Navel (known as umbilicus and belly button) pain can be felt behind the navel or around the navel. Depending on the reason the pain may be felt in this area or may radiate to the other body areas like chest and legs. The pain can be constant, mild or dull. It may be intermittent or severe. Navel pain can arise from various reasons. The reasons vary from common/minor (like gas, constipation, indigestion) to rare and serious ones (like appendicitis). Homeopathic treatment of navel pain helps to treat the underlying cause behind it and bring great relief in the pain.
It can arise from indigestion also called Dyspepsia. Indigestion is a term to describe fullness or discomfort in the upper abdomen. In this case discomfort, pain or burning from the upper abdomen can radiate to the region of navel. Other symptoms that can attend from indigestion include gas, bloating, nausea, vomiting, fullness after eating even a small quantity of food, heartburn, excessive belching (burp).
Another reason behind discomfort or pain around the belly button is constipation. It is described as an infrequent bowel movement means less than three bowel movements per week or difficulty in passing stool. Person having constipation may pass hard or lumpy stool, has to strain to pass stool, may have unsatisfactory stool or feeling of incomplete bowel evacuation.
It can result from gastroenteritis also called stomach flu. It can arise from infection by virus, bacteria or parasite that causes inflammation in the digestive tract. It is caused by ingesting contaminated food or drink or via direct contact with an infected person. In this case navel pain, stomach cramps, diarrhoea, nausea, vomiting, low-grade fever, headache, muscle aches occur. It is usually not serious and gets better within a few days without problems. But it can have complications of dehydration (which is serious) due to loss of water in loose stool and vomiting. The cases having dehydration need urgent medical help mainly in children, older adults and people having weak immune systems.
It can also be caused by umbilical hernia (it refers to a bulge through the abdominal wall around the belly button. The bulge may contain tissue from the abdomen, a part of intestine or fluid). It is common in infants but can also occur in adults. It can cause discomfort, pressure or pain at hernia site. The pain worsens from coughs or anything that puts strain on the abdomen.
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) can also be a reason. It is a disorder affecting the large intestine. In this syndrome there occurs diarrhoea or constipation, or both, cramping / pain in abdomen ( including pain around belly button), gas, bloating.
Peptic ulcers can also result in navel pain. They are the painful sores that can form in the stomach or duodenum (first part of the small intestine). It can arise from various reasons but the main reasons are infection with H.pylori (Helicobacter pylori bacteria) and prolonged use of certain medicines like Aspirin, Ibuprofen. In this case pain of burning nature is felt around the navel or between the belly button and chest. Other attending symptoms are nausea, vomiting, bloating, heartburn, belching, loss of appetite.
Acute pancreatitis is another one of the reasons that can cause pain around the umbilicus. It is the inflammation of the pancreas. It can arise from excessive alcohol intake, gallstones, infection. The symptoms in addition to belly button pain in this case includes nausea, vomiting and fever.
Pain around the navel can also be indicative of appendicitis (inflammation of appendix). It is a medical emergency that needs immediate medical help. Because if not treated urgently appendix can rupture spreading the infection in the abdomen leading to life threatening complications. In case of appendicitis a person feels sharp pain around the umbilicus that finally moves in the right side of the lower abdomen. Other accompanying symptoms are nausea, vomiting, bloating, inability to pass gas, worsening of pain from cough, sneeze and movement, loss of appetite, constipation or diarrhoea and fever.
Another cause is crohn’s disease. It is an autoimmune disease and is one among the two types of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), the other being ulcerative colitis. In crohn’s disease any part of GIT (gastrointestinal tract) from mouth to anus can be affected. It can cause severe pain in and around the umbilicus. Other attending symptoms include diarrhoea that may or may not be bloody, gas, abdominal bloating, weight loss.
Apart from above it can also occur in case of gallstones, kidney stones, bacterial stomach infection, UTI (urinary tract infections), small bowel obstruction, post surgery, during pregnancy and from belly button piercing.
Homeopathic Treatment Of Navel Pain
Homeopathic medicines are very effective for treating cases of navel pain. These medicines help to treat the underlying cause behind it and bring great relief in the pain. These medicines are of natural origin so can be taken safely without any side effects. They are recommended for cases of mild to moderate intensity of pain when no serious reason is associated. As the reasons behind the navel pain are variable ranging from mild to serious so it is advised to take any medicine under supervision of a homeopathic physician. In cases of acute, severe pain and in cases attended with blood in stool, tenderness in abdomen, jaundice, severe nausea and vomiting that doesn’t seem to go away, and fever immediate help should be taken from conventional mode of treatment as they may be occurring from serious medical conditions that can be life threatening. Homeopathy has a limitation in treating such emergency cases.
