If you’re looking for alternative treatments for your digestive problems, one thing you can check into is homeopathy. If you’re not familiar with homeopathy, you’ll want to do some research and learn about safety before you get started. Homeopathic medicine involves administering a very minute dosage of a substance which in larger amounts would be toxic to a healthy person. The homeopathic substance can cause the same symptoms it is designed to treat; counter intuitively to many, this often is a very effective and safe treatment.
The homeopathic idea of “like cures like” dates back to Hippocrates but it was Dr. Samuel Hahnemann, a German physician and scientist who lived in the 18th and 19th centuries, that did the work investigating homeopathic medicine while he was studying ways to reduce the side effects associated with various toxic and dangerous medical treatments. Hahnemann described the principle of treating symptoms homeopathically as “like with like,” which is still how it’s described by modern homeopaths today.
Science has yet to explain how or why homeopathy works, but scientific studies have presented plenty of evidence that it does. The most commonly postulated theory is that homeopathy works a bit like immunization. When you’re immunized against a disease, you’re usually injected with a minute amount of the actual disease you’re supposed to become immune to. This is what a vaccine actually is. It’s just enough for your body to familiarize itself and adapt and overcome without being threatened by the disease.
With homeopathy, the body is able to identify the minute and nonthreatening homeopathic agent and learn how to combat the symptoms it’s causing and then apply those same tactics in combating your disorder but without the crude and sometimes toxic substances found in vaccines. Homeopathy is about treating your disorder by enhancing your immune system and teaching it how to be better at its natural processes, thus achieving balance or homeostasis.
There are many homeopathic remedies which you can take to treat indigestion, and each of them has specific uses. A few common ones that are readily available are: Nux Vomica, helpful if you’re experiencing indigestion in part from overindulgence, or if the foods associated with your discomfort were fried, spicy, or sugary. If alcohol has caused part of your problem, Nux Vomica may also be a useful treatment. Symptoms which it has been shown to reduce include nausea, vomiting, bloating, gas, and heartburn.
Another remedy often used for the treatment for indigestion is Lycopodium. This remedy is frequently used to treat constipation or gas and bloating. The treatment is most useful for colic-related problems and indigestion which is associated with (causing or resulting in) anxiety or stress. If you have IBS-C, where constipation is the main symptom, Lycopodium may be the most effective homeopathic treatment. One more homeopathic remedy to look into is Arsenicum Album. This is most useful if your problems involve diarrhea, gas, bloating and heartburn. People who experience digestive problems associated with ulcers may have particularly benefit from this remedy, and it also may be a good follow up to food poisoning. This might be particularly effective if you have IBS-D, which causes diarrhea.
Carbo Vegetabilis is a great remedy for those with slow digestion. They tend to get painful gas that is worse lying down and forceful, sometimes smelly (rancid) burping. Those needing this remedy will often complain of flatulence and painful bloating about ½ hour following a meal.
Though homeopathy is known to be safe and effective many have also found that adding in live plant enzymes with DigestPlus and prebiotics with probiotics as found in Healthy Bowel Support is also beneficial for long term recovery.
Paula Tipton-Healy L.M, CiHom
If you’re suffering from indigestion, you may want to look for a natural remedy to start feeling better soon. While there are over-the-counter medications for indigestion, they don’t agree with everyone, and many are overkill for simple cases and sometimes are like putting a ‘band-aid’ on the problem instead of correcting it. What are some at-home remedies you can use?
Ginger. This is perhaps one of the best known natural remedies for indigestion. Ginger helps with the transfer of bile from the gall bladder. This facilitates digestion and improves a number of symptoms including bloating, nausea, and acid. There are a number of ways you can take ginger. You can get it in a supplement form or you can use ginger root. You can either eat the ginger as it is by slicing it off the root (you don’t need a lot), or you can steep it into a tea if that makes it easier for you to take. A little honey can tame the flavor a bit.
Peppermint. Peppermint has been used for centuries for all kinds of stomach/gut issues. You can make a tea (really good to mix with ginger) or you can use oils as well.
Lemon. There is a tendency to think of citrus as acidic, but lemons are actually some of the most alkaline foods you can eat. A little lemon juice (or Lime juice) in water can help to neutralize stomach acid and quickly resolve digestive upset.
Digestive Enzymes. When you experience indigestion frequently most probably you are suffering from a lack of enzyme activity in you digestive tract. The type of enzymes you use are important because you do not want to replace the enzymes but have your body correct itself so that it makes the proper ones in the proper amount itself. The best way is to use live plant enzymes (http://www.diverticulitisinfo.com/shop/index.php?l=product_detail&p=1) each time you eat and you will see your digestion start to improve right away!
Probiotics. A crucial part of good digestion is probiotics, which are the good bacteria that helps with digestion in your gut. Many things cause a lessening of these bacteria including use of antibiotics, processed foods, high sugar ingestion, lack of probiotic and fermented foods and lack of fiber intake. For best results, take a probiotic that includes prebiotics so that the probiotics flourish in the gut and reproduce on their own (http://www.diverticulitisinfo.com/shop/index.php?l=product_detail&p=7).
Homeopathics. For quick, natural relief homeopathics work wonders for indigestion whether temporary or in a chronic condition. The most common remedies (indicated by the sypmtoms you are experiencing) are: Nux Vomica, Lycopodium, Carbo Veg and Pulsatilla.
These home remedies are safe, healthy, and effective. For prevention, eating smaller, more frequent meals without too many starches and dairy is also helpful. Remember, it is always better to balance the body and allow it to heal itself with healthy, natural products!
