Cholera is a bacterial infection affect small intestine, present itself by mild to severe vomiting, diarrhea, muscle cramps etc.
What causes Cholera?
Cholera is a bacterial infection caused by Vibrio cholarae.
How it Spreads?
People get infection by eating or drinking anything which is contaminated with bacteria. Poor hygiene is the chief cause of vibrio cholarae infection.
When an infected person passes stool, this stool contains lots of infected agents and this stool becomes source of infection if comes in contact with food or drinking water.
Risk factors of Cholera infection?
- Poor hygiene
- Low socioeconomic status.
- Undercooked shellfish
Cholera – Sign and Symptoms
- Dehydration due to fluid loss.
- Sunken eyes, face sunken.
- Loss of skin elasticity.
- Decreased urine output.
- Mental confusion
- Dullness and prostration.
Cholera – Conventional Treatment
- Oral rehydration therapy
- Zinc suppliments for paediatric patients.
- Intravenous fluid therapy.
- Antibiotics are beneficial in some cases.
Cholera – Homeopathy Treatment & Homeopathic Remedies
Homeopathy is one of the most popular holistic systems of medicine. The selection of remedy is based upon the theory of individualization and symptoms similarity by using holistic approach. This is the only way through which a state of complete health can be regained by removing all the sign and symptoms from which the patient is suffering. The aim of homeopathy is not only to treat cholera but to address its underlying cause and individual susceptibility. As far as therapeutic medication is concerned, several remedies are available to treat cholera that can be selected on the basis of cause, sensations and modalities of the complaints. For individualized remedy selection and treatment, the patient should consult a qualified homeopathic doctor in person. There are following remedies which are helpful in the treatment of cholera:
- This remedy should be given early in the true cholera. It has profuse watery stools with a cold, blue surface and cold sweat on forehead and great prostration.
- Its characteristics may be summed as follows:
- -Pain in the abdomen preceding stool.
- -Profuseness of the stool and forcible evacuation.
- -Great prostration following stool.
- -The sense of inner burning.
- -The cold sweat.
- -Cold surface of the body.
- There are sharp, cutting pains in the abdomen and great weakness, almost fainting with stool, at the same time there is vomiting and purging,cramps and rice water discharges.
- There must be pain for Veratrum to be well indicated.
- Stools are worse at night and the patient emaciates rapidly.
- It is our first remedy in cholera infantum with greenish stools,sometimes containing flakes like spinach.
- With this remedy the system seems overwhelmed by the violence of the poisoning even before the vomiting and diarrhea appear
- There is at once intense prostration,bluish, icy cold face, cold body, weak,squeaky voice, stiffness of muscles, coldness and collapse, burning in stomach and oesophagus.
- Coldness, dryness and blueness express its characteristics.
- The discharges are scanty, if present at all, the tongue is actually cold.
- It is an almost infallible remedy at the onset of cholera,and was so considered by Hahnemann.
- It corresponds to a dry cholera, where the patient is taken simply with coldness, has not the vitality to vomit and purge.
- Intense spasms and cramps mark this remedy
- There is coldness of the surface of the body, dryness of the mouth, thirst, blueness of the skin, cramps of the muscles of the calves, violent pains in the epigastrium and ineffectual efforts to vomit.
- It has vomiting and purging nearly as great as Veratrum, but not the cold sweat.
- Cramps are more prominent under Cuprum than any other remedy.
- It has also spasmodic twitching, and has been used as a prophylactic.
- Everything is spasmodic, and it is indicated only when vomiting and purging has set in.
- In the chest the cramps produce dyspnoea, there are cramps in extremities, even in fingers and thumbs.
- Arsenicum poisoning has been mistaken for cholera.
- There is intense vomiting and purging, brownish yellow, profuse, offensive yellow or green stools with thirst, cold body, and burning internally.
- It has more restlessness and less sweat than Veratrum.
- In cholera infantum with undigested stools, restlessness, and rapid emaciation.
- Diarrhea when the child begins to eat and drink.
- It is distinguished from Veratrum by the scantiness of the discharges.
- The remedy where reaction seems extinct.
- The prostration is so great that the patient lies quite, too weak to move, cold body, pulse rapid and thread-like and breath cold, when vomiting, diarrhea and spasm or pain have ceased.
- Prostration from drain on the system, lips bluish, breathing weak, is an excellent indication group for Carbo vegetabilis.
- Suits the stage of collapse with desire to keep cool.
- Cholera infantum with profuse undigested stools, watery and offensive, followed by prostration.
- The movements are copious and come in spurts; the skin is wrinkled , dry and cold.
- Patient is almost pulseless, cold, but averse to being covered.
- Spasmodic twitching of muscles, spreads finger apart, eyes sunken are important indicating symptoms of Secale.