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Podophyllum Peltatum

The Homeopathic Remedy Podophyllum Peltatum (aslo known as May Apple) is useful in the treatment of Crohn’s disease because it acts on the small intestine and rectum, and it’s specialty is in the stoppage of explosive diarrhea, watery diarrhea, and can help stop vomiting and colicky pain.

Podophyllum Peltatum is useful for disorders of the small intestine, liver, and rectum, stomach flu, bilious vomiting, diarrhea, teething, and sensitivity due to inflammation or gallstones in the liver.

Podophyllum is commonly used for:

Gastric Upsets:

This is the leading remedy for acute diarrhea. It is indicated when the person experiences a sudden urgency for a stool (it may even drive the person out of bed early in the morning) and when there are profuse, offensive-smelling stools, and great rumbling and gurgling in the abdomen before the stool.

Typically, the release of the stool is painless, but in-between stools they may experience cramping that may cause them to double-up. People who need this remedy tend to have a large thirst for cold liquids. In certain cases, they may experience an uncertain feeling if they are going to vomit or have diarrhea.

Podophyllum’s Personality Profile:

Restless and forgetful people that are easily depressed suit this remedy best. They often fear death and tend to dream a lot. This minor remedy is particularly good for digestive disorders. Those who may require this remedy tend to clench and grind their teeth. Symptoms are worse in hot weather and early morning.

Podophyllum’s Materia Medica:

Mind: Loquacity and delirium from eating acid fruits. Depression of spirits.

Head: Vertigo, with tendency to fall forward. Headache, dull pressure, worse morning, with heated face and bitter taste; alternating with diarrhœa. Rolling of head from side to side, moaning and vomiting and eyelids half closed. Child perspires on head during sleep.

Mouth: Grinding the teeth at night; intense desire to press the gums together (Phytol). Difficult dentition. Tongue broad, large, moist. Foul, putrid taste. Burning sensation of tongue.

Stomach: Hot, sour belching; nausea and vomiting. Thirst for large quantities of cold water (Bry). Vomiting of hot, frothy mucus. Heartburn; gagging or empty retching. Vomiting of milk.

Abdomen: Distended; heat and emptiness. Sensation of weakness or sinking. Can lie comfortably only on stomach. Liver region painful, better rubbing part. Rumbling and shifting of flatus in ascending colon.

Rectum: Cholera infantum and morbus. Diarrhœa of long standing; early in morning; during teething, with hot, glowing cheeks while being bathed or washed; in hot weather after acid fruits. Morning, painless diarrhœa when not due to venous stasis or intestinal ulceration. Green, watery, fetid, profuse, gushing. Prolapse of rectum before or with stool. Constipation; clay-colored, hard, dry, difficult. Constipation alternating with diarrhœa (Ant crud). Internal and external piles.

Female: Pain in uterus and right ovary, with shifting noises along ascending colon. Suppressed menses, with pelvic tenesmus. Prolapsed uteri, especially after parturition. Hæmorrhoids, with prolapsus ani during pregnancy.

Extremities: Pain between shoulders, under right scapula, in loins and lumbar region. Pain in right inguinal region; shoots down inner thigh to knees. Paralytic weakness on left side.

Fever: Chill at 7 am, with pain in hypochondria, and knees, ankles, wrists, Great loquacity during fever. Profuse sweat.

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