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Homeopathy for SIBO – Eliminate Bloating and Discomfort

SIBO (Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth) refers to a condition characterized by abnormally excessive proliferation of bacteria in the small intestine. These bacteria resemble the ones found more commonly in the colon than the small intestine.

Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth

SIBO and its homeopathic cure.

The small intestine is a part of GIT that connects the stomach to the colon (large intestine). The absorption of nutrients from food happens in the small intestine. The number of bacteria in the small intestine is comparatively much lower than the large intestine, and the type of bacteria also differ. Homeopathy offers an excellent scope of treatment for SIBO and helps manage symptoms like bloating, diarrhea, nausea, and vomiting. The most prominent homeopathic medicines that can be used symptomatically for SIBO include China Officinalis, Lycopodium Clavatum, Aloe Socotrina, Colocynthis, and Ipecac.

Homeopathic Treatment of SIBO

Homeopathic medicines for treating SIBO are all prepared from naturally occurring substances, and they treat the condition in a safe, gentle manner without any side effects. The remedies are chosen on the basis of individual symptoms presented by the patient and are used as per their different symptomatic indications.

Homeopathic Medicines for Symptomatic Treatment of SIBO

China Officinalis – Homeopathic Medicine for Excessive Gas in SIBO

China Officinalis is a highly effective homeopathic medicine used to treat excessive abdominal gas in cases of SIBO. The gas in the stomach stays for a long time after eating food. Bloating occurs in the entire abdominal area, and it gets better with motion. Colic from gas in the stomach, bitter belching, sour vomiting, diarrhea, and weakness and fatigue may also occur. Worsening of gastric symptoms following consumption of foodstuff like fruits, milk, fish, beer also indicates the need for China Officinalis.

Lycopodium Clavatum – Homeopathic Remedy for Abdominal Bloating due to SIBO

Homeopathic medicine Lycopodium Clavatum is used to treat abdominal bloating in cases of SIBO. The person needing this remedy complains of distension of the abdomen soon after eating. Eating even a small quantity of food can lead to bloating. The abdomen gets tense with a bursting sensation. The flatus may remain obstructed causing abdomen pain, diarrhea and constipation may alternate, and excessive bloating may occur from the consumption of foods like onions, cabbage, and beans.

Aloe Socotrina – Effective Homeopathic Medicine for Diarrhea in SIBO

Aloe Socotrina is a useful homeopathic medicine for treating diarrhea in cases of SIBO. The chief features to use Aloe Socotrina are copious, watery stool, jelly-like mucus that is passed with loose stool, a sudden urgency to pass stool, a constant bearing down in the rectum, heaviness, bloatedness, and excessive flatus in the abdomen along with rumbling/gurgling noises.

Colocynthis – Effective Homeopathic Remedy for treating abdomen pain in cases of SIBO

Colocynthis is a suitable homeopathic medicine for treating abdomen pain in cases of SIBO. The abdomen pains are cutting, tearing, cramping, or colicky. Eating or drinking anything tends to worsen the abdominal pain. In most cases, the pain is present around the navel along with a burning sensation in the stomach. Hard pressure or bending double can relieve the abdomen pain.

Ipecac – Natural Homeopathic Remedy for SIBO causing Nausea and Vomiting

Ipecac is a homeopathic remedy used to treat cases of SIBO where nausea and vomiting are the predominant symptoms. The nausea is intense and constant, making the person want to vomit. Nausea reappears quickly after a bout of vomiting. The smell of food tends to worsen nausea, and the vomit is watery fluid or of food. The other accompanying symptoms include pressing pains in the stomach, loss of appetite and cutting cramping pain in the stomach.

Causes of SIBO (Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth)

The conditions that interfere with the regular activity of intestinal muscles predispose a person to develop SIBO. The food travels from the small intestine to the colon by the coordinated activity of intestinal muscles. Whenever the regular muscle activity of the intestine slows down (either due to muscle or nerve abnormality), the bacteria get a chance to remain in the same place for long and multiply many times over than the reasonable amount. The bacteria that proliferate in the small intestine (in cases of SIBO) resemble the bacteria in the colon.
Some conditions that interfere with the regular activity of intestinal muscles include diabetes mellitus and scleroderma, and these can predispose a person to develop SIBO. Obstruction of small intestine from adhesions, scarring arising from any surgery in the past or a history of Crohn’s disease can also lead to the development of SIBO. Repeated, multiple courses of antibiotics and diverticulitis also increase the risk. It is also estimated that approximately 70 – 80% of patients with irritable bowel syndrome have SIBO.

Symptoms SIBO (Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth)

The primary symptoms of SIBO include abdominal bloating, excessive gas, diarrhea, pain in abdomen, nausea, and vomiting. In addition to these symptoms, weakness, fatigue, body aches, and weight loss may also be present. In severe cases of SIBO, various deficiencies of vitamins and minerals can also occur.

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  1. BETH EISELE says:

    Hi Doctor
    I have currently been diagnosed with SIBO and was prescribed and am taking berberine, A.D.P and bio gest. I have been following a low FODMAP diet as well. My concern is I am waking up on an empty stomach and am extremely bloated and it does not go away. Any suggestion I would be grateful
    Thank you

  2. Remi Cox says:


    I’ve currently been diagnosed with Sibo. However I can’t take any antibiotics currently as I am pregnant. I was wondering if there’s anything you can do to help or kill off the bacteria in a safe way through pregnancy. As it is very incomfortable and I already look 9 months pregnant instead of 4 weeks ahah.

    Thank you

  3. Vikash kumar says:

    I have excess gas in stomach every time and gas also passes through mouth and also some time pain in stomach kindlly tell me medicine

    • Abhijit Bora says:

      Hello doctor
      I’m suffering from sibo took refaximin tablet given by doctor got relived for few months but symptom relapsed again my symptoms are 1.Exxessive gas in stomach 2/gurguling sounds in stomach especially in evening time, 3/ loosse stool with mucus, 4/stools are highly sticky 5/ underweight 6/ vit b12 deficient
      Pl advise is it curable?

  4. Hello Doctor,
    My son is 9 years old now, he is been diagnosed with SIBO for last 9 months, on and off he is been put up with Rifaximin. Currently he feels uncomfortable with bloating after food, gas been piled up and release at once and 3 times stool on daily basis, he is not able to be normal.
    Will homeopathy treatment help him to come out of it and can 9 years boy be put up with homeopathy is it safe and if it safe how long you think it will get back to him to normal your reply will be really appreciated.


    Aged 61 yrs. Heart patient, taking allopathy medicine. Also having constipation problem for last 30 yrs. Now it is more. Few days it will be OK. Then one day motion will be stopped for constipation and gas will pass with bad smell. After one or two days liquid motion will be there with decentry type. Now started taking one unit garlic and it has given some relief.
    Please advise.
    Thanks and regards

  6. Hi Dr Sharma.
    Thank you so much for your articles and insight. I’ve used them many times.
    My question about homeopathy and SIBO is can it treat only the symptoms or do you think it can eliminate the bacteria that causes the problems?
    I appreciate your insight.

  7. I have sibi&IBS d is curabul in homeopathic


  9. M S nath says:

    Hello doctor,
    Am facing excessive gas and continuous flatulence since 20 years. I tried english medicine but it reoccurs…This kind of continuous flatulence happens due to SIBO. I have to go to stools twice in the morning though second one is not urgent. I am fed up socially. Kindly advise whether homeopathy treats SIBO completely?

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