In the common person’s language, digestive disorder is a change or alteration in the function of one or more digestive organs. Experts are of the opinion that in the normal course, digestive disorders are not caused by any change in the organic functioning of the body. They say Digestive disorders are actually caused by external factors like bad eating habits, effects of certain medicines, stress, bacterial infection of the digestive system, peptic ulcer etc. Digestive disorders normally causes stomach upset and in some cases where it is caused by peptic ulcer, then it may require surgery. The other causes for digestive disorder include disorder of the liver, gallbladder, pancreas, etc. In such cases, doctors may suggest surgery. However, frequent digestive disorders may require detailed medical examination. A person who frequently suffers from Digestive Disorder may be susceptible to ulcer.
The normal symptoms of Digestive disorder include indigestion and/or constipation, stomach pain with or without nausea, diarrhea, discomfort in the intestine, inflammation of the intestine, acid stomach with or without heartburn, etc. Digestive disorder may also cause disorder of the colon, disease in the gastro esophageal reflux, peptic or duodena ulcer, secretion of gallstone, hiatus hernia, irritability during bowl movement, diverticulitis and gastro enteritis.
Experts are of the opinion that the best cure for Digestive Disorder is regulating food. However, medical support by way of antibiotic drugs may be required where the disorder is caused by infection or due to malfunctioning of the gallbladder, etc. In case digestive disorder is caused because of malfunction of any of the organs like the gallbladder, etc, then the patient may be advised to undergo surgery.
Apart from medicines, naturopaths and many other scientists are of the opinion that some of the natural remedies for curing Digestive Disorder will be helpful. They also say that by regulating certain food we eat, it is possible to reduce the pain and discomfort and also cure the disorder completely. Wrong combinations of chemicals could cause some adverse reaction. Similar situations would happen in the digestive system. In a situation where the system is affected by some bacterial infection, then some of the food we take could react adversely. On the other hand, by taking food that can fight bacteria then it is possible to cure the ailment. Some of the home remedies for digestive disorder are briefly introduced here:
Properties: Raspberry belongs to a species called ‘Rubus’. According to botanical experts, it originally belongs to the plant with red fruits and belonging to the species ‘Rubus idaeus’. This is an edible fruit used since times immemorial for various ailments. Apart from this, many other species of Raspberry are grown worldwide. Irrespective of the species to which it belongs, the Raspberry leaves have many medicinal uses. It is known for is nutrient value. Raspberry leaves are rich in polyphenol antioxidant and Vitamin ‘C’. It also has dietary fibers and many minerals like copper, manganese, and iron, apart from many other important vitamins. Naturopaths say that raspberry leaves are the best home remedy for curing digestive disorders like constipation and diarrhea.
Properties: The 10 to 40 meter long deciduous tree with shoots having chambered pith and leaves pinnate in shape is where Walnuts are grown. There are about 21 species of walnuts grown across the world. Walnuts are beautifully covered by a natural shell, which is not hard. Walnut husks are also used in many culinary preparations. It is also used in the preparation of dyes. According to Chinese system of herbal medicine, walnuts cure many ailments like asthma (of course not severe asthma), constipation, and backache, strengthens knees and invigorates the kidney. In fact, walnuts are considered to be the most dependable home remedy for curing digestive disorders.
Properties: Believed to have originated from Sudan, Aloe Vera has gained the name of medicinal Aloe or true Aloe because of its importance in the field of medicine. Aloe Vera is now grown world over in temperate climates. Aloe Vera is a branch-less plant with long and thick leaves of green color. Most of the species of Aloe Vera have leaves with little thorns at the edge. Aloe Vera has a large application in the field of medicine. It is used for external application and is also consumed internally in the form of liquid or tablet and even in powder format. Aloe Vera is known to be effective in regulating diabetes, cholesterol and blood pressure. It is also effective in healing wounds, insect bites, curing constipation, etc. It has anti bacterial properties and is effective in curing herpes, psoriasis and many other bacterial infections. Aloe Vera is widely used for treatment of digestive disorders.
Properties: Rice does not require any introduction. Rice is grown and consumed in most of the countries world over. It is the main food in most of the Asian countries. Even the husk of paddy (from which rice is made) has many medicinal uses. Rice is rich in many minerals like magnesium, calcium, zinc, Niacin, etc. Rice is one of the most popular natural remedy for those suffering from digestive disorder.
How to use Rice for the treatment of Digestive Disorders: According to the ancient Indian system of herbal medicine Ayurveda, rice is found to be effective in curing the following digestive disorders:
Rice is one the best home remedy for treating digestive disorder. Naturopaths say it also serves as a diet for those suffering from such disorders. Take about ½ cup of rice and add about four cups of water to it. Now take small pieces of ginger and crush it well. Add this crushed ginger and salt to the rice and cook the rice thoroughly. Ensure that the rice is fully boiled. Now take a spoon and add some cow’s ghee and heat it on low flame. When the ghee is hot, add three long peppers to it. Mix this ingredient with the cooked rice and take this rice when it is hot. This gives quick relief particularly to those suffering from Colic pain.
If the indigestion is due to consuming oily food, then add buttermilk to the cooked rice and add some salt to it. This is considered to be one the best cures for digestive disorder.
