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Suffering seizures? Homeopathy can help!
It is undoubtedly a disturbing yet concerning experience to watch somebody have a seizure. One-off incidence may not be serious, but epileptic seizures need care; be assured, homeopathy can help!
Before you start reading the blog, please understand epilepsy is not a disease; it is a symptom of a brain disease. A single seizure does not mean epilepsy. It is just an indication of an investigation. A seizure is indeed an abnormal clinical event created by electrical discharges from the brain; however, epilepsy is defined as ‘the tendency to have seizures.'
Significant numbers, especially for India
Approximately 50 lac people have epilepsy worldwide, and each year 24 lac people are diagnosed with epilepsy. Of these patients, 80% live in the low- and the middle-income countries. Four to 10 people per 1,000 suffer from epilepsy, but certain studies also estimate the incidence as high as between seven to 14 epilepsy patients per 100 persons in low-income countries. One-fifth or about 10 lacs of the global 50 lac epilepsy patients are in India.
I consult many epilepsy cases in my clinic, of which, the majority (60%) are pediatric cases within the age group of two to eight years. The most common type of epilepsy in the clinic is primary generalized epilepsy. Absent seizures account for the rest of the 40% epilepsy cases in the clinic.
Don't be afraid; your awareness helps the patients
I agree, for a common person witnessing or experiencing an epileptic seizure may be scary or traumatic – mentally and sometimes physically too. However, we must understand that a seizure or even epilepsy is not the end of life. With early diagnosis and proper treatment, a patient can lead a normal, independent life. The lack of diagnosis and treatment is often due to the lack of awareness among the patients and the people around them, and also the social and cultural stigma attached to seizures. Depending upon the type of epilepsy, the signs and symptoms may include temporary unconsciousness, confusion, involuntary jerking movements of arms or legs, and sometimes fear and anxiety too.
Many other health conditions may be confused with epilepsy, for example, it may be wrongly diagnosed as a psychological disease and referred to a psychiatrist, or may be diagnosed merely as a fainting spell. Especially among females, the chances of wrong diagnoses of seizures – from hysteria and attention-seeking behavior to even wholly ignoring the symptoms.
Care is essential, not the cover-up or wrong treatment
Epileptic seizures can lead to further complications and emergencies. A sudden fall to the ground during the seizure can lead to minor or major injuries to the patients. An epileptic patient needs to be cleared by the doctor to be able to drive and ride a vehicle; these patients have an unusually high risk of vehicular accidents. These patients need to take regular treatment to avoid seizure incidences that may put their or the lives of the people around them at risk. For example, the patient with epilepsy has a far higher risk of drowning in water, if not supervised or if the help is not quickly available. Status epilepticus is a medical emergency where the patient suffers longer seizures lasting as long as over 30 minutes or has two seizures without gaining full consciousness in between them. In severe cases, epilepsy may cause the death of the patient.
Diagnosis needs advanced investigations
The diagnosis of the causes behind epilepsies requires a thorough neurological examination. The investigations may include the seemingly complicated and expensive, perhaps not easily accessible, imaging technologies. EEG (electroencephalogram) plays a crucial role in the accurate diagnosis of epilepsy. To further investigate and rule out the other causes such as infections and tumors or cysts, specific blood tests and CT (computed tomography) and MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) may be advised by the physicians.
Homeopathy helps with patient-centric approach
A homeopathic physician will carefully access and analyze a patient's case history, as with any other patient. I suggest my patients that meticulously maintaining a ‘seizure diary’ helps to describe the exact nature of patient symptoms to the physician. Such minutely detailed information helps in prescribing the most accurate and the most effective homeopathic treatment for the patient. It is a good idea to visit the homeopathic physician with a person who is around the patient so the physician can appraise the patient’s exact condition to the people close the patient.
