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Home remedies can be very helpful for mild stomach pain that rarely occurs without major accompanying symptoms. Most of the time, this pain arises in connection with overeating or unusual eating. However, if the symptoms are unusually severe, occur frequently and are accompanied by other symptoms such as nausea and vomiting, diarrhea, fever, headache, dizziness or the like, a visit to the doctor is necessary.
Causes of pain
Stomach pain can have a variety of causes. The complaints are often caused by a slightly spoiled stomach due to unusual food, gastritis, gastritis, irritable stomach, mobility disorders, reflux or a stomach ulcer. Rarely, gastric cancer is the trigger.
However, the cause is not always directly in the stomach. In this way, the pain can also radiate into the stomach area in the event of diseases of the pancreas, colon or even the heart. Medicines, alcohol, smoking, stress, poisoning, autoimmune diseases, a hiatal hernia (diaphragmatic rupture) as well as, for example, sorbitol intolerance or lactose intolerance (lactose intolerance) are also increasingly responsible for pain in the stomach area.
If the stomach pain only occurs every now and then after a meal that is too rich or too fat, this is usually harmless and can be treated well with home remedies. In stressful situations or when staying abroad, when the food is a little unfamiliar, such complaints can occur more often. In addition, not everyone can tolerate all foods. In a hectic life in which a quiet meal is no longer possible for many, the food is only consumed standing up and the quality of the food is not always the best, stomach pain is often an integral part of everyday life.
Unfortunately, however, these are not always of harmless origin. For example, pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas) can be a life-threatening illness in which stomach pain is an essential part of the clinical picture. Stomach cancer also causes pain in the stomach area. However, there are usually symptoms such as loss of appetite, weight loss and nausea. A medical clarification of the complaints is absolutely necessary.
Stress and psyche as a trigger
Stomach problems do not always have to be organic. So the psyche may well be the reason for these complaints. Examples are people who generally hit problems "on the stomach" or the manager who "eats everything in himself". The mental problems are shown here in the form of stomach pain. Fears, grief, stressful situations can sometimes not be dealt with and then also “land” in the stomach. Depending on how massive the complaints are, a doctor must be consulted. If the symptoms are only minor and occur only occasionally, you can try relaxation exercises and various tea blends to cope with the symptoms.
Simple home remedies help
Mild stomach pain usually responds well to warmth. A hot water bottle, a warmed cherry stone pillow or a warm, warm envelope can serve well here. A shot glass full of artichoke juice, drunk after the meal, stimulates the digestion and can therefore also counter stomach pain. If the pain is acidic, chewing and salivating dry bread will help. A rising foot bath, in which the water warms up from 33 ° C to 39 ° C within about 20 minutes, has a supportive effect when the stomach is a little sick. Stressed patients help relaxation exercises and a cloth soaked in warmed St. John's wort oil, which is placed on the stomach daily and should remain there for at least twenty minutes.
Tea for stomach pain
For a painful stomach, different types of tea are used, which can bring relief. The well-known chamomile tea should first be mentioned here. Chamomile has a relaxing and anti-inflammatory effect. However, the right preparation is important. Adding ten chamomile flowers to a liter of boiling water is enough. If too much is taken, this plant can do the opposite. Five to seven minutes brewing time is enough. The tea is then drunk in small sips several times a day, freshly brewed.
Melissa is used when the cause of the stomach pain is rather nervous. This plant has a calming effect on the stomach as well as on the whole body. Melissa can be used fresh - but also dried. If the stomach pain is accompanied by nausea or loss of appetite, ginger can help. Peel a piece of the root, cut into thin slices with a sharp knife. Then boil this fresh ginger for about ten minutes to create a delicious tea that tastes slightly spicy. This tea, when drunk before the meal, stimulates the appetite, after drinking it ensures good digestion and prevents stomach pains.
If the stomach pain is associated with a feeling of fullness and bloated stomach, anise, fennel and caraway help. These three seeds together, slightly toasted, mixed in equal parts and brewing one teaspoon per cup with boiling water, are not only a good-tasting tea, but also have a relaxing, antispasmodic effect. Goose cinquefoil is also used as a home remedy for stomach pain. This herb has a relaxing and antispasmodic effect. If your belly becomes bloated more often, other home remedies can be tried against the feeling of fullness.
Peppermint, one of the oldest medicinal herbs, strengthens the stomach, is relaxing and also helps with stomach pains, which are accompanied by nausea. If the pain is mainly caused by stress, St. John's wort tea can be a good help, but not in the summer months, since St. John's wort makes the skin photosensitive. Women and girls who take the birth control pill should avoid this herb, as this can reduce the effects of the pill.
A good mixture for nervous stomach complaints is the combination of chamomile, lemon balm and peppermint. If sleep disorders are also part of the symptoms, a small amount of hop cones can be added.
Rollkur with chamomile tea
A good, tried and tested home remedy is the roll cure with chamomile tea. For this, two and a half tablespoons of chamomile flowers are poured with half a liter of boiling water. The whole thing should take about ten minutes. Two cups of the strained tea are drunk on an empty stomach and those affected remain on their backs for ten minutes. Then the situation is changed, ten minutes on the right side, ten minutes on the left side and ten minutes on the stomach. This is followed by rest for half an hour. The stomach should be kept warm during the cure. This procedure can be carried out several days in a row.
