This problem creates gluten intolerance which is normally a hereditary one but can also be brought on by an attack of gastroenteritis as a child. The cells which line the upper portion of the smaller intestines are unable to break down this protein which is found in rye, barley, oats and wheat. The malabsorption caused by celiac disease makes it impossible for substances which are nutritive to be absorbed into the system. Though this problem is present in small children, it can be diagnosed only by a biopsy of the tissue from the colon. Tests are being developed to diagnose this problem with urine and blood from the patient.
Persons suffering with this problem suffer from lethargy, a protruding stomach, muscle tones that are decreased, bowel movements frequently and which are foul smelling and bulky or on the other hand they could be constipated and find it difficult to gain weight. The symptoms are very similar to lactose intolerance.
Herbal Medicine is another option for this disease. The qualified herbalist may suggest treatment with papain or chamomile, marshmallow, and slippery elm. Papain which is an extract of papaya is effective in breaking down the gluten so that it gets digested by the system and also does not harm the system.