Gastric Affections



1. Lassitude, malaise, depression of spirits.

2. The special tongue symptom.

3. The gastric uneasiness; a dull epigastric aching.

4. Loss of appetite.

5. The involvement of the liver.

6. Constipation.

These will clearly indicate **Hydrastis, and it is a wonderful remedy in gastric complaints.

**Arnica. Atony of stomach, painful contractions, fullness after eating.

Argentum nitricum. [Arg-n]

      **Argentum nitricum must be remembered in stomach affections. (1) Its flatulence; it has lots of it, hence violent belching and great relief therefrom. The patient for a long time may not be able to belch, but when he does succeed in so doing the flatus comes in enormous volume. (2) ***Pain. It is a gnawing, ulcerative pain referred to the pit of the stomach. From this spot pains radiate in every direction. The least plain food makes the pain worse. Gastralgia, especially in delicate and nervous women; it may be indicated when caused by an emotion, loss of sleep or menstrual trouble. Feeling of a lump in the stomach. Intense spasms of the muscles of the chest. Vomiting of glairy mucus, which can be drawn into strings. ***Longing for sugar and aggravation from sweets producing diarrhoea, etc., Gastric ulcer, the characteristic gnawing pain circumscribed to a small spot, worse from pressure and eating, with vomiting of mucus, blood, etc., indicate it. The sixth centesimal potency is recommended by Jousset. It certainly acts better in the higher potencies.

**Dioscorea, besides its influence in colic, may be called for in stomach troubles; it is useful in the pyrosis of pregnant women.

**Ignatia corresponds to sour stomach, nausea and vomiting. Hunger and vomiting may exist at the same time. It is the remedy in the irritable stomachs of hysteria. It is the principal remedy in gastralgia coming on at night or after eating, worse from motion or pressure, excessive flatulence, especially in hysterical subjects. In fact, hysterical symptoms distinguish **Ignatia from Nux vomica.

**Iris versicolor. Here there should be liver involvement, bilious headaches, vomiting of bile, jaundice.

W.A. Dewey
Dewey, Willis A. (Willis Alonzo), 1858-1938.
Professor of Materia Medica in the University of Michigan Homeopathic Medical College. Member of American Institute of Homeopathy. In addition to his editoral work he authored or collaborated on: Boericke and Dewey's Twelve Tissue Remedies, Essentials of Homeopathic Materia Medica, Essentials of Homeopathic Therapeutics and Practical Homeopathic Therapeutics.