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Homeopathic help for Urinary incontinence in Women

Urinary incontinence = loss of bladder control or urine leakage .

Urinary incontinence is defined as involuntary loss of urine which is observed and demonstrable. It causes hygienic problems and also inconvenience in social life.

Urinary incontinence is the escape of urine due to loss of control either with coughing, sneezing or laughing. It is of brief period and coincides with increased intra-abdominal pressure.  The patients are fully aware of the leak. It rarely occurs in lying down position or during sleep. It is not associated with a desire to pass urine.

The causes could be many for urinary incontinence in women such as

  • Incompetence of the sphincter,
  • overactivity of the detrusor muscle in urinary bladder,
  • combination of sphincter incompetence and detrusir muscle overactivity,
  • urinary tract infection,
  • fistula formation in bladder.

Other than these, medical history details should be taken (diabetes, chronic lung disease, neurological disease), surgical history (related to spine and genitourinary tract) and any current medications (sedatives, antipsychotics) should be ruled out as they may have relevance with urinary incontinence.

Urinary incontinence occurs when there is rise in the pressure within urinary bladder over that of maximum urethral pressure.

However there are certain risk factors which could lead to the state of urinary incontinence such as

  • Childbirth trauma damaging the pelvic floor and pubocervical fascia.
  • Increasing age is one unavoidable risk factor
  • Obesity is major cause these days particularly in women of age more than 30 years.
  • It may be functional in pregnancy related to high level of progesterone

Urinary incontinence in women can also be studied in categories :

  1. Stress incontinence: characterised by leakage of urine with presence of stress, less urine output,no prior urge of urination and patient is fully aware of it.
  2. Urge incontinence: known by the symptoms of large amount of urine flow, patient being aware of urge to urinate, there is urgency and frequency of urination
  3. Detrusor instability: establishes itself by abrupt incontinence even without full bladder, large amount of urine, patient unaware of it, frequency and urine excess during nights.

The treatment of urinary incontinence becomes important as there is a certain element of fear associated with it causing social embarrassment. But not many women complain about it as a single symptom unless it becomes associated with any other major genitourinary disease.

Positive Homeopathy has specific treatment for urinary incontinence in women and the aim of the treatment directed to achieve three objectives :

  1. To restore the normal functions of the muscles involved, pelvic and urethrovesical junction.
  2. Strengthening the support required for the urethra
  3. Avoid surgery

The homeopathic medicines are safe for women and they do not cause any side-effects enabling them to start the treatment from the comfort of the home without hospitalization.

A detailed comprehensive constitutional approach is implemented by the experienced doctors at Positive Homeopathy Clinics to ensure quick and long-term results aiming for permanent solution. The patients are advised to continue treatment for certain duration as it might take time to bring back the normalcy.

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Cure of Lichen planus is possible with Homeopathy

Lichen planus has become a relatively common skin disease now-a-days around the world. It is categorised as a chronic disease with new lesions appearing in crops and disappear on their own leaving impression of skin pigmentations.

“Lichen” word is derived  from the purplish resemblance to the lichens that grown on trees on the hills.

The lesions on the skin in Lichen planus become purplish or violaceous which are polyhedral in shape and cause itching. It develops typically on the flexor surfaces of the joints such as fronts of the wrists, elbows, flexor surfaces of abdomen, legs, the genitalia and the back of the body. LP  also appears in the mouth, rarely on the lips and tongue.

The most important aspect to know about Lichen planus is that it is non-infectious though being a skin disease and it is common in young adults and middle-aged people.

The reason for the Lichen planus skin disease is not yet clear but the role of either virus or phyrical stress or certain drugs cannot be ruled out.

Lichen planus lesions appear as polyhedral shaped flat and purplish papules. They are shiny and flattened. The scales may be clearly seen due to hyperkeratosis. It is to be noted that when Lichen planus affects the mouth, they appear as white coating on gums and buccal mucosa with complaints of burning sensation especially on eating or drinking.

Itching is characteristically present in majority of the patients with Lichen planus.Upon itching, papules are formed  along the line of scratching, known as Koebner’s phenomenon.

With the progress of the disease, the papules of LP merge to form plaques.

