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Pancreatitis

Pancreatitis

What is Pancreatitis?

Pancreatitis is the inflammation of the pancreas.

Pancreas is a gland situated behind the stomach in the upper abdomen. The gland produces enzymes and hormones which help in digestion and sugar break down in the body.

Pancreatitis can come up as an acute or a chronic problem and the treatment is decided based on whether the problem is acute or chronic.

How does Pancreatitis present?

The signs and symptoms differ according to the type of pancreatitis whether the problem is acute or chronic.

Acute pancreatitis often comes up suddenly and goes off within few days after the treatment is started. The symptoms of acute pancreatitis include:

  • Upper abdominal pain
  • Pain in the abdomen that radiates to the back
  • Abdominal pain that is increased after eating
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Tenderness in the upper abdomen

Chronic pancreatitis is the inflammation of pancreas that occurs repeatedly and the pancreas can get damaged permanently. Eventually scar tissue develops in the pancreas and this tissue stops the secretion of digestive enzymes. This can result in severe troubles digesting fats.

The signs and symptoms of chronic pancreatitis include:

  • Loss of weight
  • Chronic upper abdominal pain
  • Offensive stools which may be sticky or oily
  • Bloating of abdomen with distended stomach
  • Hiccups with indigestion
What causes Pancreatitis?

Pancreatitis occurs when the pancreas gets irritated by the digestive enzymes that are produced in the pancreas.

Normally, the pancreas produces enzymes which help in the digestion. These enzymes are inactive when they are in the pancreas. They are then passed on to the small intestine where they get activated and help in the digestion process.

When these enzymes get activated while they are in the pancreas, they cause irritation and lead to inflammation of the pancreas.

There are various reasons for the activation of these enzymes in the pancreas itself. They are:

  • Alcoholism
  • Cigarette smoking
  • Certain medications
  • Gallstones
  • Abdominal surgeries
  • Family history of pancreatitis
  • High calcium levels in the blood
  • High triglycerides levels in the blood
  • Infection
  • Abdominal injuries
  • Cancer of the pancreas
How is Pancreatitis diagnosed?

Pancreatitis can be diagnosed with following tests:

  • Blood tests: to check for the increased levels of pancreatic enzymes
  • Stool tests: to measure the levels of fats which shows whether the digestive system is absorbing the nutrients adequately
  • CT scan: to assess the extent of inflammation of pancreas and to check for gallstones
  • Ultrasound: to check for pancreatic inflammation and gallstones
  • Endoscopy: to look for inflammation and blockages in the pancreatic duct and bile duct
  • MRI: to look for any abnormalities in the pancreas, gallbladder and the ducts.
Self help
  • Avoiding alcohol and smoking.
  • Low fat-diet like fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains etc.
  • Drinking lots of fluids as pancreatitis can lead to dehydration.

 

Homeopathic management

Homeopathy medicines control the inflammation of the pancreas and treat the underlying cause for pancreatitis in some cases. Acute pancreatitis requires hospitalization.  Certain cases may require procedures like in pancreatitis caused due to narrowing of the bile duct. It is very important to find the cause before you initiate the treatment for pancreatitis. As chronic pancreatitis can cause persistent pain, homeopathy medicines can help to deal with the symptoms of chronic pancreatitis.

Best Homeopathy medicines for pancreatitis

Iris versicolor

  • Burning distress in the region of the pancreas
  • Vomiting of a sweetish water
  • The saliva has a greasy taste
  • Watery diarrhea which contains undigested fats
  • Morning Sick headaches

Iodine

  • Action on the salivary gland with increased secretion of watery saliva
  • Violent, copious vomiting of sour substance
  • Diarrhea of copious, soft, watery, foamy stools which contain fats
  • Violent pain in the epigastrium and back
  • Great emaciation; the person eats voraciously yet he is very thin
  • Soapy taste in the mouth
  • General enlargement of glands.

Phosphorus

  • Stools contain undigested fats
  • Face is pale, yellow and the patient is anaemic
  • Atrophy of pancreas with diabetes
  • Oily looking stools with particles looking like sago, is a characteristic.

Conium

  • A wonderful remedy for the affections of glands
  • Weakness of the body with trembling and palpitations
  • Severe aching in and around the liver region
  • Knife-like pains in the whole abdomen
  • Distension of abdomen
  • Thirstless