Osteoporosis means ‘Porous Bones’. Bones and muscles wear away with age and turn fragile and brittle. The reduction of bone mass occurs in individuals suffering from osteoporosis. As age increases, the bone mass decreases. As a result, fragile bones become more prone to complications, such as frequent falls and fractures, resulting in disabilities and deformations of the vertebral spine, thereby causing forward bending (hunched back).
Bone tissue is in a constant state of regeneration. Old bone tissue is constantly replaced by new bone tissue. When the formation of new bone tissue does not keep in line with the loss of old bone tissue, it leads to Osteoporosis.
New bone tissue develops faster in the young age-group. Having enough bone mass in body bank accounts fewer chances of Osteoporosis with age.
Causes of Osteoporosis:
Here are some common causes of osteoporosis.
- Advanced age
- Females are more prone
- Asian descent
- Strong genetic link
- Low BMI
- Dietary factors: Low calcium or vitamin D intake
- Disease condition: Hyperthyroidism, hypogonadism, diabetes mellitus, and other immunological diseases.
- Glucocorticoid therapy
- History of tobacco and alcohol abuse
- Estrogen deficiency, menopause
- Stress and sedentary lifestyle
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Symptoms of Osteoporosis:
Here are some common symptoms of osteoporosis.
- Back pain
- Crack at the hip, wrist, or spine. (The hip joint, wrist joint, and vertebral spine are usually affected in Osteoporosis. It can affect the other bones as well.)
- Reduced height, stooped posture
Diagnosis of Osteoporosis:
Here are some methods and tests which help in diagnosing osteoporosis.
- Physical Examination
- Bone Density Test (DEXA)
- CT Scan
Homeopathy for Osteoporosis:
Homeopathic medicines work extremely well in treating mild to moderate cases of Osteoporosis. Well-selected homeopathic remedies slow down the further bone loss, thereby promoting stability in the condition. Homeopathy medicines help prevent further bone loss, thereby preserving the bone mass. They cannot recover bone loss which has occurred already.
Homeopathic treatment for osteoporosis helps relieve the pain and supports the immune system to absorb essential calcium and other necessary vitamins and minerals, thereby promoting the strengthening of the bones. It helps to reactivate the natural healing energies of the body and heal the present fractures and prevents further bone fractures.
The constitutional approach used in Homeopathy helps treat Osteoporosis in totality from the roots, thereby reducing the chances of it reoccurring soon.
Homeopathy along with the dietary absorption of calcium, physiotherapy, and various forms of exercises, yoga, and meditations can help you go a long way in treating Osteoporosis.
So, if you happen to suffer from osteoporosis at any time, count on homeopathy without a second thought and obtain relief and improve your quality of life.
- Written by Dr. Anam S., Associate doctor to Dr. Rajesh Shah