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Homeopathy for Age-Related Conditions

by Vandana Pitke

Baryta carb: This remedy is for diseases of old men when degenerative changes begin; cardiac vascular and cerebral; who have hypertrophied prostate or indurated testes, are very sensitive to cold, offensive foot sweats, are very weak and weary, or must sit or lie down or lean on something. It is useful for those averse to meeting strangers, who are showing rapid deterioration, early senility, loss of memory, physical, mental and nervous weakness, confusion, loss of confidence and possibly childishness.

Rhus toxicodendron: Rhus tox is well known for its use in overexertion, particularly when the ligaments of the joints are involved. However, it also is a remedy that can help relieve the pain of arthritis. Similar to an old, rusty gate that is very slow and difficult on initial movement, but loosens up with continued movement, Rhus tox aids with rheumatic complaints. The discomfort will often cause the sufferer to change position frequently, appearing restless.

Selenium metallicum: Selenium is a constant constituent of bones and teeth. This remedy is indicated for men for whom the prostate is enlarged and there is dribbling of urine, semen or prostatic fluid. They may have sexual thoughts, but be impotent. Individuals that could benefit from this remedy are often constipated and sleep is disturbed as well, so the person needing selenium will take frequent catnaps. Often indicated in elderly men, they exhaust easily, mentally and physically.

Aurum metallicum: Aurum met is used for someone who is hopeless, despondent and has great desire to commit suicide. Every opportunity is sought for self-destruction. They are generally very conscientious and responsible, but they have a fear of failure and may feel worthless or incapable. They worry about neglecting their duties and failing their loved ones. They suffer deeply from grief or the reversal of business fortune. It is used for exostosis (a benign outgrowth of cartilaginous tissue on a bone), caries (decay and crumbling of a tooth or bone), nightly bone-pains, especially cranial, nasal and palatine, atherosclerosis and heart diseases.

Sabal serrulata: For those with general and sexual debility. Sabal serrulata promotes nutrition and tissue building, and is a remedy that acts mainly on the prostate gland in men and the mammary glands in women.  In those that could benefit from this remedy, the prostate gland may be enlarged and there may be a throbbing, aching and dull pain with painful and difficult urination. This remedy has also helped in cases of uterine or ovarian atrophy and has been known to re-establish menstruation and ease sore, tender breasts. It is one of the main homeopathic treatments for epididymitis, orchitis and ovaritis (inflammation of the epididymis, testis or ovary).

Vandana Pitke is a certified classical homeopath. In her more than 12 years of experience, she has treated and cured many chronic cases, including chronic pain syndrome, with classical homeopathy. She incorporates Ayurvedic nutrition and mudra meditation in her homeopathy practice. To learn more, visit