DIGESTIVE DISORDERS

ACID PEPTIC DISEASE

(Commonly known as acidity, gastritis)Acid peptic disorders include a number of conditions whose pathophysiology is believed to be the result of damage from acid and pepsin activity in the gastric secretions. It is a chronic symptom of mucosal damage caused by stomach acid coming up from the stomach into the esophagus

The two most common and well-defined diseases :

Gastroesophageal reflux disease
Peptic Ulcer

Gastroesophageal reflux disease

GERD is defined as chronic symptoms of heartburn, acid regurgitation, or both, 58.7% of the population has heartburn or acid regurgitation at least once during the course of a year and that 19.8% experience symptoms at least once weekly.It is estimated that approximately 50% of patients with typical reflux symptoms have erosive esophagitis

Causes:

In healthy patients the angle at which the esophagus enters the stomach—creates a valve that prevents duodenal bile, enzymes, and stomach acid from traveling back into the esophagus where they can cause burning and inflammation of sensitive esophageal tissue

Factors that can contribute to GERD:

Obesity
Hiatal hernia
Zollinger-Ellison syndrome, which can be present with increased gastric acidity due to gastrin production.
A high blood calcium level, which can increase gastrin production, leading to increased acidity
Scleroderma and systemic sclerosis, which can feature esophageal dysmotility.
The use of medicines such as prednisolone.

Homeopathic Approach

Homeopathy can be of great help for those who do not show much improvement even after lifestyle modifications Homoeopathy is very proficient in managing all the symptoms of Acid Reflux and furthermore plays a vital role in preventing relapse of the condition. Homeopathic medicines will help decrease acidic build-up, rebalance pH by cleansing and restoring the digestive system, and strengthen the lower esophageal sphincter. Medicines are apt in treating acute episodes of the heartburn; but for treating the problem permanently, constitutional treatment is required. This kind of treatment is a holistic approach and the prescription is based at the detailed physical and mental analysis of the patient where by all the triggers and risk factors are dealt with along with the basic pathology going on with the system.


PEPTIC ULCER

Peptic ulcers refers to painful sores or ulcers in the lining of the stomach or first part of the small intestine, called the duodenum.

Causes:

An ulcer is the end result of an imbalance between digestive fluids in the stomach and duodenum. Most ulcers are caused by an infection with a type of bacteria called helicobacter pylori.

Risk factors include:

Use of pain killers and NSAIDs
Excess acid production from gastrinomas, tumors of the acid producing cells of the stomach that increases acid output (seen in Zollinger-Ellison syndrome)
Excessive drinking of alcohol
Smoking or chewing tobacco
Serious illness
Radiation treatment to the area

Homeopathic Approach

Peptic ulcer is the local expression of an underlying problem expressed at the level of the digestive system. The whole body system is involved to bring about the acid imbalance and further ulcerations.
Homeopathic approach towards the management of Peptic ulcer disease involves the evaluation of the complaint in details while taking into account individual factors such as one’s personal and family history while planning a long-term treatment. Since the treatment targets the root cause, Homeopathy offers long-term cure instead of temporary relief.it helps the body to restore a balanced acid secretion and heal the inflamed peptic lining. It treats at a deeper level of immunity and enhances the healing capacity of the bodyand also help prevents the complications of Peptic ulcer.