Typhoid fever is an infectious disease caused by the bacterium Salmonella typhi. It can be life-threatening if not diagnosed and treated on time. One may acquire this infection due to consumption of contaminated food or drink. It is characterised by a prolonged fever which may rise up to 104 degrees Fahrenheit, headache, nausea, loss of appetite, weakness, constipation, and sometimes diarrhoea.

Typhoid is one of the most serious bacterial infections in third world countries. In conventional medicine, it is usually treated with antibiotics, but antibiotic-resistant cases are on the rise and such patients seek help from alternative medicines such as homoeopathy. Homoeopathy offers a wide range of remedies to treat typhoid depending on the onset and progress of the disease. One of the most important medicines widely used for treating typhoid fever is Baptisia tinctoria. It is also useful for prevention of this disease. 

  1. Homoeopathic medicines for typhoid fever
  2. Dietary and lifestyle changes for typhoid fever patient as per homoeopathy
  3. How effective are homoeopathic medicines and treatments for typhoid fever
  4. Side effects and risks of homoeopathic medicine and treatments for typhoid fever
  5. Takeaway
Doctors for Homeopathic medicine, treatment and remedies for Typhoid Fever

There are many remedies in homoeopathy that can be given for typhoid, but as mentioned earlier, each individual is different and will present with different disease symptoms, so the homoeopathic doctor will choose the similimum (remedy) with respect to the symptoms and signs observed. Some of them are as follows:

  • Arsenicum album
    Common name:
    Arsenious acid
    Symptoms: This remedy is prescribed when the following symptoms are seen:
    • Periodicity of fever. The heat phase of fever appears at around 3 am every day.
    • After the heat phase is over, the person feels extremely exhausted.
    • Intermittent fever.
    • Intense restlessness. He or she will sometimes lie down, walk around or sit and will be continuously changing positions or shaking legs to relieve the restlessness.
    • Dry and red tongue with burning heat in the mouth is a characteristic sensation experienced by the person.
    • Burning sensation all over the body.
    • Intolerance to the smell or sight of food.
    • Immense thirst but an inability to drink more than a few sips of water.
  • Belladonna
    Common name: Deadly nightshade
    Symptoms: When the following symptoms are seen in the patient, belladonna is the drug of choice:
    • Lot of burning and heat in the body along with fever. It seems as if the body is steaming hot.
    • Lack of thirst along with fever.
    • Icy cold feet while rest of the body feels hot.
    • Loss of appetite and aversion to meat and milk.
    • Intermittent abdominal pain
  • Bryonia alba
    Common name: Wild hops
    Symptoms: This remedy is helpful when patients experience the following symptoms:
    • Pain in the head, back and the limbs, which are worsened by movements. 
    • Lips are dry and parched, and the tongue is coated white.
    • Thirst for large quantities of water at a time.
    • Rapid pulse during fever.
    • Chilliness, and cold skin.
    • Predominant gastric symptoms, which include nausea as soon as the person wakes up in the morning.
    • Complete loss of taste and appetite.
    • Sensation of pressure in the stomach as if there is a stone within.
    • Complaints increase during summers.
    • Pain in the abdomen in response to touch.
  • Baptisia tinctoria
    Common name:
    Wild indigo
    Symptoms: One of the most commonly prescribed homoeopathic medicines for typhoid fever is Baptisia. This remedy is indicated for symptoms such as:
    • Extreme muscle soreness. a feeling of being bruised or sore on lying down or touching any body part. -extreme weakness, so that the person cannot even describe his or her sickness. The person falls asleep while being spoken to or in the midst of an answer.
    • Difficulty in swallowing solids due to choking sensation in the throat. Liquids can be more easily consumed.
    • Fever accompanied with no desire to eat and a constant feeling of emptiness in the stomach.
    • The person may have a desire to sleep but is sleepless and restless.
    • Dry and brown tongue in the centre, glistening along the edges.
  • Gelsemium
    Common name:
    Yellow jasmine
    Symptoms: One can be given this remedy if the following symptoms are observed:
    • Intense trembling during fever so that the individual has to be held.
    • Extreme weakness and tiredness during fever where the person just wants to lie down.
    • Trembling of tongue during examination.
    • Chilliness of hands and feet.
    • Constant drowsiness and muttering in sleep.
    • Giddiness and inability to see well.
    • Absence of prominent gastric symptoms. 
    • Lack of thirst. Gelsemium is mainly suitable for the initial stage of typhoid fever when the person experiences marked weakness.
  • Phosphoricum acidum
    Common name: Acid phosphorus
    Symptoms: This remedy will work when the following signs and symptoms are seen or experienced by the individual:
    • Profound debility.
    • Inability to move. These individuals just lie in bed.
    • Slowness of speech.
    • Exhaustion which is more mental than physical.
    • Distended abdomen and severe diarrhoea to the extent of being life-threatening.
    • Diarrhoea which is painless, profuse and light coloured, at times even white.
  • Rhus toxicodendron
    Common name:
    Poison ivy
    Symptoms: This remedy has very peculiar symptoms, which include:
    • A red triangular tip of the tongue.
    • Restlessness; person keeps tossing in bed.
    • Feeling so cold as if cold water were poured over them.
    • Skin symptoms like urticaria are prevalent.
    • Extreme tiredness such that they even get dreams of exhaustion.
    • Bitter taste and an unquenchable thirst. There is a peculiar craving for milk.

