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Has anyone asked a homeopathic doctor about celiac? Are there any homeopathic remedies for this disease--not a cure, of course, but something that would ease the symptoms (abdominal pains, gas, bloating, vomiting, etc.) while my system is mending? Thanks

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I just started with a natural doctor yesterday b/c I was not getting anywhere with conventional doctors in my area. I have seen 35 doctors to date & everyone says that what I have is something I have to learn to live with or nothing is wrong with me - period.

This doctor was very different. Instead of feeling upset or angry after leaving his office, I felt uplifted.

He started by sitting down with me & getting medical information. He looked at my tongue several times along with my hands, hair, nails, etc. He found out by just looking at my hands that I am very Anemic which is why my hair is falling out, I am cold all the time, & I have no periods. He feels that I have Anemia, possible Food Allergies, Celiac Disease, & Malabsorption. I went for blood work this a.m. & then I go back in 2 weeks. In the meantime, he has me on digestive enzymes & last night I took a hemopathic remedy. He feels that my recovery time will be 3-4 months.

I thought it was worth a try. I feel that I have gotten further with this doctor in one visit than I have gotten with other doctors in several visits.

Good Luck!

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celiac3270/Lynn,

I think Lynn is right on track. I realize not everyone believes in holistic or homeopathic remedies for treating illnesses, but they can extremely effective. I used to work in a place very similar to Whole Foods in their supplement department and woul strongly recommend that people look into more natural or holistic methods for treating Celiac Disease. I believe you'd always have to be gluten-free, but there may be other ways to treat other symptoms that may continue to persist. Its the idea of treating the body as a whole, and not all doctors due that, and Lynn's doctor is a great indication of someone who looks at teh entire picture. (I.e., the appearence of hands, tongues etc.) A lot aspouse to the theory that the digestive system is where it can all begin, or end. I'd strongly recommend looking into it. I certainly know I intend to and I'll let you know if I discover anything new!

Dana

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My doc is an md and holistic doc too! Of all the drs I've been too she has been the best. She sits down and LISTENS to me. We discuss all sorts of ideas and then she gets me her research/notes etc. with treatments to try. Hers have worked the best. I always leave in an uplifted mood and ready to tackle the issues of my health. When you find a good one - don't let go!

:D

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Hello,

Congrats on finding a good doctor!! My husband and I live on digestive enzymes. I don't think that we could live without them. They definitely help with bloating, flatulence and bowel movements.

I too prefer doctors who will take a more holistic approach to both my diagnosis and treatment. Yes, a gluten-free lifestyle is inevitable but I prefer to minimize any and all of the other symptoms, when possible.

Best Wishes!!! :D

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Interesting! I had tried a homeopathic dr. before finding celiac and it helped with some other issues, but not my stomach pains, obviously, because I wasn't on a gluten-free diet. I stopped going to him awhile ago, but he was good! I might try going back, now...just wanted to hear if others had had success. Thanks!

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Two weeks ago I went to a homeopathic doctor for the first time as I have had no luck with traditional medicine. The traditional docs basically kept telling me 'live with it', you have Celiac and that's just how it goes. This homeopath is also a D.O. who swayed from traditional medicine because he said traditional medicine focuses on lists pertaining to certain parts of the body, and not on the person as a whole. He explained everything he was doing while he was looking at me, but I couldn't make sense of all of it. All I can tell you is this - he gave me a bottle of 'remedy' based on his assessment of me and I feel the best I've ever felt in my entire life, without exhaggeration. I can't explain it, I just know that it's working. I felt so great I took my two children to him the following week (they both have celiac as well) and they are doing better too. My two year old had a 'sinus infection' for 10 weeks (pediatrician put her on meds which gave her a yeast infection in her entire intestine and didn't take care of the 'infection', then wanted to give her a CT scan of the sinuses where she would have been sedated - I said forget it)...after 3 days on her remedy it is gone. My 4 year old has had a lot of headaches for a couple of months, after 2 days on her remedy...gone. I'm amazed and can't explain it, but I certainly support it! I live in Michigan if anyone would like this doctor's name - he is wonderful.

