Summary: Individuals are taking a lot of time to recover completely after Covid 19 infection. Modern medicine may prolong life but the quality of that long life is altogether another paradigm and consists mainly of a balance of the physical, mental and spiritual elements, which is what Homoeopathy (and Ayush) is all about.
Many choose homoeopathy to regain their stable equilibrium. We have a vast Materia Medica to offer the appropriate medicines to help them regain that equilibrium. We also don’t need to discover a new medicine for a new pathogen that causes a new disease. Our treatment depends on finding a similar medicine that matches the individual response of the sick person and not the nature of the pathogen causing the sickness.
In part III of Hpathy.com’s article (October 2020 issue) I presented the proving of Sars Covid Nosode (SCN) in 06Ck potency in healthy individuals. Homoeopathic Provings only emulate the disease processes in terms of sensation and do not incite an actual disease process. Therefore, contrary to expectations of allopathic protocols, the SCN medicine even in 06CK potency did not incite the body to produce the disease and therefore no antibodies response was noted in the laboratory findings during or after the proving.
Provers are like actors, performing and assuming a role under the influence of the proving medicine. Cured patients are the medicine. In other words, sick individuals who restored their health with impetus from the medicine are the medicine. They are not acting or performing and they have much more to say in terms of symptoms as well as signs (corrected laboratory findings).
In Part I of the Hpathy.com article (September 2020 issue) and Part II of the Hpathy.com article (October issue) I presented cases treated with SCN 30 Ck with the indicated medicine demonstrating its therapeutic effect in correcting the abnormal inflammatory markers associated with Covid-19 infection and therefore its efficacy in treating Covid-19 infection and disease.
In this Part IV article, I am presenting the use of SCN 30 CK along with other homoeopathic medicines in treating cases with Post Covid sequelae as well as Post Covid trauma. Recovered patients are taking a lot of time to feel that they are perfectly back to normal.
This can happen also in patients with mild infection. Even after testing positive for antibodies many individuals complain of lingering symptoms. The most commonly reported long-term symptoms include:
- Shortness of breath
- Joint pain
- Chest pain
Other reported long-term symptoms include:
- Difficulty with thinking and concentration (referred to as “brain fog”)
- Muscle pain
- Intermittent fever
- Fast-beating or pounding heart (also known as heart palpitations)
More serious long-term complications appear to be less common but have been reported. These have been noted to affect different organ systems in the body. These include:
- Cardiovascular: inflammation of the heart muscle
- Respiratory: lung function abnormalities
- Renal: acute kidney injury
- Dermatologic: rash, hair loss
- Neurological: smell and taste problems, sleep issues, difficulty with concentration, memory problems
- Psychiatric: depression, anxiety, changes in mood
The long-term significance of these effects is not yet known. These could be due to the continuing inflammatory response thrown by the body or the tremendous insult that the body receives during the illness and due to the treatment given. Studies have showed high levels of depression among frontline workers and people in communities with high infection rates.
Cases from my clinic of Post Covid Stress Disorder
Case 1: Female, 44 years recovered from Covid 19 infection. After discharge from the hospital, she went to stay with her parents along with her husband and son and developed anxiety attacks whenever the husband talked of shifting back to their own house. ’The house is full of virus, I won’t go there. I will catch infection again and so will my son!’ She is insisting on her husband selling the house. Prescription: Calcarea Carb 200/ 2 pills 2 hourly for 2 days.
Her anxiety attacks gradually disappeared. She understood the science behind she having developed the antibodies. The fear of re-infection dissipated. In March she is planning to come back to Mumbai in her house.
Case 2: Female, 60 years, Case of Rheumatoid Arthritis. Her neighbours tested positive for Covid and the BMC sealed the building. She started feeling vague head pains, stomach whirling and fear. She was depressed that she could not live her routine life of going out for a walk in the building compound and felt restricted and angry due to lockdown. Prescription: Salix Caprea 30 for 5 days and SOS relieved her.
