|Year : 2018 | Volume
| Issue : 2 | Page : 101-106
Benign prostatic hyperplasia: An evidence-based case report treated with homoeopathy
Abhijit Chakma1, Ratan Chandra Shil1, Madhu Sudhan Ghosh2
1 Regional Research Institute of Homoeopathy, Agartala, India
2 Dr. Anjali Chatterjee Regional Research Institute for Homoeopathy, Kolkata, West Bengal, India
|Date of Submission||30-Apr-2015|
|Date of Acceptance||02-Jan-2017|
|Date of Web Publication||2-Jul-2018|
Dr. Abhijit Chakma
Clinical Research Unit for Homoeopathy (Under CCRH, Ministry of AYUSH, Government of India), 1/4, Krishnanagar Main Road, Near Colonel Chowmuhani, Agartala - 799 001, Tripura
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) is commonly seen in men above the age of 50 years and its incidence approaches 75-80% in men above 80 years. It is one of the frequent reasons for elderly men undergoing surgery. BPH symptoms range from least voiding difficulties to urinary retention and renal failure. In this case, treated with Causticum, both subjective symptoms and prostate size were assessed post treatment. This case shows the usefulness of this medicine on subjective and pathological parameters.
Keywords: Benign prostatic hyperplasia, Causticum, Homoeopathy, Individualization, Repertorization
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Chakma A, Shil RC, Ghosh MS. Benign prostatic hyperplasia: An evidence-based case report treated with homoeopathy. Indian J Res Homoeopathy 2018;12:101-6
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Chakma A, Shil RC, Ghosh MS. Benign prostatic hyperplasia: An evidence-based case report treated with homoeopathy. Indian J Res Homoeopathy [serial online] 2018 [cited 2020 Oct 21];12:101-6. Available from: https://www.ijrh.org/text.asp?2018/12/2/101/235795
| Introduction|| |
The prostate is an accessory gland of the male reproductive system. Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) is a nonneoplastic tumor-like enlargement of the prostate. It is commonly seen in men above the age of 50 years and its incidence approaches 75–80% in men above 80 years. It is rarely a life-threatening condition but has a significant effect on individual's quality of life in varying degrees. However, symptomatic BPH producing urinary tract obstruction and requiring surgical treatment occurs in 5–10% of cases only.
Some experts believe that a family history of the condition increases a man's risk of developing BPH. Obesity and diabetes are the factors that potentially increase the risk of developing BPH and Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms (LUTS), whereas increased physical activity decreases the risk of BPH. A recent study claims that increased air pollutants have a potential effect on BPH. Obstructive symptoms include hesitancy, poor flow, intermittent stream, dribbling, sensation of poor bladder emptying, episodes of near retention of urine etc. Irritative symptoms such as frequency, nocturia, urgency, urge incontinence, and nocturnal incontinence may occur. Low flow rate and high voiding pressure are the consequence of bladder outflow obstruction.
Among treatment option for BPH-watchful watching approach is adopted when symptoms are mild and not affect the daily activities. Pharmacological intervention undertaken when there is increased resistance to the flow of urine through bladder neck and compressed prostatic urethra. Surgical intervention is considered in case of severe symptoms and in complications such as urinary retention, renal failure and infection.
Homoeopathy has also a good treatment option for patients suffering from BPH. Research study by Reddy et al. showed the efficacy of homoeopathic medicines such as Pulsatilla nigricans, Thuja occidentalis in the treatment of BPH in elderly men. Clinical study by Gupta et al. on BPH shows the efficacy of homoeopathic drugs such as Lycopodium, Pulsatilla, Sulphur, and Calcarea carb. Other scientific works on BPH, a significant contribution made by Oberai et al., Dole et al., Hati et al., and Weinstein. All these scientific works proved the efficacy of homoeopathic medicines in the treatment of BPH. The health system segment of University of Michigan, also says that Chimaphila, Pulsatilla, Apis, Causticum, Clematis, Sabal, Staph, and Thuja are good for treatment of BPH. Recently, Central Council for Research in Homoeopathy has undertaken a work on BPH titled “An open randomized multicentric placebo controlled clinical trial on Homoeopathic therapy for lower urinary tract symptoms in men with BPH.”
| Case Report|| |
A male, aged 53 years of average height and moderate built attended outpatient department with complaint of unsatisfactory micturition, feeble urine flow for last 1½ years with sensation of heaviness and fullness of lower abdomen (hypogastric region) and perineum, frequent urination in the evening hours and amelioration (>) from passing urine. He also used to get recurrent attacks of cold, especially in the winter for last 2–3 years. No other major complaints were reported by the patient.
