Malabsorption Syndrome refers to disorders in which the small intestines are unable to properly absorb enough nutrients (like carbohydrates, proteins, fats, vitamins and minerals) from the food. Homeopathic remedies for malabsorption syndrome help in providing symptomatic relief and improving absorption power of the intestine.
The small intestine plays the major role of absorbing nutrients from the partially digested food into the bloodstream. In case of malabsorption syndrome the small intestine is not able to absorb nutrients from foods properly. Malabsorption can also occur if there is a lack of the right amount of digestive enzymes.
Firstly, it can occur if there is inflammation or an infection in the small intestine that causes its damage and hinders in carrying out its normal function of absorption. The damage can also arise from some injury, trauma or surgery of the small intestine. Second important reason is celiac disease (It is an autoimmune disease in which eating gluten which is a protein found in wheat, barley and rye causes damage in the lining of the small intestine and hinder its function of absorption of nutrients from food in the sufferer. The main symptoms that result include diarrhoea, bloating, fatigue, weight loss, and anaemia). Third main cause is Crohn’s disease (It is one of the IBD-inflammatory bowel diseases that can cause inflammation in any of the segments of the gastrointestinal tract from mouth to anus. The symptoms that it causes mainly include diarrhoea, abdominal distension, pain in abdomen and weight loss). It can also result from excessive use of antibiotics and some other drugs like colchicine, tetracycline, irritant laxatives and radiation therapy. Another cause is parasitic disease (eg. giardia, or helminthiasis). Lactose intolerance or lactase deficiency is also one of the reasons behind it. Apart from these it can also occur in case of cystic fibrosis (It is an inherited disorder that mostly cause damage to lungs , but can also cause damage to also the intestines, pancreas, liver and kidneys) and from disease of liver, pancreas (pancreatitis) or gallbladder.
It can also result if the stomach does not produce enzymes properly and if there are problems with mixing of the eaten food with stomach acid and its enzymes.
Some of the rare causes includes tropical sprue (This disease is usually found in tropical regions in which there occurs inflammation of small intestine and flattening of villi which are finger like projections extending in lumen of small intestine that increase the surface area of intestine on inner side for absorption of nutrients), Whipple’s disease (It is a rare disease caused by bacteria Tropheryma whipplei that mostly affect gastrointestinal tract and the joints but may also affect other organs like brain, lungs, eyes, heart, joints, skin), short bowel syndrome (a condition in which some part of the small or large intestine has been removed / missing or damaged that doesn’t function properly)
Malabsorption syndrome may also be seen in case of congenital defects like biliary atresia which is a serious liver disorder in which the one or more bile ducts that carry bile from the liver are absent, narrowed or blocked.
Its symptoms depend upon the cause behind it, the type of nutrients which are not absorbed, the duration and severity of the condition. The symptoms also occur from deficiency of unabsorbed nutrients. Some of the main symptoms include diarrhoea, abdomen bloating, tiredness, gas, bad smelling stool, greasy / sticky stool, pale / white stool, bulky stool, cramps in the stomach and weight loss. Other than this if there is deficient absorption of fat then the stool is sticky, stool has an offensive odour and stool is light coloured. In case of protein deficiency there arise hair loss or dry hair and fluid retention. There may also occur anaemia, muscle wasting and bones may become brittle. In case of children the growth may be hindered and the weight gain in them is not at the right pace as compared to same age grouped children.
Homeopathic Remedies for Malabsorption Syndrome
Homeopathic medicines play a great role in managing malabsorption syndrome. These medicines help in providing symptomatic relief and improving absorption power of the intestine. Use of homeopathic medicines is recommended in these cases when they are of mild to moderate intensity. But in case the intensity of symptoms is severe or there is some serious / surgical cause behind it then it is strictly advisable to take help from conventional mode of treatment. The causes and the symptoms for this syndrome are highly variable and the homeopathic medicine is selected individually for every cause based on symptomatic picture. So one should take any homeopathic medicine for it after consulting a homeopathic physician who can best judge the medicine that will suit a given case of malabsorption syndrome after detailed case analysis.
