Scoliosis is an abnormal sideways (left or right) curvature of the spine. This makes the spine look like the letter C or S. Although any part of the spine can be affected, the most common area is the middle (thoracic/dorsal) and the lower (lumbar) back. Scoliosis can appear at any age, but most frequently appears between the age of 11 to 18 years. Homeopathic medicines for scoliosis can help manage mild to moderate cases to halt further progression of the curve in the spine, but cannot help reverse an already established curve in the spine.
Scoliosis tends to run in families. Some of the causes of scoliosis include muscular dystrophy, cerebral palsy, polio, injury to the spine, birth defects such as spina bifida, Marfan syndrome, degenerative changes in spine and osteoporosis. Females tend to have a more severe form of scoliosis as compared to males. Scoliosis with no apparent cause is known as idiopathic scoliosis, and this is grouped by age. Idiopathic scoliosis in early age in children aged 3 years and younger is termed as infantile scoliosis. Idiopathic scoliosis between 4-10 years of age is known as juvenile scoliosis. Idiopathic scoliosis between the ages of 11 to 18 years is known as adolescent scoliosis, and above the age of 18 years is known as adult scoliosis. Earlier age onset of scoliosis tends to be the most disabling of all of them.
Homeopathic Medicines for Scoliosis
Homeopathic medicines help effectively manage back pain related to scoliosis. These medicines can be used for supportive help along with conventional treatment. Use of homeopathic medicines for scoliosis should be considered under the supervision of a homeopathic physician.
1. Silicea – For Spinal Curvature to Right Side
Silicea is a well-indicated medicine for treating cases of scoliosis with spinal curvature to the right side. The curved spine is painful. Pain in the back may be shooting, aching or beating in nature. Pain is most worse from motion, and touch also worsens the pain. The pain may worsen after stooping or upon rising from a seat. A burning sensation in the spine along with weakness is marked. A sore feeling on the right side of the spine may also be felt.
2. Calcarea Phos – For Spinal Curvature to Left Side
Calcarea Phos is a natural medicine for treating scoliosis with spinal curvature to the left side. People needing Calcarea Phos are predisposed to develop spinal curvatures due to a weak spine. They may have a pain of drawing nature in the back that worsens from motion. Pain between the shoulder blades is also marked. Calcarea Phos is also indicated for children (especially girls) who grow rapidly at puberty and are predisposed to softening of bones and curvatures of the spine.
3. Rhus Tox – To Manage Pain in Spine
Rhus Tox an effective remedy to manage pain in the spine in cases of scoliosis. Pain in the dorsal spine is felt particularly on bending forward. The pain is marked between the shoulder-blades which are also sensitive to touch. In some cases, pain in the small of the back is present that worsens from sitting or lying. Moving about helps relieve the pain. The back feel as if it is broken. Rhus Tox also helps in cases of scoliosis related to an injury.
4. Aesculus – For Pain Relief in Curvature of Spine
Aesculus is a natural remedy that helps manage pain in the curvature of the spine. It is prepared from the ripe kernel of a plant called Aesculus Hippocastanum of the natural order Sapindaceae. Constant pain is felt in the back in cases needing Aesculus. Walking and stooping worsen the backache. Back also feels lame and weak. Walking is nearly impossible.
5. Phosphorus – For Weakness/Tiredness of Spine
Phosphorus is an effective medicine for managing weakness/tiredness of spine in cases of scoliosis. Pain in the small of the back is present with a sensation as if it is broken. A dull pressure is also felt in the whole spine along with a sensation of heat or burning.
6. Pulsatilla – For Curvature of Upper Part of Spine
Pulsatilla is an effective remedy for scoliosis prepared from the fresh plant Pulsatilla Nigricans commonly known by the name of Windflower, of the natural order Ranunculaceae. Pulsatilla is helpful for scoliosis where there is a curvature of the upper part of the spine. Pain in neck and between scapulae arise with the curvature. The pain between scapulae gets worse from inspiration. Pulsatilla also helps treat curvature of the spine in children with open fontanelles.
7. Calcarea Carb – For Curvature of Dorsal Spine
Calcarea Carb is a natural medicine considered for cases of curvature of the dorsal spine in scoliosis. A drawing pain between the shoulder blades is felt in people needing Calcarea Carb. Breathing can be impeded with pain. In some cases, stitches are felt between the scapulae.
8. Belladonna – For Curvature of Lumbar Spine
Belladonna is a natural medicine prepared from the plant named deadly nightshade of the natural order Solanaceae. Use of Belladonna is considered in cases of curvature of the lumbar spine in scoliosis. The pain of drawing nature is felt in the spine. Sometimes shooting, stabbing pain may be felt in the back, and it may feel as if the back would break.
9. Syphilinum – For Curvature of Spine Due to Caries
Syphilinum is a natural medicine indicated for a curvature of the spine that arises from caries of the spine. For using Syphilinum, caries can be present in the cervical or dorsal spine with curvature. Pain is present in the curvature of the spine. The pain is most worse during the night.
Signs and Symptoms of Scoliosis
Signs and symptoms of scoliosis include uneven waist/hips/shoulders, prominent shoulder on one side, back pain (more common in adults), tired feeling in spin and leaning on one side. In severe cases, spine deformities, disability, difficulty in breathing and cardiac problems due to pressure caused by ribcage may arise.