September 15, 2006

Home Remedies for flatulence/gas

Distension of the stomach and intestines due to wind is called flatulence. Normally wind is formed during the process of digestion, but is passed out in the form of flatus. If not, or if formed in excess, this leads to distension of the intestine and stomach. In Ayurveda, this condition is called ‘adhmana’. Due to distension, the patient experiences discomfort, loss of appetite, indigestion, breathlessness, headache and sleeplessness.
Strong, high fiber food such as cabbage, whole wheat bread and beans which play beneficial role in preventing cancer, are often cited as culprits in producing gas. It looks like the choice is between gas and cancer. Gaseous distension can also be caused by lactose intolerance. People who lack the enzyme called lactase, which breaks down the complex milk sugar lactose, often find themselves passing large amounts of gas after drinking milk. Among others, greasy fried food, and pulses also cause gas.
Dos and Don’ts
1) Avoid heavy smoking.
2) Cut down drastically on your daily number of cold drinks and cups of tea.
3) Cut off milk, fried food, pulses, beans and sweets, if these are found to increase gas.
4) Milk would not be easily digestible. Curds and buttermilk would be useful.
5) Eat less than appetite demands.
6) Eat slowly, fully concentrating on the food - this prevents swallowing of air.
7) Leave aside all worries and anxieties while eating.
8) Avoid onions, tomatoes, potatoes, peas, beans, dals and sweets in excess.
9) Take rest after taking food.
10) Any hard labor immediately after taking food should be avoided.
Home Remedies for flatulence
1) Take a tsp of ajowan(Ajmud) seeds and roast it in a pan until the seeds turn red. Pour 2 cups of water into the pan and boil until the water is reduced to half . Take this decoction once a day for a safe and sure remedy for gaseous distension of the abdomen
2) Fry a piece of asafetida in some ghee and take half a tsp thrice a day to get relief from gaseous distension of abdomen.
3) To relieve discomfort due to gaseous distension of the abdomen just chew a few cardamoms.
4) Cumin(jeera) powder and jaggery are rolled in to small balls and consumed from time to time. Or you could make a decoction of the seeds to drink.
5) Crush a few fenugreek(methi) seeds with a pinch of rock salt for quick relief from flatulence.
6) Mix a tsp each of liquorice(‘Mulhati’ in Hindi and ‘jesthtamadhu’ in Kannada) and sugar in water and drink from time to time.
Ayurvedic Remedies
1) Hingastaka choorna can be taken in a dose of one teaspoonful twice a day with luke warm water.
2) Kumari Asava ( ayurvedic medicine with aloe vera as an ingredient. ‘Kumari’ means aloe) 20 ml with equal quantity of lukewarm water twice a day is also a good choice in gas problem.
3) Ark pudina(mint) (liquid) or Ark pudina(mint) pearls (Baidyanath) if taken give results within minutes.
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  1. Sadhana6:25 AM

    Thanks for posting this.It looks incredibly easy

  2. Geeta9:45 AM

    Drink peppermint tea periodically throughout the day.

  3. Anonymous9:48 AM

    Baking Soda sounds great, however, from someone whose friend just suffered from hypoxic brain damage from to much baking soda in his system, Would not advise it.The baking soda turns the blood alkilyine and causes heart and brain problems. First hand experience.

  4. Gayatri5:05 PM

    If you suffer from gas and bloating all the time limit eating fructose rich foods like some fruits and honey. Limiting your consumption with fructose rich found will improve your digestion.

  5. Shobha3:34 PM

    Chewing peppermint after a meal does a lot more than just freshening your breath. Peppermint contains menthol that soothes the digestive muscles. It helps in treating flatulence, bloating and abdominal pain that accompanies gas. Peppermint oil combined with caraway oil has been used since ages to treat abdominal discomfort caused by flatulence

  6. Anonymous9:25 AM

    If flatulence is a major problem, a look at your diet is important. There are foods that inherently produce gas when consumed. You must take care to avoid such foods.These include foods such as beans, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, broccoli, yeast-containing foods such as breads and cheese.Carbonated drinks produce gas too.High carbohydrate content in oats and potatoes make them the culprits for gas.Foods that produce negligible amounts of gas are rice, bananas, citrus, grapes, hard cheese, meat, eggs, peanut butter, non-carbonated beverages and yogurt made with live bacteria.

