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Got Stomach Aches and Pains? We Have 12 Herbal Solutions that Work!
Is there anything more uncomfortable than nausea, indigestion, stomach pain, and bloating? Millions of people every single year have problems with stomach upset of one kind or another. Rather than reach for that pill bottle or one of those disgusting milky drinks, why not try Mother Nature’s remedies? There are literally dozens of herbs that can heal and soothe the stomach, some of them have been used for thousands of years. In fact, some studies show that many of these herbs work better than those over the counter drugs, and with few or no side effects.
Occasionally, stomach problems are a sign of something serious, so always consult your doctor prior to consuming any herbs, especially if you are taking prescription drugs. Although most herbs are known to be harmless, there are sometimes interactions with prescription drugs. As a matter of safety, always consult your physician before starting any herbal program.
Keep reading for the 12 best herbs nature has designed to calm your stomach and feel normal again!
1. Burdock Root
This is an ancient herb that stimulates the digestion by increasing the digestive acids and intestinal secretions, so if you already suffer from excess stomach acid or have ulcers, you should choose another herb. Drink burdock root tea or take a tincture about 30 minutes before each meal for best results.
Peppermint is so much more than just a breath freshener or candy flavor. Naturopathic doctors know that peppermint essential oil contains menthol, a powerful anti-spasmodic. The smell of peppermint also calms nervous stomach muscles. The Journal of Gastroenterology published a study which showed that when subjects who had irritable bowel syndrome consumed capsules of peppermint oil, they had relief of their stomach pain by as much as 40 percent and a reduction in bloating and gas by as much as 50 percent! Consume peppermint tea or capsule regularly for a super smooth functioning digestive system.
In many countries, fennel is commonly served after a meal for improved digestion. Fennel is known to have a positive effect on the upper abdominal tract and has antioxidant and anti-ulcer effects. One study done in 2007 showed that fennel extracts significantly reduced gastric mucosal lesions and other types of gastric damage. Fennel has protective characteristics, which are due to its ability to increase antioxidant activities as well as reduce lipid peroxidation.
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