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Factors In Determining The Length Of Homeopathic Treatment

Homeopathic treatment has been used for various types of ailments ever since it was discovered by the German physician Samuel Hahnemann in 1796. The subject of this article will be, specifically, some of the factors that determine how long a particular homeopathic procedure will typically be.

The seven factors

Even those who administer homeopathic treatment frequently have difficulty predicting the exact length of their procedures. However, homeopaths have developed a list of seven factors that can affect the length, and each of them is described in detail in the following subsections.

The patient’s level of vitality

Young people tend to be more physically responsive than older people are. The moods of children can shift greatly from one moment to the next, and their physical symptoms can appear and disappear just about as rapidly.

His or her nature and social background

Those who are poor or otherwise living in relatively simple conditions tend to respond to homeopathic treatment more rapidly than those whose ways of life are more affluent owing to the greater acuteness of the pathologies experienced by such people.

The type of physical pathology present and how severe it is

Severity alone has no bearing on the length of treatment required; it is not the physical pathology per se with which homeopaths deal. Some medical conditions that were considered to be irreversible, such as rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis and ulcerative colitis, may prove the contrary with homeopathy.

How long the signs and symptoms of that pathology have been manifesting themselves

Roughly, for every year that the disease has been present, a month of homeopathic treatment will be required. This, however, is just a  “rule of thumb.”

Whether the condition is hereditary

Homeopaths speak of miasmatic influence (derived from the Greek word miainein, meaning pollution or taint), which is the sum of the negative energetic imprints transferred from parent to child, such as stresses experienced during pregnancy.

Interfering factors in the patient’s life

Such factors can include financial crises, quarrels with spouse and children and commutes to and from work that last for more than an hour. Those who live in rural areas and live quiet lives respond to homeopathy more rapidly.

The level of vitality that he or she is seeking

Some patients are interested in relieving symptoms only, while others want to be released from physical limitations. In the latter case, treatment may last for several years.

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Treating Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) in Teens with Homeopathy

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a condition wherein the patient is plagued with intrusive and repetitive thoughts, or obsessions, which in turn produce incredible anxiety, resulting often in the need to perform some sort of behavior, action, or ritual to manage the anxiety. It is characterized by patients being mentally preoccupied by something. A common OCD obsession involves excessive concern Treat obsessive compulsive disorder with homeopathy in Mesa, AZover germs and cleanliness, which in this case may create the compulsion, or need to repeatedly wash the hands. Though many patients are aware that these thoughts and behaviors are irrational, they are unable to control them. It can be a debilitating and all consuming brain disorder, and without management, many patients are unable to function normally and lead productive lives.

Fortunately, homeopathy offers several effective remedies for those suffering from this condition, especially teens, and works with the philosophy that the mind and body are powerfully linked, and must be treated as a whole. Homeopathy can be instrumental in managing the disorder, and controlling the unwanted thoughts and behaviors.

In contrast to psychiatric prescription drugs, which can become a lifelong crutch, in addition to often creating several undesirable side effects, homeopathic remedies are completely natural, and as a result, non-toxic. As opposed to merely treating symptoms, homeopathy works to reestablish equilibrium in the mind and the body, whereby thoughts and behaviors become more manageable as the brain’s symmetry is restored.

Several different homeopathic remedies are available in the treatment of obsessive compulsive disorder, based on an assessment of the presenting symptoms. Determining the most fitting and appropriate remedy requires a thorough evaluation from a well educated and qualified homeopathic physician. It is never wise to self diagnose and treat.

Living with OCD is anything but pleasant. However, it is possible to break the pattern of being controlled by one’s thoughts and actions, and to become truly liberated and capable of living life to the fullest. Please contact us to schedule a consultation to review your symptoms and to determine the most effective treatment options.

