Periphlebitis is an inflammation of the outer coat of a vein or of the tissues surrounding it. It can be deep or superficial. The vein’s’ external coat and surrounding tissues become irritated due to the formation of a blood clot. This clot can then obstruct the blood flow and lead to venous failure. Periphlebitis is a disease that is distinct from varicose veins since it usually appears after a limb has been immobilized for an extended period of time. Varicose veins can be subject to complications and lead to phlebitis, which mostly occurs in the legs.
Periphlebitis usually manifests itself by painful and tingling needle-like sensations that occur in the affected area. The affected vein becomes red and hard, and the surrounding area is painful to the touch. In the case of deep phlebitis, the subject feels a sensation of warmth in the affected area and the limb may swell, be covered by oedemas or go numb towards the end of the day. The subject may be subject to feelings of heaviness and cramps if the disease occurs in the legs. In addition, these symptoms become especially pronounced at night. Finally, periphlebitis may also result in itching around the irritated vein.
Homoeopathy provides many solutions against the symptoms of periphlebitis. Among these, Hamamelis is recommended against heaviness in the legs. In this case, the recommended dosage consists of two daily 5-granule doses of Hamamelis in dilutions ranging from 3 to 6 CH. On the other hand, if the sensation of heavy legs is accompanied by mottling in the inflamed area, the homoeopath will recommend taking two to three daily doses of Pulsatilla 4 to 9 CH. Aesculus hippocastanatum is very effective against congestion and tingling sensations, drastically alleviating the pain resulting from such disorders. In case of oedema, it is advisable for the patient to either take 3 granules of Apis mellifica 5 CH three to four times a day, or Vipera 4 to 5 H two to three times a day. If periphlebitis occurs on pre-existing varicose veins, these can be eradicated with Calcarea fluorica 4 H and Zincum metallicum 4 to 5 H. Finally, if the patient has aches in addition to the symptoms of phlebitis, it is recommended to apply Arnica to the irritated area.
Once the symptoms appear, it is recommended to treat the condition with homoeopathic remedies. However, if the symptoms persist, you should consult a doctor. There are some special cases that require immediate medical attention. Pain in the chest, for example, in one of the symptoms for which a medical consultation is mandatory. Indeed, periphlebitis can lead to a pulmonary embolism. Consulting a doctor is also recommended for adult men over 50 years old and that are likely to have a prostate cancer.
• Apis mellifica
• Arnica Montana
• Vipera Redi
Good to know: Homoeopathy provides an effective form of treatment to relieve perriphlebitis, thanks to its many remedies. Hamamelis is not only recommended for its effectiveness, but also for its broad range of action.