Digestive System Disorders and treatment Homeopathic medicine

If you live for 70 years, your digestive system will have processed about 100 tons of food, absorbing the nutrients and discharging the residue. This enormous task takes place within the digestive or alimentary canal essentially, this is a tube about 9 m / 30 ft. long, that starts at the mouth and then continues through the esophagus (gullet), the stomach, the small and large intestines, the rectum and ends at the anus, the other organs of digestion are the salivary glands the liver and the pancreas

For your food to be broken down physically, by being chewed in the mouth and churned in the stomach and chemically by the digestive juices. These juices are secreted by the salivary glands with in the walls of the stomach and small intestine and by the liver and pancreas.

The lining of the small intestine is constructed with numerous folds and microscopic projections and has been estimated to be the size of a tennis court, this huge area is available to enable the nutrients from the liquid products of digestion to be absorbed into the blood stream. The residue passes into the large intestine where much of the remaining liquid is taken into the body and the solid discharged through the anus as stools or faeces.


Indigestion: Eating can cause a number of symptoms such as pain in the upper abdomen or behind the breast bone (heart burn) nausea and belching (flatulence)

These symptoms can often be alleviated if you avoid foods that are rich, fatty or spicy or if you replace large meals with smaller but more frequent snacks and drink extra milk, antacid indigestion tablets can also help but they interfere with the absorption of iron, if you need antacids regularly, you should consult your doctor so that the underlying cause of the symptoms can be investigated. Indigestion can be particular problem in pregnancy because of hormonal changes and late pregnancy.

The symptom of indigestion are heartburn, wind (gas) and cramping pains. They are usually caused by eating too much too quickly, especially if you are eating very rich food and drinking alcohol.

The most useful remedy is “nux vomica” (homoeopathic medicine), the digestive system seems stuck, heavy and sluggish and the feeling is that you would feel much better of the undigested food would move up or down or out !

Another remedy that is sometimes helpful is– “lycopodium”

Trapped wind (gas) can cause extreme discomfort. Late afternoon or early evening is often the worst time for this and the feeling is sometimes accompanied by anxiety. The remedy often works well on people whose gastric system is the weakest part of their constitution

Gastric Upsets; The main symptoms of stomach and intestinal infections are pain, wind (gas), nausea vomiting or diarrhoea, bear in mind that vomiting and diarrhoea are natural processes by which the body rids itself quickly of unwanted material, so these symptoms need to be treated only if they are persistent such problems can arise at any time and may be due to food poisoning or may just be a reaction to unfamiliar food, perhaps while you are on vacation.

Indigestion; Indigestion or dyspepsia (heart burn) is characterized by a burning pain in the centre 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 attack so they must take seriously even though indigestion is the most likely cause of chest pain.

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 ex-) require urgent medical attention .

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 does not usually last long ,anxiety and tension are also causes .

The digestive system ; These two independent but connected systems are responsible for converting food and liquid into energy and expelling waste , the organs work hard and continuously during the life of a living being and are often abused and over loaded . The digestive and urinary systems consist of a series of about a dozen organs from the mouth to the groin, these organs are subject to abuse when of food and drink, they are not well supplied with nerve endings and pain in these organs can be difficult to identify and treat

The digestive system from mouth to the gullet food and drink follow the pathway described in the diagram opposite and are broken down and digested in a series of processes by different organs. These organs are also responsible for the excretion of the body’s waste materials such as worn-out tissue cells and of toxins, that is materials which the body cannot use . The digestive system is resilient and hardworking, nevertheless .much commonly experienced pain and disease occurs digestive process itself needs energy to complete and too often our life styles prevent us from giving it time to function smoothly. Indigestion and irritable bowel syndrome often stem from this , coupled with stress secondly , people suffer from eating disorders such as anorexia or bulimia or simply eat or drink toxins like alcohol or caffeine that actually damage the organs . One malfunction of the digestive organs which can cause acute pain is the formation of stones , several organs , including the gall bladder and kidney will produce stones if the balance of materials passing through them is upset , gallstones are formed by a crystallization of cholesterol , if the liver and gall bladder cannot deal with an excess fat intake . The appendix appears to be a vestigial organ which human beings no longer need. Stray food matter or bacteria can become lodged there and cause appendicitis, this can be mistaken for other digestive or urinary tract disorders.

A change in bowel habit may be an early warning sign of cancer of the bowel. constipation is a condition where the bowels are opened only infrequently and with difficulty , most cases arise from a poor diet , where too much refined food such as white bread and cakes is eaten , an increased intake of fiber in the form of fruit and vegetables , bran ,whole meal bread and brown rice will often relieve the condition , unfortunately , constipation is a common occurrence during pregnancy where it then tends to aggravate piles and varicose veins , if they are present . it is also one of the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome .

Gastro enteritis; Gastro enteritis is the inflammation of the stomach and intestines that can follow various infections, dietary indiscretions such as too much alcohol or spicy food or certain drugs including antibiotics. Symptoms include pain vomiting and diarrhoea –Homoeopathic medicines can be very helpful in easing the discomfort 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 , head ache 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 .

