Homeopathic Treatment for Gastric Disorders

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#Nux vomica [Nux-v]

is a remedy influencing both in glandular secretion and muscular tone of the digestive organs. Among causes of dyspepsia are mental overwork, sedentary occupations, high living and dissipation, and these are all keynote symptoms of Nux vomica. This drug will be thought of when the patient is “cranky” and irascible, when he is drowsy and stupid in the evening, feels miserable in the morning and has a dull frontal headache.
 
This headache is a constant element in Nux disease. With Nux the food and drink taste normal, and the gastric and abdominal disturbances do not commence immediately after eating as under Lycopodium and Nux moschata, but come on half an hour or so after meals, especially the dinner. There is often nausea, empty retching, scanty, sour or bilious vomiting, water brash, sour, bitter, metallic or putrid taste, and there is vertigo. All these symptoms are aggravated in the morning, and there is also an after dinner aggravation. Headache usually attends the gastric disturbances of Nux. In the flatulent and pituitous dyspepsia of drunkards Nux usually precedes Carbo vegetabilis and Sulphur. Kali bichromicum is more often indicated in the dyspepsia of beer drinkers. It is well indicated in dyspepsia when there is a feeling as if digestion had stopped after a meal eaten with relish and the food lies like a load; the distress comes sooner than the with Nux vomica.#Carbo vegetabilis. [Carb-v]
This is a putrid remedy, and will be found most useful in the putrid variety of dyspepsia. Carbo is putrid and Sulphuric acid is sour. When carbo is indicated the patient will be below par, the digestion will be slow and imperfect, there will be a weight in the stomach and intestines and a faint, gone sensation in the stomach not relieved by eating, but after a few mouthfuls there is a sense of repletion. There is a burning in the stomach extending to the back and along the spine to the interscapular region. There is great distention of the stomach and bowels, which is temporarily relieved by belching. The flatulence of Carbo vegetabilis is more in the stomach, and that of Lycopodium more in the intestines. The eructations are rancid, sour or putrid. There is heaviness, fullness and sleepiness after eating, but not so much as in Nux moschata and Lycopodium. The symptoms are worse from fat, fish, oysters, ice cream, vinegar or cabbage. Coffee disagrees, and milk increases the flatulence. There is violent burning in the stomach , chest and abdomen, with paroxysmal and crampy pains which force the patient to bend double; the stomach feels heavy. Carbo is a valuable remedy in chronic gastric catarrh and condition based upon degeneration and induration. Flatulence gives rise to asthmatic breathing and dyspnoea, which is worse by motion and the erect position and from 4 to 6 P.M., just the time of the aggravation of Lycopodium.

#China officinalis. [China]
China is useful in cases where, like Carbo vegetabilis, there is depression of vital power, but here it seems to be especially limited to the loss of animal fluids. Like Lycopodium and Colchicum it has tympanites, and is still further like the former in the sensation of satiety after a few mouthfuls of food. The distention calling for China is painful and only momentarily relieved by belching. There are sour or bitter eructations and the flatus is offensive; there is slow digestion and the patients faints easily, as in Nux moschata, and they are worse after late suppers. There is also a sensation as if the food had lodged in the oesophagus behind the sternum. Pulsatilla has this, but in a less degree than China. The boiled-egg sensation of Abies nigra is lower down. Many times these symptoms of China are caused by drinking tea to excess. When China is well indicated there will be a yellow diarrhoea, which is worse at night and after meals. China does not have the rancid belching with burning, which will distinguish it from Carbo vegetabilis.



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