As a constituent of the connective tissue, it is essential for the body. Silicea is important for the skin and mucous membranes, the nails, hair and bones. It increases the power of resistance and mechanical strength of the tissues (Biochemic consmetic). Lungs, Lymph glands and the suprarenal contain a considerable amount of Silicea.
Silicea plays an important role in calcium metabolism. Along with other substances, Silicea helps in the assimilation of calcium from the food. It stimulates the formation of collagen (proteins in the bones) and stimulates the activity of the phagocytes (‘devouring cells’) which help fight inflations.
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Along with calcium sulphuricum, Silicea in the main remedy for acute and chronic inflammations with all kinds of suppuration. It is also indicated in case of varices (varicose veins,haemorrhoids etc.),disease of the nails and hair, inflammation and hardening of the glands, scaring processes, bone fistula,caries,rickets, hordeolum(stye) and night sweats.
Silicea reduces effusions and lowers the uric acid in the blood (refer also to Natrum phosphoricum).
Symptoms are aggravated by the could(it’s chilly everywhere), motion and towards the evening and night. Alleviation of the symptoms is brought about by warmth and by keeping the patient warmly wrapped.
The so-called ‘Silicea children ‘look old, are often undernourished with slack skin and muscles. As adults they appear weak,depressive and incapable of work.
* Dr. Ram Bahadur Bohara is the Chairman of the of Nepal Alternative Medical Development Council and Advisor of Science Infotech.