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NATRUM PHOS or sodium phosphate regulates the acid/alkaline balance. Catalyses lactic acid and fat emulsion. As a biochemical antacid it regulates the acid-base balance in the stomach. Use Nat Phos when symptoms of acidity are present such as dyspepsia, digestive upsets, and heartburn. Another key function of Nat Phos is its ability to help in the assimilation of fats. Nat Phos is the principal remedy for ailments arising from an acid condition in the blood, such as rheumatism. It also acts upon the bowels, glands, lungs, and abdominal organs to bring the system back into balance. Imbalance is indicated by a coated tongue, itchy skin, sour stomach, loss of appetite, diarrhea and flatulence.
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Alkaline: A solution having a pH greater than seven.
Antacid: Neutralizes acid in the stomach, esophagus, or first part of the duodenum.
Diarrhea: Excessive discharge of contents of bowel.
Emulsion: System containing two unmixable liquids in which one is dispersed in the form of small globules throughout the other.
Flatulence: Abnormal amount of gas in the stomach and intestines.
Rheumatism: General term applied to conditions of pain, or inability to articulate, various elements of the musculoskeletal system.
Sodium: An essential mineral that our bodies regulate and conserve. Excess sodium retention increases the fluid volume (edema) and low sodium leads to less fluid and relative dehydration. The adult body averages a total content of over 100 grams of sodium, of which a surprising one-third is in bone. A small amount of sodium does get into cell interiors, but this represents only about ten percent of the body content. The remaining 57 percent or so of the body sodium content is in the fluid immediately surrounding the cells, where it is the major cation (positive ion). The role of sodium in the extracellular fluid is maintaining osmotic equilibrium (the proper difference in ions dissolved in the fluids inside and outside the cell) and extracellular fluid volume. Sodium is also involved in nerve impulse transmission, muscle tone and nutrient transport. All of these functions are interrelated with potassium.
Stomach: A hollow, muscular, J-shaped pouch located in the upper part of the abdomen to the left of the midline. The upper end (fundus) is large and dome-shaped; the area just below the fundus is called the body of the stomach. The fundus and the body are often referred to as the cardiac portion of the stomach. The lower (pyloric) portion curves downward and to the right and includes the antrum and the pylorus. The function of the stomach is to begin digestion by physically breaking down food received from the esophagus. The tissues of the stomach wall are composed of three types of muscle fibers: circular, longitudinal and oblique. These fibers create structural elasticity and contractibility, both of which are needed for digestion. The stomach mucosa contains cells which secrete hydrochloric acid and this in turn activates the other gastric enzymes pepsin and rennin. To protect itself from being destroyed by its own enzymes, the stomach’s mucous lining must constantly regenerate itself.