IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) Here’s Help for You:
They call it a syndrome because it has multiple causes, known and likely some unknown, which makes it hard to treat. How can you treat what you don’t know? But we have to, if you want to get relief, so we will!
Did you know you also have a Gut-Brain? Yes, more complication. Here is the reference:
The gut, they postulate, receives signals from the central nervous system, and in reverse, the central nervous system receives signals from the gut – the “gut-brain axis.” It appears signals are transported through blood to the brain and also through endocrine pathways – pituitary, adrenals – which communicate with the hypothalamus in the brain. In the other direction, the brain also may send stress-induced messages that may create immune responses and change the microbiotic composition of feces in the guts.
The immune system may also send signals between gut and brain. “It’s now known that the brain and nerves do contain immune cells. And researchers have found that autoimmunity changes can arise because of signals from the nervous system, and a number of immune signals are risk factors for depression.”
The referenced article goes on to say that “researchers suspect that failures of the gut-brain and signal processes may be implicated in”: MS, Autism, Mood Disorders, Chronic Fatigue, IBS, Leaky Gut and possibly even Allergies and Diabetes. It says “the bacteria Alistipes has been implicated in chronic fatigue syndrome, IBS, as well as depression. It may be involved by generating inflammatory molecules that can alter the permeability of the intestine. Studies showed that antibiotics could change certain central nervous system signals.”
Also from the referenced article; “probiotics, beneficial live bacteria, have been observed regulating immune cell balances. Metabolites and signaling molecules, which are created in the microbiome, are being seen as essential to communication along the gut-brain axis. In animals, probiotic treatment was seen to alter levels of a neurotransmitter, reversing a number of nervous system disease models.”
Also from the article, in Leaky Gut “immune reactions in the blood, persistent inflammation and irritable bowel syndrome may all work together to weaken the integrity of the mucus lining – epithelial cells that provide a barrier between the gut and bloodstream.”
The article concludes, “it’s not time to “ask your doctor” yet. But it may be time for them to keep their eyes open.”
Ya, but we need help now.
Homeopathy; which is proved on humans, not animals; accepts all of the extreme complexity of the mind, body and spirit of man and already accepts, as true, all of the above research theories. Homeopathy; the second, most-widely used system of medicine in the world; is the safe place to start. Homeopathic remedies work on the whole person and we have the remedies now that, if correctly applied, can restore balance to the human conditions. (This will not be the place to question or dispute the efficacy of homeopathy. We will leave that for fools to discuss elsewhere.)
And maybe they told you it is all in your head and you should see a psychiatrist – horsepucky! Their drugs really scrambled my system and I found that I had to do it myself, if I wanted to live.
I found that my chronic condition needed chronic management. Homeopathic remedies could alleviate even my most severe symptoms and very careful application of herbals, fiber, probiotics and certain foods would restore natural balance to my deranged system. So, this is what works for me, complicated as it is.
There are 1000’s of homeopathic remedies, all of them good for certain people. The question is, which certain people are you at this time? To determine that I will apply the engineering concept of “failure modes”. How do we feel, when we are in one or another of our failure modes.
First, I identify my failure modes and then I can apply the most-likely indicated remedy.
Initially I would write down in a notebook a complete description of what symptom or set of symptoms was bothering me, including triggers. It is important to describe a complete picture of how you feel at this time including how you feel mentally, and symptoms in the head, eyes, ears, nose, face, mouth, tongue, teeth, gums, throat, stomach, abdomen, urinary, sexual, locomotor, extremities. Give it a title. This would be one of your “failure modes”. Maybe it is the only failure mode you have; or maybe at other times you have other sets of symptoms that bother you. Write those down with a separate title for each different set of symptoms.
See Failure Mode Descriptions, below, indicate appropriate homeopathic remedy.
Next, record what you are doing to alleviate a particular symptom and how well your treatment is working. This is how you can become your own best doctor.
Failure Modes for IBS
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is called a functional gastrointestinal disorder, meaning there is some type of disturbance in bowel function. Not a disease, but rather a syndrome, defined as a group of symptoms. These typically include chronic abdominal discomfort and diarrhea, constipation, or alternating bouts of the two.
People with IBS are also more likely to have other functional disorders such as anxiety, migraine headaches, low blood sugar, anemia, backache, gastritis, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, chronic pelvic pain, and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder and possibly others.
The beauty of homeopathy is that it totally recognizes the inherent complexity and inter-connectedness of the human condition and gives us natural and safe tools to begin to restore balance, alleviate pain and make us truly better.
The three main types (or Failure Modes) of IBS: diarrhea, constipation or a mixture of the two:
- IBS with constipation. Stomach pain and discomfort, bloating, abnormally delayed or infrequent bowel movement, or lumpy/hard stool.
- IBS with diarrhea. Stomach pain and discomfort, urgent need to move bowels, abnormally frequent bowel movements, or loose/watery stool.