It was a known case of prostatomegaly as the patient was already under treatment of an allopathic doctor with USG report showing the size of prostate 43.4 cc with residual urinary volume 130 cc and left renal cyst. Other investigations such as Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) level and urine (R/E) were normal. After 1 month of treatment as there was no symptomatic improvement, patient was advised for surgery. Significant morbidity and fear of surgical intervention, patient did not undergo surgery and came to us for homoeopathic treatment.
Patient was stable, well-dressed, very mild, and gentle in talking, does not like to be alone. He likes to do things in perfect orderly manner, sympathetic toward suffering of others, and loves to travel. His appetite is good and has desire for salt and spicy food with moderate thirst and clean, moist tongue. Urine is mild offensive, unsatisfactory, unfinished sensation, passes 9–12 times a day of moderate quantity with more urgency felt in the evening. Bowel movement is regular with scanty, nonoffensive sweat over face and palms. Sleep is sound, refreshing with frequent dream of daily activities. Patient is extremely chilly, prefers rainy, wet weather, and aggravation in winter.
Patient suffered from typhoid in the year 1994, with allopathic treatment he recovered well. No history of major illnesses among family members. Patient by occupation a teacher, of middle-income group has habit of drinking tea (1–2 cups/day). On systemic and local examination, nothing specific abnormality observed. The patient treatment and follow-up of the case mentioned in [Table 1].
While analyzing the case, general and particular symptoms were classified into common, uncommon, and evaluated as per their merit. Characteristic mentals, physical generals, particulars, and diagnostic symptoms were considered for erecting the totality. Since the case has many generals, so Synthesis Repertory (Version 9.1) is selected for repertorization purpose. Miasmatic analysis was done with the help of repertory of miasm [Table 2] which shows dominance of psoric miasm. After repertorization with the help of RADAR (Rapid Aid to Drug Aimed Research, Archibel Homoeopathic Software. Belgium). 10 by Archibel Homoeopathic software,Sepia, Spongia, Sulphur, Causticum, Silicea, Medorrhinum, Phosphorus, Natrum mur are the leading drugs in this case [Figure 1]. The fastidiousness, sympathetic nature toward others suffering, rainy weather amelioration, attack of cold in the winter season, and salt desire were so prominent in this patient that after consulting materia medica ,, and considering miasmatic background and other symptoms, Causticum, a deep acting, antipsoric medicine was selected for this case. On further study of mental symptoms of Causticum from authentic source books, it is found that Causticum patients are timid, nervous, and afraid of darkness, does not like to be alone. There is fear that something is going to happen with profound anxiety. Since the heaviness felt in the perineum is as usually an indication of prostate enlargement, so the rubric “Prostate gland-Heaviness” also considered from Kent's Repertory, where a handful number of drugs are mentioned including Causticum. Therefore, it was justified to prescribe Causticum 30C, twice daily for 3 days followed by placebo for 10 days in its first visit on August 04, 2014. The follow up details of the patient are given in [Table 2].
| Discussion and Conclusion|| |
Medical management should be used judiciously in all patients with BPH, with proper individualization. Clinical presentation, proper history, and laboratory investigations help to identify whether one needs urgent surgical or medical treatment or not. A homoeopathically recorded case including detailed history of present illness, family history, history of previous similar illness, and previous interventions is warranted. In this case, all subjective symptoms were improved after taking the medicine. There is also reduction in size of prostate gland from 43.4 cc to 24.76 cc and that of residual urinary volume from 130 cc to 65 cc within a time period of 5–6 months. Other major positive outcome of this case study is that the patient did not have any attack of cold in last winter or any other problem except acute attack of congestive headache. The renal cyst (although tiny) is also disappeared during treatment [Figure 2], [Figure 3], [Figure 4]. The last prescribed Causticum 1M potency helped the patient to overcome the remnant of urinary troubles and since then patient was doing well for almost 4 months and last reported on April 28, 2015, without any significant trouble, further assessment could not be done.
As described earlier, different scientific works published in reputed Indian, International journals have found that homoeopathic medicines are effective in BPH; this case too improved with Causticum once again shows the efficacy of homoeopathic medicines in BPH. This case also shows the significance of individualization in homoeopathy. Homoeopathy considers “man as a whole” and thus this patient too improved subjectively and as well as there was marked decrease in prostate size. Homoeopathic therapeutics may be useful in cases where absolute surgical intervention is not warranted. Thus, the aim of homoeopathic treatment is not only to treat BPH or other troubles but also to address its underlying cause, miasmatic background, individual susceptibility, etc. Although study of a single case does not constitute a strong opinion, but the outcome is encouraging.
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Authors are grateful to Dr. R. K. Manchanda, Director General, CCRH, New Delhi for his constant support and encouragement to carry out evidence-based research studies and dissemination of outcome of such works. Authors are also thankful to Dr. Anil Khurana, Deputy Director General, CCRH, New Delhi for his motivation and guidance in preparing articles in scientific way with proper evidence.
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