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Aug 16, 2008

Pain,Painkillers and Homeopathy

Presented By:

Dr. Ravinder S. Mann
Dr. Vandana Patni
 
Pain is the most common symptom which compel patients to consult physician. Severe pains has many causes some are permanently curable others have chronic causes which are not easily curable. Pain killers are most common over the counter(OTC) selling drugs. Most common causes of pain for which patients taking pain killers are Recurring Headache/Migraine, Arthritis, Backache. These days we see painkillers as a normal part of everyday life. There are three(3) category of main Pain killers in Modern medicine (Allopathy).


1. NSAIDs (Non steroidal anti inflammatory drugs)- Aspirin and ibuprofen are two most used drugs of this category. These drugs reduce Pain, Inflammation, Fever - so it is used in arthritis, backache, rheumatism, headache, period pains. Low dose of aspirin in daily dose can thin the blood,so it reduce risk of clots that can lead to heart attack and stroke. Ibuprofen and aspirin also protect against breast cancer, cancer of mouth, colon, throat and esophagus up to some extent.
Possible side effects of NSAIDs are Ulcers of stomach, bleeding from ulcers, Asthmatic Attacks, renal failure and these medicines may interact with another medicines badly, can damage unborn child (not safe in pregnancy). If you take these medicines longer over months ,side effects may be manifold.


2. Paracetamol- It is not NSAIDs. It is supposed to be safest painkiller. But mild overdoses may be fatal. It reduce only Pain and Fever but does not relieve inflammation. People using very frequently and erroneously even in children as CALPOL( infant paracetamol) for "preventing" night time waking.
Mild overdose may damage liver. An overdose of 15 g may cause fatal liver damage. If anyone has already poor liver functions or an alcoholic then these side effects may be more severe.


3. Opoids- Codeine is one of the stronger pain killers related to "Morphine". It is very effective even in severe pains. But it has more side effects as Nausea, Vomiting, Drowsiness, Constipation, Itching, Dry Mouth, Sweating and Hallucination. Beside all these side effects codeine may develop addiction.


Few Rules about pain killers:-


1. Always take prescribed Painkillers by your Physician.
2. Always follow dosages written on bottle if you use pain killers for 2-3 days without advise of your doctor.
3. In chronic pain conditions, always talk to your doctor about long term therapy, don't forget to discuss risks with benefits.
4. Pain killers may be effective but they are not risk free.




Role of homeopathy in Pain management:-


Homeopathic medicine are prescribed in very minute doses. These medicines does not work directly on nerves to desensitize pain. But homeopathic medicines try to remove the cause behind pain. It means homeopathic medicines have capacity to cure the long term chronic diseases. Many of the cases of Migraine, Chronic headache, Backache, Arthritis, Spondylitis, Period pains in women are curable permanently .

Homeopathic medicines can not be used simply as pain killers to reduce pain whenever needed. But homeopathic medicine must be taken continually as prescribed by Homeopath. Homeopathy has more then 310 medicines for different type of pains. But homeopathic medicines can only be prescribe on individuality of each patient according the modalities (it means the conditions aggravating or ameliorating the pain), location, sensation, severity, coexisting symptoms with pain. There are no common painkillers as in conventional medicine.

What pain conditions are curable by homeopathy?

For peoples who have not used the homeopathy in pain, may not believe it easily. The most severe pain of kidney stones, specially when stone stick in ureter and causes severe spasmodic pains, are stopped in 3 to 10 minutes by homeopathic medicine. 

Most wild pain of migraine or headache, when a patient has already took 1000 mg of paracetamol and not even better, then few pills of homeopathic medicine improve in few minutes. 

Cramping pains of intestinal colic with diarrhea, vomiting and fever can be stopped in minutes by homeopathic medicine while other medicines can not be tolerated due to immediate vomiting reflex by patient. 

Whenever you have severe burning pains in stomach, burning behind sternum or acrid and sour eructations, go for a homeopath, not only your pains will get better but your chronic and recurring dyspepsia will improve finally by homeopathic medicines.

So next time when you get pain either it is severe and acute like an emergency or a chronic recurring pain migraine attack, go to a homeopath. You will easily get to say goodbye to your pains by homeopathy.    

Name of some most common homeopathic medicine for pain:-

Apis Mell
Arsenicum Alb
Belladona
Berberis Vulgaris
Bryonia
Cactus G
Cantharis
Colocynthis
Eupatorium Perf
Kali Bich
Kalmia Lat
Ledum Pal
Lycopodium
Natrum Mur
Nux Vomica
Rhododendron
Rhus Tox
Ruta
Sang Can
Sepia
Spigelia
Sulphur

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