The uncomfortable feeling that some people feel after eating a meal can be effectively treated using natural indigestion remedies. Indigestion, which is also referred to as dyspepsia, is a condition in which a person feels overly full. This feeling may be accompanied by pain or a burning sensation in the upper abdominal area.
Indigestion can occur as a result of other health conditions such as ulcers, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), or problems with the pancreas. A person who has indigestion may feel nauseous, and experience bloating. Other symptoms include feeling full early while eating a meal, and fullness that lasts for abnormally long periods of time.
Herbs as a Remedy for Indigestion
Dill seed is an effective remedy for indigestion. It works as an anti-bacterial and helps settle an upset stomach. The Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry notes the effectiveness of dill seed in stopping the growth of mold, yeast, and other bacteria. It is available as an extract or capsule.
In the book Jude’s Herbal Home Remedies (Llewellyn Worldwide Ltd – reviewed at Optinghealth.com), Jude Todd recommends making a tea using dill leaves and seeds. Take 2 teaspoons of bruised dill seeds and leaves. Then pour one cup of boiling water over the mixture. Keep it covered and allow it to steep until it cools down. Take 4 tablespoons once an hour as needed.
According to The Herbal Drugstore by Linda B. White and Steven Foster (SIGNET), chamomile is another good remedy for indigestion because of its soothing effects on the stomach and the digestive tract. Take it as a tea about three or four times each day, including once at bedtime.
Cure Indigestion With Lifestyle Changes
Sometimes a cure for indigestion can be as simple as adopting a healthier lifestyle. This is particularly the case for people who are experiencing mild bouts with indigestion. Having good eating habits is very important in curbing the symptoms of indigestion. According to Mayo Clinic, a good diet can even prevent indigestion altogether.
Eat several small meals throughout the day instead of three large meals. It is also important to chew food completely. Anyone who has problems with indigestion should avoid spicy and fatty foods. Sodas, alcohol, caffeine can also cause indigestion. It’s also important to lose excess weight. Extra pounds can put pressure on the stomach and push acid back up into the esophagus.
Certain medications can bother the stomach and should be avoided by people who are experiencing indigestion. Aspirin and other anti-inflammatory drugs can irritate the lining of the stomach. Don’t stop taking these medications without first consulting a doctor. These medicines are less harsh on the stomach if they are taken during meals.