Aloe – To Manage Diarrhoea
It is a natural medicine prepared from gum of a plant Aloe Socotrina that belongs to the family liliaceae. It is a very useful medicine for managing diarrhoea. The indication for using this medicine is watery, lumpy stool soon after eating or drinking anything. Sometimes mucus passes in the stool. Cramp in the abdomen is felt with this before and during stool. Another attending symptom to it is constant bearing down sensation in the rectum.
China – For Diarrhoea Attended With Marked Weakness
It is a natural medicine prepared from the dried root of plant Cinchona Officinalis also known as peruvian bark. It belongs to the family rubiaceae. This medicine is beneficial medicine for cases where diarrhoea is marked. In cases needing it the stool is loose, watery, profuse, frequent and passed along with much gas. The stool can be frothy and may also have an offensive smell. The stool occurs especially after eating. It is attended with intense weakness. Weight loss can also be present. Other than this there is excessive gas in the abdomen along with its bloating or distension. Persons needing this medicine may also be anaemic.
Lycopodium – For Gas And Abdominal Bloating
This medicine is prepared from plant Lycopodium Clavatum also known as club moss. This plant belongs to family lycopodiaceae. It is very effective for cases of gas and abdominal bloating. People who need it feel fullness and bloating in the abdomen soon after eating even a little amount. Rumbling, croaking, rattling in the abdomen is there from gas. They may also have gnawing, constrictive or burning pain in the stomach with this.
Silicea – For Weakness, Weight Loss, Diarrhoea
Silicea is another valuable medicine for many complaints arising when food is not properly assimilated in the body. Here this medicine firstly helps persons who have weight loss and who feel exhausted easily. Next it benefits persons who have chronic loose stool. In this condition they have frequent, liquid stool. The stool may contain undigested food particles. The stool has an horribly offensive odour. There may be bloating and hardness of the abdomen. Apart from all above this medicine also helps in cases where the bones have become weak, brittle.
Arsenic Album – For Managing Tiredness
Arsenic Album is a prominent medicine for managing tiredness, fatigue in these cases. Persons requiring it start to feel exhausted after little exertion. They want to lie down from fatigue. Other than this it is also well indicated for managing diarrhoea with copious stool having highly offensive odour. Lastly it is helpful for persons who are having weight loss issues.
Colocynth – For Relieving Stomach Cramps
It is prepared from pulp of fruit Citrullus colocynthis also known as cucumis colocynthis or bitter apple. This plant belongs to the family cucurbitaceae. It offers great help in managing stomach cramps. It gets worse by eating or drinking where it is required. Bending double, lying on stomach or pressure gives relief. Abdominal bloating can be present with this.
Alfalafa – To Improve Body Weight And Manage Exhaustion
This medicine is prepared from plant Medicago Sativa also known as California Clover or Lucerne. This plant belongs to the family papilionoideae. This medicine is known as a fat producer and helps in weight gain. Next it helps in managing weakness, exhaustion and improving stamina and energy levels in a person. Persons who need it may have a complaint of gas in the abdomen, distension of abdomen and cramping / griping pain in the abdomen.
Phosphorus – For Hair Loss Or Dry Hair And Exhausting Diarrhoea
This is a very valuable medicine for managing hair loss and hair dryness in these cases. Hair fall is excessive and is in bunches where this medicine is required. Sweating on the scalp may be present with this. Scalp may be itchy also. This medicine is also significant for cases where exhausting diarrhoea is present. In such cases the stool is yellow, or green, watery, profuse and gushing. It has a fetid or sour smell. It may have flakes of mucus or blood in it sometimes.
Ferrum Phos – To Manage Anaemia
This medicine is well indicated to manage anaemia in these cases. In cases needing it the face appears pale and earthy. There is marked weakness both on the mental and physical sphere. There is aversion to doing any exertion. Along with this there is thinning and weight loss. Loss of appetite may also be there.
Calcarea Phos – When Bones Become Weak Brittle Bones
Calcarea Phos is considered in cases where bones has become weak and brittle that are prone to break easily. The person needing it may also be anaemic. They may have green loose stool which is very fetid. Cutting or sharp pain in the abdomen may be felt before stool.