Pancreatitis is inflammation of the pancreas. The main symptom of pancreatitis is abdominal pain, which can often be severe.
The pancreas is a small, leaf-shaped organ that is located behind the stomach and below the ribcage.
The pancreas has two important functions:
- it produces digestive juices that are used by the intestines to help digest food, and
- it produces powerful - messenger chemicals, called hormones, which have an important affect on all the cells in the body.
Insulin is the most important hormone that is produced by the pancreas because it regulates the levels of sugar (glucose) in the blood.
Types of pancreatitis
There are two types of pancreatitis:
- Acute pancreatitis in which the pancreas becomes inflamed over a short period of time. The inflammation passes after a few days.
- Chronic pancreatitis in which the inflammation of the pancreas persists for many years, causing it to become more and more damaged. Chronic pancreatitis can often develop after repeated previous episodes of acute pancreatitis.
The other major risk factor for acute pancreatitis is gallstones.
Severe upper abdominal pain, with radiation through to the back, is the hallmark of pancreatitis. Nausea and vomiting are prominent symptoms. This can render the patient unconscious. Findings on the physical exam will vary according to the severity of the pancreatitis. As the destructive process continues, digestive enzymes leak into the abdominal cavity causing chemical peritonitis.
Mild cases of pancreatitis may go away without treatment, but severe cases can cause life-threatening complications
Homeopathy is safe. Unlike other medicines, homeopathic medicines usually do not have any side effects. Their ability to cause structural damage is Nil. The reason for this is that homeopathic medicines act by stimulating the body 's own defense mechanism and healing powers. They do not have any chemical action, so they do not have the potential to cause any sustained damage.
Within 6 months of treatment LFT, serum amylase returns to normal.