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Treat PTSD with Homeopathy

Treating PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) with Homeopathy

In Mesa, AZ, treat PTSD with Homeopathy

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What is PTSD?

Post-traumatic stress disorder is an anxiety condition that develops when an individual experiences or witnesses any event that produces extreme fear; such as a murder, physical abuse or even a severe motor accident.

What are the symptoms of PTSD?

The symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder include nightmares, flashbacks, severe anxiety, intrusive thoughts about the event, feeling detached and unable to connect with loved ones, depression, being overly aware of danger and anger outbursts.

How many people suffer from PTSD?

Simply going through a traumatic event does not mean you will develop PTSD.  Currently, about 60% of men and 50% of women experience at least one traumatic event in their lifetime.  A much smaller percent of individuals develop PTSD, as follows (based on US population figures):

  • 7-8% of the population will develop PTSD at some point in their lives.
  • About 5.2 million adults will experience PTSD each year.

Who is most likely to develop PTSD?

  • History of physical or sexual abuse
  • Working in a high risk situation such as a policeman, fireman or active military personnel
  • History of depression or other psychological disorder
  • Alcohol or drug abuse
  • Non-existent or poor support system
  • Women are twice as likely to develop PTSD
  • Veterans
  • Survivors of terrorism, car wrecks, fires or other unexpected events

What’s the long term prognosis for PTSD sufferers?

The long term prognosis for PTSD sufferers varies greatly and depends on many factors.  Your ability to cope with stress, temperament, preexisting depression, support network, use of alcohol and/or drugs to cope, general stress level and the ability to remain in treatment can all affect the long term outlook.

In general, with proper treatment:

  • 30% will recover completely
  • 40% will get better, with only less intense symptoms remaining

What are typical treatment methods?

  • Cognitive behavior therapies – Techniques are learned to help cope with thoughts and feelings of the events. Gradual exposure to events and places reminiscent of the traumatic event may be suggested to build up a tolerance and lessen fear.
  • Stress management therapy – Techniques are taught to relax and overcome fear and anxiety.
  • Psychotropic medications for depression and anxiety are prescribed.
  • Antidepressants such as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), including sertraline (Zoloft), fluoxetine (Prozac), fluvoxamine (Luvox), or paroxetine (Paxil).
  • Benzodiazepines, a group of medications sometimes used for anxiety, including lorazepam (Ativan) and alprazolam (Xanax). These drugs have sedating properties and may cause drowsiness, constipation, or nausea. Do not take them if you have narrow angle glaucoma, a psychosis, or are pregnant. They also interact with other drugs, including some antidepressants (such as Luvox).
  • Dopamine-blocking agents, such as neuroleptics. There is some evidence of increased dopamine presence in children and adults with PTSD.

Can PTSD be treated naturally with homeopathy?

Homeopathy has proven to be very effective in the treatment of PTSD.  Homeopathy gives doctors the ability to treat each patient’s symptoms specifically rather than prescribing a “blanket” medication that treats a range of symptoms. This approach eliminates the negative side effects of traditional psychotropic drugs and offers a more gentle and individualized treatment plan.

The following list are examples of how homeopathic treatments and herbs can treat specific symptoms and should not to be considered a treatment plan. If you, or someone you know, suffers from PTSD it’s best to consult with a homeopathic doctor for individualized treatment.  There are many factors when determining exactly which treatment is prescribed.

  • Stramonium is effective for nightmares and night terrors.
  • Gelsemium eases the fear that something bad will happen in the future.
  • Aconitum eases reoccurring panic after the event.
  • Amica for chronic conditions such as depression.
  • Hops can ease anxiety and stress.
  • Green tea boosts the immune system and can assist PTSD suffers to resist illnesses.
  • Valerian promotes calmness and relaxation.

As mentioned earlier, the list above is a very limited list of possible treatments. A specific treatment plan should be developed by a trained homeopathic doctor based on the patient’s symptoms, severity of those symptoms and medical history.

Disclaimer: No statements on this website are intended to diagnose, prevent, treat or cure any condition or disease but rather are given for informational purposes only. Always seek the advice of a licensed, trained health care provider when using any dietary supplements, herbal, homeopathic, over-the-counter medicines, prescription drugs or making any dietary or lifestyle changes.