A 22-year-old young lady described her case to me – she suffered regular seizures since her first period. The episodes occurred before her menses, sometimes leading to her collapse. The twitching of face and extremities was a regular feature. During the six months of the treatment she responded well; however, she soon discontinued the treatment as she got married. She hid condition from her husband and the in-laws. During the two-year lapse of the treatment, her condition aggravated, when she returned to my clinic. She was counseled about the importance of regular medication, and her family was apprised of her condition. They were very supportive, so she continued the treatment. She is leading a normal, symptom-free life with regular homeopathic treatment.
Another success story from my clinic is of a 4-year-old boy. A diagnosed case of partial epilepsy, he developed twitching and jerking movements in his left arm. His seizures would start as soon as he would wake up in the morning with a frequency of about two days. The child was very fearful and timid due to his condition. Considering his medical history, including tonsillitis, he was prescribed a homeopathic medicine for 15 days; his seizure-frequency lowered to once a week. With regular examination at the clinic and treatment compliance for a year, his EEG was completely normal, and the boy lived symptom-free. The child has been assessed once a year since and has grown-up to be a good sportsperson, leading a normal and worry-free life as any young man.
These representative and many more cases in my clinic underline two things: the lack of awareness and social stigma delay the diagnosis and the treatment for the patients, losing many months and years and increasing complications due to epilepsy; and a timely and quality homeopathic treatment can help you lead a fulfilling life even with epilepsy or help you cure the condition completely.
Diabetes management; move on in life
By focusing on improving lifestyle, the right treatment and some precautions you can easily set aside all your worries about diabetes management. Homeopathy is there to help you.
The word diabetes bothers us all; makes us worry about severe health conditions – from infections to amputations, and from sweet-consumption to stroke and heart attack. However, if we make the right lifestyle changes, that would not really hamper our cozy spectrum, we can easily sail through life.
To put the term in simple words: diabetes is nothing but a condition caused by elevated sugar levels due to deficiency in the insulin production or absorption in our body.
Many factors like lifestyle, the lack of exercise, diet, genetics, among others, may lead to either of the three types of diabetes; Type 1 or Type 2 or gestational diabetes. We must focus on managing diabetes in the best possible way.
Your body tells you
You should check for a few simple signs and symptoms for early detection of diabetes. Thirst and dry mouth along with tiredness, fatigue and irritability are a few primary symptoms. You may feel an increased urge for urination, especially, more often during the night. The other symptoms are sudden changes in weight, increased urge to eat sweets, blurred vision, headache and nausea, and skin problems like itchiness and frequent boils.
Understand your tests
Basis these symptoms if you investigate, and if you fasting blood sugar levels (BSL) are between 110mg/dL- 126mg/dL then you have impaired fasting glucose. But if it goes beyond 126mg/dL then you are considered to be diabetic. Post glucose intake of 75 gm, the BSL between 140mg/dL- 199mg/dL is considered to be signaling impaired glucose tolerance and above 200mg/dL is considered diabetic. The normal blood sugar levels in 12 hour fasting are 70 mg/dL to 110 mg/dL and for a post-meal blood glucose level the range is 100 mg/dL to 140 mg/dL In recent times, however, HbA1C levels are given more importance by the doctors, and HbA1C equal to or more than 6.5% are also considered as diagnostic for diabetes.
Examining concerns through the homeopathic window
Homeopathic medicines are never generic. Depending upon your lifestyle a personalized medicine is prepared to control the blood sugar levels. Also, prior to the medicine preparation and selection, a detailed case study of the patient is conducted so that one can have a medicine that will suit his/her lifestyle along with controlled BSL. Use of specific remedies for immediate reduction of high BSL is done by medicines like Phosphoric acid, Natrum phos, Abroma, Syzigium.
Wiping away skin issues
Itchiness and eruptions are common among diabetic patients. A patient comes with a trouble dealing with itchiness and eruptions around groin area. After initial treatment, the eruptions reduced but were not completely cured. After more examination, It was realized that it was a case of Tibea cruris ( fungal infection of the groin area). The high BSL was the reason for these eruptions and itching. Medicine is prescribed to resolve skin complaints and high blood sugar levels. After three weeks the skin issues were cured. After a month the BSL was normal as well.
