Natural Homeopathic Treatment for Cholera
Cholera in Developing Countries
Cholera, an intestinal disease caused by the bacteria, vibro cholerae, has plagued humans for a very long time and today can be seen predominantly in third world countries. Once the bacteria is ingested, severe diahrrea and vomiting can cause dehydration and within hours this condition can lead to death. Once someone has contacted cholera, his or her feces carry the bacteria and can then contaminate water sources due to the abject poverty conditions.
Developing countries can learn from the 2010 Cholera epidemic in Haiti. Before the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, the population did not have adequate access to sewer systems, safe clean water and waste treatment plants. This condition was exacerbated after the earthquake and floods. The socio-economic conditions facilitated the cholera epidemic.
It was very challenging for Haitians, world organizations and aid agencies to control this outbreak. The population needed latrines, sanitation plants, safe drinking water, preventative education programs, medical clinics, health professionals and medical attention.
Since the population of Haiti hadn’t had an outbreak of cholera in a very long time, there was no natural immunity to it. Those who are severely affected by cholera were given antibiotics and intervenuous fluids. The patients who were moderately affected were given oral rehydration salts to improve their electrolytes.
What needs to be considered in outbreaks of cholera in developing countries is alternative medicine. Homeopathic remedies which are derived from biological, herbal or mineral sources are not only effective but inexpensive. They can be used in addition to the rehydration efforts. However, some may argue "how can natural remedies fight cholera which is such a virulent disease?" There is statistical evidence of the efficacy of homeopathic remedies in the use of cholera. Homeopathy gained prominence in the 1800s after the "Great Cholera" outbreak in 1854. The newspapers at the time circulated the results that only 16.4% of patients in the Royal London Homeopathic Hospital died compared to 51% in other traditional hospitals.
One of the chief cholera remedies is Cuprum Metallicum. Cuprum met. is derived from copper. The symptoms it addresses are the following: violent diahrrea, spasmodic violent cramps in the abdomen with anxiety, and nausea with inclination to vomit. The afflicted craves cold drinks and the stools can be black, painful and bloody. Cuprum Metallicum has historically been used to treat Cholera. The remedy can also be given as a preventative.
Modern medicine is the overriding preference today when attempting to contain epidemic diseases. However, overuse of antibiotics can lead to the creation of resistant strains of bacteria. Homeopathic remedies, on the other hand, do not create this problem. The remedies enhance the body’s natural defenses. For any country where there is a cholera outbreak, this inexpensive and effective complementary medical treatment would be worth considering.
For relief workers who want to bring this remedy with them to developing countries for their personal use, it is best to make an appointment with a Homeopath. A Homeopath can determine the potency of the remedy and frequency of use.
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