Being a foodie is a common trait amongst Indians and so are gastric problems. Indigestion, gas, bloating, hiccups, heartburn, stomach pain, ulcers, and nausea are some of the common features of gastric problems. These are basically the frequently received rewards of an unhealthy lifestyle, including binge eating, smoking, drinking alcohol, sleep disorders, eating junk, stress, etc. Flaunting these rewards can put one into embarrassing situations.
Owing to discomfort, one cannot leave it unattended. Also, one cannot consult doctor or approach pharmacy so frequently for such a general problem. So, here are some home remedies for instant relief from gastric problem.
1. Tea to Tame the Tummy
A lot can happen with a cup of tea. Although, targeting the root cause of gastric problems is the best approach. But in case a quick relief is needed from minor stomach issues and temporary bouts of discomfort, then here is a warm cup of tea to save one’s day.
Such a relieving tea can be prepared by brewing in water one or a couple of the herbs commonly found in the kitchen inventory, as listed below. In some cases, one may also add honey to it.
It is made by boiling gorgeously green seeds of fennel, locally called saunf, in a cup of water for 3-5 minutes. It helps instantly in relieving bloating, heartburn, gas, colic in infants and loss of appetite. In addition, it also exhibits antibacterial properties and can relieve bowel irregularities.
b. Chamomile Tea
It is made by boiling dried daisy-like flowers of chamomile. It possesses anti-inflammatory and mind-calming properties. Drinking it before meals and at bedtime may reduce indigestion, bloating, trapped gas and relieve tummy cramps
c. Ginger Tea
It is made by boiling a piece of fresh ginger root in water. The main constituent present in ginger is gingerol that has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Drinking it before or with a meal stimulates secretion of saliva, gastric juices and bile production, neutralizes gastric acid
Other ingredients, such as ajwain (carom seeds), caraway (shahi jeera), licorice (mulethi), and holy basil (tulsi) can also be brewed in water and consumed to ease gastric issues, like indigestion, gas, bloating, cramps and nausea.
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2. Drinks to Cheer Tummy
Apart from tea, sipping other types of drinks may also relieve gastric troubles. Some of which are listed below.
a. Cold Milk
Drinking a glass of cold, fat-free and sugarless milk provides instant relief from the burning sensation felt during acidity or acid reflux. It contains calcium that not only neutralizes acid but also curbs and prevents its production.
Drinking cold buttermilk before or during meals is an age-old home remedy against stomach gas. It aids in neutralizing gastric acid and prevent acid from the irritating and damaging the stomach lining. Also, it’s a naturally occurring probiotic drink that stimulates digestion, prevents the building up of gas and relieves bloating. One may also add a pinch of roasted cumin powder and black salt to buttermilk to further enhance its effectiveness against gastric troubles. Even lactose-intolerant patients can easily digest it.
c. Mint Juice
One teaspoon of mint juice or mint tea or having mint chutney is a quick remedy to get rid of trapped gas and to ease stomach pain due to it.
d. Lemon Drinks
Consuming lemon water or lemon tea is a wonderful remedy to get instant relief from gastric problems. One may also add to lemon water, a pinch of black salt, powdered roasted cumin seeds and ajwain to enhance its taste and benefits and thereby, making it a wonderful drink to please stomach. Adding a pinch of baking soda to a glass of lemon water may also prove beneficial in reducing acidity and improving digestion.
e. Other Drinks
Having apple cider vinegar or clove oil (2-5 drops) in a beverage, such as water or tea before during or after meals may also help in relieving gastric trouble.
3. Mucilage to Protect the Stomach
Mucilage is a slimy and slippery substance found in certain plants. The mucilaginous substance swells in water and is bland in taste. When consumed they form a protective layer over the inflamed lining or sore surface of the stomach that not only protects it from further damage by acid but also aids in its healing. Few examples are listed below:
a. Ispaghula or Psyllium Husk
Ispaghula, commonly known as isabgol does wonders in gastric troubles. Consuming it with curd helps in relieving stomach upset, indigestion and loose stools. Having it with cold milk helps in treating symptoms of acid reflux. Taking isabgol with hot milk help in treating constipation.
b. Chia Seeds
Chia seeds have anti-inflammatory properties and aids in treating symptoms of acid reflux. Apart from this, they are also rich in nutrients, fiber and omega-3 fatty acids. These can be added (after soaking it in water) to cold beverages, smoothies, fruit juices, yoghurt, porridge, puddings, etc. and consumed.
4. Powder to Pacify Stomach
People with an upset stomach, gas, acidity, heartburn and other gastric troubles can also get relief by directly consuming powders of ingredients from kitchen inventory, such as seeds of fennel, carrom, caraway, coriander etc. Few examples are listed below:
- Consuming the powder containing green cardamom, fennel seeds and unrefined sugar in equal parts in a glass of cold milk may offer an instant relief upon experiencing heartburn or acidity.
- Similarly, one may also get rid of acidity upon consuming fine powder containing cumin seeds, coriander seed and sugar twice daily with water.
5. Topicals to Ease Stomach
In cases, where one cannot drink or do not feel like consuming anything the following approach can benefit in relieving symptoms of gastric trouble instantly.
a. Asafetida Massage
Massaging the abdomen gently with the asafetida water prepared by mixing asafetida, commonly known as Hing, with few drops of warm water does wonders by relieving pain in stomach due to gas.
b. Stomach Pain-relieving Paste
It is prepared by mixing a finely powdered mixture containing dried ginger (sonth), long pepper (pippal), black pepper (kali mirch), asafetida (hing) and rock salt (sendha namak) with few drops of water. Applying this paste on abdomen for two hours after warming it mildly may provide relief from abdominal pain due to gas.
The above-mentioned home remedies may provide instant relief from occasional bouts of gas and other symptoms of gastric troubles. However, if these tips fail to provide much relief then one must seek medical help immediately.
Disclaimer: The information included at this site is for educational purposes only and is not intended to be a substitute for medical treatment by a health care professional. Because of unique individual needs, the reader should consult their physician to determine the appropriateness of the information for the reader’s situation.