Hydrocele is a condition in which the scrotum fills with fluid and becomes heavy. Scrotum is the sac under the penis that holds the testicles. Fluid can accumulate around one or both testicles and cause the scrotum to swell. This condition is more common in baby boys than in adult males. It is estimated that 10% of newborn males have a hydrocele, which usually clears up within the first year of life without any treatment. Hydroceles develop in only about 1% of adult males and usually disappear on their own within 6 months. 

During a baby’s development in the womb, the testicles develop near the kidneys in the abdomen. They gradually move down through a tunnel to their normal position in the scrotum by the time of birth. A sac containing fluid accompanies each testicle. Normally, the tunnel and sac close and the fluid is absorbed. However, if the sac remains open, fluid can flow from the abdomen into the scrotum, causing a hydrocele in the baby. In adults, hydrocele can develop if the closed sac reopens and fluid leaks into the scrotum. Inflammation of the sac surrounding the testicles may also cause a hydrocele. Other causes of adult hydrocele include blockage in the spermatic cord, inguinal hernia surgery or infection in the scrotum or testicle. 

The primary symptoms of adult hydrocele are heaviness in one or both sides of the scrotum, noticeable swelling in the scrotum and discomfort in the area. A hydrocele is usually painless, but if there is excessive collection of fluid or complications such as infection or twisting (torsion) of the testicle, then pain may occur.

Doctors diagnose hydrocele by asking about your health history and conducting a physical examination. Imaging tests such as ultrasound may be done to rule out the possibility of any complications. Blood and urine tests may also be ordered by the doctor to detect any underlying infection.

Surgery is the typical treatment needed for hydrocele wherein the communication channel with the abdomen is sealed shut.

Homeopathy is a well-known and widely accepted form of alternative medicine that not only helps treat the symptoms but also aids in eliminating the underlying cause of the medical condition. It is widely used for the treatment of several health conditions. There are multiple remedies for hydrocele, which can be safely used in children as well as adults. Commonly used remedies to treat hydrocele include arnica montana, berberis vulgaris, clematis erecta and conium maculatum.

  1. Homeopathic medicines for Hydrocele
  2. Dietary and lifestyle changes for Hydrocele as per homeopathy
  3. How effective are homeopathic medicines and treatments for Hydrocele
  4. Side effects and risks of homeopathic medicine and treatment for Hydrocele
  5. Takeaway
  6. Doctors for Homeopathic medicine, treatment and remedies for Hydrocele

The following are some of the homeopathic medicines that are used for the treatment of hydrocele:

  • Arnica Montana
    Common Name: Leopard’s bane
    Symptoms: This remedy is often used to treat pain and other symptoms that occur due to injuries or blows. It also helps in the management of the following symptoms:

Symptoms get worse with motion, with the slightest touch, and on exposure to damp environment. Symptoms may get better on keeping one's head low and on lying down.

  • Abrotanum
    Common Name:
    Southernwood
    Symptoms: This remedy is highly effective in the management of hydrocele in children. It is also helpful for addressing the following symptoms:
    • A sensation as if stomach is suspended in water
    • Stomach ache that worsens at night
    • Great distension of abdomen
    • A sinking feeling in bowels
    • Indigestion
    • Presence of lumps in different areas of the abdomen

Symptoms get worse in cold air and may get better with motion

  • Berberis Vulgaris
    Common Name:
    Barberry
    Symptoms: This remedy primarily acts on the venous system and is often administered to individuals who complain of pain all over the body. It is helpful for the treatment of the following symptoms:
    • Nausea
    • Stomach pain
    • Violent burning sensation in the left side of the abdomen
    • Violent pain in the bladder
    • Incisive pain in the urethra that gets aggravated by motion
    • A sensation of coldness in the sexual organs
    • A sensation of weakness in the external genitals
    • Retracted penis with burning pain
    • Pain in the scrotum
    • Aggravation of pain with movement
    • Burning pain in the testes
    • Great weakness in the genitals after intercourse
    • Decreased sexual desire
    • Premature ejaculation

Symptoms get worse on moving about and on standing.

  • Clematis Erecta
    Common Name:
    Virgin’s bower
    Symptoms: The following symptoms are noted in the individuals requiring this remedy:
    • Sensation of coldness in the stomach
    • Pain in the abdominal region while stooping and while urinating 
    • A sensation of pain and constriction in the lower abdomen 
    • Painful swelling in the inguinal glands
    • Stitches in the urethra
    • Itching in the genital area
    • Swelling in the right half of the scrotum
    • A heavy feeling in the testicles 
    • Testicular pain
    • Radiating pain in thighs
    • Painful inflammation and swelling in testes
    • Thickening of the scrotum
    • Decreased sexual desire Read more: Low libido in men causes
    • Burning pain in the penis during ejaculation

Symptoms get worse at night, especially during the new moon and with warmth of the bed. Symptoms get better in open air.

  • Conium Maculatum
    Common Name:
    Poison hemlock
    Symptoms: The following symptoms can commonly noted in individuals needing this remedy:
    • Acidic taste in the mouth
    • Loss of appetite
    • Heartburn
    • Nausea after every meal
    • Contraction and pain in the abdomen
    • Movement and digging pain in the umbilical region
    • A sensation of pressure on the bladder
    • Swelling of the testes
    • Cutting pain in the scrotum which radiates to the root of the penis
    • Impotence
    • Premature ejaculation
    • Weakness in the sexual organs
    • Hard and enlarged testicles

Symptoms get worse with mental exertion, lying down or turning or rising in bed. Symptoms get better in the dark, application of pressure on the affected area and on movement.

