Anosmia is a condition in which a person loses their sense of smell. Smell is one of the five senses a human being possesses. The odor molecules in the air surrounding us enter our nostrils, and are detected by the olfactory receptors. These receptors send a signal to the brain center via a nerve where the smell is identified. This is how we identify different smells and odors. Anosmia may arise due to swelling in the nose, blockage in the nose or due to damage to brain/olfactory nerve/olfactory receptors. Homeopathic medicines like Silicea, Kali Bichromicum, and Pulsatilla work to treat the root cause of anosmia to bring about excellent recoveries.
A person may suffer from partial or total loss of smell (conditions known as hyposmia and anosmia respectively). Loss of smell can be present since birth, where a child is born without a sense of smell. Anosmia may be temporary or permanent depending upon the cause behind it.
Loss of smell makes a person unable to perceive pleasant odors (like fragrances) and also sense danger situations that can be detected by smell (like gas leakage or smoke). Our sense of smell also plays a significant role in how food tastes, and so anosmia can also lead to a lack of interest in eating.
Homeopathic Treatment of Anosmia
Homeopathy offers natural and effective treatment for anosmia. These medicines are suitable to treat anosmia in people of all age groups. Since these medicines are made of natural substances, they treat the condition in a safe, effective manner. The top indicated homeopathic medicines for anosmia include Silicea, Kali Bichromicum, Pulsatilla Nigricans, Lemna Minor and Natrum Mur.
Homeopathic Medicines for Anosmia
Silicea – Natural Medicine for Anosmia with Nasal Catarhh
Silicea is a well-indicated homeopathic remedy for anosmia where the person suffers from chronic nasal catarrh. The people needing Silicea have a history of yellowish, chronic, offensive, fetid nasal discharges prior loss of smell. For using Silicea, the symptoms that may be present along with a loss of smell include a burning sensation in nostrils, dryness in nostrils and the presence of hard crusts in the nostrils. In some cases, soreness and itching in the nostrils may also be present.
Kali Bichromicum – Effective Homeopathic Medicine for Anosmia with Sinusitis
Kali Bichromicum is a natural homeopathic medicine for anosmia that is linked with sinusitis. The main symptoms that indicate the need for Kali Bichromicum include constant stuffiness in the nose, stringy/sticky nasal discharge and fullness at the root of the nose. A sinus headache also appears along with nasal symptoms. Other accompanying symptoms include a tickling sensation in the nostrils and postnasal discharge of mucus.
Natrum Mur – Natural Homeopathic Remedy for Anosmia with Nasal Allergies
Natrum Mur is an effective homeopathic medicine for anosmia where there are nasal allergies present. The guiding features to use Natrum Mur include loss of smell along with other nasal discharges and dryness in nostrils. In a few cases, nasal discharges (that look like egg white) may be present. Other features include nose blockage that makes breathing difficult, and violent sneezing (especially during the morning). A very specific squirming sensation of a worm crawling in nostrils may be present with the symptoms mentioned.
Lemna Minor – Homeopathic Cure for Anosmia with Nasal Polyps
Lemna Minor is an important homeopathic medicine for anosmia in cases of nasal polyps. The person requiring this remedy experiences a loss of smell, obstruction in nostrils, and frequent sneezing attacks. The other symptoms include a thick, viscid or excessive purulent discharge from the nose. The nasal symptoms tend to get worse in damp and rainy weather conditions.
Pulsatilla Nigricans – Natural Treatment for Loss of Smell with Loss of Taste
Pulsatilla Nigricans is an effective medicine for anosmia attended with loss of taste. In some cases, the person may experience loss of appetite. Other attending features include greenish nasal discharges and sneezing, especially during sleep. The symptoms tend to worsen indoors and are better in the open air. In some cases, itching in nostrils during the evening time may also be present. Stoppage of the nose in the evening while going to bed is another symptom that may be noted.
Causes of Anosmia
The reasons behind anosmia are variable. However, in approximately 20% of the cases, anosmia has no cause (a condition known as idiopathic anosmia). The most common causes of anosmia include hay fever, common cold, influenza, sinusitis, and nasal polyps.
Deficiency of Vitamin B12, certain medications like antibiotics, and conditions like an underactive thyroid, smoking, alcohol misuse, drugs like cocaine/ amphetamines, epilepsy, schizophrenia, and stroke are some other factors that can cause anosmia. Permanent loss of smell is usually the result of damage to the olfactory nerve.