Everyone loses some hair every day. Losing up to 100 hairs a day is normal.
But if hair loss runs in your family, you could lose a lot morehair. With this kind of hair loss, you may end up with bald spots if you are a man. If you are a woman, you may find that the hair on the top of your head is slowly thinning. About half of all people have this type of hair loss by around age 50.
Although hair loss is fairly common, it can be a tough thing to live with, especially when it changes how you look. But there are ways you can treat your hair loss.
- Family history. In most cases, hair loss is inherited, which means it's passed down from one or both of your parents. This is called male-pattern or female-pattern hair loss.
- Stress, including physical stress from surgery, illness, or high fever.
- Chemotherapy, which is powerful medicine that destroys cancer cells.
- Damage to your hair from pulling it back too tightly, wearing tight braids or ponytails, or using curling irons or dyes.
- Age. You grow less hair as you get older. Hair also gets thinner and tends to break more easily as you age.
- Poor diet, especially not getting enough protein or iron.
- Thyroid diseases, such as hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism.
- Ringworm of the scalp, which is common in children.
If your hair is thinning, it happens slowly over time, so you may not notice the hairs falling out. If your hair is shedding, then clumps of hair fall out. You may lose hair all over your scalp, which is called general hair loss. Or you may lose hair only in one area, which is called focal hair loss.
With inherited hair loss , men usually get bald spots around the forehead or on the top of the head, while women have some thinning all over the scalp, but mostly on the top of the head.
Since your hair has a lot to do with your appearance, losing it may cause you to have lower self-esteem if you don't like how you look. This is especially true in women and teens.
Homeopathy is a wonderful method for treating hairfall. If the correct medicine is chosen, hairfall can resolve very rapidly. As with all homeopathic treatments, the goal is to identify the simillimum, the remedy that most closely matches the patient’s presenting symptoms and mental-emotional state. The power of homeopathy for treating hairfall is out of proportion to the expectation.
A pimple is a small pustule or papule. Pimples are small skin lesions or inflammations of the skin - they develop when sebaceous glands (oil glands) become clogged and infected, leading to swollen, red lesions filled with pus. Pimples are also known as spots or zits.
The development of pimples is primarily connected to oil production, dead skin cells, clogged pores and bacteria (although yeast infection can also cause pimples to develop). Sebaceous glands, which are located at the base of hair follicles, can become overactive due to hormone deregulation, which is why acne is most commonly associated with puberty, and why breakouts occur around the time of menses.
The most likely parts of the body to be affected by pimples are the face, back, chest and shoulders due to the proliferation of sebaceous glands in these areas of skin. Pimples are a sign of acne, especially when a breakout occurs.
Acne is characterized by areas of blackheads, whiteheads, pimples, and greasy skin, and may result inscarring. The resulting appearance can lead to anxiety, reduced self-esteem and, in extreme cases, depression or thoughts of suicide.
Symptoms of pimples
There are several different types of pimples and they have different signs and symptoms:
- Whiteheads - also known as a closed comedo. These are very small and remain under the skin, appearing as a small, flesh-colored papules.
- Blackheads - also known as an open comedo. These are clearly visible on the surface of the skin and are black or dark brown due to the oxidation of melanin, the skin's pigment. Some people mistakenly believe they are caused by dirt, because of their color, and scrub their faces vigorously - this does not help and may irritate the skin and cause other problems.
- Papules - these are small, solid, rounded bumps that rise from the skin. The bumps are often pink.
- Pustules - these are pimples full of pus. They are clearly visible on the surface of the skin. The base is red and the pus is on the top.
- Nodules - these are morphologically similar (similar structure) to papules, but larger. They can be painful and are embedded deep in the skin.
- Cysts - these are clearly visible on the surface of the skin. They are filled with pus and are usually painful. Cysts commonly cause scars.
Homeopathy treats the person as a whole. It means that homeopathic treatment focuses on the patient as a person, as well as his pathological condition. The homeopathic medicines are selected after a full individualizing examination and case-analysis, which includes the medical history of the patient, physical and mental constitution etc. A miasmatic tendency (predisposition/susceptibility) is also often taken into account for the treatment of chronic conditions. The medicines given below indicate the therapeutic affinity but this is not a complete and definite guide to the homeopathic treatment of acne. The symptoms listed against each medicine may not be directly related to this disease because in homeopathy general symptoms and constitutional indications are also taken into account for selecting a remedy. Remedies like Sulphur, Sanguinaria, Kali bromatum, Antimonium crudum, Asterias Rubens, Belladonna, Hepar Sulphur, Calcarea Silicata, Nux vomica, Arsenicum iodatum, Causticum, Chelidonium majus, Graphites, Psorinum, Sabina, Calcarea phosphoricum, Thuja are more useful for acne.
