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Myasthenia gravis Homeopathic treatment




The term Myasthenia gravis means grave muscle weakness. MG is a chronic progressive auto-immune disorder causing muscle weakness.
Myasthenia gravis is characterized by weakness and rapid fatigue of the voluntary muscles. This condition is more common in women younger than 40 and in men older than 60. This condition is believed to result from an immune dysfunction which causes the neurotransmitter acetylcholine to become less effective. Some muscle groups are more commonly affected than others and include the eye muscles, face and throat muscles and muscles in the arms and legs.
Although myasthenia gravis affects any voluntary muscle, muscles of eyes and eyelids muscles of face and muscle of swallowing are most frequently affected. The onset of the disorder may be sudden. Symptoms often are not immediately recognized as myasthenia gravis.
In MG, there is weakness of voluntary muscles (those controlled by will) and easy fatigability. This weakness comes up during periods of exertion and improves after rest.
As given in the Merck Manual:Myasthenia gravis involves episodic muscle weakness and easy fatigability caused by autoantibody- and cell-mediated destruction of acetylcholine receptors. It is more common among young women but may occur at any age. Symptoms worsen with muscle activity and lessen with rest.
In simpler words Myasthenia gravis is an autoimmune neuromuscular (involving both muscles as well as nerves) disease, which leads to progressive muscle weakness and fatigability (patients get easily tired).
The symptoms of Myasthenia gravis characteristically worsen on exertion/Physical activity and are better by rest. Myasthenia gravis occurs in all ethnic groups and both genders. It most commonly affects young adult women (under 40) and older men (over 60), but it can occur at any age.
It usually affects muscles such as those that control eye and eyelid movement, facial expression, chewing, talking, and swallowing are often, but not always, involved in the disorder. The muscles that control breathing and neck and limb movements may also be affected.

MG is an abnormality of the transmission of signals at the Neuro-Muscular Junction (NMJ). (Signals travel from brain to muscles via the nerves and the place where nerve joins muscle is called neuro-muscular junction.)


¦ Females are affected more often than males
¦ Age of onset in females is during second to third decade
¦ Onset is after sixth decade in males
¦ 2 out of every 100000 people are affected by MG

Causes of Myasthenia Gravis (MG) Syndrome:

Causes of Myasthenia Gravis (MG) Syndrome:

Genetic
¦ Immunological
¦ Thymus tumors or abnormal enlargement (hyperplasia)
¦ Stress (aggravating factor in existing cases of Myasthenia Gravis)

Auto-immune nature of MG:
¦ In MG, the body’s defense system forms cells (antibodies) against acetyl choline receptors
¦ These receptors are required for transmission of signals across the NMJ
¦ When these receptors are blocked, altered or destroyed by the antibodies, muscle contraction cannot occur normally.

Muscles usually affected by MG:
¦ Muscles controlling eye and eyelid movements
¦ Muscles of facial expression
¦ Muscles of swallowing
¦ Neck and limb muscles
¦ Occasionally respiratory muscles

Symptoms:


Drooping eyelids (ptosis)
¦ Double vision (diplopia)
¦ Difficulty in speech, slurred speech
¦ Difficulty in swallowing
¦ Nasal sounding speech
¦ Weakness of neck muscles
¦ Weakness of arms and legs
¦ Symptoms are usually intermittent (i.e. come and go)
¦ Symptoms may disappear for weeks and may appear again, later
¦ Weakness tends to worsen as the day progresses and after prolonged activity


Myasthenia Crisis:
¦ A condition in which respiratory muscles become severely weakened
¦ Patient may have breathlessness, choking, aspiration of food
¦ Myasthenia crisis is rare and may end in respiratory failure

Grades of MG:
¦ Grade 1: Only ocular disease
¦ Grade 2A: Mild generalized weakness
¦ Grade 2B: Moderate generalized weakness
¦ Grade 3: Severe generalized weakness
¦ Grade 4: Myasthenia crisis

Triggers of Myasthenia Crisis:
¦ Respiratory viral infections
¦ Sudden withdrawal of steroids
¦ Certain drugs
¦ Psychological stress
¦ Pregnancy
¦ Exertion (especially in hot climate)

 

Diagnosis of MG:


This is mainly based on clinical findings and a few supportive investigations:

¦ Antibodies to acetyl choline receptors ¦ EMG (Electromyogram) ¦ Repetitive nerve stimulation ¦ Tensilon test ¦ CT chest (for thymus abnormalities)

Allopathic treatment mostly includes:
¦ Acetylcholine esterase inhibitors (Pyridostigmine)
¦ Steroids
¦ Immunosuppressive drugs
¦ Plasmapheresis (a procedure in which abnormal antibodies are removed from the blood)
¦ Intravenous immunoglobulin (temporarily modifies the immune system and provides the body with normal antibodies from donated blood)
¦ Surgical treatment: Thymectomy

