Episcleritis is an eye inflammation which causes the blood vessels in the eye to become red. Episcleritis generally requires no treatment. People with systemic diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, Crohn's disease and gout (among others) are particularly prone to developing episcleritis, which can be quite troublesome for them. To avoid the need for additional pharmaceuticals, even an anti-inflammatory, these patients and others who wish to avoid chemical medications look to homeopathic remedies for treatment options.
Finding a Homeopath
Homeopathy's underlying philosophy is that physical disturbances can be treated by remedies that can produce the same symptoms in healthy people as in those being treated. These tinctures are prescribed by the homeopath after she examines the patient holistically--investigating the patient's emotional state, physical condition and the various symptoms of the presenting condition. When treating episcleritis, a homeopath will also examine the patient's total health.
If you are interested in homeopathic treatment for episcleritis, you must first find a qualified homeopath. The National Center of Homeopathy maintains a database of homeopaths throughout the United States (see References). Investigate the credentials of local homeopaths through this database. Additionally, many people rely on references and word-of-mouth to find a good homeopath to treat episcleritis.
Episcleritis as a Sign of Other Health Issues
The causes of episcleritis are unclear. When episcleritis clears up by itself a few days after the onset of symptoms, most allopathic (conventional) doctors will not bother with an in-depth diagnosis. A homeopath will examine the patient more closely. Episcleritis is often the first clear symptom of other inflammatory conditions such as arthritis, lupus and inflammatory bowel disease. In addition, episcleritis may erupt due to an undiagnosed underlying condition such as gout, herpes simplex infection, rosacea or tuberculosis. The homeopathic system of prescribing treatment after investigating the entire physical and emotional make-up of the patient has frequently resulted in a diagnosis of a more severe problem which can then be treated alongside the episcleritis.
Prepare for your visit to a homeopath by thinking about other symptoms that may seem unrelated but can help the homeopath come to a successful diagnosis.
Homeopathic Remedies for Episcleritis
Some of the homeopathic remedies that a homeopath may prescribe for treating episcleritis are Aspalathus linearis (also known as Rooibos) and Sutherlandia frutescens. These tinctures are antioxidants which can help maintain a healthy supply of blood, oxygen and essential nutrients to the eye. A homeopath may also prescribe Vaccinium myrtillus (known as bilberry) which strengthens eye capillaries and can prevent disease and infection.
Because each case of episcleritis is individual, you should consult your homeopath about each case individually to be assured of receiving the correct remedy and the correct remedy-dosage.