Controlling blood sugar levels and hypothyroidism
Higher BSL during pregnancy is called gestational diabetes; the BSL is normal pre-pregnancy among these women. Pregnant at 34, patient was diagnosed with gestational diabetes along with hypothyroidism. Post delivery patient complained of urinary infection. Despite exercising regularly and following a diet regimen, and regular intake of medicines patient failed to reduce weight and could not resolve the issues of high BSL. She was then prescribed a medicine to resolve the infection. Considering her schedule, height, and weight I prepared a diet plan for her which led to a loss of 6 kg in three months along with stable BSL and thyroid levels after a span of four weeks. She still monitors her BSL and thyroid levels; all under control with the help of the prescribed homeopathic medicines.
Be careful with future complications
Initially, diabetes may not have a profound effect on your health but as time passes, and especially if it is not managed well, diabetes can result in a range of health complications. You can still alter your present diabetic conditions to avoid complications, which are:
Diabetic retinopathy: A common cause of blindness in the age group 35-60. Can be avoided if you keep a constant check on BSL and go for fundoscopic screening for your eyes. Homeopathic remedies like Tarantula Cubensis and Aurum met are helpful to treat this.
Diabetic nephropathy: This is a diabetic complication wherein the patient suffers from an impaired kidney function along with loss of protein from the urine. The primary symptom is experiencing an increased urge for urination. This follows with nausea, vomiting, tiredness, facial puffiness and swelling on the feet. The homeopathic remedies are Urea Pura, Ampelopsis Quinfolia Apis Mel, Spongia and Lactic acid.
Diabetic neuropathy: High BSL causes injury to the blood vessels supplying nerves leading to tingling and numbness, pain, abnormal sensation to body part, erectile dysfunction and loss of bladder control. Homeopathic remedies like Pumbum met, Hypericum, Secale cor are helpful to aid diabetic nephropathy.
Diabetic foot: The peripheral arteries and nerves around the foot get affected leading to poor blood circulation along with impaired sensation. This would lead to a non healing wound which may further result into gangrene if proper and immediate care is not taken. The homeopathic remedies are Gun powder, Arsenicum Alb and Staphylococcicum.
Walk an extra mile
If you decide to completely rely on medicines without taking extra efforts then you are heading towards the wrong direction. Medicines help in controlling blood sugar levels only if the intake is supported with a particular routine or minor changes in the daily habits and lifestyle. Some of those easy yet important things you must do to help in controlling the sugar levels are:
Regular exercise should include a combination of cardio exercises like a 45-minute brisk walk along with muscle strengthening exercises.
Weight loss helps to repair the metabolic disorder.
Follow a low carbohydrate diet and shift towards high protein and high fiber foods.
Performing yogasanas like mandukasana (frog pose) is beneficial in controlling BSL.
Hypothyroidism: widespread yet elusive
Shrouded in misconceptions and blessed with simple and common early symptoms, hypothyroidism remains elusive. Be informed, watchful and you can seek early medical help
Thyroid glands and the thyroid hormones control some of the most vital bodily functions in mammal bodies, including humans; thyroid glands control the metabolism. When one suffers from Hypothyroidism, thyroid glands are underactive producing less thyroid for the body. Initial symptoms may be as simple and common as fatigue, weakness and facial puffiness, however, if not treated early, hypothyroidism may progress into slow metabolism and general symptoms and health complications.
Common yet misunderstood
In 2014, a study by The Lancet and Indian Association of Endocrinology found that India had over 42 million incidences of thyroid disorders; hypothyroidism is most commonly prevalent. The study also found that hypothyroidism affected over the double the number of females (15%) compared to the males (6%). The most affected age group for both the sexes was between 40 and 53 years. The study also observes that incidence is higher among the hinterland populations compared to the populations living along the coast in India. At my clinic, hypothyroidism patients are the highest followed by patients with allergic rhinitis, PCOD, and diabetes.
