The Eructation, also known colloquially as "burping", describes the rise of air from the digestive tract or the respiratory organs. It is a natural process that was still considered a sign of fullness after a tasty meal in the Middle Ages. In today's society, however, belching is usually not welcome.
Adding a teaspoon of healing clay to a cup of tea can help prevent belching.
The most common cause is excessive build-up of air in the stomach. This is caused by eating too quickly, with the person affected swallowing a lot of air with each bite. In extreme cases this is called aerophagy.
In order to get the problems under control, particular attention should be paid to eating slowly with only small bites. Good chewing is also recommended. Meals should be taken in a calm, relaxed atmosphere, as stress is an often underestimated factor. Furthermore, the consumption of carbonated beverages and flatulent foods should be reduced or stopped entirely. This includes, for example, all types of cabbage, legumes, unripe fruit, garlic and cola.
Copious, fatty meals generally promote a feeling of fullness and thus promote belching. Sweeteners such as xylitol or sorbitol should also be avoided. Another possibility is to do without drinking straws, as they absorb air as if by themselves. Sometimes the symptoms also occur after the sufferer has changed their diet. Switching to a high-fiber diet too quickly can encourage belching in connection with a bloated stomach. Since the digestive system needs a certain time to get used to the changed menu, the change should be made gradually.
In addition to excessive accumulation of air in the digestive system, the cause of belching can also be caused by excess stomach acid. In this case, the person concerned experiences a sour taste in the mouth and a burning sensation in the esophagus. The use of home remedies should not be an issue here, but medical treatment should be sought.
Enjoying chamomile tea provides quick relief against belching. The bilabolol found in the essential oil of chamomile has a calming effect on the stomach.
If you don't like chamomile tea, you can also try fennel, anise or caraway tea. These have the same effect and can also be taken in the form of seeds. Widespread advice such as holding your breath and distracting yourself is aimed at focusing on other things.
A gentle stomach massage also helps to remove excess air from the digestive tract. The same goes for movement. A walk in the fresh air can work wonders, as can a yoga session, which is particularly relaxing for the stomach.
In order to combat the causes of belching in the long term, alternative measures outside of conventional medicine are also available. Regular consumption of the tea preparations mentioned above can alleviate the symptoms.
Caraway seeds, fennel and anise have long been known as phytotherapeutic agents for digestive problems. Another option is to take warm water with some healing clay. In order to achieve an even better effect, the healing earth can also be added to one of the tea types mentioned (one teaspoon per cup). Ginger should also be used in the treatment. As an old medicinal plant in Asian medicine, it contains a stomach-strengthening and digestive mix of different ingredients.
These include, for example, cineole or borneol. In addition, the "miracle bulb" is said to have other benefits such as anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Ginger can be used in different forms: as a spice in the kitchen, as tea or even as pickled vegetables (so-called "ginger plums"). Yogurts with probiotic bacteria such as bifido or acidophilus bacteria also have a beneficial effect on the digestive tract.
Last but not least, homeopathic measures can also be considered. Remedies such as Anacardium, Carbo vegetabilis or Asa foetida are used against belching. If this form of therapy is to be used on one's own, sound knowledge is required. Otherwise it is advisable to seek appropriately trained specialist staff.