Raynaud’s syndrome, or secondary Raynaud’s syndrome, is slightly different from Raynaud’s disease. The two diseases are similar in terms of symptoms but are differentiated by their origin. Raynaud’s disease has no definite cause, but its symptoms tend to be induced by the cold. Raynaud’s syndrome is linked to other diseases, of which the most common is scleroderma.
Raynaud’s syndrome manifests itself by a discolouration of the affected area, due to poor blood circulation. The affected areas are often the fingers, although the toes and ears may sometimes be included. That area may turn blue and become numb, because of the reduced blood flow and oxygen supply to that part of the body. While the skin is cold on the outside, the affected inside area seems to be heated, which may sometimes cause the affected area to become painful or, on the other hand, completely numb.
The reference homoeopathic remedy to treat Raynaud’s syndrome is Secale cornutum 5 CH. This remedy is effective against blood circulation disorders, and for the treatment of frostbite that affects the face, hands and feet. It helps to relieve cold sensations and feelings of numbness that may eventually be accompanied by cramps. It is also advisable to take Secale cornutum 5 CH during 4 months, the dosage consisting of 5 granules to be taken in the morning and evening outside of meals, leaving them to dissolve under the tongue. It is also possible to administer Secale cornutum to babies by diluting the remedy in a bit of water. Intakes of Secale cornutum, Camphora 5 CH and Sepia officinalis may also be prescribed, although they will need to be rotated in three daily intakes, each of which will consist of a 3-granule dose.
Several other homoeopathic remedies for treating Raynaud’s syndrome exist. For example, a 4-granule dose of Pulsatilla 5 CH taken twice a day is very effective against frostbite in winter. Lachesis mutus is indicated to relieve bruises, while the use of Carbo vegetalis is recommended in case of cyanosis of the fingers.
Consultation with a general practitioner is always recommended if any of the symptoms of Raynaud’s phenomenon appear, such as a discolouration of the fingertips, numbness or tingling sensations. Only a doctor will have the ability to determine the symptoms’ exact cause and provide appropriate care. Indeed, several parameters will need to be taken into account, such as the patient’s health history, past or present pathologies, or the presence of hereditary diseases. The patient’s occupation may also influence the symptoms. The physician should have a thorough knowledge of all of the events that may have affected the patient, as this will help determine if the disease is Raynaud’s primary or secondary syndrome.
Good to know: Secale cornutum is effective against the effects of Raynaud’s syndrome, thanks to the action of the ergotamine it contains.