Recognise hypothyroidism with symptoms
Besides the common symptoms mentioned earlier, prolonged thyroid failure may lead to several symptoms; they all may not appear in each patient, however, these are a few clinical features of the disorder. One may feel sleepy and drowsy all the time, gain weight as early signs. One may develop cold intolerance, and the voice may become hoarse. Anaemia, dry and flaky skin and hair, hair fall, are some of the commonly observed symptoms among hypothyroid patients. Tingling in palms and swollen feet are also seen among many patients. One may develop constipation. Ladies may face menstrual irregularities, the absence of menses, and males may develop infertility and impotence. Depression is also one of the clinical features of hypothyroidism.
Homoeopathy helps with hypothyroidism
A 19-year-old lady visited my clinic with a backache, leg pain and constipation. She also complained about irritability. She did not have a definitive diagnosis despite her longtime nature of the symptoms; however, her low weight at 35 kg at her height of 5 feet 4 inches alerted me. After an initial prescription of Aesculus, a detailed case taking revealed the young lady's family history – both her sisters suffered from hypothyroidism. After thyroid profiling, I prescribed her specific medicines considering her physical symptoms and psychological features. In the follow up a backache was gone, but constipation persisted. Higher potency of the medicine was given, and after a month her thyroid tests revealed all the levels were within the normal range. After six months of continued cautionary medication, she has been symptom-free for the past two years without any medication.
Expecting mother at thirty-something was investigated for thyroid after seven weeks of pregnancy. The test results revealed disturbed than normal thyroid levels, though she had no symptoms. She was a known case of PCOD and had the history of sudden weight gain at menarche. After the thyroid-test revelations, she was concerned about the foetus' growth. I counselled her about pregnancy-specific hypothyroidism among women as the demand for thyroid during pregnancy. I also assured her that her condition would not adversely affect her pregnancy or the baby. I also prescribed her Calc Carb, and the thyroid-test was done after a month; the results showed significant positive benefits of the medication. The mother was monitored for hypothyroidism through the pregnancy and later until she lactated. The newborn was also tested for hypothyroidism. The mother and the baby showed no signs of the disorder.
A young 10-years-old boy suffered from swelling on his throat. He as a diagnosed case of hypothyroidism as young as 8-years-old, although when he came to my clinic, he was not responding to any treatment. A detailed case taking revealed that his sister was also diagnosed with hypothyroidism, around the same age as he was. To further investigate his case, I advised antithyroid antibody tests; these tests help us pinpoint the kind of hypothyroidism. The tests revealed he had Hashimoto's thyroiditis; the little boy’s autoimmune system had turned against the thyroid gland. Considering his peculiar case Calcarea Sulph was prescribed; a follow up after one month revealed the swelling had completely subsided. His tests results were also within the normal range. I continued the medication and examined the boy every three months. He is symptoms free for the past 3 years, though he is advised to undergo regular tests to ensure symptom- and trouble-free life for the young boy.
Accurate disgnosis and personalised medication for effective treatment
In my experience, many cases of hypothyroidism are not so obvious. However, thorough diagnosis for women in the reproductive age group with complaints of tiredness, weight gain, facial and pedal swelling or menstrual irregularities have helped in identifying the disorder early and provide effective treatment. From the common symptomatic hypothyroidism cases to non-symptomatic or allied-symptomatic cases such as patients with the history of PCOD diagnosed with thyroid disorders, to post-surgery hypothyroid patients visit my clinic, and I can help them with homoeopathy.
Rekindling the inspiration
October 5 is celebrated as the World Teacher's Day; it is the time to revive the inspiration from your teachers.
