Arteritis is a condition that mainly affects men. Those most at risk are heavy smokers, diabetics and those who have high blood pressure. However, people who have high levels of fat in the blood are also at risk of being affected by this disease.
Arteritis is an inflammation of the walls of blood vessels, especially arteries, and manifests itself by the appearance of lesions and atheroma plaques on the inner wall of these blood vessels. This then results in congested arteries and a reduction of their size. As a result, blood flow is slowed down. The narrowing of the blood vessel, known as stenosis, increases and blood flow decreases. In extreme cases, these lesions can lead to partial or total obstruction of the vessels. When the artery is completely blocked, the flow of blood can no longer pass through and is interrupted. If this phenomenon affects the artery feeding the brain, a stroke will ensue. In most cases, arteritis affects lower limbs.
Arteritis is recognizable by the appearance of severe muscle pain, due to muscle cramps that occur at the calf level when walking. The cramps disappear during a pause and reappear when one resumes walking. During attacks of intermittent claudication, the pain always appears with the same frequency. Other parts of the body such as the buttocks, thighs and feet can also be affected by these symptoms. The obstruction of the arteries leads to the formation of clots. In certain cases, the artery expands abnormally under the blood pressure and can rupture itself.
The prescription consists of combining the following remedies and alternating them 3 times a day: Cactus Grandiflorus 5 CH, Nux Vomica 5 CH and Secale Cornutum 5 CH. The treatment will need to be taken until the symptoms disappear. If arteritis is linked to high blood pressure, it can be treated with Plumbum Metallicum. Local treatment consists of using anti-spasmodic ointments to alleviate spasms. In case of nocturnal leg cramps, treatment will need to be carried out with Cuprum. If the cramps manifest themselves during times of hot weather and are accompanied by burning pain, it is recommended to use Secale Cornutum. These pains are lessened in cool environments. In case of intermittent claudications accompanied by cramps, treat them with Cuprum and Arsenicum. For a more general treatment, one foot is kept warm and the other cold. If the patient suffers from gout and cholesterol, administer Lycopodium Clavatum. Treat the patient with Sulphur if he or she feels burning sensations during the night.
Medical consultation becomes necessary as soon as the first symptoms appear. Indeed, complications can lead to ischemic necrosis. In extreme cases, the lower limbs may be affected by gangrene which can be fatal especially for diabetics.
Good to know: Homoeopathy, with its mild form of action, is able to treat arteritis without attacking the patient’s metabolism. It acts in depth by progressively eliminating the symptoms resulting from the arteritis.