In Lichen Planus, there are certain types which need to be differentiated such as :

  • Annular Lichen planus
  • Acute generalised Lichen planus
  • Lichen planus verrucosus
  • Linear or Herpes zoster-like LP
  • Lichen plano-pilaris

Lichen planus has to be differentiated from other diseases of similar characteristics resembling LP particularly Psoriasis, Eczema, Pityriasis rubra pilaris and Prurigo nodularis

Considering the progressive nature of the disease and being a skin disease with immense itching leaving pigmentation and/or marks, it LP has turned to be a disease causing much embarrassment in the patients who suffer from it chronically.  It is also observed that there not many medicines in conventional medicine to treat Lichen planus completely . In such a scenario, Homeopathy has stood as the best alternative to the patients with LP with therapeutic homeopathic medicines bringing about cure and also preventing the recurrence of LP lesions.

At Positive Homeopathy Clinics, complete history of the development of LP to the present state of disease is considered along with the constitution of the suffering patient to bring about complete recovery in them. With experience doctors and quality homeopathic medicines, Positive Homeopathy Clinics are considered the best homeopathic clinics with best homeopathic treatment for Lichen planus and similar skin diseases. Positive Homeopathy doctors have a saying, “Homeopathy doesn’t Like Lichen planus.”

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Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

What is Systemic lupus erythematosus?
Systemic lupus erythematosus , SLE, is an autoimmune disease resulting in organ and cell damage in multiple systems of the body. Autoantibodies and immune complexes mediate in the develop of SLE.

Who suffer from SLE?
About 90% of the patients of SLE are women of reproductive age though Systemic lupus erythematosus can be seen in people of both the sexes and ages.

Why do people suffer from Systemic lupus erythematosus?
The reason for abnormal immune response, autoimmunity, is the result of interaction between the genes which are susceptible to SLE and certain environmental factors which predispose to SLE.  This leads to presence of autoantigens, autoantibodies and immune complexes for longer time in the body causing inflammation and hence disease develops.

What are the symptoms of SLE ?
The symptoms of Systemic lupus erythematosus are made based on the severity and reversibility of the illness which means symptoms which are mild to life-threatening.

The systemic symptoms of SLE correspond to the specific type of susceptible gene affected which is not the same in all the patients with SLE.

The symptoms of Systemic lupus erythematosus can be studied as follows :

Systemic manifestations : Fatigue. Myalgias. Arthralgias. Fever. Weight loss. Anaemia are the symptoms indicative of systems getting affected.

Musculoskeletal symptoms :
Pain in multiple joints (Polyarthritis), tenderness in joints , mostly in hands, wrists, knees. Myositis and/or Myalgias. Muscle weakness

Skin symptoms of SLE :
The symptoms of skin in SLE is called as Lupus dermatitis which range from acute to chronic skin complaints. Discoid lupus erythematosus is seen as a chronic condition with the presence of rough circular lesions which may disfigure the face and scalp.  Acute skin symptoms are due to photosensitivity with reddish scaly lesion on the face, (characteristically known as “butterfly rash”), ears, chin, upper back neck and upper extremities. Urticaria, lichen-planus-like dermatitis, bullae are other SLE rashes either minor or severe. Small ulcerations of SLE may also appear in the mouth and nose.

Kidney symptoms of SLE :
Lupus nephritis is the termed used to denote the symptoms of SLE when kidneys are affected. The patients complain of haematuria, proteinuria and renal hypertension. In some, symptoms of nephrotic syndrome develop. In patients who fail to get adequate treatment for lupus nephritis land into end-stage renal disease (ESRD) which is irreversible kidney damage.

Nervous system symptoms :
The major cause of sickness and death in some of the patients is the severity of nervous system manifestations of SLE. Both the central and peripheral nervous systems are affected. The patients complain of memory and reasoning problems. Headache become common and regular. Seizures may occur due to Systemic lupus erythematosus.

Vascular and Haematological manifestations :
Anaemia, leukopenia, lymphopenia, thrombocytopenia, splenomegaly are the result of autoimmunity in SLE . Also, occlusion in the vessels due to atherosclerosis may lead to transient ischemic attacks, strokes and myocardial infarctions.

Lung and Heart symptoms :
Pleurisy, Pericarditis, Effusion. Myocarditis, Endocarditis. Coronary artery disease(CAD). Pulmonary hypertension.

How is SLE diagnosed?
The tests done for SLE are (1) to confirm or rule out the diagnosis, (2) to know the course and severity of the disease and (3) to know the side-effects of the undergoing treatment.

Laboratory test such as test for autoantibodies are done. Screening tests for complete blood count, platelet count and urine analysis are the test done as part of Systemic lupus erythematosus diagnosis.

