MORE ABOUT YOUR THYROID
As we treat Hypothyroid with Homeopathy , by stimulating the thyroid gland to secrete its OWN hormones of T3 and T4, rather than take them artificially in form of (thyronorm or eltroxin ),as our own thyroid fails to produce these hormones. Homeopathy takes into account your physical signs and symptoms, your life style and emotions and thereby prescribes a medicine to the patient .It helps the patient to secrete his natural hormones!
But there are several other aspects to look at thyroid …
We all know that the thyroid gland is situated at the neck, and is important for the body’s metabolism and the way our body uses carbs, fats and proteins for the growth and development of every cell of our body . It also helps in temperature regulation.
The T3 and T4( Precursor of t3) are controlled by TSH of the Anterior pituitary and the TSH is further controlled by TRH in the Hypothalamus. When the TSH is released, the thyroid needs IODINE and TYROSINE to produce T3 and T4. Iodine is a mineral very crucial for the make of thyroid hormones and hence we understand the use of IODINISED SALT and iodine rich food in our diet.
Tyrosine bind with iodine, along with many things like enzymes, amino acids, vitamins, minerals mainly VIT B6, VIT C, and Manganese .. hence it’s a good option to start taking vitamin B,C AND E supplements to support the thyroid functioning.
Emotions do have a major role in thyroid functioning—Stress and the inability to deal with it often leads to thyroid dysfunction. Due to some sudden shock, grief or apprehension- certain neurotransmitters are released from the limbic system ,which lead to imbalance of the homeostasis – causing disturbances in the body mechanism and thereby leading to diabetes, thyroid etc,..depending on the genetic predisposition also.
So, learn to make meaningful relationships, Say NO when required ,listen to yourself !
We must get over the myth that Thyroid will not allow weight loss.
Also understand one more thing, that you mere taking a pill daily (if you already have thyroid) is not going to help you to lose weight. Eating right and working out regularly will support the thyroid function .
Eating right : USE OF IODINISED FOOD : Apart from using Iodinised SALT, also consume iodine rich food like Bananas, strawberries, carrots and whole grains. Have rice, bhakri and rotis with sabzi and green leafy vegetables and other seasonal vegetables ..they are a good source of iodine.
Also don’t neglect the importance of dal, dahi and kadhi – as they are rich in amino acids. Other sources of proteins like cheese, paneer, eggs, chicken and seafood are also important as , they are important in the secretion of t3 and t4 .
Say a Big NO-NO to all processed food, salt free chips and sugar free biscuits and icecreams. JUST GO FOR GOOD OLD HOMEMADE FOOD AND WHOLESOME FOOD.
A lot has been talked about PEANUTS, GOBI AND SOYA- — all of this can interfere with iodine absorption , PROVIDED they are taken raw. So, roast your peanuts, make a sabzi or paratha out of gobi, and have soya in form of milk or tofu.
WORKING OUT in a structured manner will help you immensely. Cycling and swimming are good options to work out. Also spend atleast once a week in weight training to streghten your ligaments and joints , as when thyroid function slows down, it reduces the action of calcitonin ..putting your joints, ligaments and tendons at a risk of developing low vit d and there by injury. Yoga from a trained teacher can benefit greatly.
Sleep adequately and peacefully. Sleep is crucial as hypothyroid is attached to fatigue—which leads to secretion of cortisol-i.e the stress hormone and hence a imbalance in the thyroid hormones too..
In a nut shell, REASSURE AND SUPPORT YOUR THYROID WITH EATING RIGHT, SLEEP WELL, WORK OUT AND REMAIN HAPPY!!More
In my 10years of Homeopathic practice, I have often heard this question. Many people are still unaware of this system of medicine and hence wonder whether it is it safe to give these pills to their babies.
To this my answer is, Homeopathy is one of the safest system of medicine. The reason being, it works on the principle of ‘likes cures like’. eg . If a patient has diarrhoea; then a homeopathic medicine which has the ability to cause diarrhoea – will be helpful to this patient . Unlike the antipathy or the conventional system of medicine which works on principles of ‘contrary effect or opposite effect’ .
Also, the drug provings are done on humans—so the symptoms are listed in more details and hence we have mind or psychology also an important part of our prescription. The allopathic medicines are proved on rats and other animals hence the mind symptoms are not taken into consideration.
Apart from these, there are other benefits like they are easy to give to babies as they taste sweet and are very children friendly; no additional chemicals and colours added to make them of different colours and no side effects.
Common cold, nose block, loose motions, constipation are some of the ailments for which we know that homeopathic medicines are frequently given, but homeopathic medicines are successfully given for problems like when the baby is not able to digest mothers milk, or when the baby is not eating properly, for teething and dentition. The most famous drug Calcarea phos 6x is commonly given during dentition for easy and painless dentition in infants.
Also for infantile eczema or dermatitis, which is a recurrent problem, these minute pills does wonders!
