Homeopathy treatment for Indigestion and Heartburn

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Homeopathy treatment for Indigestion and Heartburn

Description

Indigestion and heartburn are common conditions following eating too much or not being able to digest food properly.

Symptoms

Indigestion can include nausea, gas, belching, stomach pain, and heart- burn. It usually occurs in the two hours immediately after eating. Heart- burn is burning pain in the chest behind the sternum, which is associated with the reflux of acidic or caustic stomach fluids into the esophagus. Heartburn may occur after eating any food which stimulates acid production in the stomach, such as proteins, spicy foods, or chocolate.

Complications

Indigestion and heartburn are usually uncomplicated, and respond easily to change in diet, antacids, or homeopathic treatment. The symptoms may be confused with symptoms of a stomach ulcer, a hiatal hernia, or angina. If indigestion is severe or persistent, medical attention should be sought to determine the cause of the problem.

Look

Is the person passing gas?

Is she in a particular position to relieve the pain or discomfort?

Is the discomfort worse when lying down?

Listen

"My indigestion came on after I ate some fruit. I'm really afraid it's an ulcer." Arsenicum

"I'm so full of gas that even burping doesn't help." Carbo vegetabilis

"No matter what I eat, I get bloating, gas, and indigestion." Lycopodium

"I got terrible heartburn because of a hangover." Nux vomica

"I just can't handle rich foods." Pulsatilla

"The worst part of the indigestion is that I wake up with diarrhea every morning." Sulphur

Ask

What brought on the indigestion?

What kinds of foods are difficult for you to digest?

What are your symptoms?

Is there pain? If so, describe it.

How severe is the pain?

Does the pain stay in one place or does it radiate? If so, to where?

What makes the pain better or worse?

Are there any other symptoms that came with the indigestion?

Are there any changes in your mental or emotional state?

Pointers for Finding the Homeopathic Medicine

When extreme burning pain is the main symptom, along with a lot of anxiety and restlessness, think of Arsenicum, especially in a self-centered person who wants support and has many fears.

·         Lycopodium is the medicine if the person is insecure yet bossy and full of false bravado, gets lots of gas from just a little food, and is worse from 4:00 to 8:00 P.M.

·         When the person is irritable, impatient, and hard-driving, and suffers from too much rich food, coffee, and alcohol, give Nux vomica.

·         Conversely, when the person suffers from rich food, but is mild, gentle, changeable, and weepy and wants to be taken care of, think of Pulsatilla.

·         If the per- son is lazy, intellectual, egotistical, and sloppy and suffers from heartburn and morning diarrhea, give Sulphur.

Dosage

·         Give three pellets of 30C every four hours until you see improvement.

·         If there is no improvement after three doses, give a different medicine.

·         After you first notice improvement, give another dose only if symptoms begin to return.

·         Lower potencies (6X, 6C, 30X) may need to be given more often (every two to four hours).

·         Higher potencies (200X, 200C, 1M) generally need to 00 given only once. Repeat only if symptoms return with intensity; give only infrequently in this case.

What to Expect from Homeopathic Self-Care

Homeopathic medicines quickly relieve symptoms of acute indigestion or heartburn. If indigestion is chronic, constitutional treatment by a homeopath and a diagnostic workup are recommended.

Other Self-Care Suggestions

Avoid overeating, especially heavy or rich foods.

·         Avoid fats, spicy foods, alcohol, coffee, and chocolate.

·         Commercial antacids may pro- vide temporary relief.

·         Charcoal capsules are helpful in relieving gas. Take two capsules every four hours.

·         Lying on the back and bringing the knees to the chest may cause gas to pass.

·         Squatting helps gas to pass.

·         Eliminate gas-producing foods from the diet, such as beans, potatoes, sweets, and carbonated drinks.

·         Follow the principles of food combining for better digestion. Do not combine proteins and carbohydrates at the same meal, and eat fruit alone and not as a dessert. I Elevate the head of the bed six inches to reduce heartburn.



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