Juvenile Idiopathic arthritis

Homoeopathic Treatment

Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (JIA) / JRA / JCA is a very serious matter as it involves the age group wherein being healthy means that the mental and physical development of the child is good. Having arthritis in the childhood not only ruins the child but also ruins his future, his family and his development. The only solution the parents have for such children is the homoeopathic treatment.

In allopathic / conventional treatment the similar kind of treatment is given to all the patients which include pain killers and anti-inflammatory drugs. Typically, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are used, but children with severe systemic disease may require corticosteroids (such as prednisolone) given by mouth or intravenously. The side effects include slowed growth, osteoporosis, and osteonecrosis (death of bone tissue).

If these drugs do not work allopathic or conventional doctors have even stronger drugs to offer to a child such as methotrexate. It is usually needed to treat polyarticular and systemic juvenile idiopathic arthritis. Side effects include bone marrow depression and liver toxicity, so children taking these drugs require regular blood tests.

In the conventional or allopathic treatment Iridocyclitis is treated with corticosteroid eye drops or ointments, which suppresses inflammation and do not prevent the inflammation completely.

In contrast homoeopathy treats every child of Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (JIA) / JRA / JCA as a different case of arthritis and only after a complete case taking a drug is prescribed which not only reduces the pain and inflammation but also helps to solve the other problems the child is suffering with.

The remedies work especially well to help relieve and improve some of the symptoms that are often associated with JIA / JRA / JCA. Homoeopathic doctors treat the JIA by constitutional treatment. This is the process by which a physician selects and administers a child’s own constitutional remedy based on the totality of symptoms and the physical, mental and emotional state. A miasmatic tendency (predisposition/susceptibility) is also often taken into account for the treatment of chronic conditions such as Juvenile Chronic Arthritis (JCA). This strengthens the body’s vital defenses and restores a healthy balance and sense of well-being.

If the treatment is started in the initial stages the prognosis is good and in most cases, the condition can be reversed. At later stages of the disease homoeopathic medicines may not be able to reverse the situation but can still help in easing many symptoms and can reduce the need of strong and harmful allopathic medicines which have lot many side effects.

Homoeopathy not only helps the multiple symptoms of arthritis; in many cases it works deep within the body to correct the underlining causes. This powerful ability of remedies correct the genetic predispositions we have acquired through a thousand years of our family tree. This remarkably in-depth correction comes through an incredible discovery in homoeopathy called miasms. Dr. Samuel Hahnemann, a German allopathic doctor, originally developed the concept of miasms as the “obstacle (hindrance) to the cure of disease.” Homoeopathy can clear these miasms from our body – thus correcting the genetic predispositions we have towards the disease.

Homoeopathy uses minute doses of pure extracts from all realms of nature and activates the body to heal itself, by correcting underlying causes of diseases, rather than suppressing symptoms. There are many homoeopathic ingredients that have stood the test of time – as they have been used for decades.

How homoeopathy helps

  • Medicines help to reduce pain, swelling and improve the mobility of the affected joint by improving the blood supply to the affected joint.
  • Remedies prevent the further damage to the affected joint thus improving the quality of life of a child.
  • The treatment helps in the physical and mental development of a child suffering with JIA / JRA / JCA.
  • Homoeopathy corrects the faulty immune system of the body to restore the healing power of the body.

There are 223 remedies which give great relief. However, the correct choice and the resulting relief is a matter of experience and right judgment on the part of the doctor. The treatment is decided after thorough case taking of the patient. Thus medicines are tailor made unlike allopathy in which all patients receive the same drugs although trade name may be different.

What is Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (JIA) / JCA / JRAJuvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (JIA) or Juvenile Chronic Arthritis (JCA) or Juvenile Rhematoid Arthritis (JRA) is an inflammation of a joint or joints beginning in childhood. It is a long-term (chronic) disease resulting in joint pain and swelling. Immune-mediated joint inflammations take place in JIA i.e. the body’s immune system mistakenly attacks and destroys healthy body tissue. JRA usually occurs before age 16.

Types

Juvenile Chronic Arthritis (JCA) or JIA or JRA is categorized into 5 main types based on the number of joints involved:

  • Oligoarthritis accounts for approximately 50% of Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (JIA) and is defined as involvement of fewer than 5 joints. This type often includes uveitis (inflammation in the eyes).
  • Polyarthritis requires arthritis in 5 or more joints.
  • Systemic arthritis accounts for approximately 10% to 20% of Juvenile Chronic Arthritis (JCA) or JIA or JRA and is characterized by high fevers, rash, and inflammation of other organs, in addition to arthritis.
  • Enthesitis-related arthritis often affects the spine, hips, and entheses (attachment points of tendons to bones) and occurs mainly in boys older than 8 years.
  • Psoriatric arthritis includes children who have arthritis with the rash of psoriasis.

Causes

It’s not known exactly what causes Juvenile Chronic Arthritis (JCA) / JIA / JCA in kids. Research indicates that it is an autoimmune disease. In autoimmune diseases, white blood cells lose the ability to tell the difference between the body’s own healthy cells and harmful invaders like bacteria and viruses.

The immune system, which is supposed to protect the body from these harmful invaders, instead releases chemicals that can damage healthy tissues and cause inflammation and pain.

Signs and Symptoms

The first signs of juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) / JRA / JCA can be subtle or obvious. Signs may include limping or a sore wrist, finger, or knee. Joints may suddenly swell and remain enlarged. Stiffness in the neck, hips, or other joints can also occur. Rashes may suddenly appear and disappear, developing in one area and then another. High fevers that tend to spike in the evenings and suddenly disappear are characteristic of systemic juvenile rheumatoid arthritis.

Diagnosis

Diagnosis of Juvenile Chronic Arthritis (JCA) / JIA / JRA is often made on the basis of the child’s collection of symptoms. Laboratory tests often show normal results. Some nonspecific indicators of inflammation may be elevated, including white blood cell count, erythrocyte sedimentation rate, and a marker called C-reactive protein. As with any chronic disease, anemia may be noted. Children with an extraordinarily early onset of the adult type of rheumatoid arthritis will have a positive test for rheumatoid factor.

Home Care

In the presence of pain, children desire to lie down still. However, it is vital to follow a regular exercise program. Strong and healthy muscles support and protect joints. Walking, swimming and bicycling (outdoor or indoor stationary) must be executed. Before exercise, a warm-up is necessary. A balanced diet involving a lot of calcium promotes bone health