Treatment for SLE :
As explained above, SLE is a progressive disease and therefore the aim of doctors at Positive Homeopathy Clinics is to reduce the remissions of acute complaints followed by strategy to reverse the pathology at whatever extent it is possible. The inflammatory stage and reversible nature of Systemic lupus erythematosus is well treated at Positive Homeopathy by the experienced doctors. In case of chronic and irreversible changes, homeopathy can provide palliative care by delaying the complications that could arise from such a stage of SLE. Positive Homeopathy has medicines which bring about palliative cure in life-threatening situations such as organ damage. But it is wise to approach a homeopathic doctor for early diagnosis and initiation of treatment for SLE so that doctors at Positive Homeopathy can have time to provide the best homeopathic treatment for SLE and other autoimmune diseases.

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Have a Healthy Summer with Homeopathy

The change of season this time of the year is with the arrival of summer and it brings with it great attributes required for the Mother Nature which includes the species, human beings. Because of global warming, the maximum temperature in summer is high and the tolerance power of the man remains the same. And hence, it is noticed that majority of the population suffer from health issue which are particular in the summer season.  It is therefore wise to make changes in lifestyle, follow some diet regimen and take preventive measures as required for a healthy life in summer also.

Some of the common health issues seen in summer season are:

  1. Heat stroke:  It is a state of increase in bodily temperature resulting from absorption of more heat and less loss it from the body. It may even turn into emergency condition needful of medical attention or even hospitalisation.
  2. Heat cramps: Certain people are susceptible to muscle cramps due to excess heat which deprivation of water and nutrients in the muscles.
  3. Acne Rosacea
  4. Sunburn
  5. Dandruff
  6. Heat prickles
  7. Headaches/Migraine
  8. Kidney stones/Nephrolithiasis
  9. Gallbladder stones/Cholecystitis
  10. Urinary tract infection/UTI
  11. Photo dermatitis
  12. Meningitis, viral.
  13. Cholera
  14. Food poisoning/ Gastroenteritis, bacterial.

What are the health tips to be followed in summer?

  1. One should take care of the eyes by wearing recommended sunglasses.
  2. Drink enough fluids to maintain sufficient hydration of the body tissues.
  3. Proper ventilation and aeration should be mechanised by opening all the doors and windows to let fresh air in.
  4. Wear loose, light-coloured cotton material clothes .
  5. Protect scalp by using umbrella and headgear(caps).
  6. Select best footwear which allows feet to feel fresh air.
  7. Drink green tea, citrus juices, butter milk for metabolism regulation.
  8. Adequate sleeping hours is must during summer.
  9. Eat lot of fruits like watrermelon, musk melon, cucumbers, pomegranates, bananas and apples.
  10. Take cold water bath at least 2 times a day.

What are the symptoms of Heat stroke and Sunstroke?
Headache , dizziness, and light-headedness are the symptoms associated with lack of sweating, red, hot skin. There may be nausea and vomiting with rapid heartbeat and shallow breathing. Whenever such symptoms are felt or observed, medical attention should be sought immediately.

What are the signs of bad-effects of sun exposure or heat exhaustion?
The person who gets heat exhausted feels dizziness, headache, fatigue, nausea with or without vomiting and diarrhoea. They complain of muscle cramps particularly in abdomen and legs. In severe cases, confused state may persist with less urine excretion.

What steps to take for heat stroke?
Immediate step would be to get out of heat into a cool, aerated place preferably under the shade. Then, lie down with legs raised. Remove heavy and tight clothing, if any. Drink liquids such as water and mineral drinks but avoid aerated drinks and canned juices. Call the doctor immediately.

Are there any preventive medicine for heat stroke?
Homeopathy has a unique method of treatment which is called Homeoprophylaxis,which suggests, selection and dispensing of homeopathic medicines as preventive remedy  for the epidemic or outbreak etc in a large population. The common symptoms prevalent in majority of the population is considered in the selection of homeopathic medicine which is then dispensed to the unaffected so as to prevent the effect of heat stroke in them. Some of the proven effective homeopathic preventive medicines are Belladonna, Nux vomica, Arsenic album, Natrum mur. Positive Homeopathy Clinics recommends usage of homeopathic medicines under medical supervision only though homeopathic medicines are safe, non-toxic , non-addictive and do not cause any side-effects. Homeopathic preventive medicines are available at all the Positive Homeopathic Clinics along with the best homeopathic treatment for those suffering from any diseases common in summer season.

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Ulcerative Colitis : Now control is possible without Surgery

What is Ulcerative colitis ?
Ulcerative colitis, UC, is one of the two major types of Inflammatory bowel disease(IBD). It is an immune-mediated intestinal disease of chronic nature.