I often get children who very frequently fall sick – likes an episode of cough and cold, then little better and the next month again the same or some other problem—these children lack optimum immunity –which can be improved by these magic pills ! and post treatment you see that the child does not fall sick very often and also the intensity of the illness is reduced.
So, these are a few common ailments which I can think of right now –not to forget that these medicines are also given for children who are differently abled – where in their development is late; sometimes speech is delayed ; or are autistic –Homeopathy will benefit them.
Hence , as Gandhiji too has written long years back ,” Homeopathy cures a greater percentage of cases than any other method of treatment. Homeopathy is the latest and refined method of treating patients economically and non-violently.” This holds true in today’s time as well.
Dr.Neha Smart (Bachelor of Homoeopathic Medicine and Surgery)More
Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) is a combination of physical, emotional, psychological and mood disturbances that occur after a womens ovulation and typically ends with the onset of menstrual flow.
About 90% of women experience PMS , in varying intensity at some point in their lifetime.However, it is generally most severe in women in their 40’s.
Cause of PMS, is exactly not known,but most evidence suggests that PMS results from alterations in hormones namely oestrogen and progesterone and the brain chemicals known as neurotransmitters.
The most common symptoms are :
- Fatigue ,Headache
- Bloating ( due to fluid retention)
- Weight gain.
- Breast pain
- Depression, irritability, mood changes.
- oversensitivity, crying
- Appetite changes with overeating or food cravings.
- Sleep disturbances.
While there are no laboratory or blood investigations done to know whether the woman has PMS, but if the changes ( emotional and physical) occur consistently around ovulation and persists until menstrual flow begins,then PMS is probably the diagnosis !
Laboratory tests are done to exclude other conditions like hypothyroidism, depression , Irritable bowel syndrome …that can mimic PMS.
While General Management includes a healthy lifestyle like exercise, reducing caffeine,excess sugars and salt before menstrual period ….there are a few who may need medication.
While modern medication uses a range of medicines like Diuretics, anti depressants , analgesics and oral contraceptive pills….. Homoeopathy is a good option …especially as it treats without any side effects !!
Homoeopathy , a system of medicine invented about 200yrs ago by Dr.Samuel Hahnemann, is a system of natural medicine, which encourages the body to rebalance itself rather than giving artificial hormones! It is safe, gentle and non invasive way of treatment and effective in treating the emotional and mental symptoms as well. It needs a detailed case history covering the chief symptoms and also an overview of all body systems and health history of your family. Based on this information collected, a single remedy is selected which is specific to the person , which stimulates your body ‘s natural immune or healing system. Hence one person may benefit from a medicine like Pulsatilla , and the other may be better with Sepia …
Here are a few Homoeopathic remedies for PMS:
- Calcarea Carb: The menstrual cycle is typically abnormal, often coming on too early and lasting too long. PMS symptoms typically include fatigue, weight gain, water retention, and tender breasts. Often feelings of being overwhelmed and/or anxious will accompany the physical symptoms. Other symptoms indicating Calcarea include a general feeling of chilliness, clammy hands and feet, and extreme hunger.
- Chamomilla in cases where pain seems unbearable. Patients requiring Chamomilla are likely to be angry, irritable and sensitive to the extreme. The menstrual flow itself is typically heavy, and the blood may look dark or clotted.
Vigorous walking or moving around in other ways may help relieve the pain .
Lachesis is fiery, intense and sensual, desperately needing an outlet , to talk and talk. Women who suffer acutely from premenstrual discomfort, but feel much better once the flow is established, may benefit from this remedy. Other guiding symptoms include flushes of heat, headache, increased sex drive, left sided complaints, palpitations and an inability to tolerate tight clothing around the neck or waist.
With its broad sphere of action over the female organism, Sepia is one of the more frequently prescribed remedies in cases of menstrual irregularities. Women requiring Sepia are irritable, indifferent and disconnected. Guiding symptoms include painful, late, or suppressed menstruation, chilliness, perspiring, headache before, during or after menses, varicosities and constipation. In Sepia there is often a feeling that the pelvic floor is weak, to the point that she will want to sit with her legs crossed.
While a well chosen homeopathic medicine can do wonders, often within 2- 3cyles, it is also important to improve the quality of diet. So , as mentioned above elminate the processed or refined food and go organic , with diet consisting of whole grains, fruits ,vegetables.
Also, supplements like Vit b6- Pyridoxine , has a mild diuretic effect and is known
for treating PMS-related breast swelling and pain as well as water retention. Vitamin B6 also enhances absorption and retention of magnesium in the body. Magnesium supplements reduces constipation, cramping , headache and nervousness associated with menstrual cycle.Omega 3 also is known to reduce menstrual cramps.
Lastly a healthy and positive attitude towards life , exercises and embracing the change in our lives and our body can reap huge benefits .
Constipation and Homeopathy
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
- Colon cancer
- Drugs like iron tablets etc…
- Bloated feeling of abdomen
- Uneasiness and pain in the lower abdomen.
- Difficulty in passing stools
- Vomiting occ
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.
- Barium studies
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.More