Mumps is a viral disease affecting the parotid gland caused by the mumps virus. The parotid gland is a saliva producing gland which is located below and in front of the ears. When a person gets infected with the mumps virus, it affects the parotid glands where either one or both the parotid glands may get swollen. Homeopathic treatment for mumps is very useful in viral infections like these.
Homeopathic Medicines for Mumps
Homeopathy for mumps works by boosting the body’s disease-fighting mechanism and encourage it to combat the mumps infection. Effective medicines for mumps are Belladonna, Merc Sol, Lachesis, Chamomilla, Apis Mellifica and Pulsatilla. Another medicine called Trifolium Repens is a prophylactic against mumps.
1. Belladonna – For Mumps Accompanied by Fever
Belladonna is one of the best medicine for mumps when accompanied by fever. In these cases, there is swelling of the parotid glands and marked pain. The pain is usually shooting or stitching in nature. Sometimes, the pain from the parotid gland extends to the throat. The patient’s face appears red and flushed with heat and the body temperature also rises. Other symptoms include a throbbing headache and dryness of the throat.
2. Merc Sol – When the Parotid Gland on the Right is Inflamed
Merc Sol is a highly effective medicine for mumps. It is used for mumps when the parotid gland on the right side is inflamed. Symptoms include an inflamed, swollen and highly painful parotid gland. There can also be swelling and a rise in temperature on the right side of the patient’s face. The pain in the parotid gland gets worse on swallowing. The patient can also experience a shooting pain in the right ear along with these symptoms. An increase in saliva and an offensive odour from the mouth are other symptoms.
3. Lachesis – When the Parotid Gland on the left is Inflamed
Lachesis is another very effective medicine for mumps. It works very well in treating left sided parotid gland inflammation in mumps. In such cases, the left side of the face is highly sensitive to touch which worsens the pain. The area around the left ear and cheek is red and hot to touch. The pain gets worse on swallowing, especially warm liquids.
Lachesis is also one of the top listed remedy for Septic Parotiditis.
4. Chamomilla, Apis Mellifica and Pulsatilla – Other Useful Remedies
Other beneficial medicines for mumps are Chamomilla, Apis Mellifica and Pulsatilla. Chamomilla is used for inflammatory swelling of the parotid gland when accompanied by intense unendurable pain, irritability, and restlessness. Apis Mellifica is useful in cases where metastasis of mumps infection to the brain appear. Another medicine for mumps, Pulsatilla, is used when metastasis of mumps infection to mammae, ovaries or testes has occurred.
Causes of Mumps
The mumps virus causes mumps. It is a highly contagious disease and spreads rapidly from the infected person to others. A person may get infected with the mumps virus by coming in direct contact with an infected person, through infected saliva, or by inhaling respiratory droplets infected with the mumps virus.
Symptoms of Mumps
A patient with the mumps virus will complain of not feeling well and develop a fever. These symptoms will be followed by the swelling of the parotid glands accompanied by pain. The pain will get worse while eating. Other symptoms may include a headache, earache, muscle aches and poor appetite.