Gestational diabetes also known as gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM), is when a woman without diabetes, develop high blood sugar levels during pregnancy. Gestational diabetes generally results in few symptoms. Rarely, an increased thirst or increased urinary frequency may be noticed. Condition is diagnosed via screening tests. But it increases risk of other condition in pregnancy like risk of pre-eclampsia, depression, and requiring a Caesarean section. GDM is a problem that affects a significant number of women during pregnancy.
Risk factors include being overweight, previously having gestational diabetes, a family history of type 2 diabetes, and having polycystic ovarian syndrome.
Pregnancy confers a state of insulin resistance and hyperinsulinemia that may predispose some women to develop diabetes. Like other types of diabetes, gestational diabetes affects how your cells use sugar (glucose). It is especially common during the last third of pregnancy.
Gestational diabetes causes high blood sugar that can affect your pregnancy and your baby's health.
Possible Problems To The Mother:
The foetus may get excess weight than normal and finds it difficult to pass through the mother’s pelvis. Hence may require a Caesarean delivery.
In gestational diabetes, blood sugar usually returns to normal soon after delivery. But if you've had gestational diabetes, you're at risk for type 2 diabetes.
Possible Problems To The Newborn:
Babies born to mothers with poorly treated gestational diabetes are at increased risk of being too large, having low blood sugar after birth, and jaundice. If untreated, it can also result in a stillbirth. Long term, children are at higher risk of being overweight and developing type 2 diabetes. Studies have shown that the offspring of women with GDM are at a higher risk for congenital malformations. A large case-control study found that gestational diabetes was linked with a limited group of birth defects. Breastfeeding is recommended as soon as possible after birth.
Glucose tolerance test is needed to confirm the diabetes. Seeing FBS, PPBS and HbA1c are useful in the diagnosis and as well as assessing the efficacy of treatment strategies.
The important aspect of management of Gestational Diabetes is glycemic control that is brought via employment of the medicine similar to the constitutional peculiarities of the pregnant lady. Homoeopathic constitutional treatment is even advantageous to the baby that it is born more healthier than other children. Quality nutritional intake is essential. Prevention is by maintaining a healthy weight and exercising before pregnancy.
Migraine involves recurrent attacks of moderate to severe headache. It usually appears before middle age; it usually affects about 20% of females and 6% of males at some point in life. Some patients have a misconception that any severe headache is migraine.
The exact cause of migraine is unknown. The risk factors include family history of migraine and female sex. Investigations like EEG and MRI are helpful in ruling out other causes of headache.
The triggering factors can vary from one person to another. Any of the following trigger usually a case of migraine.
- Hormonal changes in women especially before or during menses.
- Hormonal medications, such as oral contraceptives containing oestrogen and hormone replacement therapy
- Foods like Cheeses, salty foods, chocolates and processed foods
- Skipping meals or fasting
- Food additives: The sweetener aspartame and the preservative monosodium glutamate (MSG), found in many foods
- Alcohol, especially red wine, and highly caffeinated beverages
- Psychological factors: may occur after a period of stress
- Bright lights, sun glare, loud sounds, Strong smells — including perfume, paint thinner, secondhand smoke and others.
- Changes in sleep pattern: Missing sleep or getting too much sleep may trigger migraines in some people, as can jet lag.
- Physical factors: Intense physical exertion, including sexual activity
- Changes in the environment
- Medications like Oral contraceptives and vasodilators
- Some experiences a period of malaise, irritability or behavioral change for some hour or days prior to the occurrence of migraine.
- Severe throbbing or pulsating headache usually confined to one side but can occur on either side together lasting from 4 to 72 hours.
- Can be associated with aversion to light and noise, nausea and vomiting and transient speech disturbance.
- Movement makes the pain worse, and patients prefer to lie in a quiet, dark room.
- 20% of individuals experience migraine with Aura (Aura is a perceptual disturbance experienced before the onset of a migraine or seizure. It is perception of a strange light, an unpleasant smell or a confusing thought or experiences).
- 80% of the patients experiences migraine without aura.
A migraine can often cause disability due to the intensity of pain forcing the individual to take sick-leaves. Often stress plays an important role in causing and maintaining the attacks. Homoeopathy with its dynamically acting medicines heals the individual from the sickness and effectively brings peace of mind. Individual peculiarities are very important as far as Homoeopathic treatment is concerned.