Understanding the basics of 'practice'
I am a surgeon's daughter. My father, Dr Sanjeev Kadlaskar is my first teacher. He introduced me to the world of medicine from a very young age appreciating my leaning towards medicine. My practice today, thus, has its roots in those early interactions with my father's practice. I learned from him many things; the most important among them is how to interact with the patient and the thorough knowledge of the diagnosis. "It is important to clinically examine a patient than prescribing many tests,” reminds my father even today. “As a doctor, it is essential to chase the satisfaction in your practice that you have given the very best and everything you got for the patient’s health,” this lesson has been the guiding light for my practice for the past decade.
It is by observing him that I have understood the importance of wholistically guiding my patients with their diet, posture, exercise than merely prescribing them medicines. His interactions with patients mesmerise me; his concern and dedication for the patients inspire me to be a better doctor every day.
Underlining the significance of ‘practising life’
Dr Megha Sonawane, a renowned anaesthesiologist practising in Maval area is an inspiration for her zeal for life. Besides medicine, she has achieved proficiency in almost everything that she does from gardening to cooking to arts and much more. I have learned the importance of living a fulfilling life besides learning a lot about emergency medicine and about staying calm while treating emergency patients.
Even after knowing her for so many years, I am amazed to see her learning or sharing her experience of learning something new. Her zeal to learn new things and keep herself updated has inspired me to keep myself updated and explore new things in life, personal and professional.
Practising the art of ‘giving’
Dr Krishna Page is a renowned dermatologist from Pune. Though I have known him since my childhood as my father’s friend, I became his true student only after my internship. Dr Page has taught many students; he has always shared knowledge without withholding anything. His continuous effort to learn about every new development in the fields of dermatology and general medicine is inspiring.
He is a strict yet patient teacher and a stern yet compassionate person. He focuses on not just helping patients with medicines but a little beyond; he guides his patients to get the medicines at affordable prices. He is all for the patient, not distracted by anything else at all – this lesson is valuable for the young doctors like me operating in the current market and the society with many distractions, personal and professional.
The quest for knowledge and positive change
The founder of Homoeopathy Dr Samuel Hahnemann advised:‘Aude sapere’ or ‘dare to be wise.’ It is excellent teaching from the master doctor, indeed, who led by example. Dr Hahnemann was unhappy with the then modes of treatments, bloodletting, for example, so he set out to find a better and a different system of patient care. He worked tirelessly until the age of 80, dedicating his life for medicine. Yet, besides medicine, he excelled at many things from chemistry and pharmacy to over a dozen languages.
In 1816, Dr Hahnemann observed that not all cases showed permanent cure and in certain cases, it was just the disappearance of the symptoms with homoeopathy. Despite being the renowned doctor, he did not shy away from accepting the flaws in his system and reinvented himself. He introduced the concept of miasms when the science of genetic study was nowhere in sight. He had the foresight to see the base of certain diseases in genetics; which has become the essential tool in the practice of medicine to predict the course of a disease or to predict the health graph of a person or a community.
Dr Hahnemann has written in great detail about the rules of practising homoeopathy, about record keeping, about chronic and acute disease treatment in ‘The Organon of the healing art’ first published in 1810. I refer to the 6th edition, really the in-detail annotated version of the 5th edition by the master himself published a year before his death in 1843. Dr Hahnemann’s life is an example of reinventing self, to break it all and start from the beginning, and his forward-looking vision is genuinely awe-inspiring.
Some extra care along with regular medicines will definitely relieve your physical as well as mental concerns during festivals.
Along with festival preparations, it is necessary to remain fit and healthy. With adequate precautions and the essential medication, you can safely wipe the troubling diseases and enjoy the celebrations. Do not restrict yourself from sweets or let the noise pollution worry you; keep yourself healthy and go ahead with a bang.
The sweet tooth
If you follow a routine and check your sugar levels in the case of diabetes, do not refrain yourself from sweets. Diabetes, may it be Type 1 or Type 2, regular intake of medicines and proper diet should always be your priority. Let me also share a few tips to pamper your sweet tooth along with controlling sugar levels and diabetes.
