What is Chorea?

Chorea is a term derived from the word choreus meaning dance as it involves irregular, uncontrolled and involuntary movements. One experiences spasmodic movements of the face, feet, arms, and hands.

Even the walking of the person suffering from chorea seems bizarre.

Types of Chorea

  • Hereditary chorea
  • Structural chorea
  • Metabolic chorea
  • Infectious chorea
  • Cerebrovascular chorea

 

Timely treatment is necessary as these awkward movements can also reach arms and legs.

The uncontrolled behavior might range from minor movements to severe uncontrolled movements.

Other areas of personality that might get affected include.

  • Speech
  • Swallowing
  • Posture
  • Gait

 

Chorea itself is not a disease rather a symptom to an underlying cause which can either be genetic or non-genetic.

Homeopathy serves as a good supportive treatment and helps manage the symptoms of chorea.  As the symptoms of chorea vary depending upon the underlying condition, a homeopath will prescribe the remedies accordingly.

Causes  of Chorea

Chorea can be caused due to genetic as well as non-genetic factors

Genetic

  • Huntington’s disease
  • Neuroacanthocytosis
  • Wilson’s disease
  • Benign hereditary chorea

Non- Genetic

  • Sydenham’s chorea
  • Chorea gravidarum
  • Drug-induced
  • Senile chorea
  • Endocrine disorders

 

Symptoms of Chorea

Symptoms of chorea depend upon the underlying condition causing it. Here are some common conditions

Huntington’s disease

This is an inherited disease which causes the breakdown of nerve cells leading to the following symptoms

  • Involuntary jerking
  • Writhing
  • Milkmaid’s grip

 

Chorea-acanthocytosis

It is a neurological disorder that affects the movement in many parts of the body and involves abnormal red blood cells

  • Abnormal arms and leg movements
  • Shoulder shrugs
  • Pelvic thrusts
  • Movements of face
  • Teeth grinding
  • Drooling
  • Belching

 

Sydenham’s Chorea

Mostly affects children and adolescents and results from infection. This type of chorea involves irregular movements of the facial muscles, arms, legs, and trunk

  • Drooping abnormal gait
  • Muscle weakness
  • Other symptoms might include the following
  • Swelling and inflammation of joints
  • Pain, redness, and tenderness of joints
  • Muscle weakness

 

Homeopathic Treatment for Chorea

A  homeopath analyzes your case history in full detail to prescribe with the most suitable remedies.

For ascertaining the underlying cause, a homeopath might ask the following questions

  • When did symptoms begin
  • What triggers make the symptoms better or worse
  • Determine whether you have a family history of conditions causing chorea
  • Previous and current medications

 

Conventional treatments, on the other hand, are based on symptom suppression but are not a complete cure.

Homeopathic medicines can be used as a supportive treatment after consultation with a homeopath. These remedies start providing internal relief in a matter of months.

Free from any side effects these medicines help provide an overall relief-physically, mentally and emotionally.

 

Top Homeopathic Medicines for Chorea

Tarantula Hispanica

  • Limbs are affected
  • Difficulty using the hand
  • Difficulty in speech
  • Heaviness in tongue
  • Nervous contractions in face muscles

Mygale

  • Involuntary movements of arms, legs, and face
  • The constant notion of legs
  • Difficulty standing or walking
  • Involuntary head movement
  • Symptoms better in sleep

Agaricus

  • Unsteady gait
  • Tumbles
  • Either the jerking occurs for single muscles or for the whole body

Cina

  • Affects face and upper limbs
  • Involuntary movement of the face
  • Throwing of arms
  • Weakness of hands

Causticum

  • When the Right side of the body is affected
  • Unsteady gait
  • Involuntary body movement
  • Weak muscles
  • Symptoms worse at night

Cuprum Met

  • Affects the left side of the body
  • Jerking of arms and legs
  • Weakness in arms and legs
  • Speech is affected

Magnesia Phos

  • Symptoms better in sleep
  • Shaking of limbs, face, head, and mouth
  • Jerking of mouth
  • Speech affected

 

If you still have any doubt or concerns, please feel free to drop me a message at info@RChomeopathy.com.au and I will get back to you soon.

Note: Do not self-medicate any of the remedies listed above . Consult a qualified homeopath