The environment where we live is packed with various harmful agents like bacteria, virus, allergy inducing particles (antigens), chemicals, dusts, pollutants etc. Every moment they are entering inside our body either through the air that we breathe or foods or drinks that we take or through skin by contact. Inside our body there is a defence unity called body immune system that consist of various immune cells. Those immune cells of our immune system acts like well trained shoulders at the situation whenever any foreign particles like virus, bacteria or harmful substance enter inside our body, they fight with them to kill and protect our body and cells from their attack. So every moment our immune cells are engaged in searching and fighting with the foreign substances to keep our body safe and healthy.
BUT, sometimes our immune system get confused to recognize between our own cell and outer foreign particles and start attacking our own cells thinking of foreign particle by which some health issues are developed. This is called autoimmune disease. There are as many as 80 types of autoimmune diseases. Some common autoimmune diseases are:
- Rheumatoid arthritis - inflammation of joints and surrounding tissues
- Leucoderma (vitiligo) - white patches on the skin
- Psoriasis - a skin condition that causes redness and irritation as well as thick, flaky,silver-white patches
- SLE - affects skin, joints, kidneys, brain, and other organs
- Celiac sprue - a reaction to gluten (found in wheat, rye, and barley) that causes damage to the lining of the small intestine
- Inflammatory bowel disease - a group of inflammatory diseases of the colon and small intestine
- Type 1 diabetes - destruction of insulin producing cells in the pancreas
- Sjögren’s syndrome - destroys the glands that produce tears and saliva
- Pernicious anemia- decrease in red blood cells caused by inability to absorb vitamin B-12
WHY THE AUTOIMMUNE DISEASES OCCUR?
In medical science, it does not have any specific cause why it occurs. But there certain factors that may responsible for developing autoimmune diseases.
Many clinical surveys say that the environmental factor plays a major role in developing various autoimmune diseases. Now a days our environment has changed a lot. Everywhere there is pollution. The air, water, foods all are polluted. 50 years ago there were not so many types of autoimmune diseases. The atmosphere was not so polluted like the present age. During those times, people were eating healthy foods not much of adulterated foods. The air was clean not so much polluted like present day. So as the science and technology develops, side by side brings lots of negative things. The pollution level rises. The ozone level is gradually decreasing in the air. The water level is gradually decreasing. There has been a lot of changes in the atmosphere in comparison to the past few decades years back. Not only in the external world the changes is marked inside us.
Our stress level has increased a lot. Our thought process has changed a lot. Our work style has changed a lot. Our mind setup has changed a lot. Our perception towards a subject has been changed a lot. The positiveness and positive attitude has been decreased a lot. Our anxiety, fear, stress, level has increased in compare to past age. The attitude of a person has changed. Anger, irritability, greedy, intolerance attitude has been increased. Physical activities have reduced a lot.
In fact the whole thing have been changed from external world to our internal world drastically in the course of time. But our body, our organs, our cells are same as millions year back, working the same function like before. The changing of environment, the changing of emotional level, the changing of psychological level putting tremendous negative impact on our body, in our cells specifically in our immune endocrine system. So our innocent simple reacting immune system has been disturbed and acting abnormally as a result so many autoimmune diseases are creating and destroying the human society. This is the real threat now in the medical science to cure the autoimmune disease as because there is no treatment has been discovered to cure an autoimmune disease except managing the symptoms for temporarily basis.
SCOPE OF HOMEOPATHY TREATMENT
In this regard, homeopathy has a prospective role of treatment in the autoimmune disease as because homeopathy treatment is not only based on the disease symptoms alone but the person’s psychological and emotional symptoms are also taken care of. Every individual has its own trigger factors either in his psychological level or emotional level or physical level or genetic level. Homeopathy treatment finds the thread of root cause of the triggers factors and treat accordingly, thus helps to bring back the equilibrium of the body’s immune system in a natural way to normal state thus may help to cure the autoimmune diseases.
For example a person having psychological trauma in past life like death of any of his/her nearest or dearest ones, and that makes him/her to a depressive state and in the course of time develops irritability and after a few years develops Psoriasis. So a homeopath takes the detail symptoms not only about the psoriasis symptoms of the person but his/her past life event of any psychological trauma and his/her present irritability nature and basing on all those symptoms the medicine is choose and if given can able to cure the disease. So there are not same set of medicines for a particular disease which can be repeated for every patient.
But at the same time the general management therapy whatever is required for the patient should be kept continued along with homeopathy treatment.