Purchase your medicines ahead of time and take them regularly.
Portion control is the key, you can enjoy all the sweet food provided you keep a check on the quantity of food.
Prepare the sweets at home for yourself to remain in control of the quantity of sugar.
In the case of fasting, by consulting your physician, adjust your medicines according to your meal timings.
A daily check on your sugar level is a must.
|Regulate sugar levels||Biocombination no.7 , take 3 ablets a day after food for a period of 5 days or during celebration|
|To deak with the weakness associated with the festivities||Acid Phos 200CH , 6 pills a day for a period of 5 days|
|General dosage during festivals||Natrum Phos 3X 3 tablets twice a day after meals for a period of five days|
Dealing with pollution
Festivals bring along noise and air pollution with them, making us a victim. We can set these roadblocks aside with health care measures. To avoid breathlessness and bronchial problems, let me share a few tips; it will clear off the clog in your lungs so that you can enjoy irrespective of the environmental conditions.
Avoid visiting polluted areas or areas where you may feel stuffy. At home, if possible, use good quality air filter for your room if you are very allergic to such situations.
To avoid sudden triggers, make sure you take your asthma medicines on time.
Regular pranayama and yoga will keep your lungs healthy and deep breathing or blowing balloons will help increase lung capacity.
Refrain from fried foods, and while frying at home, keep all the windows open to allow air circulation. Switch on the exhaust.
Avoid bursting firecrackers which release a lot of smoke as it not only affects asthma or bronchial patients but also healthy people around you.
|To prevent breathlessness and wheezing||Ipecac 30CH , 6 pills once a day for a period of 5 days|
|For sudden episodes of breathlessness associated with wheezing||Ipecac 30CH 6 pills thrice a day for a period of 3 days|
|Breathlessness along with cough and expectoration||Antim Tart 30CH , 6 pills twice a day for a period of 5 days|
|Breathlessness triggered by overeating||Carbo Veg 30CH, 6pills thrice a day for period of 3 days|
Sound mind and sound body
Your brain should be as healthy as your body. Undoubtedly festivities bring joy and rejuvenate us; however, the hustle, the stress and the anxiety of perfect celebrations can lead to disturbed mental health. Right medication and a calm mind can help you work efficiently and enjoy with your loved ones. Enjoy the celebrations with a positive approach, and let these suggestions help you.
Do not forget to exercise and keep yourself hydrated.
Keep a check on anxiety, try to keep calm, and take medicines.
Regularly practising pranayama and yoga regularly would prove to be extremely helpful to release stress.
Connect with your friends or family; talk your heart out. Let the warmth of celebrations de-stress you.
Kali Phos 30CH, 8 pills at night, start this meidicne 3 days before the celebrations begin and continue for a period of 10 days
Rescue remedy ( bach flower remedy) 6 drops thrice a day with warm water for a period of 10 days
|Sadness and depression||Ignatia 200CH 6 pills twice a day for a period of 6 days along with Passiflora mother tincture 10 drops with water at night for a period of 6 days|
|Irritabilty and anger||Kali Phos 6X, 4 tablets thriec a day before meals for a period of 10 days. Chamomilla 30CH 6 pills thrice a day for 5 days to control anger and irritability in children.|
Armed with this information, leave all your healthcare worries behind and immerse yourself in the joy and celebrations in the festive season.
Hi Sir, my father has high blood sugar level. His age 48 years. He has FBS=270 & PPBS=391. What should I do? What should he take and what should he avoid? PLZZProvide your valuable advice. Thank You.
In the upcoming festive season enjoy the celebration, let me take care of your health with a few simple tips and medicines.
The festive season is about to start with pomp and splendour and so is your preparation; however, your health should not be ignored. While you take care of your diet and exercise, a few homoeopathic medicines can help you enjoy your festivities and celebration with fervour without worries about your health.
