Dr B S Suvarna
B.A, D.I.Hom[Lond.], M.I.H, PhD, PGDPC (Psychotherapy & Counselling, USA)
MAMTHA HOMOEO CLINIC
Karnataka State, India
Homeopathy for digestive and urinary problems – Many digestive and urinary problems have relatively minor causes , but they can cause great pain . there is a wide range of self-help therapies , but bear in mind that some conditions (appendicitis for example) require urgent medical attention .
Nausea : feeling sick or nauseous may result from eating and drinking too much or unwisely , food poisoning motion (travel) sickness , pregnancy and migraine . It is normally accompanied by the urge to vomit , certain illnesses and drug treatments may also cause nausea . vomiting is a natural response to a stomach upset and should not be suppressed after vomiting , rinse your mouth with water eat clear soups and “neutral” foods such as rice , dry toast , boiled vegetables and pears for 24 hours to let the system recover .
Homoeopathic treatment : The following are the homoeopathic remedies for digestive :
Nux vomica and cocculus – for general vomiting and nausea .
Sepia – for nausea brought on by the smell of the food .
Pulsatilla , Ipecacuanha , Arsenicum alb. – for motion sickness and vomiting after eating .
Tabacum – if the symptoms include sweating and giddiness .
Borax – if there is accompanying anxiety .
Indigestion : indigestion or dyspepsia (heart burn) is characterized by a burning pain in the center of the chest . The cause is acid in the stomach backing up into the gullet , usually from eating and drinking too much , too quickly symptoms are similar to those for an ulcer , hiatus hernia or heart attach so they must be taken seriously , even though indigestion is the most likely cause of chest pain .For quick relief , sip cider vinegar or lemon juice in hot water and apply a hot water bottle to the area , if the indigestion is severe , it is best to follow this with a 12 hour fast , drinking only water or crushed apple or carrot juice , taking a table spoon of whey concentrate (milk serum) regularly with meals , is said to be the best regulator of stomach acids in the long term , but prevention is the main aim , always eat in as relaxed a manner as possible and try not to rush meals . Eat little and often , rather than big meals infrequently . A varied diet , combining lots of fresh fruits and vegetables with carbohydrates (such as pasta ) and proteins (such as fish) will also help . Keep your fat intake to a minimum , taking regular acidophilus and pectin supplements can also help prevent indigestion . Homoeopathic remedy—Nux vom.
Stomach ache : One of the most common pains , stomach ache is most often the result of eating the wrong foods or too much food , it may be accompanied by nausea , but it does not usually last long , anxiety and tension are also causes , severe stomach pain that is prolonged or recurs for no obvious reason should be reported to a doctor as soon as possible .
A hot water bottle on the stomach can bring immediate relief . For pain from over eating and drinking or eating the wrong food , a mini fast – not eating for 12 hours – is most effective , it is important to drink plenty of water for the duration of a fast and not to drink coffee , tea or alcohol . For prevention of stomach ache , eat little and often rather than a lot all at once and eat healthily (whole foods and fresh fruit & vegetables) . You should try reducing the intake of fatty foods as much as possible
Not exercising too soon after eating (wait at least 30 minutes and preferably a full hour ) and wearing loose clothing can also help . Apple juice with ginger , mint is said to be effective , it can aid digestion and also dispel gas . Ginger is also said to have a calming effect . It can be taken as a tea or you can chew a thin slice of raw fresh ginger.
Homoeopathic medicines ; Arsenicum alb.6C , Bryonia alb., Nux vomica are commonly prescribed .
Constipation : Regular bowel movements are vital for full bodily health but regular can vary for each person . Any thing between 3 bowel movements a day to one every 3 days is regarded as normal pattern and stools are so hard they are uncomfortable to pass . It is most often caused by a constipation occurs when there is a change in the normal pattern and stools are so hard they are uncomfortable to pass . It is most often caused by a poor diet and lack of exercise , coupled with stress
Constipation allows toxins to seep into the blood stream , from where . they spread through the body and cause such symptoms as headache and fatigue , joint and muscle pain and allergic reactions . A change of bowel habit may be an early warning sign of cancer of the bowel . A covered hot water bottle placed on the abdomen can help and flax seed (linseed) oil taken with psyllium husks can clean out a sluggish colon . Regular exercise is essential and relaxation exercises if anxiety is a factor . In severe cases , it may be worth considering colonic irrigation . Prunes and prune juice are an excellent natural laxative , but only in the short term , never take laxatives long term. The best laxative is to increase fiber intake (bran,grains,
Fresh fruit and raw vegetables , brown rice ) and avoid refined foods , especially sugar and white flour . Drink at least 6-8 glasses daily of water , preferably filtered , apple juice with fiber is also good . Make sure your diet contains juices of carrot or celery with garlic and onion can help .
