DR. NIDHI LUTHRA
The goal of treatment of osteoporosis is the prevention of bone fractures by reducing bone loss or, preferably, by increasing bone density and strength. Homeopathy is an effective for prevention of osteoporosis and treatment of mild osteoporosis. In advanced osteoporosis. Homeopathy can be added to the conventional drugs.
Osteoporosis is a condition characterized by a decrease in the density of bone, decreasing its strength and resulting in fragile bones. Osteoporosis literally leads to abnormally porous bone that is compressible, like a sponge. This disorder of the skeleton weakens the bone and results in frequent fractures (breaks) in the bones. Osteopenia is a condition of bone that is slightly less dense than normal bone but not to the degree of bone in osteoporosis.
Normal bone is composed of protein, collagen, and calcium, all of which give bone its strength. Bones that are affected by osteoporosis can break (fracture) with relatively minor injury that normally would not cause a bone to fracture. The fracture can be either in the form of cracking (as in a hip fracture) or collapsing (as in a compression fracture of the vertebrae of the spine). The spine, hips, ribs, and wrists are common areas of bone fractures from osteoporosis although osteoporosis-related fractures can occur in almost any skeletal bone.
What are osteoporosis symptoms and signs?
Osteoporosis can be present without any symptoms for decades because osteoporosis doesn’t cause symptoms until bone fractures. Moreover, some osteoporotic fractures may escape detection for years when they do not cause symptoms. Therefore, patients may not be aware of their osteoporosis until they suffer a painful fracture. The symptom associated with osteoporotic fractures usually is pain; the location of the pain depends on the location of the fracture. The symptoms of osteoporosis in men are similar to the symptoms of osteoporosis in women.
Fractures of the spine (vertebra) can cause severe “band-like” pain that radiates from the back to the sides of the body. Over the years, repeated spinal fractures can lead to chronic lower back pain as well as loss of height and/or curving of the spine due to collapse of the vertebrae. The collapse gives individuals a hunched-back appearance of the upper back, often called a “dowager hump” because it commonly is seen in elderly women.
A fracture that occurs during the course of normal activity is called a minimal trauma, or stress fracture. For example, some patients with osteoporosis develop stress fractures of the feet while walking or stepping off a curb.
Hip fractures typically occur as a result of a fall. With osteoporosis, hip fractures can occur as a result of trivial slip-and-fall accidents. Hip fractures also may heal slowly or poorly after surgical repair because of poor healing of the bone.
What factors determine bone strength?
Bone mass (bone density) is determined by the amount of bone present in the skeletal structure. Generally, the higher the bone density, the stronger the bones. Bone density is greatly influenced by genetic factors, which in turn are sometimes modified by environmental factors and medications. For example, men have a higher bone density than women, and African Americans have a higher bone density than Caucasian or Asian Americans.
Normally, bone density accumulates during childhood and reaches a peak by around age 25. Bone density then is maintained for about 10 years. After age 35, both men and women will normally lose 0.3%-0.5% of their bone density per year as part of the aging process.
Oestrogen is important in maintaining bone density in women. When estrogen levels drop after menopause, loss of bone density accelerates. During the first five to 10 years after menopause, women can suffer up to 2%-4% loss of bone density per year! This can result in the loss of up to 25%-30% of their bone density during that time period. The accelerated bone loss after menopause is a major cause of osteoporosis in women, referred to as postmenopausal osteoporosis.
What is the treatment for osteoporosis, and can osteoporosis be prevented?
The goal of treatment of osteoporosis is the prevention of bone fractures by reducing bone loss or, preferably, by increasing bone density and strength. Although early detection and timely treatment of osteoporosis can substantially decrease the risk of future fractures, none of the available treatments for osteoporosis are complete cures. In other words, it is difficult to completely rebuild bone that has been weakened by osteoporosis. Therefore, prevention of osteoporosis is as important as treatment. The following are osteoporosis treatment and prevention measures:
1. Lifestyle changes, including quitting cigarette smoking, curtailing excessive alcohol intake, exercising regularly, and consuming a balanced diet with adequate calcium and vitamin D
2. Medications that stop bone loss and increase bone strength, such as alendronate (Fosamax), risedronate (Actonel), raloxifene (Evista), ibandronate (Boniva), calcitonin (Calcimar), zoledronate (Reclast), and denosumab (Prolia)
3. Medications that increase bone formation such as teriparatide (Forteo)
Exercise, quitting cigarettes, and curtailing alcohol
Exercise has a wide variety of beneficial health effects. However, exercise does not bring about substantial increases in bone density. The benefit of exercise for osteoporosis has mostly to do with decreasing the risk of falls, probably because balance is improved and/or muscle strength is increased.
Homeopathic Medicines for Prevention and Treatment of Osteoporosis
Homeopathic remedies used in low potency doses can be a great ally in the quest to nourish, build, and maintain strong, healthy, vitally intelligent and flexible bones. Homeopathically prepared substances can be a valuable addition to the routine of proper nourishing and tonifying herbs and foods, as well as healthy and enjoyable exercise. Homeopathically prepared minerals in particular help us to engage the energy of the foods, herbs, and exercise we also use to build and strengthen bone. Homeopathy can also be a most useful bridge when even the best lifestyle efforts are failing to work well enough and you find yourself tempted to take calcium supplements.
Homeopathy is an effective for prevention of osteoporosis and treatment of mild osteoporosis. In advanced osteoporosis. Homeopathy can be added to the conventional drugs.The most commonly prescribed medicines include Silicea, Calcarea carbonica, Calcarea phosphorica, Calcarea fluorica, Phosphorus and Natrum muriaticum. They improve calcium and phosphorus metabolism and are generally given as a long-term treatment.
French and Czech teams‘reported beneficial effects of a complex homeopathic medicine Osteocynesine in osteoporosis in menopausal women. Women got bone density tests before and after 3- and 6-month treatment with Osteocynesine that contains homeopathic dilutions of Calcarea carbonica, Calcarea phosphorica, Calcarea fluorica and Sulphur iodatum. The follow-ups showed increase of bone density.
Calcarea carbonica, homeopathically prepared from the shell of the oyster, is another wonderful bone ally, particularly for women whose bodies are fuller, round, and abundant. This remedy will nourish the bones and help to bring strength to a balance. It will work to help your bones become truly strong beyond doubt and flexible enough so that you may rely upon them as your frame rather than needing an outer show of strength which can sometimes appear harsh as it is compensating for true core strength and certainty of self.
Silica is a great ally in particular when used in combination with herbal infusions. Most women who find homeopathic silica to be an ally remark on how amazed they are that they made it so far in life, for it feels as if they are actually absorbing nutrients for the first time ever.
When a bone has broken symphytum, or homeopathically prepared comfrey, is the ally of choice. This is the time to turn to nourishing foods, infusions and ample rest as well. Before using symphytum be certain that the bone has been set properly for this remedy will inspire the bone to knit together like none other.
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