Saturday, January 21, 2017

Homeopathy, Candida & Psora

What is Homeopathy?

Homeopathy was founded by German physician Samuel Hahnemann (1755–1843), who was much disturbed by the medical system of his time, believing that its cures were crude and some of its strong drugs and treatments did more harm than good to patients.

Hahnemann performed experiments on himself using Peruvian bark, which contains quinine, a malaria remedy. He concluded that in a healthy person, quinine creates the same symptoms as malaria, including fevers and chills, which is the reason why it is effective as a remedy. He then began to analyze the remedies available in nature by what he called provings. Provings of homeopathic remedies are still compiled by dosing healthy adults with various substances and documenting the results, in terms of the dose needed to produce the symptoms and the length of the dose's effectiveness. The provings are collected in large homeopathic references called materia medica or materials of medicine.
Hahnemann formulated these principles of homeopathy:
Law of Similars (like cures like)
Law of the Infinitesimal Dose (The more diluted a remedy is, the more potent it is.)
Reaction to illness is specific to the individual
Hahnemann's Law of Similars was based on thinking that dated back to Hippocrates in the fourth century B.C. It is the same thinking that provided the basis for vaccinations created by Edward Jenner and Louis Pasteur. These vaccines provoke a reaction in the individual that protects against the actual disease. Allergy treatments work the same way. By exposing a person to minute quantities of the allergen, the person's tolerance levels are elevated.

What is Psora in Homeopathy:

After the discovering the law of cure, Hahnemann experienced many difficulties during his practice with homeopathic medicines. The acute diseases used to yield to these medicines, but the same conditions would reappear again and again. No matter how hard he tried, he could not completely extinguish such tendencies from the patients. This made Hahnemann think that some hidden thing was present in the dynamic aspect of every patient, which made patients susceptible to external influences thereby leading to these repeated acute attacks. After interpreting his observations and careful study of past medical records, he came to the conclusion that some inherent latent and dynamic cause existed within, and was the main culprit behind the outbreak of chronic and acute disease. He named this unknown destructive force as PSORA.

Dr. Samuel Hahnemann coined the word "Psora". It is derived from Greek, which means itch. It also has its origin from Hebrew word "Tsorat", meaning "a groove, a fault" which refers to a deficiency state of human being. This deficiency state destabilizes the equilibrium of health giving rise to diseases.

Every part and function of the body are influenced by this miasm. Psoric conditions always itch. There is considerable itching of the skin. All the subjective symptom manifestations are due to underlying psora.(

Psora was described as “the intolerable itch.” Whenever there is psora, we will find the itch. Without the psora miasm, there can be no itch. Starting with a deficiency of the primary routes of elimination, psora expresses itself externally with all types of skin conditions. The skin incurs scaly eruptions and is dirty, dry and itchy. The psora miasm externalizes toxins, and if suppressed topically, it will lead to the manifestation of a serious internal ailment.

Sulphur is one of the leading remedies in the treatment of psoric conditions. It addresses various chronic conditions that rise from psora.  As the equilibrium of the vital force is reinstated and the condition improves, an anti-miasmatic nosode can follow. In every chronic disease lays a fundamental pathological factor.Unless the root cause of the disease is treated, it will never be cured.

Psora has two pathological tendencies:Endogenous and exogenous contamination.

1.Endogenous substance contamination originates from within the organism. The toxins of the metabolism are not eliminated.

2. Exogenous substance contamination is due to a sedentary lifestyle combined with autointoxication. Toxins enter the body from the outside. Food treated with additives which are grown in chemically fertilized environments, tobacco smoking, drugs, vaccinations, heavy metals, and microorganisms cause autointoxication.

" Until today there are many discussion  in the Homeopathy world about what was the  real meaning of Psora for Hahnemann."

