TREATMENT OF RAYNAUD’S DISEASE IN HOMOEOPATHY
Cold hands and cold feet , cold fingers and toes, numbness, prickly feeling or stinging pain upon warming or relief of stress all these are symptoms that indicate towards raynauds disease(primary raynaud’s). It is not same as frost bite. Signs and symptoms of Raynaud’s depend on the frequency, duration and severity of the blood vessel spasms that underlie the disorder. Sequence of color changes in your skin in response to cold or stress. During an attack of Raynaud’s, affected areas of your skin usually turn white at first. Then, the affected areas often turn blue, feel cold and numb, and your sense of touch is dulled. As circulation improves, the affected areas may turn red, throb, tingle or swell. The order of the changes of color isn’t the same for all people, and not everyone experiences all three colors.Occasionally, an attack affects just one or two fingers or toes. Attacks don’t necessarily always affect the same digits. Although Raynaud’s most commonly affects your fingers and toes, the condition can also affect other areas of your body, such as your nose, lips, ears and even nipples. An attack may last less than a minute to several hours. People who have Raynaud’s accompanied by another disease(secondary raynaud’s also known as raynaud’s phenomenon) will likely also have signs and symptoms related to their basic underlying condition.
Cause of raynaud’s disease(primary raynaud’s) is unknown while secondary raynaud’s may be caused due to :
- Diseases and conditions that directly damage the arteries or damage the nerves that control the arteries in the hands and feet.
- Repetitive actions that damage the nerves that control the arteries in the hands and feet.
- Injuries to the hands and feet.
- Exposure to certain chemicals.
- Medicines that narrow the arteries or affect blood pressure.
Constitutional approach towards the medicine can help in treating raynaud’s disease homeopathically. I have treated certain cases of raynaud’s with the help of wonderful homoeopathic medicines like agaricus, hepar sulph, rhus tox, sepia and silica of which agaricus , rhus tox, hepar sulph rank top.
Agaricus is one of the best indicated remedy in those cases where there is stiffness all over and there is itching of toes and feet as if frozen. There is burning, itching, redness and swelling, as from frostbites. Symptoms get worse in open cold air.
Hepar sulph is indicated well when there is swelling of finger joints. There is chapped skin with deep cracks on hands and feet. Symptoms get worse in dry cold winds. Patient feels better in damp weather and from warmth.
Rhus tox is indicated for hot painful swelling of joints. The cold fresh air is not tolerated, it makes the skin painful. Numbness and formication after overwork and exertion. There is intense itching of skin. Skin is red and swollen. Patient feels better in warm, dry weather. All complaints are better by motion of the affected area.