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Treating Teens With Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) Using Homeopathy

The Use of Homeopathy

Homeopathy refers to the method of treating some form of ailment by intentionally producing some of the symptoms thereof. The German physician Samuel Hahnemann (1755-1843) developed the idea on which modern homeopathy is based during the early 1800s, theorizing that a drug that produces certain disease symptoms in a healthy person will have the opposite effect on somebody who already has a disease of which such symptoms are characteristic. (The older school of medicine, based on the opposite principle, is known as allopathy.)  In this article, we will look specifically at the use of homeopathic treatments for attention deficit disorder (ADD).

ADD-affected children

boy-608821_1920About 35 percent of all children in the United States are affected by this disorder. Traditionally, doctors have used central nervous system stimulants to treat ADD. One such drug is Ritalin and other brands of methylphenidate. This particular drug has been prescribed with increasing frequency since the 1990s, partly as a result of the more widespread acceptance of ADD as a valid diagnosis. If the use of this and other such drugs is monitored carefully, they can be effective at least some of the time; however, there is a risk of toxicity, and their effects on children under six has not yet been adequately tested, so these drugs should be considered off-limits to that age group.

That leaves homeopathy as a viable alternative for those who want to see their children treated for ADD as early as possible. Although objective evidence for its effectiveness has been lacking up to a point (see next section), clinicians have reported that homeopathy does have positive results when used properly.

Testing the effectiveness of homeopathy

A blind test was performed in 1997 on 43 ADD children. Each was selected for either a homeopathic remedy or a placebo, which was administered for ten days. Those in the first group improved more greatly than those in the placebo group. An article on this study appeared in the October issue of the British Homeopathic Journal that year.

Some individual homeopathic remedies

The number of homeopathic ADD medicines are great. A few of the medicines are listed below:

  • Agentum nitricum
  • Calcarea carbonica
  • Lycopodium clavatum
  • Natrum muriaticum
  • Hyoscyamus
  • Tuberculinum
  • Remember, when considering homeopathic treatments for you child you should never self diagnose or treat.  Please seek advice and treatment from a highly trained and experienced homeopathic practitioner.  Treatment should only be performed by an experienced homeopathic practitioner, after an extensive medical history as been performed to make sure the appropriate medicine is administered.
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Treating Depression In Children Using Homeopathy

Depression in children and teens can be treated with homeopathy in Mesa, AZDepression is a very common condition. So common that almost every person will experience it in their lives, even children. Depression can effectively be treated with homeopathy in children and teens.

Effects of School on Children

When children go to school, they are thrown into a much different world than the one they are used to at home. Being away from family and their comfort zone is not easy to begin with, and it is much harder when being subjected to stressful situations..

School also demands that children achieve certain standards of physical and mental performance in addition to pleasing the teachers and conforming to rules and regulations. The social and cultural envir­onment is also completely new and often quite challenging for every child.

Depression Stemming from Stress

When children get depression, it does not mean they are not healthy and well-adjusted. It does not mean the parents didn’t do something right. Growing up is the hardest stage in our lives. Children are continually subjected to stress which can lead to depression.

During the growing and developing stage of childhood, there is a great deal of stress that can occur. Adaption to changes and stress is hard on a person mentally, especially a child. Stress can easily turn into depression and that is when we must get help.

How Homeopathy is the Right Approach to a Child’s Depression

Doctors who are trained in the medical field simply prescribe medications that mask the illness, instead of figuring out the underlying cause to truly cure it.

Homeopathy is the right approach to depression because it actually takes care of the problem instead of covering it up. Plus, we want the best for children so of course choosing natural medicine is the healthiest option.

Conclusion

Due to school and the stress of growing up, children can easily get depression. Homeopathy doesn’t just cover up the problem – it gets to the actual causes and treats it naturally. It is important not to self diagnose or self treat this illness. Only an experienced and trained homeopath should evaluate and treat children.

There are very few medical professionals with extensive training in homeopathy. Some homeopaths may have experience in homeopathy but not the medical training for the specific area of behavioral disorders. Choose a practitioner that is trained in classical homeopathy with experience treating behavioral disorders and has medical training.

