Seven Herbs for Indigestion

Yahoo Shine lists some natural aids for indigestion.  Herbs have been used to treat illnesses for thousands of years, and indigestion is particularly well-suited for natural remedies.

Fennel / Fennel Seed

Fennel seed fights gas, cramps, and acid indigestion, and eases spasms in the intestinal tract.  Fennel is also said to act as a carminative, meaning it helps your body expel gas and sooth indigestion.

Lemon Balm

Lemon balm is a member of the mint family.  It is often mixed with other herbs to help promote relaxation. Evidence suggests that lemon balm can help treat indigestion, but its stress-soothing qualities alone can often be useful for this purpose.

Turmeric

Turmeric is used in traditional Chinese medicine and Ayurvedic medicine to aid digestion and liver function, relieve arthritis pain, and regulate menstruation. It can also be used for heartburn, stomach pain, diarrhea, intestinal gas, and stomach bloating.  Studies show that its active ingredient, curcumin, provides indigestion relief.

Ginger

Ginger has long been used as a medicine in Asian, Indian, Chinese, and Arabic herbal traditions.  Health care professionals still recommend ginger to help prevent or treat nausea and vomiting. It is also used as a digestive aid for mild stomach upset.

Artichoke Leaf

In traditional European medicine, the leaves of the artichoke plant (not the leaves of the bud, which is the part you normally eat) were used as a diuretic to stimulate the flow of bile from the liver and gallbladder.  A large study designed to evaluate artichoke leaf as a treatment for dyspepsia found that it was significantly more effective than a placebo.

Peppermint

Peppermint is often used to soothe an upset.  Many studies have also show peppermint oil to be helpful for a variety of conditions that involve spasm of the intestinal tract, especially irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

Cayenne

Oral use of cayenne reduces discomfort in your stomach, and can help alleviate pain, bloating, and nausea.

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