NATRUM MURIATICUM: Throbbing pain. Blinding headache. Chronic headache, semi-lateral, congestive, from sunrise to sunset, with a pale face, nausea, vomiting; periodical; from eye strain; menstrual.
SANGUINARIA CANADENSIS: Right sided headache. Periodical sick headache. Veins in the temples are distended. Pain better by lying down and by sleep.
BELLADONNA: Severe throbbing and heat in the head. Pain worse in forehead, occiput and temples. Pain worse by light, noise, jar, lying down and in the afternoon; better by pressure.
Endometriosis is a disease in which the tissue that forms the lining of your uterus (which is called as endometrium) grows in other sites outside the uterine cavity. Such tissues are called endometrial implants (or ectopic endometrium).
Endometriosis most commonly involves your ovaries, bowel or the tissue lining your pelvis. Very rarely, endometrial tissue may grow beyond your pelvic region. These tissues undergo hormonal changes of the menstrual cycle as it happens into the endometrium of uterus.
The disease can go through the stages minimal, mild, moderate and severe according to the spread of the endometrium in different parts. The severity of the disease depends upon the many factors like location, number, size and depth of the endometrial implants. Laparoscopy can help in diagnosis.
- The most common symptom of endometriosis is pain that occurs prior to, during, or after menstruation.
- Increased menstrual flow due to congestion in the pelvis.
- Pain can occur during sexual intercourse, during urination, or during bowel movements. Some women have severe, disabling pain.
- Chronic pain in the low back or pelvis.
With each menstrual cycle, the implants go through the same growing, breaking down, and bleeding that the uterine lining (endometrium) goes through. This is why endometriosis pain may start as mild discomfort a few days before the menstrual period and then usually is gone by the time the period ends. But if an implant grows in a sensitive area, it can cause constant pain or pain during certain activities, such as sex, exercise, or bowel movements. Some women have no symptoms or problems. Others have mild to severe symptoms or infertility. There is no way to predict whether endometriosis will get worse, will improve, or will stay the same until menopause.
The severity of the disease depends upon the many factors like location, number, size and depth of the endometrial implants.
Between 20% and 40% of women who are infertile have endometriosis (some have more than one possible cause of infertility). Experts don't fully understand how endometriosis causes infertility. It could be that.
- Scar tissue (adhesions) may form at the sites of implants and change the shape or function of the ovaries, fallopian tubes, or uterus.
- The endometrial implants may change the chemical and hormonal makeup in the fluid that surrounds the organs in the abdominal cavity (peritoneal fluid). This may change the menstrual cycle or prevent a pregnancy.
Homoeopathy, with its holistic approach can bring cure for the condition. Homoeopathy has time tested medicines for the treatment of Endometriosis. but it will be wrong if one says that there is a panacea in Homoeopathy that can be used for every case of Endometritis. Homoeopathy deals each case of Endometritis differently; because each case is different. The peculiarities of the individual who suffers the disease is of topmost important. It removes the abnormal tendencies of the system. Abnormal growth of endometrial tissue in sites where it should not be present normally, gradually regresses. Regular intake of medicines as prescribed by the physician brings up the normal periods without debilitating suffering. Endometriosis can no longer remain as a cause of infertility if Homoeopathic medicines are taken in time.
An ovarian cyst is a fluid-filled sac within the ovary. Many women will develop at least one cyst during their lifetime. In most cases, cysts are painless and cause no symptoms.
Most ovarian cysts are related to ovulation being either follicular cysts or corpus luteum cysts. Other types include cysts due to endometriosis, dermoid cysts, and cyst adenomas. Many small cysts occur in both ovaries in polycystic ovarian syndrome. Pelvic inflammatory disease may also result in cysts. Rarely cysts may be a form of ovarian cancer.
Types of ovarian cysts
There are various types of ovarian cysts, such as dermoid cysts and endometrioma cysts. However, functional cysts are the most common type. The two types of functional cysts include follicle and corpus luteum cysts.
During a woman’s menstrual cycle, an egg grows in a sac called a follicle. This sac is located inside the ovaries. In most cases, this follicle or sac breaks open and releases an egg. But if the follicle doesn’t break open, the fluid inside the follicle can form a cyst on the ovary.
Corpus luteum cysts
Follicle sacs typically dissolve after releasing an egg. But if the sac doesn’t dissolve and the opening of the follicle seals, additional fluid can develop inside the sac and this accumulation of fluid causes a corpus luteum cyst.
