Gastric issues with weight loss indicate that the food is not properly digested and the nutrients from the food are not well absorbed by the body. There are various kind of gastric issues that can be attended with weight loss. The first among these is IBD. IBD refers to inflammatory bowel disease. It is an autoimmune disorder that includes two diseases named Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. In Crohn’s disease, inflammation occurs in the gastrointestinal tract (GIT) anywhere starting from the mouth to the anus.
In ulcerative colitis, there appear inflammation and ulcers in the colon (large intestine) and/ or the rectum. The second cause can be celiac disease. Celiac disease indicates a gastric condition in which eating gluten (a protein found in wheat, rye, barley) products damages the small intestine due to an autoimmune response. Another reason can be peptic ulcers. Peptic ulcers refer to open sores that form on the lining of the stomach or the first part of the small intestine i.e. the duodenum. Ulcers forming in the stomach are called gastric ulcers and those forming in the duodenum are duodenal ulcers.
IBS can also be one of the reasons for gastric trouble. IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) is a functional disorder of the colon/ large intestine that results in diarrhea, constipation or an alternation between these two, gas and bloating. IBS does not directly lead to weight loss but taking restricted diet in IBS may lead to weight loss.
Other reasons for gastric issues may include pancreatitis, SIBO, lactose intolerance, Gastroparesis and Whipple’s disease. Pancreatitis denotes inflammation of the pancreas. SIBO is small intestinal bowel overgrowth, a condition occurring from the imbalance of the gut bacteria. Lactose intolerance is defined as the inability to digest lactose in milk due to a deficiency of lactase enzyme. Gastroparesis (delayed gastric emptying) is a condition whereby there is slowing down of speed of the passage of food through the stomach due to which food remains in the stomach for a relatively longer time. Whipple’s disease is a rare bacterial infection of the small intestine caused by a bacteria named Tropheryma whipplei. The last cause can be the cancer of digestive tract.
Depending on the reason behind weight loss with gastric issues, some other symptoms may occur. These include pain in the abdomen, diarrhea, mucus/ blood in the stool, tenesmus (an ineffectual urge to pass stool even when bowels are empty), constipation, gas, bloating, nausea and vomiting.
Homeopathy is very effective in managing gastric issues with weight loss. Homeopathic medicines help magnificently in halting further weight loss. These medicines are entirely safe to use as they are prepared from naturally occurring substances. They have zero side effects. Along with managing weight loss, it also helps in relieving other attending symptoms like pain in the abdomen, diarrhea, mucus/ blood in the stool, tenesmus, constipation, gas, bloating, nausea and vomiting. There are no specific medicines in homeopathy that will suit each and every case of gastric issues along with weight loss. The homeopathic medicines are selected for every individual case separately after detailed case evaluation based on symptom presentation that varies from case to case. So it is advised to use any homeopathic medicine under the supervision of a homeopathic physician. Homeopathic medicines are recommended for mild to moderate cases without any serious cause. In severe cases and cases that occur from serious causes like cancer of gastrointestinal tract, help from conventional mode of treatment should be taken as homeopathy has a limitation to help cases arising from serious causes.
Homeopathic Medicines For Gastric Issues With Weight Loss
1. Arsenic Album
Arsenic Album is a leading homeopathic medicine to manage cases of gastric issues with weight loss. In cases needing it, burning pain in the abdomen is well-marked. Heartburn (burning sensation in the middle of the chest behind the breastbone) is also felt. Burps of bitter and acidic matter irritate the throat. Nausea and vomiting are present. It gets worse after eating or drinking. Along with the above, one may suffer from loose stool. The stool has an offensive smell. Excessive weakness occurs in addition to the above symptoms. In cases needing this medicine, stomach inflammation may be there and ulcers may be present in the stomach.
2. Merc Sol
This medicine is of great use when, along with weight loss, there is loose stool with mucus and blood. Cutting, stitching pain is felt in the lower abdomen. Pain occurs from the right to left side of the abdomen. It gets worse from walking. While passing stool, pinching pain is felt in the abdomen. There is pain in the anus while passing stool after which burning and itching is felt at the anus. There is weakness after passing stool. In cases needing it, there is inflammation, and ulcers in the intestine.
3. Nux Vomica
Nux Vomica can be considered for weight loss cases where constipation is a prominent gastric symptom. The key indication of constipation is a frequent ineffectual urge to pass stool. The stool is unsatisfactory. There is scanty passage of stool several times in a day. There is always a never-get-done sensation with a feeling as if some part of stool still remains behind in the rectum that needs to be passed. The stool is dry and hard. Sometimes, blood passes with stool. Pain in the rectum is of sharp type which occurs after passing stool.
4. China Officinalis
Homeopathic medicine China Officinalis is a prominent medicine when weight loss is attended with prominent diarrhea. Stool is loose, foul smelling with passage of excess gas. Stool is brownish or yellow, frothy and may contain undigested food particles. There is pain in the abdomen before and after passing stool. Sometimes stool passes involuntarily. Loose stool is accompanied by intense weakness and trembling. There is gas in the abdomen with a marked bloated abdomen.
Lycopodium is highly beneficial when there is weight loss with the main symptom of excessive gas in the abdomen. Gas is produced soon after eating even a slight amount of food. There is bloating in the abdomen. Gas is most prominent in the lower part of the abdomen. There may occur constipation along with the above complaints. The gastric issues in cases needing this medicine get worse from eating beans, cabbage and gas-forming food (flatulent food).
6. Carbo Veg
This medicine is highly important for cases where bloating of abdomen is prominent along with weight loss. Gas is mostly present in the upper abdomen. It gets worse from the intake of little food or even the simplest kind of food. The gas may get trapped and cause stomach pain. Bloating in abdomen is well marked. It worsens on lying down. Tight clothes are unbearable around the abdomen. Sour burps may occur. Additionally, there may occur burning in the stomach.
This medicine is helpful for cases where burning occurs in stomach after eating. Pain also occurs in stomach. Pain gets better specifically from cold drinks. Sour burps with sour taste in mouth occur after eating every meal. Vomiting may also occur. There may also occur an empty feeling in the stomach. The stool may be loose. Excessive weakness can follow passing stool. Burning is felt in the rectum.