Stomach pain is the pain in the stomach and the adjoining areas of the abdomen. Every individual experiences this at some point in their lives. The magnitude of pain and uneasiness varies from mild to severe. There can be numerous causes for stomach pain. One of the most common causes includes bad eating habits.
Various other causes are indigestion, food poisoning, an infection in the stomach, constipation, bloating and ulcers, UTI’s, menstrual pain, kidney and gallstones. In order to treat stomach ache, you need to first know the cause of it and choose the therapy accordingly. Home remedies have no side effects on the body and are very effective in curing stomach aches.
Causes Of Stomach
- Food poisoning
- Infection in the stomach
- Menstrual cramps
- Food allergies
- Infection in the urinary tract
- Infection in the gall bladder
- Gastroesophageal reflux disease
- Stones in the kidney
Mint Leaves For Stomach Aches
Juice of fresh mint leaves is effective in treating stomach aches. Mint juice should be mixed with lemon juice in equal quantity and small amount of fresh grounded ginger and a pinch of powdered black pepper should be added to it. This mixture should be taken in small sips to reduce stomach ache.
Rice water is exactly what it sounds like-the water left-over after you cook rice. It acts a demulcent, meaning a substance that relieves inflammation by forming a sort of soothing barrier over a membrane, in this case, the lining of your stomach.
There are a number of seeds that are used in alleviating stomach ache. Fenugreek seeds should be grounded and added to a bowl of yogurt. These seeds help to reduce the pain and yogurt in it helps to reduce the acidity in the stomach. Yogurt also helps to create a good microbial environment in the stomach. Aniseeds also help to reduce stomach aches. These seeds should be soaked in water and left overnight.
The next morning the mixture should be strained and taken to relieve cramps in the stomach. Drinking water in which ajwain seeds have been boiled also helps to provide relief from stomach pain. Ajwain seeds can also be added to a glass of warm water containing lemon juice and a pinch of rock salt. Coriander seeds also reduce stomach ache when a spoon of coriander seeds is taken with a glass of warm water.
Ginger Root Tea
Ginger contains naturally occurring chemicals called gingerols and shogaols. These chemicals can help relax smooth muscle, such as the muscle that lines the intestinal track, and therefore relieve stomach cramps or a colicky stomach ache. Ginger root is also great for relieving nausea, which may accompany a stomachache. Sipping on some warm tea can prove very useful as a home remedy for stomach aches and is, in my opinion, more effective than ginger ale.
For a stomach ache due to indigestion, fennel seeds can give you quick relief as they have carminative, diuretic, pain-reducing and antimicrobial properties. Fennel seeds can give you relief from other indigestion symptoms like gas and bloating, too.
Add one teaspoon of crushed fennel seeds to a cup of hot water and let it steep for eight to 10 minutes. Remove from heat, allow it to cool and strain it. Add a little honey and drink it slowly.
Alternatively, you can chew one or one and one-half teaspoon of fennel seeds after a meal.
Ginger And Garlic
Both ginger and garlic have medicinal properties and helps in treating problems related to stomach and digestive system. Ginger helps to flush out the toxins which may be causing pain and garlic aids in reducing the pain. A mixture should be prepared by adding a few cloves of garlic to a cup of ginger juice. This mixture should be eaten few times in a day to alleviate stomach pain. Once the pain goes away, avoid eating it.
A mixture for alleviating stomach ache can be prepared at home by grinding and mixing equal amount of dry mint leaves, roasted cumin seeds, asafoetida, coriander seeds, dry ginger and cloves of garlic, black pepper and rock salt. A spoon of this mixture in warm water should be eaten few times in a day preferably after meals.
The spice cinnamon is very useful in treating stomach aches and also helps in preventing its reoccurrence. A stick of cinnamon can be added to tea of your choice. Since cinnamon tastes bitter, sugar or honey should be added. Cinnamon can also be consumed with toasted bread. Cinnamon capsules are available in the market too.
Peppermint can also reduce a stomach ache. The antispasmodic effect of peppermint on the muscles in the digestive tract helps relieve pain caused by gas. Plus, peppermint improves the digestion process.
Two to three cups of peppermint tea can ease a stomach ache. To make the tea, add one teaspoon of dried peppermint to a cup of boiling water. Let it steep for five to 10 minutes, strain and add a little honey. Sip the tea slowly.
Alternatively, you can chew some fresh peppermint leaves from time to time for quick relief.
Eat yoghurt if you are suffering from indigestion. Indigestion is one of the reasons of tummy pain. This is especially effective in diarrhoea as the bacteria present in the yoghurt helps in the proper digestion of food.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Pour few teaspoons of apple cider vinegar in a glass of water, and drink it. Apple cider vinegar is a good home remedy to take for stomach ache as it helps to improve the digestion, thereby giving relief from stomach ache. It is recommended to drink this mixture before you have your meal so that it absorbs the nutrients.