Stomach pain and bloating after eating are a common complaint that is difficult to resolve. If cutting certain foods from your diet doesn’t reduce bloating, herbal remedies may be the answer.
Gastric distension is often attributed to a build-up of gases in the digestive system (GI). The digestive system is a series of hollow organs connected in a long, twisting tube from the mouth to the anus.
The British Health Services says that the first way out of this condition is to eliminate the causes of gases from your diet, such as beans, onions and broccoli.
If the problem persists, this could indicate that you are suffering from more complex digestive disorders.
If this is the case, research indicates that herbal remedies may help restore digestive health.
Wormwood, a leafy green herb that makes bitter tea, may help relieve gastrointestinal complaints, thus relieving associated effects, such as bloating.
Human studies indicate that dried wormwood capsules weighing one gram may prevent or relieve indigestion or discomfort in the upper abdomen.
According to research, this herb promotes the secretion of digestive juices, which can help improve healthy digestion and reduce bloating.
Moreover, animal and test-tube studies indicate that wormwood may also kill parasites, which could be the cause of bloating.
According to research, ginger tea, made from the thick roots of the Zingiber officinale plant, has been used to treat stomach ailments since ancient times.
Human studies indicate that taking 1 to 1.5 grams of ginger capsules daily in divided doses may relieve nausea.
In addition, ginger supplements may speed up stomach emptying, relieve digestive upset, and reduce intestinal cramps, bloating and gas.
Notably, these studies were conducted using liquid extracts or capsules instead of tea.
Nutritional research shows that while more research is needed, beneficial compounds in ginger, such as gingerol, are also present in tea.
Lernan tea (or lemon balm tea), made by steeping the botanical parts of the lemon balm or lernen officinalis plant, might provide some relief from bloating.
The European Medicines Agency notes that Alturnjan tea may relieve mild digestive problems, including bloating and gas, based on its traditional use.
In support of that claim, lernen is a key ingredient in Iberogast, a liquid digestive supplement that contains nine different herbal extracts. This product may reduce abdominal pain, constipation and other digestive symptoms, according to several human studies.