Sunday, April 24, 2011

Home Remedies for Gassy Stomach: Aromatherapy and Yoga to treat Gas Bloating and Stomach Pain


Gaseous distention is a common problem which can be treated effectively using natural techniques like yog, aromatherapy and home remedies. Most humans pass wind a total of 14 times per day, for a total of 1 pint. About half the wind is swallowed air and another 40 % is carbon dioxide produced by the intestinal bacteria. The remaining 10 % is a mixture of hydrogen, methane, sulphur compounds and by products of bacteria, like ammonia, hydrogen sulphide and indoles. This last fraction is responsible for the offensive odor.
What Causes Gas: Foods and Other Causes
Gassy stomach pain
An inconsistent lifestyle, irregular sleep and poor dietary habits, result in a host of gastric derangement; the commonest being, dyspepsia or indigestion and flatulence.
The most common food that causes flatulence and abdominal gas is legumes. Legumes cause increased intestinal flatulence, stomach pain and intestinal discomfort. Oligosaccharides in the legumes are the flatulence causing compounds. Fiber rich foods such as oats, barley, soy, whole wheat, and fresh vegetables also produce gas. The soluble fibers are easily fermented by the bacteria and they release a great deal of gas.

Home Remedies for Gassy Stomach and treating Stomach Pain
There are a host of home remedies and natural techniques that help relieve wind and allay stomach discomfort. Certain specific food prescriptions, using essential oils and performing specific Yoga postures daily will help manage excessive flatulence effectively and keep your digestive tract functioning optimally.

  • Cinnamon: this spice stimulates the gastrointestinal system, improves digestion and reduces excessive gas bloating and abdominal distension. Consume a pinch of powdered cinnamon after meals to prevent gaseous distension.

  • Mint: Mint is the most beneficial wind reliever. It is a carminative and digestive, and decreases stomach bloating appreciably. The herb helps reduce spasms of the gastro-intestinal tract and combats flatulence. Boil about 10 leaves of mint in a bowl of water; consume this decoction, once daily.

  • Fennel seeds: fennel seeds have warming and aromatic properties; invigorating the GI tract. The seeds enhance digestion and relieve wind and flatulence. Munch on a spoonful of fennel seeds after your meals.  

Gas Bloating and Its Management: Aromatherapy and Yoga

Aromatherapy: Essential oils exert a potent effect on the GI tract. An aromatherapy massage alleviates discomfort associated with flatulence and indigestion, almost instantaneously.

Take a drop of Ginger Essential Oil or Peppermint Essential Oil and rub it around the navel or belly button. Use gentle, circular movements during the massage. This massage technique eliminates wind within half an hor.

Yoga for gas bloating problems
Yoga: yoga asanas have a wonderful impact on the physical, mental and subtle levels. Cetain postures stimulate abdominal functioning, help eliminate wind and pep up digestion. The Pawanmuktasana is an excellent yoga posture for a bloated belly.
  1. Lie down on your back.
  2. Raise your left leg up, and fold it on to your abdomen. Clasp your fingers around the knee of the bent leg, and press the leg down on to your abdomen.
  3. Hold the pose for 10 seconds. Then release. Repeat for the other leg.

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