Amoebiasis is a disease caused by a parasite Entamoeba histolytica. The trophozoites of Entamoeba histolytica invade the large intestine and cause inflammation and flask-shaped ulcers leading to symptoms of diarrhea or dysentery. The infection may enter the bloodstream from the gut and then spread to other organs like the liver, lungs, heart, brain, and kidneys. Amoebiasis is common in developing countries where sanitation facilities are poor and inadequate. Homeopathic medicines treat amoebiasis by boosting the immune mechanism of the body. Aloe Socotrina, Merc Sol, Colchicum Autumnale, Colocynthis, Ipecacuanha, and Nux Vomica are the top homeopathic medicines for amoebiasis.
Homeopathic Treatment of Amoebiasis
Homeopathic medicines treat amoebiasis very effectively. The selection of the homeopathic medicine that will suit a given case of amoebiasis requires a thorough analysis and evaluation in details. Homeopathic medicines treat intestinal amoebiasis and also provide relief from symptoms of diarrhea and dysentery. However, it should be noted that in cases of amoebiasis where complications like a liver or brain abscess are present, conventional medical treatment is essential. One must take homeopathic medicines for treating amoebiasis only under the supervision of a homeopathic physician and avoids self-prescription.
Homeopathic Medicines for Amoebiasis
Aloe Socotrina – For Amoebiasis when there is Mucus in Stool
Aloe Socotrina offers a natural treatment for amoebiasis when there is excessive mucus in the stool. The stool is loose, watery and contains excessive mucus. There is a constant bearing down sensation in the stool. The urgency to pass stool is marked, particularly after eating or drinking anything. There is a release of excessive flatus following the evacuation of stool. Sometimes, there is an involuntary passage of stool. A burning sensation in the rectum and anus is also present in most cases.
Merc Sol – For Amoebiasis when Stool has Blood and Mucus (Dysentery)
Merc Sol is a natural remedy for amoebiasis when stool contains excessive blood and mucus. The stool is watery, greenish and sour smelling. There is a cutting or colicky pain in the abdomen along with dysentery. Extreme weakness attends the gastric symptoms. The person may also feel chilly. In most cases, the symptoms get worse during the evenings.
Colchicum Autumnale – For Amoebiasis when White Particles Pass in Stool
Colchicum Autumnale is an effective homeopathic medicine for amoebiasis when stool contains excessive white shred-like particles. The stool is green or yellow and smells sour. An ineffectual pressing in the rectum, abdominal distension, fatigue and coldness of the body are present. In some cases, there may be tearing and burning pain at the anus.
Colocynthis – For Intense Abdominal Cramps in Amoebiasis
Colocynthis is an effective homeopathic medicine for amoebiasis when a person has severe abdominal cramps. The cramps are slightly better by bending double or by hard pressure on the abdomen. Taking a slight drink or food worsens the cramping pain. Apart from cramps, there may be colicky or cutting pains in the abdomen. The stool is yellowish greenish, frothy with blood streaks.
Ipecacuanha – For Amoebiasis with Constant Nausea
Ipecacuanha is a natural homeopathic remedy for amoebiasis when there is s persistent nausea along with other gastric symptoms. The stool passed by the patient contains lumps of mucus, blood and has a very rotten smell. Abdominal pain is marked around the navel and may be drawing, cutting, or cramping in nature.
Nux Vomica – For Amoebiasis with Marked Tenesmus
Nux Vomica offers a natural cure for amoebiasis when a person has a constant ineffectual urge to pass stool (tenesmus). Upon going to the toilet, only a little bit of stool passes. Streaks of blood may be present in the stool. The urge for stool is quickly renewed, and there is an unsatisfactory feeling constantly present. A person may also have abdominal pain that gets temporarily better by passing stool. There is often a sharp pain in the rectum after passing stool.
Certain measures can be taken to avoid amoebiasis completely. Washing hands thoroughly after using the toilet and before consuming any food, drinking boiled/adequately filtered water, avoiding raw fruits and vegetables that are not clean, soaking uncooked vegetables in vinegar for 10-15 minutes before cooking, and cleaning the toilets effectively with disinfectants, at regular intervals.
Causes of Amoebiasis
The primary cause of amoebiasis is a parasite called Entamoeba Histolytica. Amoebiasis transmits through the fecal-oral route. A person gets amoebiasis infection by ingesting food or water that contains traces of Entamoeba histolytica. A person may also get infected by accidentally putting any such object in the mouth that has the fecal matter of a person infected with Entamoeba histolytica.
Symptoms of Amoebiasis
A person with amoebiasis may remain asymptomatic or have mild, moderate or severe symptoms. The symptoms include loose stool (diarrhea), dysentery (loose stool with blood and mucus), abdomen pain and fever. The infection can spread from intestines and invade other organs like the liver, lungs, heart, kidneys, and brain.
Complications from Amoebiasis
The various complications that occur in a case of amoebiasis include toxic megacolon, necrotizing colitis, intestinal perforation, liver abscess, brain abscess, and anemia.