Homoeopathic medicine : Arseniccum alb. , pulsatilla , and causticum may be beneficial . Individual prescription from a qualified doctor is advisable .
Gastroenteritis : Severe inflammation of the stomach and intestines usually as the result of a bacterial infection from contaminated food or water is called “gastroenteritis “. It causes diarrhoea , severe intestinal pain , fever , headache and fatigue . It often occurs when people are traveling abroad . Sensible precautions include drinking only bottled water , refusing drinks with ice cubes , washing and peeling fruit and avoiding salads and foods that may have been kept warm for a long time avoid dehydration .
Irritable Bowel Syndrome : Irritable bowel syndrome or IBS (syndrome means it is a collection of symptoms of unknown cause ) used to be called spastic colon and though no longer used , the term explains the condition better. The colon muscles go into unpredictable spasm causing abdominal pain and cramps , bloating , back pain and cramps , bloating back pain flatulence lethargy headache fatigue and diarrhoea alternating with constipation . The problem is common and its incidence is increasing , no one is sure why but diet and stress are widely believed to be to blame . The problem can come and go but once it starts it tends to be recurring and long lasting .
Dietary and nutritional food:
A healthy whole food diet is essential with regular exercise and stress control , checking for food , intolerances with an experienced therapist is also advised , inflammatory bowel disease can be helped by a 24 hour liquid fast followed by a diet of boiled vegetables , brown rice and stewed apples , garlic or garlic capsules are also effective , especially for colitis . Relaxation exercises . visualization , biofeedback , and meditation are all help full . treatments useful for constipation and diarrhoea can also help IBS an initial consultation with a qualified therapist is advisable .
Inflammatory Bowel Disease : IBD is a blanket description for a range of disorders that occur in both the small and large intestines , including excessive Flatulence (gas) , ulcerative colitis and crohn’s disease (enteritis) . Colitis occurs in the large intestine or colon and its cause is uncertain , but not eating enough fiber and excessive stress may be partly to blame , it can cause diarrhoea and pain and some times mucus and blood in the stools . Chrhn’s disease in the small intestine is the result of recurrent inflammation and is more serious since it can impede the absorption of nutrients from food , causing fever , diarrohea and weight loss as wel as pain .
Dietary ;Eat healthy and avoid dairy products , sugar and refined and processed foods check for food intolerances through an experienced therapist .
Homoeopathic Medicines :
Homoeopaths will suggest” Nux vomica”–for flatulence and colic . If you notice much trouble with tension “Aconite“ is suggested . “Argentum nitricum” will help to reduce the mucus diarrohea .
Urinary Tract infection :
UTI or urinary tract infection is inflammation of part of the urinary tract , particularly bladder , ureter and kidneys (or non specific urethritis ) is inflammation of the urethra . These infections result in pain on urinating , sometimes accompanied by blood or pus ; severe headache and fever with shivering attacks . urinary tract infection is more common in women than in men and may result from bruising during sex . urethritis is a bacterial infection and is usually the result of a sexually transmitted disease . Non specific urethritis may be viral or may result from sexual activity . In men , the condition is likely to be caused by bacterial infection from a sexual disease . The condition needs medical attention but it be treated antibiotics may be necessary to treat urinary tract infection , if the resulting pain is severe .
Dietary : Drink plenty of water (6-8 glasses / day) and do not drink coffee , tea , alcohol , or acidic fruit juices . barley water is effective –5 cups a day and taking supplements of vitamin –C also helps .
Homoeopathic medicines ; “Sepia and Sabal Serrulata- Q .
Cystitis : A form of urinary tract infection , cystitis is inflammation of the bladder caused by bacterial infection . It is relatively common – particularly among adult women ( though both men and children can be affected also ) and tends to recur once it starts symptoms which can range from mild to severe , include pain or a burning sensation on passing urine a frequent need to urination and occasionally
Blood in the urine . The urine may also have a strong odor . in severe cases there can be accompanying fever and back ache
The causes of cystitis are many but include poor hygiene , inflammation caused as a reaction to chemicals in clothing and toiletries and commonly among women sexual intercourse . It may also be due to a sexually transmitted disease or caused by massaging the urethra during sex , which may introduce bacteria into the bladder, other causes include incomplete emptying of the bladder and stones or foreign bodies in the bladder , pay particular attention to personal hygiene and abstain from penetrative sex . A number of remedies may hasten recovery and cause pain .
