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Dysentry & Homeopathy
CAUSES, SYMPTOMS, HOMEO-MANAGEMENT AND PREVENTION
What is Dysentery?
Dysentery is an intestinal inflammatory disease affecting the colon that leads to frequent abdominal cramps followed by slimmy stool, mucus and blood with a peculiar unfinished sensation. Basically, it is a disease arising from poor hygienic measures. As per WHO’s declaration, there are two main types:
i)Bacillary dysentery: prevalent in developed countries
ii)Amoebic dysentery: prevalent in tropical countries.
What are the causes of Dysentery?
i)Bacteria of Shigella group cause Bacillary dysentery
ii)Amoeba Entamoeba histolytica cause Amoebic dysentery
iii)Very occasionally other parasites, virus and chemicals may cause it.
Whatever may be the cause, the precipitating factor of the disease is always failure to maintain good hygience.
What are signs and symptoms of Dysentery?
1)Repeated slimmy diarrhea with mucus and blood;
2)Abdominal cramp often precedes stool;
3)Peculiar unfinished sensation after stool;
4)Chill, fever, malaise;
6)In severe cases, amoeba may penetrate intestinal wall to pass into blood stream and cause ulcer in other organs, e.g., liver abscess, very remotely cerebral abscess.
In general, the symptoms are less varied than what observed in amoebic dysentery. In tropical countries, passage of blood, abdominal cramp and tiredness are more or less common picture.
How can a case of Dysentery be managed with Homeopathy?
There are many medicines which can be used following the principles of Totality of signs & symptoms of the patients. Commonly used medicines are:Mercurius sol., Mercurius cor., Arsenicum alb., Arsenicum met., Sulphur, Aloe soc., Capsicum. However, in case of severe acute bacterial dysenterywe do not suggest to go in for Homeo-management. But in chronic cases of Amoebic dysentery, constitutional treatment with Classical Homeopathy may be very effective as one can note in the following case:
Case record 1:
1)Mr. A.K.Debnath, a young man of 23 yrs presented the following pictucture:
1)Repeated attack of dysenteric stool with blood and abdominal cramp;
2)Bouts of attack going for about last 12 months; during acute flare-up phase, he used to take modern medicines and the phase went off within 1-2 days; however, after 12-13 days, again a new attack followed; this cycle going on for last 1 yr.
3)Slimmy stool with profuse mucus and tenesmus (abdominal cramp); passage of blood was less;
4)An unfinished sensation always remained in the rectum; lack of confidence in anus;
5)Feeling of extreme malaise and fretfulness;
6)During last 12 months he lost 3-4 kg. weight;
7)Appetite: less; vomiting tendency on sight of food; small quantity gave sense of fullness;
8)Thirst: less; no taste of water in the mouth;
9)General: He could not attend his daily business due to lethargy; liked to lie down always; thought that his disease was incurable; Always had bitter taste in mouth in the morning;
10)Appearance: Face pale, dark rings around eyes; lips are intensely red;
1)Used to suffer from a severe type of skin disease(name not known) a the age of 15 yrs.
2)Eczematous eruptions cropped out on both elbows at about 3 yrs. after; treated with ointment;
3)Occl. painless nose bleeding without any apparent cause which used to get subsided with flushing of cold water;
1)Both maternal uncles usedto suffer from dysentery round the year, used to take tabs. regularly;
2)Maternal aunt suffered from skin disease and asthma;
3)Paternal aunt committed suicide; one paternal uncle was eccentric and got lost 12 yrs. ago;
1)Generally fond of fried foods, fatty foods and sweets; though, now no relish for any food;
2)He was in the habit of taking water along with foods almost intermixed from the boy-hood days;
2)Could not stand on feet long; liked to be seated;
3)Could not keep feet inside cover, must be kept outside during sleep;
4)No interest in sex during last 6 mons; he had married for last 2yrs; organ cold, relaxed, powerless; still no issue;
5)His blood sugar was in normal range;
1)Sleep: Used to talk in the sleep; grinds teeth; from childhood days; feeling of jerks in limbs just before sleep; Sleep ‘cat-nap’ type; no real deep sleep;
Sulphur 1M/2 doses; to be taken as directed personally;
Advice: Stop all vegetables and fruits temporarily[they proke dysenteric state];stop taking water and food intermixed; a few sips may be taken during food; water should be taken after 45 mins. of food; at the start any amount of water is allowed; he was made to realize that taking foods and water intermixed was a very bad practice for digestion - he must give it up for good. Before lunch or supper one may drink any amount of water, it does not disturb, but taking water just after also disturbs, practice taking water at least after 45 mins. after.
Following diet and regimen should be followed strictly:
Morning walk : 1km (to increase gradually)
Morning 7am : 1 cup of green tea + 2 pcs. Cream-cracker
1 – 30 p.m. : 25 gms.parched rice + a sweet like freshly prepared Rosogolla
5 – 6 p.m.: 1 cup green tea + 2 pcs. CC
Evening walk : 1km (to increase gradually)
8-30 p.m. : Fresh warm rice(80 gms) + fresh warm Fish soup+ 1 small sweet;
Drink at least 1.0 – 1.5 L.(to increase gradually to 2L.) of mineral water daily; Avoid ordinary water for the time being;
Review: After 3 months;
Patient reported after 5 weeks due to some personal inconvenience; He was doing well; appeared to put up a little flesh; no fresh attack of dysentery; sleep better, used to get about 3-4 hrs. deep sleep; however, wife reported ;grinding of teeth and chattering in sleep’ too much;
Tuberculinum 10M/2 doses; to be taken as directed; Diet still to follow as before;
Review: After 6weeks;
Patient did not turn up any more.
How can Dysentery be prevented ?
Dysentery can be prevented to a large extent by following the practices below:
1)Wash hands well before food;
2)Avoid cold and stale foods;
3)Get fresh warm food;
4)Less water as less as possible during food;
5)Take water after 45 min – 1hr. of food;
6)Avoid too much oil, fat and spice in food;
7)Get some exercise daily;
8)Take 1.5-2 L. mineral water a day;[If you are a Chronic Dysentery patient]; otherwise take ordinary potable water;