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HOMEOPATHY & OSTEOPOROSIS

Osteoporosis — literally, ‘holes in the bone’ — is a common metabolic bone disorder. It is essentially the most difficult to treat. In the disease, the mass of bone is reduced; its composition, however, remains normal, or unaffected. The reduction results in imbalance between the formation and resorption [loss] of bone.

 

Osteoporosis is a disease in which the bones also become brittle and are likely to crack. If the disorder is not prevented, or left untreated, it can advance painlessly until a bone fractures. Evidence-based studies signify that homeopathic medicines for osteoporosis can bring about balance and relieve aching bones, and prevent, or heal, fractures too.

 

WHAT IS OSTEOPROSOSIS

Osteoporosis represents a gradual decrease in bone density which weakens the bones and makes fractures a possibility. Bones, as you know, contain minerals, like calcium and phosphorus; they are essential to make them hard and dense. The inference is obvious — in order to maintain bone density, the body requires adequate supply of calcium and other minerals; besides, it needs to produce appropriate amounts of several hormones, such as parathyroid hormone, growth hormone, calcitonin, oestrogen, and testosterone. Not only that. Adequate supply of vitamin D is further required to absorb calcium from food that we eat and integrate it into the bones. Vitamin D, as you know, is absorbed from the diet and also manufactured in the skin from sunlight.

 

While loss of balance often occurs with increasing age, osteoporosis is of clinical significance when it

leads to structural collapse, or fracture — most commonly of the vertebrae, femur [thigh  bone], or radius [one of the two bones in the forearm]. Ironically however, the fracture rate in osteoporosis is not closely related to the incidence of the disorder, as much as the frequency of falls is.

 

WHAT RESEARCH SAYS

New research suggests that defects in a protein called alphaVbeta3 integrin appears to contribute to the development of osteoporosis. The study, published in The Journal of Clinical Investigation, suggests that although one “does not as yet understand how such proteins interact to affect bone-cell development, we are now significantly closer to determining that mechanism.”

 

OSTEOPOROSIS — RISK FACTORS

  • Personal history of fracture after age 50
  • Current low bone mass
  • History of fracture in a close relative
  • A family history of osteoporosis
  • Women
  • People with thin or small frame
  • Advanced age
  • Oestrogen hormone deficiency as a result of menopause; or, periods
  • Women who lose up to 20 per cent of their bone mass in 5-7 years, following menopause, are more likely to develop the disease
  • Low testosterone levels in men
  • Loss of appetite
  • Low lifetime calcium intake
  • Vitamin D deficiency
  • Long-term use of medications like corticosteroids and anti-convulsants
  • Chronic medical conditions; sedentary lifestyle
  • Cigarette smoking
  • Alcohol excess.

 

HOMEOPATHY: THE SAFE, EFFECTIVE TREATMENT FOR OSTEOPOROSIS

Homeopathy is useful for osteoporosis, not just a supplemental therapeutic option, but as adjuvant treatment. It can bring the body into better balance and promote better, efficient absorption and use of minerals and other nutrients.

 

Put simply, homeopathy for osteoporosis may not ‘transform’ the condition; it often helps to improve bone structure, slow down bone loss, and, when started early enough, delay the onset of the condition. Homeopathy treats osteoporosis from a holistic perspective, while helping to bring all aspects of a patient’s life into balance to support bodily and physiological health.

 

Evidence-based studies, supplanted with clinical outcomes, also attest that homeopathic remedies can relieve aching bones and prevent, or heal, fractures too.

 

SELF-HELP

Prevention is more successful than treatment — besides, it makes sense to prevent loss of bone density than restore bone density once it is lost. A simple plan of preventative action would involve maintenance or enhancement of bone density. This may often be achieved by consuming adequate amounts of calcium and vitamin D, getting engaged in specialist-recommended weight-bearing exercises and taking medications on a regular basis.

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