Corticosteroids (include prednisolone, prednisone, hydrocortisone and cortisone) are used in many different conditions today and offer help to many people suffering from various illnesses. It can be used in conditions that have a high degree of inflammation which are wide and varied in health related matters. For this reason it is a frequent choice of prescription.
However this specific medicine comes with a myriad of effects associated with both its short and long term use, depending on how and where it is administered. Specifically, when taken orally one of the notable effects is the significant increase in infections experienced by those who take it (more than 50%). That includes bacterial, fungal & viral infections. For some individuals these infections can prove fatal (more than 5%). (https://www.iol.co.za/lifestyle/health/oral-steroids-up-infection-risk-in-people-with-inflammation-27367670)
Considering alternative options aside from corticosteroids, Homeopathy has a number of medicines that can provide very effective treatment. The medicines stimulate the bodies own immune system to more effectively resolve inflammation and thus does not have the adverse effects of reducing the immune system’s activity and allowing infections to proliferate.
The use of Homeopathic medicine is very specific to the individual and the condition affecting the person, so a many number of possible medicines may be helpful as an alternative to corticosteroid use. In the above example, Polymyalgia Rheumatica is cited and one treatment option of Rhus Toxicodendron, may be of great help to patients affected by this disease. Specifically helpful for the following rheumatic complaints:
Hot, painful swelling of joints.
Pains tearing in tendons, ligaments, and fasciae.
Rheumatic pains feel better for moving around.
Soreness of bones.
Limbs stiff, worse in cold air.
Tingling in feet.
When making changes to prescription medicine, it is very important the you consult with a trained healthcare professional before making any adjustments to your medicines.
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