How Herbs Can Help Ease Digestive Problems
Herbs can be exceptionally helpful in both preventing and treating digestive disorders. The herbs that are used most often for digestive complaints are licorice, chamomile, peppermint, flaxseed, slippery elm, and aloe vera. The following herbs are used for more specific problems:
Heartburn: ginger, caraway seed, fennel, sage, fresh celery stalks, chamomile, dandelion, and yarrow
Abdominal pains and colic in children: catnip, fennel, peppermint, lobelia, anise, and ginger Also for colic, try a daily mixture of three cups of chamomile andfennel, mixed half and half.
Colitis: slippery elm gruel
Dyspepsia: gentian, chamomile flowers, angelica root, and lemon balm
Nausea: oat straw, slippery elm bark, and ginger Also for nausea, try two cups a day of a mixture of raspberry leaf, ginger root, peppermint leaf, and lemon balm.
Ulcers: slippery elm gruel, whole licorice root
Nutrition for Digestive Health
Many people who have struggled with eating disorders and have a history of yo-yo dieting may also experience the symptoms of various digestive disorders. Various herbal and natural healing approaches can be very helpful in such conditions. Here are some things to think about:
Avoid spicy herbs and foods: When you are suffering from a digestive disorder, avoid spicy foods and herbs, coffee, green and black teas, and alcohol. In acute conditions, avoid high-fiber foods.
Try cultured foods: Cultured foods prevent intestinal putrefaction, and are very effective healers for those suffering from virtually any digestive problems. Cultured foods include sauerkraut,
kefir, sourdough bread, yogurt, and buttermilk.
Add fiber: Many gastrointestinal disorders can be traced to the patient’s diet, specifically to diets high in refined foods and low in essential fiber. A vegetarian low-fiber diet is best when the condition is inflamed, but after this acute stage, a high-fiber diet is best.
Raw bran, whole grains, and beans are good sources of dietary fiber, but they should be taken in moderation and with plenty of fluids. To avoid complications, be sure to limit your use of bran to two to five tablespoons daily.
Drink distilled or highly purified spring water: If you have
digestive problems, drink distilled water. Any of the many different chemicals in tap water might aggravate or possibly cause a digestive problem.
Eat plenty of vegetable salads: At the end of a meal, especially after eating proteins, be sure to eat salads. The salad will enable the protein-digesting acids and enzymes to function without interference from carbohydrates, which are digested by other enzymes.