Cure Your Stomach by Home Remedies
Digestive problems are difficult to diagnose and even more difficult to adequately treat. Treatments that work well for a while but soon become ineffective for many people, which is frustrating physically and psychology. While modern medicine has made some advances that give a number of sufferers relief, many are still left wondering if there is anything that can help. Sometimes the relief we're looking for is readily available to us in a variety of home remedies.
There are so many herbal remedies for digestive problems. Paprika stimulates appetite. Rhubarb root acts as a laxative. Slippery elm bark is useful for diarrhea. White willow bark useful in heartburn, indigestion, and other stomach ailments. Wild yam root expels gas. Saffron soothes the digestive tract. Acidophilus aids in controlling pain, diarrhea and in healing the digestive tract. Plain yogurt lowers acid in digestive tract and aids in healing.
Before taking any steps without a doctor, you should first have a full diagnostic workup. Digestive disorders can be very serious. From bowel obstructions to Crohn's disease, digestive issues can be vital if not addressed quickly and aggressively by a specialist. However, if you have done the responsible thing and excluded all the more serious possibilities, you can then begin to look for ways to be your best advocate.
Chances are that your doctor will have you try some of the newer, stronger medications for digestive problems. Some of these include Nexium, Protonix, and Aciphex. These drugs have give millions of people tremendous relief; conversely, they don't have that same positive affect on others. If you're one of the ones who has found successful treatment to be difficult, there are some things you can try. You might very well be surprised to find one that works or at the very least gives you a significant level of relief.
Begin by taking stock of your diet. Is there any thing that you are extremely high on, such as diary or breads? If so, try eliminating them completely from your diet for a week to 10 days. If you see changes in your discomfort or the frequency of your problem, then you may be on the right track with a dietary change.
If diet elimination doesn't help, try elimination by symptoms. By this I mean to eliminate any item you can pinpoint having eaten or drank prior to an episode. Do not reintroduce that food for at least 10 days. If your symptoms subside, maybe a single item elimination will give you the relief you needed.
If you have monitored and adjusted your diet accordingly for 2 to 3 months to no avail, then there are other natural remedies that you can try for relief. For beginers, drink plenty of water every day, at least 6 glasses. Your digestive systems needs the fluids to flush out impurities and stay healthy.
Here are some advice for people want to treat your problem at home: For ingestion: shake slightly and drink a hot Coke, drink 1 cup tepid water mixed with 1 tsp. baking soda, cinnamon bark, a glass of buttermilk, avoid foods high in acidity and any peppers. For nausea: warm tea with ginger, honey and lemon (no sugar!), peppermint, saltine crackers first thing in the morning, before getting out of bed (keep by your bedside table), cooked white rice with 1/2 tsp of sugar and a tsp of butter or margarine, mixed well, add marjoram to broth to help calm the digestive tract For gas: catnip and fennel, caraway seed, nutmeg. If you could blend these and slow warm them in just enough water for a cup, and drink it you would probably get a better, more concentrated benefit, a heating pad on the abdomen.
Avoid acidic foods, diet high in fats, and spicy foods. Never take any herbal or other homeopathic remedy without fully discussing it with your doctor, as anything might interfere with other medications you are taking. Always find out what the proper dosages are for herbs, vitamins or supplements. Introduce herbs and supplements one at a time into your system. If your symptoms change or worsen, contact your physician immediately.
There are many more home remedies and herbs, and it may take trying several or combinations of them to find what works best for you. But when all else has failed, you at least have the knowledge that many people are finding great relief from the daily stress of digestive problems through a process of trial and error. You will need a pharmacist knowledgeable about herbs and supplements or an herb specialist at a vitamin and supplement shop in your area to advise you. There are many great books on the market that can give you ideas on herbal and home remedies.