COVID-19 AND Homeopathy
Lately I am receiving many panic calls from my patients about Corona Pandemic, COVID – 19. This current flu outbreak in human is due to a novel corona virus SARS-CoV-2. Whole world is in trouble due to this mysterious novel Corona virus. Pandemic is an epidemic disease of an infectious nature that has spread across a large region, for instance multiple continents or worldwide, affecting a substantial number of people. Epidemic means rapid spread of disease to larger number of population within short period of time, it may be restricted to one location only.
Human transmission of disease mainly occurs due to droplets from coughing and sneezing of an infected person, other associated factors are subdued/ low immunity, unhygienic measures, being in close proximity with the infected person. After getting contracted with virus symptoms start between 0-14 days, in recent studies it is found that incubation period can be 27 days.
The symptoms start in the back of throat with sore throat and dry cough, in few patients it can be productive cough. The virus then travel through bronchial tubes to lower respiratory tract and develop into pneumonia in some cases. Though COVID – 19 virus primarily affects lungs, it may damage other organs, producing symptoms like nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, severe body ache, loss of smell and taste, confusion, seizures, dizziness, unconsciousness, myocarditis, heart failure, Conjunctivitis, Blood and protein in urine, blood clots in veins and other blood vessels leading to pulmonary embolism.
Based on clinical symptoms COVID-19 patients are mainly classified in to following categories –
Homeopathic approach for COVID -19 :-
In this current pandemic of COVID – 19 , homeopathy is being successfully used for prevention and treatment of COVID -19 allover the world. Homeopathic treatment enhances resistance to infection and is safe, natural, and effective for all adults, children, senior citizens. There are several homeopathic remedies that can swiftly improve the symptoms and restore a state of health. Homeopathy medicine makes individuals capable to fight virus so that illness can be resolved rapidly and with little discomfort. Also it can prevent patient from developing post viral complications. Homeopathy medicines are prepared from natural substances and further diluted so they do not have any side effects. Homeopathy will definitely assist in shortening each stage of infection and if taken constitutionally can prevent ailment altogether.
Results obtained by homeopathy during previous epidemics of cholera, smallpox, diphtheria,typhoid,yellow fever, pneumonia, chikun Gunya, dengue fever, consistently revealed an extremely low mortality rate.
During homeopathy treatment of epidemic diseases mainly three approaches are being used –
1) Individualization –
Homeopathic physicians dose not focus on virus or symptoms of disease during treatment, he observes immune response triggered by virus, which produces certain signs and symptoms in each individual, which are different for each individual. Depending on totality of symptoms obtained from that individual remedy suitable remedy for that individual will be prescribed, this remedy resolves the disturbance at immune level quickly and restores the health.
2) Genius epidemicus –
During epidemic diseases as large population gets affected by disease, it becomes difficult for homeopathic physician to take detailed history of each patient and give individual remedy to each one. To solve this problem during epidemic Dr Samuel Hahnemann founder of homeopathy, developed the concept of genius epidemicus, in aphorism no. 102 of his book organon of medicine he has explained that- “ from writing down the symptoms of several cases of this sort ( the disease population is affected), the outline of the disease picture becomes more complete…the entire scope of such an epidemic….can be distilled and gathered only from the suffering of several patients with different physical constructions.” After formation of complete disease picture of the epidemic and the most similar remedy is selected by a trained homeopath as a genius epidemicus, which helps large number of infected population to recover fast and restore health. Also this remedy which helps to recover maximum number of patients during epidemic can be used as genius epidemicus for Homeo prophylaxis of large population in the affected area.
3) Nosode –
This is medicine prepared from the disease causing agent in very minute proportions in homeopathic way, the proving has yet not done for Covid -19 nosode.
During this pandemic of Covid -19 , Ministry of AYUSH from government of India advised homeopathy remedy Arsenicum album 30 as a genius epidemicus for improving immunity against virual infections along with proper diet, nutrition and hygiene as recommended , by proper consultation with a homeopathy practitioners, as dose may vary from person to person depending on age, location, frequency of public exposure, persons susceptibility, immune level, any comorbid condition etc.
Ideally Individualisation is correct approach to be used in Covid positive cases and also as a preventive , a well selected homeopathy remedy definitely build immunity to fight against any disease causing agent.
Self care measures to prevent Corona infection:-
- Do not panic.
- Wash your hands frequently with hand wash or soap. Or use alcohol based sanitizers.
- Do not touch your face, nose, eyes and mouth without sanitising your hands.
- Stay away from people who are sick.
- Avoid going to crowded places.
- Use mask to cover your nose and mouth while going out from home.
- Stay well hydrated.
- Take enough rest.
- Eat healthy and nutritious diet.
- Fresh citrus juices give antioxidants and vitamin C to boost your immune system.
Hence , for safe, natural, and effective answer for Covid -19 consider Homeopathy as best alternative treatment for prevention and treatment.