Homeopathy in Heart Disease?
People often scoff at the fact that homeopathic medicines may be useful in treating various heart diseases. This obviously is due to their lack of knowledge and a deep rooted prejudice against homeopathy. However, a homeopath cannot claim that he can treat all types of heart diseases. He must know the scope and limitations of his therapeutics.
Homeopathy is useful in cardiac neurosis- esp. post infarction and post by-pass surgery, hypertension, chronic ischemic heart disease, heart diseases that are secondary to other systemic diseases and of course rejected cases.
There is poor scope with homeopathy in congenital heart disease, acute angina and myocardial infarction, cardiomyopathies, organic valvular lesions, gross Congestive Cardiac Failure (CCF) and atherosclerosis.
Homeopaths look for peculiarities in the patient’s presentation of the symptoms and the more peculiar they are the greater is the indication of that particular medicine:
LATRODECTUS MACTANS has a violent precordial pain extending to the axilla and down the arm and forearm to fingers, with numbness of extremity. The left arm feels paralysed. This drug has all the symptoms of angina.
LAUROCERASUS is useful when the patient puts the hand on the heart region which relieves the pain. The cardiac asthma is relieved by lying down.
LILIUM TIGRINUM has a cold feeling about the heart. There is angina pectoris with pain in the right arm.
LITHIUM CARB has pain in the heart which is worse before and during urination and better after urination.
MYRTUS COMMUNIS has stitching pains in the left breast, running through to shoulder blade. There is a burning sensation in the left chest.
NAJA TRIPUDIANS has pains extending to the nape of the neck, left shoulder and arm with anxiety and fear of death.
When the pathology is prominent and there are plenty of signs as well as symptoms pointing to an organic lesion, the homeopathic medicine will not be able to cure or reverse the disease process, but will help in preventing further progress and let the patient lead a more comfortable life. Certain homeopathic medicines will then be useful in treating hypertension, ischemic heart disease:
BARYTA MUR is indicated in arteriosclerosis when a high systolic pressure with a comparatively low diastolic tension is attended by cerebral and cardiac symptoms. There may also be aneurysms of the heart or the aorta. It is useful in pulmonary hypertension and for bronchial affections of old people with cardiac dilatation.
CRATAEGUS is a medicine that acts on the myocardium and is also useful for myocarditis. The heart is dilated and the first sound is weak. It is known to have a solvent power upon calcareous deposits in the arteries.
CONVALLARIA MAJALIS is of use when the ventricles are over distended and dilatation begins and when there is no compensatory hypertrophy and when venous stasis is marked. It is useful for dyspnea and dropsy with suppression of urine.
IBERIS is useful in cardiac debility after influenza. It controls vascular excitement in hypertrophy with thickening of the heart’s walls. There is a dilatation of the heart.
LYCOPUS VIRGINICUS is useful in exophthalmic and toxic goiter causing heart disease. There is also hemoptysis (spitting of blood) due to valvular heart disease. The pulse does not synchronize with the heart (atrial fibrillation). It is also indicated in cardiac asthma.
STROPHANTHUS HISPIDUS is also a drug for exophthalmic goiter. There is anemia with palpitation and breathlessness. It is indicated in mitral and tricuspid valve regurgitation where edema and dropsy have supervened. The heart’s action is weak, rapid, and irregular due to muscular debility and insufficiency.
Disclaimer: A detailed history followed by constitutional treatment by good and qualified homeopathic specialists is necessary to treat the complaints that appear during any disease. It is not advisable to resort to self-medication for any disease. The above-mentioned drugs are just a few of the remedies and are mentioned solely to create awareness about the efficacy of homeopathic medicines.
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