What is Indigestion?
Indigestion is a type of pain and sick feeling after eating food.
What are the Symptoms of Indigestion?
- Gas or Burping
- Abdominal pressure and flatulence
- Mild Nausea
What are the Causes of Indigestion?
This is a disorder which everyone will feel occasionally. It has many causes such as:
- Too much food consumption
- Overindulging in alcohol
- Frequently using analgesics and other pain relievers
- Eating while stressed
- Eating food that does not agree with your system
- Eating in a hurry and not chewing your food properly
- Obesity and smoking are two major causes of chronic indigestion.
Traditional Medical Treatments for Indigestion
There are many treatments available to help indigestion and the right one depends on your symptoms. Your doctor or Pharmacist will advise which course of action to take.
Complementary/Alternative Treatments for Indigestion
Herbal Therapies – Various teas may calm digestive distress. To reduce stomach acidity, drink meadowsweet (Filipendula ulmaria) tea. If you also feel stressed, add lavender (Lavandula officinalis) or chamomile (Matricaria recutita). If bloating or gas is a problem, try a tea of peppermint (Mentha piperita), chamomile, or lemon balm (Melissa officinalis). Certain herbs are able to help with digestion and heartburn. About 30 minutes before eating, drink 1/2 cup of tea made from goldenseal (Hydrastis canadensis), barberry (Berberis vulgaris) bark, gentian (Gentiana lutea) root, or Oregon grape (Mahonia aquifolium) root. Ginger is another herb with properties that can aid digestion.