Meteorism and flatulence, what to do? The bloating is a gastrointestinal disorder caused by the accumulation of gas in the intestine or in the stomach. Gas that is not cleared by flatulence can cause the abdomen to swell.
Speaking of flatulence , it indicates a pathological condition of formation and emission of intestinal gas due to a bacterial imbalance, with particular reference to putrefactive and fermentative germs. How to alleviate the problem with natural remedies ?
- Herbal cure
- Essential oils
- Lemon juice
The encyclopedia dedicated to natural health “Let’s cure ourselves with medicinal herbs” (Librex, 1992) suggests resorting to herbal therapies capable of rebalancing the intestinal flora in case of flatulence. Herbs indicated as useful are green anise, star anise, fennel , dill, coriander and cumin. You can ask your trusted herbalist for advice.
Another tip concerns nutrition. Some foods may cause more fermentation and bloating than others, resulting in unwanted expulsion of gas (but necessary to clear the intestines). Depending on the individual case, the consumption of legumes, milk, meat, meat broth, sweets and sugar, leavened foods could be kept under control . As for cooking foods such as legumes, it is advisable to add a piece of kombu seaweed during preparation and to season with oregano, to avoid or limit swelling.
The same encyclopedia suggests resorting to chromotherapy, among the various possibilities offered by alternative therapies. As for the use of colors, it is recommended to perform irradiation of yellow on the solar plexus and red on the hypogastric plexus after meals , with a duration of half an hour.
Meteorism, as an increase in gases inside the intestine, can be due to the malfunction of the digestive system. To bring the situation back to normal, it may be useful to resort to herbal decoctions such as mint, alchemilla, basil, hyssop and tarragon. For the preparation and administration methods, ask the herbalist for advice.
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For those who prefer to rely on homeopathic treatments – always on the advice of an expert – some useful remedies can be represented by lycopodium , a particular musk, and cinchona – fundamental in homeopathy, since the use of its peel was one of the first medicines employed by homeopaths.
In case of meteorism or flatulence problems it could be useful to resort to herbal remedies based on vegetable carbon . The carbon is activated according to a specific process, which allows the substance to act effectively. Among the contraindications we find laxative effects, use in pregnancy and for prolonged periods.
As for aromatherapy, among the essential oils recommended in case of meteorism we find essential oils of fennel, mint, sage, anise, cumin and peppermint. Herbalists and pharmacists are able to prepare remedies based on essential oils suitable for the specific case. It is not recommended to take essential oils orally without expert advice.
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Among the grandmother’s remedies for flatulence we find lemon juice . It is believed that small amounts of lemon juice, to be taken with meals, can help improve digestion and, consequently, reduce the formation of intestinal gas.
The ginger is considered a valuable aid in case of indigestion, bloating and flatulence. To alleviate the problem, you can take herbal teas prepared with fresh or dried ginger, eat a piece of fresh ginger at the end of a meal, or choose herbal remedies, such as tinctures or tablets, based on ginger.
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Another useful remedy to facilitate normal digestion and avoid the formation of gas that will then be expelled in an annoying way, we find the simple herbal tea based on chamomile. It aids in digestion, relaxes the muscles of the intestine, deflates the abdomen and reduces inflammation. You can drink up to 3 or 4 cups a day. Chamomile teas are not recommended in case of allergy to this plant.