Are you looking for a homeopathic cure for hydrocephalus? This article discusses the homeopathy treatment of hydrocephalus along with the best homeopathic medicine for hydrocephalus treatment.
Hydrocephalus is a condition in which excessive accumulation of fluid that builds up in your brain. The word hydrocephalus comes from the roots hydro meaning “water” and cephalus meaning “head.” The fluid that accumulates is cerebrospinal fluid (CSF), a fluid that normally surrounds your brain and spinal cord.
In hydrocephalus, too much fluid builds up, causing abnormal enlargement of the cavities in the brain (ventricles) that contain CSF. Too much CSF in the ventricles can put too much pressure on the brain, potentially damaging the brain.
Types of Hydrocephalus
There are four types, which include
Non-communicating hydrocephalus -Common in children. Types of hydrocephalus occurs due to blockage in the pathway of CSF. Resulting excessive accumulation around the site of obstruction specially the ventricles of brain. symptoms include:
- abnormal gaits
- impaired consciousness
- Decrease pulse rate
- enlarge head
- Poor feeding
- Eyes fixed downward (sunsetting of the eyes)
- Deficits in muscle tone and strength
- Poor responsiveness to touch
- Poor growth
- abnormal movement of extremities
Communicating hydrocephalus – Very common in children. Types of hydrocephalus occurs due to disturbance in production and absorption of CSF. Resulting excessive accumulation within the ventricles of brain. symptoms include:
- Inflammatory diseases of the central nervous system (CNS) → inflamed arachnoid villi which decrease absorbtion of CSF.
- Choroid plexus papilloma or carcinoma ( result in excessive production)
- Inflammation of the choroid plexus
Normal pressure hydrocephalus (NPH) – Mostly seen in elderly patients. Usually idiopathic. occurs due decrease absorption of CSF by aracnoid villi in response of inflammation. Symptoms include –
- urine urging
- urine incontinence.
- mrmory loss
- abnormal gait.
Hydrocephalus ex vacuo–
- Occurs in primary cerebral atrophy or cerebral destructive lesions
- Actually a misnomer; not a true hydrocephalus
Diagnosis of Hydrocephalus
it includes –
- Neurological examination
- Ultrasound of the brain ( in newborns and toodler)
HYDROCEPHALUS – Homeopathic Treatment & Medicines
Homeopathy treats the person as a whole. It means that Homeopathic medicine for hydrocephalus focuses on the patient as a person, as well as his pathological condition. The Homeopathic medicines for hydrocephalus are selected after a full individualizing examination and case-analysis, which includes the medical history of the patient, physical and mental constitution etc. A miasmatic tendency (predisposition/susceptibility) is also often taken into account for the treatment of chronic conditions.
The medicines given below indicate the therapeutic affinity but this is not a complete and definite guide to the treatment of this condition. The symptoms listed against each medicine may not be directly related to this disease because in homeopathy general symptoms and constitutional indications are also taken into account for selecting a remedy. To study any of the following remedies in more detail, please visit our Materia Medica section. None of these medicines should be taken without professional advice.
#Calcarea phosphorica. [Calc-p]
Indicated in children with a pale or sallow face; the ears and nose are cold, there is retarded dentition, the stools are loose,green and slimy and there is a constant desire to nurse; children crave potatoes and starchy food, or salt meat. Calcarea carbonica finds its place in the early stage of acute hydrocephalus when Belladonna does not act; the abdomen is distended, the limbs wastes; there is sweating of the head during sleep; weak memory. It suits best lively, precocious, large-headed children,whose bowels are inclined to looseness; frequent screaming without cause. Belladonna. This is the chief remedy in the acute form, with the fever and symptom which will be found detailed under meningitis.
Night terrors; pitiful weeping when awake; turning head from one side to another; child leans its head sideways all the time; frequent hiccough, even during sleep; rattling cough in spells, (<) evening; child never sleeps long at a time; screams and kicks off bedclothes; pale face, looks sickly about eyes.
This Homeopathic medicine for hydrocephalus suits apathetic cases when torpor predominates, unconscious, with the cephalic cry; the urine is suppressed and the eyes do not react the light. There is an automatic motion of one-half of the body; the forehead muscles are corrugated and there is a constant chewing motion of the mouth; the patient is thirsty and drinks with avidity when drink is offered. Helleborus corresponds to the stage of serous effusion; the sleep is soporous and interrupted by screaming spells. Censorial apathy or the period of beginning paralysis marks the remedy. Digitalis has scanty albuminous urine, slow pulse and cold sweat.
Phosphoric acid –
LISTLESS AND APATHETIC, does not want to do anything; does not want to talk, hardly answers; sinking back in apathy; involuntary; undigested, diarrhoeic, painless stools; copious urination, especially at night; child weak, pale, cold; emaciation.
#Apis mellifica. [Apis]
In the tubercular form of meningitis, when the child bores the head into the pillow and rolls it from side to side Apis will be the remedy. Every little while he arouses with a shrill, piercing cry; this is due to the pain; one-half of the body is convulsed, the other half paralyzed; there is strabismus, rapid and weak pulse and scanty urine. It is a slow acting remedy and its favorable action is shown by an increase of urine. The child is very drowsy and the accumulation of fluid in the brain is very rapid.
Kali brom –
Anaemia of brain from loss of fluids; constant drowsiness, coma; pupils dilated, sunken eyes and eyeballs moving in every direction without taking any notice; feet and hands blue and cold; pulse imperceptible.
The indications for this Homeopathic medicine for hydrocephalus are the following: The patient rolls head and wakes from sleep as if frightened; the occiput it hot, the forehead cool; there is grinding of the teeth; the eyes are sensitive to light, fixed and staring; the nose is dry; there is jerking of muscles during the sleep, and a fidgety motion of the feet; the head is enlarged, with a sense of great outward pressure ; the child is weak and cold, bores head into pillow , cries out. It is great remedy for the non-development of a disease.
First the diathesis, the scrofulous Sulphur child. Then symptoms of stupor , cold sweat, jerking of limbs, spasms of the big toes, suppressed urine. If from retrocessed eruptions it becomes all the more indicated. The eyes are half open and the head falls backwards. It is most suitable to the hereditary form. Tuberculinum. Burnett recommends this remedy highly, and it appears to have wrought much benefit; exact indications are wanting. Evidently it acts better, the tuberculinic types.
corresponds to the stage of exudation; the head is large and there is bulging of frontal bones; the fontanelles are open; there is squinting, paralysis, but no cephalic cry as in Apis. It is most useful in the simple form with suppressed urine , and lessens the pressure of the fluid and increases the urine. Cartier advises its long and persistent use in the 6th dilution. Constant involuntary motion of one leg and arm.
Argentum nitricum –
Suppression of urine; stools every four hours, of creamy consistency, not offensive and not painful; vomiting of greenish water in small quantity, or of milk about an hour after taking it; stupor; pupils dilated.
suits glandular subjects, tubercular form. Kali iodatum. Kafka’s specific. Darting pains in head, redness of face; dry, hacking cough, worse at night; scrofulous constitutions are the special indications.
Head large, sweat on whole head rather than on scalp alone, sudden startings in sleep, sour eructations, redness of face, cold hands and feet will well indicate Silicea. Baryta carbonica. Large head, thin, scrawny neck, scrofulous diathesis, child does not want to play, tendency to glandular enlargements, hacking cough, emaciations are the special indicating symptoms of this remedy.