Other types of ovarian cysts include:
- Dermoid cysts: Sac-like growths on the ovaries that can contain hair, fat, and other tissue
- Cyst adenomas: Non-cancerous growths that can develop on the outer surface of the ovaries
- Endometriomas: Tissues that normally grow inside the uterus can develop outside the uterus and attach to the ovaries, resulting in a cyst
Some women develop a condition called polycystic ovary syndrome. This condition means the ovaries contain a large number of small cysts. It can cause the ovaries to enlarge, and if left untreated, polycystic ovaries can cause infertility.
- Polycystic ovarian disease:
Polycystic ovarian disease is a heterogeneous, multisystem endocrinopathy in a woman of reproductive age with the ovarian expression of various metabolic disturbances and a wide spectrum of clinical features. Such as obesity, menstrual abnormalities and hyperandrogenism. It is characterized by bilaterally enlarged polycystic ovaries, secondary amenorrhoea or oligomenorrhoea and infertility as a result of anovulation. The clinical diagnosis rested on the symptoms of hirsutism, amenorrhoea, obesity and acanthosisnigricans.
Polycystic ovarian syndrome has been attributed to several causes including change in lifestyle, diet and stress. Genetic and familial environment factors were added as etiological factors in the development of polycystic ovarian syndrome. Gene mutation and familial occurrence has also been noted. Obesity is another cause of insulin resistance and hyperinsulinaemia.
Symptoms of an Ovarian cyst
Often times, ovarian cysts do not cause any symptoms. However, symptoms can appear as the cyst grows. Symptoms may include:
- Abdominal bloating or swelling
- Uterine bleeding. Pain during or shortly after beginning or end of menstrual period; irregular periods, or abnormal uterine bleeding or spotting.
- Pelvic pain before or during the menstrual cycle
- Painful intercourse
- Pain in the lower back or thighs
- Breast tenderness
- Nausea and vomiting
- Fullness, heaviness, pressure, swelling, or bloating in the abdomen.
- Change in frequency or ease of urination (such as inability to fully empty the bladder), or difficulty with bowel movements due to pressure on adjacent pelvicanatomy.
Severe symptoms of an ovarian cyst that require immediate medical attention include:
- Severe or sharp pelvic pain
- Faintness or dizziness
- Rapid breathing
The diagnosis is mainly depend upon the findings of ultrasonography, hormonal study and thyroid function test.
Homoeopathic approach in ovarian cyst
Homoeopathic approach towards management of pcos is constitutional taking into account the patient’s physical symptoms along with their mental and genetic makeup that individualizes the person. Early intervention with homoeopathy can assist in preventing further progress and hence deterioration caused by pcos. Homoeopathic constitutional treatment will help to balance the hyperactivity of gland, regulate hormonal balance, dissolve the cysts in the ovaries and force them to resume normal functioning. Hence, homoeopathic medicines can restore hormonal balance, normal ovulation, and regular menstrual cycles.
Suits an anxious, awkward, passionate female, who is prone to emotional outbursts. Anxious temperaments make her a busy bee. Tenderness & severe pain in the lower abdomen is also noticed along with a tendency to retain water in general, causing puffy swellings.
Full of fears- a calcarea lady has numerous fears, ranging from rats to financial ruins. She may be an anxious, hypochondriac with a fear of cancer or infectitous illness. Earthy, hardworking, contentious individuals, who are usually constipated, very delicate, sensitive to cold & wet weather.
Reserved and too proper in nature. Get offended easily and the reserved displeasure or anger may even lead to physical symptoms like colic or suppressed menses.
Very restless, hurried, anxious females. Always lean, inspite of hogging day and night. Feel hungry all the time, which is also a sign of anxiety, besides an over active thyroid gland, for which this remedy is quiet resourceful.
Shows an array of mental and emotional symptoms. Passionate, talkative, energetic, temperamental, delusional, dominating, aggressive, anxiety and a number of fears. Prone to having difficulty in sleeping, breathing, with palpitations.
Nervous, timid & lacking in confidence. However sometimes they may show a false ego or be boastful. Lean, flatulent, usually looks older then age, many times there is lack of development of breasts.
Reserved, closed, proper and well behaved females. Fear of being hurt in relationships or a history of being hurt is always there with brooding about the same. Often suffer from migraines, constipations & allergies. Prone to depression.
Emotional, attention seeking, jealous female. Many times fears men& marriage. Tendency to gastric upsets easily, especially after eating fat containing food.
Mild and sensitive natured female who is nervous yet quiet obstinate at times. Concentious nature leading to anxiety.
Low self esteem & lack of identity. Prone to having delusions & odd opinions about self. Suspicious and mistrustful. Tendency to warts, growth, “sycotic” affections.