Dehydration is a condition in which there is excessive water/fluid loss from the body, water level drops upto a certain level which produces abnormal sign and symptoms.
Our body requires a certain amount of water or fluid level to perform its normal sensations and functions. If there is decreased intake and increased loss of water or fluid from the body, it results in the condition of dehydration, which ultimately leads to abnormal functioning of the body.
In plenty of cases it remains unnoticed, it often comes to notice when there is large amount of water loss from the body. It can be mild, moderate or severe; can occur in any age group.
What causes dehydration?
- Excessive sweating
- Inadequate fluid intake
- Excessive sun exposure
- Excessive dieting
- Increased urine output
Medical conditions which causes dehydration
- Kidney failure
- Cocaine overdose
- Food poisoning
- Ulcerative colitis
- Mercury poisoning
- Pyloric stenosis
- Vibrio infection
- Hypermesis graviderum
- Digestive tract infections
- Heat stroke
- Chemical poisoning
- Amebic dysentery
- Colitis etc
Signs and Symptoms of Dehydration
Dehydration is divided into three stages: 1) mild, 2) moderate and 3) severe
- Mild to moderate dehydration may include the following:
- Thirst is increase
- Mouth feels dry, parched.
- Patient feels Tired or sleepy
- Decreased urine output
- Urine is low volume and more yellowish than normal
- Dry skin
- Dizziness or vertigo, esp on rising
- Few or no tears
- Severe dehydration may include the following:
- Severely decreased urine output or no urine output. The urine, if any, is deep yellow or amber color.
- Dizziness or lightheadedness that does not allow the person to stand or walk normally.
- Orthostatic hypotension; Blood pressure drops when the person tries to stand after lying down
- Rapid heart rate, Tachycardia
- Poor skin elasticity (skin slowly sinks back to its normal position when pinched)
- Lethargy, confusion, or coma
- Seizures or convulsions
Diagnosis entirely depends upon the cause of dehydration. In most cases the diagnosis is clinical. Apart from that Urine Output and Serum Electrolytes are also measured to assess the severity.
Treatment of Dehydration
Rehydration through oral or intravenous route with water and electrolytes, treat the other conditions accordingly.
Homeopathic treatment of dehydration
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 dehydration but to address its underlying cause and individual susceptibility.
As far as therapeutic medication is concerned, several well-proved medicines are available for dehydration treatment that can be selected on the basis of cause, condition, sensation and modalities of the complaints.
For individualized remedy selection and treatment, the patient should consult a qualified homeopathic doctor in person. Some important remedies are given below for dehydration treatment:
Camphora, Veratrum album, Cuprum met, Aethusa, Arsenic album, Carbo veg, China, Lachesis, Elaterium, Secale cor, Jatropha, Natrum mur.
Camphora, Veratrum album, Jatropa and China are remedies for dehydration caused by gastroenteritis, especially diarrhoea.
Arsenic alb, Cuprum met and Aethusa have both vomiting and diarrhoea. Aethusa is especially useful in children.
Cuprum met also has cramps with dehydration.
Lachesis, Secale cor, Trillium p and China also cover dehydration after blood loss.
Carbo veg is the remedy for the state of collapse or shock. If the patients faints due to fluid loss, the remedies are China, Acid phos, Trillium p, Carbo veg and Ipecac.
China and Acid phos has pronounced weakness with symptoms of dehydration.
If there is emaciation and weight loss due to chronic dehydration, the remedies to consider are Selenium, China, Lycopodium and Veratrum album.
Headache due to dehydration: Glonine, China.
Apart from the homeopathic remedies, oral or intravenous rehydration should be done and any other underlying medical condition should be treated appropriately.
Some Cases of Dehydration Cured with Homeopathic Medicine
Acute Severe Bacillary Dysentery with Diabetic Ketosis And Dehydration – by Meera Belsare
Septicemia in a Woman of 83 -by Rajiv Peres
Hay Fever Leading To Migraine -by Radka Ševčíková
Nightmares in a Woman of 19 – by Rajiv Peres
A Case of Synovial Cyst -by Serguei Krissiouk
Wonderful answer to some skeptics (#humour) Thank you, Dr Bhatia.
Is it worth mentioning that in topping up one’s water it is best to make sure one gets enough electrolytes? A pinch of rock salt, maybe. Also, boiled and cooled water is less harsh for elderly.and other sensitive people.
Plus remember that too much water is also toxic through cerebral anaemia – people can take too much water if overheated (this is how the drug ecstasy kills party-goers).
What is a good on-hand remedy set for over-consumption of water? (Given that totality of symptoms may be a better guide.)
I am suffering from excessive thirst problem since last about 10 years. I drink 2 glasses of water every half an hour after food and thereafter, two glasses every one hour. Accordingly, urination also is more. I don’t have diabetes or Thyroid. It appears as if the entire gut becomes dry, Sometimes, the food pipe appears to be dry when, water does not go down getting stuck in the middle with pain. After few seconds it becomes ok. If I don’t go to toilet twice a day, specially in the evening, stool becomes dry and creates lot of difficulties in motion in the morning. During covid, may be due to lack of physical activities, I started getting joint pains in the knees and fingers, though, before that, I used to walk 10 km a day. Some times, I can’t control thirst for more than half an hour(this problem is occasional). Since my young age, I am in the habit of not drinking water, just after food, but after at least half an hour or one hour after food. But, sometime back, that didn’t become possible. I could not wait for more than 15 minutes. Some time back there was severe dry mouth problem. That is a bit ok now. I went to the hospital where, first they checked the sugar and then asked me to take vitamin C 500mg, once daily at least for one month. Its already been one and half month. There is no any relief. There doesn’t seem to be any remedy for this problem in allopathy. One thing could be the cause is that, I was a smoker for about 50 years. I left it about 6 years back. Some one suggested me, Bryonia Alba in YouTube. After verifying the symptoms, I started taking Bryonia 200, some 20 days back. May be there is 10% relief, not sure. Can you please suggest a suitable remedy.
I have enoyed reading your article, however in my personal experience, the water we drink today is not sugfficient to hydrate. Most people these days drink bottled water, when has been stripped of all essencial minerals. I always drank a lot of water, thinking that was enough, however last gear I experienced extreme high blood pressure, and had to be hospitalized. After four days of blood pressure medicine administered intravenously, my BP was not lowering. The doctors could not find any plausible reasons for the high BP and informed me that if they could not lower the BP I may not survive. I immediately called my cardiologist, asking him to send me a copy of my most recenta complete metabolic panel. When I received it by enail, all the nunbers seemed perfect, but I realized that my kidneys were failing due to the lack of sodium, magnesium and chorides. I called the cardiologist and informed him. He arrived at my bedside, and ordered another blood test, and he verified my finings and prescribed electrolytes IV immediately. Within three hours I was released from the hospital with normal blood pressure. I now drink water with Himalayan [Pink Salt] every day, and my BP issues are no longer a major issue.