Who suffers from Ulcerative colitis?
UC is commonly found more in males than females and it is prevalent in the age group of 20’s to 40’s and after 70’s. It is also noticed that people living in urban areas are more affected with Ulcerative colitis than those living in rural areas. While, high socioeconomic classes seem to be more sufferers with UC than lower socioeconomic classes.

What are the risk factors in the development of Ulcerative colitis?
There are certain environmental factors and lifestyle activities which seem to pose a risk in the development of Ulcerative colitis in some and not in some others. Such factors are smoking, oral contraceptive use, previous appendectomy, antibiotic overuse in children. Diets rich in oils, sweets, animal protein, sugars, might increase the risk of Inflammatory bowel disease which includes Ulcerative colitis.

What causes Ulcerative colitis ?
Ulcerative colitis is caused by environmental factors and genetic predisposition which impact the homeostasis. A homeostasis is the normal phenomenon which occurs in the body with the harmony between the microorganisms, interstitial epithelial cells and the immune cells.

What happens in Ulcerative colitis?
In patients with Ulcerative colitis, the immune response is inappropriate to the microorganisms of the intestine  Normally , the immune response is in relation to the commensal or infective microorganism. There may be a component of autoimmunity associated with Ulcerative colitis.

Usually Ulcerative colitis involves the lower part of large intestine, the rectum and colon. The disease is limited to rectum mostly, but it also extends in some individual to affect part of colon or total colon.

In the initial stages, the intestinal mucosa becomes erythematous and granular. With severity, the mucosa turns hemorrhagic, swollen and ulcer formation starts. When Ulcerative colitis becomes chronic and a long-standing disease, polyps may be present and the mucosa appears atrophic with the colon getting narrowed and shortened. In extreme cases, the colon walls get thinner , the mucosa is severely ulcerated and could endanger perforation.

What are the symptoms of Ulcerative colitis?
It should be remembered that the severity of the symptoms depend on the extent and progress of the disease. The symptoms of Ulcerative colitis are diarrhoea, bleeding per rectum, mucus discharge, tenesmus and crampy abdominal pain.

The bleeding is either fresh blood or blood-stained mucus. . It is either mixed with stool or streaked onto the surface of normal or hard stool.

The patients also complain of tenesmus, urgency to pass stools and a sensation of bowels incompletely evacuated.

All the above symptoms of Ulcerative colitis increase with the severity of disease, ranging from bloody diarrhoea, liquid stool with pus, mucus and blood, nausea , vomiting, weight loss and fever.

On physical examination, the anal canal appears tender .

How is Ulcerative colitis diagnosed?
The diagnosis of Ulcerative colitis mostly depends on patient’s history and the nature of  symptoms. Otherwise C-reactive protein(CRP) , platelet count, Erythrocyte sedimentation rate(ESR) are the haematological tests done in the diagnosis of Ulcerative colitis. Decrease in haemoglobin (Hb) is also a factor. Fecal lactoferrin and Fecal calprotectin levels are done to rule out irritable bowel disease. Colonoscopy is done to assess extent and progress of disease.

What are the complications of Ulcerative colitis?
Very few patients develop complications due to Ulcerative colitis. Massive bleeding  in severe form of disease may require blood transfusion and in such cases colectomy is indicated.

Toxic megacolon is one of the complications in which the diameter of the transverse or right colon is more than 6 cm due to electrolyte imbalance and excessive drugging.

Development of anal fissures, perianal abscesses and hemorrhoids are occasionally seen in Ulcerative colitis patients.

Perforation is the severest form of complication which could lead to acute peritonitis and death in 15% of the patients.

Stricture formation is another complication of Ulcerative colitis which could be benign or due to possibility of cancer.

Ulcerative colitis treatment ?
Ulcerative colitis requires comprehensive treatment which should be directed based on the location and extent of the disease. Homeopathy has medicines which have specific action on the rectum and colon and also on the pathological state of the disease. There are specialised homeopathic treatment method with Positive Homeopathy Clinics which are aimed at cure of Ulcerative colitis at inflammatory stage as well as ulcerative stage of the disease. A complete history as required in Ulcerative colitis treatment is also required as part of homeopathic case-taking by the expert doctors at Positive Homeopathy in the selection of most suitable homeopathic medicine in each individual patient. With newly-added medicines and experienced doctors, Positive Homeopathy is able to provide best homeopathic treatment to Ulcerative colitis patients and hence is regarded as the one of the top homeopathic clinics.

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