What are Nasal Polyps:-
If you constantly suffer from blocked or a stuffy feeling in the nose, reduced or complete loss of smell and constantly running or dripping of mucus in the nose, there are chances that these symptoms could be a result of a polyp in your nose.
The word ‘polyp’ which is originally Greek has undergone latinization and means (poly-pous) many footed.
Nasal polyps are defined as pearly white, painless, prolapsed pedunculated parts of the nasal mucosa. They are unique in their position and their composition.
They are fleshy growths on the linings of the nose or sinuses. They vary in size and are shaped like a tear drop, with a narrow neck joined to the nasal lining. Nasal polyps are non cancerous growths which occur due to an inflammation in the mucous membrane (living) of the nose and sinuses. They are divided into 2 main varieties:
In conventional treatment comprises of antibiotics to control local infection, decongestants and steroids. Conservative treatment can be given in the form of oral or topical steroids, antihistaminics and decongestants. Though these are not curative but only control the situation. Cases refractory to conservative treatment are dealt with surgically by performing functional endoscopic sinus therapy.
The ethmoidal polypoid disease is essentially an allergic condition. Eary polyposis may respond to medical treatment, but well established polyposis will require surgical treatment. Recurrences are common even after surgical removal of the polyp as the underlying cause is nasal allergy.
Conventional treatment gives only immediate symptomatic relief and when this fails to control significant symptoms with repeated or prolonged courses of steroid and antibiotic therapy, or when total nasal obstruction occurs, finally refers the patient to surgery.
Since allergy is often the root cause, high recurrence rate remains a feature of allergic nasal polyposis. Other causes of failure of surgery include inadequate surgery, aggressive nature of polyps, predisposing local factors or improper post operative care. It is a recurrent disease that may be very frustrating to both the patient and the doctor.
How does homoeopathy helps:-
Homoeopathic treatment for those who suffer from nasal polyps can be a big boom. It can help them save from the surgeon’s knife. Not only does it slowly and steadily shrinks the nasal polyps, it also helps in stopping their recurrences by treating the underlying causes such as allergies, asthma and chronic cold.
Homoeopathy is a holistic system of medicine. This means that it treats the body as a whole. Detailed mental and physical symptoms of the whole being are taken into consideration while prescribing. This form of treatment is called as constitutional treatment.
In cases where the nasal polyps are due to deep seated chronic disorder like asthma or allergies this constitutional treatment is usually taken up by the doctor.
Timely administered homoeopathic medicines help avoid surgery and its inherent complications. Moreover, it is very common for the condition to recur even after surgery. Homoeopathy is therefore highly recommended for people who have had surgery done to remove nasal polyps as the treatment would have a preventive effect, by which chance of recurrence is minimized.
In short the treatment is targeted towards the root cause of the illness and hence the disease is treated from the core. Homoeopathy believes in treating the patient and not just the disease.
There are 70 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.
For total cure the treatment must be taken seriously for about 16 to 24 months depending upon the number and size of nasal polyps.