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The Secret to Treating Stomach Bugs...(Hint:  Use Homeopathy)

The Secret to Treating Stomach Bugs...(Hint: Use Homeopathy)

Posted by Dr. Lisa Samet N.D. on Apr 8th 2016

The Scourge of the Stomach Bug

A parents’ guide to using homeopathy to help

Presented by Dr. Lisa Samet N.D.

On April 7th, 2016, Dr. Lisa Samet presented a webinar to help consumers understand how to use homeopathy to treat stomach bugs. What follows is the content of the webinar PowerPoint presentation. To see a recording of the webinar visit: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/recording/560019...

How do we contract gastroenteritis:

The stomach flu can be caused by a number of different viruses that attack your gut. These viruses can be contracted from food that was inadequately prepared/stored or rotten (food poisoning) or from another person who has the virus. Typically, the virus is very contagious and often can run through everyone in the house in matter of days.

Signs and symptoms:

  • —Fever, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea are the most common symptoms
  • —Typically last 24-48 hours
  • —If you are in contact with a sick person, make sure to wash hands and surfaces often

What to do?

  • —Choose a homeopathic remedy
  • —Fluids are critically important as you’re losing vital bodily fluids through sweating, vomiting, and diarrhea. Drink small sips (good choices include: water, broth, ginger or peppermint tea) or suck on ice chips
  • —If there is a fever, BEST NOT TO EAT
  • —If no fever and hunger, small amounts of BRAT foods: banana, rice, apple sauce, toast work best

How to Choose the Remedy:

  • —In homeopathy, we always look for ‘strange, rare and peculiar symptoms’ as the best guide to the right remedy
  • —Make note of the peculiar symptoms with regard to the specific complaints of the illness (ie, what’s peculiar about the diarrhea, vomiting, etc?)
  • —Then make a note of the peculiar symptoms looking at the general aspects of the person (ie, their thirst, temperature, food cravings, mood, etc – is it different than their usual?)

Common Remedies in Acute Gastro:

—Arsenicum Album

—Pulsatilla

—Phosphorus

—Nux vomica

—Sulphur

—Veratrum album

—Podophyllum

—Ipecac


Keynotes of Arsenicum Album

—**Great weakness, esp after diarrhea**

—**Thirsty for small sips (usually room temp)**

—**Better heat, warm drinks**

—**Very chilly**

—Worse between 1-3am

—Great anxiety and restlessness accompanies the nausea, doesn’t want to be alone

—Vomiting & diarrhea at the same time

—Stool: can be burning, acidic, yellow, very offensive

—Vomiting immediately after drinking smallest amount


Keynotes of Pulsatilla

—**Weepy, clingy, down mood with sadness**

—**Craves and feels generally better from fresh air, esp nausea**

—**Feels better from reassurance, company**

—Not thirsty, even with the fever

—Nausea (and generally) worse heat, warm drinks, better cold

Worse evening


Keynotes of Phosphorus

—**Wants and better from cold drinks**

— Fearful (alone, dark, etc)

— Better from sleeping, a nap

— Vomiting 15-20 minutes after drinking even a small amount

— Has an appetite with the fever

— Watery, greenish, mucousy diarrhea

—Burning pains common


Keynotes of Nux vomica

—**Irritable mood**

—**Chilly, even with a fever**

—**“wants to but can’t” – has repeated urges to vomit, pass stool but cannot**

—Much retching

—Hypersensitivity to noise, light, odors, being questioned

—Great anxiety accompanies the nausea

—Spasmodic, crampy pains

—Complaints worse a.m. in bed on waking


Keynotes of Sulphur

—Foul-smelling diarrhea (possibly like rotten eggs)

—**Diarrhea gets patient out of bed in the morning, esp 5am, waking with urging**

—Thirsty for cold drinks

—**Feeling overly warm and wanting to uncover**

—Red lips (more in children)

—Involuntary stool on passing gas (compare Aloe)

—Nausea worse from bad odors

—Standing aggravates most complaints


Keynotes of Veratrum Album

—**Cold perspiration on forehead with diarrhea and vomiting**

—**Huge thirst for cold water**

—Craving for sour things

—Burping after eating and heartburn

—Diarrhea worse from motion

—Involuntary stool on passing gas

—Violent, forceful vomiting with equally forceful, gushing diarrhea

—Acidic diarrhea


Keynotes for Podophyllum

—**Painless diarrhea**

—**Forceful, gushing stool which shoots out**

—Frothy, fermented stool

—Yellow stool with pieces of food (lienteric)

—Great weakness after diarrhea


Keynotes for Ipecac

—**“Deathly”, violent, unrelenting nausea**

—**Nausea not better from vomiting**

—Nausea with much salivation

—Faintness after vomiting

—Paroxysmal (waves of) vomiting


Dosing:

  • Ideally a 200c potency
  • Frequency depends on severity of illness
  • General improvements are equally or more important than improvements in the specifics
  • Always give at least 2 doses of the chosen remedy before you change remedies
  • If you change the remedy, observe if any symptoms got worse & use this as your guide.

About Dr. Lisa Samet:  

Dr. Lisa Samet N.D. provides Washington Homeopathic Products with a regular column on using homeopathy for the family. She's a naturopathic physician who specializes in homeopathic medicine and she's a partner with Dr. Andre Saine N.D. She is perhaps best known as a guest expert on homeopathy used by Dr. Mehmet Oz M.D. on the popular TV program - the Dr. Oz Show. Dr. Samet graduated from the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in 1998 and has been practicing in Montreal since then. She was born and raised in New York.

Dr. Samet has chosen to focus on homeopathy because in her experience it is the deepest healing modality available in that it does not just soothe or palliate symptoms but can actually stimulate the body to start to heal itself. Dr. Samet sees patients in her Montreal office as well as remotely using Skype. Dr. Lisa Samet. You can follow her on Facebook as well

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