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Treat Schizophrenia with Homeopathy

Schizophrenia: Treatment with Traditional Medications vs Homeopathy?

Schizophrenia can be treated naturally in Mesa, AZ

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In a prior article called,  Homeopathic Treatment of Schizophrenia, the symptoms of schizophrenia as well as the potential to treat it with homeopathy was discussed. When deciding which treatment method is best for you or a loved one, we felt it would be advantageous for you to understand the side effects of some of the more prevalently used prescription medications by conventional medicine.

According to a 2011 analysis of prescription drug data by a pharmacy benefits management company, one in five Americans takes some kind of psychiatric medication. The number of prescriptions for psychiatric and behavioral drugs rose 22% between 2001 and 2010. It was said that 26% of women and 15% of men take these drugs.

Medications Used to Treat Schizophrenia

There are at least a dozen prescription medications used to treat schizophrenia.  The following are the four most common medications as well as their possible side effects:

Chlorpromazine (Thorazine)

Common side effects include dizziness, drowsiness, anxiety, sleep problems (insomnia), breast swelling or discharge, changes in menstrual periods, weight gain, swelling of hands or feet, dry mouth or stuffy nose, blurred vision, constipation, impotence, or trouble having an orgasm.

Haloperidol (Haldol)

Serious side effects include dizziness, fainting, fast or pounding heartbeat; restless muscle movements in your eyes, tongue, jaw, or neck; tremor (uncontrolled shaking); seizure (convulsions); pale skin; easy bruising or bleeding; flu-like symptoms; very stiff (rigid) muscles; high fever; sweating; confusion; fast or uneven heartbeats; tremors; feeling like you might pass out; stabbing chest pain; feeling short of breath; cough with yellow or green mucus; sudden mood changes, agitation, hallucinations, unusual thoughts or behavior; or jaundice (yellowing of your skin or eyes).

Less serious side effects may include headache, dizziness, spinning sensation, drowsiness, sleep problems (insomnia), feeling restless or anxious, mild skin rash or itching, breast enlargement, irregular menstrual periods, loss of interest in sex, dry mouth, blurred vision, or urinating less than usual.

Perphenazine

Serious side effects include twitching or uncontrollable movements of your eyes, lips, tongue, face, arms, or legs; tremor (uncontrolled shaking); drooling; trouble swallowing; problems with balance or walking; feeling restless, jittery, or agitated; confusion; unusual thoughts or behavior; feeling like you might pass out; seizure (convulsions); decreased night vision, tunnel vision, watery eyes, increased sensitivity to light; nausea and stomach pain; skin rash; jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes); high fever; stiff muscles; confusion; sweating;, fast or uneven heartbeats; rapid breathing; pale skin; easy bruising or bleeding; fever; sore throat; flu-like symptoms; urinating less than usual or not at all; joint pain or swelling with fever; swollen glands; muscle aches; chest pain; vomiting; unusual thoughts or behavior; patchy skin color; slow heart rate; weak pulse; fainting; slow breathing (breathing may stop).

Less serious side effects may include dizziness, drowsiness, anxiety, blurred vision, headache, sleep problems (insomnia), strange dreams, constipation, dry mouth or stuffy nose, breast swelling or discharge, changes in menstrual periods, weight gain, swelling of your hands or feet, impotence, trouble having an orgasm, mild itching, or skin rash.

Fluphenazine

Common side effects include drowsiness, lethargy, dizziness, nausea, loss of appetite, sweating, dry mouth, blurred vision, headache, or constipation.

Homeopathy vs. Traditional Treatment Methods

Now the question…which treatment method do you pursue? With conventional prescription medications there’s no way to tell which side effects, if any, you’ll experience.  There’s also no way to guarantee the successful treatment of schizophrenia with prescription medications.

This is not the case with homeopathy, which uses a system of medicine based on the law of similars —“like cures like.” Your symptoms are matched to the symptoms a homeopathic medicine produces. When a match is made, the medicine stimulates the body’s own healing process in a gentle way. The results using Dr. Kaufmann’s homeopathic approach — with no harmful side effects — are successful.

Disclaimer: No statements on this website are intended to diagnose, prevent, treat or cure any condition or disease but rather are given for informational purposes only. Always seek the advice of a licensed, trained health care provider when using any dietary supplements, herbal, homeopathic, over-the-counter medicines, prescription drugs or making any dietary or lifestyle changes.