  7. Janhavi4:01 PM

    The first step in reducing flatulence is to avoid the foods that cause this problem for you. Keep in mind that people react differently to different foods.Some people have found that corn, oats and any wheat-containing product give them gas. (We will talk about food allergies in another article). Beano® is an effective product you use as a condiment, adding a few drops to your first spoonful of "offending food".Many people are unaware that milk products cause their gas, but in fact lactose intolerance is probably the major cause of bloating and excessive gas

  8. Alvin4:07 PM

    There is a simple home test for lactose intolerance. Avoid ALL dairy and cheese products for ten days to see if your symptoms are alleviated. Then have some, if the gas and bloating returns you have your answer and you didn't have to pay for any expensive blood tests. Acidophilus is also helpful for many people. The best acidophilus is the kind that needs to be refrigerated, so don't fall for those cheap pills they sell in the chain drug stores

  9. Suhasini4:25 PM

    Since flatulence is common problem with those who eat too much and too often of fried and rich foods, eat rather hastily. If food is taken while one is tense, or as if one is on the run while he grabs or swallows his food. As a preventive and corrective measure, do not bend, sit curled up on a low sofa, immediately after taking meals as, by doing so, you will simply help the gas to build up, thereby causing bloating of abdomen which can have colicky pains. Simple self-management in dietary intake will sufficient to enable you stay free from flatulence and colic.

  10. Nalini4:28 PM

    Take about 10 gms of tulsi juice, 10 gms of dry ginger and 20 gms of jaggery. Mix all of them together to form small tablets. Take this tablet thrice a day with water to set right your digestive process. But during the period you have this trouble, better keep fast or take only easily digestible food.

  11. unknown9:18 AM

    boil ginger till the serum dissolves in water, then add honey to it and drink.
    have it 3 times a day for 2 days, it helps

  12. Anonymous4:10 PM

    Consume Plenty of:
    Yogurt made with live cultures
    Peppermint and fennel teas
    Cut Down On and Avoid:
    Fatty foods
    Beans, onions, broccoli and other cabbage family members
    Milk if you are lactose intolerant
    Carbonated drinks, chewing gum and drinking through straws
    Bran and high-fiber laxatives
    High doses of vitamin C

  13. Arjun4:31 PM

    Giger, cumin(Zeera), Saunf helps in digetion of food.If gastritis due to not taking food (Delayed intake), take atleast a glass of water if required to delay meal.if meal is delayed better to add curds/yogurt.

  14. Anonymous4:40 PM

    here is the diet that is going to "CURE" Your gastritis, You will see the difference in less than a week, this a diet for life.

    No coffee
    No sodas (diet or regular)
    No artificially colored or flavored drinks
    No fried foods
    No hot sauce
    No milk, (if you need to have milk, try goat milk
    No spicy food
    No white rice
    No white potatoes
    No cereal, (wheat or corn)
    No hard liquors
    No pork meat or processed meats (bacon, ham, etc)

  15. unknown4:20 PM

    Yashtimadhu is known in Ayurvedic as an aphrodisiac and a rejuvenating tonic, it also helps in relieving hyper acidity, soothing peptic ulcers, liver diseases and abdominal aches.

  16. Arundati10:34 AM

    Avoid animal protein (especially beef and pork), as they lead to acidity.

  17. unknown9:17 AM

    Magnesium supplements, preferably in powdered form mixed with hot water, like Calm.

  18. unknown9:40 AM

    You might also try eating some active yogurt cultures available at the market to reestablish the normal flora of bacteria in the intestines. As a last resort there are activated charcoal tablets you can take to adsorb the gas, but they can interfere with digestion of vitamins, minerals, and medications so should be taken between meals or not frequently.

  19. Prarthana8:33 AM

    For Acidity: Drink glass of warm water in morning and add lemon juice and little honey it it. It flush away all the toxic and acids from your body naturally when you go pee.

  20. Anonymous10:15 AM

    Too much acid? You can put 1 teaspoon of Bicarb soda into a glass of water add a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar. That will help a great deal. I also suggest to take 5 ml Swedish Bitters after every meal.

  21. Parthiv8:56 AM

    Gas and the accompanying bloating it causes can be painfully uncomfortable. For instant relief of gas and it's symptoms mix 1 or 2 heaping teaspoons of baking soda in a half of glass of warm water. Drink it down quickly. You will start feeling instant relief, as long as you don't mind a little belching.

