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What to eat and avoid when you are on homeopathy

What to eat? What to avoid?


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. (For private circulation only. For the use of patients at Life Force. Copyright © 2005 - 2011, Dr. Rajesh Shah. All rights reserved.)


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:

  • For Skin Disorders
  • For Gastrointestinal Disorders
  • For Urinary System Disorders
  • For Patients With Hypertension
  • For Patients With Diabetes
  • For Nephrotic Syndrome
  • For Ulcerative Colitis


Respiratory disorders (Acute or recurring cough, cold, Asthma, etc.)

  • Avoid chilled drinks, chilled water, ice-cream if one is sensitive
  • Avoid chilled drinks, chilled water, ice-cream if one is sensitive
  • Any food substance known to aggravate the above conditions in the past may better be avoided
  • Avoid smoking


Skin disorders:

General foods to avoid for skin diseases:

  • Avoidance of spicy food helps control itching and burning
  • Artificially flavored food be better avoided
  • Avoid non-vegetarian food as much as possible


For Vitiligo:

  • Unripe fruits, sour fruits, sour curds, anything excessively sour

  • Fish and marine food products

  • Avoid artificially flavored and colored food articles such as aerated drinks, junk food


For Urticaria:

  • Avoid known irritants and allergens
  • The know irritant ant could be identified by individuals, as they may differ from patients to patients. Also, they can be identified by allergy test.
  • Avoid spicy and pungent food articles
  • Artificially treated food


For Psoriasis:

  • Avoid spicy and pungent food articles
  • Artificially flavored food
  • Avoid non-vegetarian food as far as possible


For Gastrointestinal disorders (Gastritis, Ulcer, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Ulcerative Colitis, fissure-in-ano, piles, etc)

  • Avoid spicy and pungent food articles
  • 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:

General Guidelines:

  • 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 the 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
  • Yogurt
  • Wheat, cereals, sprouts, pulses and legumes such astur dal, moong dal, rajmah, chana,lentils(masoor),etc.
  • Eggs, fish, dry fish, chicken, lean meat, etc.
  • Vegetables and fruits
  • Soups, sauces, chocolate drinks, juices, etc (but with low sodium content)
  • 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:
  1. 1. Salted wafers, popcorns, salted biscuits, snacks, chips, etc
  2. 2. Papads - all varieties
  3. 3. Salted pickles, chutneys, curry powder - commercial preparations
  4. 4. Commercial salad dressings and sauces. Soup cubes
  5. 5. Bakery products, bread, biscuits
  6. 6. Salted cashew nuts, pistachio, walnuts, peanuts
  7. 7. Commercial cheese, preservative containing foods, noodle mixes, pastas
  8. 8. Salted or canned meat
  9. 9. 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.


Certain things to avoid in UC:

  • Processed foods (i.e. foods containing preservatives)
  • High intake of sugar and artificial sweeteners
  • Excess of spicy foods
  • High fat and deep fried foods
  • Alcohol, beer and aerated water


Diet during the acute phase of UC:

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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