Homeopathy Aspect of Submucous Fibrosis
Oral submucous fibrosis is a chronic, premalignant condition of the oral cavity. Oral submucous is characterized by inflammation and progressive fibrosis of the submucosal tissues (lamina propria and deeper connective tissues).
What is Fibrosis?
The repair and replacement of inflamed tissues or organs by connective tissues. The process results in the replacement of normal cells by fibroblasts (and eventually, the replacement of normal organ tissue by scar tissue).
1. Clinical Features
- Sore mouth
- Intolerance of spices and salt
- stiffness inside mouth
- difficulty in opening mouth
- difficulty in protrusion of tongue
- Pallor soft palate
- Marker fibrosis of anterior faucial pillars
- Limited movement of the soft palate
- The rigidity of oral mucosa
A biopsy is necessary to rule out the different types of diseases.
- Balanced diet
- sectioning of fibrotic bands.
- Diet rich in vitamin A, iron, proteins.
Homeopathic Medicine for oral submucous fibrosis
1. Antimonium Crudum–
Thickly-coated white tongue, are true guiding symptoms to many forms of disease calling for this remedy.
Cracks in corners of the mouth. Dry lips. Saltish saliva. Much slimy mucus. Tongue coated thick white as if whitewashed.
Gums detach from teeth; bleed easily. Toothache in hollow teeth. The rawness of palate, with expectoration of much mucus. Canker sores. Pappy taste. No thirst. Subacute eczema about the mouth.
2. Arsenic album
Ars. should be thought of in ailments from alcoholism, ptomaine poisoning, stings, dissecting wounds, chewing tobacco; ill effects from decayed food or animal matter; the odor of discharges are putrid; in complaints that return annually.
Unhealthy, easily-bleeding gums. Ulceration of mouth with dryness and burning heat. Epithelioma of lips. Tongue dry, clean, and red; stitching and burning pain in tongue, ulcerated with blue color. Bloody saliva. Neuralgia of teeth; feel long and very sore; worse after midnight; better warmth. Metallic taste. Gulping up of burning water.
3. Nux Vomica
Sedentary life, found in prolonged office work, overstudy, and close application to business, with its cares and anxieties. This indoor life and mental strain seek stimulants, coffee, wine, possibly in excess; or, again, he hopes to quiet his excitement, by indulging in the sedative effects of tobacco, if not really a victim, to the seductive drugs, like opium, etc.
Jaws contracted. Small aphthous ulcers, with bloody saliva. The first half of tongue clean; posterior covered with deep fur; white, yellow, cracked edges. Teeth ache; worse, cold things. Gums swollen, white, and bleeding.
4. Thuja occidentalis
Tip of the tongue very painful. White blisters on the side close to the root, painfully sore. Teeth decay next to gums; very sensitive; gums retract. Drinks fall audibly into the stomach. Ranula; varicose veins on tongue and mouth. Pyorrhoea alveolar.