Sunday, January 22, 2012

Facts about Tuberculosis

Facts about Tuberculosis

·         Tuberculosis (TB) is a contagious disease caused by the bacteria known as Mycobacterium tuberculosis which spreads through air. It is transmitted from person to person via droplets from the throat and lungs of people with the active respiratory disease. If TB is untreated each person suffering from active tuberculosis can infect approximately 10 -15 persons in a year.

·         TB is a disease which is seen in the lower socio economic sections of the society but this does not rule out the incidence of TB in higher socio economic groups.TB mostly affects young adults in their productive years and vast TB deaths are in the developing world, more then half occurring in Asian countries.

·         TB is a worldwide pandemic. Among the 15 countries with the highest estimated TB incidence rates, 13 are in Africa, while a third of all new cases are in India and China.(WHO)

·         Multidrug-resistant TB (MDR-TB) is a form of TB that does not respond to the standard treatments using first-line drugs. Extensively drug-resistant TB (XDR-TB) occurs when resistance to second-line drugs develops. It is extremely difficult to treat.

·         TB is a major disease that affects person living with HIV as they have a weakened immune system. Due to the weakened immunity and virulence of TB it is a leading killer among people suffering from HIV infection.
·         TB can be of various organs like pulmonary tuberculosis affecting the lungs, Tubercular lymphadenopathy affecting the lymph nodes, abdominal tuberculosis, Tuberculoma affecting the brain, Tubercular meningitis to name a few. It is very important to treat tuberculosis and the proper treatment has to be taken.

      Extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis

      XDR-TB is the abbreviation for extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis (TB). One in three people in the world is infected with dormant TB germs. Only when the bacteria become active do people become ill with TB.
      Bacteria become active as a result of anything that can reduce the person’s immunity, poor nutritional status, infections as HIV, advancing age, or other medical conditions.TB can usually be treated with a course of first-line, anti-TB drugs. If these drugs are misused or mismanaged, multidrug-resistant TB (MDR-TB) can develop.
      MDR-TB takes longer time to treat with second-line drugs, which are more expensive and have more side-effects. XDR-TB can develop when these second-line drugs are also misused or mismanaged and therefore also become ineffective. Because XDR-TB is resistant to first- and second-line drugs, treatment options are seriously limited in XDR - TB. It is therefore vital that TB control is managed properly. 

      Role of Homeopathy in Tuberculosis

Homeopathy can play a major role in treating TB along with the standard line of TB treatment.     Homeopathic medicines will stimulate the internal healing mechanism of the human body and help in recovering from the disease.

Homeopathic medicines help in improving the immunity of the person and it is also seen that people who take Homeopathy along with the standard line of treatment recover faster .Also in MDR tuberculosis the patients start recovering when the correct Homeopathic medicine is given along with the standard line of TB treatment.

Role of Diet and Nutrition

One of the important aspects in TB treatment is the correct balanced diet. As the immune mechanism of the body is low it is necessary to take a proper and timely diet to achieve the desired results in the TB treatment. One of the major hindrances in the developing countries in the lower socio economic strata is the improper diet due to poverty is also a major hindrance in curing TB.

Dr.Santosh R.Joshi
Classical Homeopath
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