Are you looking for a homeopathic cure for mumps ? This article discusses the homeopathy treatment of mumps along with the best homeopathic medicine for mumps treatment.
Mumps, also known as infectious or epidemic Parotitis, is an acute viral disease caused by paramyxovirus. It causes painful enragement of the salivary or parotid glands, it may also other organs, such as the testes, the central nervous system (CNS), and the pancreas. The prognosis for complete recovery is good although mumps sometimes causes complications.
Homeopathic treatment for Mumps
Homeopathy is one of the most popular holistic systems of medicine. The selection of homeopathic medicine for mumps 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 homeopathic medicine for mumps is not only to treat mumps but to address its underlying cause and individual susceptibility. As far as therapeutic medication is concerned, several remedies are available for mumps which can be selected on the basis of cause, location, sensation, modalities and extension of the complaints. For individualized homeopathic medicine for mumps and treatment, the patient should consult a qualified homeopathic doctor in person. Some important gout remedies are given below which are much helpful in treatment of mumps symptoms:Homeopathy offers good prognosis to cases of mumps.
Mercurius – this is one of our best remedies for mumps; it has got specific action on the salivary gland; there is slight fever and it is useful in the later stages. The special symptoms are tenderness, salivation, offensive breath and threatening suppuration.
Lachesis – great remedy for left sided mumps, with purplish swellings and aggravation after sleep.
Rhus Tox – remarkable remedy form mumps; corresponds to dark red swelling, with tendency to erysipelatous inflammation and typhoid conditions. There is much aching in the limbs, the patient is restless and the symptoms are worse at night. Best remedy for secondary mumps. The left side is more apt to be affected. . It is our best remedy in secondary parotitis. The left side is more apt to be affected. Lachesis corresponds to left-sided mumps, with purplish swellings and aggravation after sleep.
Phytolacca – Yellowish, sickly. Aching malar bones. Glands swollen at the angle of jaw. Jaws ache, as in mumps. Lips everted and firm. Chin drawn closely to sternum. Mumps.
Belladonna – This is unquestionably the most important remedy, corresponding to vascular engorgement, fever and nervous irritability so common in this disease. The glands are swollen, hot and sensitive to pressure, worse on the right side. The pains are flying and lancinating and extend to the ear. It is useful when the swelling suddenly subsides, and is followed by throbbing headache and delirium.
Pulsatilla – Especially useful in orchitic and mammary complications. The tongue is thickly coated, the mouth is dry and the pain is worse evenings and after lying down. For metastasis to the ovaries Pulsatilla may be the remedy. Conium is indicated by excessive hardness of the swelling. Clematis and Aurum may be useful in orchitic complications.
Pilocarpus – Acts upon the thyroid and its sudorific action may possibly be due to it. Exophthalmic goitre, with increased heart’s action and pulsation of arteries; tremors and nervousness; heat and sweating; bronchial irritation. A valuable remedy in limiting the duration of mumps. Saliva pours out in an almost continuous stream from the mouth. Pilocarpus is a powerful glandular stimulant and the most efficient diaphoretic
Kali Bi – Face Pale, yellowish; blotchy. Red, florid. Mumps on the right side; sweat on the upper lip. Mucous membranes everywhere are affected. Catarrh of pharynx, larynx, bronchi and nose, and a tough, stringy, viscid secretion is produced, which condition is a very strong guiding symptom for this drug. Snuffles of children, especially fat, chubby babies. Pressure and pain at root of nose, and sticking pain in nose. Septum ulcerated; round ulcer. Fetid smell. Discharge thick, ropy, greenish-yellow. Tough, elastic plugs from nose; leave a raw surface. Inflammation extends to frontal sinuses, with distress and fullness at root of nose. Tickling in larynx. Catarrhal laryngitis cough has a brassy sound. True membranous croup, extending to larynx and nares. Cough, with pain in sternum, extending to shoulders; worse when undressing. Pain at bifurcation of trachea on coughing; from mid-sternum to back.
