SYSTEMIC HYPERTENSION AND SCOPE OF HOMOEOPATHY
Dr. Smita Brahmachari
Hypertension (HTN) is an enormous health problem and is one of the biggest health challenges in the 21st century. Although the condition is common, readily detectable, and easily treatable, it is usually asymptomatic and often leads to lethal complications if left untreated. The prevalence of HTN is increasing rapidly in India driven by diverse health transitions. Apart from health implications it has huge societal, developmental and economic costs to resource constrained health systems, particularly developing nations like India. Further, hypertension is also a leading cause for hospitalizations and outpatient visits.
Reducing systolic and diastolic BP can decrease cardiovascular risk and this can be achieved by non-pharmacological (lifestyle measures) as well as pharmacological means (medicines). Homoeopathic system of medicine particularly individualized constitutional approach has significant beneficial effects on patients suffering from HTN and thus widely used in length and breadth of our nation as an alternative public health approach in curbing the increasing prevalence of HTN because of its cost effectiveness and minimal side effects.
In current scenario with rising burden of HTN posing a serious health threat to health care system of India, the present article makes a sincere attempt to present before its readers how to timely and effectively address a case of HTN at primary level health care set-up with homoeopathic medicines.
Author : The author has done her post-graduation from National Institute of Homoeopathy, Kolkata in the subject Homoeopathic Repertory. She is presently working as Medical Officer in Dept. of ISM &Homoeopathy under Govt. of NCT Delhi.
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