Intolerance to Milk

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Homoeo call Intolerance to milk can be transmitted through the genes of the parents who also seem to suffer from such a disorder.


To enrich our bones with enough calcium and to organise its strength, the intake of milk is necessary. It affords the necessary mineral in amounts second to none compared to any other food. But it is indeed sad that some people find themselves allergic or intolerant to this edible substance, milk.

Intolerance to milk can happen right from birth or it can be acquired through the course of life. Usually infants are tolerant but some do show certain amount intolerance even to mother's milk and need substitution. This form of intolerance is called congenital and can be transmitted through the genes of the parents who also seem to suffer from such a disorder. It could be acquired in the sense that such an intolerance can occur during diseases such as Crohn's disease, gastroenteritis, diseases of the small intestines that involve a removal a portion of those.

In persons who have acquired this intolerance due to a certain condition the symptoms are gradual to start with. Usually there is a complaint of diarrhoea or onset of loose motions when the frequency is about three to four times a day not necessary with any mucus but basically a watery one. It could be accompanied by cramps in the abdomen, which seem to be relieved by bowel movement. As days progress there is a sensation of distension or heaviness of abdomen after ingestion of milk with burping or eructation. It could be associated with nausea for some. It could be worse by rumbling and gurgling sound in the abdomen with gas downwards or flatulence.

As days go by it becomes obvious that once there is ingestion of milk or foods made with milk as the ingredient the symptoms seem to develop. As the said symptoms sound common to many a gastrointestinal disorder, if one needs to ascertain milk as the culprit, a `milk challenge' needs to be taken. That is for about five days abstain from all milk rich foods and on the sixth day on the empty stomach if a glass of milk is taken and if the above symptoms seem to start within half an hour to couple of hours, in all likelihood, milk is the cause or at least one of the causes.

Milk contains a major sugar called lactose and our small intestine produces an enzyme called lactase that breaks down the lactose into glucose and galactose, which are then promptly absorbed into the blood stream for the essential energy. But if lactase is deficient or absent in the small intestine the undigested lactose passes through the large intestine where it is broken down in the colon, but since the absorption does not take place, there is flatulence and diarrhoea which explains the problem of milk or lactose intolerance.


Homoeopathic medicine helps in aiding or correcting the mal-absorption in a good number of individuals. It helps the metabolism in hypo-sensitising the allergen. In patients with deficient lactase it aids further. If nausea, vomiting and constipation are predominant due to intolerance of milk, Lac defloratum is a helpful medicine. If heartburn and greenish diarrhoea trouble the person, Mag carb and Natrum carb are found helpful. If there is pain in the abdomen after drinking milk Mag mur helps. To help desensitisation while using the medicine too little quantities of foods rich in milk can be taken during the course of a meal and also trying to eat foods that are derivates of milk rather than whole milk directly.


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