I have been utilizing Salix caprea in cases that present with ailments due to being ‘restricted in their movement’, ‘confinement’, ‘ heaviness of imposed limitations’ due to quarantine and lockdown.
Salix caprea is a medicine prepared and proved by Dr Stuart Deeks, UK and according to him, it is emerging as a genus remedy for ailments from imposed limitations due to pandemic.
Alongside Salix-cap, Limestone is another remedy that can be utilized for pandemic trauma as it has symptoms of Delusions; enslaved, trapped along with estranged from family and friends.
Case 3: Female, 49, previously doing well on Calc carb, developed anxiety after her elder sister refused to meet her outside in the garden. They were inseparable before the pandemic. It was 8 months and our patient had not seen her elder sister.
This caused sadness and depression in our patient, ‘ I feel so estranged from my sister and my family, they refuse to meet me, my husband refuses to touch me; what has this tiny virus done to our lives ! The virus has overtaken love. We are all slave of the virus”. Prescription: Limestone 200, one dose cleared these feelings of anxiety
Case 4: Male, 62 years, recovered from Covid 19 infection. Hospitalised and received Inj. Remdesivir for 6 days. Lost 10 kgs of weight. Legs were very thin after sickness. Post discharge from hospital he felt very weak in the lower limbs and severe leg pains in the night that did not allow him to sleep. No appetite and gassy feeling in abdomen with constipation. Prescription: Abrotanum 200 2 pills daily till leg pains relieved. He took them for 14 days and got better and started gaining weight as his appetite improved too. I have utilized Abrotanum successfully in 4 cases of severe leg pain and weakness with loss of muscle tone after Covid 19.
Case 5: Female, doctor by profession, 55 years, Quarantined at home. Just when she recovered from Covid 19 infection her mother, 80 was diagnosed with Covid and hospitalised. Mother recovered and came home and she had to take care of her. This managing of her sick mother made her feel unusually weak in the legs and unable to stand. She could not attend to her clinic. Prescription: Abrotanum 200 2 pills daily for 3 days and she started feeling better.
Case 6: Male 23 years, Anxious. His best friend was getting married. All his friends were attending the pre-wedding ceremonies. He was afraid and anxious but wanted to attend due to peer pressure. The skin of his hands was burnt due to excessive use of sanitiser.
His greatest anxiety was the health of his parents. He was worried that he may infect them by going to the wedding and what if his father dies? He will not be able to manage the family business. He needs his father’s guidance to understand the business Prescription: Strontium carb 200, one dose and sos whenever he feels very anxiety.
He did not attend the wedding of the friend choosing to care for his family over friends. He could make this decision without peer pressure, fear and conflict. In his words, ‘ I could take this decision out of an understanding of the present pandemic situation and not out of anxiety, fear and conflict?‘ He started attending the factory work with his father.
Homoeopathy has an enormous existing Materia medica that can come to the rescue for these lingering complaints in Covid 19 warriors and survivors. I have been treating these in my clinic – many have approached me for extreme weakness, fibrosis, hair fall, heart issues, OCD and panic attacks. I have compiled Keynote symptoms from our Materia Medica that will be useful in management after Covid 19.
SCN is prescribed to clear the miasm. The first choice of indicated medicine is the constitutional medicine that worked before. In absence of individualizing symptoms, we may choose remedies that have therapeutic ability to treat influenza and post influenza sequelae depending on symptom similarity. Below, I have prepared an Influenza Materia medica that may serve as a ready reckoner.
|MATERIA MEDICA FOR POST COVID-19 SEQUELAE|
|Medicines marked * have been successfully used by me in my clinic.|
|Ailments from/ Never well since Covid 19: SarsCov-2 19 Nosode (SCN) In my opinion the SCN helps clear the miasma.
