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hom*oeopathy&Volume 35, September 2005

Digestive upsets

For the most part we underestimate the task of the digestive system to deal with every thing we see

fit to inflict upon it in the way of food, drinks, medica-tions and ingested toxins. We are lucky that it is so re-markably resilient and forgiving however as we age it becomes more difficult to maintain balance and the result can be nausea, gas, irritating acids, bloating, ab-dominal pain and diarrhoea or constipation. The liver, as part of the digestive system, also loses it’s ability to detoxify at an optimal rate.

A mild liver detox in Spring and Autumn helps to rest and rejuvenate the liver and digestive tract. If you have overindulged in rich food follow the meal with a herbal tea such as ginger, chamomile, or peppermint to aid digestion and help relieve any digestive discomfort.

The following remedies may help to relieve acute symptoms however complicated and chronic diges-tive symptoms require the attention of a qualified prac-titioner to determine the cause and appropriate treat-ment to restore good health and vitality.

Arg nit: Bloating and distension especially in nervous, fearful types. Craves sugar and sweets and is much worse for it.

Arsenicum: Vomiting and diarrhoea with burning pains, better from warmth. Restless, exhausted, and thirsty for sips. Food poisoning and travelers diarrhoea.

Carbo veg: Upper abdomen bloated, tight, and tense. Constant belching and wind. Weak, clammy and craving fresh air.

China: Abdominal distention, rumbling and wind. Weakness and debility after prolonged diarrhoea or loss of fluids. Vomiting, great weakness and bitter taste.

Ipecac: Nausea not relieved by vomiting. Asthmatic cough with nausea. Diarrhoea in spasms, offensive, yel-low-green and frothy.

Lycopodium: Lower abdominal bloating with wind and loud rumbling. Often worse after 4pm. Craves sweets and is hungry but easily satiated.

Mag phos: Cramping, spasmodic pain and bloating, better from warmth and pressure.

Mercurius: Diarrhoea, worse at night with great straining and ‘never done’ sensation. Sour smelling or offensive. Never feels finished.

Nux vomica: Cramping pain 2-3 hours after eating. Worse from over-indulgence of rich or spicy food or too much alcohol. Nausea, heartburn, and heavy bloated feeling. Constipation.

Pulsatilla: Gas and rumbling; worse after rich foods, ice cream, and fats. Nausea and possibly vomiting. Stool changeable in colour and frequency.

Veratrum album: Cold sweat, exhaustion, and dehy-dration. Diarrhoea and vomiting with severe cramping pain, worse from slightest movement.

Welcome to our spring newsletter which we have filled with tips and suggestions on using

hom*oeopathy and other natural therapies to soothe and relieve minor digestive upsets.

Free Bumper Sticker Inside!We’ve included a complimentary bumper

sticker for you to use. If you get great results with hom*oeopathy and love it like we do, then why not help to spread the word!

Nux vomica: Worse from over-indulgence!

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Children’s Tummy Aches

When children complain of

stomach ache there are many possible causes to consider such as:

Anxiety and worry: Children tend to feel emotions and anxiety in the stomach and this may present as pain. If you suspect that this is the case then the emotional state of your child needs to be considered in conjunction with the physical symptoms when choosing a suitable rem-edy. Consider remedies such as Arsenicum, Ignatia, Kali phos, Mag phos, Nat mur and Pulsatilla.

Rapid growth: The energy and effort expended at times of rapid growth in conjunction with school expecta-tions can result in recurrent stomach pain, headaches, leg cramps and glandular swellings. These children are eas-ily fatigued by mental work and are inclined to be bored, fussy, whiny and restless. Calc phos can be dramatic in alleviating these symptoms as it helps with the absorption and assimilation of nutrients.

Worms: As well as griping pain around the navel and possible vomiting or diarrhoea typical symptoms may in-clude itching anus, grinding teeth, nose picking, dark circles under the eyes, irritability and an aversion to being looked at or touched. This mostly fits the remedy Cina however Nat phos, Spigelia, Sabadilla, Ant crud and Teucrinum should be considered. Treatment may need frequent rep-etition especially around the time of the full moon when worms are more active.