Taking care of your little ones
The most excited of us all are the children during this time; be it food or the random fun during the celebrations. They may get easily affected and fall sick. A simple close watch on hygiene and regular hand washing can avoid cough, cold or throat infections. Children also tend to gorge on the festive food being completely ignorant of the consequences including indigestion. Parents should see to it that the children eat only warm and properly cooked food, only when hungry. The outside or the roadside food for children may further lead to diseases, like diarrhoea, spoiling the fun for them. Do not stop your child from eating sweets; educate them about the proper way of brushing the teeth and oral hygiene so that the child does not develop a toothache. Parents and elders around children must also protect the children from burn injuries, common during Diwali.
Throat infection, running nose and cough
Bio-combination 5 to prevent respiratory infections, 4 tablets twice a day in the first two days of symptoms. Allium Cepa 30, 6 pills twice a day for running nose for 4 days.
Carbo Veg 30, 6 pills one dose per day for 5 days.
Arsenicum Album 30, a single dose of 6 pills for 3 days.
Mag Phos 200, a dose of 6 pills, four times before every meal, for 5 days, Chamomilla 30, 5 pills every half an hour, only 4 doses to reduce the pain immediately.
The multi-tasking ladies
Leading the charge of the festive preparations, the lady of the house neglects her health. Continuous exertion and the hard work of hosting the guests can be tiring, leading to body ache and muscle soreness. Learn the art of planning and delegating tasks to all the family members. Fasting during the festivals and the anxiety can lead to weakness and headache; keep yourself hydrated and take enough rest. Don’t forget to eat fruits in your diet to keep yourself healthy while you fast.
Many women worry about their menstrual cycles during the festive seasons; interfering with nature and postponing your cycles can lead to heavy bleeding. Meditation and yoga can help you tackle the physical and the mental stress, helping you feel relaxed and enjoy the celebrations.
To look beautiful, maintain a healthy lifestyle even during the festivities; a bit of makeup will help you look good, perhaps, but staying alive from within is essential. Avoid cosmetics that may harm your skin and hair. Never forget to remove your make up with a make-up-remover, cleanse and moisturise the skin it before you go to sleep.
Body ache and muscle soreness
Arnica 200, 6 pills twice a day 2 days before the celebrations,continue if needed uptil 8 days.
Iris V 30, 6 pills thrice a day will help ameliorate a headache for 5 days . Kali Phos 30, a single dose of 8 pills for 8 days, at night for a good sleep, and to tackle anxiety.
Weakness and tiredness
Five Phos 6X, 4 tablets thrice a day to help you feel and look fresh for 10 days.
Heavy menstrual bleeding and the pain
Secale Cor 30, 6 pills four times a day to control bleeding; continue until the bleeding reduces for 3 days. Viburnum Opulus 30, 6 pills thrice a day for 3 days to help manage the pain.
Skin rashes and eruptions
Bovista 30, 6 pills thrice a day for 7 days to help clear up the eruptions. Calendula mother tincture, 15 drops per day in half a glass of water for 10 days, for clear skin.
Grandmas and grandpas, don’t hold back
We all are sensitive to noise and air pollution; avoid the areas of excessive noise and air pollution. Engage with children by teaching them rangoli, cooking, drawing, making handicrafts for the festival to move them away from noisy parties and polluting firecrackers. The engagement will keep you active and keep away a headache and annoyance. If you are asthmatic, avoid the incense-sticks at home and switch on the exhaust fans in the kitchen when deep-frying to prevent cough and breathlessness. If you suffer from BP and diabetes, you must not ignore your medication.
Headache, tiredness and annoyance
Natrum Mur 200, 6 pills a day for 2 days to control a headache which occurs due to noise exposure. Kali Phos 30, 8 pills at night for 5 days, to reduce the irritability and tiredness.