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Treating ADD and ADHD in Children Using Homeopathy

Treating ADD and ADHD in Mesa, AZ with homeopathy.ADD and ADHD in Children

Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and ADD are some of the most commonly diagnosed disorders among children in the US, with rates having increased by 42 percent between 2003 and 2011. Clearly, this is an issue that must be addressed, as a child diagnosed with ADD/ADHD is also at comparably high risk of other difficulties. He or she may:

  • exhibit behavior problems such as aggression or lashing out
  • experience difficulty learning
  • have issues maintaining peer relationships
  • be saddled with low self-esteem and anxiety

If left untreated, these difficulties can persist, leading to troubles later in life such as difficulty finding and maintaining a job, relationship issues, and in some cases even legal problems or incarceration.

Treatment

Roughly twenty percent of children treated with chemical prescriptions either experience negative side effects or show no improvement whatsoever in response to the first stimulant prescribed. By contrast, one key study found rapid and sustained in children with ADD receiving homeopathic treatment, noting that even after cessation of homeopathic treatment, 57 percent of the children continued to improve, while another 19 percent continued to improve while taking the prescribed homeopathic remedy. Some of the homeopathic remedies that the study found useful, especially in terms of cognitive and behavioral improvement were:

  • Stramonium
  • Cina
  • Hyoscyamus niger

Many other treatments are effective and available, though it is important to note that even in the case of this study, the remedies used were guided by an experienced and knowledgeable professional.

The Importance of Knowing Your Caregiver

Illnesses, particularly chronic ones, are sometimes unbearable– a truth that may lead many to self-diagnosis and self-medication. This can hold even truer when the person afflicted is one of your own children. But regardless of the case, it is crucial that a patient not only seek professional help, but also be informed about the background and qualifications of the health care professionals he or she chooses. Although many medical professionals are familiar with diagnosing and treating physical illness, a fraction of these practitioners are truly knowledgeable about mental, emotional, and behavioral disorders and how to effectively treat them. While many who seek to diagnose and treat illnesses are well-intentioned, they are not all qualified. Make sure you seek help from someone who is.

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Miasms and Disease – Part 1

What are Miasms?

As we mentioned in our last blog, a miasm is defined as the fundamental cause of an erroneous or diseased state of the body. Chronic conditions are caused by chronic miasms, just as acute conditions are caused by acute miasms. Miasms cause a complete dynamic and physical change to the interior of the whole man…his whole being is altered. It is only after this complete change has occurred that symptoms of the disease or illness are demonstrated.

The original three foundational miasms identified by Samuel Hahnemann are Psora, Syphilitic and Sycotic. About 85% of the diseases are classified in the Psora miasm with the remaining 15% distributed between the Syphilitic and Sycotic miasms.

Starting with the miasms with the smaller percentage of diseases, we’ve listed each one below and their related diseases or areas of body where the disease might develop.

The Sycotic Miasm includes all conditions of excess of the mind and body. Any conditions with the prefix of “hyper”, such as “hyperactivity” and “hypertension” are included. It also includes conditions with inflammation and a suffix of “itis” such as “sinusitis”. It also includes the following types of disease:

  • sexual
  • urinary
  • joint issues
  • mucous membrane afflictions
  • arthritis and rheumatism
  • asthma
  • catarrhs
  • bronchitis
  • cystitis
  • warts (includes all warty excrescences and growths)

The Syphilis Miasm typically involves ulcerative conditions. All diseases with tissue destruction and degeneration are included in this miasm. All conditions with a preMiasms are the foundation of homeopathy diagnosis and treatment in Mesa, AZfix of “dys” are included such as “dystrophy”. It includes the following types of diseases:

  • nervous system
  • blood disorders
  • skeletal conditions
  • range of psychological disorders (including: alcoholism, depression, suicidal impulses, insanity, loss of smell and taste, blindness, deafness and ulcerations)
  • many heart conditions
  • some vesicular skin eruptions
  • diseases that have a definite nocturnal periodicity

