The Best Herbal Alternatives For Gas Pains
Flatulence, or flatus is the medical term for gas pain. This type of pain is caused by air in the intestine that passes through the rectum, and air that is passed from the digestive tract through the mouth is called commonly called belching. Gas that is formed in the intestines as food is being digested. Gas can make you feel bloated or give a feeling of fullness, which may cause crampy or colic-type abdominal pain. Gas pain could be caused by any of the following factors:
● Eating food that are difficult to digest, like foods rich in fiber. If you just started taking introduced fiber into your diet, having gas may be temporary. Give it a little time. Your body may adjust and stop producing gas.
● Swallowing air while eating and drinking.
● Eating food that you cannot tolerate . One good example would be if you have lactose intolerance and consume eat dairy products/byproducts.
● Malabsorption (this happens when the body cannot absorb or digest a particular nutrient properly, often accompanied by diarrhea).
● Irritable bowel syndrome — a chronic form of stomach upset that results, or gets worse, with too much stress.
● Use of antibiotics.
Best Remedies for gas pain
One of the best remedies for gas pain would be herbal remedies. Herbs that ease, and relieve gas pain are called carminatives. Many aromatic herbs are considered carminatives, including dill seed, caraway seeds, fennel seeds, anise seeds, coriander seeds, and cumin seeds. One has to put a large spoonful in a cup, cover well with boiling water, for around 5 minutes, and add sugar to sweeten if you like, and drink.
Ginger is another available herbal remedy, since this is also a powerful carminative. Ginger has a helpful, warming effect to the stomach. You can make a tea with powdered ginger, or use up to a tablespoon of fresh ginger per cup of water for a strong brew. Ginger works best sweetened with honey. One can also buy crystallized or candied ginger to take traveling with you. It was also confirmed that ginger also counters the nauseating effects of space sickness.
However, the fastest remedy for gas pain according to herbal-remedy experts is two capsules of acidophilus. One can expect pain relief in 5-10 minutes.
Another effective herbal remedy would be eating natural yogurt, and can it also can be used as a gastric pacifier, but it is not as fast as the acidophilus. A quart of yogurt a week would be a good start. It is advised that one buys plain yogurt, instead of the commercially-processed one. You may also want to add maple syrup or honey and fruit of your choice, fresh or frozen at home.
The bitter tonic herbs mentioned above are also excellent herbal remedies to take on a long-term basis if a person has frequent gas pains.
Peppermint is a also a good herbal remedy. It helps move the intestines and make you feel really awake, just like coffee. It is however not advisable to use peppermint if someone feels nauseated, as it tastes vile on the way back out, and could induce vomiting.