Cough and breathlessness
Ipecac 30, 6 pills a day for 2 days to avoid breathlessness in asthma. Antim Tart 30, 6 pills thrice a day for 3 days, if a cough with expectoration develops. Blatta Orientalis 6C, 6 pills thrice a day for 2 days, to prevent wheezing.
Kali Phos 6X, 4 tablets twice a day for 5 days.
Breastfeeding a prerequisite ritual in the life of a newborn and the mother for the healthy growth of the baby for it is the first and the best nutritious food for a newborn.
The primary stage of nurturing the baby
The first three months of a child’s life is the most delicate period for both the mother and the child. Mothers have to go through a lot of unexpected experiences in the first few months of their motherhood – from a range of health issues to lactation and breastfeeding. In this turbulent period, a lot of suggestions and instructions are launched on the new mother regarding the care of her child.
Worldwide, the first week of August is celebrated as the ‘breastfeeding’ awareness week. Many of us are aware of its essentiality and strive to care for our children in the best possible way; however, there is still a lack of awareness regarding exclusive breastfeeding, the duration for which a baby needs to be breastfed, and the diet of the mother during this period.
Advantage mammals, including us the humans
Breastfeeding is a unique and the best way of providing the right nutrition for a baby for healthy growth. It is unique to mammals in the animal world, including us, the humans. Several researchers have shown that exclusive breastfeeding of an infant for six months is the perfect way to feed the infant. If the baby is fed only and exclusively on breastmilk, no other additional food or water during these six months is required for the baby.
Exclusive breastfeeding has a set of advantages for the baby as well as the mother, and the advantages prove that exclusive breastfeeding is the best kickstarter for the baby’s growth.
The benefits of breastfeeding for the infants include,
1.the best supply of all the nutrients an infant needs the first six months of life, thereby reducing infant mortality,
2. Helps in better development of sensory and cognitive abilities, leading to better intelligence quotient (IQ)
3. Rich in antibiotics, breast milk helps the baby in fighting infectious and chronic diseases
4. Reduces incidences of diabetes mellitus, hypertension, and obesity
Advantages of exclusive breastfeeding for the mother are:
1. It helps in effectively spacing between the childbirths
2. Decreases the risk of ovarian and breast cancer
3. Absolutely an economical and safe way to feed a child
4. Helps in creating a bond between the mother and the child
5. Prevents postpartum depression that many women face after childbirth
The second best for your baby
There may be reasons when the mother is unable to lactate or breastfeed the baby due to medical reasons or some unforeseen situations, the human milk from the other lactating lady is the second best option. Dai maa or the nursing mother was a common practice in the Indian culture. The ‘human milk bank' may seem like a novel concept today, but it is the modern-world reincarnation of the age-old system.One should know that the milk-substitutes may provide the required nutrients, but the useful pro-health and anti-disease properties of human breast milk cannot be replaced. This is where the human milk banks play a critical role; a human milk bank provides milk to the premature or low weight infants, the babies who separated from their mothers due to some medical complications, or to the orphaned infants.
The breast milk is collected from healthy mothers, who are lactating for six months or less and who produce excess milk than required by their infant. The breast milk is extracted by mothers using ‘breast pumps' offering a safe method to extract the milk, and deposited with the milk bank. The milk is then screened, processed, pasteurised and stored under prescribed conditions before giving it to the babies who need it. It can be stored in tightly sealed containers at home, and it is to be given to the babies within 96 hours of collection to ensure that it delivers the best nutritional value.
Points to remember
In the sweet chaos of taking the best care of your child, few things are bound to slip away from your mind. Let me share a few tips to breastfeed and create a strong bond with your child successfully
1. Breastfeeding the baby within the first hour of life is essential.
2. While breastfeeding, the position is crucial; tummy to tummy is the best position.
3. Don’t use artificial teats or pacifiers to avoid confusion with the nipple.
4. Feed the baby on his/her demand, not by yours.
5. Skin to skin touch promotes milk production.