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Treat Schizophrenia Naturally

How Do You Treat Schizophrenia Naturally?

Treat Schizophrenia Naturally

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What is Schizophrenia?

Schizophrenia is a mental illness characterized by abnormal social behavior and failure to recognize what is real. Symptoms include:

  • Delusions – strongly believing something is true even when there’s no evidence of it
  • Unclear or confused thinking, speaking, or behavior
  • Hallucinations – seeing or hearing things that others do not
  • Reduced social engagement, emotional expression and withdrawal from the things a person used to enjoy
  • Inappropriate appearance, hygiene or conduct with possible loss of motivation and judgment


Causes of Schizophrenia

The causes of schizophrenia are thought to be both genetic (inherited) and environmental. Having a non-parent first-degree relative (sibling or offspring) who’s had the disease gives an individual a  6.5% risk of having it themselves, a 13% risk if one parent is affected, and a 50% risk if both parents are affected. It is thought that many genes are involved with the inherited risk.

Environmental Factors

Environmental factors associated with a higher risk of developing schizophrenia include prenatal stressors (environmental hardships or stressful life events during pregnancy), use of drugs such as amphetamine and cocaine or excessive alcohol use, childhood trauma, death of a parent, being bullied or abused, and factors causing social isolation (immigration due to social adversity, family dysfunction, racial discrimination, unemployment and poor housing conditions).

People Suffering from Schizophrenia in the U.S.

More than 2.2 million people in the United States suffer from schizophrenia. The average age of onset for the disease is 18 in men and 25 in women. Schizophrenia onset is rare for people under 10 years of age, or over 40 years of age.

Prognosis for People Suffering from Schizophrenia for More Than 30 Years

The current prognosis for people diagnosed with schizophrenia more than 30 years ago:

  • 25% — Completely recovered
  • 35% — Much improved, relatively independent
  • 15% — Improved, but require extensive support
  • 10% — Hospitalized, unimproved
  • 15% — Deceased (mostly suicide)


Homeopathic Treatment of Schizophrenia

Traditional medicine is not always successful in the treatment of schizophrenia. Homeopathic medicine has been used successfully to treat schizophrenia dating back to the late 1800’s and early 1900’s when conventional medicine failed.

Homeopathy is a system of medicine based on the law of similars —“like cures like.” Basically, a patient’s symptoms are matched to the symptoms a homeopathic medicine produces. When a match is made, the medicine stimulates the body’s vital force to heal itself in a gentle way.

Homeopathic medicines follow FDA guidelines. The most common form of homeopathic medicines are small round pellets. The pellets are dissolved under the tongue or in pure filtered water and can be taken daily or as a single dose. There are over 3000 homeopathic remedies available.

Homeopathy identifies conditions which may interfere with healing, such as thyroid imbalance, nutritional deficiencies or a toxic relationship. Homeopathy may also be used with a number of supportive therapies such as orthomolecular medicine, clinical nutrition, lifestyle changes, thyroid therapies, dietary supplements and prescription medicines if necessary.

Disclaimer: No statements on this website are intended to diagnose, prevent, treat or cure any condition or disease but rather are given for informational purposes only. Always seek the advice of a licensed, trained health care provider when using any dietary supplements, herbal, homeopathic, over-the-counter medicines, prescription drugs or making any dietary or lifestyle changes.

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Homeopathy Effective in Treating Depression

Homeopathy Effective in Treating Depression

In Mesa, AZ we treat depression naturally with homeopathy.Feeling a bit down from time to time is a normal part of life, but when feeling down is replaced by feelings of emptiness and despair, it may be depression.

More than just feeling “blue” depression can make it difficult to function and enjoy life. The things you used to enjoy and friends that once interested you no longer keep your attention. When you’re depressed you’re exhausted all of the time and just making it through the day is almost overwhelming. When struggling with it, things may seem hopeless but with the care of a qualified naturopath physician and treatment with the correct homeopathic medicine you can get better.

