Does homeopathic treatment require refraining from eating some food articles? Especially coffee, tea, mint, garlic, onion, alcohol?
This is a common question and there goes a myth with it at times.
Going little in the background will help to understand this better. The homeopathic medicines are essentially taken by mouth; and the pills or globules get absorbed in the oral cavity.
Though we do not still know the exact mechanism how it works, but we believe the medicines get absorbed in the oral mucosa. Since the medicine gets absorbed and acts from the mouth, it is suggested that the mouth should be clean from strong food articles, taste and fragrances.
Since coffee, onion, garlic and mint have strong odor, it was suggested that they are better avoided during the course of homeopathic treatment.
Our experience says that above stated articles may be consumed if you are on homeopathic regimen, provided you keep a gap of about half an hour between the intake of medicine and such food articles; not hampering the action of the medicine.
We have observed and documented that if such discipline is observed, the homeopathic medicines do work; without banning those food articles.
There may be some food restrictions because of ones illness such as high blood pressure (to avoid salt), gastritis (to avoid spicy), Hepatitis C (avoid deep-fried food); and because of their effect on the homeopathic medicines.
P.S.: Instructions may vary from patient to patient. Please contact our doctors for more information
Any particular food article may not be considered as ‘good' or ‘bad' for everyone. There are disease-related circumstances, which determine if or not a particular food article is good, for the patient at a given time. Here are some broad suggestions:
Avoid tobacco, paan-masala, gutka, supari, smoking, etc.
Avoid deep fried food, oily and junk food
Avoid irregular food habits
Avoid alcohol, beer, aerated drinks
For Urinary system disorders (Recurrent infections, renal stones, etc )
Avoid eating vegetables and fruits like tomatoes, brinjal, etc
Avoid alcohol, beer, aerated drinks
Avoid artificially treated food
Avoid red meat
For patients with hypertension
Avoid eating salty food like wafers, pickles, papad, salted snacks
Avoid eating deep fried and oily food
Avoid alcohol, beer, aerated drinks
For Patients with diabetes
Avoid sugar and sweets
Avoid fruits like mangoes andchikoo
Avoid deep fried, oily food; avoid irregular and heavy meals
Avoid aerated drinks
For Nephrotic Syndrome
The main aim of nutritional management of Nephrotic syndrome is to replace the protein loss by having an adequate intake of proteins. However high intake of protein must be avoided to prevent any tubular damage to the kidneys caused by filtering of the excess proteins.
Sodium intake in diet should be low.
Fat intake should also be low.
Fluid intake should be restricted as per the physician's advice.
Foods that can be taken:
Cow's milk, skimmed milk
Wheat, cereals, sprouts, pulses and legumes such astur dal, moong dal, rajmah, chana,lentils(masoor),etc.
Wafers, popcorns, chutneys which are prepared in less salt.
Moderate to low intake of vegetable oils, butter and mayonnaise.
Noodles, spaghetti, pancakes, etc (low in salt)
Foods to be avoided in nephrotic syndrome
Excess of protein should be avoided because a very high protein diet may cause tubular damage to the kidneys as the kidneys will have to filter more of the proteins. But moderate protein intake (about 1 gm/kg body weight) is mandatory to compensate for the protein loss in the urine.
High amount of fats should be avoided as the cholesterol and triglyceride levels tend to be high in patients with Nephrotic syndrome. The diet must be high in calories so as to conserve proteins, yet low in fats. Excess of oily food and saturated fats (ghee, margarine, etc) should be avoided.
Sodium in the diet should be minimum so as to prevent fluid accumulation and edema. The foods that are high in sodium content and thereby should be avoided are:
:Salted wafers, popcorns, salted biscuits, snacks, chips, etc
:. Papads - all varieties
:. Salted pickles, chutneys, curry powder - commercial preparations
:. Commercial salad dressings and sauces. Soup cubes
:. Bakery products, bread, biscuits
:. Salted cashew nuts, pistachio, walnuts, peanuts
:. Commercial cheese, preservative containing foods, noodle mixes, pastas
:. Salted or canned meat
:. Foods containing baking soda and ajinomoto
For Ulcerative Colitis
Diet when the patient is relatively symptom-free:
The basic dietary principles for UC are no different to those for the general population. Carbohydrates (rice, bread, pasta, potatoes, breakfast cereals, etc), proteins (pulses, meat, fish, eggs, nuts, etc.), vegetables and fruits form the main part of the diet. Protein foods are essential for growth and repair and also provide iron - these should be taken in adequate quantities. Fat intake must be moderate because excess of fat intake may cause wind and diarrhea.
Dairy foods, which provide calcium and protein, should be taken in adequate amounts provided they don't cause any problems (such as diarrhea and wind) to the patient.
Usually small amounts of milk, for example in tea or coffee, do not cause any problems. Dairy products such as butter, cheese and yoghurt are also well tolerated. If milk is excluded, it should be replaced with low lactose milk or with Soya milk. This should be discussed with a dietician to ensure that the nutritional balance is maintained.
Beer or other alcoholic drinks, excess of fruit or fruit juice, onions and spicy foods aggravate the symptoms in some patients and hence these are better avoided by them.
Constipation is often associated with distal colitis and may aggravate the condition; therefore, it is important to eat sufficient fiber in the diet in order to prevent this. However, if dietary fiber cannot be tolerated without unpleasant symptoms, a bulking agent is advised instead (e.g. Methylcellulose, Fybogel or Normacol), with an increased fluid intake to soften and regulate the motions.
An inflamed large intestine may not be able to reabsorb sufficient water or salt from the bowel and this can result in the passing a large volume of diarrhea or semi-solid stool. Fluids need to be replaced during bouts of diarrhea and vomiting to prevent dehydration. Usually this can be achieved by drinking more liquid but in severe cases, a solution of salt and glucose in water may be prescribed to improve absorption.
During a relapse, high fibre foods such as whole meal bread, high fibre breakfast cereals, dried fruit and pulses, beans, lentils, peas and sprouts, may make diarrhea worse. Reducing fiber may help reduce bowel movements. When symptoms improve, fibre can be gradually reintroduced back into the diet to the level that is tolerated. Those who suffer from constipation or who are troubled by passing hard stools need to maintain an adequate level of fiber in the diet. Bulking agents, stool softeners or osmotic laxatives may be helpful.
When the intestine is inflamed its capacity to absorb fat is impaired and even a moderate amount of fat in the diet may cause wind and diarrhea. Restricting high fat foods may help. However, it is important to replace these foods with carbohydrate- and protein-rich foods to prevent weight loss.
Protein loss can occur from leakage of the damaged intestinal lining. If this lining bleeds there is a risk of becoming deficient in iron which can lead to anemia. A nutritious diet, high in calories and protein, is then needed to replace lost energy and nutrients.
In active inflammation certain vitamins and minerals may be lost from the body. Supplements of multivitamins and iron tablets may help. High intake of fluids and foods rich in magnesium and vitamin C may lower the risk of relapse.
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