Babies’ Reflux and Colic

In her book hom*oeopathic Remedies, Asa Her-schoff says, ‘intestinal fermentation and an imma-

ture digestive system and pancreas in infants can result in painful gas, cramps, and upset bowels, while sensitiv-ity to milk formula, and toxins with in breast milk are also common’. Add to that the job of processing the drugs and immunisations inflicted upon the undeveloped sys-tem during the birth or soon after and it is little wonder the gut responds with pain and discomfort.

Intense emotional feelings can also upset babies and need to be considered when choosing a remedy. The following remedies may be helpful however if the situa-tion is difficult to resolve then a hom*oeopath will be able to help you unravel and treat the cause of the problem.

Colic with the knees pulled up: Colocynthis, Chamomilla, Mag phos. Tendency to arch backwards: Dioscorea, Ipecac, Nux vomica, Belladonna. Aethusa, Silica and Calc phos may be indicated for refusal of or milk intolerance. Emotional cause, grief or disappointment - Ignatia.

Naturopathic News & Views

Although our primary focus is on hom*oeopathy we also stock a variety of naturopathic and

ayurvedic products – all of which have been careful-ly chosen to supplement the hom*oeopathic patient

Dietary Tip: Although our society now avoids bit-ter foods as a rule, the bitter taste plays an important role in diges-tive health. Bitter foods like kale, spinach, alfalfa sprouts, green capsicum, dandelion, lemon, and grapefruit stimulate the digestive

juices to break down foods and aid liver function. Add these vegetables to a meal or make a small drink of the diluted juices and sip before eating.

Nutritional Supplements for Joint Health: There are three main areas to focus on when looking at diges-tive health. One is to increase digestive function, which helps with the break down and assimilation of foods. We recommend Digestaid or vegetable en-zymes depending on the symptoms described. To help repair the digestive tract slippery elm, Intesta-mine, and Mucosa comp all work to heal the lining of the intestines promoting better assimilation of nutri-ents, improved immunity, and overall general health improvement. Replacing good bacteria after illness and antibiotic use is extremely important for digestive health. This can reduce numerous problems includ-ing, wind, bloating, and nausea after certain foods.

Classes & Study Group & Talks

We give many talks through the year to both the public and professional groups as well as

running classes for the home prescriber at regular inter-vals. Contact us for information or to reserve a place.

Home Prescribing Classes: Learn how to use your Home Remedy Kit to treat acute symptoms and first aid situations at home. Usually $55 but if you buy a Family Home Remedy Kit the class is Free! The final dates for 2005 are, Saturday 3rd September 12 - 3pm, Wednesday 12th October 10 – 1pm and Saturday 10th December 12 - 3pm.

Short Courses: These popular courses of five ses-sions allow you to explore hom*oeopathy and expand remedy knowledge and home prescribing skills within a peer support structure. The final course for 2005 be-gins on the 8th October and will be held fortnightly on Saturday afternoons. Spaces limited.

Animal Classes: These are still one or two places left in these classes run by Clare Middle although you will need to be quick. Bach Flower classes are on the 9th & 17th September and the Diet and Nutrition class on 15th October. Contact us for booking details.

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Bach Flower Remedies for Serenity & Balance

The Bach remedies reflect Dr Bach’s belief that “dis-ease”

is a sign of imbalance in one’s emo-tions, attitudes and life directions. The remedies are ideal for helping us on an emotional and mental level to cope with stress and are easy to self-prescribe. Contact us or your retailer for a leaflet, to purchase a stock bottle or to discuss having a treat-ment bottle made up .

Impatiens: Impatient, irritable and nervous the Im-patiens person wants everything done instantly and gets frustrated if people are slow. They are indepen-dent, energetic and tense. The remedy brings relax-ation and acceptance of the pace of life.

