If you have ever experienced a bout of indigestion you’ll know it can be extremely unpleasant. Perhaps after a special evening in company of great friends and good food; it was self inflicted and you grudgingly endured it. However many people experience Indigestion very regularly. Even to the extent that it may severely disrupt their ability to enjoy what they love doing; in their day to day lives. Read on to learn about Homeopathic support in Indigestion and Heartburn.
Symptoms may include:
- Early fullness during a meal.
- Uncomfortable and lasting fullness after a meal.
- Discomfort and pain in the upper abdomen above the navel and below the breastbone.
- Burning and heat in the upper abdomen.
- Bloating and tightness due to a buildup of gas in the upper abdomen.
- Nausea, belching and occasionally vomiting.
Sometimes people with indigestion also experience heartburn, but heartburn and indigestion are two separate conditions.
Heartburn is a pain or burning feeling in the center of your chest. It may radiate into your neck or back during or after eating. It happens regularly that a sufferer may fear these distressing symptoms to be signs of a heart attack. A visit to a doctor or A & E is a great idea; if you are not sure what you are dealing with. It’s better to be safe than sorry and have things checked out.
Symptoms of heartburn include:
- A burning pain in the chest that usually occurs after eating and may occur at night
- Pain that worsens when lying down or bending over
- Bitter or acidic taste in the mouth
Possible causes or triggers of digestive symptoms are many and include e.g.
- General diet and life style
- Food intolerances or allergies
- Medication side effects
- Physical malfunctions eg slack gastric pylorus or over/under production of stomach acid.
- Familiar/ Hereditary factors
- Anxiety and worry
- Medical conditions such as Eg. Gastritis, Peptic ulcers, Celiac disease, Gallstones, Constipation, Pancreatitis,,Stomach cancer, GERD, Intestinal blockage, Intestinal ischemia.
Many medications on the market claim to fix these problems, so that you can continue to eat the foods you like. But it is important to know that this conventional approach just masks the symptoms. It is also good to be aware that a lot of medications carry side effects that may add to the issue or may be cause to it. If you do use medications regularly, and suffer from indigestion, it may pay to discuss with your doctor if they need to be reassessed.
If you have regular indigestion or heartburn, you need to address the cause and correct the underlying imbalance; whether you suffer chronically or just occasionally.
Figure out what your gut is trying to tell you.
Digestion, absorption and assimilation of our food are not independent of our state of consciousness. There is a close link between Gut health and your emotions. We know we can experience ‘Butterflies’ or nausea or a knot in our stomach due to emotions, anticipation or stress.
So in turn we could look at symptoms in our gastric system and ask ourselves; what are these trying to tell us about; how well we ‘stomach’ our world, ‘digest’ events or ‘churn over our life’?
There are some theories that suggest that Indigestion and Heartburn may be physical expressions of Gut-level fear, dread and anxiety. If you look at it this way, you may understand that taking an antacid is not going to provide you with a long term solution; Often times you have to keep taking them in order to get relief. But the other issue is that medications often carry the risk of side effects.
Homeopathic support in Indigestion and heartburn
Because as a holistic therapy Homeopathy recognizes and takes in to consideration these mind- body connections. Learn more about Homeopathy here.
In a homeopathic consultation there is assessment of your immediate physical symptoms. Your overall heath history and wellbeing and life experiences also receive focus in this conversation. Talking through your issues can be very enlightening. It can result in insights to your health complaints you may not previously have recognised.
Two people with Indigestion and following their consultation may be given 2 very different homeopathic remedies . In order to help them individually to move on from the cause and restore better gut function. The remedy choice depends on how the indigestion came about and what the particular symptoms are for that specific person. There is no blanket treatment. Homeopathic support in Indigestion and Heartburn may look different for everyone as every situation is unique.
Some helpful remedies
Homeopathic remedies can provide natural relief in an acute event of Indigestion and heartburn too. However it is best to seek consultation if you suffer from these symptoms chronically . To find a remedy that best suits your overall situation will help you overcome the issue more permanently.
Some much used Homeopathic remedies in acute indigestion are; Nux Vomica in over indulgence in food, alcohol and coffee with cramping pains. Lycopodium with much gas, symptoms better for eating and anxiety about performance. Arsenicum Album where there is a lot of burning pains, restlessness and night time worsening around 1-2am.
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If you feel you would like to address your Indigestion or Heartburn symptoms with Homeopathy, naturally and more permanently; Don’t hesitate to contact me.
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