By Dr. Anand Dhoot, Homeopathy
Digestive system disorder does not talk about a single problem. It involves a host of digestive and gastrointestinal (GI) disorders some of which include the Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Crohn’s Disease, Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (also termed as heartburns), Ulcerative Colitis, to name a few.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome, a medical condition that is known to affect the colon or the large intestine is often associated with constipation, diarrhea, (there can be alternating series of diarrhea and constipation), severe gas, cramps in a belly, to name a few. Though what exactly leads to IBS is hard to decipher, research suggests hormonal changes, stress, and anxiety, certain disorders (especially Gastroenteritis) can have an important contribution to the development of IBS. The trigger can also be certain food items that include milk, cabbage, broccoli, chocolates, beans.
- Crohn’s Disease: This condition falls under the category of chronic inflammatory bowel disease resulting in the inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract. The associated symptoms may range from diarrhea, abdominal pain and cramps, rapid and unexplained weight loss. In some patients, there may be rectal bleeding as well. What causes Crohn’s disease is difficult to answer. However, genetics and one’s dietary habits may have some role to play in triggering this condition.
- Like Crohn’s Disease, Ulcerative Colitis is also an inflammatory bowel disease characterized by chronic inflammation and formation of ulcers in the digestive tract. The symptoms of ulcerative colitis include diarrhea (can also be bloody diarrhea), abdominal pain and cramps, rectal bleeding and pain, fever, weakness, sudden weight loss. Like most of the digestive disorders, the exact cause of this disease is not well understood. However, people with a family history (hereditary) of ulcerative colitis stand a greater risk of suffering from the same.
- Gastroesophageal reflux disease: This is also a chronic disorder of the digestive system characterized by the contents of the stomach refluxing back into the esophagus. The associated symptoms may include heart burns, dysphagia, acid reflux, chest pain, dry cough. As per reports, Hiatal Hernia, along with unhealthy dietary habits may have a significant role in triggering this disease.
Homeopathy and Digestive System Disorders
Where most conservative treatments fail to provide a permanent cure for the digestive disorders, homeopathy comes as a breath of fresh air. Some of the key steps of the homeopathic treatment to deal with the digestive system disorders include:
- Identifying the symptoms characteristic of the particular digestive disorder and the factors that may aggravate it. In cases where there is a host of symptoms associated, a different approach may be adopted. The symptoms may be prioritized (based on the severity) and then treated accordingly.
- In some patients, there may be certain symptoms that occur concomitantly with the characteristic symptom (indicative of the disorder). Diarrhea is found to be characteristic of many of the digestive disorders. Now in some patients, there may be a headache or an agitation that occurs concomitantly with diarrhea. Thus the approach would be to treat diarrhea associated with agitation or a headache.
In doing so, the treatment helps to eliminate the disorder from the root, ensuring a permanent cure