Stomach and intestinal disorders can occur for simple reasons such as eating an unhealthy diet or due to more complicated health issues such as Crohn’s disease or irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Nausea, constipation, belly bloat and diarrhea can also be symptoms of PMS or menopause in women. Most people generally experience mild stomach upsets that are not life-threatening which can be eased by the use of herbal remedies. However, recurring stomach issues can be a symptom of a more serious health issue, so consult a physician if you have frequent stomach problems.
There are several herbal remedies that are effective in treating various stomach disorders. Most can be purchased over-the-counter at your local pharmacy. Here is a list of common stomach disorders and the herbal remedies that can calm them.
Nausea occurs for many reasons including a cold, flu, PMS, menopause, greasy foods, prescription medications and motion sickness. Most of the following remedies are safe, but talk to a doctor before taking any herbal medication if you are pregnant or are currently taking prescription medications.
Ginger – Take 500 – 1,000 milligrams of powdered ginger capsules or 1,000 milligrams of fresh, grated ginger. If you are on blood thinners, do not take this herb. We love a good cup of ginger tea that can be made simply by boiling grated ginger in water and with a dash of honey once its ready.
Mint – Drink peppermint or spearmint tea 2 to 3 times a day or take 1 capsule daily. Mint tea can also be used.
Diarrhea can be caused by an unhealthy diet, stress, flu, cold, IBS and Crohn’s disease, as well as many other forms of intestinal diseases. Many women experience diarrhea the day before their period begins as well as bouts of diarrhea during menopause. If symptoms persist or you are unable to keep down fluids, call a doctor immediately. Herbal remedies that treat diarrhea are:
Peppermint – Take 1 to 2 capsules each day or drink 2 to 3 cups of peppermint tea each day.
Cinnamon – Sprinkle a little cinnamon in tea or on toast.
Grapefruit seed extract – Take 3 capsule daily.
Chamomile – Drink 1 to 2 cups of tea per day or take 2 capsules daily.
Acidophilus – These “good” bacteria for your intestines will help to fight off the bad bacteria that can cause diarrhea and other stomach disorders. Take 1 to 2 capsules a day or eat a cup or more of yogurt each day.
Black cohosh – Take 1 to 2 capsules a day. This is especially helpful for women experiencing diarrhea due to PMS or menopause.
Intestinal Gas and Bloating
Some food groups tend to cause gas. But frequent bloating and gas can be a sign of food intolerance or allergy to gluten, milk or other things, so it is a good idea to keep a food journal to see what foods your body reacts too. There are also food intolerance tests available that can be a tad bit expensive.
As for the herbal solutions for the ocassional troubles, here are some remedies you can try:
Rosemary – Drink 1 to 2 cups of this aromatic herb's tea daily.
Thyme – Boil 1.5 to 2 grams of dried herb in 1 cup of water; drink 3 cups per day. Do not use if you have a heart condition.
Caaway Seed Oil– Use 1 to 4 drops of caraway essential oil in 1 teaspoon of water or on a lump of sugar. This also helps with constipation.
Anise – Take 0.1 milliliter of anise oil, 3 times a day. May be added to a cup of tea.
A preventive measure for constipation is to have lots of water, fibre-rich food and yoghurt, which all assist in digestion. Some remedies for constipations are:
Dandelion Root – Drink 2 to 3 cups of dandelion root tea per day or take 1 to 2 capsules daily.
Dong quai – Take 1 to 2 tablets per day.
Flax – Grind 1 to 2 tablespoons of flax seeds and ingest or add to food 3 times per day. May also be taken in tablet form.
Glucomannan – Comes in powder, capsules and tablets. Read the label for dosing instructions.
Eating a healthy, balanced diet can help ward off many stomach and intestinal issues. If you experience the occasional stomach upset, one of these herbal remedies may work well for you.
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