Digestive aids can be gastro-protective, anti-inflammatory, and/or improve elimination. Key herbs include peppermint, ginger, and fennel, slippery elm, aloe, and licorice.
Seek a Doctor if conditions are persistent.
Digestive discomfort can have a variety of causes. Certain herbs, like peppermint, ginger, and sweet fennel, have been used as an anti-nausea folk remedy. Scientific studies have shown peppermint and ginger to be especially helpful herbs. Consult with a Doctor in the case of chronic or acute pains, or for possible contraindications with medical conditions or interactions with medications.
Demulcent herbs soothe mucous membranes of the respiratory and digestive tract and include aloe, slippery elm, licorice root, and marshmallow.
Laxative herbs help to loosen stool and increase bowel movements. Constipation is the result of infrequent bowel movements. It can be caused by a low fiber diet, low fluid intake, lack of exercise, aging, and certain medical conditions and medications.
Ulcers are holes in the digestive tract caused by stomach acid and enzymes. The mouth, esophagus, stomach, and upper small intestines can be affected. Causes can be due to bacterial infections, medications, alcohol abuse, smoking, poor diet, and stress. Treatment can include antibiotics, antacids, and more. There are different types of ulcers and symptoms can be very similar to other digestive tract disorders, such as heartburn, stomach pain, bad breath, constipation, diarrhea, and nausea. For acute or chronic symptoms, seek medical attention. Untreated ulcers can cause more serious medical concerns like bleeding, cancer, and anemia.
BLACK PEPPER / PIPERINE
CASSIA / TEA LEAF
CITRUS / LEMON
MELISSA / LEMON BALM
By: Kathy Sadowski