1. After Covid 19 in cases who suffered from the viral infection and also in those who did not suffer from the infection but presented with the trauma
2. Where only typical symptoms of the Covid-19 fear, panic and psychosis were presenting without individualizing symptoms, the SCN assisted to clear the picture for another medicine.
|Boericke writes for Baptisia: Epidemic Influenza|
|Fever: Influenza(grippe): Acon, Aesc, Ant ars, Ant iod, Ant tart, Arn, Ars, Ars iod, Ars-s-r, Asclep t, Bapt, Bell. Brom, Bry, Calc c, Camph, Cancha, Carb ac, Card m, Caust, Cepa, Chin-s, Cinch, Cupr ars, Cycl, Dros, Dulc, Eryngium, Eucalyptus, Eupatorium perf, Euphorbia, Euphrasia, Ferr-p, Gels, Glon, Glycerin, Gymnocl, Influenzinum, Iod, Ipec, Kali bich, Kali-iod, Kali-s, Lach, Lob.cer, Lob.purp, Lyc, Merc s, Nat sal, Nux v, Phos, Phyt, Puls, Psor, Pyr, Rhus r, Rhus t, Rumex, Sabad, Sal ac, Sang, Sang n, Sarcolactic acid, Senega, Spig, Spong, Sticta, Sul, Ver a.|
|Influenza: debility of : Abrotanum, Adon v, Ars-iod, Avena, Carb-ac, Chin-ars, Chin-s, Cinch, Con, Eup-per, Gels, Iberis, Lac-c, Lathyr, Phos, Psor, Sul ac, Sarcho ac|
|To aid the body in re-establishing physiological equilibrium after much dosing ( receiving antivirals, anti pyretics, steroids, tocilizumab, antibiotics etc.) . In Aloe, rectal symptoms determine its choice. In Nux vomica- digestive disturbances and portal congestions determine its choice.||Aloe, Cortisone, *Nux Vomica, SCN|
|Fatigue, Exhaustion, Tiredness, Muscle pains|
|Great weakness after Influenza||Abrotanum*, Camphora, Carbo veg, Chin, Eup, Gels, Influenzinum, Kali phos|
|Legs greatly emaciated, Marasmus||*Abrotanum|
|Resulting debility after influenza||Carbolic acid|
|Aching and great soreness in limbs and muscles accompanying or after influenza. Bone pains||Eupatorium perf|
|Prostration after fevers : Flushed face||Ferrum phos|
|Epidemic influenza, with great prostration, violent retching and where Arsenic fails. Spinal neurasthenia, dyspnoea with myocardial weakness||Sarcolactic acid|
|Shortness of breath, Weakness lungs , Fibrosis|
|Weak lungs, Fibrosis||*Antim-ars, Calc, Carc, Caust*, Coca, Cupr, Kali-c, Lach, Lobelia, Lach, Med, Naja, Oxygen, Ozone*, Phos, Puls, Rumex, Samb, Spong, Stan|
|Breathing difficult after influenza, constriction of chest||Lobelia|
|Emphysema, Catarrhal pneumonia after Influenza,||Antim- ars|
|Emphysema Great rattling of mucus but little is expectorated, oedema and impending paralysis of lungs||Antim tart|
|Periodical fits of rapid cough, lips and face turning blue||Drosera|
|Cough after Influenza||Eriodictyon (Yerba santa)|
|Throat with haemorrhoidal conditions||Aesculus|
|Post tracheostomy (after ventilator)||Antim tart, Carbo veg*, Drosera, Naja-tripudans, Naja nigricollis, Natrum sulph*, Spongia|
|Affections of Joints, tendons and fibrous tissues with stiffness; Palpitations||Rhus tox|
|Slow recovery of nerve power, wasting, Paralytic affections of lower extremities||Lathyrus|
|Pain in limbs and paralytic weakness in joints||Euphorbium|
|Difficulty with thinking and concentration (“brain fog”), Depression, Anxiety, Changes in mood, OCD, Sleepless|