Paula Tipton-Healy L.M, CiHom
A recently released report of the study by the Swiss government shows that Homeopathy is indeed effective and cost-effective. The study was spurred by the Swiss public’s desire to include homeopathy and other Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) as part of their national health care program. About half of the Swiss population use CAMs including homeopathy. This study, utilizing double-blind and placebo controlled clinical trials, is one of the most comprehensive to date on Homeopathy. Dana Ullman of the Huffington Post and author of several well known books on homeopathy noted that “The Swiss report found a particularly strong body of evidence to support the homeopathic treatment of Upper Respiratory Tract Infections and Respiratory Allergies. The report cited 29 studies in ‘Upper Respiratory Tract Infections/AllergicReactions,’ of which 24 studies found a positive result in favor of homeopathy.”
This news comes as no surprise to many people who have been using Homeopathy for years and seen wonderful results. However, this study may provide an open door for skeptics and may help legitimize homeopathy and many CAMs that have been regarded as less effective than western medicine.
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Paula Tipton-Healy L.M, CiHom
Homeopathic & Nutritional Consultant
This post was linked to Real Food Wednesdays by Kelly the Kitchen Kop
This is a great article by Dana Ullman stating history and research on using radiation and the contribution Homeopath’s and Homeopathy have made to medicine. Great article, Dana!
Interesting thoughts on radiation exposure and the use of Iodine (KI) tablets. What are your thoughts?
The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission provides KI pills to states with nuclear power plants, enabling (but not requiring) them to distribute the pills to residents within 10 miles of a plant. In 2002, Congress ordered that the distance be extended to 20 miles, but in 2008 the Bush Administration invoked a waiver to override that provision. The new ruling said that the 10-mile radius was adequate because the primary focus would be on evacuation and avoidance of contaminated food and water.
In contrast, the ATA’s position since 1984 has been that KI pills should be distributed to households within 50 miles of a nuclear power plant and should be available to those within a 200-mile radius. In fact, it cites evidence from the Chernobyl nuclear accident to support its position:
After the 1986 Chornobyl (formerly called “Chernobyl”) nuclear accident, shifting winds blew a radioactive cloud all over Europe. As many as 3,000 people exposed to that radiation have already developed thyroid cancer. Most victims had been babies or young children living in Ukraine, Belarus, or Russia at the time of the accident. According to a UN report released in February 2002, another 8,000 to 10,000 exposed people may develop thyroid cancer within the next 10 years. Poland, immediately adjacent to Belarus and Ukraine, distributed KI to its people and does not appear to have had an increase in thyroid cancer.
“We think the disaster zone for a drug that is potentially cancer preventive with limited side effects — and one that is hard to distribute after a disaster — needs to be distributed beforehand to people within 50 miles,” says Dr. Kloos. The ATA supports the focus on evacuation but still believes that KI pills can be an important part of an evacuation plan if distributed before a disaster takes place.
“Because of the panic and infrastructure disruption that can occur, getting away is not as easy as one might think it is,” Dr. Kloos says. “We saw how hard it was to get away from Hurricane Katrina.” People in radiation-disaster areas could at least have some protection with KI pills while they implement their evacuation plans if they stocked the pills ahead of time.
In fact, Dr. Kloos believes that it is reasonable for anyone to keep a supply of KI pills in their homes.
Paula Tipton-Healy L.M.
Calendula Officinalis (Marigold) is well known primarily as a natural treatment for skin problems. It has been useful for rashes, infections, burns, sun burn and pain. Because of its antiseptic, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties it is highly effective in a number of health related issues and can be found in a wide array of products.
The use of Calendula in medicine is written in ancient Greek, Egypt, Roman and many native cultures. Historically it is also used for dye and the leaves and petals (ligulate florets) have been used in many edible dishes.
The entire plant is chock-full of important nutrients. The stems and leaves of the flower have lutein and zeaxanthin, as well as beta-carotene. The florets have triterpenoid esters which are great natural anti-inflammatorys(6,25). Calendula extracts have demonstrated in vitro antibacterial, antiviral, and immune boosting properties. (25, 26) Hepatoprotective, meaning it has the tendency to prevent damage to the liver. Calendula contains the antioxidants auroxanthin and carotenoid flavoxanthin. It also contains carotenoids and triterpene saponins, both known to contribute to the medicinal qualities. The dried flowers and leaves, as well as the fresh flowers, are used and it is an age old adage that
We live in a unique period of time. Through science and technology, we have a huge potential to maximize our health yet the same science and technology seems to have created a different set of problems, some which were unknown in previous decades. The primary difference though is the vast, easily accessible information for the consumer regarding disease and the options for treatment as well as information for preventative health. Probably the most powerful tool we have is the power of information and the ability to make a choice.
There are many choices we make that affect our health and well-being. We make choices regarding what food we eat, if and how much exercise we do, whether our thoughts are positive or negative and whether our relationships are healthy or not. We also choose what types of medicines we take or treatments for sickness and health we use.
Most people would agree that at least some ill health is inevitable and that seems to be true in this day and age. However, the truth is our bodies are designed to heal themselves.
There are only 2 types of medicine recognized and registered by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). They are totally different in function and outcome. The first is the one that most of us are quite familiar with which is conventional western or allopathic medicine designed to alter or suppress the uncomfortable or even dangerous symptoms that we experience. The other, which has been gaining popularity and respect, is the natural, non-toxic homeopathy.
Allopathic comes from the Greek word