A clinical research study on the efficacy of homoeopathic medicines in cases of recurrent tonsillitis
Author : Rasheed Babita
RESEARCH JOURNAL OF RECENT SCIENCES
ISSN 2277 -2502 Vol. 4(IVC-2015), 13-15 (2015) Res. J. Recent. Sci.
International Science Congress Association 13
Journal review by Dr Muhsina Mariam. M. T
MD Organon GHMC Calicut
Medical Officer, Department of Homoeopathy, Govt of Kerala
Dept. of Homoeopathic Pharmacy, Rajasthan Vidyapeeth Homoeopathic Medical College and Hospital, Dabok, Udaipur, INDIA
Tonsillitis means the inflammation of the pharyngeal tonsils, the small glands at the back of the throat behind the tongue. Bacterial, viral infections and other immunologic factors are responsible for tonsillitis and its complications. Nearly all children experience at least one episode of tonsillitis5. Multiple episodes of tonsillitis disturbs the quality of life and may lead to other complications. This clinical study was undertaken with an aim to prove the efficacy of Homoeopathic medicines in cases of Recurrent Tonsillitis at Rajasthan Vidyapeeth Homoepathic Medical College and Hospital, Dabok and at my own clinic, in which 30 cases were included, maximum cases were below 18-20 years of age, Homoeopathic Medicines Baryta carb, Silicea, Hep. Sulph, Bella, Lachesis, Psorinum. Ars alb were prescribed on the totality of symptoms which prove beneficial for all the cases and thus the efficacy of Homoeopathic Medicines was proved in the treatment of Recurrent Tonsillitis.
Keywords: Inflammation Tonsils, Peritonsillar Abscess, Tonsillitis.
Tonsillitis is the inflammation of the pharyngeal tonsils. Along with the pharyngeal tonsils, the adenoids and the lingual tonsils may also get inflammed involve other areas of back of throat including the adenoids and the lingual tonsils. Tonsillitis may be caused due to any viral or bacterial infections or any other immunological factor1. It is very common in India. Children are more commonly affected2. It spreads through air borne droplet infection through throat or nasal fluids etc. The incubation period varies from 2-4 days. In severe or recurring cases of tonsillitis removal of tonsils i.e Tonsillectomy is advised.
Due to advancement in medical sciences the complications are rare. Surgical intervention can also be avoided using homoeopathic medicines. Homoeopathy plays an important role in treating the cases of tonsillitis and preventing their recurrence with permanent restoration of health.
Signs and Symptoms4:
Sore throat is the main symptom, other symptoms include, Coughing. Red and swollen tonsils, Pain on swallowing, Fever may be high, Headaches, Tiredness, Pain extending to ears or neck, Pus filled spots on tonsils, Tender cervical lymph nodes and neck stiffness (often found in acutetonsillitis), Signs of dehydration
Types of tonsillitis:
Patient presents with sore throat, dysphagia (difficulty swallowing), odynophagia (painful swallowing), foul breath, fever and tender cervical lymph nodes. Swelling may cause mouth breathing, snoring, sleep apnoea. Malaise feeling and letharginess4.
Recurrent tonsillitis: In this type of tonsillitis there are multiple episodes of acute tonsillitis in a year4.
Chronic tonsillitis: Patient presents with chronic sore throat, halitosis, tonsillitis, and cervical nodes are persistently tender4.
Complications: Complications are uncommon, but some of the problems that can occur are:
i. Peritonsillar abscess: Sometimes the abscess formation occurs with severe throat pain, drooling and fever. The abscesses can spread to the surrounding areas, such as the roof of mouth, neck, chest and lungs.
ii. Swelling of the face and neck: Usually occurs in cases of Chronic tonsillitis and leads to airway obstruction and causes difficulty in breathing and may lead to disturbed sleeping patterns.
iii. Otitis media (Middle ear infection): can also occur in severe cases. iv. Septicaemia/ Blood poisoning: May also occurin severe cases if bacteria get into blood stream and multiply.
v. Lemierre’s syndrome: It is very rare and fatal complication in which bacteria from throat enters into the major veins in neck and travel through bloodstream to lungs, joints and bones.
vi. Glomerulonephritis: It is a very rare complication.
Tonsillitis can be cured with the help of homoeopathic medicines with permanent restoration of health. Even in many severe cases of Recurrent Tonsillitis where tonsillectomy is advised homoeopathic medicines play a great role and surgical intervention can be avoided5. Homoeopathy is based upon Nature’s law “Similia Similibus Curanter “which means let likes be treated by likes. Actually removal of tonsils is not cure, If we remove the tonsils, it’s like removing the guards who are safeguarding us, which is not wise.
Homoeopathy has no side-effects. In homoeopathy, medicines enhances our resistance to fight and give no chance for recurrence due to re-infection of same bacteria or virus. The earlier the treatment started, the speedier and more complete is the cure. In this, the immune power is increasedagainst disease, so that recurrence can surely be avoided. In homoeopathy, medicines are usually selected with mode of onset and character of disease, exciting cause, thirst, sweat, shivering, mental restlessness appetite etc. A well selected remedy quickly supports the body mechanism and clears the complaints at the earliest.6 Some of common medicines used against tonsillitis are Aconite, Belladona, Bryonia, Rhus tox, Thuja, Apis mel, Nux vom3 etc.These medicines should be taken under advice of a qualified homoeopath.
The study was undertaken at Rajasthan Vidyapeeth Homoeopathic Medical College and Hospital, Dabok and at my own clinic in which 30 cases were included and the study was undertaken for a period of six months. Detailed case was taken, analysis and evaluation following Homoeopathic principles was done6.
During the study it was observed that in almost all the cases the homoeopathic medicines responded well and the patient not only got rid of the main complaints of Tonsillitis but also got rid of the associated complaints with restoration of health. With the help of use of homoeopathic medicines even surgical intervention was avoided. Thus we can conclude that Homoeopathic medicines used with holistic approach are very effective in treating the cases of recurrent tonsillitis.
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