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 Homeopathic Medicines for Indigestion, Gas, and Heartburn: Natural Remedies You Can Stomach 
The following is one in an ongoing series of columns entitled Understanding Homeopathy by . View all columns in series

Nux vomica (poison nut) is a remedy for acute nausea and vomiting, especially when these symptoms are the result of over eating, drinking alcohol, or food poisoning, and often accompa nied by flatulence, bloating, heartburn, and either diarrhea or constipation. This remedy provides relief from hangovers and also helps deal with digestive complaints that are aggravated by therapeutic or recreational drugs. People who need Nux vomica usually experience the worst symptoms in the morning upon waking. These people wake unrefreshed and are highly irritable. They feel some relief from warmth, warm applications, and warm drinks. Bryonia (wild hops) is a remedy that is known to be effective in treating nausea that is aggravated by motion (the simple act of just getting up or stooping can lead the person to vomit). These people are are also aggravated in a warm room and by heat. Even though their stomach may be sensitive to touch, people who need this remedy are at least partially relieved by lying on their stomach. They may also experience some relief in cool or open air and by resting. These people also have a significant thirst, typically for cold drinks though they may experience some relief from drinking warm fluids. Concurrent with their digest iive symptoms, they may experience a headache in the front part of the head.

Podophyllum (may apple) is a valuable remedy when the person experiences diarrhea with nausea and vomiting. The diarrhea is painless, profuse, offensive, and expelled with gushing force. Typically, much gurgling in the abdomen is felt, and prior to having a stool, much gas released with the diarrhea.

Pulsatilla (windflower) is helpful for people who suffer from indigestion after eating rich foods or pork. They have bloating, abdominal distension, and sometimes a headache. They tend to be thirstless. This remedy is more often given to chil dren and women than to men.

Carbo veg (vegetable charcoal) provides relief for people who suffer from great distension and offensive gas from almost any kind of food. They experience some relief from the release of gas and desire carbonated drinks because they seem to help in releasing it, but these people seem to be gas manufacturers, and any relief that they experience is only temporary...until they take Carbo veg.

A leading remedy for acid indigestion is Natrum phos (sodium phosphate), which is both a homeopathic medicine and a cell salt. This remedy is indicated in the typical symptoms of acid indiges tion with sour belching, sour tasting vomit, and yellow discolor ation of the tongue. It is also a remedy useful in people who get digestive symptoms after eating fats.

Dose and Potency: It is generally recommended to use the 6th, 12th, or 30th potencies. Use the 30th potency when you are confident with the selection of the remedy; use the 6th potency when you are less certain. In terms of the dosage, take a dose every two to three hours during intense symptoms and every four to six hours during less intense symptoms.

When the correct remedy is taken, symptoms are usually relieved within hours or at least after a night's rest. If no relieve has occured after 24 hours, consider another remedy or consider seeking professional homeopathic care.

How do I Learn More About Homeopathy?
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DANA ULLMAN, MPH, is one of America's leading advocates for homeopathy. He has authored 10 books, including ...moreDana Ullman, MPH
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