Bach Flowers and Digestion: Use Star of Bethlehem when there are stomach disturbances after a shock-ing event or trauma. The person may become prone to ulceration and spasms. Agrimony tries to keep ev-erything inside and can have churning and knotting in an attempt to control the emotions. Mimulus helps re-lieve conditions such as nervous stomach, dyspepsia, and nervous bowel. Cherry Plum allows us to let go of trying to control everything and surrender to life.

Readers’ Warts ‘n All Story

Using Thuja tincture, Causticum 6c and persis-tence, Ruby and I successfully battled warts

and won. Ruby had over a dozen stubborn warts on her hands and a large wart on her ankle. It took 3-4 weeks before the warts started to reduce and with-in 6 weeks they were gone. We tried burning them off and even buying them from her with no success. We are on our second small vial of Causticum to fin-ish off the end tail of the warts but to look at Ruby’s hands, you wouldn’t know they had been there. by Cathy Catanach

Hay Fever Season

Hay Fever is best treated with a carefully select-ed constitutional remedy for a sustained result,

however relief can be obtained with the use of acute hom*oeopathic remedies. Our own Hay Fever combi-nation is enormously popular for acute relief of symp-toms and contains remedies such as Allium 6c, Saba-dilla 6c, Euphrasia 6c, Pollens 6c and Tissue Salts.

If you prefer to use a “simplex” remedy for the acute symptoms choose from our home prescribing book. When choosing acute remedies it is important to pay attention to your particular local symptoms and try to start the acute treatment of your allergies immediately you sense the problem arising or better still several weeks before the onset of the “season” for best results.

Back To Basics with the Tissue Salts

The Twelve Tissue Salts of Dr Schuessler work gently on

the physical structure of the body, building, repairing and maintaining health over a period of time.

They are prepared by trituration of the mineral to a low potency (6x usually) and pass rapidly into the body through the bloodstream.

Combination A:(Ferrum Phos, Mag Phos & Kali Phos) Combination A produces great results in any situation involving the nerves such as sciatica neuralgia and neuritis. Mag Phos acts as a nerve relaxant and is quick to relieve pain especially cramping and shooting pain. Kali Phos is a nerve nutrient and Ferrum Phos is an oxy-gen carrier combining to have a repairing action.

Nat mur: (Water Distributor) Excessive moisture or dryness anywhere in the body is a good indicator for Nat Mur, and symptoms are many and varied. For example, colds watery discharge and sneezing, un-refreshing sleep, low spirits with a hopeless feeling, loss of taste and smell, craving for salty foods, dry skin, headache with constipation. One of the most impor-tant tissue salts as two thirds of our body is made up of water, and hence dysfunction in this area can lead to widespread problems.

Digestive Salts: Comb E is excellent for bloating, abdominal pain and flatulence. Comb C helps re-duce acidity and heartburn and Comb S is great for simple stomach upsets and queasiness.

Owen hom*oeopathics & HEC Website

We have had an ongoing battle with vari-ous IT ‘gurus’ and exorbitant quotes to up-

grade the online trolley (which would have neces-sitated price increases for our products). As a result we have decided to experiment with withdrawing the Online shopping cart section of the web site. In-stead, we’ve kept our prices down, and simplified the ordering system to allow online purchasing via email (or fax).

Now, to order from the site you will simply need to list the products you want from our product list in an email, and send it through to us. We can still process your credit card details and post your order out in record time. Apologies to those who were able to make the old shopping cart work for them - but ac-cording to our feedback, most people were experi-encing frustration with the system.

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hardly) breathing. Got a dose of Rescue Remedy into him/her and put him/her inside in a box, under a light, and went out to the hairdresser thinking s/he would cark it pretty soon as s/he wasn’t moving at all. When I got home the box was empty. (Oh no!) First thought - one of the cats was inside and had dined on fluffy chicken tasties for brunch!

But no...the squished chicken had sprung back to life, got out of the box and off the table and was running around on the floor! She then proceeded to grow into another fat speckled hen like her mum...a RR miracle if ever there was one! by Lexy Martin

Book CornerFamily hom*oeopathy : At last we

have Paul Callinan’s much loved home prescribing book in store. Al-though this book is no longer printed in Australia we obtained some cop-ies through an Indian supply company and highly recommend it as a complement to your Owen Home Prescribing booklet.

