Many people have Gut issues, and some even do not realize it. If you have constipation, bloating, indigestion, diarrhoea, candida overgrowth or food sensitivities, you are likely to have a Gut imbalance. Homeopathy can help rebalance your microbiome and address different underlying causes.
The term “gut microbiome” refers to microorganisms in your intestines. Each person has about 200 different species of bacteria, viruses, and fungi in their digestive tract.
Some microorganisms are harmful to our health, but many are incredibly beneficial and even necessary for a healthy body.
The Gut microbiome inhabiting the human gastrointestinal tract provides unique metabolic functions to the host and is fundamentally important in health and disease.
I can’t stress enough the importance of Gut health. It is connected with metabolism, weight issues, and mental health.
Diseases may occur when the balance between good and harmful bacteria is disrupted. Such conditions include:
- Inflammatory bowel disease
- Metabolic syndrome
- Type 2 Diabetes
- Cognitive and mood problems.
For example, IBD is caused by dysfunction in the interactions between microbes (bacteria), the gut lining, and the immune system.
Chronic, low-grade inflammation can become a silent killer contributing to cardiovascular disease, cancer, type 2 diabetes and other conditions.
When we consider the connection between the brain and the gut, it’s essential to know that 90% of serotonin receptors are located in the gut.
Read more about the Microbiome here.
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Homeopathy can help rebalance your microbiome and address different underlying causes.
For this to happen, you need to work with a homeopath. The treatment is individualized, and there are no set protocols. Advice on a healthy diet and lifestyle is given, and some supplements when required. It is a health journey and takes time. How long it will depend on the case. As a rule, the longer you had the problems more time you will need for your body to heal.
I use Ton Jansen’s method of prescribing to detox, rebalance and promote health. The detoxing and balancing courses are usually over 8 weeks. Most of the clients need 3-4 appointments which are done over 6-8 months.
Sara is 40 years old and came to me with digestive symptoms- bloating wind, constipation, oral candidiasis and vaginal candidiasis. Her problems have been ongoing for more than 12 years. Sara had many courses of conventional antifungal treatment, but her symptoms kept relapsing. She was on the Candida diet for 6 months before her 1st appointment.
She has a history of a high-sugar diet and many antibiotics for ear, nose, and throat infections. Dental amalgams, contraceptives.
Sara had 3 appointments where we did poly-contraceptives, poly-antibiotics and dental amalgam detoxes and bowel nosodes course, which is a microbiome balancing course. Plus, a constitutional remedy weekly that covers most of the main symptoms and a miasmatic remedy as an opening remedy (A single dose at the start of the course). Sara was already on a healthy diet and was advised to take supplements to support the heavy metal detox. She was doing coconut oil pulling first thing in the morning, which helped with the oral thrush. Her symptoms fully resolved after the treatment.
In this case, we can see that a client with candida overgrowth often has various symptoms- oral and vaginal thrush and digestive symptoms. Her symptoms were ongoing for many years, and she needed a treatment that went on for 6 months- one consultation every 2 months. I saw her 3 times during this period.
Sometimes I am asked why I do not prescribe just one remedy and see if it will be enough. This is the classical homeopathic approach. In my experience, this is possible for healthy people who need a slight boost from the remedy and will return to balance. Well, the patients I see usually had problems for many years, had tried conventional and other treatments, and came to homoeopathy as a last resource. These people are not at a high level of health. They are struggling to rebalance and need detoxes and balancing courses to help their system regain balance. They would not have ongoing candida overgrowth if they were at a high level of health.
Homeopathic remedies often used for Gut symptoms:
It helps to reduce uncomfortable and painful bloating in the lower stomach. This remedy is well-suited to people with IBS & food intolerances, especially onions, oysters, cabbage and beans. The pains are worse in the evening, typically from 4- 8, and are relieved by passing wind. The inflamed digestive tract struggles to get enough nutrition from food, so there can be a loss of weight with fullness and bloating in the abdomen. The appetite is changeable and can go from ravenous to full after a few mouthfuls.
Nux Vom aids with overindulgence, constipation and heartburn. This remedy suits people who burn the candle at both ends, working hard and playing harder. Eventually, this stressful lifestyle takes its toll, and the digestive system suffers. There are severe stomach cramps and acid reflux that are aggravated by mental exertion. Hiccoughs, belching, fullness and indigestion are worse after coffee, spicy foods and smoking. There can also be a lot of nausea and feelings of being seasick. The remedy is also beneficial to treat a hangover.
Stomach cramps aggravated by touch, with burning pains worse in the morning and at night. Appetite usually increases, especially around 11 am, with an ‘all-gone’ sensation. The stomach feels very heavy straight after eating.
For those who struggle with rich, fatty foods, Carbo Veg works to combat heaviness and fullness in the stomach. The remedy is well-suited to older people or those suffering from general fatigue with stomach pains that are burning, sore or pressing. There are cramps which feel like the stomach is being contracted with a lot of bloating after eating. Butter, fats & rich foods can cause belching, heartburn and indigestion with weakness or faintness.
China Officinalis. The appetite swings from being ravenous to being entirely off food, with a feeling of fullness after eating a small amount. Stomach acidity with a great deal of bloating & bitter or sour belching. Fruit and milk aggravate, and the pains are pressing or sore. Digestion, in general, is very slow.
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Disclaimer: This article is for educational purposes only and not intended to replace the advice of your physician or health care provider.
For best results and treatment tailored to your symptoms, I recommend an appointment with a qualified homeopath interested in Gut health.