Northeast Wisconsin
  • Northeast Wisconsin
  • November 2015
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Homeopathy for gut health

Recent research is uncovering just how important gut health is to our overall physical, emotional and mental well-being. Homeopathy has over 200 years of history in its use and application so it is not surprising that homeopathy has a wide range of homeopathic remedies that address digestive disorders. Homeopathic remedies work best when selected to match the characteristics of the symptoms and the person. Homeopathic remedies do not suppress symptoms, but instead work with the system to release them. Homeopathy can be applied acutely to relieve bothersome symptoms and can be utilized to heal chronic digestive disorders completely.

Acute digestive distress

Homeopathy can help with acute digestive discomfort by supporting the energetic system of the body to bring about balance. Homeopathic remedies are made from natural sources in FDA-approved pharmacies. They are incredibly gentle in their action and do not produce side effects. A few of the many common homeopathic remedies that may be useful in acute digestive symptoms include:

Nat Phos 6x: This homeopathic cell salt is the “antacid” of the homeopathic world. It works to neutralize excess acid. Characteristic symptoms of Nat Phos include sour burping, a lump sensation in the throat, yellow coating of the tongue and inflammation of the throat or tongue.

Phosphorus: Homeopathic phosphorus can be considered for the symptoms of acid reflux, heart burn, constant burning in the stomach and regurgitation of food. It may also be useful to relieve symptoms of acute vomiting and diarrhea. Phosphorus is best chosen when cold food and drink are desired but then are vomited or make the symptoms worse once it warms in the stomach.

Carbo veg: Carbo veg is great for excess gas in your stomach, indigestion, bloating and belching. It may calm your digestive system from overeating, eating the wrong foods, or poor or slow digestion. Abdominal symptoms may be accompanied by fatigue, constipation and diarrhea, ear ringing or a rattling cough.

Nux vomica: Nux vomica is the remedy for overindulgence and a great one to keep on hand for the overindulgence of the holidays! Nux vomica relieves digestive problems that arise from the modern day habits of working long hours, eating on the go in the car or at our desks, staying up too late and eating too much of the wrong kinds of foods. These habits cause nausea, constipation or diarrhea, belching, heart burn and indigestion.

It is important to note that homeopathy can also be applied in a multitude of acute conditions including colds, flu, viruses, sinus and ear infections, etc. Using homeopathy for these ailments reduces the need for use of antibiotics and over-the-counter medications that may contribute to digestive disorders. Look for further articles on this topic for further explanation.

Chronic concerns

When digestive complaints become chronic, constitutional homeopathy done with a professional homeopath is the key. The goal in constitutional homeopathy is to apply the homeopathic remedies on a whole-system basis to bring about long-term healing. Homeopathy seeks to stimulate the innate healing power of the individual so that all physiological systems function at their best. As the person moves toward an optimal level of general health, he feels better. Subsequently, specific symptoms improve as the strengthened body defenses become active. The homeopath views a person’s health as a condition of the entire individual rather than in terms of isolated symptoms. Homeopaths do not diagnose or treat diseases. Remedies are selected that best correspond to the person’s total state of illness.

Stomach pain, bloating, gas, nausea, bowel dysfunction and food intolerances are rampant in our culture. Culprits for poor digestive health are attributed to overuse of antibiotics, bad bacteria, caffeine, processed foods and sugar, prescription drugs, alcohol, viruses, and parasites. With such a list of culprits it can be hard to know where to start finding answers. While prescription drugs help many reduce their symptoms, they can have serious and catastrophic side effects. Changes in diet, lifestyle and supplements may also not be enough. Homeopathy may be the missing link to relief and improvement. Homeopathy is essentially about bringing your life into balance, and giving you freedom from wellness limitation so that you may live your life as you choose!


Rebecca Beringer

Rebecca Beringer is a classical homeopath and a CEASE certified homeopath with over five years of experience working with men, women and children of all ages. Her practice serves clients all over northeast Wisconsin and the broader U.S. Her practice is based in Appleton, inside Lawe Street Wellness. She is a graduate of the highly respected Northwestern Academy of Homeopathy in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She can be reached at [email protected] or 920-740-5048. For more information, visit Workshop information can be located under the Community Calendar of this magazine.

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