What is Relief?
It is very well known that
the human body's DEFENSE mechanism is very efficient. It won't
allow any malfunctioning in the normal circumstances. So in
minor acute conditions or in cases of Indisposition of health
we don't require any medication at all.
We require medication only in disease conditions. But while
treating disease What are we looking for "RELIEF or CURE?"
Many a times we get confused
between RELIEF and CURE
When we take any medication
we are always is search of quick relief from the sufferings.
In this process we are so absorbed that we do not think whether
we are really feeling better or it is just a disappearance
for the time being of the symptoms.
We will first look at how typical
established modern medicines provide relief for different
types of ailments. Established modern medicines generally
give relief for a temporary period such as four to six hours.
However, they don't really solve the problem because they
do not necessarily
cure the disease.
The following medicines
have immence value as far as their symptomatic relief is concerned
in treating acute or life threatening diseases but they have
their own Limitations as, they are not very useful in treating
chronic diseases because the doses of these medicines have
to be increased with time because the body gets immune to
ANALGESIC OR (N S A I DS)
Analgesics or (N S A I DS)
(Non Steroidal Anti Inflamatory Drugs)
Iboprufen is commonly used
to seek relief from headaches or other kinds of pain. One
can understand the need of that in getting relief from pain
because it can get intolerable. To really solve the problem
one needs to address the root cause of that problem. This
can be done by visiting a qualified physician. Diagnosing
the disease and then making an attempt to get cured from that
disease. Just taking an analgesic for pain and then forming
a habit of that medicine is wrong. It can lead to suppression
of the indication which the body is attempting to provide
to attract your attention towards the root cause.
Suppose your child is crying
possibly due to some intolerable pain. Are you going to keep
your hand on his mouth or otherwise make him stop crying.
No! Then why do this to your own body? This approach is always
dangerous. No qualified practitioner should advise this.
Help of these temporary medicines
should be taken but only to buy some time so that one can
get to the root cause of the problem. While saying this, role
of other medicines should not be forgotten.
These medicines are very useful
in abdominal colics, either in gastrointestinal pain due to
(gases) or the menstrual pain (dysmenorrhoea) They relieve
the internal spasm helping to reduce the pain.
If this continuous every time then cause for gastric indigestion
should be examined & treated accordingly.
In menstrual pains If the pain continues every month then
remedy should be taken for permanant cure.
These are antibacterial medicines
given for bacterial infections. The choice of these medicines
changes according to the nature and severity of the bacteria
and the infection.
Antibiotics help in controlling
the infection by killing the causative bacteria. But they
do not stimulate the body to fight the same bacteria. Therefore,
they should be used only when required and after a full investigation
in the form of culture tests. In recent times, the use of
antibiotics in general medical practice has increased considerably
and they are quite often given on a trial and error basis.
This can result in the prolonging treatment of the infection.
The second disadvantage is
always forgotten, which is that there are many normal and
good bacteria (Acidophilus and Bifidus) in the human
body. In fact, the gastrointestinal tract of the human body
is covered with normal bacteria flora. The use of antibiotics
also kills these good bacteria resulting in the disturbed
gastrointestinal functions. This, in turn, results in lowering
the resistance power of the individual to disease.
Another misuse of antibiotics
usually occurs in cases of viral infections. Antibiotics are
not the solution for virus infections.
for example- The scope of antibiotics in the case of influenza
or hepatitis is limited only for preventing bacterial complications.
Antibiotics are still included in the prescriptions for the
treatment of viral infection because of the limited availability
of medicines for viral infections.
In case of angioneurotic oedema,
such as allergic skin reactions or acute (respiratory) laryngeal
spasm these medicines play a very important role by reducing
the oedema because if this allergic reaction spreads into
the tracheo-bronchial tree or lungs then it may result in
laryngo-spasm causing breathlessness and chocking causing
danger to life.
In cases of chronic allergic manifestations like URTICARIA,
& BRONCHITIS, BRONCHIAL
ASTHMA etc. regular use of these drugs is not usefull
One has to treat these diseases by improoving the resistance
power or Immunity.
These are very effective medicines
in cases of severe dehydration or food poisoning because if
the diarrhoea is not stopped the patient may loose all the
fluid from his body and that may be FATAL for his life.
In casea of long standing diarrhoea the cause should be find
out insted of continuing with these medicines, because possibly,there
may be any intestinal or Colonic pathology, which can lead
to chronic loss of fluids which should
be treated accordingly.
If these cases are neglected then the patient may suffer from
These medicines are given for
worms in the Gastrointestinal tract. But in recent times,
there is a tendency in many families that they give de-worming
tablets to their children every 3 to 4 months; without doing
any stool examination to see for any worms
or blood cell count for anaemia.
As mentioned earlier,
a healthy human body is capable of throwing all the foreign
matter including worms on its own and that is why unnecessary
medication should be avoided.
The action of these drugs is
to reduce the body temperature which is elevated when there
is fever. These medicines act on the centers in the brain
But one must consider that taking these medicines even for
the smallest rise in body temperature would reduce its effectivity
on the body.
