Stomach Ache

Natural remedies for stomach aches to get rid of an aching tummy and relieve abdominal discomfort.

natural remedies for aching stomachs to help get rid of stomach aches

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  1. What is a Stomach Ache?
  2. Help for a Stomach Ache
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What is a Stomach Ache?

Common pain in the belly (abdomen) is usually related to indigestion or an upset stomach. This occurs when the digestion process is more difficult than usual for the body to perform. This may occur as a result of certain foods, eating too fast or eating food that is past its sell-by-date. Stomach ache can also occur as a result of certain conditions – some physical, such as a ‘tummy bug’, flu, gastritis or Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and some psychological conditions – such as stress and anxiety.

Stomach ache is also used to describe pain originating from organs within the abdominal cavity – these organs include the stomach, small intestine, colon, liver, gallbladder, and pancreas. Alternatively, pain may be felt in the abdomen - arising from organs that are close to but not within the abdominal cavity, such as the lower lungs, the kidneys, and the uterus or ovaries. Distention of an organ such as the liver (as is the case with hepatitis) may also cause stomach ache.

As stomach pain can arise from conditions affecting a variety of organs, if Stomach Ache persists or is recurrent, it is advised that you seek medical advice.

Help for a Stomach Ache

Natural Remedies

Many herbal and homeopathic remedies have been formulated with specific ingredients to promote easy digestion and soothe a sore stomach. Ulmus fulva, or Slippery Elm, is one of the most effective herbs used in reducing digestive pain and irritation and also protects and soothes the lining of the stomach and digestive tract. Matricaria recutita is an anti-inflammatory, anti-spasmodic and has calming properties that make it an extremely effective treatment for digestion problems.

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Tips to prevent Stomach Ache
  • If you think your stomach ache may be related to hunger – try to eat something, but take it easy, as overindulgence may also lead to tummy ache!
  • Use the bathroom – some stomach pain may actually be pain in the bowels due to impacted stool – you may need to have a bowel movement to relieve the discomfort.
  • Try eating a herb known to aid digestion, such as ginger (ginger-ale, or ginger snaps), peppermint (gum, candy cane as long as it is real peppermint) or Aloe Vera Juice (an anti-parasitic that tastes terrible but aids digestion). Similar herb teas that help digestion include mint, ginger or chamomile tea.
  • Place a heating pad on your tummy to give temporary relief and lie down for a few minutes and relax. Close your eyes and place a cool damp washcloth over your forehead while breathing slowly and evenly, trying to keep your mind off of the pain.
  • Sip a glass of water slowly (be sure not to swallow any air).
  • Eat bland foods like crackers, bread and rice. Sometimes stomach aches are caused by excess stomach acid. These foods will help absorb the acid to make things a little more comfortable, but avoid spicy or fast foods, heavy foods and rich deserts till your stomach balances out.
  • Listen to music and lie down or gentle rock back and forth holding your knees up to your chest and try not to think about your stomach too much, as this may cause you to tense up, and only make the pain worse.
  • If you experience pain after eating a meal – next time try drinking only before you start eating, as drinking liquids can make it harder to digest food.

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