GLUTEN ALLERGY / CELIAC DISEASE AND HOMEOPATHY
Dr. Deepak Sharma
BHMS, MD, Ph.D. (Scholar)
Homeopathic Physician and Educator
Founder – Orbit Clinics
This article discusses gluten allergy, or celiac disease, an autoimmune disorder affecting the small intestine and triggered by gluten ingestion. The cause of celiac disease is unknown but is believed to result from a combination of genetic and environmental factors. Risk factors include family history, other autoimmune disorders, European descent, and a history of gastrointestinal issues. Pathologically, gluten consumption causes the immune system to attack the small intestine lining, leading to nutrient malabsorption and various symptoms. Diagnosis involves blood tests and a small intestine biopsy. Management includes a strict gluten-free diet and exercise precautions, while homeopathic remedies may also be used to alleviate symptoms.
Gluten allergy, also known as celiac disease, is an autoimmune disorder that affects the small intestine. It is triggered by the ingestion of gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley, and rye.
The exact cause of celiac disease is not known, but it is thought to be a combination of genetic and environmental factors. People with a family history of the disease are at a higher risk of developing it.
The following factors can increase the risk of developing celiac disease:
- Having a family history of the disease
- Having another autoimmune disorder, such as type 1 diabetes or autoimmune thyroid disease
- Being of European descent
- Having a history of gastrointestinal infections, surgery, or trauma
When a person with celiac disease consumes gluten, the body’s immune system reacts by attacking the lining of the small intestine, damaging the villi that absorb nutrients from food. This can lead to malabsorption of nutrients and a range of symptoms, including diarrhea, abdominal pain, and weight loss.
Diagnosis of celiac disease involves a combination of blood tests and a biopsy of the small intestine. The blood tests look for antibodies that are produced when the immune system reacts to gluten, while the biopsy confirms the presence of damage to the small intestine.
Dietary management is a key component in the management of celiac disease. The most effective treatment is a strict gluten-free diet, which involves avoiding all foods and products that contain gluten. This includes foods such as bread, pasta, cereal, baked goods, and processed foods that contain wheat, barley, or rye.
Here are some tips for managing a gluten-free diet:
- Read labels carefully: Check food labels to see if they contain gluten. Look for hidden sources of gluten, such as modified food starch, malt, and hydrolyzed vegetable protein.
- Choose naturally gluten-free foods: Opt for foods that are naturally gluten-free, such as fruits, vegetables, lean meats, fish, and poultry.
- Use gluten-free substitutes: Use gluten-free substitutes for wheat flour, such as rice flour, potato flour, or corn flour, when cooking or baking.
- Be careful when eating out: When eating out, ask the restaurant staff about gluten-free options or look for restaurants that offer gluten-free menus.
- Avoid cross-contamination: To prevent cross-contamination, use separate cooking utensils, cutting boards, and dishes when preparing gluten-free foods.
- Work with a registered dietitian: A registered dietitian can help you create a balanced and nutritious gluten-free meal plan.
- Be patient: It may take some time to adjust to a gluten-free diet, but with patience and persistence, it can become a habit.
If you have a gluten allergy or intolerance, it’s important to be mindful of the types of exercises and yoga poses you engage in. Here are some tips to keep in mind:
- Avoid gluten-containing sports drinks and supplements. Many sports drinks and supplements contain gluten, so be sure to read labels carefully.
- Choose gluten-free snacks. If you need a quick snack before or after your workout, opt for gluten-free options like fruit, nuts, or gluten-free energy bars.
- Be mindful of cross-contamination. If you’re working out in a gym or studio, be careful to avoid any equipment or surfaces that may have come into contact with gluten-containing foods.
- Practice yoga poses that aid digestion. Certain yoga poses can help improve digestion and alleviate digestive issues that may be associated with gluten intolerance. Some of these poses include:
- Seated forward bend (Paschimottanasana)
- Cat-cow stretch (Marjariasana-Bitilasana)
- Wind-relieving pose (Pavanamuktasana)
- Downward-facing dog (Adho Mukha Svanasana)
- Listen to your body. If you’re experiencing symptoms like bloating, cramping, or fatigue during or after your workout, it may be a sign that you need to adjust your routine. Be mindful of how your body responds to different exercises and adjust accordingly.
That being said, here are 10 commonly used homeopathic remedies that are sometimes used for gluten allergy:
- Nux vomica: This remedy is sometimes used for digestive symptoms such as bloating, constipation, and indigestion that may occur with gluten allergy.
- Arsenicum album: This remedy is sometimes used for symptoms such as diarrhea, nausea, and vomiting that may occur with gluten allergy.
- Pulsatilla: This remedy is sometimes used for symptoms such as diarrhea, bloating, and abdominal pain that may occur with gluten allergy.
- Lycopodium: This remedy is sometimes used for symptoms such as bloating, flatulence, and constipation that may occur with gluten allergy.
- Carbo vegetabilis: This remedy is sometimes used for symptoms such as bloating, gas, and indigestion that may occur with gluten allergy.
- Bryonia: This remedy is sometimes used for symptoms such as abdominal pain and constipation that may occur with gluten allergy.
- Natrum muriaticum: This remedy is sometimes used for symptoms such as diarrhea and constipation that may occur with gluten allergy.
- Chamomilla: This remedy is sometimes used for symptoms such as abdominal pain, bloating, and diarrhea that may occur with gluten allergy.
- Aconite: This remedy is sometimes used for symptoms such as anxiety, restlessness, and agitation that may occur with gluten allergy.
- Ignatia: This remedy is sometimes used for symptoms such as emotional distress and anxiety that may occur with gluten allergy.