Celiac Disease Homeopathy Treatment
CELIAC DISEASE - GLUTEN ENTEROPATHY
Celiac disease, is a small intestine disease characterized by gluten intolerance, Gluten is a protein which is found in various foods such as wheat, oats, and barley. Celiac disease is also known as gluten enteropathy,
WHAT IS GLUTEN?
Gluten is a protein present in many cereals, mainly wheat, oats, malt, rye, triticale, spelled, barley, etc. Which means that a lot products that we eat contain gluten, including cereals, pastas, breads, pizzas, crackers, cakes, pastries, bar of cereals, waffles, soups , beer, whiskey and evendistilled grain vodka.
Now a days many food item are labeled as "contains gluten" on the packet. It is warning for celiac disease patient.
WHAT IS CELIAC DISEASE
The word “celiac” is derived from the Greek word “koiliacós” which means “abdominal” and was introduced in the 19th century. Also known as celiac sprue or gluten sensitive enteropathy – it is an digestive and autoimmune disease which primarily affects the lining of the small intestine. It occurs to the people who are genetically predisposed. The resulting damage of the small intestine in this disease is when foods with gluten are eaten. Gluten is a form of protein found some grains like wheat, barley, rye, etc. Due to the damage to the intestine, it becomes difficult for the body to absorb nutrients especially fat, calcium, iron and folate. It often begins at 6 months to two years of age, but may also occur after two years. The disease is usually described in childhood, but it may also develop in adults later on.
Celiac disease is a pathology of autoimmune origin , being a disease different from gluten allergy. The immune mechanism and clinical picture of these two diseases are distinct.
Celiac disease is very common disease and can affect anyone, though it is more common in Caucasian (white) descendants of Northern Europeans. In Europe and the US about 1 in 145 people have celiac disease. In the Nordic countries, this rate reaches 1 for every 100 people. Worldwide, about 30 million people suffer from Celiac disease.
Earlier it was considered a paediatric disease, but now it have been clinicaly established that gluten enteropathy can occur at any age. 55% of cases occur in adults, with 18% in patients over 60 years of age. In children, in general, the disease becomes apparent when they are still babies, soon after the first exposures to the diet with gluten.
Most celiac disease patients have a mild form of the disease, with few or no symptoms, even though they may not even suspect they have any problems.
What Causes Celiac Disease?
As per Dr.Abhishek M.D Aura Homeopathy clinic, the body’s immune system is designed to protect it from foreign invaders, but when people with this condition consume gluten- containing food, their immune system forms antibodies to gluten, which then attacks the lining of intestine and a number of different organs. In the small bowel, it causes inflammation, which damages the villi, small hair-like structure on the lining of intestine. Damaged villi resist absorbing the nutrients from food, which makes the patient to end up malnourished, no matter how much he/she eats. It also frequently leads to anemia.
RISK FACTORS FOR CELIAC DISEASE
Gluten enteropathy has a strong hereditary component. About 10% of first-degree relatives of a patient with celiac disease are also carriers of the disease.
Celiac disease can occur in anyone, but individuals with some autoimmune diseases are at a greater risk than the general population. Risk Factors are:
- Autoimmune hepatitis
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Raynaud's syndrome
- Sjögren's syndrome
- Addison's disease
- Graves disease
- Alopecia Areata
- Multiple sclerosis Type 1 diabetes mellitus
- Thyroiditis of Hashimoto
Other diseases without autoimmune origin are also related to a higher incidence of celiac disease, such as:
- Diseases of the liver
- Chronic fatigue syndrome
- Down's syndrome
SYMPTOMS OF CELIAC DISEASE
The classic symptoms of celiac disease occur due to villous atrophy of the small intestine, which prevents the absorption of various nutrients including fats, proteins and vitamins.
The lack of absorption of food in the intestine causes malabsorption syndrome, characterized by:
- Diarrhea often with steatorrhea
- Excessive gas formation or flatulence.
- Abdominal colic or cramps
- Weight loss
- Anemia due to iron deficiency, folic acid and / or vitamin B12
- Osteopenia due to lack of calcium and vitamin.
- Bleeding due to vitamin K deficiency.
Among the non-gastrointestinal manifestations of celiac disease, we can mention:
- IgA nephropathy
- Liver changes
- Complications in pregnancy
- Alterations of dental enamel
- Pubertal delay
- Menstrual changes
- AbortionsDermatitis herpetiformis
- Neurological changes
DIAGNOSIS OF CELIAC DISEASE
More than 90% of people with untreated celiac disease have elevated levels of some antibodies in the blood, including antigliadin, antiendomysium, and anti-transglutaminase (anti-TTG) antibodies, the latter being the most sensitive for diagnosis.
If the blood test is positive, the diagnosis should be confirmed by biopsy of the intestinal mucosa.
AURA HOMEOPATHY TREATMENT OF CELIAC DISEASE
At Aura Homeopathy we recognizes celiac disease as a hypersensitive state, and is treated accordingly. Such medication is targeted to control bodies over reaction to gluten and also controlling the symptoms. The treatment is based on constitutional approach and commonly uses medicines such as :
- Calcaria Phosphorica
- Kali Carbonicum
- Thuja occidentalis
- Calcaria carbonicum
- Lycopodium clavatum
Despite the large amount of food that contains gluten, the options for a gluten-free diet are also immense. Examples of foods that do not contain gluten and can be consumed by patients with celiac disease:
- Fresh fruits, vegetables, meat, chicken, fish, pork, most dairy products, rice, corn, soybeans, potatoes, cassava, beans, amaranth, cornmeal, gluten-free (rice, soybean, corn, , tapioca and wine.