Abnormal growths that arise from the inner lining of the colon (large intestine) and the rectum are known as colorectal polyps. These may be flat or have a stalk. The size of colorectal polyps varies from few millimeters to several centimeters. The use of homeopathic medicines to treat colorectal polyps can help avoid surgery, which is a common course of treatment.
Kali Bromatum, Calc Phos, and Ammonium Mur are the top homeopathic medicines used to treat colorectal polyps.
While the colorectal polyps may arise from any part of the colon, in most cases they emerge from the left side of the colon and rectum. Colorectal polyps may be benign, or some may be precancerous (tend to turn malignant).
Homeopathic Treatment of Colorectal Polyps
The homeopathic system of medicine offers holistic treatment for colorectal polyps. These remedies are made of natural substances and hence are safe to use without any side effects. Homeopathic medicines help in the symptomatic management of colorectal polyps and also help shrink these polyps. Some of the majorly indicated homeopathic medicine for colorectal polyps include Kali Bromatum, Calc Phos, Ammonium Mur, Nux Vomica, and Phosphorus. The most suitable homeopathic medicine among them for a case is selected as per the individual symptoms that vary from case to case.
Top Homeopathic Medicines for Colorectal Polyps
Kali Bromatum – Homeopathic Medicine for Colorectal Polyps
Kali Bromatum is a natural homeopathic medicine for colorectal polyps in cases where the bowel habits become altered. They may have either diarrhea or constipation. The diarrhea is mostly painless but may be attended by a feeling of chilliness. In some cases, blood or mucus may appear in the stool. If there is constipation, there may be many days where there is no bowel movement and stool, if present, is hard or dry with missing of days without a stool.
Calcarea Phos – Homeopathic Remedy for Colorectal Polyps with Diarrhea
Calcarea Phos is an effective medicine for colorectal polyps that is indicated for individuals who get diarrhea. The stool is watery, hot and slimy. White flakes may pass in the stool in some cases. Offensive fetid flatus may attend the passage of stool. Stitching pain in the rectum appears in some cases.
Ammonium Mur – Natural Medicine for Colorectal Polyps with Constipation
Ammonium Mur is an effective homeopathic medicine for colorectal polyps in people who have constipation. The stool is scanty and hard and is passed after a lot of straining. It also tends to crumble at the verge of the anus. A glairy mucus may be present with the hard stool in some cases. Burning or smarting sensation in the rectum may assist. Another feature that may be present is passing mucus of greenish color from the rectum.
Nux Vomica – Natural Homeopathic Remedy for Colorectal Polyps with Ineffectual Urging for Stool
Nux Vomica is a natural treatment for colorectal polyps where the person experiences a constant, ineffectual urging to pass stool. The person passes frequent, scanty stool, and there is a constant uneasiness in the rectum. A dragging sensation in the rectum may also appear, along with abdominal colic.
Phosphorus – Effective Homeopathic Treatment for Colorectal Polyps that Bleed
Phosphorus offers a natural cure for colorectal polyps that bleed. Bleeding from rectum appear while passing stool. Other accompanying symptoms include a painless, watery stool, weakness after passing stool, and cramps in the rectum. In some cases, needle-like stitching pain may appear in the rectum. Phosphorus is also a well indicated homeopathic medicine where rectal polyps and inflammation of the rectum are present at the same time.
Causes of Colorectal Polyps
The exact cause for colorectal polyps is not known, but it is thought to arise from changes in the genetic material of the cells that line the colon and rectum. The risk factors for colorectal polyps include an age of more than 50 years, a family history of colorectal polyps, being overweight, inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis), uncontrolled type 2 diabetes, and use of alcohol and tobacco. There are also some hereditary disorders that can cause colon polyps including familial adenomatous polyposis, gardener’s syndrome, serrated polyposis syndrome, and Lynch syndrome.
Types of Colorectal Polyps
The main types of colorectal polyps are adenomatous polyp and hyperplastic polyp. About 70% colorectal polyps are the adenomatous polyp, and they have a high tendency to turn malignant. The hyperplastic have no or minimal chances to get malignant (majorly those arising in the right side colon tend to get malignant).
Other types include hamartomatous and inflammatory polyps. Inflammatory polyps are those that link with inflammatory conditions like ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease. Hamartomatous and inflammatory polyps don’t turn malignant.
Symptoms of Colorectal Polyps
Colorectal polyps are asymptomatic in the majority of the cases, and a person comes to know about them incidentally. When symptoms arise in colorectal polyps, they mainly include blood and mucus in the stool. Abdominal pain and cramps is another symptom that may appear. Change in bowel habits – diarrhea or constipation may be present.
A polyp with a large stalk may sometimes be seen protruding from the anus. Iron deficiency anemia may occur from chronic bleeding from the polyps.