Home remedy for those suffering from Diarrhea is as follows: Take about half cup of rice and soak it in about four cups of fresh water and keep it on low flame. When the water starts to boil, add about half a teaspoon of ginger paste and some salt to it. When the rice is fully boiled, add about one cup of pomegranate juice to it. Take this medicine three times a day. This rehydrates the body. It also reduces the inflammation of intestine and regulates the movement of bowel. This is known as the most dependable cure for those suffering from Diarrhea.
Properties: Called ‘gas’ in layman’s language; Flatus is throwing out of gas produced in the body through the rectum. This gas is accumulated in the body as a result of indigestion. The following medicine prepared out of rice is very much helpful in curing this disorder. Take about ½ cup of rice and add four cups of water, ½ spoon of Haritaki (Terminalia Chebula) powder and about three pieces of pippali or long pepper and start cooking the rice. Add some salt and about ½ spoon of ginger paste to it. This is yet another popular home remedy for those suffering from digestive disorder and particularly flatulence.
Properties: This small herb with small leaves grows to a maximum of about twenty inches. The flowers are small in size and white in color. It bears small fruit which are dried and used as an important spice in daily culinary. Even the coriander leaves are used in the daily culinary. Regular use of coriander will be beneficial in reducing cholesterol, regulating blood sugar level and in fighting bacterial infections. Turmeric mixed with Coriander juice with mint juice will cure acne. This is the most popular natural remedies for curing digestive disorder.
Properties: Limonia acidissima as it is called in botanical language, the Wood Apple tree is believed to be native of Bangladesh. In fact, in India, the Wood Apple tree is considered to be one of the most sacred trees and even the leaves and fruits are used in daily rituals in many Indian homes and temples. The wood apple tree grows to a height of about 10 to 15 meters and it has pinnate leaves. Wood apple and the leaves are used in preparation of many medicines. It is found to be useful in treating abdominal diseases like dysentery, diarrhea, indigestion, chronic cough, ailments of the liver, etc. It is rich in beta-carotene, Vitamin B and C, riboflavin and thiamine. The Ayurvedic system of medicine recommends wood apple as a natural remedy and the most appropriate diet for treating digestive disorder.
Properties: This fruit is called Terminalia Belerica in botanical language. It is also called by various other names Vibhitaki, Bhaira, etc. This fruit is very much in use in preparation of medicines under the ancient Indian system of medicine called Ayurveda. This fruit is very much effective in treatment for constipation, cough, removing worms from the intestines, sore throat and it is recognized as a tonic for the brain.
Properties: Pimpinella anisum Linn as it is called in botanical language is also called by various other names like Saunf, Valaiti, etc. Believed to be native of the Mediterranean region, Aniseed is a small plant with broad leaves and triangular in shape. The seeds are dried and they turn to grey green in color when it is fully dry. It has distinct taste and flavor and generally, after heavy meals it is taken in small quantity. From the medicinal point of view, aniseed is considered to be one of the appropriate home remedies for treating flatulence, removing phlegm from the bronchial tube, removes toxic materials from the body by increasing urination and perspiration of the body.
Take about half a spoonful of ginger paste and mix it with cloves. Eat this medicine three times a day to get relief from indigestion.
Most popular natural remedy for those suffering from inflammation of the stomach is to drink cold milk or cold vanilla ice cream (preferably ice cream prepared at home).
Oranges are also known to be the best natural remedies for those suffering from digestive disorder.
Another popular home remedies for treating digestive disorder is to take ginger. This is because Ginger has antibacterial properties. It also breaks up the food, which is not easily digestible. Such people would benefit a lot by drinking ginger tea.
Lemon has the properties of fighting against bacteria. One of the popular natural remedies for those suffering from digestive disorders due to bacterial infections is to drink fresh lemon juice at least three times a day.
Yet another natural remedy suggested for those suffering from digestive disorder is to drink buttermilk with a pinch of salt, one teaspoon of sugar and about one teaspoon of fresh lemon.
Those suffering from Diverticulitis, which is an infection of the abdomen, will experience pain on the right side of the abdomen. Such persons are advised to eat whole wheat bread instead of white bread. Oats and bran would be much better choice.
Another popular natural remedy for curing digestive disorder is to take cabbage and carrot juice. This also cures peptic ulcer. Bananas are found to be very much effective in curing peptic ulcer.
Take a cup of luke-warm water and add honey, ginger paste and fresh lemon juice in equal quantity. Mix them well and drink this mixture at least four times a day. This is one of the most commonly followed natural remedies for indigestion.
There are specific yoga exercises and breathing exercises (pranayama) which are found to be very effective in curing abdominal ailments. Ensure that these exercises are done under the guidance of an experienced instructor.
Those who have severe digestive disorders are advised to keep an ice bag on their stomach for at least a half an hour after meals. This relieves the person of digestive disorder.
Most appropriate diet for those suffering from indigestion is to take a lot of pineapple juice. This natural remedy for digestive disorder also relieves the person from indigestion. Similarly, grape juice is also found to be very much beneficial in relieving the discomfort caused by indigestion.
Take half a glass of pineapple juice every day after meals. This relieves the person of digestive disorder.
Take one cardamom, remove the shell and put the seeds in a container. To this add about two cloves and about one teaspoon of coriander and grind them well. Add this mixture to a glass of water and take this at least twice a day.
Take a teaspoon of ajwain and some crystal rock and mix them well. If need be, grind them well and take this mixture every day for at least a month. This improves digestion and relieves the person of digestive disorder.
Take a spoon of ginger paste and mix it with salt. Chew the medicine about fifteen minutes before you go for meals.