Do’s

  • In acute diseases, care should be taken to clearly instruct the patient’s attendants that whatever the individual demands or needs in the form of food or drinks should be given to him or her as per their wish without any hindrances.
  • The desire of the patient affected by an acute disease for food or drink is something that will help him or her get some relief. Thus, it is better to meet those needs.
  • Let the patient take rest both physically and mentally.

Don’ts

  • Avoid any substance that may interfere with homoeopathic medicines, as they are given in their minutest doses. The following things can affect the efficacy of these medicines:
    • Medicinal substances in herbs, spices, toothpaste or mouthwashes
    • Perfumed sachets and strong-scented flowers in the room
    • Highly seasoned food and sauces
    • Strong-smelling coffee or herbal teas
    • Frozen foods like ice-creams
  • Do not disturb the patient and cause him any mental stress or even any exciting emotion.

Homoeopathic medicines are given as an ultra-dilution which stimulates the immune system, in turn activating the T cells and B cells and resulting in the formation of antibodies to fight the antigenic action of typhoid-causing bacteria. A study conducted on this aspect has proven that homoeopathic medicines like Baptisia tinctoria can be given not only for the treatment of typhoid fever but also for its prevention.

The aim of homoeopathy is to treat the whole individual by taking into account disease symptoms, lifestyle, personal history and past history as well as family and hereditary factors. Homoeopathy recognizes that each individual is different from the other and even the presentation of the disease differs from person to person. Therefore, every person gets a different homoeopathic medicine. Homoeopathy can be safely given to people of all age groups including children, adults, pregnant ladies and even the elderly. One must consult a qualified homoeopathic physician to get effectively treated with the right medicine, in the right dose and at the right time for quick and long-lasting results.

Homoeopathic medicines are quite safe and cure diseases from root. However, this is true only if it has been taken with a proper prescription from a doctor. There have been no documented side effects of homoeopathic medicines, but one must consult a qualified homoeopathic doctor for a prescription of the right remedy to get treated for typhoid fever. Typhoid fever is known to recur and hence the right medicine taken at the right time can cure the person holistically and permanently.

With utmost care and observation, a well-selected homoeopathic remedy will help cure a potentially life-threatening infectious disease like typhoid fever. Typhoid fever primarily spreads through contaminated food and drinks, so one should be careful about his or her diet. It is important to consult a homoeopathic physician as soon as a fever or any gastric or nervous symptom is observed to get a thorough understanding of the condition and to initiate timely and appropriate treatment. 

Dr. Ram Kumar

Dr. Ram Kumar

Homeopathy
11 Years of Experience

Dr. Ajit Prasad Singh

Dr. Ajit Prasad Singh

Homeopathy
10 Years of Experience

Priyanka Gupta

Priyanka Gupta

Homeopathy
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Homeopathy
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