Having stomach or digestive problems is one of the most common health problems in America. Research shows that around 50 million Americans visit the doctor for digestive problems every year. Since these problems are so common, people tend to ignore it initially thinking that it might just get fixed naturally in a day or two. However if not treated for long, it could develop into a chronic disease.
There are multiple factors that could lead to such problems like stress, natural deficiencies, allergies, eating disorders or dehydration. The causes of digestive problems may also vary from person to person.
Mentioned below are the most commonly faced digestive problems along with their herbal remedies:
Home Remedies for Constipation
Constipation usually occurs when your body is dehydrated and you’re unable to pass stool for more than 3 times a week. Apart from having ample amount of water one can also add more fiber to the diet in order to increase the bowel movements. You can have a morning meal of high fiber bran cereal like oatmeal or even go for prunes which are one of the oldest home remedies for constipation.
Home Remedies for Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
This digestive problem is related to the small intestine. Hence it ends up with a pain in the abdominal region and diarrhea. The most common types of IBD are Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis which also lead to affecting the mouth, esophagus and result in rectal bleeding. One of the best ways to counter this disease is to add turmeric in your curry and include marshmallows and green tea in your diet.
Home Remedies for Stomach Ulcer
When people suffer a burning pain in the upper abdomen, it is advised to check the case of Peptic ulcer disease. People usually misunderstand this pain with indigestion or heartburn. It is vital not to stay empty stomach for long hours and one should treat it by more intakes of bananas, honey and garlic.
Home Remedies for Reflux
Having an unhealthy diet or eating something you’re allergic to can lead to heartburn which is the most common symptom of reflux. Other main causes include obesity and hiatal hernia. People suffering from this should avoid drinking and stop smoking. Caraway seeds, peppermint, chamomile and licorice are some of the herbs that are commonly used in homes to heal people suffering from heartburn or reflux.
Home Remedies for Diverticulitis
Another digestive problem that can be caused by obesity is diverticulitis which can occur in the large intestine and is usually found in people in their 50s. A common reason behind diverticulitis is the lack of fiber intake. There are herbs like chamomile and flaxseed that could reduce the inflammation caused by it. Other herbs like mallow leaf or meadowsweet can be helpful in soothing the pain.
Home Remedies for Gallstones
Also called cholelith, these are stones formed within the gallbladder. If the stones increase in size and number, it can cause severe pain in the upper right side of the abdomen resulting in frequent vomiting. The pain can be reduced significantly by drinking a cup of apple cider vinegar and taking omega 3 supplements or some liver tonics like milk thistle, dandelion root and licorice can help combat gallstones.