Bowel nosodes are the medicines prepared from cultures of non lactose fermenting bacterial flora of the intestinal tract. Though they are not the morbid product of disease, but they come under nosodes. This paper gives an introduction of Bowel nosodes, their scope and lists the common bowel nosodes with their indications.
Bowel nosode were brought into being during the early 1930's but not much attention was paid to this group of nosode after the initial experiments by E. Bach and J. Paterson. Bowel nosodes are derived from potentized cultures of human stools containing intestinal bacteria and bacteria from the intestinal tract; they are often described as the intestinal nosodes of Batch Paterson.
Action of bowel Nosodes
Explaining their action, we must consider the role of B.coli and coliform, organisms found in the intestinal tract. B. coli present in the intestines of warm –blooded animals and is considered to be of warm blooded animals and is considered to be harmless and non pathogenic in the healthy bowel.
Those intestinal bacteria break up the complex organic substances formed in the digestive process into simpler substances which are are excreted in the diseased condition the B.coli are forced to modify their biochemistry in order to survive as the balance is upset and are then said to be pathogenic.
Batch and Paterson found that after some patients has received homoeopathic remedies; non lactose fermenting bacilli appeared bore a relationship with the remedy given. They concluded that these non lactose fermenting bacilli were biochemically related to both the disease and the homoeopathic remedy thus
- The specific organism is related to the specific homoeopathic remedy
- The specific organism is related to the specific disease
The potentized bowel nosode can there fore be considered as a complex biochemical substance having the characteristics of the disturbed metabolism and thus be similar to the disease and by the law of similars have the power to restore the balance.
Use of bowel nosodes
Bowel nosodes are deep and broad acting remedies covering the totality of symptoms. Case histories should therefore take into account both past and present symptoms and when a definite symptom picture indicates a particular homoeopathic remedy, then this should be prescribed.
However, if the choice of a remedy lies between a number of possible remedies then the associated bowel nosode may be used. For example if calcium carbonate, sulphur and graphites are all possible remedies, then the bowel nosode may be used, since it is associated with each of these remedies.
Paterson divided the case in to 2 groups
New case – when the patient has not taken Homoeopathic treatment.
Old case – A patient under Homoeopathic treatment but not responding well.
- In a new case where a definite symptom picture points to a remedy,that should be given not the nosode.
- In cases where the choice may be within a number of possible remedies , Eg. Sulphur,calcarea,graphitis, and it is difficult to select a remedy from this,Morgan pure can be considered to cover the totality of symptoms by referring the table.
This individual had Homoeopathic treatment over a period and received a considerable number of remedies in various potencies. These are difficult cases, there is no available evidence from stool culture to give a clue to the group of remedies likely to be useful or as to the phase in which the patient is at the moment.
In such cases, it should be remembered that the potentised remedy can alter the bowel flora and that in old cases the remedy already given May have caused a positive phase, that is changed the B.coli to non lactose fermenting bacilli. If the percentage of Non lactose fermenting bacteria in the stool is greater than 50% the administration of bowel nosode is contraindicated, the nosode given at that time produce a negative phase with the corresponding period of vital depression in the patient. In such cases use a nosode in 6cpotency in the first instance to avoid the chance of violent negative reaction.
The choice of the nosode for any case may be determined by a study of the clinical histories and noting down the remedies which has given the greatest ,although not sustained effect. Tabulate this list of remedies and compare it with the nosode list and associated remedies and chose the nosode which has the greatest number with in its group.
PRESCRIBING BOWEL NOSODES
A single dose in the 30th centesimal potency is generally recommended. Sometimes a second dose is given, but not until after three months.
Otherwise , the general rules may be followed, that is a low potency for example 6c may be given, if there are marked pathological symptoms and a high potency, for example 1M if there are marked pathological symptoms again the higher the potency the less frequent the dosage rate.
Another approach is a single dose of the bowel nosode with repeated doses of an associated remedy.
SUMMARY OF BOWEL NOSODES
- This is most important bowel nosode most frequently found in the patient's stool and associated with many other remedies. The key note for Morgan batch is, congestion .
- The head is subjected to congestive head aches.
- The digestion is congestion of gastric mucosa and the liver.
- Bilious attacks with severe headaches. It has outstanding action on the skin – congestion of the skin with itching eruptions.
There are two sub types:
- MORGAN PURE
- MORGAN GAERTNER
Constitutionally, the patient is concerned about his or her health, introspective, avoids company, is irritable and depressed.
It's associated remedies are Alumina, Baryta carb, Mag carb, Natrum carb, Petroleum, Sepia and Sulphur. In particular, it is associated with Carbo veg and Sulphur.
DYS CO –BATCH
The keynote is; Nervous tension
The Nervous tension is associated with forth coming events, such as examinations, giving a speech, business meetings or a dental appointment.
The patient shows nervous tension, hypersensitivity, mental unease, restlessness fidgetiness and is prone to frontal headaches over eyes.
In associated remedies are Ars. Alb, Arg. nit, Kalmia, Veratrum album, Cadium met., anacardium and veratrum vide.
The key notes are; mental fatigue and physical fatigue.
Bacillious no.7 is similar to another bowel nosode called PRTEOUS BATCH.
It has a close relation ship to the remedies of t elements bromine and iodine often in combination with potassium.
Symptoms are mental fatigue or brain fag, inability to make a mental effort which in turn produces a feeling of physical exhaustion.
The digestion system symptoms relate to lack of nerve and muscle tone, flatulence, distended stomach and full feeling in the stomach.
The respiratory system symptoms picture of the remedy Kali carb.
Its associated remedy are ars.iod. bromium. Calciod. Bromium , calcaria iod , iodiumferr. Iod, kalibich , kalibrom. Kali nit. And natrom iod.
Gartner –bach has a close association with phosphorus with this bowel nosode the key note is: Malnutrition
It is there fore, associated with the treatment of many children diseases and senility. Any emaciated condition is an indication of the use of gaertner-bach
The child may be thin or emaciated, hypersensitive, with an overactive brain
There is an inability to digest fat and chronic gastro enteritis
Associated remedies are Calc. flour, Calc. phos, kaliphos, merc. Vive, zinc phos, natrum phos, phosphourous phytolacca pulsatilla and silica
The combined symptom pictures of phosphorus, silica and merc viv, accurately compares with that of gaertner –bach
This remedy derives from non-lactose fermenting coccus found in the intestinal tract
The key note is: Irritability
Symptoms are nervous, irritability, temper, twitching of facial muscles and blinking, headache from sinus infection and profuse sweating at night
There is chronic irritation of the entire alimentary tract, acute or chronic gastroenteritis, diarrhea, nausea and sickness
The respiratory system symptoms are chronic bronchial catarrh, Catarrh of the nose and throat with enlarged tonsils and adenoids in the child
The patient always appears to be Anaemic
Associated remedies of sycotic co, are are acid nit. Argentums nitricum calc. met , ferrum met. Natrum sulph , rhus tox and thuja.