Spleen – a large organ in the upper abdomen on the left side, located close to the left side of the stomach. It is the largest structure of the lymph system. The spleen causes disintegration of old red blood cells in adults, manufactures red blood cells in the fetus and newborn, and serves as an important reservoir of blood.
The spleen may enlarge for many reasons, since one of its main functions is to break down old and worn out blood cells, those conditions where blood is broken down faster than normal are associated with an enlarged spleen,. These diseases are called hemolytic anemias, and many of them, such as sickle cell anemia or thalassemia, are inherited. Hemolytic problems can also have other causes; for example, some drugs such may cause hemolysis and thus a large spleen. Other blood diseases also cause the spleen to become enlarged. In some cases of leukemia, for example the spleen grows so much that it stretches from the top left-hand of the abdomen to the bottom right-hand corner.
There are two other diseases that are associated with enlarged spleen, malaria and the parasitic disease known a kala azar, in which the parasites actually inhibit the spleen, because it is involved in the body’s immune mechanism against infection. Many other infections can cause enlarged spleen.
A common disease associated with the enlargement of the spleen is glandular fever. Occasionally, the large spleen found in this illness can rupture as a result of a comparatively minor injury to the abdomen.
Homeopathic treatment for spleen diseases
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 spleen diseases but to address its underlying cause and individual susceptibility. As far as therapeutic medication is concerned, several remedies are available to treat spleen diseases 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 spleen diseases:
Arsenic Album – induration and enlargement of spleen; drawing, stitching pain under left hypochondrium, burning in stomach, followed by vomiting of blood; soreness to touch in region of spleen; frequent bloody diarrhea; softening of spleen.
China – swelling and hardness of spleen, which is painful and tender, with aching and stitching pains in spleen when walking slowly; pains extend in direction of long axis of spleen; enlarged spleen.
Ceanothus – the only sphere of action of this remedy seems to be splenic troubles, its indications are deep seated pain in the splenic region, deep stitches, worse in damp weather, with enlargement of the spleen; chronic pains in the spleen.
Conium – enlargement of spleen with melancholia and torpid action of bowels; sensation of heaviness through abdomen.
Arenea Diadema – enlarged spleen, especially useful for chronic effects of malarial poisoning or in those who live in damp, wet places.
Chininum Sulph – congestion, inflammation and enlargement of the spleen.
Calcaria Carb – enlarged spleen; soreness about hypochondria, cannot bear anything tight around there; stitches in left side on bending towards it; abdomen distended.
Sulphur – stitches in spleen, aggravation when taking a deep inspiration and when walking; stitches in left side of abdomen when coughing; dropsical swellings of external parts.
Sulphuric Acid – spleen enlarged, hard and painful, when coughing; diarrhea with great debility, hemorrhage of black blood from all outlets of body; weak and exhausted from some deep-seated dyscrasia.
Natrum Mur – produces stitches, pressure and congestion in the spleen. swollen spleens resulting from malarial fever.