Delirium tremens is the most dramatic and grave of all the alcoholic illnesses. It is characterized by profound confusion, delusion, vivid hallucinations, tremor, agitation, and sleeplessness, as well as by the signs of increased autonomic nervous system over activity i.e. dilated pupils, fever, tachycardia, and profuse perspiration.
In most of the patients delirium tremens is benign and short lived, ending as abruptly as it begins. Consumed by relentless activity and wakefulness for several days, the patient falls into a deep sleep and then awakens lucid, quiet, and exhausted, with virtually no memory of events of the delirious period.
Somewhat less commonly, the delirious state subsides gradually with intermittent episodes of recurrence. In either event, when delirium tremens occurs as a single episode, the duration is 72 hours or less in over 80 percent of cases. Less frequently still, there may be one or more relapses, several episodes of delirium of varying severity being separated by intervals of relative lucidity-the entire process lasting for several days or occasionally for as long as 4 to 5 weeks.
Homeopathic treatment of delirium tremens
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 delirium tremens but to address its underlying cause and individual susceptibility. As far as therapeutic medication is concerned, several remedies are available to treat delirium tremens 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 delirium tremens:
Agaricus, arsenic album, Avena Sativa, Hyoscyamus, Lachesis, Natrum Mur, Nux Vomica, Opium, Stramonium, Antim Tart, Apocynum, Arnica Montana, Belladonna, Calcaria Carb, Cannabis Indica, Capsicum, Cimicifuga, Coffea, Crotolus H, Gloninum, Kali Brom, Mercurius, Phosphorous, Sulphuric Acid, Sulphur, Syphilinum, Zincum Met, Aconite, Anacardium, Antim crude, Bismuth, Bryonia, Bufo, Calcaria Ars, Calcaria Sulph, Cannabis Sativa, Carbo Veg, China, Hydrastis, Ignatia, Kali Iod, Kali Phos, Ledum Pal, Lycopodium, Natrum Carb, Psorinum, Pulsatilla, Rhus Tox, Selenium, Sepia, Silicea, Thuja, and many other medicines.