July 24, 2023


It is so distressing to see the children in our care suffer from an upset tummy. Whether it's due to indigestion, food sensitivities, or a simple case of stomach flu, a child's discomfort can quickly become a source of worry.

Thankfully, homeopathy offers a gentle and effective approach to address upset tummies in both children and adults alike. In this article, I will explore three homeopathic remedies which have been helpful for centuries in calming stomach aches: Pulsatilla, Nux vomica, and Chamomilla.

Pulsatilla after rich foods
Pulsatilla is a versatile and widely used homeopathic remedy, particularly beneficial for digestive issues that result from consuming rich, fatty foods or when there's a lack of thirst with stomach discomfort. This remedy is often indicated when the child or adult experiences discomfort with bloating, rumbling sensations, and a sense of fullness in the stomach after eating. The child may be weepy, clingy, and feel insecure. They may also feel better in open air and experience shifting symptoms.

Dosage: For acute upset tummies, a low potency of Pulsatilla (6C or 30C) can be administered every 1-2 hours, reducing the frequency as symptoms improve.

Nux vomica after spicy foods
Nux vomica is an excellent remedy for upset tummies in both children and adults, when caused by overeating, consuming spicy or rich foods, or experiencing stress and emotional turmoil. There may be cramps or sharp pains in the abdomen which feel better from warm drinks or a hot water bottle. The baby may arch their back with the pain. 

Adults who need Nux vomica may have a strong desire for stimulants like coffee or alcohol and tend to be irritable, sensitive to noise, and chilly. It also helps with hangovers!

Dosage: Using a low potency (6C or 30C) of Nux vomica every 1-2 hours can provide relief. However, if symptoms persist or worsen, it's best to consult a homeopathic practitioner for further guidance.

Chamomilla for colicky tummies
Chamomilla is a go-to remedy for infants and young children who have colic or teething-related tummy troubles. The child may be extremely irritable, restless, and demand constant attention. The may be in such a bad mood that they ask for something and then angrily throw it away when they get it.

Chamomilla can help when there is a tummy ache with grass-green diarrhea during teething. They may want to be carried and cry inconsolably.

Dosage: Administer a low potency (6C or 30C) of Chamomilla every 1-2 hours during acute episodes, spacing out the doses as symptoms ease.

Important Note:

While homeopathy offers gentle and safe solutions, it is essential to remember that severe or persistent symptoms may indicate a more serious underlying condition that requires medical attention. If the upset tummy is accompanied by high fever, severe pain, vomiting, or other concerning symptoms, seeking medical advice is crucial.

Having a few key homeopathic remedies on hand can be a game-changer for moms dealing with upset tummies in their children and even for their own occasional digestive discomfort. Pulsatilla, Nux vomica, and Chamomilla are just a few examples of the many homeopathic remedies available to address these issues gently and effectively. You will learn all three of these remedies, and more, in our Basic Program.

Remember to consult a qualified homeopathic practitioner for personalized advice and to determine the most appropriate remedy and potency for your specific situation. With the power of homeopathy, we can offer soothing relief and comfort to our little ones and ourselves during those challenging moments of upset tummies.

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About the Author

Director of the Caduceus Institute of Classical Homeopathy, mother, and grandmother.

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