Carbo Veg -Something heavy seems to lie before the ears. Deafness or otorrhoea, following exanthemata; deficient or badly smelling yellow wax. Mumps, with metastasis.
Kali Mur – face bluish; sunken; cheeks swollen and painful; paralysis, following pain in face; muscles of face twitch and tremble, aggravation by eating, speaking or coughing. Mumps without fever. It certainly is of great value in catarrhal affections, in sub-acute inflammatory states, fibrinous exudations, and glandular swellings. White or gray coating of base of tongue, and expectoration of thick, white phlegm, seem to be special guiding symptoms.
Other important remedies for mumps mainly include
Calcaria carb, Pulsatilla, Silicea, Phosphorous, Arsenic Album, Lycopodium, Nitric Acid, Hepar Sulph, Baryta Mur, and many other medicines.
Causes of Mumps
The mumps paramyxovirus is found in the saliva of an infected person and is transmitted by droplets or by direct contact. The virus is present in the saliva 6 days before to 9 days after the onset of parotid gland swelling; the 48-hours period immediately preceding onset of swelling is probably the time of highest communicability. The incubation period ranges from 14 to 25 days. One attack of mumps almost always confers lifelong immunity
Symptoms of Mumps
Cases of mumps may start with a fever of up to 103 degrees Fahrenheit (39.4 degrees Celsius), as well as a headache and loss of appetite. The well-known hallmark of mumps is swelling and pain in the parotid glands. The glands usually become increasingly swollen and painful over a period of 1 to 3 days. The pain gets worse when the child swallows, talks, chews, or drinks acidic juices (like orange juice).
In rare cases, mumps will attack other groups of salivary glands instead of the parotids. If this happens, swelling may be noticed under the tongue, under the jaw, or all the way down to the front of the chest.
Mumps can lead to inflammation and swelling of the brain and other organs, although this is not common. Encephalitis (inflammation of the brain) and meningitis (inflammation of the lining of the brain and spinal cord) are both rare complications of mumps. Symptoms appear in the first week after the parotid glands begin to swell and may include: high fever, stiff neck, headache, nausea and vomiting, drowsiness, convulsions, and other signs of brain involvement.
Mumps in adolescent and adult males may also result in the development of orchitis, an inflammation of the testicles. Usually one testicle becomes swollen and painful about 7 to 10 days after the parotids swell. This is accompanied by a high fever, shaking chills, headache, nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain that can sometimes be mistaken for appendicitis if the right testicle is affected. After 3 to 7 days, testicular pain and swelling subside, usually at about the same time that the fever passes. In some cases, both testicles are involved. Even with involvement of both testicles, sterility is only a rare complication of orchitis.
It is very rare but the virus can cause inflammation in other glands and the nervous system.
Orchitis – inflammation of one or both testicles occurs in about 20% of adult male cases of mums.
Oophoritis – inflammation of the ovaries is uncommon, but it can produce lower abdominal pain and vomiting.
Prostatitis – inflammation of the prostate gland is a rare complication of mumps. The patient complication of mumps.
Mastitis – the mammary glands rarely become inflamed because of mumps. However, if they are affected, and pain and swelling occur, management of the complaint should be done through medications.
Encephalitis – this is a rare inflammation of the brain and is the only serious danger from mumps. The patient develops severe headache, a high fever, and vomiting, in most cases a full recovery occurs. In a small proportion of cases there is permanent disability or even death.
Diagnosis of Mumps
Mumps virus can be isolated in a cell culture from throat washings, urine, or spinal fluid.
Complement fixation, neutralization, hemagglutination are serological tests that can confirm infection or vaccination.
Blood work shows an elevated serum amylase level in patients with mumps Parotitis and pancreatitis; the serum lipase level is elevated in pancreatitis. A complete blood count may show elevated lymphocytes. Elevated serum C-reactive protein may occur in mumps Orchitis.
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 mumps is only for information purpose. Please consult a professional homeopath before taking any homeopathic medicine for mumps .