In most cases, faced with stomach aches and temporary digestive disorders, the therapeutic arsenal from natural medicines is “hard” with our ailments. Homeopathy, herbal medicine, aromatherapy, breathing, yoga… work on the stomach to provide quick and good relief.
1/ Infusion post-festins
After a rather heavy meal, prepare a stimulating herbal tea (mint) that reduces spasms of the stomach and colon (lemon balm): pour 1 tsp. coffee of each of these two dried plants in 25 cl of boiling water. Filter, then add 1/2 tsp. of honey and 1 drop of lemon essential oil. To be enjoyed just after your feasts. If it’s more gastritis, consider anti-ulcer licorice.
2 / Soothing self-massage
To reduce painful aerophagia, lie down and knead the entire belly with the pads of your fingers for 2 to 3 minutes. Then, massage again for a few minutes in a clockwise direction – the direction of food flow in the colon – with a dedicated massage oil (Puressentiel for example).
3 / Anti-bloating charcoal
Well-known natural remedy, activated carbon has the particularity of absorbing gases produced in the intestine. Result: we deflate and the spasms decrease quickly. Warning: always take the capsules away from other treatments (approximately 2 hours) to ensure their good absorption.
4 / Preventive base
Take care of your diet and avoid any inconvenience by cooking small dishes based on carminative plants that promote the expulsion of gases and reduce their production. Long live turmeric, dill, chervil, cumin, coriander, tarragon, sage …
5 / Potato against burns
No need to gorge yourself on potato gratin or mash! Grandmother’s secret against rising acids is potato juice (put the peeled tubers in the centrifuge). Drink 3 small glasses a day for a week. The taste is quite neutral but with 1/2 tsp. of honey or agave syrup, it glides better.
6 / Long live waters rich in bicarbonate!
We know their digestive virtues after a large meal, but we know less that they calm heartburn, the bicarbonate they contain being able to neutralize acids. Vichy Célestins, St-Yorre, Rozana, Quézac… The choice is yours!
7 / Analgesic gentian
Its bitterness repels some palates, but yellow gentian has the effect of increasing salivation, accelerating gastric and biliary evacuation, and calming spasms and bloating. Many advantages which plead for its consumption in the form of herbal tea (1 teaspoon of dried root for 25 cl of water). To drink before the meal.
8 / Anti-nausea granules
Dr Dominique-Jean Sayous, homeopathic physician and author of The Big Book of Homeopathy (ed. Eyrolles), recommends 3 granules every hour, to be spaced out as soon as the symptoms moderate:
• Following fatty food abuse, with white tongue and very loaded: Antimonium Crudum 5 CH.
• After indigestion (meat, shellfish, pastries), with thirst relieved by small amounts of cold water: Arsenicum Album 5 CH.
• When the tongue is clean, the nausea is violent and little relieved by vomiting: Ipeca 4 CH.
9/ Probiotics in basic treatment
When the 100,000 billion “good bacteria” that colonize our intestines slack, digestion derails and disorders occur: gas, bloating, diarrhea … Maintaining the “microbiota” (intestinal flora) is essential. To do this, regularly consume friendly foods – for example, 2 fermented dairy products per day, 1 part cheese (brie, bleu, roquefort, munster…), 1 tsp. tablespoons of brewer’s yeast per meal to sprinkle on your raw vegetables or pan-fried green vegetables – and / or opt for a food supplement (Lactibiane from PiLeJe).
10 / Mint alcohol, an express remedy
Developed in 1838 in France, mint alcohol (Ricqlès), a mixture of ethyl alcohol and essential oil of peppermint, is supreme in the event of difficult digestion. 2 or 3 drops on a piece of sugar to let melt under the tongue and presto, bye-bye digestive migraine and stomach pain!
11 / Apple cider vinegar, formidable with spasms
The pectin it contains relieves stomach cramps. Drink 1 tsp. teaspoon diluted in a glass of water. In addition, soak a cloth that you will apply to the stomach to relax it.
12 / Peppermint, for all occasions (or) good against everything
It is one of the 10 essential oils to keep in your pharmacy. The reason ? Its antispasmodic action acts on the muscle fibers of the digestive system. Hence its interesting effect in the event of flatulence, gastritis, irritable intestine, in order to stimulate the secretion of bile and therefore digestion. Take 2 drops on a neutral tablet to suck 3 times a day.
13 / Yoga, the enemy of cramps
To be tested to reduce gas and stomach spasms: the bee posture. Sitting on your heels, shins and knees on the ground, buttocks resting on the soles of the feet, put your big toes against each other, heels facing outwards. Keep your back straight and place your palms on your knees. Inhale then the time of the exhale, lean forward so as to put your elbows in front of your knees and to press forearms and hands on the ground. With your stomach pressed to your thighs, chest to your knees, lift your head and look ahead, performing calm, deep, and regular breaths. Maintain the posture for 5 to 10 breaths. Return to straight back before resuming the exercise two or three times.
14 / Pro-transit osteopathy
You don’t always think about it, but using different visceral techniques, this manual therapy has a beneficial effect on intestinal laziness. Palpation, kneading, massage… the precise gestures of the therapist restore mobility to the colon, decongest and reduce adhesions, which facilitates the evacuation of stool.
15 / Detoxifying turmeric
In addition to its probable anticancer and anti-inflammatory properties which fascinate researchers, this spice has a real detoxifying effect. By accelerating the production of bile by the liver and its secretion in the intestine, it participates in the “great cleansing” of the digestive system. The right dose? 1 g (or 1 quarter of 1/2 teaspoon of turmeric) in 15 cl of boiling water. To be taken with meals for a week.
16 / Relaxing Sophrology
This is a safe bet for the anxious and stressed who regularly have their stomachs tied at the slightest annoyance. His techniques (breathing, visualization, etc.) relax and unwind the stomach by relieving stress and strengthening self-esteem. You can learn from a sophrologist at the rate of one session per week and then practice alone as soon as the need arises.
17 / The liberation march
When you walk at a good pace and for at least 30 minutes after a meal, it stimulates the contractions of the intestine. Result: expulsion of intestinal gas, revival of transit and reduction of spasmodic pain. After your mini-nap, go and put one foot in front of the other!
18 / Anti-colitis aromatherapy
This often chronic condition causes abdominal pain, bloating, alternating diarrhea and constipation. To relieve it, the specialist in essential oils (EO) Danièle Festy advises to prepare in pharmacies capsules dosed at 100 mg, with 20 mg of EO of Ceylon cinnamon bark, 20 mg of EO of pistachio lentisk, 20 mg EO of peppermint, 20 mg of EO of palmarosa and 20 mg of EO of compact oregano. To be taken as a ten-day treatment, at a rate of 1 capsule with each meal. Suspend the treatment for one week, then resume ten days of treatment and so on for two months in total.
19/ Respiration pro-digestion
Before closing your eyes for your daily nap, focus on your abdominal breathing. Place your palms on the abdomen, inhale while expanding the stomach up to the ribs, then exhale slowly and deeply as you suck in your stomach, as if you want the skin to touch the spine. Relax the muscles of the head as much as possible to the tips of the feet. Then visualize in your mind every part of your belly: esophagus, stomach, liver, gallbladder, intestine. Quietly, digestion begins, organ by organ …
20 / Calming hypnosis
Guided by the voice of the therapist, the patient internalizes images and positive thoughts against the pain of certain digestive pathologies such as functional colopathy, colitis or gastritis. At the same time, hypnosis offers the opportunity to free yourself from the anxiety that often accompanies these illnesses in 5 to 10 sessions, then to be resumed at home with the recordings of the exercises. An expert near you? Hypnose.fr.
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