  22. Hello, are you bloted? stomach ache? well 1 spoon of baking soda 1cup of water and squeeze 1/2 of a lime and drink it while its still zisilling. The person that put baking soda on the face well you can do oat meal egg white and some drops of lime and make your self a mask ( grind the oat meal with your mixer. Well so long ......

  23. Acigon syrup is good for gastritis and acidity. Formation of gas in the stomach or the intestines is primarily due to defective digestion because the foods undigested are not properly assimilated into the system and the presence of waste goes on putrefying. I

  24. Prarthana10:09 AM

    Avoid raw vegetable salads like onion, cabbage and radish. These are acidity generating vegetables.
    Place a piece of jaggery in the mouth and suck it slowly, till acidity settles.
    Chewing basil leaves is good for acidity.

  25. Gopal9:30 AM

    Green papaya has also been used for over acidity or borderline ulcers as less stomach acid is required for digestion when abundant enzymes are ingested.

  26. Subhas10:20 AM

    Ginger ale is known to reduce rumbling stomach problem and it also helps expel excess gas from the body.

  27. Dwaraka8:54 AM

    Yogurt every day often helps.

  28. Kumar8:19 AM

    Cleanse Your Colon

  29. ways TO AVOID GAS--Eliminate sugar and sugary fruits,Slowly introduce more fiber,Steer clear of carbonated sodas and Start eating cultured vegetables.

  30. Vanitha10:19 AM

    Eat simple foods

  31. Pavani9:55 AM

    A couple of cups of yogurt and a teaspoon of baking soda - can repeat in an hour

  32. Prachi9:56 AM

    Treat your food indigestion situation. Eat simple foods (east to digest) till the problem eases.

  33. Bhagya9:20 AM

    change your diet, cut out beans and other high fiber vegetables. Any road it is normal to pass gas it is part of your set up

  34. Heera9:27 AM

    Pineapple is supposed to help.

  35. SIMPLE- Don't eat things that your stomach doesn't like or cannot handle.

  36. the best way for treating Gastritis is to reduce the amount of acid in the stomach can relieve symptoms, and promotes promote healing of the stomach lining

  37. Kailas10:00 AM

    fennel seeds have warming and aromatic properties; invigorating the GI tract. The seeds enhance digestion and relieve wind and flatulence. Munch on a spoonful of fennel seeds after your meals.

  38. Girish10:13 AM

    Causes of Bloating
    Irritable bowel syndrome ,Food intolerance,gas,
    Menstruation,Liver disease

  39. Food Expert10:14 AM

    Remedies for Curing Bloating
    Baking soda,Teas,Bay leaves-,Pineapple juice and

  40. Health Expert2:20 PM

    Refraining from milk and dairy products (except yoghurt), and wind-causing foods should be one of the first steps to take when flatulence begins to be a nuisance.
    Add a little anti-gas foods like ginger, garlic or spices, when you cook your pot of beans or gaseous vegetables.

  41. Expert2:21 PM

    One other often overlooked cause of flatulence is the lack of friendly bacteria in the colon. If this is the reason, you would quickly see a vast improvement when you take quality probiotics.

  42. Anonymous2:21 PM

    How you eat or don't eat is another contributing factor to a gassy stomach. If you tend to skip meals, you may encounter a bloated feeling, because of the gas forming in your intestines. Eat small amounts even if you don't feel like eating.
    Finally, avoid gassy and carbonated drinks. Do not use a straw when you drink as it would cause you to take in more air. Habits like chewing a gum will also cause excessive gas.

  43. Jamuna2:16 PM

    Refraining from milk and dairy products and wind-causing foods should be one of the first steps to take when flatulence begins to be a nuisance.Add a little anti-gas foods like ginger, garlic or spices, when you cook your pot of beans or gaseous vegetables.

  44. Mandira2:18 PM

    If you tend to skip meals, you may encounter a bloated feeling, because of the gas forming in your intestines. Eat small amounts even if you don't feel like eating. Avoid gassy and carbonated drinks. Do not use a straw when you drink as it would cause you to take in more air. Habits like chewing a gum will also cause excessive gas.

  45. Expert2:05 PM

    Try Acupressure points. For Treatment, hard-pressure is to be applied on & around the points with Ur thumb and middle finger. If the particular point is tender on pressure by Ur thumb, U can note that that particular organ[s] is/are affected. U can indulge in instant diagnosis of any disease and or the affected organ[s].


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