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, medications and ingested toxins. It is lucky that it is so remarkably resilient and forgiving however as we age it becomes more difficult to maintain balance and the result can be nausea, gas, irritating acids, bloating, abdominal pain and diarrhoea or constipation. The liver, as part of the digestive system, also loses its ability to detoxify at an optimal rate.
A mild liver detox in Spring and Autumn may help to rest and rejuvenate the liver and digestive tract. If you have overindulged in rich food consider following the meal with a herbal tea such as ginger, chamomile, or peppermint to aid digestion and help relieve any digestive discomfort.
The following information may be helpful and relates to homoeopathic remedy pictures and information available in traditional homoeopathic texts. Homoeopathic principles should be applied when using any homoeopathic remedy. Always read the product label. If symptoms persist consult your health care practitioner promptly.
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. Sympoms of food poisoning and travellers diarrhoea.
Carbo Veg: Upper part of the abdomen bloated, tight, and tense. Constant belching and wind. Desires 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. Cough with nausea. Diarrhoea in spasms, offensive, yellow-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 dehydration. Diarrhoea and vomiting with severe cramping pain, worse from slightest movement.
Also available is our Digestive Complex, this is a combination of homoeopathic remedies chosen for their ability to stimulate healthy and regular action of the digestive system. The complex includes the following homoeopathic remedies: Carbo Veg 6c, Colchicum 6c, Lycopodium 6c, Nux Vomica 6c and Tissue Salts.