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Irritable bowel syndrome

Relieving irritable bowel syndrome with homoeopathy

Even if it is not a serious condition, irritable bowel syndrome is a chronic disease that can often prove crippling for the patient. This pathology is provoked by motility disorders that occur in the large intestine: the alimentary bolus moves too fast or too slow in the colon.

Symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome

Irritable bowel syndrome manifests itself by a chance in bowel habits. When the intestinal transit is slow, the patient suffers from constipation o stercoral diarrhoea, that is in the form of hard and small-sized faecal matter covered in mucus. However, if the alimentary bolus transits passes quite quickly through the large intestine, the patient will then suffer from diarrhoea that can manifest itself in several forms. Apart from these two extreme cases, the patient may be subjected to flatulence, stomach pain or bloating from gas in the colon. It is important to note that these disorders are not linked to fatigue or weight loss.

Relieving the pain

In order to reduce abdominal pain during fits, take 5 granules of Chamomilla vulgaris 15 CH every 30 minutes until the symptoms progressively disappear. It is also possible to resort to Dioscorea villosa 5 CH in case of pain that is relieved by stretching. In this case, the remedy will need to be administered every 30 minutes. Finally, Magnesia phosphorica 5 CH and Colocynthis 5 CH are recommended in case of pain that is reduced when the patient bends over. The dosage then consists of one intake every 30 minutes.

Reducing diarrhoea

In case of diarrhoea, opt for remedies such as China rubra 7 CH and Carbo vegetalis 5 CH. China rubra will need to be taken when the diarrhoeas occur after fruit consumption, in which case a dose of the remedy will need to be administered every hour on the first day of treatment. The following days, it is advised to increase the doses, so as to have only two daily intakes, until improvement is noticed. On the other hand, Carbo vegetalis is recommended for the treatment of diarrhoea associated to bloating and stomach pain. For optimal therapeutic effectiveness, take the remedy every hour.

Treating constipation

To fight off constipation, take 5 granules of Nux vomica 5 CH three times a day. If the patient has difficulties passing stool, it will then be preferable to take 5 granules of Magnesia 5 CH three times a day. On the other hand, if the patient does not feel the need to defecate, administer 5 granules of Byonia alba 5 CH in combination with a sufficient water supply. Finally, if the other treatments fail to produce results, take 5 granules of Opium 5 CH every 12 hours.

When should you consult a doctor?

A medical consultation will allow one to obtain a precise diagnosis and eliminate other affections that cause the same symptoms. The specificity of the irritable bowel syndrome is that it does not lead to a deterioration of the patient’s state of health, unlike some other pathologies. The diagnosis is established by means of an interrogation that can be completed by a medical examination. To make the diagnosis, the observed disorders need to occur during at least a quarter of a year. Once the condition has been identified, treatment includes better nutrition, use of laxatives and drugs aimed at relieving diarrhoea. The treatment is not curative but aims at relieving the sick person.

Treatments and pathologies linked to “irritable bowel syndrome”

Associated treatments

  • Bryonia Alba
  • Carbo vegetalis
  • Chamomilla Vulgaris
  • China Rubra
  • Colocynthis
  • Dioscorea Villosa
  • Magnesia Phosphorica
  • Nux Vomica
  • Opium

Good to know: Traditional medicine does not cure irritable bowel syndrome but provides solutions to relieve the most troublesome symptoms. Homoeopathy provides a series of natural remedies aimed at improving the patients’ quality of life on a long-term basis

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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.