In today’s post, I will be sharing a few helpful home remedies for stomach pain. Whether it is a throbbing pain, cramps, or dull pain, stomach aches are no joke and can cause a lot of discomfort.Some home remedies work better than others. Before I share five remedies that you can try at home to provide some relief, let’s first see what causes the issue.
Causes of Tummy Aches
There could be several reasons why your tummy is aching, and it could be as basic as taking meds on an empty stomach, or it could be due to more severe issues, like stomach ulcers, for instance.
Short-term, acute belly aches typically last for two to three days and it’s not necessary to go to the doctor. Here are some of the commonplace causes for short-term, acute tummy aches:
- Stomach flu
- Anxiety and stress
- Indigestion and gas
- Food poisoning
- Allergic reaction to certain foods
- Appendicitis (seek medical assistance asap)
- Eating spicy foods
Chronic belly aches can mean something more severe like irritable bowel syndrome, pancreatitis, gallstones, ulcerative colitis, stomach ulcer, certain cancers, endometriosis, or Crohn’s disease.
If you suspect that your stomach aches are linked to an underlying more serious issue, or your symptoms are not going away, consult with your doctor.
5 Best Home Remedies For Stomach Pain
Ginger has been used since ancient times in China and India for various ailments, especially for treating nausea or belly aches. Ginger contains powerful anti-inflammatory components which can help with symptoms that include vomiting, stomach pain, and nausea. You can take it in any form to reap the benefits.
Many people use peppermint to provide relief for bloating, stomach pain, and gas due to its methyl salicylate and menthol content. These ingredients have antispasmodic effects which means they are an excellent option for people with IBS as well.
Peppermint helps to relax stomach muscles that contract, causing stomach cramps. The best ways to use peppermint for stomach aches are peppermint tea, or peppermint oil capsules.
I’ve used my hot water bottle many times for any stomach aches or painful menstrual pains and it really helps. You can use either a hot water bottle or heating pad, but make sure it is not too hot. Get comfortable and lie down before placing it on your lower or upper belly regions, wherever you are feeling the ache. Heat helps to relax your stomach muscles and offer some pain relief.
Drink Lots of Fluids
Whenever you have stomach cramps or experience symptoms like vomiting or nausea, try to take in as much fluids as you can. But, remember to stick to small sips.
Dehydration causes a mineral inequity in the body that affects normal bodily functions which subsequently causes a myriad of symptoms, including stomach ache. If your belly ache is the result of dehydration, be sure to include more fluids into your eating plan.
Add a few lemon slices to your water, or eat fruits with a high water content, like watermelon if you’re not a big fan of drinking lots of water.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar has many health advantages, including providing relief for belly aches as a result of indigestion or gas. Remember apple cider vinegar on its own can cause damage to teeth enamel or irritate your throat, therefore you must not drink it undiluted. You can drink it as follows:
- One cup of lukewarm water
- One tablespoon honey
- One tablespoon apple cider vinegar
Apple cider vinegar usually does not taste very pleasant. By adding water and honey it will go down a lot easier.
I hope you have enjoyed reading about the five best home remedies for stomach pain. Be sure to try some of these the next time you have stomach aches or pains to see if it offers some relief.
Sending you much love, light, and pain-free vibes.