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“SLEEP” is something one cannot live
without. It is as natural as hunger. But if it is a natural response, why do so
many people suffer from various sleep disorders? Majority of people at some
time or the other during the lifespan suffer from some sort of sleep problem,
which affects their general health.
It is concluded that for optimal body
functions, good mood, healthy hormonal functions and overall health, sleep is
very important. When some type of sleep problem occurs as a result of some
external physical or mental barrier like high stress levels etc, once that
barrier is expelled, the normal sleep pattern returns. When, however, the
irregular / absurd sleeping pattern becomes almost a habit, one needs effective
therapy to combat it. Before we go to how to combat sleep disorders, we need to
know what different types of sleep problems we humans encounter. There are lot
more types of sleep problems once we delve deep into the issue and not just the
problem of insomnia or sleeplessness. Let’s see—
Types of Sleep Disorders—
(Hypersomnia)- Medically, the normal sleep is said to be between 7 to 9 hours at night. If you’re
sleeping far more than this, you do suffer from hypersomnia. In this problem,
people suffer from excessive day-time sleepiness and drowsiness, and also extended sleep hours at night at times. Many people
that suffer from this problem may have high anxiety levels, low energy levels or some memory troubles. In people with obstructive sleep apnoea too, in which
the person suffers from sudden breathless spells during sleep, might suffer from
oversleeping during the day. Also some over the counter medications, anti
allergic drugs and alcohol can lead to oversleeping problem.
– This is by far the commonest sleep problems and many people today are
fighting the problem throughout the world. The list of causes is endless,
starting from depression to wrong food habits. Primary insomnia is the one
where there is no known direct cause behind insomnia. Secondary insomnia, the problem
can be linked to some health disease like asthma, depression, heartburn, arthritis,
most important causes behind insomnia are –
that may be related to anything ranging from discord between the partners,
death of a loved one, job problems etc.
factors like excessive noise, light or excessively hot ot cold temperatures
sleeping pattern due to variety of causes.
kind of physical pain
symptoms of insomnia include irritability, sleepiness during the day, memory or
concentration problems, general fatigue etc.
Occasional snoring can occur with anyone and may not be significant. However,
when it occurs in obese people and leads to some sort of obstruction to
breathing, it is a serious issue and needs proper treatment. There are some
side effects of snoring that has some kind of obstructive cause behind. They
include frequent waking from sleep, poor night’s sleep and strain on the heart
if the obstruction is severe.
terrors and nightmares- Night terrors are common in children.
Episodes of intense crying and fear during sleep with difficulty in arousing
the child can almost diagnose the night terrors. There may or may not be any
mental and/or emotional cause associated with such episodes in the children.
But during homeopathic treatment, one has to consider all such factors very
are sleep disorders that affect during arousals from REM (Rapid-Eye-Movement)
sleep or partial arousals from NERM (Non-Rapid-Eye-Movement) sleep. Various
sleep problems are encountered under this type, that are, sleep-walking,
rhythmic movement disorders, sleep talking, nocturnal leg cramps, sleep
paralysis, irregular heart rhythms, teeth grinding (bruxism), enuresis
Related Eating Disorders- In this problem, the person shows abnormal
eating pattern during the night. Night Eating Syndrome (NES) is characterised
by eating during the night in full awareness and failing to fall asleep
thereafter. People with hard and fast diet rules during the day are more vulnerable
to such problem. Excessive work-related or relationship related stress is also
linked to NES.
The above mentioned six types of sleep
problems are by far the commonest. Recognizing that one has sleep problem and
approaching a physician as early as possible can avert many adverse
consequences. Also the conventional drug therapy has not quite succeeded in
annihilating the sleep problems in their totality without making the patient addicted to the drugs. Also the drugs might act very
temporarily and not give lasting relief, while leading to many side effects. That is why more and more people are
approaching the safe and efficient homeopathy for treating their sleep
Before we proceed to "how to apply various homeopathic medicines for sleep disorders", let us be very clear that there
is no generalized drug for treating people with insomnia or hypersomnia. Every
homeopathic physician must have a detailed case history of the patient with his
physical, mental and emotional picture very clear. A proper case evaluation
needs to be done in order to track the miasmatic dominance, physical and mental
totality, and the constitutional analysis. The aetiology (causative factors)
behind sleep disorders should be assessed cautiously. If the causative factors
revolve around absurd lifestyle of the patient, a sound and adaptable
suggestions must be given in order to see if he improves without medication.
Yes, let’s be very clear in our mind that unless the
person absolutely needs medicine, we should not give him; if the removal of
causative factor leads to normalcy.
Here are some of the important homeopathic
medicines and their signs and symptoms as regards the sleep disorders. Please
be very careful while having access to these drugs, as a careful assessment of
all the factors by an expert is a must!
