Homoeopathy is very effective in Coeliac Disease
Coeliac disease, sometimes called coeliac sprue or gluten sensitive enteropathy is a condition in which body’s immune system becomes sensitive towards gluten, a protein present in wheat, barley and rye. As a reaction, gluten triggers an immune response, destroying inner lining of small intestine. In long term effects, it leads to malabsorption of other important nutrients which are important for the body.
In children, this can affect growth and development also, other than the symptoms caused in adults. Various foods that are made up of wheat, barley, rye, or contain them as an ingredient should be avoided if you have coeliac disease. Some common foods that contain gluten are wheat flour, refined flour (maida), pasta, noodles, crackers, malt beverages, breads and pastries, baked goods, corn flakes, sauces, Brewers yeast, beer, etc. Almost everything that we eat may contain gluten so it is advised to always check, if it’s written “gluten free” on the packaging.
Symptoms produced by coeliac disease can vary from patient to patient and are different for children and adults. Children with coeliac disease mostly have digestive problems like diarrhoea, vomiting, yellowish foul smelling stools, abdominal bloating and pain. If disease is not diagnosed early, continuous destruction of inner lining of small intestine leads to malabsorption, resulting in problems like failure to thrive in infants, weight loss, anaemia, defective tooth enamel, retarded growth, short stature, delayed puberty etc.
In adults, digestive problems like diarrhoea/constipation, bloating, unexplainable nausea and vomiting, abdominal pain, may be found, but these are mostly occasional. Most of the symptoms that are common in adults are associated symptoms like fatigue, anaemia, weight loss, any combination of iron, vitB12 and folic acid deficiency, skin rashes, lever abnormalities, repeated miscarriage, or neurological diseases like ataxia etc.
Symptoms produced by coeliac disease are similar to many other diseases like irritable bowel syndrome, iron deficiency anaemia, inflammatory bowel disease, intestinal infections, etc and therefore seldom gets misdiagnosed with any other disease. As this is a syndrome, there are no proper medical explanations to why and how this disease develops, but it is seen running in families, so it has something to do with certain genes. It has been found that stressful medical conditions like viral infections and surgeries, emotional trauma and pregnancies can also act like a trigger. People having other diseases like Addison’s disease, Down syndrome, Turners syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis are more prone to this disorder.
Coeliac disease is said to be incurable condition, with whole life abstinence of gluten in your diet. If you don’t take gluten for a long time, the villi in the small intestine get time to recover back and start working normally. Rest medications are available for conditions arising from malabsorption of nutrients.
The homeopathic doctor approach for treatment in these cases are same as the approach taken for any autoimmune or allergic diseases, and can be very helpful if medicines are chosen according to individual symptoms. Objective of the homeopathy clinic in theses cases is to reduce body’s hypersensitivity towards gluten and treat symptoms produced by it accordingly.
Some of the commonly used medicines are sulphur, calcarea carb, phosphorus, silica, thuja, Argentum nitricum, iris versicolor, etc.