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Two weeks ago I went to a homeopathic doctor for the first time as I have had no luck with traditional medicine. The traditional docs basically kept telling me 'live with it', you have Celiac and that's just how it goes. This homeopath is also a D.O. who swayed from traditional medicine because he said traditional medicine focuses on lists pertaining to certain parts of the body, and not on the person as a whole. He explained everything he was doing while he was looking at me, but I couldn't make sense of all of it. All I can tell you is this - he gave me a bottle of 'remedy' based on his assessment of me and I feel the best I've ever felt in my entire life, without exhaggeration. I can't explain it, I just know that it's working. I felt so great I took my two children to him the following week (they both have celiac as well) and they are doing better too. My two year old had a 'sinus infection' for 10 weeks (pediatrician put her on meds which gave her a yeast infection in her entire intestine and didn't take care of the 'infection', then wanted to give her a CT scan of the sinuses where she would have been sedated - I said forget it)...after 3 days on her remedy it is gone. My 4 year old has had a lot of headaches for a couple of months, after 2 days on her remedy...gone. I'm amazed and can't explain it, but I certainly support it! I live in Michigan if anyone would like this doctor's name - he is wonderful.

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Startrack,

That can be a tough one. I just moved to Virginia recently so I'm pondering wher eto locate them myselves. Word of mouth can be a very useful tool. Try talking to individuals in supplement departments at your local Whole Foods or other healthfood store. Additionally the yellow pages or internet is another good source. Additionally "traditional" doctors that are D.O. (and Ican't recall what that stands for now.) instead of an MD are also partaking in the more holistic approach and treating the body as a whole. I'd recommend them!

Good luck!

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I just remembered this thread, so I am posting an update. Yesterday, I went to two doctors: my regular celiac doctor and the homeopathic doctor. I visited the homeopathic doctor first. He spent an hour with my mom and I and asked a lot about cravings, food likes and dislikes, and symptoms. At the end, he gave me a remedy. Oh, I asked about the gluten-free status. He said that the remedies he makes are always in cane sugar. Then, of course, the remedial ingredient is something natural, such as spider...I didn't ask what bug or whatever mine was made of :) . Anyway, I'm supposed to take 3 of them, twice a day. He said that there were three ways it could go: no reaction at all--which means that the dosage isn't high enough or it's the wrong remedy, getting much better--which means that the dosage is right as is the remedy, or I feel worse, which is fine cause the idea is that I'd get some symptoms, but then I'd get better than I was before--kind of like when you work out, you break down your muscles and they get stronger--that's my analogy, anyway. I have to take it once in the morning, once in the evening and I should avoid eating or drinking anything 20 min. before and 20 min. after taking it. I had some diarrhea this morning and a bit this afternoon, which I am assuming is the remedy--my stomach is a little queasy too.....but I think the stomach might be because I've gone about a week since I got sick--I usually throw up and get abdominal pains for 24 hours every 7-10 days. Oh, he also said that if I don't feel good or am sick, I shouldn't take it until I feel better.

Later in the day, I went to the regular celiac doctor. He liked how I was doing physically -- since my last visit two months ago, I had gained 7 pounds and grown an inch! He was rather perplexed at my situation...and he prescribed a medicine to take. The homeopathic doctor said not to add any more medication, so my mom said that we're going to try the homeopathic remedy first. The regular celiac doctor wants me to try a medicine whenever I start to feel sick. He said that there's some medicine, Riddilin or something that does something similar, but he doesn't like that one because it causes irritability and some other symptoms or whatever. Instead, he told me to take this medicine that isn't FDA approved--but he's been using it for a decade on patients. It is approved in Europe and Canada, so my mom thinks it's probably safe--really inexpensive, too--99 cents per pill. I'm supposed to take one if I feel sick, then another 6 hours later. The medication does something with my stomach. See, my villi are grown back, but my stomach is really red and raw, still. The doctor also thinks, based on how my vomit looks like (according to my and my mother's account), that my food isn't being digested fast enough. Therefore, the medication the celiac dr. wants me to take sends a signal to the thing that controls how quickly your stomach digests food. It effectively "turns off" the thing that tells your stomach to slow down with digestion. Thus, my food would be digested faster and my symptoms would, he hopes, not last as long. He thinks that these symptoms are something that will take time and will go away in time, but he doesn't want me to have to suffer longer than I have to.

Thanks for answering my question and for reading this :D

Just coming back for a quick edit: I forgot to mention: the celiac dr. said that I don't need to worry about sugars and carbs and stuff anymore! I should still avoid acid and the sugars in fruit drinks, grapes, watermelon, etc., but I can finally eat cakes, cookies, and other stuff w/o worrying about sugar consumption! He said that the sugar wasn't about my stomach, but about bowels...since they have only been an issue because of the remedy, I can now eat somewhat normally. Thanks again for putting up with my ramblings :)

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celiac3270, I think the drug your doctor is talking about is Reglan, a generic for it is metoclopramide. It gets things moving through your system faster to stop the fullness feeling so you eat more. Be careful. I took it for not quite two weeks and I developed side effects of extreme nervousness. I am usually a quiet person, but I couldn't stop talking and I was up at 3am. Even though I stopped it early, the side effects remained for days.

