Digestive discomfort solutions
Ever wonder why some days you feel bloated and your clothes feel uncomfortable? You may find your symptoms are aggravated when you are busy; they might be worse at certain times of the day or maybe it just feels ‘normal’ as your family and even friends have similar complaints. There can be many symptoms of digestive upsets such as burping, bloating, reflux etc., and many of them are in our control to manage.
- Eat when you are in the car, while walking or running out the door.
- Eat soft drink, coffee or tea at the same time as your meals.
- Talk and eat at the same time
- Eat while working at your desk, reading emails or texts
- Eat while watching TV on the lounge
If you answer yes to at least 3 of the above, you may get some relief with a few lifestyle changes. Changing habits can be hard, so in the meantime, you may be looking for symptom relief as well. But bear in mind that these habits may be part of the problem.
For the digestive system to flow smoothly it requires an amount of attention to how, where and what you are eating. If your focus is on something disturbing or distracting your digestive system is not prepared for the food coming its way. If you are drinking with your meals, you can be potentially making it harder for your digestive enzymes to do their job. With the festive season upon us, there maybe longer days, parties, alcohol and eating more indulgent food. If you are someone who experiences digestive discomfort, there are a number of herbs that can support your digestive system, while you review some of your habits.
Herbs to be considered:
Globe Artichoke is used in Western herbal medicine (WHM) to relieve digestive disturbances such as indigestion, bloating, fullness, burping, nausea and abdominal discomfort.
German Chamomile is traditionally known in WHM for its carminative action, having the ability to calm and relieve mild and inflammatory conditions and indigestion, flatulence, bloating and burping.
Chinese Yam and licorice are used in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) as a Qi tonic to the stomach and spleen, meaning they nurture the ability of the two organs to work together allowing for a transformative process of food.
Citrus Peel is also another herb used in TCM to relieve acid reflux, nausea, abdominal bloating and loose bowels.
In TCM Coptis and Evodia are often used together and will support relief of reflux, nausea, vomiting and loose stools. From a TCM perspective this is clearing stomach heat and relieving dampness from the digestive system.
Written by Vicky Spencer, Fusion Health Training Manager