Indications: Thin watery stools with undigested food thirst caused by fat or too rich food. White coated tongue, prostration, recommended in convalescence.
The term literally means “a running through” and is applied to frequent passage of unformed motions of loose consistency. There are many causes with one common physiological factor of excessive peristaltic movement. General causes include unsuitable food, excess of alcohol, unripe fruit, chemical irritants, oral antibiotics, poisons & infections. Local causes include gastric disturbances, gastro-enteritis, viral infection, inflammation of small and large intestines and ulcerative colitis.
There could be serious factors like typical fever, cholera, food poisoning, cancer of colon, and disorders of pancreatic secretion. These are to be differentiated from general & local causes mentioned above.
Another way to classify is as follows:
(a) Acute diarrhoea is usually due to dietetic indiscretion, food poisoning, infection such as bacillary dysentery, or an exacerbation in one of the causes of chronic diarrhoea.
(b) Chronic diarrhoea occurs:
(1) After operations such as gastrectomy and vagotomy,
(2) From lesions of the small intestine such as regional ileitis and the malabsorption syndromes,
(3) In diseases of the colon, such as carcinoma, diverticulitis, amoebiasis and ulcerative colitis.
Apart from alimentary disorders such as the above, chronic diarrhoea may be due to general causes, such as thyrotoxicosis or anxiety neurosis.
Composition: Calcarea phosphorica 3x, Ferrum phosphoricum 3x, Kalium phosphoricum 3x, Kalium sulphuricum 3x and Natrum sulphuricum 3x in equal proportion.
Proven indication of the ingredients within the claimed sphere of action:
Calcarea phosphorica: It is indicated for diarrhoea from juicy fruits and during dentition, green, slimy, hot, sputtering undigested with fetid flatus.
Ferrum phosphoricum: It is a drug for early stages of inflammation and febrile condition is also indicated for watery stool, which may have blood or undigested food or both. It covers first stage of dysentery with blood.
Kalium phosphoricum: It is a drug for mental and physical exhaustion and covers well diarrhoea with foul, putrid odour occasionally by fright, depression or exhaustion. Pathogenesis covers diarrhoea while eating, stool may be rice water in colour or may contain blood.
Kalium sulphuricum: It is indicated in yellow slimy diarrhoea, colicky pain, abdomen feels cold to touch, is bloated and tense.
Natrum sulphuricum: It is indicated for watery yellow stools, flatulence, stool passes involuntary when passing flatus, burning in abdomen and anus. It covers well hyperacidity, duodenal catarrh, vomiting of bile etc. which are at times associated with diarrhoea.
Contra-indication: None. It can be used along with other medicines and measures. Dosage: As usual. Presentation: As usual.