Homoeopathic Treatment:

Myasthenia Gravis is an autoimmune disorder, which means that there is a fault with the immune system, guided by genetic tendencies and other general factors. In other words, MG is a constitutional disorder, where the whole constitution needs to be addressed. MG is a progressively deteriorating condition, calling for some measures to arrest or control the disease process. Homeopathic treatment being constitutional in nature, treats the disease at a deeper level, to achieve the following:

¦ Control of the disease process

¦ Symptomatic relief

Homeopathy has shown its efficacy in reducing the frequency of relapses and improving the power and tone of muscles. However, it may be noted that the improvement with homeopathy may not be as fast as one achieved by using the immunosuppressive medicines. The role of homeopathy is more as long term control, rather than for acute crisis control. Homeopathy with its constitutional approach works at deeper level and brings deviations of immune system back to normalcy and in consequence minimizes the need of exogenous neurotransmitters or steroids as prescribed by conventional treatment.

Homeopathic medicines have shown an overwhelming positive response in treating Myasthenia Gravis by producing the best results. Based on the hypothesis of "like cures like" and a deep emphasis on the principles of holistic medicine (treat the whole person), Homeopathic remedies work by stimulating the body's own healing power by introducing tiny doses of natural substances that stimulates a person's immune system and defense system to correct itself naturally. Due to the individualized approach of Homeopathy a remedy which matches all of your symptoms will stimulate your vital force to restore balance and health.

The appropriate Homeopathic treatment for Myasthenia Gravis depends on the individual's constitutional type. A constitutional type is defined as a person's physical, emotional, and psychological makeup. An experienced Homeopath assesses all of these factors when determining the most appropriate remedy for each individual.

Homoeopathic Treatment:

Myasthenia Gravis is an autoimmune disorder, which means that there is a fault with the immune system, guided by genetic tendencies and other general factors. In other words, MG is a constitutional disorder, where the whole constitution needs to be addressed. MG is a progressively deteriorating condition, calling for some measures to arrest or control the disease process. Homeopathic treatment being constitutional in nature, treats the disease at a deeper level, to achieve the following:

¦ Control of the disease process

¦ Symptomatic relief

Homeopathy has shown its efficacy in reducing the frequency of relapses and improving the power and tone of muscles. However, it may be noted that the improvement with homeopathy may not be as fast as one achieved by using the immunosuppressive medicines. The role of homeopathy is more as long term control, rather than for acute crisis control. Homeopathy with its constitutional approach works at deeper level and brings deviations of immune system back to normalcy and in consequence minimizes the need of exogenous neurotransmitters or steroids as prescribed by conventional treatment.

Homeopathic medicines have shown an overwhelming positive response in treating Myasthenia Gravis by producing the best results. Based on the hypothesis of "like cures like" and a deep emphasis on the principles of holistic medicine (treat the whole person), Homeopathic remedies work by stimulating the body's own healing power by introducing tiny doses of natural substances that stimulates a person's immune system and defense system to correct itself naturally. Due to the individualized approach of Homeopathy a remedy which matches all of your symptoms will stimulate your vital force to restore balance and health.

The appropriate Homeopathic treatment for Myasthenia Gravis depends on the individual's constitutional type. A constitutional type is defined as a person's physical, emotional, and psychological makeup. An experienced Homeopath assesses all of these factors when determining the most appropriate remedy for each individual.

Self Care Measure:

 

Along with Constitutional Homeopathic treatment learning how to manage your fatigue may help you to maintain good health by:

A well balanced nutritious diet with plenty of fluids should be taken. Avoid refined foods, sugar, caffeine, alcohol, saturated fats, dairy products, and gluten-containing grains. Eat more fresh vegetables, legumes, whole grains (non-gluten), protein, and essential fatty acids (found in nuts, seeds, and cold-water fish).

Avoid mental and physical exertion during an acute illness. Get adequate rest.

Deep breathing and walking in fresh air can increase the energy levels.

Exercising regularly but without causing more fatigue.

Lifestyle changes - you can slow down and avoid excessive physical and psychological stress. This may save your energy for essential activities at home or work and help you cut back on less important activities.

Emotional support can help you and your loved ones deal with the uncertain outlook and the ups and downs of this illness.

 

Hence, every person suffering from Myasthenia Gravis  syndrome must consider Homeopathy to provide relief and lifetime cure.

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Dr. GURPREET SINGH MAKKAR is a dynamic homeopath from India(pb). He is an ardent student of classical Homeopathy. He is a registered doctor degree holder (B.H.M.S.) from Sri Guru Nanak Dev Homoeopathic medical college(S.G.N.D Barewal Ludhiana,PUNJAB, India.
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