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Leishmaniasis: cause, symptoms and treatment alternatives

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What means Leishmaniasis?

As the name suggests, it is disease caused by a parasite named Leishmania, which is a protozoan organism1. It is considered a neglected tropical disease, even though it affects more than 10 million people, and causes up to 50 Thousand deaths each year2. Areas where Leishmaniasis is common include nearly 100 countries in Africa, South America, Asia and even Southern Europe3.

What are the causes of Leishmaniasis?

Leishmaniasis is caused by a protozoan parasite named Leishmania, which has more than 20 species. The parasite is introduced to the human system through the bite of an infected female sand-fly from the phlebotomine species1. The parasite is transmitted to the host’s blood, and actually uses part of the host’s defense system called macrophages to grow and multiply. After that they are transmitted to various parts of the body, causing in the clinical manifestations of Leishmaniasis. When the sand-fly bites the infected human again, the parasite is transmitted back to the fly and the cycle repeats4.

What are the signs and symptoms of Leishmaniasis?

There are 3 main types of Leishmaniasis, depending on where the parasites are lodged in the human body5:

Cutaneous Leishmaniasis: Which is the most common form, presenting as a large ulcer on the skin at the site of the sand-fly bite. This ulcer usually heals itself, but that takes a long period of time reaching up to 18 months, and usually leaves a scar. Diffuse cutaneous Leishmaniasis is another type, causing multiple skin lesions at different sites resembling leprosy, and these will not heal on their own6.

Mucocutaneous Leishmaniasis: This type affects both the skin and mucous membranes. The skin lesions are accompanied by similar lesions that affect the nose & mouth6.

Visceral Leishmaniasis: Also known as the Black Fever. This is the most serious type and can be fatal if left untreated. The symptoms for this type include fever, spleen enlargement, liver damage and anemia. These symptoms may not start until a few months or even years after the infection7.

Leishmaniasis treatment according to the western medicine tradition

Leishmaniasis treatment depends on the type of the condition. Cutaneous Leishmaniasis can be treated with topical creams and ointments such as paromomycin, although its effect is limited, and oral medications such as Miltefosine. Miltefosine is also effective against Visceral Leishmaniasis, but the most common medication that proved its effectiveness against it is Amphotericin B. However, some populations in Africa are resistant to Amphotericin B , and will need combination of pentavalent antimonials and paromomycin. These treatments are also highly effective but have a lot of side effects, especially with pregnant women.

Leishmaniasis treatment according to the natural medicine tradition

Western Medicine almost always focuses on the symptoms rather than the cause of the disease, Especially with cutaneous Leishmaniasis where the symptoms are limited to the skin, while the more dangerous visceral type depends in its treatment on a very aggressive array of medications, that are known to cause nausea, vomiting, motion sickness and birth defects in pregnant women.

DisorderFree’s solution

At DisorderFree.org we support you by re-powering your immune-system. For this we develop the best Natural Medicine solution, personalized specifically for your needs. We look to the self-healing power from the body and find out where the immune system needs support and more power. When the immune system can’t handle the viruses, bacteria parasites, fungi, toxic substances etc anymore, you lose energy in your cells and your body switch from the living modus to the surviving modus.

In most situations when the immune system uses your free energy you feel more tired and less powerful. In the natural medicine tradition we look to the self-healing capacity of the body from a holistic view and we use only the best working ingredients to get you healthy again. This means that we look for the underlying root cause (physical, mental and food) instead of symptoms. Real-life evidence show that cleaning the body helps to re-powering the self-healing capacity of the body.

How do we support you?

We support you with the physical part of the treatment. This means that we develop the best possible Personalized Natural Medicine recipe and herbal formula for your situation. This herbal formula supports your immune-system to clean the blood system, organs and tissues and lymphatic system from viruses, bacteria, parasites, fungi, toxic substances etc.

To develop a Personalized Natural Medicine recipe and produce the herbal formula we need some information from you. After receiving your information, several days later you receive the herbal formula and can start the treatment. During the treatment period your immune system clean your body from viruses, bacteria, parasites, fungi, toxic substances etc.When the body is clean it can recover and the new cells can be healthy.

The total natural treatment is in 3 steps:
Step 1: cleaning the blood system (2 months)
Step 2: cleaning the organs and tissues (2 months)
Step 3: cleaning the lymphatic system (2 months) 

When the blood is clean you feel more power/energy in your body. The re-powering of your body increase during step 2 and 3 when you clean your organs/tissues and lymphatic system.

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Writers:
Dr. Mohamed Abdel Hamid (Medical content)
Robert Oosterling (Natural Medicine content)

References

1 "Leishmaniasis Fact sheet N°375". World Health Organization. January 2014
2  GBD 2015 Disease and Injury Incidence and Prevalence, Collaborators. (8 October 2016). "Global, regional, and national incidence, prevalence, and years lived with disability for 310 diseases and injuries, 1990-2015: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2015". Lancet. 388 (10053): 1545–1602. PMC 5055577. PMID 27733282. doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(16)31678-6
Barrett, MP; Croft, SL (2012). "Management of trypanosomiasis and leishmaniasis". British medical bulletin. 104: 175–96. PMC 3530408 . PMID 23137768. doi:10.1093/bmb/lds031
4 Naderer T, McConville MJ:” Intracellular growth and pathogenesis of Leishmania parasites” Essays Biochem. 2011;51:81-95. doi: 10.1042/bse0510081.
5 James, William D.; Berger, Timothy G.; et al. (2006). Andrews' Diseases of the Skin: clinical Dermatology. Saunders Elsevier. pp. 422–428. ISBN 0-7216-2921-0
6 Handler MZ, Patel PA, Kapila R, Al-Qubati Y, Schwartz RA.: “Cutaneous and mucocutaneous leishmaniasis: Differential diagnosis, diagnosis, histopathology, and management”, J Am Acad Dermatol. 2015 Dec;73(6):911-26; 927-8. doi: 10.1016/j.jaad.2014.09.014
7 Chapman LA, Dyson L, Courtenay O, Chowdhury R, Bern C, Medley GF, Hollingsworth TD. : “ Quantification of the natural history of visceral leishmaniasis and consequences for control.” , Parasit Vectors. 2015 Oct 22;8:521. doi: 10.1186/s13071-015-1136-3

Topics: Leishmaniasis

Dr Mohamed Abdel Hamid

Written by Dr Mohamed Abdel Hamid

Dr. Mohamed Abdel Hamid is a practicing dentist, the founder and owner of confidential clinic in Cairo, Egypt. He graduated from the faculty of dentistry, Ain Shams University, obtaining his Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) in 2010 and has been practicing ever since. He acquired a postgraduate diploma of Oral Surgery in 2013 from the same university. In 2014, he acquired the membership of faculty of dental surgery (MFDS) from the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (RCSEd), one of the highest honors in professional dentistry. In 2016, He became a member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD), the highest recognized institution in the world pertaining to cosmetic dentistry and beauty.