Lactose is the kind of the sugar, found in milk and milk products. Lactose intolerance is the condition where lactose intake is intolerant in some people. It is not like intolerant to milk and milk products. Some people has intolerant to milk but may not with other milk products. Some can take milk in small quantities which is not problem in digestion.
When lactose moves through the large intestine without being properly digested, it can cause uncomfortable symptoms such as gas, belly pain, and bloating. When lactose moves through the large intestine without being properly digested, it can cause uncomfortable symptoms such as gas, belly pain, and bloating. Some times, it may cause headache, dizziness, numbness all over the body, skin rashes and breathlessness.
Lactose intolerance occurs when the small intestine does not make enough of an enzyme called lactase. Your body needs lactase to break down, or digest, lactose.
Lactose intolerance most commonly runs in families, and symptoms usually develop during the teen or adult years. Most people with this type of lactose intolerance can eat some milk or dairy products without problems.
Sometimes the small intestine stops making lactase after a short-term illness such as the stomach flu or as part of a lifelong disease such as cystic fibrosis. Or the small intestine sometimes stops making lactase after surgery to remove a part of the small intestine. In these cases, the problem can be either permanent or temporary. Small intestine problems that can cause lactose intolerance include bacterial overgrowth, celiac disease and Crohn’s disease.
Certain cancer treatments, If you have received radiation therapy for cancer in your abdomen or have intestinal complications from chemotherapy, you have an increased risk of lactose intolerance.
In rare cases, newborns are lactose-intolerant, babies to be born with lactose intolerance caused by a complete absence of lactase activity. This disorder is passed from generation to generation in a pattern of inheritance called autosomal recessive. This means that both the mother and the father must pass on the defective form of the gene for a child to be affected. Infants with congenital lactose intolerance are intolerant of the lactose in their mothers’ breast milk and have diarrhoea from birth. A person born with lactose intolerance cannot eat or drink anything with lactose.
Some premature babies have temporary lactose intolerance because they are not yet able to make lactase. After a baby begins to make lactase, the condition typically goes away.
This condition can be diagnosed by Lactose tolerance test, Hydrogen breath test and stool acidity test.
Dairy products are main sources for calcium and vitamins. So it can be substituted for calcium by taking broccoli, milk substitutes like soy milk, oranges and spinach. For substitution of vitamin D, can take eggs, liver and probiotic yogurt.
Milk and milk products should be taken in small quantities so that small intestines doesn’t get strained easily to digest the lactose, along with main servings, milk should be taken so that it slows the digestive process, may lessen the symptoms.
Homeopathic treatment is the individualistic treatment, which understands the person as a whole in mental, emotional and physical plane. It can understand the disagreements of the person as an individual susceptibility of the patient but not a disease. It will try to eliminate the physical, emotional causes and also underlying miasmatic obstacles. It will not change the inborn character of the person, but it will balance the person as a whole by removing the obstacles for the cure. For lactose intolerance Homeopathy can offer the best treatment.
Some of the remedy indications for Lacose intolerance.
Aethusa Cynapium: The sufferer is usually a child with a congenital absence of the enzyme lactase, a condition also known as Alactasia. These children can’t digest milk and other dairy products in any form and suffer from stomach aches or colic and vomiting every time they ingest milk and dairy products. Such children also lose weight due to their inability to digest milk. They are irritable, anxious and crying. Milk may also produce green colored diarrhea or loose stools that contains undigested particles and is preceded by drowsiness, stomach aches and exhaustion.In some cases Aethusa Cynapium patients may also suffer from constipation and indigestion due to milk.
Apis Mellifica: Allergy to milk and dairy products and the ingestion of milk or dairy acts as an allergen and leads to a severe anaphylactic reaction (allergic reaction) that presents with symptoms of urticaria or skin rash, swelling, redness and itching of the body and difficulty in breathing. With all these symptoms you will have a condition of thirstlessness.
China Officinalis: If unable to digest milk or other dairy products, which when taken will produce symptoms of bloating, belching and flatulence. You will also suffer from abdominal colic due to gas that becomes relieved only by bending double or by vomiting of food. You may also develop problems in breathing with mucus formation, coughing episodes and rattling sound in chest. You may also feel the effect of bloating on your face as it turns red and your tongue is also thickly coated and dirty.
Magnesium Muriaticum: If you will not be able to digest milk and develop blisters on lips and tongue as a result. Your tongue will also feel burnt and scalded. You may also develop symptoms of headache and suffer from mental stress. Your symptoms of lactose intolerance are usually chronic.
Lac Vaccinum Defloratum: Lac Vaccinum Defloratum is made by potentization of skimmed milk; hence it is suitable for treating the symptoms of lactose intolerance. After ingesting of milk and other dairy products you develop symptoms of nausea with headache, and vomiting. You may also suffer from obstinate constipation leading to passage of large stools that involves excessive straining. All these symptoms will ultimately make you feel extremely fatigued and tired.
I have treated a case of 9 yrs old girl, who lives in USA. She is by birth intolerant to lactose. So that her mother has to taken care of her every time. She has to pay extra attention to her. She has many restrictions in the food; most of the times they used to avoid family gatherings for the child, as they think she should not feel deprived by avoiding the most of the foods. If she takes milk and milk products she develops the breathlessness and rashes all over the body. So that she has to depend on soy milk and soy products. Generally, she is not active girl, sluggish, doesn’t react much to anything, she is emotional, fearful, needs known persons company. Basing on details sent by her mother through email. I suggested her to give Calcaria carb 200 1 dose. After one month if wrote to me that her daughter’s respiratory allergy has been reduced considerably. Now she can able to take milk products in small quantities and her respiratory problems are relieved.