Poor eating, habits, emotional tension, food allergies, imbalances in stomach acid or digestive enzymes and many other causes can lead to indigestion and gas. Saturated fats and hydrogenated oils slow digestion. Over consumption of coffee, alcohol, cigarettes and processed foods also promote an overly acidic condition in the stomach. Other contributing factors may include, eating too fast or when stressed out, not chewing well, food allergies and sensitivities, improper combinations of different types of food, and drinking lots of liquids with meals which dilute the digestive fluids. For moderate problems, homeopathy can offer a number of safe and gentle remedies. If discomfort is chronic and persistent or if symptoms are extreme, a doctor should be consulted.
Arsenicum: A grand medicine for treating gastric disorders and stomach irritation, with abdominal pain and diarrhoea. The pains specifically are of a burning character leaving the patient prostrate.
Carbo veg: Gastric distress felt within half an hour of eating due to adverse effects of alcohol, fatty foods, butter, eggs and salty food. Food ferments before it digests resulting in violent belching that is sour smelling. Abdominal heaviness and sleepiness; nausea in the morning; aversion to milk, meat and fatty foods; acidity in stomach especially while lying down.
Nux vomica: This remedy is often useful for indigestion, and is especially suited to those who overindulge in stimulants, food, and alcohol. Chilliness, irritability, and sensitivity to odours, sound, and light are often seen. Pain and weight can be felt in the stomach, with cramps or constricting pains.
Natrum phosphoricum: A sour taste in the mouth, an acid or burning sensation in the stomach, sour vomiting, regurgitated bits of food, and yellow coatings on the tongue are all indications for this remedy. The person may have problems after consuming dairy products or too much sugar. Another indication for Natrum phos is a craving for fried eggs.
Robinia pseudacacia: A smaller less well known remedy useful where there is hyperacidity with burning pains in stomach at night; frontal headache; vomiting of intensely sour fluid; great distension and heartburn; belching that burns with acidity; flatulence and painful abdominal spasm. Remedies are best taken once every hour while the symptoms are at there most acute. This can be reduced as the symptoms reside.
Herbal medicine : Aloe vera gel contains anthroquinones, which have been shown to have a soothing effect in particular on the digestive tract. Taken internally, Aloe keeps the stomach acids evenly balanced and prevents less stomachaches so a great choice for burning and indigestion.
Try drinking pineapple juice daily after each meal. Other well-known soothing herbs include Papaya Silica, Gingerroot is known to quell nausea and aid digestion. Make a fresh infusion. Chamomile This herb calms gastric spasms and soothes the digestive tract. To make a tea, pour 1 cup boiling water over 2 to 3 teaspoons (or one tea bag) of finely chopped flowers. Let steep, then strain before drinking. Peppermint The volatile oil in peppermint dispels gas and calms cramps. Pour 1 cup boiling water over 1 tablespoon chopped dried leaves. Steep, then strain and drink.