When indigestion occurs every once in a while, self-medication may sometimes be allowed. But when it becomes recurrent or persists despite all of the remedies used, it becomes a condition that requires an appropriate medical treatment. Indigestion is a malfunction of the digestive system that occurs after a meal. It is usually caused by the body’s intolerance to a meal that was just consumed.
In addition to foods that are poorly tolerated by the body, overeating, rich, fatty and acidulous meals are other causes of indigestion. There is talk of unsuitable conditions to the body’s well-being when carbonated drinks or an excessive consumption of alcohol are taken with meals. However, indigestion can stem from other causes such as psychological problems, medical conditions, or the body’s inability to absorb certain natural or chemical substances.
Digestive disorders often manifest themselves by abdominal pain such as stomach heaviness, convulsions or irritation. Stomach bloating accompanied by regular gas emissions may also be observed. Another sign of indigestion is nausea or vomiting. It is usually followed by fatigue, mood swings, migraines, and sometimes sudden changes in body temperature. The mouth becomes dry, resulting in an urge to drink, while the tongue sometimes turns white and pasty.
To treat this condition, the most commonly prescribed homoeopathic remedy is Nux vomica. Three to five granules of this product should be absorbed in a single dose, to be taken 3-4 times a day, with intervals of at least one hour between intakes. This helps treat indigestion caused by an overly rich diet combined to an excessive consumption of alcohol. The same dosage of Antimonium crudum helps to relieve digestive discomfort linked to an excessive consumption of acidulous meals accompanied by carbonated drinks. There are many other homoeopathic products that can be taken to treat specific digestive disorders depending on their causes. It is recommended to stop the treatment as soon as improvement is noticed. However, the treatment should be continued for the duration of the indigestion. In the absence of results beyond the second day, it is advisable to make an appointment with a doctor.
Regarding digestive disorders in infants, young children or the elderly, it is advisable to see a doctor immediately. Homoeopathic treatment without prior medical consultation is indicated for adults who do not suffer from other diseases. However, if no improvement is observed beyond the second day of homoeopathic treatment, it is strongly advised to consult a doctor. Indeed, some digestive problems may hide food poisoning, and the sooner you know, the sooner you can be cured. Alarming symptoms such as the presence of blood in vomit, stool, or sudden and significant weight loss should prompt one to seek medical attention as soon as possible.
• Antimonium Crudum
• Nux Vomica
Good to know: Homoeopathic care helps to relieve the symptoms linked to indigestion until their complete disappearance. However, certain products like camphor, eucalyptus, and mint are advised against during treatment.