Home Remedies for Dyspepsia
Home remedies are not only a cheaper route to go in curing one’s stomach pain, but home remedies are also convienent in that one doesn’t have to leave their home if they already have that particular home remedy in their cabinet.
However, before mentioning several home remedies for curing stomach pain, it is extremely important to note the following: 1) not all stomach pain is minor nor should all stomach pains be assumed to have the same causation, and 2) never assume to be a licensed doctor that can correctly diagnose yourself 100% of the time. The reason for this preface is that effective medical treatment is contingent upon a correct diagnosis. You wouldn’t change your car’s air filter if your brakes were squeaking.
According to the Mayo Clinic, there are several causes of stomach pain. The following is a nonexhaustive list: Gastroparesis, motion sickness, overuse of alcohol or other illicit substances, Rotavirus, Vertigo, Viral gastroenteritis (stomach flu), Addison’s disease, Anaphylaxis, Anorexia nervosa, Appendicitis, Crohn’s disease, depression, Diabetic ketoacidosis, food poisoning, Generalized anxiety disorder, Irritable Bowl Syndrome, Milk allergy, Meniere’s disease, and a whole host of others are listed on their website.
Again, it cannot be overstated that one person’s stomach pain may have a different causation from that of another’s person’s stomach pain and therefore, neither the same cure should be prescribed, nor do home remedies work for all.
However, assuming one does have a simple case of a stomach pain there are many home remedies that are good and harmless starting points for treatment. Indigestion (upset stomach) is the term used to describe pain and discomfort in the upper abdomen or chest that can develop after a meal. The medical term for it is dyspepsia. The following are home remedies that have helped many over the years:
1) Peppermint Oil or Peppermint tea
According to Dr. Oz, “Peppermint has been the mainstay of an upset stomach and may work in IBS by relaxing the smooth muscle lining the gut. A few capsules of peppermint oil may calm cramps.” Peppermint is known to calm stomach muscles and ease stomach pain. However, some claim that if the actual problem is heartburn then one needs to stay away from these home remedies as well as coffee and other caffinated drinks as it will make it worse.
2) Soluble fiber
Of the home remedies mentioned, this home remedy is found in psyllium seed husks, whole grains, fruits, and vegetables. The way it works is that it forms a gel in the gut so as to slow gut movement and decrease pressure. It also slows the gut by retaining water by bulking up stool so as to ease a person’s stomach pain.
Of the home remedies so far mentioned, this one is my favorite one to eat. Look for yogurt containing live cultures and fermented foods such as tempeh and Korean kimchi to help alleviate stomach pain.
4) Mint & Ginger
Ginger is well known for its properties to cure just about any stomach disorder. Sometimes crushing a little ginger and adding a teaspoon of honey to it can prove helpful. Ginger and honey are both known for their medicinal properties. Mint is thought to have a soothing effect on the stomach. These two home remedies are two of the most popular ones circulated today.
5) Green tea
Green tea is known to help in digestion so drink lots of green tea throughout the day to eradicate your stomach pain.
6) Black coffee or dark chocolate
Black coffee helps in digestion. Warning: Too much coffee can cause nausea itself. Dr. Oz even says try caffeinated coffee or dark chocolate. These are two home remedies that many households will already have.
7) A simple Yoga pose
Try sitting with your lower legs bent inside in such a way that your heels are placed under your buttocks. Don’t try this if you have painful joints or aren’t accustomed to exercise. Otherwise, of the home remedies mentioned, this one is the cheapest.
8) Drink lots of water or hot water
Drinking lots of water helps clean your system of anything that may be causing you problems. Hot water helps you feel lighter after eating fatty foods. Also, try to add a little salt to aerated non flavored water. This will help you burp and will also help you feel lighter as your stomach pain will hopefully dissipate.
9) Certain vegetable juices
While some vegetable juices can make your stomach pain worse, these home remedies (veggies) if chopped up in a blender will help tremendously. You can make fresh juice out of beetroot, radishes, carrots and cucumbers without expecting any stomach pain. The alkalinity of these particular vegetables can help alleviate excess acid production in the stomach.
10) Activated Charcoal
Of the wonderful home remedies mentioned so far, this wonder agent works by absorbing whatever substance happens to be in your stomach that may be causing the problem.”One tablespoon of activated charcoal powder can adsorb the amount of bacteria that would completely cover a tennis court.”
Extras: Oatmeal, bananas, swallowing a glass of water after downing 5 black pepper peas, Amla seed powder mixed with buttermilk taken for 1-2 days, and hot lemon tea made with the juice of half a lemon and sweetened with honey are also effective home remedies that take away stomach pain.