This comprehensive guide to self treatment provides numerous detailed remedy pictures and the treatment of more than a hundred common complaints. There are chapters on ba-bies’ disorders, children’s ailments, pregnancy and childbirth, common health problems and first aid. The tissue salts and also the Bach Flower remedies are covered in their own chapters.

Mail order available $22.50 plus postage.

The Essential Bath: a wonderful book for the bath lover or simply for one who wants an es-sential oil blend to suit every mood. This book provides blends for the perfect bath (or shower) experience whether it be relaxing, energising, healing, passionate, or harmonising. A simple book yet one that will keep you escaping to the bathroom! $8.95

Healthy Pets’ Tummies - Naturally

Starting at the top, vomiting remedies are similar to those for humans, Arsenicum album being

the usual remedy. Phosphorous is often indicated in ani-mals, because the patient vomits a little while after eating, but is generally bright, has no lack of appetite, and often happily consumes the vomit again, only to be brought up a little while later, a symptom not often seen in humans! A spot of blood in the vomit also can indicate Phospho-rous. If vomiting/constipation is due to eating rubbish or raiding the pantry, then Nux vomica is indicated. Vomit-ing can be treated at home when the animal is keeping water down, and is better in 24 hours, otherwise a trip to the vet is needed.

Diarrhea often responds to Arsenicum album. There are many other remedies for diarrhea, but with animals I would look at correcting the diet next. Milk is a common cause (due to lactose intolerance), and again cereal (pasta, bread) and cheap dried food.

There are two main remedies for constipation, Nux vomica when there is straining to defecate and discom-fort, and Bryonia when the animal is not straining, but has been noticed to not have gone recently and is maybe off its food a bit. A pinch of psyllium to each meal is a great way to prevent constipation. If no results in three days, then an enema at the vet may be needed.

A problem (possibly?) more common in animals than in people is flatulence. Here the prime remedy is Lyco-podium, but a common reason also is cheap dried food and any cereal in general for dogs and cats, so try a no cereal diet (see my website articles section, Natural Diet for Dogs and Cats).

Dr Clare Middle runs a natural therapies only veterinary practice in Bibra Lake. Ph: 08 9494 1243, www.claremiddle.com.

Animal Success Stories

One of my fat brown speckled chooks disap-peared and I thought she’d been eaten by

a fox. But, several weeks later, she proudly emerged from the bushes with 4 fluffy chickens, all of whom I locked up in the chookyard to save them from crows and foxes.

When they were about a week old, I went out one morning to find one chick all squished-looking in the middle of the yard, covered in dirt, eyes shut. I picked him/her up to bury, but noticed s/he was still (but

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FAQs

What are 10 common diseases of the digestive system pdf? ›

  • Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome.
  • Diarrhea.
  • Diverticulosis & Diverticulitis.
  • Dumping Syndrome.
  • Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency (EPI)
  • Food Poisoning.
  • Gallstones.
  • Gas.

What are digestive upsets? ›

Constipation, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), nausea, gas, bloating and diarrhea are common examples. Many factors can upset your GI tract and its motility (ability to keep moving), including: Eating a diet low in fiber. Not getting enough exercise.

What is the digestive system pdf? ›

The digestive system consists of the alimentary canal and its principal associated organs, namely, the tongue, teeth, salivary glands, pancreas, liver, and gallbladder. As it passes through the alimentary canal, food is broken down physically and chemically so that the degraded products can be absorbed into the body.

What is the most common digestive complaint? ›

Some of the more common digestive disorders include:
  • irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
  • small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO)
  • gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
  • gallstones.
  • celiac disease.
  • Crohn's disease.
  • ulcerative colitis (UC)

What are the 15 diseases of the digestive system? ›

Diseases and conditions of the digestive tract include gastroenteritis, celiac disease, constipation, diarrhea, IBS, IBD, colitis, diverticular disease, acid reflux, pancreatitis, problems of the anus and rectum, colon polyps, and cancer.

