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Disorders of Digestion

Terrible belly-aches at the young women on a white background Digestive disorders include the ailments of the liver and digestive tract, including the stomach, duodenum, gallbladder, biliary tract, pancreas, small intestine and colon.
The first sign of problems in the digestive tract often includes one or more of the following symptoms:
  • Bleeding
  • Bloating
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhoea
  • Heartburn
  • Incontinence
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Pain in the belly
  • Swallowing problems
  • Weight gain or loss
The investigations for digestive problems can include colonoscopy, upper GI endoscopy, capsule endoscopy, endoscopic retrograde cholangio-pancreatography (ERCP), and endoscopic ultrasound.
Case 1
A business man from Amravati came to see me in October 1992. He was suffering from chronic acid reflux.
He had following complaints viz. eructations that were worse on lying down especially at night, oppression in his epigastric region and distension after eating food. The eructations were quite forcible and loud, and occurred especially when rising from stooping position, they tasted quite acrid and then the acidic taste remained in the mouth for hours together. On eating ice cold slush or ice cream, nausea followed which was better only by taking antacids; in fact he had to gulp three to four tablets of Ranitidine (H2-receptor antagonist). Antacids had become a part of his daily routine. His other complaint was slow digestion; whatever he ate in the morning, the food remained in his stomach till evening, giving him a feeling that food was lying in the stomach; the stool took a very long time to pass. There was practically no thirst; he had to force himself to drink water
His problem started when he suffered money and business loss resulting in family and social difficulties such as insults and humiliation. His anxiety for business and day to day worries started the moment he woke up in the morning. His sleep was quite restless and he slept on his back. In the past, he had many dreams which reflected his real life situations like anger, vexation and humiliation.
  • MIND – AILMENTS FROM – business failure
  • MIND – AILMENTS FROM – money; from losing
  • MIND – AILMENTS FROM – mortification
  • MIND – ANXIETY – morning – rising – after
  • MIND – ANXIETY – morning – waking; on
  • STOMACH – DISTENSION – sensation of
  • STOMACH – DISTENSION – sensation of – Epigastrium
  • STOMACH – ERUCTATIONS – eating – after – agg.
  • STOMACH – ERUCTATIONS – forcible
  • STOMACH – ERUCTATIONS – ineffectual and incomplete
  • STOMACH – ERUCTATIONS – lying down – after – agg.
  • STOMACH – ERUCTATIONS – rising – stooping; from – agg.
  • STOMACH – ERUCTATIONS; TYPE OF – acrid
  • STOMACH – NAUSEA – disordered stomach; from
  • STOMACH – NAUSEA – frozen things agg.
  • STOMACH – OPPRESSION – Epigastrium
  • STOMACH – SLOW digestion
  • STOMACH – THIRSTLESS
  • RECTUM – CONSTIPATION – difficult stool
  • DREAMS – VEXATIOUS
                            Figure 1: Case 1 Repertorisatio
Based on the above totality, I selected and prescribed Bryonia followed by Natrum mur in 30c potency that proved to be wrong later on. What was missing in the case was his anxiety in the morning on waking and nausea from frozen food. It is a very important rule for the selection of the remedy to never ignore the peculiar, queer, and rare symptoms. Based on this new totality, I selected Rhus tox 30c, one dose daily for one week followed by Rhus tox 200c one dose weekly for two months. Within three months his symptoms were much bette
Case 2
A sixty year old French national suffering from transitional cell carcinoma called me from Paris for the complaints of painful and frequent urination with a constant urging to urinate. He had a past history of renal stones and since then he regularly passed sand in the urine. He frowned while talking; he had a disturbed sleep for many years for which he was talking tab. Zolpidem 10 mg. He was already taking Lycopodium as a constitutional remedy for all the above problems and then suddenly he developed symptoms suggestive of acute gastritis – acidity, pain in the pit of the stomach after eating and unsatisfactory stools. His general practitioner advised him antacids with proton-pump inhibitors which he refused, and he said that he needed an urgent prescription to relieve his severe acidity. There were no mental or emotional causative factors contributing to the case. I decided to look for a remedy complimentary to Lycopodium that covered his urinary symptoms as well as his gastric complains. Here I want to confess that he had tried repeating Lycopodium for his present gastric complains but there was no relief even after repeating several times.
                            Figure 2: Case 2 Repertorisatio
I repertorised the whole case all over again:
FACE – WRINKLED
STOMACH – ACIDITY
STOMACH – INDIGESTION
STOMACH – INDIGESTION – accompanied by – acidity of stomach
STOMACH – PAIN – eating – after – agg.
STOMACH – PAIN – eating – after – agg. – pressing pain
BLADDER – CANCER
BLADDER – PAIN – urination – during – agg.
BLADDER – URINATION – dysuria – painful
BLADDER – URINATION – urging to urinate – constant
SLEEP – DISTURBED
I selected Equisetum hyemale 30c which I feel is a complimentary acute remedy for Lycopodium.
I gave three doses a day for fifteen days that brought about a slow and steady improvement of his gastric complaints

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