What is Celiac Disease?
Celiac disease is an autoimmune, gastric disorder that’s triggered after eating something with gluten (a protein found in wheat and other grains such as rye and barley). In such situation, the body react excessively to the protein and damages their villi, small finger-like projections present all along the wall of the small intestine.
What are the Various Signs and Symptoms of Celiac Disease?
The symptoms of celiac disease generally vary from case to case and are different in adults and children. The most common symptoms of celiac disease for adults are fatigue, diarrhea and weight loss. They might also experience abdominal pain, bloating and gas, constipation, nausea, and vomiting.
However, majority of adults facing celiac disease have symptoms that are not related to the digestive system, these mainly include:
• Osteoporosis or Osteomalacia
• Dermatitis Herpetiformis
• Damage to dental enamel
• Mouth ulcers
• Nervous system injury
• Joint pain
• Hyposplenism (reduced functioning of the spleen)
• Acid reflux and heartburn
The most common signs and symptoms of celiac disease among children can include:
• Chronic diarrhea
• Poor appetite
• Muscle wasting
• Weight loss
Who are at Risk of Celiac Disease?
Celiac disease is a genetic disorder as it generally run in families. Those who have a parent, child, or sibling with celiac disease, are at greater risk of getting it. Though it is not 100% sure that having the genes for celiac disease mean that one will get it.
In some cases, any stressful event like a viral infection, surgery, or some emotional trauma can also trigger this disease. Sometimes, it has tendency to happen after pregnancy.
The Celiac disease is mostly common in Caucasians and people who have or are suffering with any other diseases such as type 1 diabetes, Down syndrome, Turner syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis, or Addison’s disease.
How is the Diagnosis of Celiac Disease Made?
As per researchers, just 20 percent of people with celiac disease might receive a diagnosis. Doctors generally conduct two blood tests to help diagnose celiac disease.
a. Serology testing: Doctors looks for antibodies in your blood in Serology testing. Increased levels of definite antibody proteins signify an immune reaction to gluten.
b. Genetic testing: This testing is mainly used for human leukocyte antigens (HLA-DQ2 and HLA-DQ8), that can be used to exclude celiac disease.
If the results of these tests come positive, the doctor might recommend an endoscopy to analyze your small intestine and to perform a biopsy to check for damage caused to the villi.
How the Celiac Disease Treated?
There are no certain medications that can be used to treat celiac disease. Doctors mostly recommend patients to go on a strict gluten-free diet. Apart from avoiding bread, cake, and other baked items, people with celiac disease also have to avoid beer, cereals, pasta, and even some medications and certain products that contain gluten.
In case of a severe nutritional deficiency, doctor might also prescribe some medication (if you have a skin rash) and recommend you some gluten-free vitamins and mineral supplements. These mainly include:
• Vitamin B-12
• Vitamin D
• Vitamin K
Vitamins and supplements are mostly taken orally in a pill form. In case your digestive tract has problem absorbing vitamins, doctor can also give them by injection. However, there is a need to ensure that theses vitamins and supplements should be gluten-free.
Homeopathic Treatment for Celiac Disease
Although, there are no certain treatment for celiac disease in homeopathy, but homeopathic medicines for this disease can provide natural, safe and very effective relief in cases of this disease. Homeopathic medicines are mostly selected according to the individual set of symptoms; hence, provide the maximum benefit to patient.
Most commonly used homeopathic remedies for Celiac Disease
Lycopodium: Lycopodium is one of the most recommended homeopathic medicines for celiac disease. It is very beneficial homeopathic treatment for celiac disease when excessive gas is a chief symptom. In such cases, patients also feel bloating of the abdomen as well.
Arsenic Album: Arsenic Album is one of the ideal homeopathic medicines for celiac disease. It is mostly indicated when extreme weight loss is present along with acute exhaustion.
China: China is another very effective homeopathic remedy for the celiac disease. The main symptom that indicates the need of this homeopathic medicine for celiac disease is the occurrence of diarrhea with marked physical weakness and fatigue.
Friends, as you all know very well that classical homeopathic medicines are prescribed only on the basis of TOTALITY OF SYMPTOMS with a clear cut identification of disease in patient and patient in disease also, even then we are providing here just a few homeopathic medicines for different types of medical problems in a short way.
But reader is advised very strongly to use the medicines only under medical supervision and these medicines should never ever consumed without proper consultation with your doctor or GP.
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