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Role of Homeopathy in Leprosy
« on: March 14, 2012, 01:41:33 PM »
Leprosy is an infectious disease derived from the French work "leper" and from the Greek word "lepros" which means scaly, referring to the scales that form on the skin.

 Risk Factors

1.       Leprosy is caused by a bacterium Mycobacterium leprae which affects various parts of the body, particularly the skin and nerves.
2.       Leprosy is a difficult disease to transmit and has a long incubation period.
3.       Children are more susceptible than adults to contracting the disease.
4.       Leprosy is common in many countries worldwide and in temperate, tropical, and subtropical climates.
 
Causes

Leprosy is caused by the micro-organism,
Mycobacterium leprae: Mycobacterium leprae grow slowly and mainly affect the skin, nerves, and mucous membranes. Children are more susceptible than adults to contracting the disease.
 Person to Person: Most scientists believe that leprosy spreads from person to person through infected respiratory droplets; this is one mode of leprosy transmission. People who are at the greatest risk of leprosy transmission are:
Parents of someone with leprosy
Children of someone with leprosy
Brothers or sisters of someone with leprosy
Extent of exposure
Environmental conditions
Types

There are two main types of leprosy:
 
1.       Tuberculoid
2.       Lepromatous
 
 Both types of leprosy produce lesions on the skin, but the latter form i.e. Lepromatous is most severe which produces large disfiguring nodules.

 Symptoms

Leprosy symptoms generally appear three to five years after a person becomes infected with the bacteria that cause the disease. However, it can take as short as a few months or several decades. Leprosy symptoms include:
Eye Problems
Muscle Weakness
Skin Rash
Skin Stiffness
Skin lesions that are lighter than your normal skin color
Lesions have decreased sensation to touch, heat, or pain
Lesions do not heal after several weeks to months
Numbness or absent sensation in the hands, arms, feet, and legs
It is important to note that not all leprosy patients lose their fingers and toes. With early diagnosis and leprosy treatment, many of these symptoms can be prevented.
 Investigations
Skin scraping examination for acid fast bacteria
Skin Biopsy
‘Lepromin test’ can be used to distinguish lepromatous from tuberculoid leprosy
Not to be used for diagnosis.
Diagnosis
While diagnosis leprosy a doctor can ask several question about patient's symptoms, current medical condition, and medication etc.
The doctor can make a diagnosis of leprosy by doing a test called a skin biopsy.
Treatment

Because leprosy can be cured with medicines, an early diagnosis will often reduce leprosy symptoms and complications. Therefore, while prevention of leprosy is not always possible, especially where leprosy is endemic, control should be possible.

 Prevention consists of
Avoiding  physical contact with untreated people
People who are in immediate contact with the leprosy patient should be tested for leprosy.
Annual examinations should also be conducted on these people for a period of five years following their last contact with an infectious patient
Reconstructive surgery is aimed at preventing and correcting deformities.
Comprehensive care involves teaching patients to care for themselves.
Physiotherapy exercises are taught to the patients to maintain a range of movement in finger joints and prevent the deformities from worsening.
It is important to note that treatment of leprosy differs depending upon the form of the disease. Treatment will generally continue for one year for tuberculoid leprosy and for two years for lepromatous leprosy.
 
Treatment of leprosy typically involves medicines along with supportive care. Supportive care is aimed at treating symptoms and associated complications. A number of different antibiotics are used to kill the bacteria that causes the disease.
 
Role of Homeopathy

Homoeopathy is a form of healing based upon the principle of ‘Similia similibus curentur’ or ‘like cures like’. It was founded by a German doctor, Dr. Samuel Hahnemann. Homoeopathy offers vast scope in the treatment of various illnesses, both acute and chronic and leprosy is no exception.
    Homoeopathy takes into account the entire person like the patients family history, past history, etc. Homoeopathic doctors study each case thoroughly, analyze and evaluate the symptoms and then prescribe the medicine to treat complaints due to epilepsy.
    Homoeopaths treat the patient’s mental, emotional and physical make-up i.e. the constitution. This is known as ’constitutional treatment’. Constitutional treatment treats the disease and removes it from its roots. The Constitutional method is employed in the treatment of epilepsy in Homoeopathy. This method is gives amazing results in many cases.
    Homoeopathy has immense scope in the treatment of tuberculoid & lepramatous leprosy. In early stages of the disease where there is onset of skin discolouration, muscle weakness, homeopathic treatment will restore the skin to normal and prevent the disease from further spread.
In advanced stages of the leprosy, homoeopathy can relieve complaints by giving ‘constitutional treatment’. Thus, in both the cases, homoeopathic treatment is beneficial in treating leprosy.
   It is important to note that not all leprosy-affected people lose their fingers and toes. With early diagnosis and homeopathic treatment, many of these symptoms can be prevented. Several patients with tuberculoid disease can even self-heal without benefit of treatment.
In order to prevent problems with fingers or toes, people should avoid injury and infections to these areas and take their medicines as prescribed
        Homoeopathic medicines are completely side-effect free and are not habit-forming. They can be taken by children, adults and even by pregnant women. They must be taken only after consultation from a homoeopathic practitioner.

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