Celiac disease and Nux vomica in Homeopathy


The 200 year old therapeutic science of Homeopathy has much to offer to patients suffering from celiac disease as it is independent of knowledge of the exact cause of disease. Homeopathy accepts since day one that mental stress can lead to birth of autoimmune conditions like celiac disease that modern medicine is only just beginning to realize.

Synopsis
Celiac disease or gluten insensitivity is an auto-immune disorder of the gastro-intestinal system. It is a genetically inherited disease and tends to run in families. It is characterized by increased sensitivity to the gluten proteins that occur in wheat, rye and barley. When patients of celiac disease consume gluten containing products, the cells of their small intestines trigger an auto-immune reaction which causes accumulation of antibodies against the gluten molecules. This antigen antibody reaction leads to inflammatory damage of intestines giving rise to the battery of complaints thereof. Immediate symptoms of the inflammation are diarrhea, bloating, gases in the abdomen and crampy abdominal colic. This in turn will give rise to mal-nutrition, iron deficiency anemia, bone pains, easy fatigue and weight loss.

Homeopathy works on treating the core of the disease and person. Hence, such symptoms are relieved to a large extent by homeopathic medicines. The working principle of homeopathy is to minimize the sensitivity of the body to gluten proteins in this case. There are various remedies to palliate the complaints of celiac disease, but Nux Vomica has proven to be one of the most effective of them.



Remedy useful for celiac disease
Nux vomica is extremely useful for gastro-intestinal disorders like dyspepsia i.e. acidity, painful piles, stomach cancer [1] and celiac disease. Nux vomica has also proven itself efficacious in cases where a person has abused alcohol and in cases of constipation.  


How it works    
Nux vomica contains strychnine and brucine which are very powerful alkaloids that reduce the inflammation of the intestinal cells thus relieving the symptoms of the patient. Strychnine is the active principle of the plant Nux vomica and exerts a very powerful action on the central nervous system. Strychnine works on the gastro intestinal system by increasing the gastric juices, thus relieving dyspepsia.[2]  Its effect on the peripheral nervous system as well as on the central nervous system is effected by vagal nerve stimulation. This active component has a strong influence on the gastric lining making it extremely effective in celiac disease as well.
Together with a low gluten diet and Nux Vomica, one can lead a near normal culinary life with minimal troublesome symptoms and none of the side –effects that modern medicine often imposes.


Dosage: Nux Vomica 200C, 4 pills three times a day for 3 months.


This is for informational purpose only. For specific treatment, you need to consult a Homeopathic practitioner. 


References:
1.    Ades TB, ed. (2009). Strychnos nux-vomica. American Cancer Society Complete Guide to Complementary and Alternative Cancer Therapies (2nd ed.) (American Cancer Society). pp. 504–507. ISBN 9780944235713.
2.    Seema Akbar, Shamshad A Khan, Akbar Masood & M Iqbal (2010). "Use of Strychnos nux-vomica (azraqi) seeds in Unani system of medicine: role of detoxification". African Journal of Traditional, Complementary and Alternative Medicines 7 (4): 286–290. PMC 3005396. PMID 21731158.
3.    http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-58-NUX%20VOMICA.aspx?activeIngredientId=58&activeIngredientName=NUX%20VOMICA

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