The common cause of the disease is filarial worms -Wuchereria bancrofti, which mostly transmitted into the human body by an infected mosquito. When an infected female mosquito bites a human, the filarial worms are transmitted into the human’s bloodstream and they travel into the lymph system and grows into an adult worm.
The disease is more prominent in male than female. Most cases are symptom-less. But, after a long-term damage to the lymph system, they cause swelling in genitals, arms, and legs. Initially, there are symptoms of inflammation of the lymph nodes (lymphadenitis), lymphatic vessels (lymphangitis), and swelling due to reduced drainage of lymph (lymphedema). Eventually, there is copious fluid accumulation (hydrocele) with massive enlargement of the affected part along with hardening and thickening of the skin.
The treatment of elephantiasis involves a combination of medical and surgical measures, depending on the severity of the condition. Its treatment largely depends on hygiene, avoiding contact with the soil, and other conservative measures, such as compression and elevation of the legs. Eventually, surgery may be necessary. Surgical treatment may be required in the resistant cases with large swelling and thickening.
Homeopathy is widely popular as one of the best holistic systems of medicine in the world. In homeopathy, the remedy for any condition is chosen by considering the theory of individualisation and symptoms with the help of the holistic approach. Homeopathy works on not only to alleviate the discomfort resulting due to elephantiasis but also to address the root cause of the disease and the individual susceptibility.
Homeopathic treatment helps only in reducing the frequency of Filariasis infection to a certain extent. Once Elephantiasis occurs and affects largely causing large swelling of limbs, legs, hands, genitals, etc., homeopathic medicines cannot cure the swollen body parts.
Homeopathy is a medical science with its own strengths & limitations. An experienced homeopath understands this and suggests homeopathic or allopathic treatment for the patient as required. If you suffering from any chronic complaint, feel free to contact at Life Force.
-Written by Dr. Priyanka A, Associate doctor to Dr. Rajesh Shah.
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