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