The Psora Miasm is the largest and most encompassing miasm. Individuals with this classification typically have a “lack” of mentality and poverty consciousness. They are prone to anxiety and pessimism. The Psora miasm is a disease with deficiency at all levels – knowledge, thoughts/ideas and nutrition. Diseases in this miasm typically start with “hypo”, such as hypotension (low blood pressure). It includes diseases and afflictions such as:

  • all non venereal chronic diseases
  • all skin diseases
  • most mental illness other than syphilitic ones
  • allergies
  • varicose veins
  • hemorrhoids
  • most dysfunctional diseases of organs and systems
  • catarrhs
  • asthma
  • pleurisy
  • haemoptysis
  • hydrocephalus
  • stomach ulcers
  • scrotal swelling
  • jaundice
  • swollen glands
  • cataract
  • diabetes
  • tuberculosis
  • epilepsy
  • fevers

After the initial three primary miasms were identified by the father of Homeopathy, Samuel Hahnemann, MD in the late 1700’s, additional and more specific miasms where defined. Not all of them are widely accepted by Naturopathic doctors and other homeopathic prescribers. We will cover a few of these miasms in our next post.

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Treating OCD Naturally

Treating OCD Naturally

Treating OCD Naturally in Mesa, AZ

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What is OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder)?

OCD is an anxiety based disorder where repeated actions or thoughts relieve tension.  Everyone feels the need to go back and double check whether the door is locked or the coffee pot is off.  But those with OCD have an uncontrollable need to repeatedly check things or perform rituals and routines over and over.  The thoughts and activities typically interfere with normal life.

How many people suffer from OCD?

Between the ages of 18 and 54, approximately 2.3% of the U.S. population are treated for OCD in a given year.  It affects men and women equally.

What are the traditional treatments for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder?

OCD is traditionally treated with psychotherapy, medications or a combination of both.

Psychotherapy:  One type of psychotherapy typically used is called exposure and responsive prevention.  It works to teach a person to react to stressful situations with less fear and anxiety so that obsessive thoughts and compulsive activities are not necessary.

Medications:  Typically antidepressants and/or antianxiety medications are prescribed.  It takes up to 10 to 12 weeks for these medications to be effective and often produces side effects such as:  headache, nausea or difficulty sleeping. Please note that antidepressants have been given a “black box” warning by the FDA (the most serious possible) because they can cause suicidal thoughts or suicide attempts in some individuals.

How is OCD treated naturally without harmful side effects?

Homeopathic treatments are based on the understanding that the mind and body are dynamically interconnected and that both directly influence each other.  It is the most effective way to rebalance a person’s mental, emotional and physical well-being, allowing OCD behaviors to diminish over time.  Treatments are developed for each individual by a highly trained homeopathic doctor. This includes a complete medical history, physical and mental constitutional analyses and consideration of any miasmatic tendencies which are believed to be a predisposition or susceptibility to chronic disease.

The following are common treatments:

  • Natrum Muriaticum – Obsessive about being in control and alone.
  • 5-HTP – Stimulates the productions of serotonin (low serotonin levels exacerbate OCD symptoms)
  • Arsenicum Album – Obsessive about appearance.  Fear of illnesses
  • Inositol –  Calms patient throughout the day and makes it easier to sleep at night (primarily effective on undermethalyted/high-histamine patients).
  • Calcarea Carbonica – Obsesses about natural disasters and social problems.
  • Carsinosin – Obsessive about diseases, for self and family.
  • Hyoscyamus – Obsessive about sex and obscene gestures. Also picks at fingers and clothes.

The above list are only a few of the many numerous treatments for individuals with obsessive compulsive disorder.  Please consult with a trained homeopathic doctor to obtain a treatment specific to your symptoms.

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 ADHD with homeopathy

Is It Possible To Treat ADD and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) With Homeopathy?

What is ADD/ADHD?

Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) affects both children and adults and can drastically affect a person’s ability to learn or work in most traditional settings.

