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Lactose Intolerance

Lactose Intolerance


Lactose intolerance refers to an inability to digest lactose (milk sugar).


Generally, lactose intolerance is due to a deficiency of lactase, the enzyme responsible for digesting lactose.

Signs & Symptoms

Common signs of indigestion include flatulence and bloating.

Nutritional Supplements

Structure & Function:
        Immune System Support &

General Supplements

Acidophilus1 tspn
Charcoal 4 tablets
Enzymes (lactase)As directed on the label
Vitamin D400 IU
Vitamin E500 IU
Zinc30 mg tid

*Please refer to the respective topic for specific nutrient amounts.

Note: All amounts are in addition to those supplements having a Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA). Due to individual needs, one must always be aware of a possible undetermined effect when taking nutritional supplements. If any disturbances from the use of a particular supplement should occur, stop its use immediately and seek the care of a qualified health care professional.

Dietary Considerations

Dairy products may need to be restricted, usually cow's milk and some related cheeses. Milk from goats, rice or soy may be substituted. Yogurt is usually beneficial.

Special attention may also be required towards other sources of calcium e.g. apricots, broccoli, calcium-fortified orange juice etc.

Homeopathic Remedy

Catarrh / DiarrheaMagnesia carbonica
Carbohydrate intoleranceNatrum carbonicum
MucosalCalcarea carbonica
Salt cravingNatrum Muriaticum

Treatment Schedule

Over-the-counter homeopathic remedies may be single strength (of fairly weak potency e.g. 6X ) or a blend of several weaker strengths (6X, 8X, 10X).

This may comprise a single remedy, or several remedies.

Doses are administered on a 3 times daily (tid), between meals,schedule and continued for 3 days.

Liquid preparations usually use 8-10 drops per dose.

Solid preparations are usually 2 or 3 pellets per dose.

Children use 1/2 dose i.e. 1 pellet.

If there is aggravation of the symptoms, stop taking the remedy and consult a homeopath.


Murphy, R. : Homeopathic Medical Repertory. Hahneman Academy, Pagosa Springs, Colorado. 1993.

Murphy, R. : Lotus Materia Medica. Hahneman Academy, Pagosa Springs, Colorado. 1995.

Pert, J.C.: Homeopathy for the Family. The Homoeopathic Development Foundation, London. 1985 edition.

Herbal Approaches



Note: The misdirected use of an herb can produce severely adverse effects, especially in combination with prescription drugs. This Herbal information is for educational purposes and is not intended as a replacement for medical advice.

Aromatherapy - Essential Oils

Geranium Essence,Lavender Essence,
Lemon Essence.

Related Health Conditions

Food Allergy
Food Poisoning
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Ulcerative Colitis



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