Top 10 Homeopathic Medicines for
1)Coffea cruda –
mind and the person is on constant move
sleep only till 3 am.; later only dozes
alert sleep. Disturbed by dreams; wakes with a start
mental activity, flow of idea result in nervous excitement.
during pregnancy with flow of ideas
disturbed by itching of anus
sudden joyful news or surprise may cause sleeplessness; associated with
irregular violent palpitations
is the chief causative factor behind insomnia
full of anxious moments
troubles leading to sleeplessness (Bry)
be associated with nymphomania in women
sleep in new places and in the presence of unfamiliar people
to go sleep on slightest pressure; arms go to sleep (go numb) while lying down
by music, any unusual thing
useful and one of the empirically given drug for insomnia, because it has a
calming influence on the nervous system.
mental irritation or pain is the cause
wakeful sleep resulting due to exhaustion
useful in nervous people and aged people with insomnia
worries, hypochondriac, overworked people with a tendency to convulsions
be associated with night cough
inability to sleep
of bones leading to insomnia
sleep with anxious dreams
of cats - black cats
develops chilliness and clamminess when startled from sleep
be associated with craving for tobacco
weariness and inclination to stretch often
fevers, the person suffers from excessive sleep
be associated with constipation
in women with excessive moroseness and lassitude
disinclination to work with constant desire to lie down.
dejection and melancholy
during evenings; better during menstrual flow, in the warm room
patient imagines to see ghosts and dreadful animals
child starts up very often and gnashes his teeth
he starts from sleep suddenly, goes into spasms
face in starting up suddenly at night, redness of eyes and semi-stupor
in young children that are over-stimulated brains
wake up and play whole night
the baby wakes up, cries out, is wakeful and begins to laugh and play.
during teething and intestinal troubles
of the stalwart remedies for sleep problems due to excessive night watching and
troubles start due to insomnia
sleep after 3 am until towards morning and later feels sleepy
full of hustle bustle and hurry
drowsy after meals and in the early evening
after a short nap, unless aroused
(Also consider Hippozaenium / Lemna minor when due to nasal bone problems and
of the important constitutional remedies in sleep related troubles
drowsy during the day
at night feeling hungry
As said earlier, the above 10 remedies are
mere a glimpse into how a homeopathic remedy is selected for sleep troubles.
One has to be very careful to put an end to a maintaining cause if any (like
smoking / alcohol abuse etc) in order to get lasting relief. But yes, as a
homeopath, I can assure that with proper selection of a right homeopathic
remedy, a person can enjoy his natural right to sleep pretty well and feel
refreshed in the morning!
With in-depth analysis with homeopathic treatment of Agalactia-
no/less breast milk-- (For any queries or consultation, please write to firstname.lastname@example.org)
If there is something incalculably
important as regards your baby’s health, it’s breastfeeding. Nowadays we read
pamphlets about the importance of breastfeeding but when it comes to practical
application of the same, we as doctors are coming across more and more cases of
low breast milk supply. In a single day in our clinic yesterday, I encountered
3 such cases; felt it’s essential to write in depth about this issue, as it’s
certainly in the interest of our future generations.
It does not need much to understand that
breast milk is the complete food for the babies. NOTHING can replace breast
milk. More importantly, no mammal in this entire world feeds its offspring on
others’ milk. It’s only human who unnecessarily uses his freedom to choose in
Here are some of the reasons why a mother
** Benefits to the baby—
health, immunity, growth and development
like childhood obesity
infections and allergies is far better in breastfed children than in bottle fed
4)Ensures a very
close bond between mother and child.
have comparatively fewer incidences of diarrheas and vomiting during teething
have better shaped dental framework (especially incisors)
7)Reduced chances of
adulthood diseases like hypertension, diabetes, arthritis etc.
also shown to reduce ear infections in children because of which they need to
be on antibiotics recurrently.
have fewer dental cavities throughout their life
psychological, behavioural and emotional problems
** Benefits to the mother—
1)A mother who
breastfeeds her baby well is capable of reducing the fat gained during
pregnancy faster (Breastfeeding releases a hormone
in the mother (oxytocin) that causes the uterus to return to its normal size
2)One of the most
important benefits is – breastfeeding mothers are less likely to develop
osteoporosis later in life and also have lower risk of developing breast,
uterine and ovarian cancers.
emotional bond with the baby!
