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Treating gastroenteritis with homoeopathy

Gastroenteritis causes diarrhoea, nausea, abdominal convulsions and vomiting. This intestinal infection is actually caused by the action of bacteria, viruses or other germs that mainly attack the intestines and stomach by disturbing the intestinal flora equilibrium. In most cases, gastroenteritis is caused by a virus.

Homoeopathic remedies are commonly used to treat gastroenteritis since that they are both effective and deprived of side effects. However, prior to undergoing a homoeopathic treatment, one must improve his or her personal hygiene, starting by systematically washing one’s hands as well as foods eaten raw. The homoeopath will also need to know the nature of the intestinal disorders affecting the patient, their frequency and the patient’s age in order to prescribe the most suitable treatment.

Symptoms of gastroenteritis and the appropriate homoeopathic remedies

The patient should also mention all of the unusual symptoms that affect him or her to the homoeopath.  It is best to also point out any pain in the stomach, difficulties defecating, or the occurrence of stools containing blood and food debris that have not been properly digested. It is with this information that the homoeopath will be able to prescribe the most suitable treatment to overcome gastroenteritis in a timely manner.

This will also allow the physician to determine if the infection is of viral or bacterial origin. In all cases, the homoeopathic treatment can have several targets and objectives: alleviating abdominal cramps, reducing vomiting and restoring the balance of the dysfunctional intestinal flora responsible for watery stools. Homoeopathic remedies may also be prescribed in case of chills or dizziness that accompany the other symptoms of gastroenteritis, although they should always be administered depending on manifestations of the infection and each patient’s health status.

Homoeopathic treatment of bacterial gastroenteritis

Gastroenteritis of bacterial origin is usually caused by eating contaminated food, which results in in food poisoning. The involved bacteria are mostly salmonella in raw egg white, as well as Clostridium and Campylobacter. This type of gastroenteritis is characterized by burning and foul-smelling stools as well as abdominal cramps.

To resolve this with the help of homoeopathy, administer a dose of Arsenicum Album 5 H every 15 minutes and then one dose every hour. If the patient feels bloating sensations that are relieved at the slightest belching or gas emission, it is advisable to administer him or her Carbo vegetablis 5 H every hour. Sometimes, the patient feels no pain whatsoever, but produces liquid stools with remains of undigested food. In such a case, it is recommended to take a dose of China 5 CH every hour.

Homoeopathy against acute forms of gastroenteritis

Sometimes, gastroenteritis is more severe and fever and extreme fatigue appear in addition to vomiting, stomach bloating and cramps, and the patient’s inability to defecate. Most of the time, these symptoms are caused by a virus, thus resulting in violent intestinal disorders and the onset of fever.

To relieve the pain and inhibit the harmful effects of micro-organisms responsible for gastroenteritis, the homoeopath usually recommends taking Cadmium sulfuratum, known for its efficiency against severe gastroenteritis. The second treatment consists of taking 5 granules of Podophyllum peltatum 15 CH, provided that the patient is able to achieve bowel movements.

Homoeopathic treatment of vulnerable patients affected by gastroenteritis

Young children, the sick, the elderly, and even infants are among the subjects who are most vulnerable to gastroenteritis.  In general, the disease manifests itself by dehydration, bloody stools and very deep sleep. Patients may also have a body temperature above 38 ° C and vomit without having eaten anything. For these patients with a fragile digestive system, it is generally recommended to take Magnesia carbonica, as it seems to be the most suitable homoeopathic for fragile patients.

Treatments and pathologies linked to “gastroenteritis”

Associated treatments

•    Aconitum Napellus
•    Antimonium Crudum
•    Arsenicum Album
•    China Rubra
•    Ipeca
•    Phosphorus
•    Ricinus Communis
•    Veratrum Album

Associated pathologies

•    Colic
•    Diarrhoea
•    Fever
•    Nausea
•    Vomiting

 Good to know: Among all of the existing remedies, the homoeopathic products are the most recommended form of treatment due to the fact that they not only cure gastroenteritis but also improve the intestinal flora.

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Pathology and homeopathy are two fields of scientific research that go hand in hand. As a matter of fact, homeopathic research on a disease is always accompanied by a pathological study of that disease. Pathology is the scientific field that studies diseases, while homeopathy is a gentle method for treating diseases. Homeopathic treatment follows the principles of similarity (Similia similibus curentur or "likes are cured by likes") and comprehensiveness. There is no universal treatment for a given disease; it must be adapted to each patient.