Dietary : Drinking half a teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda dissolved in warm water can bring pain relief in 20 minutes . Plain five yogurt applied generously to the genitals also helps , to prevent an attack eat as healthy a diet as possible , especially one that is high in fresh vegetables and fruit , but avoid acidic fruits . Cranberry juice is said to be an excellent preventive also drink plenty of fresh preferably filtered (6-8 glasses a day) and cut out coffee and all alcohol during an attack .
Homoeopathic medicines : Take “cantharis and staphysagria” hourly while symptoms last .
Massage: Massaging and applying pressure to the lower abdomen at a point immediately over the bladder can soothe symptoms .
Hiatal Hernia : In a hiatal (ordiaphragmatic) hernia , part of the stomach slips back up through the opening in the diaphragm through which the gullet passes to reach the stomach , the usual cause being over weight , symptoms include pain- known as heartburn – behind the breast bone , difficulty in swallowing , bleeding and regurgitation particularly when lying down or stooping , this can cause choking if gastric juices from the stomach run back into the gut , corrective surgery used to be normal treatment but this is now rarely performed .
Ulcers : Peptic ulcers occur in either the stomach or the duodenum , more specifically ulcers in the stomach are gastric ulcers ; those in the duodenum are duodenal ulcers . They are the most likely cause of severe recurring or chronic pain in the stomach and are usually preceded by inflammation (gastritis)
It is now known that about 90 % of peptic ulcers are caused by the bacterium, Helicobactor pylori . this means that most ulcers are cured by a combination of antibiotics and a drug to reduce stomach acid production .
Peptic ulcers are more common in men than women . Thy are often aggravated by stress and anxiety combined with poor eating and drinking habits . This can cause a painful cavity in the walls of the protective mucus lining between the two organs . Gastric pain can cover an area on the stomach about the size of a hand and normally comes on after eating , duodenal pain and tenderness is normally less acute , not so closely linked to eating and is only the size of a finger tip .
Dietary : Drinks such as tea , coffee , and alcohol and all spicy food should be eliminated entirely as should smoking , instead eat brown rice millet , buck wheat rye , and whole wheat together with whey concentrate and fresh pressed juice drinks , juices of raw potato , carrot celery cabbage and bananas are recommended
Homoeopathic medicines : Remedies likely to help include “Arsenicum album, Argetum nitricum , Lycopodium , and Nux vomica “ but individual prescription from an experienced homoeopath is advisable .
Stress Management ; Because of the leading role of stress in ulcer formation , it is essential to control stress , practice progressive muscular relaxation regularly , followed by visualization , bio feed back and meditation . Appropriate Yoga and exercises are also powerful anti- stressors if practiced regularly . general exercise will be beneficial too.
Kidney stones : These are hard deposits of chemical salts that lodge in the kidneys (and some times the ureter ) causes include a deficiency of vitamin A , reduced citrate (salt)in the urine , kidney infection an obstruction in the urinary system or a metabolic dysfunction , prolonged inactivity may increase the amount of calcium in the urine also leading to stone formation .
Symptoms are constant if mild pain in the lower back on one side , ultra sound disintegrates the stones and allows them to flush away naturally , with out surgery . Severe pain may mean a stone has passed from the kidney into the ureter .
Homoeopathic Medicines : Berberis vulgaris , Sarasaparilla . Magnesia phos . Calcarea carb . Lycopodium , are said to help relieve pain from a blocked ureter but see a qualified therapist first .
Gall Stones : Formed of cholesterol and calcium salts , gall stones are mineral deposits in the gall bladder , they may cause digestive problems and infection of the
Gall bladder , which may lead to perforation and even peritonitis . They are pain full and surgery may be necessary if the stones block the flow of bile from the liver Apart from pain , felt in the upper abdomen and right shoulder (referred pain) symptoms that stones have passed into the bile duct include jaundice , heart burn and fever . If symptoms are severe , ultrasound disintegrates the stones harmlessly and allows them to flush away naturally without surgery .
Homoeopathic Medicines : Calcarea carb , Berberis Vulgaris Q , Lycopodium , are helpful in relieving pain .
Calcarea carb 200 : should be given every 15-20 minutes during the attack .
Berberis vulgaris Q : 10 drops with an ounce of warm water be repeated hourly or half hourly .
Carduus m.–Q : these medicines are also useful .
Cholesterinum : should be given to bring out the stone .
Chelidonium Q, Hydrastis Q : these will also relieve pain when given in doses of 20 drops with hot water .
Dietary : A liver flush is the favoured treatment to remove gall stones , for six days eat and drink nothing but whole foods and apples with plenty of raw apple juice , on the morning of the seventh day drink a cup of a lemon juice , this is claimed to flush the stones out by stimulating a flood of bile from the liver , drink still water , cut out animal fats and dairy products and supplement with vitamin C .
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