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Yes, that must have been the one that he didn't want me to take. I don't remember the name of the other one--the one which isn't FDA approved, but the doc. prefers and gets shipped to me through an NJ pharmacy...I'm not trying any medicines from the regular celiac dr., though, until I find out if the homeopathic remedy is working or not. I've been feeling queasy since I started taking the remedy, so I'm going to stop for a day, as directed to when I feel sick.

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I started on a a new hemopathic remedy a couple weeks ago but it seems to be making my symptoms worse not better. It is made from alcohol (gluten free) along with some other things.

Could the alcohol be causing my additional problems?

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I doubt it, unless the alcohol is gluten-free. I don't know exactly how this works, but my mom sorta does. Homeopathy, I think, can either make you feel better right away or make you feel worse, but then ultimately build you up (my analogy is to working out--muscles get broken down, but ultimately built up). The other possibility is that it's not the right remedy or the dosage is too strong. If the dosage is too strong, it might have a negative effect. Additionally, the dr. told me that if someone else took the remedy I would take, they might get the symptoms I have now--it works so that if you take the remedy and you have something wrong, it reverses it, but if you don't have it, it can kind of give you the symptoms.

One last thing...the dr. has been really great...he has a very small practice in NY since he has a house in CT, I think, but his main practice is in Maryland. If anyone lives there and would like to try a homeopathic remedy, I'd strongly recommend him--nice person and good at finding the right remedy--he's helped my brother and I with other little things before. The dr. is...Dr. Aurigemma--don't remember his first name :P , but if anyone is interested, e-mail me... :)

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celiac3270,

I was reading your homeopathic remedies topic because the dr. I took my daughter too recommended a homeopathic remedy for her to help stop the diarrhea. I forgot what it's called though. I have no idea if it's doing any good, but then again, I have a hard time getting her to take it three times a day (mainly because I forget!) After 2 weeks on the gluten-free diet she has significantly improved but she does still have some if her symptoms - including the diarrhea. Anyway, I figured it's worth a shot!

But the real reason I'm posting is that I saw in your signature you say you are taking Prilosec daily. Have you considered that might be part of your problem? Side effects of Prilosec (generic name is omeprazole) can be:

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Hi celiac3270,

i learnt medicine for quite a while to be a healer (in germany that's a real profession, but it's not a doctor, it's more with homeopathy and such things) and also about homeopathy. Well, one remedy can be made of different things. A bug, a plant, a snake, a spider or so. If you get stung by a spider or bit by a snake, you get symptoms, which can be severe or slight, like headache, vomiting and such things. Now, in homeopathy the doc tries to find out, what your main symptoms are and then you get the one remedy, that would (in nature) cause exactly these symptoms. If it's the right remedy and you take it, then at the beginning it could make your symptoms first go worse, but then they'll get better. If this happens, you have the right remedy. If a healthy person takes the remedy, NOTHING happens, because your remedy is so much thinned down, that it actually can't cause any symptoms in a healthy person. What your doc meant, was, that if the substances, that are in this medicine would happen to a healthy person for real (a snake bite for example), then this healthy person would get exactly your symptoms. I hope i could explain it in an understandable way with my broken english...lol.

Greetings, Stef

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Has anyone asked a homeopathic doctor about celiac? Are there any homeopathic remedies for this disease--not a cure, of course, but something that would ease the symptoms (abdominal pains, gas, bloating, vomiting, etc.) while my system is mending? Thanks

-celiac3270

Hi!

I am so interested in nutrition since finding out I had hypothyroidism (which I diagnosed and my dr. finally confirmed). I also diagnosed my celiac disease, my DH rash totally disappeared after I tried a gluten free diet. And I must say I feel great!!! I am currently studying holistic nutrition, I see a holistic nutritionist to double check what I am doing (so far so good!)

Glutamine is an amino acid that will aid in healing your villi. Taking Vitamin B supplements are suggested as well. Calcium supplements with magnesium are also very important. Many celiacs are vitamin d deficient so it would be a good idea to have these levels tested. Cod liver oil is a great source of vitamin d. It would be very beneficial to take probotics 3 times a day. Eating plain or Vanilla yogurt daily is also a must (Stonyfield Farm is one of the best). Make sure that you are rotating your foods and not eating the same foods over and over as that can cause food allergies also. Of course a good multi vitamin is essential.

Keep in mind that when starting supplementation that you do it slowly, don't go crazy and start everything at once.

Good Luck!

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Thanks for the advice :D.....actually, I just went back to Dr. Aurigemma today...and got a different remedy to try. I found it interesting to read about not to eat foods over and over--unfortunately, I do that far too much :D

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