Phlebitis is the inflammation of a vein. The inflammation is caused by blood clotting inside the vein. Often the vein walls themselves are damaged. It is usually experience on the lower legs. Superficial thrombophlebitis can be painful, with hard lumps forming under the skin, with much redness.
Conventional Medical Treatment for Phlebitis
As usual, I have used the NHS Choices website as a guide to the conventional medical treatment of Phlebitis. It rather plays down the seriousness, and the painfulness of the condition, "typically more annoying than serious". It says that the blood clot usually clears, and the inflammation dies down within a few weeks, that usually people with the condition are 'otherwise well',
"This may be painful, but it shouldn't prevent you walking reasonably well."
As far as treatment is concerned NHS Choices does not seem to have much to offer. It says that as Phlebitis is inflammation and not infection antibiotics are not helpful, and provides the following advice "to help reduce any pain and swelling".
• raise the leg to help reduce swelling
• wear compression stockings to help reduce swelling
• keep active, to keep the blood circulating
• press a cold flannel over the vein to ease any pain
• take anti-inflammatory painkillers (aspirin is best) to ease any pain
• rub an anti-inflammatory cream or gel on the area if the affected area is only small
NHS Choices goes on to reassure the patient that when the inflammation settles there may be darkened skin and the lump which may take three or four months to gom but that most people make a full recovery. However says that if the thrombophlebitis occurred in a varicose vein it is likely that the varicose veins will keep coming back, possibly with further episodes of thrombophlebitis. The surgical removal of the vein is then required.
Homeopathic Treatment of Phlebitis
Homeopathy is a medical therapy that will avoid some of the side-effects and adverse reactions of conventional medical treatment. Homeopathy is the second most popular medical therapy in the world, and the most popular holistic system of medicine. Homeopathy is based on remedies made from a variety of different substances, all of which are known to cause symptoms of illness if taken in their normal form. However, homeopathy has discovered that substances that cause symptoms of illness can also cure those same symptoms of illness.
This is the principle of “Like cures Like” on which all homeopathy is based.
The task of the homeopath is to find a remedy whose symptom picture matches the symptoms of a person’s illness. These remedy symptom pictures have been developed over the last 220 years.
The selection of a homeopathic remedy is based on the individual’s symptoms of illness, not on any broad conventionally-defined illness. It is important to stress this. Homeopathy does not treat illness or diseases. Instead it treats an individual who has been diagnosed with a particular illness or disease. The distinction is important, and if you wish to read more about this, click on the chapter “Illness Diagnosis”.
As far as Phlebitis is concerned, homeopathy has highlighted a number of remedies that have been found to be useful in its treatment. The Dr Thind website has outlined some simple remedy pictures for a number of these remedies. All the remedies mentioned are safe, and any remedy that matches the patient’s symptoms will be effective. These simple remedy pictures give some indication of the types of symptoms they will treat.
+ Vein disturbances with developments of varicose veins and hemorrhoids
+ Bone swollen and painful
+ Hemorrhoids with constipation and lumbar pain
+ Phlebitis from trauma
+ Bruising and bruised feeling
+ Helps in dissolving blood clots
+ Acute phlebitis
+ Sudden onset of inflammation with redness
+ Patient sensitive to motion
+ Muscular tissue filled with black blood
+ Numbness, swollen veins
+ Gangrene and gangrenous ulcer
+ Swelling and heaviness
+ Helps dissolving blood clots
+ Painful thrombophlebitis, worse on movement
+ Varicose veins and dark blue coloring
+ Tendency to recurring inflammation
+ Vein fragility; body feels as if beaten up
+ Acute thrombophlebitis with typical inflammatory signs
+ Pain sensitivity with intolerance to warmth
+ Stronger inflammation with bluish skin
+ Indicated remedy for dissolving blood clots
+ Good for problems that are left sided
Many of these remedies can be found in simple home-use remedy kits that can be obtained from these Homeopathic Pharmacies.
However, for an accurate, individualised remedy selection, patients should consult with a qualified homeopath. This increases the likelihood of matching an individual with a remedy that will work for them. A remedy that does not match the symptoms of an individual’s illness will not work, but equally will do no harm!
Scientific Evidence Supporting Homeopathy
There is a significant and growing amount of scientific evidence confirming that homeopathy is a safe and effective medical therapy. However, this evidence remains only the third most important proof of this.
The most important proof for the safety and effectiveness of homeopathy is clinical experience, that is the many millions of patients who, having suffered serious illness, have been treated successfully with homeopathy. This is going on throughout the world, and been doing so for over 200 years.
Homeopathy has also developed a voluminous materia medica. This contains the intricate details of the healing properties of several thousand substances used to make homeopathic remedies. The short remedy pictures above are just a tiny part of this knowledge.