Herbs have been used for many years to treat various health conditions, but today we’re going to focus on herbal remedies for digestion.  At Rejuvena Health & Aesthetics, our naturopathic physicians look for the underlying condition causing symptoms instead of treating the symptoms.  Herbs can be used to address the body as a whole (unlike a “band-aid” approach) and restore balance from within.

 Here are some of our favorite herbal remedies to improve digestion:

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Ginger stimulates the release of digestive enzymes and assists the body in breaking down food for better nutrient absorption.  It can be effective in the treatment of indigestion, stomach aches, nausea, gas, diarrhea, vomiting, morning sickness, and motion sickness.

Try it in a hot tea or in an herbal supplement form.

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Peppermint is perhaps one of the most well-known digestive herbal remedies used for digestion.  It can be effective in the treatment of indigestion, gas, diarrhea, nausea, and even irritable bowel syndrome.  Peppermint calms the muscles of the stomach and improves bile flow, which encourages gas to be released.  Peppermint should be avoided in cases of GERD or heartburn.  It’s available as a hot tea or herbal supplement.

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Fennel has been used to relieve and/or prevent gas, indigestion, constipation, heartburn, and diarrhea.  Fennel is also often times used to treat colic in infants and helps to fight off intestinal bacteria and fungi.  This herbal remedy soothes the stomach muscles, stimulates digestive enzyme production, reduces inflammation, and help with nutrient absorption.  You can add fennel seeds to your food, try a hot fennel tea, or take as an herbal supplement.

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Anise supports healthy digestion and relieves gas and bloating.  It’s considered an antispasmodic and helps to prevent intestinal bacterial infections.  Anise can be found in a hot tea formula or as an herbal supplement.

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Chamomile is a calming herb, particularly when it comes to the stomach.  It is also an antispasmodic, which helps to relax the stomach and intestinal muscles.  It can be used to treat stomach cramps, gas, diarrhea, indigestion, and irritable bowel syndrome.  Also considered to have anti-inflammatory properties, chamomile helps to heal the intestines and stomach after an infection.  Most of us have probably tried some chamomile tea at one time or another for its soothing effect.

 

 

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