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Homeopathic Remedies for Chorea or Saint Vitus Dance

What is chorea?

Sydenham’s chorea,,also traditionally known as Saint Vitus Dance, is a disorder of the nervous system.  Other common names are chorea minor, rheumatic chorea or infectious chorea.  The word “chorea” is derived from the Greek word meaning dance.  This disease is often characterized by involuntary and rapid, irregular movements of the muscle groups primarily in the hands, feet and face, often being similar to piano playing or dancing.

Sydenham’s chorea may result form the following conditions:

  • Group A beta-hemolytic Streptococcus which is a childhood infection
  • Acute rheumatic fever (ARF) which can cause Sydenham’s chorea to occur in about 20-30% of ARF sufferers
  • Systemic lupus erythematosus
  • Hyperthyroidism
  • A stroke or tumor that affects the caudate nucleus
  • Certain types of drugs, for example antipsychotic drugs

Sydenham’s chorea tends to affect those aged between 5 to 15 years and occurs in girls more commonly compared to boys.  The onset of this disease in adults is rather rare.  In fact, the adult cases are often associated with the exacerbation of chorea occurring after a Sydenham’s chorea during childhood. Sometimes this Sydenham’s chorea can occur due to an infrequent complication from pregnancy especially during the first 3 months.  Chorea occurring during pregnancy, called chorea gravidarum, usually disappears without any treatment very shortly after giving birth.

Symptoms of Sydenham’s chorea

The severity of the symptoms of chorea can actually range from just mild to fully incapacitating.  Typical symptoms includes:

  • Involuntary, muscular, convulsive movements involving the limbs and face
  • Ludicrous gestures
  • Facial grimacing
  • Unable to stand or walk
  • Cessation of movements in sleep except in very rare cases
  • Headache
  • Slowed cognition
  • Fidgetiness
  • Hypotonia
  • Dysarthria
  • Behavorial changes
  • Tongue fasciculations
  • Irritability
  • Anxiety
  • Emotional instability

Homeopathy can help to treat the symptoms of Sydenham’s chorea naturally and effectively without any side effects.  However, seek the help of the physician for severe cases.

Homeopathic Remedies

Symptoms: Twitching of eyelids and eyeballs, lower parts on one side and upper parts on the other side are affected by Sydenham’s chorea
Homeopathic medicine: Agaricus
Potency: 30

Symptoms: Clumsy gait, falls down easily, muscles of arms, legs, face and tongue affected, right side is worse than the left side
Homeopathic medicine: Causticum
Potency: 30

Symptoms: Chorea started in the fingers, toes then extending to the limbs, terrible contortions when awake, restful during sleep
Homeopathic medicine: Cup Met
Potency: 30

Symptoms: Pain in the joints, tingling in the limbs, due to threat, punishment, fright or bad news, after an episode of emotional upset or grief, in hysterical people
Homeopathic medicine: Ignatia
Potency: 30

Symptoms: Spinal chorea, gait is unsteady
Homeopathic medicine: Nux Vomica
Potency: 30

Symptoms: Clasping hands over the head, rotating the arms
Homeopathic medicine: Stramonium
Potency: 30

Symptoms: Continuously moving feet even during the night
Homeopathic medicine: Zincum Met
Potency: 30

Symptoms: With vertigo
Homeopathic medicine: Viscum Alb
Potency: 30