Though the precise cause and nature of depression is not clearly understood, it is believed to be related to an imbalance of brain chemicals called neurotransmitters. This chemical imbalance may be caused by one or more of the following factors:

  • Some types of depression run in families, suggesting that the condition can be inherited from parents and grandparents as a genetic predisposition.
  • When this genetic predisposition is amplified through stresses at work or school, it can lead to depression. Stress can also be elevated due to a serious loss, difficult relationship, financial problems or any stressful change in life patterns.
  • People who have low self-esteem and consistently view themselves and the world in general with a pessimistic attitude are easily overwhelmed by stress and prone to depression.
  • Medical illnesses such as stroke, heart attack, cancer, Parkinson’s disease and hormonal disorders can also lead to depressive illness.

Very often a combination of genetic, psychological and environmental factors are involved in the onset of depression.

Homeopathy offers an excellent treatment for all stages of depression and is particularly effective in the early stages of the disorder. A wide variety of symptoms can be dealt with successfully through homeopathic care. Homeopathy can positively influence personality traits that are at the base of the disease.

The important factor is that when genetic predispositions are coupled with environmental stress the result is depression. Homeopathic medicines are particularly successful treating depression through their deep acting nature, countering genetic tendencies. Homeopathic medicines address the root cause of the disease and work to prevent a relapse or recurrence of the condition. And unlike other conventional medicines, homeopathy is free of negative side-effects.

If you have a question about homeopathy, call Dr. Andrew Kaufmann at (480) 840-1841.

 

Disclaimer: No statements on this website are intended to diagnose, prevent, treat or cure any condition or disease but rather are given for informational purposes only. Always seek the advice of a licensed, trained health care provider when using any dietary supplements, herbal, homeopathic, over-the-counter medicines, prescription drugs or making any dietary or lifestyle changes.

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Can Homeopathy Help Bipolar Disease?

Can homeopathy help bipolar disease?

Treatment of bipolar disease, in young and old, can be treated effectively in Mesa, AZBipolar disease is no longer a condition that is unfamiliar to the most of us. Many people suffer from this sometimes disabling disorder both young and old. Although we all have our mental ups and downs, for the person with a bipolar condition these mood swings can range from totally normal to a manic attack on the other side.

If you know someone tormented by this disorder you are probably wondering what can be done to help. There are two distinct approaches to treat bipolar disease, allopathy which merely treats the symptoms of the disorder, or homeopathy. Of the two, homeopathy is uniquely suited in its ability to treat mental disorders in general and bipolar disease in particular.

Homeopathy is based on the principle that “like cures like.” Simply stated, this means that a remedy must be capable of producing similar symptoms in a healthy person. Homeopathic medicines used for bipolar treatment are similar to those used for unipolar disorders such as depression and mania. Although the treatment of bipolar disorder is more difficult than unipolar disorder, homeopathy offers excellent long-term treatment options.

Successful homeopathic treatment relies on a few things. The experience and knowledge of the treating naturopathic physician plays a significant role in how successful treatment will be but the patient also plays a large role as well. Patients must accurately report symptoms to their physician as well as rigorously follow the prescribed treatment plan to achieve optimal success. It is also vitally important for patients to tell their physician about all medications and vitamins they are taking.

A bipolar patient under naturopathic care can also expect to make some lifestyle changes that might work to counteract the homeopathic treatment or make the condition worse. These changes may include restricting caffeine, alcohol, tobacco, spices or herbs.

The list of homeopathic medicines used to treat bipolar disorder is extensive but some the commonly used medicines for depression are anacardium, sepia, naja or natrum muriaticum. Some of the commonly used homeopathic medicines for mania are belladonna, stramonium, hyoscamus, tarantula or syphilinum. Sufferers of bipolar disorder must NOT attempt to self-treat. Although some of the suggested homeopathic medicines may be found in the local health food stores or vitamin/nutrition stores, only a licensed physician or certified homeopathic prescriber is able to determine the correct homeopathic medicine and dosage for your individual needs.

If you have a question about bipolar disorder, please call Dr. Andrew Kaufmann at (480) 840-1841.

Disclaimer: No statements on this website are intended to diagnose, prevent, treat or cure any condition or disease but rather are given for informational purposes only. Always seek the advice of a licensed, trained health care provider when using any dietary supplements, herbal, homeopathic, over-the-counter medicines, prescription drugs or making any dietary or lifestyle changes.

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