Abdominal pain is a symptom that can arise from various reasons. Some of the reasons are not serious (like pain from gas, indigestion, muscle pull) that tend to resolve quickly with home treatment or mild medicines. However some reasons are serious (like appendicitis) needing immediate medical help. Homeopathic medicines for abdominal pain are safe, natural and effective and can be used in abdominal pain of mild to moderate intensity.
Many people use the term ‘stomach ache’ instead of abdomen pain to refer to pain in any area of the abdomen. But it is incorrect as stomach is just one organ in the abdomen along with other organs which includes liver, gallbladder, spleen, pancreas, large intestine, small intestine, kidneys and appendix. Abdominal pain can arise from any sort of inflammation, infection or disease of any of the various organs that lies in abdomen. The abdomen pain can be localised to one part of abdomen or it can be widespread. The location of pain depends upon which organ of abdomen is involved. The nature of pain also varies like it can be cramping, burning, tearing, drawing, colicky etc.
- 1 Causes
- 2 Homeopathic Medicines for Abdominal Pain
- 2.1 1. Colocynth – For Cramping Pain in Abdomen
- 2.2 2. Magnesia Phos – When Pain is Better by Warm Applications
- 2.3 3. Nux Vomica – For Stomach Pain after Eating
- 2.4 4. Arsenic Album – For Burning Pain in the Abdomen
- 2.5 5. China – For Pain due to Obstructed Gas
- 2.6 6. Lycopodium – For Pain from Constipation and Gas
- 2.7 7. Belladonna – When Pain Comes and Goes Suddenly
- 2.8 8. Cina – For Pain Around the Navel
- 2.9 9. Dioscorea – When Pain is Better by Bending Backwards
- 2.10 10. Ipecac – For Abdomen Pain with Vomiting
The cause of abdominal pain depends upon the area of the abdomen involved and the organs that lie in that area.
There are various common causes of abdomen pain, like gas, constipation, vomiting, irritable bowel syndrome (a common functional disorder affecting the colon means the large intestine. Symptoms include pain/cramping in abdomen, diarrhoea/constipation/alternating diarrhoea and constipation and gas, bloating in abdomen.)
Gastroenteritis (inflammation of stomach and intestine causing diarrhoea, vomiting and stomach cramps that can arise from bacterial or viral infection), gastritis (inflamed stomach), stomach ulcer, food intolerance (like lactose intolerance), and GERD (gastrointestinal reflux disease – backflow of stomach acid into the food pipe occurs that causes heartburn), Crohn’s disease (an inflammatory bowel disease which is autoimmune in origin that can cause inflammation in any part of the digestive tract), and celiac disease (a disease of autoimmune origin in which eating gluten which is a protein found in wheat, barley and rye triggers an immune reaction in small intestine in person having this disease causing damage of small intestine) are some other causes.
Infection in the urinary tract, kidney stone, a muscle pull, and abdominal cramps in women during menses are also reasons for abdominal pain.
The less common causes that require urgent medical help for abdominal pain are inflamed liver (hepatitis), stones in gallbladder, appendicitis (inflamed appendix), kidney infection, heart condition like congestive heart failure, cancer (of stomach, bowels, pancreas), organ rupture like appendix, pneumonia, faecal impaction, intussusception ( a serious condition in which one part of the intestine slides into an adjacent part of the intestine), ectopic pregnancy (when embryo starts to grow in place other than uterus like in fallopian tubes.)
Critical signs that indicate the need for urgent medical help include very intense, unbearable abdomen pain or when abdomen pain is attended with blood in vomiting, blood in stool, high fever, constant vomiting, intensely tender abdomen and trouble in breathing.
Homeopathic Medicines for Abdominal Pain
Homeopathy carries a great scope to manage abdominal pain arising from various different causes. The homeopathic medicines help in abdominal pain of various types and causes like gas issues, constipation, gastritis, gastric ulcer, food intolerance, food allergies, stomach infection, menstrual cramps except in case of presence of any of the above mentioned critical sign indicative of serious cause (acute emergencies like appendicitis, perforated gastric ulcer, acute gallstone, colic, intussusception etc). Such emergency cases should be dealt with conventional mode of treatment only. One should opt use of homeopathic medicine for abdominal pain only after complete case analysis and its diagnosis. This is important to rule out the cause behind abdominal pain which will help to decide whether one can take homeopathic medicines or if there is an urgent need of help from conventional systems of medicines as in case of abdominal pain that indicates medical emergency.
1. Colocynth – For Cramping Pain in Abdomen
This medicine is prepared from pulp of fruit Citrullus colocynthis also called cucumis colocynthis and bitter apple. This plant belongs to the family cucurbitaceae. It is a very effective medicine for managing cramping pain in the abdomen. In most cases needing it the pain worsens by eating or drinking anything. Relief is felt by hard pressure, bending double or lying on the stomach. Along with this the abdomen may be sensitive and painful to touch. Sometimes vomiting appears with pain. Distension of the abdomen can also be present. For using it the pain can be present in the upper abdomen, around the navel or lower abdomen.