- IBS with alternating constipation and diarrhea.
Homeopathy for IBS with Constipation
Indicated Remedy Remedy Symptoms (I find match to my Failure Mode at the time)
Alumina, 30c – Stool hard, dry, no desire, painful urging – left or both sides, straining even when soft, high up colic. Brittle skin around nails.Hasty, hurried, variable mood. Dryness throughout, chilly – worse warmth, itching when warm, swallow only small morsels, dryness of mucous membranes and skin, sluggish functions, scabs and hick yellow mucous in nose, red, staggers on walking. COMPLEMENTRY: Bryonia
Bryonia, 30c – Constipation, cough. , mucous membranes dry, nausea, thirst for cold, pressure in stomach, stitches abdomen, Irritable, business talk. Bursting headache, stitches and stiffness in small of bank, joints red, swollen, hot, with stitches and tearing pain, dropsical, cough with stitches in chest – worse warm room, difficult mucus, rust-colored. COMPLEMENTRY: Alumina, Rhus Tox, Upas.
Plumbum Metallicum – Mental depression, fears, gastralia, radiating colic, abdominal wall constriction, stools hard, lumpy, urging, spasm of anus, progressive muscular atrophy,
Natrum Muriaticum – Coldness, dry mucous membranes, weakness and weariness, ill effects of grief, fright, anger. Depressed, consolation aggravates, irritable about trifles, tears, headache, sneezing or dryness, constipation, dry stool, coldness of body, worse noise, music, heat. Complementary to: Apis, Sepia, Ignatia.
Aesculus Hipp, 30x – Helps lower bowel swollen hemorrhoids (may be internal), rectum feels full of small sticks, may burn with chills in back, large, hard, dry stools with backache Homeopathy for IBS with Diarrhea
Indicated Remedy Remedy Symptoms (find match to Your Failure Mode)
Arsenicum Album, 30c – Ailments from possible ptomaine poisoning or Ill effects of vegetable diet, melons, watery fruits or Septic infections and low vitality. Exhaustion, irritable weakness, restless – worse night, anguish, fear, fright, worry, burning pains relieved by heat. Dislikes sight or smell of food, great thirst but small sips. Could have headache – better cold although he is chilly, heartburn, vomiting, burning in head, eyes, ears, nose, face, throat, stomach, rectum, anus, stitching and burning tongue. Ingested spoiled food. Stomach extremely irritable, raw, liver and spleen enlarged and painful, abdomen swollen, ascites & burning, better heat. Stool small, offensive, dark with much prostration. Worse night, eating, drinking. Dysentery, very offensive, hemorrhoids burn, better heat. Dry, rough skin. Intermittent fevers. ANTIDOTAL to lead poisoning. COMPLEMENTARY: Rhus Tox, Carbo Veg, Phosphorus, Thuja, Secale.
Commentary: At night I was extremely tired and wanted to sleep, but I couldn’t fall asleep, even though I had taken some melatonin. I lay there and kept feeling restless and an irritable, but tired, need to change positions. I had eaten some fruit for a pick-up before a late dinner. I began to think, well, there it is: fruit and then exhaustion, irritable weakness, restlessness – worse at night and also my tongue had stitching and burning when I had rinsed with salt water. No other symptoms. So I took a few doses of Arsenicum (Ars) 30c in water. I finally slept well and got somewhat rested. On awakening, still felt extremely restless with need to change positions, heavy head and colic, with pain and stiffness in small of back, better motion, with tearing pains in tendons, ligaments and fascia – great indications for the complement to Arsenicum: Rhus Toxicodendron (Rhus T) (poison ivy). I took a few doses of Rhus T 30c in water and felt much recovered. That is how homeopathy works for me.
Phosphoric Acid, 30x – Acid debility following sour food or drink, distended, fermented, aching bowel, excessive urination. Nervous exhaustion, mental debility, apathy, indifference, headache, vertigo, . May have confusion, vision problems, pain in eyeballs, bone pains, chilliness or slight fever with dull comprehension and stupor, sweat, weak feeling in chest, pressure behind sternum, aching between scapula, in back and limbs, drowsiness, diarrhea or loose stools – painless with much flatulence, frequent watery urination, may be diabetic.
Commentary: My best drink is limeade, but sometimes I over-do it. I get symptoms indicating need for Phosphoric Acid – loosely described in the Homeopathic Materia Medica as: (Under stomach) “Symptoms following soar food and drink” – it is a marked acid debility producing a nervous exhaustion, drowsiness, but pains that seem prevent getting fully to sleep. A few doses of Phosphoric Acid in water seems to calm down my symptoms, start passing of much gas, and enable sleep. Then I know, yes, it was the right remedy.
