Hepatitis C is a form of hepatitis which is caused by Hepatitis C virus. Hepatitis C is one of the most common forms of Hepatitis which can result in various serious medical conditions such as liver failure, chronic hepatitis, cirrhosis of liver etc.
Individuals at risk of Hepatitis C infection
- Injecting drug users
- Health care workers
- Individuals on hemodialysis
- High risk sexual practices
- Unsafe injections or other parentral exposure of blood
- Use of blood-contaminated implements for circumcision or surgery
- Tattooing, ear piercing
- Mother-infant transmission can occur in mother with high levels of viremia
Acute Hepatitis C
Incubation period is 6-12 weeks. Infection is clinically mild. Only 25% are icteric, but patients with jaundice are more common likely to clear the virus.
Chronic Hepatitis C
Most cases are not preceded by clinically apparent icteric hepatitis. Serum aminotransferase levels remain abnormal after 12 months in 60-85% of patients with type C post transfusion or sporadic Hepatitis.
Cirrhosis develops with in 10 years in about 10-20%, but remains indolent and is only slowly progressive after a prolonged period of time. Greater age at infection, concomitant alcohol intake, concurrent HBV or HIV infection or other illness may be important aggravating co-factors.
The infection cause systemic disease and may be associated with various complications, including a form of autoimmune cryglobulinemia, porphyria cutanea tarda, membranous glomerulonephritis. Hepatitis C infection is associated with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
Diagnosis of Hepatitis C
Presence of Hepatitis C RNA levels in serum or liver tissue is the gold standard for diagnosis of Hepatitis C infection.
Treatment of Hepatitis C
Treatment mainly depends upon medical condition of the patient
Homeopathic treatment of Hepatitis C infection – 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 Hepatitis C infection but to address its underlying cause and individual susceptibility. As far as therapeutic medication is concerned, several well-proved medicines are available for Hepatitis C treatment that can be selected on the basis of cause, 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 Hepatitis C treatment:
Chelidonium – is one of our greatest liver remedy. It acts on portal system, right side of the abdomen and right lower lung. Acts very well over the cases of Hepatitis C. it covers many of the direct reflex symptoms of the diseased condition of liver. It manifests the congestion inflammation, fullness and enlargement in semi-chronic and acute cases. The keynote of the remedy is tearing, shooting, stitching pains from the liver region traveling to the back below the right shoulder blade. Hot drinks and hot milk relieves.
Brynoia – excellent remedy for inflammation of the liver, the right lobe of the liver is mostly affected and feels like a load in the hypochondrium. Every slightest movement hurts, with burning and stitching pains and nausea.
Podophyllum – remarkable remedy for Hepatitis C. there is congestion and enlargement of the liver with great irritability of the liver, slight rubbing of the liver helps, the discomfort is aggravated by slightest thought or smell of food.
Carduus mar – remedy for Hepatitis C cases where there is feeling of enlarged liver, pressure feeling worse by lying on the left side, left liver is full and engorged and sensitive. Concomitant symptoms here are haemoptysis due to congestion of the liver and lungs.
Ptelea trifoliate – aching in the liver aggravated by lying on the left side, voracious or poor appetite. Develops a repugnance to animal food, rich puddings, of which he is very fond of, butter and fats aggravate his hepatic symptoms.
Lycopodium – has sore pain in the right hypochondrium which is aggravated by touch. Intense flatulence by 4 p.m as if everything that he takes turns in to gas or wind, better by warm drinks.
Phosphorous – remarkable medicine for hepatitis C cases has hyperaemia and enlargement of liver. Craves cold food and drink, ice cream and wine, has bed effects of excessive intake of salt. As soon as the cold water becomes hot in the stomach he vomits. Phosphorous is useful when there is suppuration in the Hepatitis, Hectic fever, night sweats and marked soreness over the liver.
Arsenic – which is acute of phosphorous has burning thirst and drinks bit by bit, but warm water. This burning of arsenic is better by warm application. There is typical; arsenic anxiety and restless.
Nux Vom – has constrictive pains in the region of the liver, the liver is swollen, indurated and sensitive with pressure. Aversion to meat, tobacco and coffee, ale etc, the patient is chilly and irritable.
Myrica Cerifera – it has marked action on the liver with Hepatitis C infection. Distinctive features are pain in the liver, fullness, dull heavy headache, worse in the morning, weakness with ash colored stools, slow pulse and pain under the scapula, jaundice of all degrees. Low potency found to be working better.
Cornus Circinata – has caused liver derangements, with aching eyeballs, disturbed sleep, weakness in the morning, pain in the pit of the stomach, with distended abdomen. Dark foul stools, burning in anus, vesicular eruption on the face.