Wind

What is Wind?

Wind is a build up of excessive gas in the stomach or intestines which can cause cramps and discomfort.

What are the Symptoms of Wind?

Gas is a normal part of your digestive process, however it can still be painful and embarrassing. You can usually prevent and treat gas and gas pains without professional care, but if you have other symptoms, you should consult with a doctor to find out if you have a more serious health problem.

  • Abdominal bloating and pain.
  • Belching.
  • Flatulence.

What are the Causes of Wind?

Usually when we eat too fast or eat foods that are raw (such as vegetables, fruits etc) or if we eat under stress we may become flatulent. As well as this, eating too much fats can cause this problem. If you eat high-fibre foods, the partially digested parts of these foods will pass into your intestines, where bacteria begin a fermentation process that produces gas. A gastrointestinal infection may also produce intestinal gas.

Traditional Medical Treatments for Wind

You can usually treat gas and gas pains without the active involvement of a doctor. Usually changes in what you eat will be of great benefit to you. If that does not help, there are over the counter preparations which may provide relief. Alternative medicines offer a wide variety of treatments. Moderate exercise after meals can help move gas through your system more quickly. If you are lactose intolerant, lactase supplements can help you digest milk products more effectively.

Complementary/Alternative Treatments for Wind

There are many alternative therapies for gas problems. Herbal Therapies: Teas made with peppermint (Mentha piperita), chamomile (Matricaria recutita), or fennel (Foeniculum vulgare) may also relieve gas pains. Homeopathy: Carbo vegetabilis is the most commonly used homeopathic remedy, but Lycopodium is used as well. Nux vomica is used for gas associated with constipation, and Chamomilla is preferred for gas in infants.