The healing remedies of botanicals have been used for centuries to treat many conditions. Today, studies are now validating the efficacy of plant medicines, utilised by both eastern and western herbalists.
When it comes to issues of the digestive tract, like bloating and distension, herbal medicine can be a helpful treatment. Bloating and distension can be extremely uncomfortable and can leave you feeling sluggish and unmotivated. In combination, with addressing causative factors, diet, nutritional deficiencies and lifestyle factors, you can have, your vitality back.
Below is list of a few herbs utilised for digestive issues, in clinical practice. Different herbs work, synergistically and are combined in extract form in clinic, to uniquely suit each individual case.
Part used: flower
I have fond memories of my grandma, pouring me cups of chamomile tea as child to soothe my achy
tummy. Chamomile has a long history in traditional medicine, used to soothe an upset tummy in both children and adults. Chamomile is indicated for nervous disorders that affect the gut. Beneficial in lowering stress levels and IBS related anxiety. Studies have found that it works by relaxing smooth muscle and expels gas thus reducing bloating.
Part used: Leaf
Peppermint has cooling effect on the body and is commonly used for acute indigestion and abdominal pain. Peppermint decreases spasm and cramping by relaxing gastrointestinal smooth muscle. Peppermint can improve digestion in those suffering from IBS like symptoms, by improving bowel function, relieving discomfort and bloating.
Part used: Leaf
Globe artichoke, improves the digestive process by increasing bile flow. Bile facilitates the breakdown of fats into fatty acids, which then can be taken up in the digestive tract and utilised by the body. Bile is also important, for peristalsis, helping faecal matter move through and out of the digestive tract.
Part used: Rhizome
Potently pungent and warming, ginger is indicated for cold and sluggish conditions. Ginger aids in the absorption & assimilation of nutrients and elimination of wastes. Ginger works, by increasing gastric secretions, improving gastric motility and intestinal transit time.
Ginger is commonly used to relieve nausea.
Part Used : Fruit (seed)
A warming, aromatic spice, used culinary and medicinally. Indicated for flatulence, bloating, heartburn and intestinal spasm. Its volatile oils contain anti inflammatory and carminative properties, which dissipate trapped gas by relaxing intestinal muscles.
For indigestion, it combines well with wormwood and peppermint.
Part used : Seed
An aromatic, spice indicated for abdominal distension. Caraway is helpful, for intestinal spasm, gas, bloating, indigestion and heartburn.
Combines well with fennel or peppermint for irritable bowel syndrome.
Caution: Herbal medicine may interfere with certain medications, health conditions and pregnancy. Please see your health practitioner for further details.
Whilst, herbal medicine maybe effective in relieving the symptoms, it’s important to identify the cause of your symptoms to effectively treat the problem.
Suffering from digestive issues and need some advice? Please contact me for an appointment.