The 10 Characteristics of Psora Miasm Diathesis

1. Intense pruritus aggravated by heat.
2. The affection of ectodermic (outer cell) origin.
3. Functional pathologies - all “hypo” (hypotension,  hypoplasia, etc) and atrophic conditions.
4. Poor elimination of toxins.
5. Variable pathologies due to suppression.
6. Bad odor of secretions.
7. Abnormal appetite, a tendency to gain weight.
8. Profound asthenia, a desire to lie down.
9. Affections of the digestive tract.
10.Predisposition to parasites. Intestinal parasites favor cutaneous fungus

What is Candida ?

Candidiasis is a fungal infection caused by yeasts that belong to the genus Candida. There are over 20 species of Candida yeasts that can cause infection in humans, the most common of which is Candida albicans. Candida yeasts normally live on the skin and mucous membranes without causing infection; however, overgrowth of these organisms can cause symptoms to develop. Symptoms of candidiasis vary depending on the area of the body that is infected.

Candida spp. are yeast-like fungi which can form true hyphae and pseudohyphae. They may be part of the normal body flora or may become an invasive pathogen. Candidal infection varies from a benign local mucosal membrane infection to disseminated disease; it can involve any organ. Severe disease is associated with an immunodeficiency - eg, malignancy, HIV infection or immunosuppressive therapy.

Candidiasis that develops in the mouth or throat is called “thrush” or oropharyngeal candidiasis. Candidiasis in the vagina is commonly referred to as a “yeast infection.” Invasive candidiasis occurs when Candida species enter the bloodstream and spread throughout the body.

Up to 60% of healthy people are asymptomatic carriers of Candida spp. (as a commensal in the gastrointestinal tract).[3]
Candidal infection is the most common cause of invasive fungal infections in hospital patients.
An estimate of systemic candidal infection prevalence can be obtained from azole consumption. One European study covered 15 countries from 2005-2009 and showed a trend of increasing azole use in all countries except France.[4]
Non-albicans strains of Candida spp.are reported to be increasing but no increase in fungal bloodstream infections due to non-C. albicans has been found in the ten years up to 2011

Risk factors for candidal infection are:

Broad-spectrum antibiotics.
Central venous catheters or parenteral nutrition.
T-cell disorders, which tend to cause mucocutaneous candida infections.
Neutrophil disorders, which tend to cause invasive candidiasis.
Corticosteroid treatment or Cushing's disease.
Diabetes mellitus.
Renal replacement therapy.
Implanted prostheses.
Intensive care or prolonged ventilation.
Gastrointestinal (GI) tract surgery.

Other risk factors for mucocutaneous candidiasis are:

Pregnancy or high-estrogen contraceptive pill.
Iron deficiency.
Underlying skin disease - eg, psoriasis, dermatitis.
General debility - eg, cancer or malnutrition.
Local factors - heat, moisture, skin maceration, topical corticosteroids.
Extremes of age.

Candidal skin infections
Soreness and itching.
The appearance of the affected skin is variable; there may be:
Red,  a moist skin area with a ragged, peeling edge and possibly pustules or papules at the margin. There may be satellite lesions (pustules or erythema) surrounding the margin.
Pustules which are thin-walled with a red base.
 A yellow-white scale on the surface (looks like curds).
In the foot or hand web spaces - maceration (moist damaged skin) with a thick horny layer.
There are different forms of cutaneous candidiasis:

Intertrigo (skin fold infection).
Candida nail infections - chronic paronychia or onychomycosis (see separate article  Fungal Nail Infections).
Napkin dermatitis.
Chronic mucocutaneous candidiasis:[12]
A rare condition, usually beginning in childhood, with persistent and prolonged candidal infections of the skin and mucous membranes.
Maybe due to genetic predisposition, endocrinopathies, T-cell disorders or low immunoglobulin levels.
Candida folliculitis.
Generalized cutaneous candidiasis (rare): a widespread rash, worse in skin folds and extremities, with pruritus.
Skin lesions in patients with invasive candidiasis - see 'Invasive candidal infections', below.
When to investigate
Swabs are not usually required but take standard bacteriology swabs for microscopy and culture if:
The diagnosis is unclear, or bacterial infection is suspected.
There is no improvement after initial treatment.
The patient is immunocompromised.
Systemic treatment is considered.
Look for an underlying cause if there is widespread or recurrent candidiasis.

