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NEPHROTIC SYNDROME AND HOMEOPATHY

Posted Feb 25 2009 12:18am

Nephrotic syndrome is a set of signs or symptoms that may point to kidney problems. Your kidneys clean your blood by filtering out excess water and salt and waste products from food. Healthy kidneys keep protein in the blood, which helps the blood soak up water from tissues. But kidneys with damaged filters may leak protein into the urine. As a result, not enough protein is left in the blood to soak up the water. The water then moves from the blood into body tissues and causes swelling.

Both children and adults can have nephrotic syndrome. The causes of and treatments for nephrotic syndrome in children are sometimes different from the causes and treatments in adults. Childhood nephrotic syndrome can occur at any age but is most common between the ages of 1½ and 5 years. It seems to affect boys more often than girls.

A child with nephrotic syndrome has these signs:

·       high levels of protein in the urine, a condition called proteinuria

·       low levels of protein in the blood

·       swelling resulting from buildup of salt and water

·       less frequent urination

·       weight gain from excess water

Nephrotic syndrome is not itself a disease. But it can be the first sign of a disease that damages the kidney’s tiny blood-filtering units, called glomeruli, where urine is made.

Homoeopathy in Nephrotic Syndrome

The system of homeopathic medicine has a promising role to offer for the treatment of Nephrotic Syndrome, inclusive of all its variants. Inspite of atrocious nature of the condition, it is possible to treat Nephrotic Syndrome successfully. The treatment of Nephrotic Syndrome has to be planned strategically on a long-term basis, being a chronic and deep-seated disease, there is no short cut in the treatment.

Homeopathy is a scientific medical alternative for treating a wide range of chronic ailments, one amongst them being Nephrotic Syndrome. It should be emphasized that homoeopathy treats patient who is diseased and not just the disease. Homeopathy firmly believes in enhancing body's own curative power to maintain the healthy status,by bringing the immune system back to normal.

The basic approach in homeopathy is to evaluate the disease in its whole extent, whereby a lot of emphasis is given to the patient as a whole, besides minutely studying various aspects of the Nephrotic Syndrome.

While making the case analysis of Nephrotic Syndrome, patient’s minutest of the details about the presenting complaints, severity of complaints, in which areas the edema is more marked, complaints regarding urination, associated complaints, triggering factors, amount of proteins in the urine and blood, etc. are noted carefully. Besides this, a greater deal of emphasis is given to patient’s individual features such as eating habits, food preference, thermal attributes, and sleep pattern. The study of the patient's mind and emotional spheres, psychosocial background, behavior and personality pattern is conducted meaningfully. Furthermore, patient’s history of past diseases and that of the family diseases is understood to know the miasmatic background of the patient.

After putting all the vital information together, and fine evaluation process carried out, an individualist medicine is determined. This constitutional medicine, which when administered in the correct dose treats the patient at an inner level and brings about harmony at the constitutional level. The homoeopathy medicine works at the immunological level, bringing about normalcy. The medicine administered reduces kidney inflammation, repairs glomerular damage, thus preventing protein leakage in the urine. This restores water balance of the body and brings down edema. Chances of relapse and recurrence go down with homoeopathy treatment. Homoeopathy medicines also assist in treatment of causative diseases such as diabetes mellitus, hypertension, tuberculosis and SLE. In a situation, where kidney damage has progressed too far, homoeopathy prevents further progress of disease and deterioration of the condition in future.

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