Because of their limited action on the body to reduce temperature
won't treat the fever and its causes. In fact, if these medicines
are taken every 6 hours, the fever may get suppressed and
the cause of the fever may become undetectable resulting in
a possible relapse.
That is why such medicines should be used only when indicated
or under the advice of the doctor. Rather they should be used
to avoid febrile convulsions which is the result of high fever
affecting the higher centers in the brain(hypothalamus).
In short, daily routine and
health should be given prime importance and 'Cure'
from the disease should be kept on the top priority rather
than getting relief from the symptoms of chronic disease
It is very important to know
what is hypertension
before we discuss about the antihypertensive drugs.
The dose should be adjusted
so that hypertention can be controlled and won't cause any
further systemic damage. The cause of HT should be diagnosed
first, whether it is Renal, Cardiac or Stress induced
and medicine should be given accordingly. This is to ensure
the cure from the disease. Otherwise, it is a difficult disease
to cure and the doses of the Antihypertensive drugs go on
The action of the antihypertensive
drugs differs with each drug like Vasodilators, calcium blockers
etc. but just dilating the vessel wall every time won't treat
the cause of the elevation in the blood pressure. You must
find out the cause and treat it accordingly.
The treatment of Diabetes
changes according to the suger levels in the blood.
If the patients are taking the drugs for diabetes and not
following the Diet
prescribed by the physician or not doing the exercise
to burn the extra calories, it useless to take medicines of
any system of medicines.
The modern medicines controls the suger level very effectively.
The oral hypoglycemic agents (OHA) are the medicines taken
orally to reduce the blood sugar. They are mainly used in
NIDDM.(non insulin dependant diabetes malitus)
The main problem of these medicines is their increasing doses.
Ultimately the patient may require Insulin if the suger levels
are not comming down. Once the disease becomes Insulin
dependent then it very difficult to cure.
As the name suggests these
medicines dilates the lungs bronchioles in cases of Allergic
bronchitis or other acute lower respiratory spasms like Bronchial
This effect is very usefull to prevent the spasm of the airway,
otherwise the patient will become breathless.
If the disease is chronic and the patient is going in this
kind of bronchial spasm regularly then the requirment of this
medicine goes on increasing.
A very interesting FACT in this regard can explain you
the need of permanant cure -
When any allergic substance enters in the air passage, the
signals reach to the immune systems. This immune system orders
the air passage to go in spasm attempting the closure of wind
pipe which may prevent the entry of the allergic substance
in the body.
The action of the bronchodilators is to inflate the air passage
and to relieve the spasm.
But if a patient is allergic to dust then this immune mechanism
will remain always on alert causing recurrent or permanant,
narrowing or closure of the wind pipe.
This may cause long standing breathlessness to the patients
suffering from asthma.
Further all the bronchodilators are known to produce side
effects like- headaches, tremors, drowsiness etc.
In short - frequent use of bronchodilators is not advisable.
Steroids are the most useful
life saving drugs in modern medicine. These are immunosuppressive
medicines which suppress the exaggerated immune response in
any disease conditions.
But because of their symptom-suppressing abilities, steroids
are favorite prescriptions for achieving fast results. The
physicians who prescribe these medicines do not consider the
side-effects of these drugs which may be spoiling the total
health of the patient. Such side effects include:
- Sudden weight gain
- Lowered immunity
- Early cataracts
- Early diabetes
- Recurrent infections
- Puffiness of face, body,
In cases of other hormonal
disturbances like Thyroid hormone disease or the sexual hormone
disturbances, the hormonal supplements are very essential.
Because they bring back the disturbances in the hormones to
their normal levels.
Because Hormones play a very vital role in the body Physiology
and it's functioning.
After correcting the levels
of these hormones, one should go in detail study of the causes
of this disturbance and try to find out a permenant solution
for the Disease.
All the skin diseases which
appear on the skin are not really the skin affections.Thera
are hardly few skin diseases which are classically called
as skin disease.
For e.g. - SCABIES, CHICKEN POX, ORGANIC SKIN (fungal or bacterial)
As far as the treatment of these skin diseases are concern
- Commonly the medicines are prescribed to "suppress
the skin erruptions" either by antifungal or antibacterial
Most of the skin diseases
are the only reflected on the skin but the cause of these
diseases lies within the body.
For e.g.- PSORIASIS, URTICARIA, ALLERGIC SKIN DISEASES etc.
These diseases are the affection of the immune system reflecting
on the skin.
These diseases are also treated with Steroid ointments which
suppresses the immune system attempting to treat skin erruptions
If we treat the skin
insted of the "affected immune system" then definetly
the suppressed skin disease will come again after some period
or may affect the other system of body like respiratory system.
that is why allergic skin diaease or Eczema often alternates
with Allergic asthma.
Homoeopathy believes in Exteriorisation
of disease through the skin & have medicines to treat
them (HERING'S LAW OF CURE)
(Described in Ideal Cure)
The reason for explaining
this topic in detail is to make the people realise the value
of these medicines for
Acute ailments as far as their " symptomatic
effect " is concern which will relieve their symptoms.
But we would like to stress upon one thing here.
Are we not suppressing the symptoms every time instead of
treating them to get a complete & Ideal