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What is pain?

cause of pain, types of pain, pain relief and pain treatment with homeopathy remediesPain is defined as abnormal unpleasant feeling or sensation over physical (with usually organic pathology) or psychological level (with usually no pathophysiological cause) involving nervous system. TheĀ IASP (International Association for the Study of Pain) defines pain as an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with actual or potential tissue damage or described in terms of such damage. We can not define pain as a disease but it’s a most common condition of the various medical conditions.

It’s a subjective symptom of many medical conditions which causes discomfort or unease by affecting general condition of a person. In other words we can say that pain is an indication of various medical conditions, which makes the person realize that something abnormal is going on that, requires treatment.

There are few specific causes of pain like Nocieptive pain in which there is stimulation of nerve endings known as nociceptors, which are present on the skin, internal organs, joints and muscles following an injury, burn, effect of cold, pressure, blow, or any type of stimulation causes tissue damage. On the other hand pain can occour due to malfunctioning or damage to the nervous system, which is usually associated with conditions like diabetes, spinal cord injury etc. one more cause of pain is there in which pain occurs due to abnormal psychological derangements in which usually no organic or pathophysiological cause is found. Often associated with psychic disorders like depression or any other psychic conflict, it includes psychogenic pain syndrome commonly presenting as chronic headache, chronic backache or general myalgia. To understand pain, it is very essential to understand the exact physiology behind it, Nociceptors (specific pain receptors) which are present in the skin, muscles joints and internal organs when they get activate with the effect of stimulus electrical impulses with pain message passes via peripheral nerve fibers and reaches to dorsal horn in spinal cord. After processing from spinal cord, impulses reaches to brain to Thalamus, from Thalamus it reaches to the somatosensory cortex (limbic system, the frontal cortex), where interpretation of physical sensation occurs.

Causes of pain

Causes of pain can also be classified as:

Classification of pain

Pain is mainly classified in to acute pain and chronic pain

Pain can also be classified according to its sensation too like burning pain, stitching pain, throbbing pain, sticking pain, shooting pain, radiating pain, wandering pain etc.

Pain can also be classified by its origin and location for example headache (pain in head), abdominal colic (pain in abdomen), renal colic (pain arising from kidney stones), biliary colic (pain arising from gall stones), angina (heart), neuralgia, trigeminal neuralgia, post-herpetic neuralgia, Sciatica, dysmenorrhoea (painful menses), myalgia (pain in muscles) etc.


Pain Relief and Treatment of Pain

Homeopathic treatment of Pain

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. This is the only way through which a state of complete health can be regained by removing all the sign and symptoms from which a patient is suffering.

The aim of homeopathy is not only to treat pain, but to address its underlying cause and individual susceptibility of the patient. For this patient’s current symptoms, past medical history and family history are taken into account. There are many homeopathic remedies which cover the symptoms of pain and can be selected on the basis of cause, location, sensation, modalities and extension of the pain. For individualized remedy selection and treatment of pain, the patient should consult a qualified homeopathic doctor in person. Some important homeopathic remedies for the treatment of painĀ are given below: