What is Crohn’s disease
A chronic form of inflammatory bowel disease, the general name for diseases that causes inflammation in the intestines. Crohn’s disease can be difficult to diagnose because its symptoms are similar to other intestinal disorders.
Symptoms of crohn’s disease
Common symptoms in patients with clinically significant crohn’s disease include postprandial epigastric pain and nausea. Additional symptoms include weight loss, early satiety, fatigue, and anorexia. Fever may also be associated with this condition. More continuous pain associated with nausea and vomiting can indicate the presence of gastric outlet obstruction secondary to gastroduodenal stricture formation.
Less commonly, crohn’s disease can cause gastrointestinal bleeding, usually in the form of chronic anemia, but also possibly hematemasis or melena.
Gastrocolic fistulae can develop, often due to active colonic disease, resulting in feculent vomiting.
Pancreatitis can also be a complication of duodenal crohn’s disease. Symptoms of crohn’s disease can be similar to those from peptic ulcer disease, gastritis, gastro esophageal reflux disease, and to another type of IBD called ulcerative colitis.
Diagnosis of crohn’s disease
A thorough physical examination of series of tests may be required to diagnose crohn’s disease. Blood tests may be done to check for anemia, which could indicate bleeding in the intestines. Blood tests may also uncover a high white blood cell count, which is a sign of inflammation somewhere in the body. By testing a stool sample, the physician can tell if there is bleeding or infection in the intestine.
An upper gastrointestinal series may be done at the small intestine. For this test, the patient drinks barium, before X-rays are taken. The barium show up white on X-ray film, revealing inflammation or other abnormalities in the intestine.
Colonoscopy can also be done. For this test, endoscope insertion is required in to the anus to see the inside of large intestine.
During the exam biopsy may be done, which involves taking a sample of tissue from the lining of the intestine to view with microscope.
If these tests show crohn’s disease, more X rays of both the upper and lower digestive tract may be necessary to see how much is affected by the disease.
Treatment of crohn’s disease in homeopathy
Homeopathy is one of the most popular holistic systems of medicine. The selection of remedy is based upon the theory of individualization and symptoms similarity by using holistic approach. This is the only way through which a state of complete health can be regained by removing all the sign and symptoms from which the patient is suffering. The aim of homeopathy is not only to treat crohn’s disease symptoms but to address its underlying cause and individual susceptibility. As far as therapeutic medication is concerned, several remedies are available to treat crohn’s disease that can be selected on the basis of cause, sensations and modalities of the complaints. For individualized remedy selection and treatment, the patient should consult a qualified homeopathic doctor in person. There are following remedies which are helpful in the treatment of crohn’s disease:
Ignatia – since the emotional element is uppermost in Ignatia, relationship of this physical irritation first needs to be established. To resolve this emotional state Ignatia is much helpful.
Natrum Mur – in chronic of Ignatia. Ill effects of grief, fright and anger aggravations by consolation are the characteristic features. Cutting pain in abdomen and the abdominal ring, burning and stitching pain in the rectum after a copious diarrhoea.
Staphisagria – is a nervous personality with marked irritability. This irritability is reflected in temper as well as in function of the digestion. The peristalsis is aggravated with the emotional outburst.
Aurum met – has feeling of self-condemnation and utter worthlessness, profound despondency that affects the digestion.
Nux Vomica – excellent medicine for Crohn’s disease, if one studies the Nux Vomica, one sees a clear picture of this condition.
Lycopodium – is another remedy that has a very close resemblance to the condition.
Merc sol – both have a very close relationship with the pathology of Crohn’s disease.
Some other medicines mainly include:
Aloe, Arsenic Album, China, Merc Cor, Phosphorous, Ipecauc, Sulphur.