What are the worst stomach diseases? ›

Below is a list of 9 common stomach conditions and their signs and symptoms.
  • Crohn's Disease (CD) ...
  • Ulcerative Colitis (UC) ...
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) ...
  • GERD (Heartburn & Acid Reflux) ...
  • Stomach Ulcer (Peptic Ulcer) ...
  • Ulcer (General) ...
  • Stomach Bleeding. Stomach bleeding is a symptom of many GI tract diseases. ...
  • Gastritis.

How do I reset my gut health? ›

Consider trying one or more of the following to improve your gut health naturally:
  1. Lower your stress levels. Chronic high levels of stress are hard on your whole body, including your gut. ...
  2. Get enough sleep. ...
  3. Eat slowly. ...
  4. Stay hydrated. ...
  5. Take a prebiotic or probiotic. ...
  6. Check for food intolerances. ...
  7. Change your diet.

How do you fix an upset digestive system? ›

How to Cure an Upset Stomach Naturally
  1. Ginger. Ginger has anti-inflammatory properties, which can help soothe an upset stomach. ...
  2. Apple Cider Vinegar. ...
  3. Carbonated Drinks. ...
  4. Peppermint or Chamomile Tea. ...
  5. BRAT Diet. ...
  6. Baking Soda. ...
  7. Use a Heating Pad. ...
  8. Drink More Water.
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How to heal your gut? ›

Gut health and diet
  1. Eat a high fibre diet. Fibre is important for our gut health for many reasons. ...
  2. Eat a diverse range of food. ...
  3. Limit ultra-processed foods. ...
  4. Drink water. ...
  5. Eat foods rich in polyphenols. ...
  6. Eat slowly. ...
  7. Eat fermented foods.
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What are the three phases of digestion PDF? ›

Gastric activity involved in digestion is divided into three phases of digestion known as the cephalic phase, the gastric phase, and the intestinal phase. These phases overlap and all three can occur simultaneously.

What are the six major digestive secretions? ›

Secretion. In the course of a day, the digestive system secretes around 7 liters of fluids. These fluids include saliva, mucus, hydrochloric acid, enzymes, and bile.

Which organ absorbs water? ›

The small intestine, at around 20 feet long, is the organ primarily responsible for water absorption through its walls and into the bloodstream. From here, water will travel to cells across the body, providing them with the hydration to perform daily functions efficiently.

What causes severe digestive problems? ›

Traveling or changing your routine. Getting too little exercise. Taking certain medicines, such as antidepressants, antihistamines, iron, and some pain medications (particularly narcotic pain medications) Medical conditions including cancer, diabetes, IBS, and hypothyroidism.

What is the most common GI complaint in adults? ›

In the United States, it is estimated that 10-15 percent of the adult population suffers from IBS symptoms, yet only 5 to 7 percent of adults have been diagnosed with the disease. IBS is the most common disease diagnosed by gastroenterologists and one of the most common disorders seen by primary care physicians.

What are 5 common problems related to the digestive system? ›

Common digestive disorders include gastroesophageal reflux disease, cancer, irritable bowel syndrome, lactose intolerance and hiatal hernia.

What are the 10 disorders of the digestive system? ›

Intestinal problems, such as polyps and cancer, infections, celiac disease, Crohn disease, ulcerative colitis, diverticulitis, malabsorption, short bowel syndrome, and intestinal ischemia. Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), peptic ulcer disease, and hiatal hernia.

How do you know if something is wrong with your stomach? ›

Call your doctor if you have severe stomach pain, sharp stomach pain, if your stomach pain does not improve in 24 to 48 hours or if you also have: Chest pain (get prompt medical attention) Bloating or swelling that lasts more than a few days. An injury or recent accident.

What are the most common bowel problems? ›

Common issues such as constipation and difficulties emptying the bowel, faecal incontinence, bowel urgency and diarrhoea. Divertucular Disease. Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Inflammatory Bowel Disease (e.g. Crohn's and Ulcerative Colitis).

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