Homoeopathic treatment for Pica

Pica is a compulsive eating disorder in which people eat nonfood items. Dirt, clay, and flaking paint are the most common items eaten. Less common items include glue, hair, cigarette ashes, and feces. The disorder is more common in children, affecting 10% to 30% of young children ages 1 to 6. It can also occur in children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, such as autism. On rare occasions, pregnant women crave strange, nonfood items. For these women, pica often involves eating dirt and may be related to an iron and zinc deficiency.Uploaded Image


Pica symptoms are related to the nonfood item he or she has eaten. They include:

  • Stomach upset.
  • Stomach pain.
  • blood in the stool (which may be a sign of an ulcer that developed from eating nonfood items).
  • Bowel problems (such as constipation or diarrhea).

These symptoms are the result of the toxic, poisonous, and bacterial content of the nonfood items. Repeatedly eating nonfood items over a period of time can cause:

  • Lead poisoning (from eating paint chips that contain lead).
  • An intestinal blockage or tear (from eating hard objects, such as rocks).
  • Injuries to teeth.
  • Infections (from organisms and parasites that get inside the body and cause disease)


The most common causes of pica include:

  • pregnancy
  • developmental conditions, such as autism or intellectual disabilities
  • mental health conditions, such as schizophrenia
  • cultural norms that view certain nonfood substances as sacred or as having healing properties
  • malnourishment, especially iron-deficiency anemia


Pica cannot be prevented. Proper nutrition may help some children keep from developing it. If you pay close attention to eating habits and supervise children who tend to put things into their mouths, you may be able to catch the disorder early, before complications can happen. If your child has been diagnosed with pica, you can reduce his or her risk of eating nonfood items by keeping those items out of reach in your home. Be sure to monitor your child’s outside play, as wel


Antimonium crudum:

Craving for raw food and vegetables

Loss of appetite

Bloating of abdomen after eating

Inability to bear heat of sun, verse from over exertion in the sun and from over-heating

Aversion to cold bathing and aggravation therefrom

Tendency to grow fat

Thick milky white-coated tongue


Craving and intolerance for acids, pickles and bread

Peevish, irritable, cannot bear to be touched or looked at


Craving for starch, chalk, charcoal, cloves, coffee or tea grounds, raw rice, acids

Alumina is one of the chief antidotes for lead poisoning (complication of pica)

Thin delicate children

Dryness of mucus membranes and skin

Constipation, no desire for stools for number of days and soft stool requires great straining

Exhausted physically and mentally

Aversion to potatoes

Mild, cheerful disposition

Calcarea carbonica:

Craving for chalk, charcoal, coal and pencils

Chilly patient, takes cold easily

Fat, fair, flabby

Pale, weak, easily tired

Head sweats profusely while sleeping

Tendency for lymphatic glandular enlargement

Desire for eggs, aversion to meat and milk

Sour smelling discharges

Fearful, shy, timid, slow and sluggish

Longing for fresh air

Culcaria phosphorica:

Desires lime, slate, pencils, earth, chalk, clay etc

Colicky pain in abdomen while eating

Distended abdomen

Feeble digestion

Chilly patient, thin, emaciated, unable to stand, rickety

Easy perspiration

Slow in learning to walk

Aggravation from damp, cold weather, change of weather, mental exertion

Desires raw salt and smoked things

Restless, dissatisfied, desire to wander

Cicuta virosa:

Abnormal appetite for chalk, charcoal, coal, cabbage, which are relished

Grinding of teeth

Chilly patient

Convulsive with tendency to bend backward

History of suppressed skin eruptions

Stupid, singing, dancing, crazy, makes strange gestures

Natrum muriaticuam:

Craving for salt

Takes long time for food to digest

Worse from eating

Hot patient

Poorly nourished

Great emaciation (marked on neck), losing flesh while eating well

Oily, greasy face

Aversion to bread and fatty things

Nitricum acidum:

Craving for lime, slate, pencil, papers and charcoal

Cracks in muco-cutaneous junction especially fissures in rectum and corners of mouth

Chilly patient, takes cold easily

Thin built, sickly

Desires fat and salt

Disposed to diarrhoea

Strong smelling urine

Head-strong, irritable, fearful, vindictive, sensitive to noise and light

Nux vomica:

Craving for charcoal, pepper, chalk

Chilly patient, thin

Craves fats, spicy food

Tongue coated yellowish in the posterior part

Over sensitive to noise, odors, light or music

Nervous disposition

Quick, active, zealous and irritable

Impatient, spiteful with violent action


Craving for lime, sand, raw foods

Extremely chilly patient, all symptoms worse by cold except stomach complaints which are better by cold

Profuse, offensive discharges

Sweats profusely especially on feet

Easy suppuration, glandular affinity

Large head and distended abdomen

Weak ankles, slow in learning to walk

Obstinate, head strong, cries when spoken kindly to

Nervous, apprehensive, over sensitive, irritable, fearful,e.t.c