  • Digitalis Purpurea
    Common Name:
    Foxglove
    Symptoms: This remedy is useful for addressing the following symptoms:
    • Contracting pain in the stomach
    • Nausea
    • Cramp-like tension in groins
    • Inflammation of neck of bladder
    • Burning sensation in urethra
    • Collection of fluid in the scrotum
    • Bruising pain in testes
    • Swelling in genitals
    • A feeling of weakness in the genital area after intercourse

Symptoms aggravate when the person is sitting erect while they may get better when the patient's stomach is empty.

  • Pulsatilla Pratensis
    Common Name:
    Wind flower
    Symptoms: This remedy is suitable for the treatment of the following symptoms:
    • Vomiting
    • Heartburn
    • Tingling sensation in the pit of stomach
    • Inflammation in the abdominal region
    • Weakness in the loins
    • Thick discharge from the urethra
    • A feeling of pressure in the bladder
    • Itching and tickling sensation in the scrotum
    • Burning in genitals
    • Inflammation in testes
    • Pain extending from the abdomen to testicles

Symptoms may also get worse in the evening, after eating and lying on the left side. Symptoms may get better on consuming cold food and drinks, spending time in open air and on moving about.

  • Rhododendron
    Common Name:
    Snow rose
    Symptoms: This remedy is useful for the management of the following symptoms:
    • Pain under ribs
    • Pain in the inguinal ring while sitting
    • Nausea
    • Vomiting after having any fluid
    • Pain in the genitals and thighs
    • Throbbing sensation under the penis
    • Drawing pain in testes which extends to the abdomen and thighs
    • Swelling in the testes
    • Retracted testes
    • Hydrocele 
    • Pain in the right testicle, especially on touching
    • Contusive pain in one testicle and then the other
    • Aversion to sexual intercourse Read more: Loss of interest in sex causes
    • Shrinking of the scrotum
    • Pain in the right testicle that spreads to the anus
    • A sensation of soreness in the thighs near the genitals

Symptoms get worse at night and may get better with warmth and after eating.

Homeopathic remedies are widely employed for the effective and natural treatment of several health conditions. They are generally safe to use and can easily be added to one’s daily routine. However, homeopathic medications are extremely diluted preparations and their action can easily get affected due to external factors. So, doctors usually recommend a few lifestyle changes to their patients, when using homeopathic medications, to make sure that no external factors impact their efficacy. These include:

Do’s:

  • Make sure you maintain personal hygiene while on homeopathic medications.
  • It is also important to ensure that your surroundings are clean and sanitised.
  • Replace processed foods with healthy foods which are rich in fibre and nutrients. 
  • Also, make sure to maintain a good posture while engaging in daily activities.
  • Leading an active lifestyle by engaging in regular mild exercises such as yoga or jogging may be helpful.
  • It is best to wear clothes that are comfortable and airy and allow easy ventilation.

Don’ts: 

  • One must make sure to reduce the intake of beverages such as coffee and tea while taking homeopathic medications. 
  • It is best to stay away from alcohol and other substances which will interfere with the action of homeopathic drugs.
  • Avoid foods that are high in salt and sugar.
  • Avoid the use of artificial scents such as perfumes and room fresheners.
  • Refrain from using artificial temperature control devices such as air conditioning or room heaters.

Most cases of hydrocele can be treated with homeopathic medications and do not require surgery. These remedies may also prevent the recurrence of the condition. If homeopathic treatment is initiated early, then the chances of getting rid of hydrocele are said to be even better. 

In a case study including a five-month-old boy with hydrocele, regular administration of a homeopathic remedy was found to be effective in the management of hydrocele symptoms within three months.

However, when it comes to the efficiency of homeopathic remedies in the treatment of hydrocele, the evidence is scarce.

Homeopathic medicines are generally safe to consume when taken under the guidance of an experienced physician. These remedies are derived from natural substances in their concentrated form and are then diluted to safe amounts in order to suit individual needs. The remedies are administered only after carefully considering the medical history of the individual. This reduces the risk of any side effects and allergies.

Hydrocele is a fairly common condition, particularly in newborn male babies. Adults can develop hydrocele due to an injury, infection or inflammation of the scrotum. Although hydroceles are usually painless, they can cause a great deal of discomfort. If scrotal swelling occurs, it is important to seek medical attention to rule out causes that require immediate treatment. Conventionally, hydrocele is treated through surgery. Homeopathy is said to be a safe and effective choice for the treatment of hydrocele. It not only reduces the swelling and discomfort associated with this condition but also prevents its recurrence. Since these remedies are made from natural substances, they are known to be safe when taken under the guidance of a doctor. However, there is not much evidence to prove the effectivity of homeopathic medicines in the treatment of hydrocele.

Dr. Sangeeta Attri

Dr. Sangeeta Attri

Homeopathy
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Dr. Prabha Naik

Homeopathy
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Homeopathy
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References

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  2. William Boericke. Homoeopathic Materia Medica. Kessinger Publishing: Médi-T 1999, Volume 1
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