Colocynth – Top Grade Medicine
It is a natural medicine prepared from pulp of fruit of a plant Citrullus Colocynthis also known as Cucumis colocynthis and Bitter Apple. This plant belongs to the family cucurbitaceae. It is a very effective medicine to manage pain around the navel. Persons needing it complain of cramping, colicky, twisting , cutting or griping pain around the navel. They feel relief in the pain by bending double. They also feel better by passing gas. Sometimes the pain radiates from the navel to the upper parts of the abdomen. They feel restlessness with pain. They also may have cutting pain in the navel area after passing stool or after eating. The umbilical region may be tender to touch.
Nux Vomica – For Navel Pain From Eating
It is a very suitable medicine for navel pain arising from eating anything. The pain is gripping and pinching type to use this medicine. It is also helpful for pain about the umbilicus felt before the stool. Next it is a well indicated medicine for cutting pain at navel in cases of dysentery. In these cases there is frequent, ineffectual urge to pass stool and stool is scanty, slimy, watery, bloody. Jelly like mucus also passes in the stool.
China – For Pain In Umbilical Region From Flatulence (Gas)
It is a very useful medicine for managing pain in the umbilical region arising from gas. Abdominal bloating is marked with this. The pain is worse after eating where this medicine is required. The pain gets better by bending double. In some cases the pain gets worse at night time. Its use is also considered when the pain worsens before stool.
Dioscorea – When Pain From Umbilical Region Radiates To Whole Abdomen
This medicine is prepared from fresh roots of plant Dioscorea villosa commonly known as Wild yam. This plant belongs to the family dioscoreaceae. This medicine is specifically indicated for cases in which pain arises from the umbilical region and radiates to the whole abdomen. The pain may also radiate to the limbs. The pain is cutting twisting type. The pain may be attended with vomiting. Next it is prominent medicine for griping pain in the umbilical and epigastric and region. It also works well in case of constant, dull, aching pains in the entire navel region.
Cina – For Twisting Pain Around The Navel
This medicine is prepared from plant Artemisia maritima that belongs to family compositae. It is a significant medicine for managing twisting pain around the navel. The pain may feel better by pressure. Other than this it is also indicated for managing boring pain above the umbilicus. Abdominal bloating may also be there.
Aloe – For Umbilical Pain Worsening From Pressure
This medicine is prepared from gum of a plant Aloe Socotrina. This plant belongs to family liliaceae. Use of this medicine is considered when navel pain is worse from pressure. The pain can be twisting, griping, shooting or a boring type. With this frequent urging to stool is present but only passage of gas occurs. Sitting in a bent up position and passing gas help to relieve the pain.
Arsenic Album – For Burning Pain In Umbilical Region With Diarrhoea
It is a beneficial medicine for managing burning pain in the umbilical region with diarrhoea. For using this medicine the burning pain is worse before and during stool. Stool is loose and has mucus in it. It is attended with anxiety and excessive thirst for cold water.
Plumbum Met – When Pain In Umbilical Region Is Relieved By Pressure
This medicine is valuable to treat cases in which umbilical pain is better by pressure. In cases requiring it the navel pain is tearing, excruciating type. This pain may shoot to other parts of the abdomen too. Next it is indicated for constrictive pain in the umbilical region. Other than this it is indicated when there is watery diarrhoea with vomiting and pain in umbilicus.
Iris Versicolor – For Umbilical Pain Attended With Nausea, Vomiting And Loose Stool
This medicine is prepared from plants commonly known as Blue flag. It belongs to the family iridaceae. This medicine is well indicated when along with umbilical pain, nausea, vomiting and loose stool are present. For using this medicine the pain from the umbilical region may radiate upwards to the epigastric region of abdomen. With this rumbling in the bowels and belching of wind is there.
Calcarea Phos – When Pain Around Navel Gets Better By Passing Wind
Calcarea Phos is a very useful medicine when pain around the navel gets better by passing wind. The gas has an offensive odour. Along with this burning in the region of the belly button may be there that may rise up to chest and throat.