Indigestion and Depression
by Dr. Randy Martin, OMD, CCH, QME, PhD
(both this and the last article sent are taken from my newest, soon to be published 2nd book)
Jeanne was an attractive woman in her thirties who had come to me complaining of gas and indigestion. She felt gassy all the time, but it was especially worse after eating, when she would become bloated and uncomfortable. She appeared otherwise healthy and energetic. She was occasionally depressed, but for the most part, she said that she felt pretty good.
I treated her with weekly acupuncture for two months and gave her a homeopathic remedy called Nux moschata. I selected this homeopathic remedy not only because it matched the symptoms of bloating and gassiness after eating, but also because it matched her emotional symptom of being somewhat hypochondriacal. Nux moschata is a great homeopathic remedy for the combination of hypochondriasis with digestive symptoms. I also prescribed herbal digestive enzymes and a probiotic.
After about six weeks, she came in feeling much better and said her indigestion had disappeared. She also said that it was incredible how every time she took the homeopathic remedy, it would bring out all the emotional stuff for two or three days, and her stomach would feel immediately better.
This is a good example of how emotional and physical symptoms alternate in a homeopathic treatment. As is common with holistic treatments, as soon as emotional problems are released and productively dealt with, the physical body will follow in healing.
If emotional issues are repressed and not adequately addressed, the imbalance will often turn inward, affecting the organs. In this case, Jeanne’s digestive system was affected the most, but it could be any organ, depending on a person’s particular constitutional weakness.
Symptoms will often also alternate, not only between the emotional and the physical, but between sets of different physical organs. I’ll often see this alternation between problems with the colon (such as constipation or diarrhea), and in sinus or respiratory problems (such as colds or allergies). As soon as an inhaler or antihistamine is used to suppress the allergy or sinus problems, I’ll see the patient come to me for IBS, Crohn’s disease, or nervous stomach symptoms.
Another common alternation is that asthma symptoms sometimes follow the use of steroids used to suppress eczema or psoriasis symptoms.
The key here is to pay close attention to the alternation in symptoms, and begin to track and document the shift. If you can learn from the clues your body gives you regarding its various weaknesses and strengths, then you can almost immediately anticipate the rotation of symptoms from one organ system to another or from the emotional to the physical level and back again.
The symptoms will follow patterns. The particulars will be completely different for everyone. For one person it might be that feeling depressed and eating chocolate sets off a migraine. For another person it could be that if they suppress their anger towards their boyfriend, their face breaks out.
I had another patient who occasionally would come to see me for acupuncture the night after he had taken a prescription sleep medication. One day he came in and had an insight: he said he noticed that every time he took the same prescription sleep medication, he would wake up the next day with tightness in his neck and shoulders and a headache. But it took him six months of watching this pattern before he was able to put it all together.
The goal is to be as self-observant as possible and to track the changes in your emotions and body as clearly as possible. After you become aware of the patterns, it’s easier to try and change them. Oddly enough, the patterns can actually become your friends, instead of your enemies—that is, once you grow to recognize them. Each homeopathic remedy has very specific alternating symptoms, so if you can recognize the pattern, I can choose your homeopathic remedy more quickly.
I have discussed this repeatedly; it’s called Hering’s Law of Cure. If the symptoms are moving from the most important to the least important organ systems, then healing is occurring. Likewise, if the symptoms are moving from inside of the body to the outside, then healing is occurring. However, if the symptoms are moving in the opposite direction, then there is suppression, and you will be able to predict whether your symptoms will try to “come out” or “escape” in the reverse order of how they occurred.
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