Phytotherapy for abdominal colic
In the natural treatment of abdominal colic, the following herbs are used with the following properties:
- Relaxant and antispasmodic plants, which help lower abdominal strain as much as mental stress or anxiety that often manifests as abdominal pain.
- Carminative plants, which help expel gas, often responsible for bellyache.
- Digestive plants, that favor food digestion.
- Analgesic plants, which help reduce the pain caused by abdominal cramps.
- Anti- inflammatory plants, helpful in reducing inflammation.
- Bactericide plants, designed to treat intestinal infections
Medicinal plants: Teas for bellyache
The use of herbal teas can be useful to reduce belly pain. Among all the possible plants, the most suitable are the following:
- Chamomile (Matricaria chamomilla) Chamomile is the “perfect plan” for dealing with problems of the stomach and abdomen, because it combines in itself all the aforementioned properties. It can promote digestion and reduce inflammation, expel waste gases and relax the muscles in the area. At the same time, it soothes the mind and inhibits the growth of microorganisms that may be responsible for gastroenteritis and other infections. (Infusion of a spoonful of flowering tops per cup of water. Drink three cups a day)
- Linden (Tilia x europaea) Like chamomile, it helps digest food and reduce flatulence. It is a real natural antibiotic against microorganisms, one of the most used against “nerve problems” including abdominal cramps caused by everyday stress or the sharp jabs of a renal colic.. (Infusion of half tsp of dried flowers per cup of water. Take 3 or 4 cups a day, depending on how you feel) (Infusion of a teaspoon of the mixture of dried flowers of linden, thyme and lemon balm)
Photo of linden flowers
How to cure abdominal pain with home remedies
- Lemon balm (Melissa officinalis) To the tranquilizing and analgesic properties of this plant, we must add its choleretic (increases the production of bile) and cholagogue properties (helps expel bile from the gallbladder) This is done to remedy the belly pain caused by insufficient bile,which is one of the most common causes of indigestion. (Infusion of a teaspoon per cup of water for 15 minutes. 3 or 4 glasses a day)
- Dragon fruit: It has soluble fiber (mucilage and pectins) with emollient effect of the skin mucous that protects the stomach from gastric juice and acidity.
- Tarragon (Artemisia dracunculus) Indicated to treat poor digestion, bloating or flatulence and to relieve stomach cramps and colic caused by gas (Use as a condiment or infusion; 5g. Dried leaves in 250ml. Water. A glass after each meal)
- Thyme (Thymus vulgaris) It helps digestion, prevents gastric and intestinal spasms and avoids gas formation and putridre tention in the intestines. (Infusion of a spoonful of flowering tops per cup of water. Take 3 cups a day after meals)
Photo of thyme in the countryside
- Anise (Pimpinella anisum) Anise has carminative, stomachic, antispasmodic and sedative properties. These virtues are used to treat digestive abnormalities such as abdominal cramps (10 minutes infusion of dried seeds, 1 teaspoon per cup of water. Drink two cups a day with three or four sips from time to time)
- Stevia (Stevia rebaudiana) Stevia can combat many harmful bacteria such as Escherichia coli, responsible for abdominal problems causing pain.
Photo of the stevia leaves
- Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare) It helps digestion,expels flatulence, whets the appetite and helps reduce stomach pain or cramps. (Infusion of 5 gr. of seeds per cup of water. Drink 2 cups a day)
- Peppermint (Mentha piperita) It is a good intestinal relaxant. It helps in cases of flatulence and stimulates the liver to produce more bile. Do not exceed the recommended therapeutic doses or take it for too long because it can produce the opposite effect, leading to irritation of the digestive tract. (Infusion of a spoonful of dried plant per cup of water. Take a couple of cups a day.)
- Cinnamon (Cinnamomum zeylanicum) Cinnamon is very suitable for gas problems, diarrhea, heartburn and abdominal cramps. Moreover, components allow stimulate gastric acid and promote the disintegration of food which aids digestion. (¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon sold in pharmacies or herbalists before meals in water or mixed with honey)
Abdominal baths for belly ache
The use of water in the bath with tranquilizing plants have been introduced helps reduce tension and diminish abdominal pain. For example, we can use linden flowers in the bathroom. (Dilute a couple of teas made with a tablespoon of lime flowers per cup of water in the bath water)
Compresses for bellyache
The compresses on the painful strained abdominal muscle favors distention and reduces pain. You can simply apply a compress soaked in hot water, although it is more productive to make a tea with the aforementioned plants and wet the pad with the liquid.
In some cases, it has been found that alternating ice packs with warm compresses for fifteen minutes each is very good for relieving stomach pain.
More information about abdominal pain.
18 January, 2023