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Inflammatory Bowel Disease – Crohn’s and Colitis – A Homeopathic Approach

Danny Thomas
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The author discusses inflammatory bowel disease and describes some of the remedies often indicated.

Disease information

IBD (Inflammatory Bowel Disease) is a group of inflammatory conditions (Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis) mainly affecting the large and small bowel. The distinguishing features of Crohn’s and UC depend on the location and presentation of the inflammatory changes. UC primarily affects the colon and rectum, while Crohn’s can affect any portion of the GI tract from the mouth to anus. The majority of clinical cases affect the terminal ileum (portion connecting the small and large intestine). Furthermore, UC is limited to the mucosa or lining of the gut, while Crohn’s affects the whole bowel wall, resulting in skip-like “transmural lesions.” Unlike UC, Crohn’s is widely regarded as an autoimmune condition.

While the causes of IBD are unknown, symptoms include:

  • abdominal cramps

  • gas

  • bloating

  • frequent loose stools

  • tenesmus

  • fever

  • weight loss

  • development of fistula

Secondary complications and symptoms include:

  • mouth sores

  • skin rashes

  • arthritis

IBD typically strikes both genders equally, most often developing during the teenage years or early adulthood. Caucasians, patients of Jewish descent and patients with a family history of IBD are at an increased risk of developing IBD. IBD is most often confused or misdiagnosed initially as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). While both can cause chronic digestive problems, the key feature in IBD is the presentation of inflammation, ulcers and a damaged digestive tract, all of which are absent in IBS.

Several diagnostic tests for IBD are available including barium X-ray, CT, MRI, wbc count, ultrasound and/or colonoscopy.

Homeopathic treatment plans for IBD

In clinical practice I have come across countless cases, in various stages of IBD and have had extremely positive results. The most useful tool in treatment is accurate case taking and history. Many patients typically ignore or neglect key symptoms that help accurately determine the most beneficial remedy or remedies for treatment. Proper administration of the treatment plan, nutritional, and lifestyle advice and patient compliance pay dividends in healing. These are the key remedies in treating IBD that we have implemented successfully

Nux Vomica (Colubrina)

  • Stomach: Sour taste, and nausea in the morning, after eating. Weight and pain in stomach; worse, eating, some time after. Flatulence and pyrosis. Sour, bitter eructations. Nausea and vomiting, with much retching. Ravenous hunger, especially about a day before an attack of dyspepsia. Region of stomach very sensitive to pressure. Epigastrium bloated, with pressure as of a stone, several hours after eating. Desire for stimulants. Loves fats and tolerates them well. Dyspepsia from drinking strong coffee. Difficult belching of gas. Wants to vomit, but cannot.

  • Abdomen: Bruised soreness of abdominal walls. Flatulent distension, with spasmodic colic. Colic from uncovering. Liver engorged, with stitches and soreness. Colic, with upward pressure, causing short breath, and desire for stool. Weakness of abdominal ring region. Strangulated hernia. Forcing in lower abdomen towards genitals. Umbilical hernia of infants.

  • Stool: Constipation, with frequent ineffectual urging, incomplete and unsatisfactory; feeling as if part remained unexpelled. Constriction of rectum. Irregular, peristaltic action; hence frequent ineffectual desire, or passing but small quantities at each attempt. Absence of all desire for defecation is a contra-indication. Alternate constipation and diarrhea-after abuse of purgatives. Urging to stool felt throughout abdomen. Itching, blind hemorrhoids, with ineffectual urging to stool; very painful; after drastic drugs. Diarrhea after a debauch; worse, morning. Frequent small evacuations. Scanty stool, with much urging. Dysentery; stools relieve pains for a time. Constant uneasiness in rectum.

Mercurius Corrosivus

  • Stomach: Incessant, green, bilious vomiting. Epigastrium very sensitive.

  • Abdomen: Bruised sensation; cecal region and transverse colon painful. Bloated; very painful to least touch.

  • Stool: Dysentery; tenesmus, not relieved by stool; incessant. Stool hot, bloody, slimy, offensive, with cutting pains and shreds of mucous membrane.

Ornithogalim Umbellatum

  • Stomach: Tongue coated. Agonizing feeling in chest and stomach, starting from pylorus with flatus that rolls in balls from one side to the other; loss of appetite, phlegmy retching and loss of flesh. Gastric ulceration even with hemorrhage. Pains increased when food passes pyloric outlet. Vomiting of coffee-ground-looking matter. Distention of stomach. Frequent belching of offensive flatus. Painful sinking across epigastrium.

Arsenicum Album

  • Stomach : Cannot bear the sight or smell of food. Great thirst; drinks much, but little at a time. Nausea, retching, vomiting, after eating or drinking. Anxiety in pit of stomach. Burning pain. Craves acids and coffee. Heartburn; gulping up of acid and bitter substances which seem to excoriate the throat. Long-lasting eructations. Vomiting of blood, bile, green mucus, or brown-black mixed with blood. Stomach extremely irritable; seems raw, as if torn. Gastralgia from slightest food or drink. Dyspepsia from vinegar, acids, ice-cream, ice-water, tobacco. Terrible fear and dyspnea, with gastralgia; also faintness, icy coldness, great exhaustion. Malignant symptoms. Everything swallowed seems to lodge in the esophagus, which seems as if closed and nothing would pass. Ill effects of vegetable diet, melons, and watery fruits generally. Craves milk.

  • Abdomen.–Gnawing, burning pains like coals of fire; relieved by heat. Liver and spleen enlarged and painful. Ascites and anasarca. Abdomen swollen and painful. Pain as from a wound in abdomen on coughing.

