Are you looking for a homeopathic cure for boil? This article discusses the homeopathy treatment of boil along with the best homeopathic medicine for boil treatment.
What is Boil?
A boil, also referred to as a skin abscess, is a localized infection deep in the skin. A boil generally starts as a reddened, tender area. Over time, the area becomes firm and hard. Eventually, the center of the abscess softens and becomes filled with infection-fighting white blood cells that the body sends from the blood stream to eradicate the infection. This collection of white blood cells, bacteria, and proteins is known as pus. Finally, the pus “forms a head,” which can be surgically opened or spontaneously drain out through the surface of the skin.
Boils, are round, pus filled nodules; on the skin that result from infection with staphylococcus bacteria, the infection begins in the deepest portion of the hair follicle, or in an oil producing sebaceous gland. Occurrence of boils is common in children and adolescents, most common sites are underarms, scalp, buttocks, and face. Boils are contagious, whenever the pus of boil comes in contact with nearby skin it can contaminate; it also can enter the bloodstream and reaches to other body parts.
Poor hygiene, deficient nutrition; depressed immune functions with illness, disease like diabetes; use of immunosuppressive drugs may trigger formation of the boils in various parts of the body. Pain, redness, heat, tenderness, inflammation or swellings is the common features of boils.
Homeopathic treatment of boils
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 boils but to address its underlying cause and individual susceptibility. As far as therapeutic medication is concerned, several remedies are available to treat boils that can be selected on the basis of location, 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 boils:
Arnica Montana – tendency to small boils which are painful, one boil is cured, when the other comes out; occurrence of boils in crops; skin is black and blue; itching, burning, eruption of small pimples. Arnica produces a crop of boils all over, beginning with soreness, go on to suppuration, and another crop follows. When the boils partially mature and shrivel up Arnica is the remedy indicated.
Belladonna – remarkable remedy for boils; redness with throbbing and pain; this medicine should be used in the beginning; skin dry and hot, swollen, sensitive, erythema, suppurative wounds, indurations after inflammations. In boils with much swelling and redness Belladonna is the remedy to be used in the early stages. Boils recurring in the spring also indicate the remedy.
Arsenic album – excellent remedy for boils malignant pustules, gangrenous inflammation; itching, burning, swelling; ulcers with offensive discharge; burning as if coals of fire were put on affected part. Cutting and burning pain worse after midnight.
Hepar Sulph – one of the best medicines for boils and abscess; boils with marked suppuration; unhealthy skin; slightest injury suppurate; burning, stinging pain; extreme pain and tenderness, in early stage of pus formation; it will stop formation of pus or will abort pus in very less time period.
Thuja – crops of boils on face neck and nose. The main action of Thuja is on the skin and genito-urinary organs. Perspiration sweetish, and strong. Dry skin, with brown spots. Complete loss of appetite. Dislike for fresh meat and potatoes. Rancid eructations after fat food. Cutting pain in epigastrium. Cannot eat onions. Flatulence; pain after food; sinking sensation in epigastrium before food; thirst. Tea-drinking dyspepsia.
Silicea – it acts well when there is slow healing power; felons, boils, ulcers, and abscesses; pus offensive; long lasting suppuration, keloid growths; promotes expulsion of the foreign body from the tissue. This is a great boil remedy, and, in conjunction with Hepar sulphuris, prescribed for the general indications of abscess will cover many cases. It is a remedy to prevent boils. It produces inflammation of the connective tissue, and following the boil will be a plastic indurated and often inflamed lump, which Silicea will remove.
Merc iod – it is an excellent remedy for inflammatory stage of boils; when there is no pus formation; intense shining redness with throbbing and pain; when pus is formed it is green, thin and watery.
Calcaria carb – when there I no redness but paleness is there; boils are extremely painful.
Lachesis – boils are bluish in color; exudation of acrid and offensive pus; boils are very sensitive to touch with burning pain. Hot perspiration, bluish, purplish appearance. Boils, carbuncles, ulcers, with bluish, purple surroundings. Dark blisters. Bed-sores, with black edges. Blue-black swellings. Pyemia; dissecting wounds. Purpura, with intense prostration. Senile erysipelas. Wens. Cellulitis. Varicose ulcers.
Carbolic Acid – boils with accumulation of pus and discharge of very foul odor; marked burning pain. Very marked acuteness of smell is a strong guiding symptom. Stomach symptoms are also important. Pains are terrible; come and go suddenly. Physical exertion brings on abscess somewhere.
Tarantula – abscesses, boils, felons, carbuncles; hard, tender, inflamed hair follicles; boils at any stage. Sudden alteration of mood. Foxy. Destructive impulses; moral relaxation. Must constantly busy herself or walk. Sensitive to music. Averse to company, but wants some one present. Ungrateful, discontented. Guided by whims.
Ledum pal – boils and felons caused by needles pricks. For punctured wounds, produced by sharp-pointed instruments or bites particularly if the wounded parts are cold, this is the remedy. It affects also the skin, producing an eruption like Poison-oak, and is antidotal thereto, as well as to stings of insects
Tuberculinum – crops of small boils successively appear on the nose; boils with intense pain.
Calcaria pic – very good remedy for chronic and recurring boils
Bellis P – boils all over the body with soreness, pain and marked swelling. Externally, in nævi. Acne. Boils all over. Sore, bruised feeling in the pelvic region. Exudations, stasis, swelling, come within the range of this remedy. Boils. Ecchymosis, swelling, very sensitive to touch. Venous congestion due to mechanical causes. Varicose veins with bruised sore feeling. Exudations and swellings. Acne.
Hughes recommends a course of Sulphur 12. Phytolacca is said to be specific in boils. Lycopodium. Evans says the trinity of remedies for boils is Belladonna, Arnica and Lycopodium. Berberis vulgaris hastens suppuration in boils and prevents their recurrence. Anthracinum is recommended by Clarke for succession of boils, with no other symptoms to guide. Arctium lappa and Echinacea are excellent remedies with which to break up the “boil habit”. In the latter remedy profound prostration is an indication.
Causes of boils
Bacteria called staphylococcus are the most common cause of boils; the bacteria can be transmitted from person to person. An infection occurs most easily when people are overworked, anemic, or undernourished; with low vitality or lower resistance in the body. Diabetes can also trigger this condition because whenever there is high blood sugar level, it causes increased sugar level in the body tissues; in these circumstances bacteria get a favorable environment to grow and replicate. If there is already broken skin available, boils can develop more easily.
Symptoms of boils
- Pus formation
- Fever may be associated with boils
- Swelling of surrounding lymph nods
Harrison’s Principles of Internal Medicine, 14th ed, McGraw-Hill
Davidson’s Principles and Practise of Medicine, 17th ed, 1996, Churchill Livingstone
New Manual of Homeopathic Materia Medica & Repertory, William Boericke, 2nd revised ed., 2001, B. Jain
The above information about homeopathy treatment of boil is only for information purpose. Please consult a professional homeopath before taking any homeopathic medicine for boil.