There are three types of ADHD:

Treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder with homeopathy in Mesa, AZ

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  1. Combined ADHD (most common), patient has both inattentiveness and hyperactivity/impulsivity.
  1. Inattentive ADHD (previously known as ADD), patient has impaired attention and concentration.
  1. Hyperactive-impulsive ADHD, patient has hyperactivity without inattentiveness.

What are the symptoms of ADD/ADHD?

Typically to be diagnosed with ADHD, symptoms that cause impairment must be present before age 7 and in more than one environment.  The symptoms fall into three categories: inattention, hyperactivity and impulsivity.

Common inattention symptoms:

  • Consistently producing messy and incomplete assignments/work.
  • Easily distracted by small noises or activities that others easily ignore.
  • Unable to follow conversations, not listening to others, constantly shifting the conversation from one topic to another.

Common hyperactivity symptoms:

  • Inability to sit for prolonged periods of time, even when absolutely necessary.
  • Often “on the go”.
  • Talking excessively.

Common impulsivity symptoms:

  • Extremely impatient.
  • Obsessively blurting out answers to questions before the question has been asked.
  • Interrupting conversations to the point of causing issues.

How many people are diagnosed with ADD/ADHD?

The most recent statistics on the number of people, in the United States, diagnosed with ADD/ADHD are from a 2013 CDC (Center for Disease Control) report which analyzed findings from 2011.

  • 1 in 10 school-aged children were diagnosed with ADD/ADHD by a healthcare provider in 2011.
  • The number of children ages 4-17 diagnosed with ADD/ADHD is on the rise.  A 42% increase between 2003 and 2011.
  • Approximately half of all children diagnosed with ADD/ADHD continue to experience some level of impairment from the symptoms in adulthood.

What are the traditional treatments for ADD/ADHD and are there side effects?

Typically ADD/ADHD is treated with medications and behavioral therapies. Finding the right medication, dosage and schedule can often take quite a while.  Typically doctors will start with pyschostimulant or stimulant medications such as Ritalin, Adderall, Concerta or Dexedrine.  This class of medications is effective in 70% to 80% of patients.  If this class of medications does not work or if the side effects are too great then nonstimulant medications are tried such as Strattera or Intuniv.  If neither the stimulant or nonstimulant drugs are effective or well tolerated then there are a handful of other medication options such as Wellbutrin, Elavin or Catapres.

The side effects of stimulant drugs typically go away after prolonged use.  They include: weight loss, sleep problems, headaches and jitteriness.  Occasionally severe side effects such as cardiovascular problems, depression, psychosis or anxiety occur.  It has also been shown that stimulant drugs are toxic to nerves because they stimulate the cells until they exhaust their energy reserves and die.  In some instances, growth and maturity has been impaired in children.  It also can inhibit the normal development of attention span which leads to adults with ADHD.

How can ADD/ADHD be treated naturally with homeopathy?

Homeopathy is a very effective and gentle treatment option for ADD/ADHD. Homeopathy takes a holistic approach by first removing all toxins from the diet such as: artificial sweeteners, caffeine, all forms of sugar, MSG, artificial colors and all allergic prone foods (milk, wheat, etc.).  After all toxins are removed, a natural and organic baseline diet is implemented. Then treatments can be given based on the patient’s remaining symptoms and medical history.  Options include:

  • Aranea iaxabola – Encourages others to misbehave.
  • Baryta carbonica – Acts out, class clown.
  • Baryta iodatum – Difficulty concentrating.
  • Chamomilla – Irritable, impatient, restless.
  • Cina – Very difficult behavior, disobedient.
  • Cornus circinatus – Cannot concentrate, doesn’t want to read, think or work.
  • Zincum metallicum – Fidgety and restlessness.

The above list should not be used for personal diagnosis and treatment.  This is a short list of possible treatments.  The exact treatment, dosage and schedule should be determined by a trained homeopathic doctor.

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 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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