|Depressed and frustrated, listless cannot see positive in anything after pandemic due to imposed restrictions in life||Calc carb, Calc flour, *Limestone, *Salix Caprea, Naja nigricollis, SCN,|
|Neurasthenia, Confusion, Inability to think, Indifference; Recovering from Septic conditions||Aethusa, Baptisia, Coca, Phos-ac, Sil|
|Sleepless: wide awake and alert||*Oxygen, Passiflora|
|Sleepless and restless with tiredness||Arnica|
|Anxious dreams, Night sweats with anaemia||Ferrum phos|
|Cleaning mania||Arsenic, Carcinosinum, Psor, Sep|
|Washing hands||Arsenic, Lac-caninum, Lachesis, Psorinum, Sepia|
|Fear of infection||Borax, Calcarea*, *Carc, *Variolinum|
|Fear crowd, public places||Arg-nit, Arn, Ars, Calc, Carc, Kali-phos, Lach, Lyc, Nux-v, Puls, Sep|
|Anxiety attacks||Arg nit, Arc, Calc, Carb v, Dig, kali ars, Lob, Lyco, Plat, Puls, Ruta, Spong, Stram,|
|Congestion of kidneys||Eryngium aquaticum|
|Acute nephritis complicating influenza||Eucalyptus|
|Repeated UTI post catheterisations ( E coli)||Apis, Cantharis, Coli Bacillinum, *B coli ( bowel Nosode), *Staphysagria, Sulphur, Uva ursi|
|Palpitations, pulse rapid- first stage of cardiac disease||Ferrum- phos|
|Heart ailments after rheuma or influenza along with Brights disease (nephritis)||Adonis vernalis|
|Cardiac debility after influenza||Iberis|
|On Fibrinolytic therapy post ARDS in sever Covid 19 disease|
|On Heparin therapy for thrombotic pathology after COVID-19||*Crotalus-h, *Lachesis, Naja nigricollis, Vipera|
|Liver affections after Influenza||Bry, Carduus marianus, , Nux vomica, Phos|
|Loss of smell ( Diminished), taste|
|Diminished sense of smell in old people with lack of vital heat or prematurely old with debility||Alumina|
|Diminished sense of smell; stabbing pan in precordia radiating all over chest||Menthol|
|Everything tastes flat with hiccups||Moschus|
|Other Individual complaints|
|Haemorrhages in female after Influenza||*Ferrum phos, Phos, Sab, Trillium pend|
|Hair fall after Influenza||Arnica|
|Paresis after influenza||Baryta muriaticum|
|Abnormal sweating after Influenza||Amyl nitrosum|
|Addiction to pornography, masturbation||Canth, Hyos, Lac-ass, Phos, Selen, Stram, Verat-a, Yohimbinum|
|Suicidal||Ant-c, Ars, Ign, Limestone, Naja, Puls, Sep, Sil|
- COVID-19 Sequelae Can Linger for Weeks-Even patients with mild cases describe persistent fatigue, trouble breathing, cardiac issues https://www.medpagetoday.com/infectiousdisease/covid19/86482
- Pocket Manual of Homeopathic Materia Medica & Repertory William Boericke B Jain Publishers
- Borland’s Pneumonia by Borland
 Naja nigricollis : The coronavirus rampant in China may have jumped to humans from snakes – species also sold in the Wuhan market. Genetic analyzes show that the virus has RNA sequences that are specially adapted to the snake’s cell machinery. In addition, the coronavirus has changes in a surface protein that make it easier for it to dock on to human cells, according to researcher. https://www.scinexx.de/news/medizin/china-coronavirus-kommt-von-schlangen/ Information shared by Karl josef Mueller, Homoeopath, Germany
 Salix caprea is a medicine prepared and proved by Stuart Deeks, UK and according to him, it is emerging as a genus remedy for imposed limitations due to pandemic. Salix caprea will be available soon with Helios pharmacy, UK