  • Rectum.–Painful, spasmodic protrusion of rectum. Tenesmus. Burning pain and pressure in rectum and anus.

  • Stool.–Small, offensive, dark, with much prostration. Worse at night, and after eating and drinking; from chilling stomach, alcoholic abuse, spoiled meat. Dysentery dark, bloody, very offensive. Cholera, with intense agony, prostration, and burning thirst. Body cold as ice. Hemorrhoids burn like fire; relieved by heat. Skin excoriated about anus.

Bryonia

  • Stomach: Nausea and faintness when rising up. Abnormal hunger, loss of taste. Thirst for large draughts. Vomiting of bile and water immediately after eating. Worse, warm drinks, which are vomited. Stomach sensitive to touch. Pressure in stomach after eating, as of a stone. Soreness in stomach when coughing. Dyspeptic ailments during summer heat. Sensitiveness of epigastrium to touch.

  • Abdomen : Liver region swollen, sore, tensive. Burning pain, stitches; worse, pressure, coughing, breathing. Tenderness of abdominal walls.

  • Stool: Constipation; stools hard, dry, as if burnt; seem too large. Stools brown, thick, bloody; worse in morning, from moving, in hot weather, after being heated, from cold drinks, every spell of hot weather.

Lycopodium

  • Stomach: Dyspepsia due to farinaceous and fermentable food, cabbage, beans, etc. Excessive hunger. Aversion to bread, etc. Desire for sweet things. Food tastes sour. Sour eructations. Great weakness of digestion. Bulimia, with much bloating. After eating, pressure in stomach, with bitter taste in mouth. Eating ever so little creates fullness. Cannot eat oysters. Rolling of flatulence. Wakes at night feeling hungry. Burning eructations rise only to pharynx there burn for hours. Likes to take food and drink hot. Sinking sensation; worse night.

  • Abdomen: Immediately after a light meal, abdomen is bloated, full. Constant sense of fermentation in abdomen, like yeast working; upper left side. Hernia, right side. Liver sensitive. Brown spots on abdomen. Dropsy, due to hepatic disease. Hepatitis, atrophic from of nutmeg liver. Pain shooting across lower abdomen from right to left.

  • Stool: Diarrhea. Inactive intestinal canal. Ineffectual urging. Stool hard, difficult, small, incomplete. Hemorrhoids; very painful to touch, aching.

Nux Moschata

  • Stomach: Excessively bloated. Flatulent dyspepsia. Hiccough, and craving for highly-seasoned food.

  • Abdomen: Paralytic weakness of intestines. Enormously distended. Stool is soft, and yet is unable to expel it, even with long straining. Faintness during or after stool. Protruding piles.

Podophyllum

  • It affects chiefly the duodenum, small intestines, liver, and rectum. Gastro-enteritis with colicky pain and bilious vomiting. Stool is watery with jelly-like mucus, painless, profuse. Gushing and offensive.

  • Stomach: Hot, sour belching; nausea and vomiting. Thirst for large quantities of cold water. Vomiting of hot, frothy mucus. Heartburn; gagging or empty retching. Vomiting of milk.

  • Abdomen: Distended; heat and emptiness. Sensation of weakness or sinking. Can lie comfortably only on stomach. Liver region painful, better rubbing part. Rumbling and shifting of flatus in ascending colon.

  • Rectum: Diarrhea of long standing; early in morning; during teething, with hot, glowing cheeks while being bathed or washed; in hot weather after acid fruits. Morning, painless diarrhea when not due to venous stasis or intestinal ulceration. Green, watery, fetid, profuse, gushing. Prolapse of rectum before or with stool. Constipation; clay-colored, hard, dry, difficult. Constipation alternating with diarrhea. Internal and external piles.

Vertarum Album

  • Stools large, with much straining until exhausted, with cold sweat. Diarrhea very painful, watery, copious, and forcibly evacuated, followed by great prostration. Evacuations of cholera morbus and true cholera when vomiting accompanies the purging.

** All remedy notes were used from Homeopathic Materia Medica by William Boericke MD presented by Medi – T. http://www.homeoint.org/books/boericmm/p.htm**

Dr. Danny Thomas B.Sc., D.M.S., H.D.
Alberta Homeopathic Medical Clinic & Alberta Thermography Clinic
Specialists in Medical Infrared Thermography
#310, 7 St. Anne St. St. Albert, AB T8N 2X4
Tel:  780.459.5996
Fax: 780.665.6123
www.askdrthomas.com www.albertathermographyclinic.com

About the author

Danny Thomas

Danny Thomas

Dr. Danny Thomas- B.Sc, DMS, HD, CCT -graduated from the University of Winnipeg with a Bachelors of Science Degree in Biochemistry after which he completed research studies on the prevention of restenosis in patients with balloon angioplasty. Dr. Thomas completed his degree with the publication of his thesis: "A Homeopathic Therapeutic Evaluation of Inflammatory Bowel Disease: Ulcerative Colitis & Crohn's Disease." Dr. Thomas works full time as the clinical director at Alberta Homeopathic Medical Clinic located in St. Albert, AB with a special interest in Gastrointestinal Health, Pediatrics and Women's Health. In addition to private practice, Dr. Thomas teaches at the Canadian Institute for Traditional Chinese Medicine & Acupuncture and is the clinical director of Alberta Thermography Clinic, specialists in Medical Infrared Imaging.

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  • DEAR DR.
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    DR SHEKHAR

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  • pls suggest me some useful remedies for colon enlarge to the left side of my abdomen only.And treatment should be taken for this prloblems.

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      Dr.Ravi Rao

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