Psora Miasm Thesis

Dr. Hahnemann(a medical physician (1755 - 1843) the founder of homeopathy) was able to determine that there was one very common form of chronic disease and though this condition manifested in many different ways, it was still the same disease in all these patients. The "different ways" that the chronic condition showed up in conventional allopathic medicine are called "diagnosis" in which a disease is considered to be named and seen as a discrete and separate illness unconnected to all the other diagnoses that may be made. Dr. Hahnemann was able to show this was not the accurate understanding of a disease, that actually they were all the same condition taking these different forms. He called this condition "psora" and identified the most common form of it as a skin itch, at least at the beginning, and that this itching condition would then go on to develop other forms of internal illness.

Dysbiosis Thesis

Populations of microbes (such as bacteria and Yeast),inhabit the skin and mucosal surfaces in various parts of the body. Their role forms part of normal, healthy human physiology, however if microbe numbers grow beyond their typical ranges (often due to a compromised immune system) or if microbes populate (such as through poor hygiene or injury) areas of the body normally not colonized or sterile (such as the blood, or the lower respiratory tract, or the abdominal cavity),disease can result (causing, respectively, bacteremia/sepsis, pneumonia, and peritonitis).

When the balance between good microorganism that live in our body are disrupted that will make us sick. Specifically at the scalp that will cause dandruff, itching, oily hair and hair loss, the same happens in another part of our body one example is Candida (Yeast).

Our immune system is our system of defense and has the responsibility to support our health. When that system fails, our body will react showing symptoms and diseases.

The Homeopathy doctor is training to be able to "Reads." the symptoms and conditions that the body fail to correct and will choose the right Homeopathic remedy to fixed.

Homeopathy is not chemical; it is a Pharmaceutical process that transforms substances ( all kinds, mineral, vegetal, and others) in information trough dilutions ( physics). The right homeopathic remedy will be able to teach the immune system how to heal what and when is needed (like a vaccine ).

Homeopathy is like mathematics, you allways find out if you are going in the right direction. To know if your treatment is in the right direction ( to cure and not to suppress symptoms), we know that the healing has to take place in the reverse order that happens.

We (Margot Gobetti an MD and Homeopathy doctor and my mother Iracema Vargas Bedin, Ph.D. in Odontology and Master in Public Health) have been studying and researching about Hair Loss and Candida since 1980. We published a book in Portuguese and we described our observation of 461 patients over the period of 5 years.

Though the research that we developed, some points came to support the theory:

1. In the research group, we performed microscopy and culture from scalp samples. The only microorganism found was Fungus from the Candida family.

2. We study the patients with Hair Loss through a Homeopathy point of view. We look to the remedy that covers all the symptoms of the patient through individual homeopathy evaluation(Repertory of symptoms by Kent). We found that 90% of the patients the remedies chosen classified as a polychrest and anti-psoric remedies.

3. We relate the clinical symptoms described for Candida (see article above about Candida in your System)), with clinical symptoms of Psora, well described in Homeopathy.The medical field does not understand our skin and scalp “ecosystem” and its correlation to our health. Regular doctors do not yet recognize the holistic point of view of Candida as systemic diseases. We have a lot to learn and research.

The Vida Hair Treatment healing process occurs in reverse order

1. First, the hair will stop falling out.
2. New hair will start to grow in as vellum and lanugo.
3. Healthy hair will begin to grow back.
Science is just one and an Integrative Medicine(Traditional Medicine + Holistic Sciences as Homeopathy and many others)point of view could prevent and thousand of people with the low cost. Achieve what Hahnemann, the father of Homeopathy wrote: "Just when the man is free of diseases, he can realize the highest purposes of his existence."

Vida Homeopathy a Revolutionary way to a Healthy & Stronger Hair!

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