2. Magnesia Phos – When Pain is Better by Warm Applications
Magnesia Phos is a leading medicine for cases where stomach pain is better by warm application on stomach. To use this medicine usually the stomach pain is cramping in nature though it can also be griping, colicky, cutting or shooting type. Burping can be present with pain. Other than warm applications, persons needing it also feel relief by taking hot drinks and also from applying pressure over their stomach. This is well indicated for colic in children and newborn babies from gas. Females having pain and cramps in the lower abdomen during periods can also be very much benefited from this medicine.
3. Nux Vomica – For Stomach Pain after Eating
This medicine is very beneficial for persons who experience stomach pain after eating. The pain can be throbbing, cramping, burning, griping, constrictive, or pinching type. Sometimes they have radiation of pain from stomach to shoulders. Along with this they also have a sensation of heat and weight in the stomach. The mid part of the upper abdomen (epigastric region) may be sensitive to pressure and can also be distended. They may have complaints of chronic constipation. In this condition they have an ineffectual and constant urge to pass stool. But they have unsatisfactory stools even after passing stool for so many times a day. It is also indicated for abdomen pain felt before and during stool which gets better after stool. This is one of the top medicines for treating pain in gastritis cases and indigestion cases that arise particularly from taking alcohol, coffee.
4. Arsenic Album – For Burning Pain in the Abdomen
This medicine is very helpful for cases of burning pain in the abdomen. Persons who require this medicine feel violent burning in the stomach and often describe the burning as appearing from hot coals. Along with this vomiting may be present. Loose stool can also appear with above symptoms. It is well indicated for pain abdomen in cases of gastritis, stomach ulcers, food poisoning and hepatitis cases.
5. China – For Pain due to Obstructed Gas
This medicine is prepared from dried bark of plant Cinchona Officinalis also called peruvian bark. It belongs to the family rubiaceae. China works very well in cases of abdomen pain that arises from obstructed gas. There is great accumulation of gas with a distended abdomen. There is rumbling and moving of much gas in the abdomen that doesn’t pass either upwards or downwards. Gas remains in the abdomen for a long time after eating. Along with this there is complaint of slow and weak digestion where a person feels as if food remains for too long in the stomach. Other than above it is a prominent medicine for shooting pain and tenderness in the liver area (felt in the right upper part of abdomen.)
6. Lycopodium – For Pain from Constipation and Gas
Lycopodium is prepared from plant Lycopodium Clavatum commonly known as club moss. This plant belongs to family lycopodiaceae. It is useful medicine for abdomen pain from constipation. The pain can be pressing, constricting, drawing, burning or tearing type. The pain sometimes extends to the back. Along with this excessive gas is present in the abdomen. Distension of the abdomen is also present due to obstructed gas. Sometimes sour vomiting appears with this. In many cases appetite is low with above complaints. It is also suitable medicine for stomach pain arising from eating even lightest food. Apart from above Lycopodium is a very prominent medicine for kidney stone colic, food allergies and pain from inflamed liver.
7. Belladonna – When Pain Comes and Goes Suddenly
Belladonna is a natural medicine prepared from plant deadly nightshade. It belongs to family solanaceae. This medicine is considered when there are episodes of abdominal pain that comes suddenly and goes suddenly. The pain can be shooting, excruciating, cutting, gnawing, cramping or pressing type. The pain gets worse from eating and from pressure. Other than this the pain also worsens from walking and from jarring. With above symptoms the abdomen is also tender and sensitive to touch.
This medicine is prepared from plant Cina Maritima also known as Artemisia Maritima. It belongs to family compositae. This medicine works well in case of pain felt about the navel. The pain is twisting type. The navel region is sensitive to touch. The abdomen is hard and bloated. It is one of the best medicines for cutting, pinching pain in the abdomen from worms.
9. Dioscorea – When Pain is Better by Bending Backwards
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 when abdominal pain is better by bending backwards. Most people who need this also complain that their pain worsens from lying and gets better by walking. The character of pain described is often sharp, cutting, twisting type. They may have radiation of the pain to the back, chest or arms too.
10. Ipecac – For Abdomen Pain with Vomiting
This medicine is prepared from the dried root of plant Cephaelis Ipecacuanha belonging to the family rubiaceae. It is indicated for cases of abdomen pain with vomiting. The pain can be cutting, clutching, pressing type where it is required. The pain is most times present around the navel. The vomiting is of watery fluid, of bile or green mucus. The vomiting arises soon after eating. Constant nausea also accompanies the above symptoms. Appetite is lowered with these symptoms.