Studied Homeopathic Remedies
- Nux vomica
The term gastritis generally refers to inflammation of the stomach wall. Symptoms include uncomfortable sensations in the stomach area ranging from vague nausea and feelings of fullness to unpleasant burning and even vomiting. In some cases, gastritis may be the beginning of the road that leads to an ulcer, but it can also be a relatively mild, recurrent condition. In the latter case, the description “irritable” or “nervous” stomach is commonly used.
Note: Symptoms of gastritis overlap with more serious conditions, such as stomach ulcers or esophageal reflux. Physician evaluation is strongly recommended if symptoms are severe, recurrent, or prolonged.
Scientific Evaluations of Homeopathic Remedies for Gastritis
Three studies, two of which were randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trials, examined the effectiveness of treating mild gastritis with the homeopathic remedy Nux vomica . Overall, however, the results were not promising.
The first was a double-blind study enrolling a total of 147 participants, who received either
D4 or placebo.
Two other double-blind studies included a total of 69 patients; one tested
at a strength of D4, and the other used a D30 potency.
These reasonably sized studies of homeopathic Nux vomica suggest that it is indeed probably not effective for treating gastritis.
Traditional Homeopathic Treatments for Gastritis
Homeopathic practitioners have traditionally used the remedy described above,
, in the treatment of gastritis.
is said to be indicated for those who experience heartburn or stomach pain after eating; wake at night with stomach discomfort, including pain or bloating; and often have constipation or diarrhea. Symptoms are worsened by rich or spicy foods, and made better by warmth. Irritability and impatience are also prominent parts of the classic
Lycopodium may be traditionally indicated when belching, bloating, and easy fullness are prominent parts of the symptom picture, along with indigestion related to social stress. Pulsatilla is frequently recommended for emotional, clingy people, who have rapidly changing symptoms, including heartburn and bloating, particularly after eating rich foods.
Last reviewed April 2009 by EBSCO CAM Review Board
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