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Malnutrition has generally been regarded as synonymous with food shortage, especially lack of protein (Kwashiorkor). However, it may also be applied to a food surplus and a shortage of essential nutrients. Literally, it simply means: "bad" nutrition.


A host of socio-economic reasons may be listed for the endemic starvation in many Third World countries of Africa and Asia. Infants and children are most vulnerable and may suffer retarded growth and a short lifespan.

Signs & Symptoms

A severe form of protein and calorie malnutrition is termed marasmus: occurring during famines. Children are stunted, emaciated, mentally retarded and prone to infection and disease.

Kwashiorkor is derived from a Ghanaian word meaning "dislodged from the breast". The available diet is inadequate and reserves from breast milk do not last long given the rapid growth between 1 and 3 years of age.

Superficially, the children may appear to be fat because they have a puffy appearance, which is actually due to edema (accumulation of fluid in the tissues).

Nutritional Supplements

Structure & Function: Multi Vitamin/Multi Mineral Formulas

General Supplements

Digestive Enzymes*
Vitamin B Complex100 mg
Vitamin C3,000 mg
Vitamin E600 IU
Zinc80 mg

*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

Malnutrition mostly occurs in cases of socioeconomic deprivation so recommending foods is an exercise in futility.

Homeopathic Remedy

Ferrum metallicum(anemic?)

Natrum carbonicum
Natrum Muriaticum
Nux vomica
Phosphoricum acidum

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


Amino Acid Complex
Blessed Thistle
Cayenne (Capsicum)

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

The digestive process begins with the sense of smell!

Recommended essential oils include:

Fennel Essence,Hyssop Essence.

Related Health Conditions

Anorexia Nervosa
Bulimia Nervosa



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