What It Is, Causes, Signs & Homeopathic Management of Celiac Disease
Celiac disease, sometimes called celiac sprue/ wheat allergy or gluten-sensitive enteropathy, is an immune reaction to eating gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley and rye.
What happens in Celiac Disease?
- Digestive problems (abdominal bloating, pain, gas, constipation, diarrhea, pale stools and weight loss).
- A severe blistering skin rash called dermatitis herpetiformis and sores in the mouth (called aphthous ulcers).
- Unexplained Anemia (low blood count) or hepatitis (inflammation of the liver).
- Musculoskeletal problems (muscle cramps, joint and bone pain) and defects in dental enamel.
- Tingling sensation in the legs (caused by nerve damage and low calcium).
How is Celiac Disease managed?
A strict, lifelong gluten-free diet is the only way to manage celiac disease. Besides wheat, foods that contain gluten include:
- Graham flour
- Spelt (a form of wheat)
A dietitian who works with people with celiac disease can help you plan a healthy gluten-free diet. Even trace amounts of gluten in your diet can be damaging, even if they don’t cause signs or symptoms.
Gluten can be hidden in foods, medications and nonfood products, including:
- Modified food starch, preservatives and food stabilizers
- Prescription and over-the-counter medications
- Vitamin and mineral supplements
- Herbal and nutritional supplements
- Lipstick products
- Toothpaste and mouthwash
- Communion wafers
- Envelope and stamp glue
- Play dough
Removing gluten from your diet will gradually reduce inflammation in your small intestine, causing you to feel better and eventually heal. Children tend to heal more quickly than adults.
Vitamin and Mineral supplements
If your anemia or nutritional deficiencies are severe, your doctor or dietitian might recommend that you take supplements, including:
- Vitamin B-12
- Vitamin D
- Vitamin K
What is the best treatment for Celiac Disease?
Homeopathic treatment for Celiac disease has good scope in managing symptoms and complications of Celiac Disease. It helps in preventing the relapse of the condition. Homeopathic treatment for Celiac disease is safe and without any side-effects.
Arsenicum – A grand medicine in gastric disorders stomach irritation, the pains, inability to digest food and the want of appetite.
Carbo Vegetabilis – Great distention of the abdomen, temporarily relieved by belching. Worse from fat, fish, oysters, ice cream, vinegar or cabbage. Milk increases the flatulence.
Colocynthis – Irritable persons easily angered, and produce ill effects. Agonizing cutting cramp like pain in abdomen causing patient to end over double. Jelly-like stools. Musty odour.
Nux Vomica – Glandular secretion and muscular tone of the digestive organs are affected. Mental overwork, sedentary occupations, high living and dissipation. There is often nausea, empty retching, scanty, sour vomiting, water brash, bitter, metallic or putrid taste.
It is, however, worthwhile to remember that self-medication is not recommended.
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