Non-Hodgkin lymphoma is a blood cancer that develops in the lymphatic system.

The lymphatic system is the germ-fighting immune system of part of the body. In non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, lymphocytes (the white blood cells) grow abnormally and form overgrowths throughout the body. They are genetic disorders where the disease happens when genes inside some cells show mutation and change. Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma affects the T lymphocytes and B lymphocytes that are part of your immune system. Diffuse large B-cell lymphomas are the most commonly found in people.

Role of homeopathy in non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma

Homeopathic treatment of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma depends on the disease progression stage and the individual’s health status. Homeopathy helps in providing symptomatic relief and prevent complications in most cases of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. In the remaining cases, it may help in palliative care and reduce the side effects involved in other cancer therapies.

Six effective homeopathic medicines for non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma

Carcinosinum

Common name: Nosode from carcinoma

Carcinosin is indicated for people who have lost interest in the surrounding environment and society. There are gastrointestinal symptoms such as constipation, diarrhea, and acidosis. The patient has a strong desire to lie on the chest and is also comfortable lying in the knee-elbow position. Other symptoms include belching and indigestion. The symptoms are worse in hot weather, at the seashore, by rapid motion, and during lunar changes. They feel better while fasting and from gentle movement.

Baryta carbonica

Common name: Barium carbonate

Baryta carb. is indicated for swollen lymph nodes in the neck and armpit. The person tends to catch a cold easily, which settles in the throat. There is a sore throat and tonsillitis along with swelling and suppuration of glands mainly in the cervical and inguinal regions. The patient has a painful sensation in the throat while swallowing, especially on the right side.

Calcarea carbonica

Common name: Calcium carbonate

Calcarea carb. is indicated for painful lymph nodes of the neck. There is stitching pain in the throat while chewing. The uvula may be inflamed and there may be ulcers in the throat. The person may feel as if there is dust in the throat and the cough plug is moving up & down. There are also complaints that the inguinal and mesenteric glands are swollen and painful.

Conium maculatum

Common name: Poison hemlock

Conium is used in cases where the swollen lymph nodes are very painful. The pain usually is cutting and stitching in nature. The pain can sometimes be shooting and tingling. There is stony hardness of the glands.

Phytolacca decandra

Common name: Poke root

Phytolacca is indicated for cases of the glandular system, particularly throat and mammary glands. It treats swollen and inflamed nodes, especially of the neck, particularly the submaxillary and parotid glands. The enlarged nodes are stony hard, along with a sore feeling in the throat. There is a sensation of a lump in the throat with a marked burning sensation as coal of fire. The tonsils are swollen and ulcerated. The pain gets worse after drinking hot drinks. Pain is relieved by cold drinks.

Tuberculinum bovinum

Common name: Nosode of tubercular abscess

Tuberculinum is beneficial in cases of swollen glands of the cervical lymph nodes. There is a tendency to catch a cold easily, even when they inhale cold air. A dry, hacking cough with hard and enlarged tonsils is present. The condition worsens after sleep with profuse sweat and weight loss.

Causative factors for non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma

  • Immunosuppressive medications.
  • Bacterial and viral infections.
  • Radioactive chemicals.
  • Older age.
  • Male gender.
  • Genetic predisposition.
  • Autoimmune disorders like psoriasis, sjögren syndrome, or rheumatoid arthritis.

Signs and symptoms of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma

  • Swelling in the neck, armpit, or groin.
  • Painless swollen lymph nodes (rarely associated with pain).
  • Night sweats.
  • Persistent cough with breathlessness.
  • Unintentional weight loss.
  • Itching all over the body.

Treatment of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma

Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma is usually treated successfully with chemotherapy that uses chemicals to kill lymphoma cells. That is followed by radiation therapy, which uses high-energy beams to kill cancer cells, and lastly, steroid medications. The treatment plans depend on the stage of the disease as well as the general health of the individual.

Diet and lifestyle modifications for non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma

  • Practice mindfulness through yoga and meditation.
  • Consume a nutrient-dense diet to boost overall health.
  • Drink adequate water for hydration.
  • Stay active by indulging in regular exercise.

Conclusion

The prognosis of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma is good, especially when treated in the early stages. Coping with the condition and managing it with alternate medicines and therapies would be beneficial. Try your best and stay positive at every course of the way. Opt for homeopathy for a holistic approach in managing the condition.

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