Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Once the GP has been able to rule out serious disease such as stomach ulcers or bowel cancer, reoccurring stomach pains are often labeled as IBS. It is one of the most common symptoms which people describe and can be very debilitating for sufferers. Each person will experience symptoms in a different way and it is the job of a homeopath to find and address the cause of the issue.
For reoccurring IBS the actual discomfort may be physically caused by the release of hormones which stop the digestive system in mid flow causing cramping, bloating, constipation or diarrhoea. In order to help find the cause of the pain, it will be necessary to address the cause of the inappropriate hormone release. In other cases, food sensitivity or the aftereffects of a bug may be the cause of the pain.
There are different classifications of IBS, your individual symptoms will be important to find out how best to help reduce your symptoms.
Spastic Colon : Constipation or diarrhoea with left handed abdominal pain. Usually better after a bowel movement.
Functional Diarrhoea: Morning diarrhoea, may be mushy or watery, could be explosive and may lead to being toilet bound for long periods.
Foregut dysmotility: Bloating and discomfort after eating. Pain more often on the right hand side.
Other symptoms often include some of the following: Lethargy, backache, pelvic pain, migraines, urinary pain, heartburn, nausea and anxiety.
Useful homeopathic remedies include:
Lycopodium: Hiccoughs, belching, nausea, vomiting, churning sensation, gnawing pain, as if band around waist, abdomen bloated and full.
Nux Vomica: Over indulgence, worse after meals, indigestion, belching nausea and vomiting with much retching, ravenous hunger, colic with upward pressure, sore bowels.
Colocynthis: Cramping pain making you bend over double, pain comes in waves, intestines feel squeezed.
Pulsatilla: Gnawing, empty sensation, weight and pressure in stomach, severe cutting pains, aching in left groin.
Calc Carb: Large, hard abdomen, twisting cramps in umbilical area, indigestion, flatulence, constipation with anxiety
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