Constipation ; Infrequency of bowel action often causes unnecessary anxiety as it is not unhealthy to have a bowel action only twice a week if the stool is soft , the symptoms of constipation are infrequent , hard stools that are pain full to pass and may cause bleeding from the anus . If you do have a tendency to constipation it may help to eat a diet that is higher in fibre , try eating more fruits and vegetables , pulses and whole meal flour or bread and whole grains such as brown rice , if you have been used to adapt to the different foods that you are eating , try to drink at least 2 litres / 3 pints of liquid per day and more in hot weather or when you are abroad in a hot climate you should always consult your doctor straight away if you suddenly become constipated for no apparent reason .

Regular bowel movements are vital for full bodily health but regular can vary for each person. Anything between three bowel movements a day to one every three days is regarded as 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 head ache and fatigue, joint and muscle pain and allergic reactions.

Belching and Flatulence; the sudden expulsion of gas from the stomach through the mouth known as “belching” often occurs after eating certain foods. Especially highly seasoned foods peas and beans , some vegetables and fruit that have a high carbohydrate content , flatulence is also often present with digestive upsets such as indigestion or when you suffer from a stomach problem if you have swallowed excess air when you are rushing and eat a meal too quickly .

Indigestion and Heart burn: Indigestion is the discomfort that is felt in the upper abdomen which usually occurs after eating too much food which usually occurs after eating too much food, eating too quickly or eating fatty or highly spiced food, emotional stress can also be a factor however the term indigestion is often also used to describe a variety of symptoms including belching nausea and vomiting and also heart burn. Heart burn is a burning pain behind the breast bone that can be caused by the back flow of stomach acid during pregnancy, a hiatus hernia (protrusion of part of the stomach into the chest) or obesity, it is aggravated by lying flat by bending over and by drinking alcohol.

Diarrhoea and Colitis; Gastro enteritis is the inflammation of the digestive tract and it is the most frequent cause of diarrhoea, inflammation that is confined to the colon (part of large intestine) is called colitis and here the diarrhoea usually contains blood and mucus and may also be accompanied by abdominal pain and fever , colitis is a feature of crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis .

Nausea and Vomiting; Nausea and vomiting rarely last for more than 24 hours  but if you have frequent or prolonged episodes of nausea or vomiting . You should consult your doctor so that the cause can be investigated.


Symptoms of Gastrointestinal Diseases

The signs and symptoms of digestive diseases differ from person to person and from condition to condition. However, some signs and symptoms are present in most digestive issues. Typical signs include:

  • Ulcers
  • Nausea
  • Diarrhoea
  • Belching
  • Vomiting
  • Headache
  • Heartburn
  • Chest Pain
  • Heartburn
  • Flatulence
  • Indigestion
  • Bloating
  • Constipation
  • Blood in stool
  • Abdominal Pain
  • Irritable Bowels
  • Rectal Problems
  • Defecation Problems
  • Carbo vegetabilis

This remedy relieves bloating and gas in the stomach

  1. Lycopodium
  2. This remedy relieves discomfort and indigestion, with bloating around the waist and gas, especially after eating onions or garlic.
  3. Natrum carbonicum
  4. This remedy can be helpful to mild people who have trouble digesting and assimilating many foods and have to stay on restricted diets. Indigestion, heartburn, and ulcers can occur if offending foods are eaten. Milk or dairy products can lead to flatulence or sputtery diarrhea that leaves an empty feeling in the stomach. Cravings for potatoes and sweets are common; also milk, but it makes these people sick, so they have usually learned to avoid it.
  5. Nux vomica
  6. This homeopathic remedy relieves nausea and cramps from indigestion, especially after excessive eating of spicy foods or drinking of alcohol.
  7. Pulsatilla
  8. This helps relieve gastric discomfort caused by eating too much fatty food, cakes and ice cream, with bloating, belching and slow digestion.

Other Remedies

  • Antimonium crudum
  • This relieves indigestion from eating too much, especially rich or acidic foods or cured meat. Symptoms are relieved by applying heat to the abdomen.
  • Arsenicum album
  • This remedy may be indicated if a person feels anxious, restless yet exhausted, and is worse from the smell and sight of food. Burning pain is felt in the stomach and esophagus, which often is relieved by warmth and sitting up. Vomiting and diarrhea are possible. Upsets from spoiled food or from eating too much fruit often respond to this remedy.
  • Bryonia
  • When this remedy is indicated, the stomach feels heavy, with rising acid and a bitter or sour taste. Pain and nausea are worse from motion of any kind. The person may have a dry mouth and be thirsty for long drinks, which may increase discomfort. Bryonia is strongly suggested if a person is grumpy and wants to stay completely still and not be touched or talked to.
  • Cinchona officinalis
  • This remedy relieves bloating of the abdomen and foul-smelling gas, sometimes with painless, but exhausting, diarrhea.
  • Colocynthis
  • This relieves abdominal cramps improved by bending over, with strong pressure and heat.
  • Magnesia phosphorica
  • This remedy relieves abdominal cramps improved by heat and bending over.
  • Natrum phosphoricum
  • A sour taste in the mouth, an acid or burning sensation in the stomach, sour vomiting, regurgitated bits of food, and a yellow coating on the tongue are all indications for this remedy. The person may have problems after consuming dairy products or too much sugar. Another indication for Natrum phos is a craving for fried eggs.
  • Phosphorus
  • Burning pain in the stomach that feels better from eating ice cream or other cold, refreshing foods suggests a need for this remedy. The person is usually thirsty for cold drinks, but often feels nauseous or vomits once liquids warm up in the stomach. People needing Phosphorus may have a tendency toward easy bleeding and sometimes develop stomach ulcers.