Considering these huge benefits, any mother
should definitely breastfeed the child. But why so many patients come to us
saying they don’t have enough milk flow and therefore the child has to be fed
Let’s face the fact that less breast
milk is the biggest myth women try to tell themselves. It is not possible for a
woman who has given birth normally or by Caesarean section, to produce less or
no milk for her baby, unless there is some obvious physical / pathological
Then why so many mothers complain of low
milk supply? Are there any reasons? Yes, here they are –
Causes of Agalactia (No / Less Milk)
1)Waiting too long to
start breastfeeding is by far the commonest cause behind low milk production. A
mother should start to feed her baby right after the birth!
strict gaps in between- Many mothers tell us that they give strict gaps of at
least 3-4 hours between two breastfeeding sessions. Not done! Breastfeed as
often and as frequently as you can. Or we can say breastfeed as often as your
baby needs. Your growing bundle of joy may need the milk every half an hour or
1 hourly or 2 hourly. When he / she cries for milk, feed them, at least for the
first few months. That will surely work as a booster for the enhanced milk
3)Unawareness of the
proper feeding techniques—Though this is rare nowadays, considering the
hospital staff taking ample care about the proper feeding technique to be
taught to the new mom, it is still seen as one of the chief causes behind less
breast milk. Proper holding of the baby, having a thin pillow on your lap, etc
are some of the important tricks that will allow your baby to suckle properly,
which in turn will enhance milk production.
4)Some medicines like
(over the counter) cold or flu medicines can reduce milk production. Also oral
contraceptives should be avoided as far as possible, which also can have an
adverse effect on establishing a good milk flow.
Sometimes there is an unnecessary concern
that the baby is not getting enough milk. One has to understand when we can
safely say that the baby is getting well nourished by his / her mother’s milk.
Here are the signs of proper baby’s
nourishment on breast milk—
1)Baby is waking for
2)Baby is settling
between most feeds
3)Passing yellow soft
stools at least once a day
4)By approximately 2
weeks, the baby is back to the birth weight. Thereafter the baby gains
approximately 150 grams or more per week for the first three months of life
5)The baby needs at
least 4 to 6 nappy changes in 24 hours
If your baby shows these signs to a larger
extent, do not worry. He is being nourished well on mother’s milk and does not
need ANY external means of nourishment.
But in the polluted lifestyles that we live
these days, there are still chances that the mothers are suffering from less
breast milk for their babies. In such cases, our saviour Homeopathy
plays the big role of re-establishing mother’s milk flow. Here’s how—
What is important while prescribing
homeopathically for Agalactia (Lack of milk flow in mothers)—
1)A proper history
taking is of utmost important. While treating many such cases, we have seen that
majority of women with low milk supply have some psychological / mental /
emotional baggage. With the rightly chosen homeopathic remedy, if we are able
to brush aside this causative factor, we can establish milk flow in the woman
2)The physical attributes
of the woman prior to delivery of the child and after the delivery are very
important. Her bowel movements, urine output, water consumption, eating habits
and mental picture need to be considered before we prescribe.
aspect is to study family history. In “Sycotic” family traits, often less milk
flow has been observed. People with positive family history of diabetes,
asthma, some allergic disorders, etc also suffer from such problems at times.
Like in every case, one has to be very cautious not to generalize your remedy
for agalactia. Take the entire case properly, analyze the constitution, study
the remedies, repertorize when necessary and only then prescribe for that
Homeopathic Remedies that Help in
Mothers with Less Breast Milk—
Though a thorough case evaluation is
necessary, some homeopathic remedies work exceedingly well in such mothers.
Let’s see the drugs and their individual features in this regard –
sadness is one of the most important causative factors that leads to agalactia
in Agnus mothers.
woman just cannot be made happy.
also suffers from hysterical palpitations.
just hates sex while having totally relaxed genitals.
is yellow leucorrhea.
is so sad that feels she is going to die soon.
woman has swollen breasts with lack of milk
is almost always a very excoriating leucorrhea and itching of private parts.
diminished secretion of milk may be the bye product of suppressing urticarial
or similar rashes during pregnancy
with gout and/or uric acid diathesis
with rheumatic pains
swollen breasts but no secretion
is tightness of the chest with reduced milk secretion
of the empirically used drugs for enhancing milk production.
with absolute sleeplessness in the nursing mother
circulatory system, leading to tremors, coldness of the extremities etc.
milk with oversensitive breasts
always associated with great flatulence and regurgitation of fluids
with gurgling sounds in the abdomen which eventually are passed out with loud and
be due to suppressed eruptions during pregnancy, when associated with above
mentioned stomach complaints
pains and tightness in breasts with sudden decrease of milk
milk in mother after a fit of anger
are so swollen and painful that the mother cannot walk without pain in breasts
to stagnation of milk, there might be infection of breasts, leading to fever
I need to stress that the above mentioned
remedies are just some of the important ones. Especially in the cases with
deficient breast milk, we have to identify the causative factor behind it
(mental / emotional / physical) and later treat the lady.
For example, I have observed a case of Pulsatilla
lady who could not nurse the baby after she came out of the bathroom. Suddenly
there was reduced flow of milk. It was due to washing her legs after going to
loo and leading to suppression of breast milk. Though rare, such observations
are very crucial while finding the right remedy.
What is more important is educating the
mothers about the necessity of breastfeeding. It is the right of the baby and
one should never sabotage it for anything in the world!