• T. Vallone CCH, FNP, ND

Herbal Remedies for Chronic Digestive Problems




Our digestive system bears the brunt of our busy, jam-packed schedules where work takes precedence over health. We end up skipping breakfast, hurrying to our workplace, smoking or drinking caffeine to keep working, then having an unhealthy, quick lunch. After that, we might end up in a bar to let off some steam and make a dinner out of pizza and soda.


The result? Chronic stomach problems!


These issues are usually tackled with antacids and other allopathic medicines. But there are natural herbal remedies which are extremely effective in dealing with and helping to prevent such stomach problems. You can also grow some herbs in your kitchen garden so that the remedies to chronic digestive disorders are just inches away!


Let’s have a look at two digestive problems and the herbs which can provide relief:


Constipation

Many people with constipation have irregular bowel movements and often have a hard time passing stool. They suffer from mild to severe abdominal pain as well as feel bloated throughout the day.


While laxatives provide relief, it’s important to find and eliminate the cause rather than dealing with just the symptoms each time. For instance, excessive stress often reaks havoc on the digestive system and causes constipation. Also, not drinking enough water might cause indigestion and constipation.


The herb, Cascara sagrada is extremely helpful in such situations. Many people who have consumed it in capsule-form swear by its effectiveness! It relaxes the bowels which helps the digestive system to expel waste smoothly. Additionally, aloe vera juice, as well as ginger, are

well known for keeping constipation at bay.


Another remedy for these issues is to simply eat more magnesium rich foods (Leafy greens for example).


Gas

Excessive intestinal gas can be extremely embarrassing as well as frustrating if it occurs on a regular basis. It is often caused by constipation - when waste remains in the bowels for too long. Gas is also the result of consuming food rich in carbohydrates. Eating too quickly or lying down immediately after a heavy dinner might also lead to flatulence.


The herb Fennel can provide relief against indigestion and flatulence. Fennel seeds are offered in restaurants across South Asian countries because it improves the functioning of the digestive system. The italian side of the family always ate fennel after a large meal to help digestion.


Apart from this, you can also drink aloe vera juice or take herbal supplements such as psyllium hulls to cleanse the digestive system.


These are inexpensive, 100% natural remedies which can help you to get relief from these common digestive issues. Not only this, herbs can help treat other health issues as well.

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