation where even soft stool needs straining.Dryness of the rectum with diminished peristaltic movement.very useful for constipation of infants and children
Many patients suffering from constipation have been treated successfully at ‘Care N Cure” Homoeopathic clinic.Also these Homoeopathic medicines are not habit forming.
However, the importance of balanced regular diet,exercise and lots of fluids cannot be overemphasized when it come to managing constipation . So, it is suggested that people suffering from constipation will definately find solution in Homeopathy.