Dioscorea (Wild Yam; pictured here)
This is the second major homeopathic remedy in this top ten used to treat colic in infants and stomach upsets in older children and adults. The distinguishing feature of this remedy is that the abdominal pain is better for arching or stretching back. The remedy we looked at last week was Colocynthis and in many ways it is the opposite of Dioscorea, with pain which is better for doubling up and putting pressure on the abdomen. The Dioscorea baby will arch their back to help ease the pain.
If your child has bouts of colic with symptoms like those described above, give Dioscorea 30 and watch their reaction. If the pain backs off but returns, give a further dose and repeat for up to 6 doses.
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