A varicocele is an enlargement of the veins within the loose bag of skin that holds testicles (scrotum). Varicocele is a scrotal abnormality defined by elongated, dilated and tortuous veins that drain the testicle. Most varicoceles occur on the left side and the remainder on both sides. They are generally acquired during puberty.However, a varicocele in one testicle can affect sperm production in both testicles.
Causative factors for Varicocele:
The exact causes of varicoceles are not well understood. Some believe that the valves in the spermatic cords, those that carry blood to testicles are not working properly. In the same way that leads to the formation of varicose veins of the leg.One-way valves in the veins should always allow blood to flow towards the heart. If the valves fail, the blood flow is disrupted and can pool rather than move smoothly on. This build-up of blood causes a consequent dilation of the vessels.
A varicocele often produces no signs or symptoms. Rarely, it may cause pain. The pain may:
- Vary from sharp to dull discomfort
- Increase with standing or physical exertion, especially over long periods
- It relieved when you lie on back
Most varicoceles are asymptomatic. However, they can be uncomfortable and cause scrotal pain. This pain is generally mild to moderate, occurs with continuous sitting, standing or activity and is relieved by lying down. Although it can be uncomfortable before bedtime (after a long day of activity), it generally does not occur upon awakening after a night’s rest. The pain is dull, congestive‚ like tooth ache. It is not associated with urination issues or erectile dysfunction, however, it is associated with male infertility. Lastly, when large, a varicocele can cause a clumpy “bag of worms” feel in the scrotum and can be bothersome for this reason as well.
How to diagnose Varicocele?
In general, a physical examination will be adequate to diagnose a varicocele. The doctor will palpate the region and if the growth is large enough, will be able to feel a soft “bag of worms”. If the varicocele is smaller or the test is inconclusive, the doctor may carry out a scrotal ultrasound. This technique uses high-frequency sounds to build an accurate image of the area being scanned.An ultrasound will also help to rule out any other potential causes of the varicocele, like a tumor on or near the spermatic vein.
How Homoeopathy helps to cure for Varicocele:
Homeopathic treatment works very well in mild to moderate cases of the Varicocele. Homeopathic medicines are natural, safe and have no side effects on the male reproductive system. They act at the root to stop recurrence of the disease process. Homeopathic medicines stimulate the disease fighting mechanism of the body. As the healing system of the body is strengthened, the disease is completely eradicated.They help to reduce pain, control further varicosity, reduces swelling thus decreasing the temperature of the testicles resulting in a better sperm count. Homeopathic medicines should preferably be taken in the beginning of varicocele problem itself because the more one delays the appropriate treatment, the more chronic the problem gets.
Commonly indicated Homeopathic remedies:
Pulsatilla:It is one of the most outstanding Homeopathic medicines for varicocele in cases where the main symptoms include severe inflammation of the testicles accompanied by pain radiating from the abdomen to the testicles. The person complains of great soreness of the testicles hang low down. Enlarged prostate, hydrocele, varicocele with venous congestion of the penis are treated well with Pulsatilla.
Rhus Toxicodendron:Rhus Toxicodendron is also a well indicated Homeopathic medicine for Varicocele with intense itching. Edema of the scrotum and the penis after recurrence of fever is treated well with Rhus Toxicodendron. In some cases metastasis of mumps to testis occurs and this calls for prescription of Rhus Toxicodendron, making it one of the most sought after Homeopathic medicines for varicocele.
Nux Vomica: This is one of the leading Homeopathic medicines for varicocele with drawing pain in the testicles and spermatic cord as the guiding symptoms. A person suffering this condition may complain of premature ejaculation. He cannot be in female company without emission. Varicocele with constricting pain in the penis is also treated well with Nux Vomica.
Hamamelis:One of the top grade Homeopathic medicines for varicocele is Hamamelis. The person experiences pain in the spermatic cord which runs to the testes. Varicocele with enlarged testicles or testicles that are hot and painful when touched is treated well with Hamamelis. Hamamelis is also one of the most well indicated Homeopathic medicines for varicocele with severe inflammation of the testicles and marked, palpable veins.