Herbs For Digestive Problems
Herbs For Digestive Problems
Do you suffer with digestive problems?
Do you suffer with wind, bloating, heartburn or belching?
Nature’s healing properties, found in plants, herbs, roots, and flowers have been an essential part of restoring health for centuries.
Phytotherapy (Herbal Medicine) is medicine using herbs and plant materials and is helpful for many conditions, but especially digestive imbalance. It’s amazing how these natural materials can soothe symptoms of heartburn, nausea, bloating, gas, diarrhoea, morning sickness and more. Not to mention it’s less toxic to the body!
How Herbs Soothe The Digestive System
Our digestive system is often referred to as our second brain. It is a key player in our nervous system functioning and is well connected to stress and anxiety. Our gut tells us a lot about how we are feeling and what is going on with us emotionally. That’s easily recognizable when we get butterflies in our belly, or nervous stomach, when we are anxious, or when we have surges of acid reflux when we are upset. When our digestion becomes disrupted from stress, herbal nervines, or plant remedies have a beneficial effect on the nervous system, and offer digestive relief in several ways.
Herbal nervines reduce the stress response, which positively impacts our gut. The stress response is when the sympathetic nervous system is triggered, turning off other bodily functions that are not required in an emergency. Even if it is not a true emergency, our body responds as if it is, when we feel stress. When our nervous system is revved up, our bellies break down, and herbs can help correct this process.
While we still do not know exactly how these natural antidotes work, we do know that certain herbal nervines have complementary actions depending on what is going on in the body at a certain time. In other words, they have biphasic or adaptogenic effects helping them work as both relaxants and stimulants. Relaxant nervines help relax contracted or constricted tissues relative to the nervous system, and stimulant nervines stimulate the slow or stagnant tissues in relation to the nervous system. This is amazing! There are many other types of herbs that provide help for the digestions system as well.
The following are two different blends of herbs that we use in the clinic for digestive problems.
The Master Herbalist’s Digestive Tummy Tea Blend
This is a special blend of herbs that have a calming and soothing effect on the digestive tract. If you ever suffer from indigestion, flatulence, bloating, nausea, or stomach discomfort, this is a great blend to have on hand. It is one we use on a regular basis. Even if you are not suffering, you can have this tea after dinner, which is our biggest meal, to aid the digestive process. The herbs in this blend have properties which help calm intestinal spasms, soothe the tummy, calm and prevent flatulence, and aid digestion. This blend tastes great as a tea!
Chamomile: Antispasmodic, anti-inflammatory, and carminative, chamomile can act upon the digestive system in a number of healing ways. It relieves flatulence and heartburn by mildly sedating and soothing the mucous membrane of the digestive tract. Its natural sedative properties can also relax the entire body, which may help if your digestive discomfort is caused by stress or worry.
Peppermint: The herb’s essential oil contains menthol, a volatile substance that has a direct antispasmodic effect on the smooth muscle of the digestive tract. The ability to calm cramping stomach and intestinal muscles makes it a superb treatment for symptoms of indigestion including heartburn, gas and stomach-ache.
Lemon Balm: Lemon balm is a member of the mint family, used for centuries to relieve dyspepsia, spasms, gas, and induce calmness. It is a nervine relaxant and is good for someone who may suffer digestives issues due to a nervous stomach from anxiety.
Marshmallow: Marshmallow includes powerful anti-inflammatory and carminative qualities has a soothing effect on inflamed tissue and for that reason has been used to great effect on aiding certain digestive disorders such as heartburn and indigestion.
Ginger: Is a carminative herb and can be used to treat gas, along with its associated bloating and pain. In herbal medicine it’s considered a warming herb, one that causes the inside of the body to generate more heat. It can help regulate sluggish digestion. But what makes ginger a standout among herbs is its effectiveness in treating nausea and vomiting.
Fennel: Fennel infusions may not only help, but prevent heartburn, gas, bloating, and constipation. It also may promote the secretion of digestive enzymes for diminished appetite. It is recognized as safe, and rarely causes side effects or allergic reactions.
If you would like to know more about this blend of herbs for digestion you can contact the clinic on 085-2157479.
Caution: Avoid during pregnancy.
The Master Herbalist’s Digestive Bitter Tonic
This is a special blend of herbs in a tincture form to help aid with digestive discomfort and helps promotes better digestion. When we taste something bitter our digestive juices are stimulated. Bitter herbs increase the production of hydrochloric acid in the stomach and bile in the liver, which aids the digestion of heavy fats and proteins. By taking 15-20 mins before a meal they trigger the flow of digestive juices to help with digestion. They can also be taken after a meal to help settle the stomach and dull acid burning. People with poor digestion often benefit from taking digestive bitters which will stimulate digestion. They may also help stimulate appetite.
This herbal blend is also helpful for easing belching, as bitters tend to promote the downward flow of energy in the body. Bitter herbs can also help your body absorb more nutrients from the food you are eating by signalling the stomach to secrete more gastrin.
This blend of herbs also contains aromatic herbs that also stimulate digestive secretion and promote better peristalsis. In this blend are bitter herbs like Barberry, Wormwood, Gentian and Dandelion, calming herbs like Chamomile, Ginger and Fennel, soothing herbs like Marshmallow, relaxing herbs like Lemon Balm and anti-spasmodic herbs like Wild Yam.
If you would like to know more about this Digestive Bitter Tonic you can contact the clinic on 085-2157479.
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