Sarcoidosis is an inflammatory disease that affects multiple organs in the body, but mostly the lungs and lymph glands. In people with sarcoidosis, abnormal masses or nodules (called granulomas) consisting of inflamed tissues form in certain organs of the body which may alter the normal structure and possibly the function of the affected organ(s). Sarcoidosis most often occurs between 20 and 40 years of age, with women being diagnosed more frequently than men
The exact cause of Sarcoidosis is not known. It is a type of auto-immune disease associated with an abnormal immune response, but what triggers this response is uncertain. How it spreads from 1 part of the body to other is still being studied.
- Initial complaint of persistent dry cough, fatigue, hoarse voice and shortness of breath
- Tender reddish bumps or patches on the skin.
- Red and teary eyes or blurred vision.
- Pain in the hands, feet, or other bony areas due to the formation of cysts in bones with swollen and painful joints.
- Enlarged and tender lymph glands in the neck armpits, groin, chest and around the lungs
- Kidney stone formation
- Enlarged liver
- Development of Abnormal or missed heart beats, inflammation of the covering of heart, or heart failure
- Nervous system effects including hearing loss, meningitis, seizures, or psychiatric disorders
- Fever, fatigue and weight loss
- Dry mouth and nosebleeds
- Avoid smoking both active and passive
- Try to move every joint as much as possible but avoid exertion and never exercise in pain
- Drink 8-10 glasses of water daily
Sarcoidosis is a systemic inflammatory disease with a chronic nature. It affects multiple organ systems and hence is a very difficult disease to manage and treat. The diagnosis is usually reached quiet late and the effect on the patient is often debilitating. Sarcoidosis is believed to be incurable and is managed only with the help of steroids in the modern medicine. With Homoeopathy though, we have seen some very encouraging results in the cases of Sarcoidosis at our AKGsOVIHAMS clinics. Homoeopathy has been extremely beneficial to almost all the patients suffering with this disease and a few cases have been even cured!
Almost all the patients of Sarcoidosis reach to a Homoeopathic doctor when they are either tired of the conventional allopathic treatment or they are unable to withstand the side-effects of the steroids. In such a scenario the plan of treatment adopted by a Homoeopathic doctor is crucial. The steroids should not be stopped immediately as it can have a devastating impact on the patient‟s health. Instead, there should be an effort to gradually taper down the doses of steroid as the Homoeopathic medicine gradually takes its grip over the patient‟s body. This has to be a slow and gradual process.
Once the Homoeopathic medicine has started showing its effect, even the acute exacerbation of the disease can be managed and dealt successfully with the Acute and Short acting Homoeopathic remedies. As Sarcoidosis is a multi-system chronic inflammatory disease, so many times there are episodes of 1 system getting affected after the other or even more than 1 system troubling the patient together at the same time. At such moments, both Allopathic and Homoeopathic medicines can complement each other beautifully and the patient can be saved from all the sufferings.
Being a deep impacting disease, its cure is possible only by a deep acting constitutional Homoeopathic medicine. The best time to give a constitutional medicine in this disease is usually the latent period where all the symptomatic manifestations of the disease are under control. When a patient receives the Constitutional Homoeopathic medicine in this latency period (which I call Cruise Control period), the medicine acts as a catalyst in trying to give the battered immune system a much needed push to fight the disease and eventually rooting the disease out of the body!
Some extremely useful Homoeopathic medicines for Sarcoidosis are – Bryonia alba, Cuprum Met., Senega, Natrum Sulph, Bacillinum, Lachesis, Belladonna, Capsicum, etc. It is advised to see your nearest Homoeopathic Doctor before taking any of these medicines as all the medicines have their own indications and actions on which they are prescribed.
- Chest X-ray
- CT scan of chest
- PET scan
- CT-guided biopsy & open lung biopsy
- Mediastinoscopy & bronchoscopy with biopsy
- Endobronchial ultrasound & endoscopic ultrasound with FNA of mediastinal lymph nodes
- Angiotensin-converting enzyme(ACE)blood Test
I have been a school teacher by profession, which involved a lot of talking and straining my vocal chords for eight to nine hours at a stretch. In late eighties I observed that I had developed a nagging cough, which irritated me a great deal. The routine cough treatment did not help much and With the passage of time, the cough aggravated to the point, which caused me immense discomfort and at times I coughed as if my lungs would explode. Nights were terrible and at times I had to spend the nights just sitting.
I consulted various allopathic doctors, who differed in their opinions. However one Dr. Sanjay Gupta decided to put me through many tests and came to a conclusion, that I suffer from a condition called sarcoidoisis, which had damaged my lungs to a considerable extent. Since allopathic stream of medicine does not have any definite treatment for this malady, and to arrest further deterioration in my condition, it was felt imperative to put me on heavy doses of a drug called prednisolon . This treatment , took care of my cough, but had dangerous side effects, like weakening of my bones and the resultant water retention in my body, which bloated me, much to my dislike.
My colleagues and friends, who noticed this discomfort in me, suggested that I try a Homeopathy treatment. Though I had never taken homeopathy treatment in my life and had little or no faith in this stream of medication, I still consulted Dr Bhatnagar, who was a renowned Homeopathy doctor of Delhi at that time. He studied my case history and endorsed the earlier diagnosis of an allopathic doctor. At the same time, he assured me that the treatment for this ailment is available in homeopathy stream of medicine and it does not have any side effects either. His treatment worked wonders for me and in a short time I felt much better, the cough disappeared and I was able to sleep comfortably in the nights. Unfortunately I had to discontinue treatment by Dr. Bhatnagar, because I had shifted my residence to Gurgaon . This shift caused me some concern but I was fortunate to find Dr. A. K. Gupta of the OVIHAMS Health Care Centre who is not only highly qualified, but has also immense experience in homeopathy. His abilities to identify the problems are clinically positive and his treatment impeccable. His humane and kind attitude towards his patients is very reassuring and one feels a lot confident, while in his care.
I am extremely happy with the homeopathy medication and now lead a perfectly normal life. I have no hesitation in recommending homeopathy treatment to any one, who suffer, worry and stay in depression for ailments, which appear non curable. I would say……TRY HOMEOPATHY! Friend.
Raj N. McLaren
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MRS. R. MAC LAREN