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Homeopathy Offers Safe Nonaddicting Pain Relief
by Vandana Pitke
Chronic pain conditions are the top reason patients seek care, the most common reason for disability and addiction, and the biggest driver of healthcare costs. Their treatment costs more than cancer, heart disease, dementia and diabetes care.
Many people experience pain syndromes that range from acute to chronic. Homeopathy can offer safe nonaddicting pain relief, when symptoms and medicine are correctly matched. Homeopathy is practiced on a foundation of patient-centered evaluation and observation. It includes careful history-taking, direct and objective observation and physical examination. Physical pathology and disease classification are of limited use to the homeopath who prescribes on the basis of observable disturbances of an individual’s health.
The aim of homeopathy is not only to treat chronic pain syndrome but to address its underlying cause and individual susceptibility. As far as therapeutic medication is concerned, several remedies are available to treat chronic pain syndrome that can be selected on the basis of cause, sensations and modalities of the complaints.
So, in homeopathy, each person is regarded as a sum of one’s symptoms and one’s innermost feeling regarding the disease. Since the aim is to understand each person as an individual, the homeopath looks for things that are most individualistic of people. With chronic pain cases, homeopaths ask about the location of pain, the sensation/character of pain (or how one describes the pain), and most importantly the emotional aspect in general as well as how the person is expressing one’s emotions and feelings in relation with the pain. For example, while explaining their backache some will say, “I feel as if I am stabbed,” while others might say, “I feel I am not supported,” or “I feel heavy/ burdened general aches and soreness.”
Many times people feel relaxed or relieved during the process of case taking itself, and after taking a thorough case, homeopaths analyze the case and select the remedy in a best suitable potency for that particular case.
Some homeopathic medicines used in pain syndromes include arnica, aconite, bryonia, rhus tox, eupatorium, colocynth, hepar sulph, hypericum and staphysagria. Other modalities are often used in conjunction with the medicines, and include:
Mudras/Hand Gestures – The hands are particularly blessed with virtues of wellness. The four fingers and the thumb represent the five major building blocks or the ‘panchamahabhootas’ of which the entire universe is made: sky (ether), air, fire, water and earth. In the theory of Mudras/hand gestures, disease is nothing but a limitation that emerges in the continuity and balance of these five elements. When specific fingers are held in specific positions, these elements can be balanced in the body and can eliminate the pain, relax the mind and body as well.
Diet – Food is a powerful healer, too. Nutrition experts in Ayurveda swear by following a vata-pacifying diet of warm, moist, mildly spiced, nourishing foods for a month and see if it makes a difference. The sweet, salty and sour tastes are all vata pacifying—just make sure to find natural, healthy sources of sweets (like ripe plums, pears or dates) and don’t overdo. Overeating aggravates vata.
Herbs – Turmeric and ginger help reduce inflammatory pain, while valerian, kava kava, chamomile, skullcap, passionflower, hops and jatamansi (the “Indian valerian”) help combat tension-related pain. And since chronic pain is often a combination of inflammation and tension, ingesting both kinds of herbs can create best results.
Vandana Pitke is a certified classical homeopath. In her more than 12 years of experience, she has treated and cured many chronic case,s including chronic pain syndrome, with classical homeopathy. She incorporates Ayurvedic nutrition and mudra meditation in her homeopathy practice. To learn more, visit OmHomeopathy.com.