Homeopathy treatment for Amebic Dysentery (Amebiasis) (See also Diarrhea and Food Poisoning.)
Amebiasis is a parasitic infection caused by a microorganism called Ent- amoeba histolytica, more commonly known as amebas. It is usually contracted by ingesting cysts in drinking water or food contaminated with stool. It is more frequent in parts of the world where sanitation is poor, and is a problem often encountered by travelers to developing countries.
The main symptoms of amebic dysentery are painful abdominal cramps, loose watery stools, and gas. The stools may contain mucus and blood, and are infectious. Amebas frequently cause liver swelling and tenderness and, less commonly, abscesses in the liver. The diagnosis is confirmed primarily by a laboratory examination of the stool called an "ova and parasite" test. Sometimes several stool samples are needed to find the amebas.
Since amebiasis may be confused with ulcerative colitis, irritable bowel syndrome, and other parasitic infections, diagnosis by a qualified medical professional is recommended. Dehydration, blood loss, and death are possible complications.
Observe the stool, if possible. Note the color, consistency, and odor of the stool.
Are the eyes sunken?
Are the lips dry and chapped?
Get the stool tested for parasites.
"My stools are like jello." Aloe
"I'm afraid that I'm really sick and will die." Arsenicum album
"I feel so nauseated that I just want to vomit." Ipecac
"My bowel movements shoot out all over the toilet." Podophyllum,
Croton tiglium, Gambogia
When did the diarrhea start?
How long has it been going on?
What is the stool like?
Is there pain or cramping?
Is there gas?
What makes the diarrhea better or worse?
What time of day does it occur?
Did any other physical symptoms start along with the diarrhea?
Are there any mental or emotional symptoms with the diarrhea?
How is your sleep?
Pointers for Finding the Homeopathic Medicine
If the person is extremely anxious and restless with diarrhea, give Arsenicum album.
· If the person has exhausting diarrhea with lots of cramping, think of Arsenicum album and Podophyllum.
· If the stool is explosive, consider Croton tiglium, Cambogia, or Podophyllum.
· If there is significant nausea and vomiting, first consider Ipecac, then Arsenicum album.
· If there is lots of rumbling and gurgling in the abdomen, give Podophyllum, Croton tiglium, or Cambogia.
· If there is profuse diarrhea and cramping with sweating and shivering, first think of Veratrum album then Arsenicum album.
· Give three pellets of 30C every two hours until you see improvement.
· If the diarrhea is severe, give a dose every hour.
· 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 one to four hours depending on the severity of the symptoms).
· Higher potencies (200X, 200C, 1M) generally need to be given only once, but may be repeated if the diarrhea is profuse and very frequent or if there is severe pain.
What to Expect from Homeopathic Self-Care
Diarrhea, cramps, and gas should disappear over several hours to several days.
Other Self-Care Suggestions
Drink plenty of fluids and replenish electrolytes, including sodium and potassium. Recharge, Gatorade, Emergen-C, and electrolyte solutions available from pharmacies are useful. Clear liquids such as water, vege- table broth, and diluted fruit juice help replace fluids.
· The diet should be light and bland; include vegetable soup, whole-grain toast, brown rice, bananas, and applesauce.
· A warm pack over the abdomen is soothing and may reduce cramping. Calcium (1000 mg) and Magnesium (500 mg) per day may also help to reduce cramping.
· One tablespoon of psyllium seed husks per day often helps to firm up stools.