This article ads two homeopathic remedies, which are helpful in cases of bacterial food poisoning. They can be used also in cases of acute diarrhea, where the indigestion and enteric disorder are serious. They can also be regarded with relation to the article for dysentery, for acute diarrhea may possibly turn to dysenteric state. And of course, the article about Schuessler salts applicable for gastro-intestinal disorders may always be of use.
Food poisoning is a state of disordered stomach and bowel digestion due to the pathogenic action of parasites, or of bowel bacilli. The problem with bacterial poisoning is that the bacteria secrete specific toxins, which may cause toxemia into the organism. Hot damp climate is best for these pathogenic bacteria. That is why so often people develop gastro-intestinal disorders during holidays in hot places.
Great danger in bacterial poisoning is the possibility that the liver becomes affected. The intotoxication of the liver is serious condition which affects the entire organism and takes long time for one to recover from it. The dehydration, which occurs as result from the vomiting and the diarrhea, is another danger with more acute consequences.
However, not everyone who is infected actually develops a disease. The latter is result from weakened vital force and insufficient defense mechanism. According to the allopathic medicine, most easily affected are the children and the old people. The correct saying is that those who are bearing some chronic weakness – mental, emotional or physical, – they are common victims of summertime bacterial disorders, as is with all the other diseases; and not always the sick are only amongst children and old aged people.
Usual source of the infection is the contaminated food, mostly spoiled meat, home canned food, and milk, unripe or rotting, or impure fruits. Bathing in waters nearby villages without sewer system or sewage treatment facility should be avoided at any cost; because such activity may lead to engulfing pathogenic enteric bacilli directly into the gastrointestinal tract.
Indigestion, nausea, retching, vomiting, eructation, heartburn, heaviness and cramps in the stomach; liver and gallbladder affections, severe diarrhea and dysentery – these are the possible results from enteric bacterial infection. They can be successfully treated by Homeopathy, in spite of the common belief for the opposite; and, yea, they are dangerous, and should therefore never be taken lightly. Do not make self-prescription, unless you are trained for it. Always consult with a professional.
Pyrogenium | the Homeopathic “Antibiotic”
This homeopathic nosode is indicated in ptomaine and sewer gas poisoning. Ptomaine is nitrogen compound produced during the process of bacterial putrefaction of meat. Pyrogenium is deep acting remedy. In difficult cases of diarrhea and dysentery attended with utmost debility of the patient; in enteric fever; when the well selected remedy fails to act – then this nosode is a probable choice and should be studied.
Dr D. Grangeorge calls it “The internal antiseptic in homeopathy”. It is indicated in cases of diarrhea with very offensive brown or black stools, which are evacuated with gas, and often involuntary. The diarrhea is horribly fetid. Before stool the tenesmus are very painful, the abdomen is much distended, painful and sensitive; there is possibility for peritonitis.
The pulse is rapid; there is a tendency for hypothermia. The entire body is aching, feeling sore and bruised, very restless; the bed feels hard and the sick move constantly to find comfortable posture.
The breath is repulsively putrid and fetid. They feel their mouth dry, and their teeth are covered with soots; tongue is cracked, thickly coated in yellow. The patients are thirsty for cold water but as soon as it becomes warm in their stomach, they vomit it up (which is also a symptom of Phosphorus). The vomiting is violent and repeatedly, and the vomited masses are brown, resembling faeces, and have awful smell.
According to Julian, the most useful potencies of Pyrogenium are 5 C and 7 C, and may be used together, for faster effect.
Iris versicolor | Vomiting of Bile
This remedy has its sphere of action mainly on the digestive tract and the liver. It stimulates the liver, increasing the flow of bile to the duodenum. Iris is valuable in food poisoning cases with vomiting and diarrhea, which appear during the hottest part of the summer.
The region of liver is sore, with cutting pains. The nausea is very strong, and the vomiting is violent; these are accompanied by heaviness and pain on the top of head and in the forehead. The vomited masses are so acrid that they burn the esophagus and the throat. Particular thing here is that retching and vomiting are so intensive, that people actually vomit bile.
During the gastric attack there are cutting pains in the lower abdomen and severe eructations. The eructations are empty, without food but with much gas; as if wind comes out from the stomach. There is also heartburn, increased acidity in the stomach, and hypersalivation.
Afterwards follow the stool. Bile substance can be found not only in the vomited matter but also in the stools. During the stools there is severe tenesmus. After the stool, in the anus is left the sensation of severe burning.
In all cases of gastrointestinal toxemia where patients complain of a dull heavy headache, Iris should be thought of. Along with the above mentioned symptoms there is also great debility.
Diarrhea after Spoiled Milk & Fruit
Arsenicum album, Veratrum album and Carbo vegetabilis must be considered in every diarrhea case where the patient is exhausted, anxious, and very chilly. China rubra should come in mind when the loss of fluids is considerable, and dehydration is threatening the patient; also when the symptoms of alleviation and aggravation come and go every other day, and the diarrhea is returning every week. In the two previous articles (links were given in the beginning of this one) are given more details about particular symptoms of these four remedies.
Bibliography: O.A. Julian, MM of Biotherapics (ex-nosodes); A.L. Blackwood, The Food Tract; C. Hering, Guiding Symptoms of Our Materia Medica