Paralysis can occur at any level of the nervous system and may also due to psychiatric condition. Paralysis may be partial (paresis) or complete plegia), mild or life threatening. It may involve one side of the body (hemiparesis or hemiplagia); all four limbs (quadriparesis or quadriplegia); the lower limbs (paraparesis or paraplegia); a single limb (monoparesis or monoplegia); or an isolated muscle group supplied by a single motor nerve. Paralysis can develop suddenly or slowly over time. Paralysis is an important cause of disability because of the limitation of movements. Which prevents individuals from carrying out activities of daily living. The diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of paralysis are determined by its etiology.
Homeopathic treatment of paralysis
Homeopathy is one of the most popular holistic systems of medicine. The selection of remedy is based upon the theory of individualization and symptoms similarity by using holistic approach. This is the only way through which a state of complete health can be regained by removing all the sign and symptoms from which the patient is suffering. The aim of homeopathy is not only to treat constipation but to address its underlying cause and individual susceptibility. As far as therapeutic medication is concerned, several remedies are available to treat paralysis that can be selected on the basis of cause, sensations and modalities of the complaints. For individualized remedy selection and treatment, the patient should consult a qualified homeopathic doctor in person. There are following remedies which are helpful in the treatment of paralysis:
Rhus Tox – the chief founder of homeopathy, Dr. Hahnemann commented on the power of this remedy in curing paralysis of the lower extremities and proved it to exceedingly useful. It specially corresponds to all forms of paralysis which are of a rheumatic origin or brought on by exposure to dampness or by getting wet.
Paralysis is caused by nervous fever and typhus accompanied by a dragging gait and much stiffness in the limbs from damp cold.
Paralysis of muscles of the eyes and face.
Gelsemium – complete motor paralysis which rather functional than organic in origin.
Paralysis from emotions
Paralysis of the ocular or laryngeal muscles, the speech is thick from paretic condition of the tongue.
Weakness in the lower body, heaviness, complete relaxation and lack of muscular coordination.
It is one of the best remedies for post-diphtheric and infantile paralysis.
Causticum – especially adapted to paralysis of single parts of the body and facial paralysis from exposure to dry cold weather including paralysis of the right side of the face, tongue, pharynx etc.
Useful for vocal paralysis associated with weakness of vocal cords, and paralysis of muscles of deglutition of the tongue, eyelids, face, bladder and extremities.
Lathyrus Sativus – it is adapted to spastic paralysis, infantile paralysis and paralysis which affects the lower extremities associated with heaviness, much weakness and slow process recovery of nerve power. Rheumatic paralysis is also there.
Tendency for excessive rigidity of the legs; also the patient is unable to extend or cross legs while sitting. The patient can easily sir or bend forwards, but straightens up with much difficulty.
Alumina – has paralysis of the lower extremities, especially of spinal origin. The legs are so heavy that the patient can scarcely drag them; weariness even while sitting.
Dulcamara – worse from cold damp weather, or by sudden changes from hot to cold weather; paralysis of tongue with impaired speech; paresis and hyperaemia of spinal cord from lying on damp cold weather; palsy of bladder from the same cause; urine offensive loaded with mucus.
Conium – paralysis caused due to suppressed sexual desire in widows, widowers and bachelors; gradually progressing, ascending paralysis, ending in death by failure of respiration; painless paralytic conditions; paralytic weakness of hips and legs resulting in difficult gait, trembling and loss of strength while walking; weakness of muscles of face, upper lids etc.
Paralytic conditions are attended with numbness; vertigo when turning the eyes, when lying down or when looking at moving object.
Opium – one side of the body paralyzed due to cerebral apoplexy; great spoor, painless and patient complaints of nothing and wants nothing. Lying in deep sleep with stertorous breathing, jaw dropped, face red, eyes half closed, skin covered with hot sweat; pupils usually contracted but may be dilated.
Insensibility and partial or complete paralysis from fright or bad effects of fear still remaining. Mental and physical sluggishness.
Paralysis of the bowels and rectum causing constipation with black, hard, round balls or involuntary stools due to paralysis of sphincter ani. Paralysis of bladder causing retention of urine with full bladder.
Arnica – paralysis due to concussion, cerebrovascular accident especially cerebral thrombosis. In case of hemiplagia due to cerebral thrombosis in case of hypertension arnica is the first medicine to be used. it helps by controlling haemorrhage and aids absorption.
Other symptoms are sore bruised feeling; everything on which patient lies seems hard. Involuntary faeces and urine due to paralysis of sphincters after injury. Mainly left sided paralysis, pulse full and strong, singing and muttering.
Silicea – paralysis from defective nutrition of nervous system, with over susceptibility to nervous stimuli. Brain and spine cannot bear ordinary vibration or concussion.
Nux Vomica – paralysis labio-glosso-pharyngeal; paralysis from apoplexy; paralysis from exhaustion of the spinal cord.
Plumbum met – paralysis of single muscles; it generally begins in the extensors. Wrist drop is prominent. Patient is unable to lift anything with the hand.
Zincum met – slow developing paralysis descending paralysis.