Achlorhydria occurs when there’s an absence of hydrochloric (HCl) acids in the stomach. It’s a more severe form of a hypochlorhydria, a deficiency of stomach acids.
Both conditions can impair the digestive process and lead to damage of the gastrointestinal system. Without stomach acid, your body won’t properly break down protein. You’ll also be more susceptible to gastrointestinal infections.
SYMPTOMS OF ACHLORHYDRIA
Achlorhydria can increase your risk of developing iron deficiency anemia. Without stomach acids, the body will have issues absorbing iron.
Other vitamins and minerals such a calcium, folic acid, vitamin C, and vitamin D also rely on adequate stomach acid for their absorption into the digestive tract.
If diagnosed with achlorhydria, doctors often check for anemia. Other achlorhydria symptoms can include:
- abdominal bloating
- acid reflux
- digestive issues
- weak, brittle nails
- hair loss
- undigested food in stools
Without adequate stomach acid, bacterial overgrowth of the small intestine can occur. Achlorhydria complications can also lead to malabsorption, a condition that prevents your small intestine from absorbing nutrients from foods.
Nutrient deficiencies can lead to a variety of problems including neurological issues such as:
- arm and leg weakness
- tingling or numbness in fingers and toes
- memory loss
- changes in vision
CAUSES AND RISK FACTORS OF ACHLORHYDRIA
Achlorhydria can occur in men and women of all races and ages. However, this condition occurs more frequently in the elderly community. There are a number of factors that can contribute to developing achlorhydria, including:
- Hypothyroidism. This condition can significantly slow down your metabolism, resulting in a decrease of gastric acid production.
- Medications. Antacids are a useful solution to heartburn and indigestion. Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) can alleviate symptoms from gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). Both medications reduce acidity in the stomach. Overuse or complications can prevent the body from producing stomach acids at all, leading to achlorhydria.
- Surgery. Weight loss surgeries, such as the gastric bypass procedure, reduce the size of your stomach and alter how your body handles food. When the function of a significant portion of the stomach is changed, stomach acid production can decrease.
- H. pylori infection. Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) infection is a condition that causes peptic ulcers. Left untreated, this infection can reduce the amount of stomach acid produced.
- Autoimmune disorders. Certain autoimmune disorders can affect stomach acid production.
HOMOEOPATHIC MEDICINE FOR ACHLORHYDRIA
Homoeopathy today is a rapidly growing system and is being practiced all over the world. It strength lies in its evident effectiveness as it takes a holistic approach towards the sick individual through promotion of inner balance at mental, emotional, spiritual and physical levels. When is concerned there are many effective medicines available in Homoeopathy , but the selection depends upon the individuality of the patient , considering mental and physical symptoms
Few homoeopathic medicine can be thought of in the treatment of achlorohydria are:
fel tauri, chelidonium, lycopodium, bryonia, arsenic alb., carbo veg., etc.