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Treating measles with homoeopathy

Persistent in developing countries, measles is among the leading causes of infant mortality. Indeed, it kills nearly one million children every year worldwide. This contagious disease caused by a paramyxovirus of the genus Morbillivirus and is especially deadly in Africa and in some developing countries in Asia and in the Americas. The onset of this disease if favoured by several factors such as malnutrition among children younger than three, malaria and other related affections. Measles is spread in several ways, namely by nasal secretions, aerosol transmission, close contact and even through the shared use of contaminated objects. It can cause diarrhoea, blindness, or even neurological and respiratory complications. Sometimes, the disease may lead significant after-effects, including deafness and mental disorders, even if the condition is completely cured.

Symptoms of measles

The incubation period for measles lasts between 10 and 12 days. The disease starts with a prodromal phase that leads to a fever of about 40 ° C, which is accompanied by nasal discharge, diarrhoea and inflammation of the conjunctiva. This last condition causes sharp pain in the eye. A child with measles may also be subject to abdominal pain, dry cough and may become whiny. About 8 days after the prodromal phase, red spots appear, starting with the head before gradually covering up the whole body. The disease is then said to be in its third phase.

Homoeopathic remedies for measles

At the onset of dry cough, conjunctivitis and fever especially, it is advisable to resort to Sulfur 30 CH to prevent the disease from getting worse. In case of loud cough and nasal discharge, it is rather recommended to use Aconitum napellus. On the other hand, it will be necessary to administer granules of Gelsemium sempervirens to a sick child when he or she suffers from high fever accompanied by a cold, is not thirsty and is unable to move. In general, it is recommended to take a dose of Morbillinum 30 CH at the onset of the disease, followed by a dose ten days later, accompanied by five granules of Belladonna 9 CH and 5 granules of Euphrasia officinalis every two hours in order to curb the disease’s progression. Finally, it is possible to complete the treatment with a dose of Pulsatilla 30 CH, to be taken a week later.

When should you consult a doctor?

Measles is a fatal childhood disease which is why it is advisable to go to hospital urgently, or at least consult a doctor, from the onset of the first symptoms. Only a health professional will be able to diagnose the illness and prescribe the most appropriate remedies. You should know that in this case self-medication is strongly discouraged. The patient should follow the recommended treatment as soon as possible and must always remain under medical supervision.

Treatments and pathologies linked to “measles”

Associated treatments

  • Aconitum Napellus
  • Belladonna
  • Euphrasia Officinalis
  • Gelsemium Sempervirens
  • Morbillinum
  • Pulsatilla
  • Sulphur

Associated pathologies

  • Diarrhoea
  • Fever
  • Cough

Good to know: Homoeopathic remedies that are used to treat measles are effective for preventing neurological and respiratory complications as well as deafness and psychological disorders.

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Pathology and homeopathy are two fields of scientific research that go hand in hand. As a matter of fact, homeopathic research on a disease is always accompanied by a pathological study of that disease. Pathology is the scientific field that studies diseases, while homeopathy is a gentle method for treating diseases. Homeopathic treatment follows the principles of similarity (Similia similibus curentur or "likes are cured by likes") and comprehensiveness. There is no universal treatment for a given disease; it must be adapted to each patient.