Hyperalgesia is an increased sensitivity to pain that may be caused by damage to nocicpetors or peripheral nerves. It is known as a pain perception disorder or as decreased pain tolerance level. In general, hyperalgesia is the result of increased nerve sensitivity caused by an injury, although it could also be caused by a sensitivity to heat. This hypersensitivity to pain can affect any part of the body by diffusion of the nocicpetors or inflammatory factors. To diagnose a hyperalgesia, it is often necessary to go proceed to a supraliminal pain test on a sensory organ such as the skin or a painful lesion.
Any form of hyperalgesia manifests itself by increased pain, which is intensified by stimulation or application of the nociceptor. This is the case when one suffers from dental neuralgia, gingivitis and some cases of otitis. The same applies to all innervated parts of the body, on which manifestations of hyperalgesia are particularly acute, even without applying pressure on the painful area or stimulating it in any way whatsoever. Some types of hyperalgesia may result in severe pain caused by the slightest body movement or the stimulation of a proprioceptor (bones, muscles, ligaments, joints). But there also are other types of hyperalgesia that affect organs like the stomach, liver, kidneys and even the intestines. This is known as colic or abdominal hyperalgesia.
The reference remedy for dealing with almost all forms of hyperalgesia is Chamomilla Vulgaris. It is particularly recommended for the treatment of all forms of neuralgia but is also very effective when it comes to alleviating localized hyperalgesia. Thus, three daily 5-granule intakes of Chamomilla Vulgaris, in dilutions ranging from 9 to 15 CH, can overcome a dental hyperalgesia, sciatica, intestinal colic, renal colic and biliary colic. This remedy is also used to treat some cases of lower back pain.
In babies, the level of pain tolerance is low. Thus, teething is always accompanied by various disorders, among which one can including gingival hyperalgesia. Chamomilla Vulgaris is one of the most appropriate remedies to support the infant during this rather critical period. It is therefore advisable to administer the baby five granules of Chamomilla 9 CH three times a day until the hyperalgesia’s complete disappearance, which usually indicated by the stopping of tears.
The sensitivity to pain differs from one individual to another. It is for this reason that it is important to consult a doctor from the onset of an abnormal pain. If the pain persists, despite following a homoeopathic treatment, it is also important to consult your doctor and to submit yourself to medical examinations.
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Good to know: Hyperalgesia may be caused by an injury or its after-effects. In this case, sensitivity to pain becomes chronic. It is in regard to this type of hyperalgesia that homoeopathy can provide adequate and effective treatment for the affected person.