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Indigestion and gas can be caused by poor
eating habits, emotional tension, food allergies, imbalances in
stomach acid or digestive enzymes, and many other causes. For
moderate problems, homeopathy can offer a number of safe and gentle
remedies. If discomfort is chronic and persistent or if symptoms are
extreme, a doctor should be consulted.
For dosage information, please read the information at the end of
this section. See also “Using Homeopathy With Professional
Guidance” in What
Arsenicum album: This remedy may be
indicated if a person feels anxious, restless yet exhausted, and is
worse from the smell and sight of food. Burning pain is felt in the
stomach and esophagus, which often is relieved by warmth and sitting
up. Vomiting and diarrhea are possible. Upsets from spoiled food or
from eating too much fruit often respond to this remedy.
Bryonia: When this remedy is
indicated, the stomach feels heavy, with rising acid and a bitter or
sour taste. Pain and nausea are worse from motion of any kind. The
person may have a dry mouth and be thirsty for long drinks, which
may increase discomfort. Bryonia is strongly suggested if a
person is grumpy and wants to stay completely still and not be
touched or talked to.
Carbo vegetabilis: Sour belching
bringing only small relief, burning pain in the stomach and abdomen,
and flatulence after eating may be seen when this remedy is needed.
The person feels cold and faint, with a strong desire for fresh or
moving air. Digestion may be slow and incomplete, with nausea or
Colocynthis: Cutting, cramping pain
in the stomach and abdomen, with relief from hard pressure or from
doubling over, indicates a need for this remedy. A bitter taste in
the mouth, a feeling that the intestines are about to burst, or a
sensation that stones are grinding together in the abdomen may be
present. Indigestion may be worse when the person feels upset,
especially after suppressing anger.
Lycopodium: This remedy is
indicated for many digestive troubles. The person’s appetite may
be ravenous, but eating even a small amount can cause a feeling of
fullness and bloating. Rumbling gas may form in the abdomen,
pressing upward and making breathing difficult. The person often has
a strong desire for sweets, is sleepy after meals, and feels worst
in the late afternoon and evening.
Natrum carbonicum: This remedy can
be helpful to mild people who have trouble digesting and
assimilating many foods and have to stay on restricted diets.
Indigestion, heartburn, and ulcers can occur if offending foods are
eaten. Milk or dairy products can lead to flatulence or sputtery
diarrhea that leaves an empty feeling in the stomach. Cravings for
potatoes and sweets are common; also milk, but it makes these people
sick, so they have usually learned to avoid it.
Natrum phosphoricum: A sour taste
in the mouth, an acid or burning sensation in the stomach, sour
vomiting, regurgitated bits of food, and a yellow coating on the
tongue are all indications for this remedy. The person may have
problems after consuming dairy products or too much sugar. Another
indication for Natrum phos is a craving for fried eggs.
Nux vomica: This remedy is often
useful for indigestion, and is especially suited to those who
overindulge in stimulants, food, and alcohol. Chilliness,
irritability, and sensitivity to odors, sound, and light are often
seen. Pain and weight can be felt in the stomach, with cramps or
constricting pains. The person often feels an urge to vomit or move
the bowels (which may make the person feel better, but is rarely
Phosphorus: Burning pain in the
stomach that feels better from eating ice cream or other cold,
refreshing foods suggests a need for this remedy. The person is
usually thirsty for cold drinks, but often feels nauseous or vomits
once liquids warm up in the stomach. People needing Phosphorus
may have a tendency toward easy bleeding and sometimes develop
Pulsatilla: Indigestion that is
worse from eating rich and fatty foods, with a feeling of a lump or
pulsation in the stomach, suggests a need for this remedy.
Discomfort often is worse from warmth, especially in a stuffy room,
and the person may feel better from gentle walking in open air. A
bitter taste in the mouth can take the pleasure out of eating. A
person who needs Pulsatilla usually does not feel thirsty and
may be tearful and emotional.
Select the remedy that
most closely matches the symptoms. In conditions where
self-treatment is appropriate, unless otherwise directed by a
physician, a lower potency (6X, 6C, 12X, 12C, 30X, or 30C)
should be used. In addition, instructions for use are usually
printed on the label.
physicians suggest that remedies be used as follows: Take one
dose and wait for a response. If improvement is seen, continue
to wait and let the remedy work. If improvement lags
significantly or has clearly stopped, another dose may be
taken. The frequency of dosage varies with the condition and
the individual. Sometimes a dose may be required several times
an hour; other times a dose may be indicated several times a
day; and in some situations, one dose per day (or less) can be
If no response is seen
within a reasonable amount of time, select a different remedy.
For more information, including references, see What
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