Role of Homoeopathy in Sensory Disturbances
It is not rare to find ourselves with a disordered perception of taste and smell, and such conditions frequently occur in association with respiratory tract infections. Partial or complete loss of smell sensation is often seen in acute infections. Loss of smell sensation is known as anosmia. Sometimes, a person experiences a smell that isn’t there, and this might be related to brain injuries, infections or other viral etiologies.
The most common cause of disturbed smell and taste sensation is an upper respiratory tract infection that affects the nasal passages. Blockage of the passages may make it extremely difficult for smell perception to occur. This also affects taste sensation as the taste of foods is often associated with flavor, which contains an element of smell as well. This is why in stuffy colds we feel like food tastes different, also.
Sinus infections and blockages also affect the smell perception. Nasal growths such as polyps are another factor that cause nose blockage and disturb the sense of smell. More and more people in today’s times are being diagnosed with allergies due to increasing pollution and dust, and these allergies also significantly retard the sensation of smell. Dust, pollen, strong odors, certain chemicals, etc. are some common allergens encountered in day-to-day clinical practice. These are usually all acute causes and rarely last for months at a stretch, however allergies may be frequently recurring.
There may be some sinister causes of disturbed taste and smell sensation. These are generally related to the centers of taste and smell perception present in the brain, that is, the cause is central. Generally, these are affected in acute injuries to the brain when direct or indirect trauma impacts the integrity of the structures. In such cases the condition is surgical and requires immediate intervention. Sometimes, brain infections may also affect these centers and in these cases, again, immediate medical aid is mandatory. Some people are born with deficient taste and smell perceptions, in their case the condition is congenital and generally treatment is unsatisfactory.
In most cases of disturbed smell and taste sensation, particularly when the cause is infectious, homeopathy has an excellent role to play. You can opt for homeopathy for loss of taste as well as disturbed sense of smell. Homeopathic medicine for loss of smell and taste acts promptly to restore the disturbed sensations and provide quick relief. For loss of taste treatment may be needed for a while, but rest assured, homeopathy acts swiftly and surely. Homeopathy focuses on the totality of the symptoms that may have developed as a result of sinusitis, viral or bacterial infections, or even polyps. The symptoms complex is the guiding factor to decide the medicine and this is why a complete and detailed case taking generally provides the best results. Different people react to the same causative factors differently and their own susceptibilities and tendencies lead to the development of unique and peculiar symptoms. These symptoms help in the selection of appropriate remedy.
Natrium Muriaticum is one of the leading homeopathic remedies for loss of taste and smell. It has an excellent action on the upper respiratory tract, the mucous membranes of the mouth as well as the nasal passages. Growths and obstruction in the nasal tract can be swiftly resolved with this remedy. Another important action of Natrium Muriaticum is in cases of allergies and hay fever. Frequent sneezing, stuffy colds, blocked nasal passages with breathing troubles, associated head complaints and discharge from nose and eyes are some symptoms that generally occur in allergies. Loss of smell and taste often accompany such a state. This remedy can be safely used in such cases with quick benefits. The medicine is taken either in the form of potencies or as a tissue remedy. Both the forms have their own sphere of action. For best results, it is advised that you consult your homoeopath and get the medicine most suited to your complaints.