According to a new, national survey of more than 2,000 U.S. adults, 72 percent said they have experienced at least one of the following gastrointestinal symptoms a few times a month or more: diarrhea, gas, bloating, stomach pain, frequent bowel movements, unexplained weight loss and other non-specific gastrointestinal discomfort. Another study reported by the American Nutrition Association, reports that 70 million people suffer daily from some form of digestive complaint including, among others, acid reflux, irritable bowel syndrome, indigestion, constipation, diarrhea, gas, bloating and abdominal pain. Leaky gut syndrome is also prevalent among Americans and linked directly with certain drugs, toxins and the wheat protein gluten.
Maybe you see yourself in this research. Some of you may be on toxic drugs that purportedly treat the condition, but in reality, only mask the symptoms. Perhaps you just deal with your daily suffering. The symptoms may be so ingrained, because you have had them for so long, that you may accept the symptoms as ‘normal’ for you. Consider homeopathy to address the symptoms that your chosen drug has not resolved. Homeopathy is a form of natural medicine, considered indispensable by some and nonsense by others. You can decide for yourself. The indications for using specific homeopathic remedies is published in a reference book called the Materia Medica. According to the Materia Medica, Lycopodium is indicated for weak digestion, diarrhea, constipation and for those who feel bloated, even after just a light meal. It is probably the key homeopathic for addressing metabolism and is indicated for diabetes as well.
Bryonia, the well-known liver remedy, is also indicated for inflammation of the stomach, as well as nausea and vomiting. Cinchona, indicated for abdominal distension and pressure, is also indicated for constipation, gas, belching and slow digestion. Arsenicum album is indicated for an irritable stomach, nausea, vomiting and heartburn. Antimonium crudum is indicated for diarrhea which alternates with constipation and for both gastric and intestinal complaints. To summarize, consider trying homeopathy for your digestive issues. For ease of use in your busy life, consider utilizing complexes instead of the single remedies discussed.
Complexes are made up of several single remedies which are indicated for a specific condition, in this case – impaired digestion. A well-formulated homeopathic complex is believed to have many advantages over the administration of numerous homeopathic single remedies. Complexes are easier to use. It is easier to take one complex than a dozen or so single remedies to address the same condition – and much less expensive. Additionally, most formulations have been determined by seasoned and expert homeopaths. This allows you to take advantage of their expertise and study. Properly formulated complexes are believed to potentiate the synergy of selected remedies. This is believed to be more advantageous than the consecutive administration of single remedies.
And finally, organs have many functions, and conditions have many symptoms related to their underlying causes. Therefore, in using the clinical homeopathy approach, different single remedies are selected to address these different functions and conditions. For example, a properly formulated complex for digestion would have remedies for all related organs – the colon, small intestines, stomach and esophagus. A condition such as chronic constipation, has various symptoms and a complex would contain remedies for bloating, hemorrhoids and cramping. But, don’t just rely on medication, whether it is chemical or homeopathic. Make lifestyle changes to support your digestive health. Eat a balanced diet by choosing a variety of foods from each food group, especially fiber-rich fruits, vegetables and whole grains, as well as certain yogurts and fluids. Eat food free of preservatives and toxins whenever possible. Stay away from so-called fast foods and processed foods – go for the fresh. If you have digestive issues, consider eating small meals four or five times a day instead of two or three large meals.
Drink an adequate amount of good clean water to maintain hydration and discourage constipation.
Get moving. Even slow activities such as stretching and walking promote good digestive health. Moving your body moves your muscles which in turn helps move your food through your digestive tract. Not only will exercise help you maintain or lose weight and build muscle, it will help your digestion. Slow down and chew your food well. Digestion begins in your mouth and thorough chewing helps with the breakdown of food and continued digestion. Take your time when eating; eating fast, even if your food is pureed, can contribute to indigestion, heartburn and gas. Hippocrates, considered by many as the Father of Medicine said, “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” Food is your lifeline and the health of your digestive system helps determine whether your lifeline – your food – will help make you healthy or make you ill. Take care of your digestive system.
Marge Roberts, BSN MSHP DAHom
CEO, Newton Homeopathics; President, American Academy of Clinical Homeopathy