Homeopathy Q&A: How ginseng works

Homeopathy expert, Dr Navneet Bidani answers readers’ queries. Get your doubts cleared and see them featured on our FAQ page every Thursday.
This week’s answers:

1. My wife is suffering from Migraine from last 5-6 years. Sometimes it is very severe. She takes Migranil for it. Can Migraine be cured. If yes how. Thanks

Yes, Migraine can be cured and that too permanently with homoeopathy. But you’ll have to be little bit patient while continuing the homoeopathic treatment. As an attack of migraine can recur, so it is advised to take the treatment regularly for some months even in the absence of pain.
The homoeopathic approach to the treatment of migraine patients is more individualistic. This means, homoeopathy believes that migraine is a personality disorder and hence the treatment should be determined only on the basis of in-depth study of the patient’s personality. This approach helps treating most cases of migraine successfully.

2. I would appreciate your advice on treatment for varicose veins. Is it available in Homeopathy and how reliable is it? Thanks
Homoeopathy has excellent treatment for varicose veins or swollen veins and it is very reliable. Though each case of varicose veins represents itself as an individual one and needs to be treated accordingly, homoeopathic medicines Calcarea flour and Acid flour stand at the top of the table for treating varicose veins. Calcarea flour not only clears the symptoms but also eradicates the tendency for developing varicose veins. Calcarea Iodatum works extremely well for ulcers accompanying varicose veins. Hamamellis and Vipera are indicated when there is acute inflammation in the veins often called phlebitis.

3. Is Ginseng in homoeopathic tablet form a good option for general well-being?
Ginseng is considered a stabilizer, energizer, and stress reducer. A number of people all over the world take it daily to boost their energy, vitality, and performance or in special situations such as convalescence, aging, and recovery. Ginseng has both short-term and long-term uses. On a short-term basis, you can use ginseng as a rapid and safe stimulant if you’ve had a sleepless night, if you must cope with an unusually heavy work load, if you’re a student facing final exams, if you’re suffering from jet lag, or if you wish to improve your performance during an important sports game. Ginseng can also be used to address long-term problems—for example, in recovering from periods of stress and burn-out, in convalescence, in intensive sports training, and in generally remaining alert if you know you are going through an extended period of high stress accompanied by many physical or emotional demands. Ginseng can improve your sexual performance. It is not an aphrodisiac, in the sense of being a sexual stimulant; however it can help to maintain sexual energy and may also help in cases of impotence.

Precautions: There are a number of prescription and over-the-counter drugs which may be rendered ineffective or combine dangerously with ginseng. These include aspirin and other anti-inflammatories such as ibuprofin, anticoagulants such as warfarin, drugs that treat diabetes by lower blood sugar and a variety of anti-depressants.
If you are taking any of these drugs, consult your doctor before adding ginseng to your daily supplements; you may need to take an altered dosage of ginseng, your prescription may need to be adjusted, or you may not be able to take ginseng at all.
Ginseng is a so-called ‘cycle’ herb, one that should not be taken consistently for long periods of time. After a few weeks of taking ginseng, you should go ‘ginseng-free’ for a few weeks.

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