Antimonium Crudum –
Homeopathy for IBS with Alternating Constipation and Diarrhea
Indicated Remedy Remedy Symptoms (find match to Your Failure Mode)
Phosphorus, 30c or 200c – More of a constitutional remedy for tall, slender persons, narrow chested, bleed easily, with irritated, inflamed, and degenerated mucous and serous membranes, inflamed nerves and nervous debility, sudden prostrations/sweats, low spirited, fearful, excitable, oversensitive, warm or chilly, may have atrophy of optic nerve, degenerative changes in retinal cells. Mist, veil, or black points float before eyes. Hearing difficult, thirst for cold water, vomiting maybe, hunger soon after eating, belching, ill effects of iodine or salt. Weak, empty, cutting pains, gone feeling in abdomen. Fetid stools and flatus, long, narrow, hard, difficult. Painless diarrhea, weak after stool. May have voice-box pain, tightness & heat in chest, cough, respiration difficult, possible pneumonia. Soft pulse, Pain and heat between shoulder blades/back, pain in shoulder, extremity motor problems – weakness, stitches, burning, numbness. Drowsiness, short naps and wakes frequently/weak, sleepless in elderly. If Tuberculosis suspected – danger, only allow professional homeopathic treatment. Phosphorus is not to be taken too frequently – I TAKE NO MORE THAN ONE DOSE EVERY OTHER DAY. COMPLEMENTARY: Silicea 30c or 200x.
Commentary: For some years I had been taking Phosphorus 200c, my constitutional remedy – I am tall, slender and have many of the symptoms, except that I probably do not have the symptoms of the optic nerve, retinal cells, hearing, vomiting, voice box, cough, pneumonia or tuberculosis, and not usually diarrhea. (Many remedies have wide-ranging symptoms and one does not need to feel all of the indicated symptoms in order to be considered as a “fit” for the remedy.) I have also been taking Silicea, the complement to Phosphorus. However, for some reason I had recently not been taking these two remedies much at all like I used to. I began to have some general symptoms like tightness and pain between shoulder blades, in left shoulder, drowsiness but can’t seem to sleep. While researching and writing the above about Phosphorus, I began to see that it is actually these Phosphorus symptoms that I am having and very severely, too. I had even already called and made an appointment with the orthopedic surgeon that had operated on both of my shoulders at different times some years ago. The doctor, Dr. Knapp, only does shoulders, nothing else, and my shoulders had been fine for years. But now I am thinking something is really wrong with my left shoulder and the pain is extending into my spine and down my arm and is even disturbing my sleep. So I took a dose of Phosphorus 200c and about an hour later I took the complementary, Silicea 200x (I did fit the characteristic, feeling of coldness – and other symptoms, that indicates Silicea.) The result was that I was able to get some sleep and, when I awoke, I felt fairly relieved of the pains and most of the symptoms that indicate Phosphorus and Silicea – and from only one dose of each. The difference was so remarkable that, surprisingly even to me, I felt motivated to go to the gym and do a fair work-out session on the machines and hit the sauna and steam room.
COMMENTARY: Had a great dinner of which I ate amply. My stomach had not been feeling quite right, but we had a guest for dinner and, as I am “chief cook and bottle washer”, I felt the need to perform. So I ate some brewers yeast and whey lecithin and goat yogurt and I got hungry. I served some chicken wings that had been marinated in a teriyaki sauce along, with red, black and brown – sprouted rice, potato, and stir fried vegetables: Italian flat beans, parsley root – thinly sliced, carrot, green onion, and leak in organic butter. I guess the appetizer of rosemary sourdough bread with organic butter and the tequila – yes, that helped the appetite, too.
However, later I had some symptoms of Antimonium Crudum, notably, “excessive irritability and fretfulness” and what can loosely be described as “gouty metastasis of stomach and bowels: severe “bloating after eating, belching tasting of what you ate, heartburn, gastric and intestinal complaints from bread and pastry, acids, sour wine (I think the tequila qualifies as sour wine”. When I get this condition, I have gas but not passing it, continued drowsiness in old people.
Inflammaid – My Combination remedy: Apis Melifica 30c and Beladona 30c – mixed together in alcohol.
Apis Melifica 30c (The Honey-Bee) – Acts on cellular tissue causing edema of skin and mucous membranes, swelling or puffing up of various parts, stinging pains. Abdomen sore, bruised on pressure, extremely tender. Dropsy of abdomen. Worse heat. Anus feels raw, stinging hemorrhoids, Diarrhea or constipation. Synovitis, knee swollen, sensitive, sore, with stinging pains, Rheumatic pains in back and limbs.
Beladona 30c – Heat, redness, throbbing, burning, headache, worse lying down. Great thirst for cold water, dislike drinking, abdomen distended like pad, difficult stool, stricture, shooting pains, hot or cold, no thirst with fever, sleepless with drowsiness, better semi-erect. May be repeated frequently. Complementary: Calcium Carbonica