Abdominal massages can help fight stomach cramps and thus relieve stomach pain. To do this, the stomach must be gently massaged clockwise, as the air can escape better if bloating is the cause of the cramps. In addition, essential caraway oil is particularly suitable as a supporting massage oil. Caraway stimulates the release of stomach acid and relaxes the smooth muscles of the digestive tract. Such a relaxing massage can be wonderfully combined with a hot hot water bottle, which further relieves the cramps before and after the massage with pleasant warmth. A massage also stimulates bowel movements and increases blood flow to the abdomen. This prevents constipation.
Healing earth and flaxseed wrap
Everyone is talking about healing earth. This soil binds toxins and pollutants and helps to excrete them in a natural way. When applied externally, healing clay can help with stomach pain. The healthy powder, mixed with warm water or chamomile tea, is mixed into a porridge, which is then placed on a cloth and placed on the stomach. This wrap stays there until the envelope is dry.
A flaxseed wrap is also a helpful home remedy. For this purpose, flaxseed flour is packed in a sachet and heated in hot water for about ten minutes. The sachet is then placed on the upper abdomen, warming the stomach and relieving the stomach pain. Salt can also be used for an envelope. Good sea salt or Himalayan salt is recommended for this. This is filled into a small fabric cover and then slowly heated in the oven, at 50 to 60 ° C for about twenty minutes.
To prevent pain in the stomach area, drinking cabbage juice is recommended. This can either be made in-house or already purchased in the health food store. It is equally effective to take high-quality honey, a teaspoonful in the evening before going to sleep. Honey has a regenerating and calming effect on the stomach lining. St. John's wort oil is also a treat for the stomach. However, high quality is essential for internal intake. This oil provides a protective lining for the stomach, which is perceived as beneficial, especially in the case of overacidification.
Proper nutrition is essential to avoid stomach upset. Especially when there are certain incompatibilities. Small and light meals are preferred. Many people tolerate smaller portions more frequently than three large meals a day. Bitter substances are good for the stomach. Bitter salads and herbs, such as radicchio, chicory and dandelions provide enough digestive juices, which can prevent stomach pains. If the pain is acute, a careful diet with steamed vegetables and fruit, rice and potatoes should be observed.
Everyone should pay attention to the signs of their body! Food that is not tolerated should not be on the menu, even if it actually tastes delicious. The right time is sometimes just as important. If, for example, the ice cream is not tolerated at home in stressful everyday life, this can be quite different on vacation in a relaxed environment. It is best to drink before or after, but not directly with the meal. Improper drinking can cause digestive problems and stomach pain in particular. Alcohol and coffee often make the symptoms worse. Sweet, greasy and too lush foods should also be avoided.
Stomach-friendly cooking and eating
Steamed food is more tolerable than fried food. Fat is best removed from the menu and only high-quality oil is used in small quantities. Raw food should not be eaten after 6:00 p.m., bloating should be avoided entirely. Light soups and spices such as caraway, fennel and ginger are good for digestion. Citrus fruits and drinking carbonated drinks may cause stomach pain. Chewing is also very important to avoid discomfort, because the first "digestive juice" is already released from the salivary gland in the mouth and thus the digestion is already initiated. If you eat hastily, the stomach has a lot more work - which can be painful!
Eating should not be a necessary evil, but a pleasure. A beautifully laid table and a lovingly arranged plate also contribute to this. Rioting conversations are more likely to be postponed to the time after eating, they can spoil the meal.
Design meals consciously
Sufferers who suffer from mild, recurring stomach pain should definitely check their eating habits. Meals should always be taken while sitting, in a calm, relaxed atmosphere and with sufficient time. Hasty food can have a huge impact on digestion. The meal should not be a “side job”, but should get full attention. Lovingly arranged, relaxed atmosphere, possibly classical music in the background, all of this can contribute to a good digestion, so that stomach problems do not arise at all.
Autogenic training and yoga exercises
There are various relaxation methods that can be used preventively but also during pain. Autogenic training, yoga or progressive muscle relaxation are particularly suitable. Yoga can have a beneficial effect on irritable bowels and stomach complaints, because it has a relaxing and relaxing effect. The yoga asanas “back swing”, “cat” and also the so-called “boat position” are particularly suitable.
Not every sport is possible on a full stomach, but a short walk after eating can work wonders. A moderate pace is advisable to avoid heartburn and side stinging. The even movement stimulates the bowel movements (peristalsis) and thus improves the digestive processes. Attention: Tight underwear and constricting garments can narrow the abdomen so much that the digestion is disturbed. It is therefore advisable to wear loose clothing or simply keep your belt on.
If the pain doesn't go away
If the pain is only mild, the home remedies mentioned can help to combat it. If, in addition to the stomach pain, there is also unusual back pain at the same time, the symptoms indicate gastritis. If the pain is barely noticeable immediately after eating and then returns even more intensely, it is probably a duodenal inflammation or a duodenal ulcer. In any case, a doctor should be consulted if there is no improvement after a few days. (sw, dp)
Author and source information
This text corresponds to the requirements of the medical literature, medical guidelines and current studies and has been checked by medical doctors.
Susanne Waschke, Barbara Schindewolf-Lensch
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