Flatulence are uncomfortable and can be very painful. The cause of the increased gas development in the digestive tract is usually the diet. However, flatulence in particular can be effectively treated with home remedies such as heat, teas, and massages.
A gentle abdominal massage accelerates the relief of flatulence.
The pain caused by flatulence is related to the fact that the air swallowed when eating and the gases produced by the digestive tract itself cannot leave the intestines unhindered. If the intestine is cramped, the gas bubbles are literally pinched, which leads to the so-called bloated stomach with a typical feeling of pressure. Almost all home remedies that effectively help against flatulence have the task of relaxing and relieving the intestines.
Local heat therapy with hot water bottles and warmed grain pillows helps against flatulence and the associated abdominal cramps. The warmth emanating from hot water bottles and body pillows relaxes the digestive tract so that the fine glass bubbles can pass through the intestines unhindered again. It is important to ensure that the temperature of the bottle or pillow is still pleasant to the touch and never comes close to the boiling point. In order not to suffer burns, the corresponding heat source should be rewarmed more often until the flatulence subsides.
An alternative to hot water bottles and grain pillows is the moist heat effect, which is said to have a quick effect on colicky pain. A warm wrap around the stomach can be made with a small towel that has been soaked in warm water beforehand. A dry cloth is tied over this to protect clothing and furniture from moisture. The warmth emanating from a potato wrap is also helpful and long-lasting. This requires about three to five freshly cooked potatoes, which are slightly cooled and mashed into a pulp. Wrapped in a cloth and attached to the stomach, the warmth of the mashed potatoes lasts for a long time.
A quick relief against painful flatulence can be achieved through the combination of heat, abdominal massage and herbal tea. In addition to the heat therapy already mentioned, a gentle abdominal massage accelerates the subsiding of the flatulence. During the massage, make sure that the warmest possible hands are gently circling the navel region in a clockwise direction.
Massage therapy traditionally used in babies and children is also suitable for treating flatulence in adults. Because massaging also stimulates tight gas bubbles to pass through the digestive tract.
The relaxing and calming effect of warmth and massage is complemented by so-called "stomach, gastrointestinal and digestive teas", which are offered as ready-made mixtures by pharmacies and drugstores.
It usually contains traditional medicinal herbs such as caraway, fennel, peppermint, chamomile and anise, all of which have a relaxing and calming effect. The freshly brewed tea, steeped for about five to ten minutes, should be drunk as warm as possible and in small sips. Ideally, no sweetener is added to the tea so as not to impair the effectiveness of the herbs.
Many traditional medicinal plants contain essential oils and bitter substances, which are successfully used against flatulence and abdominal pain because of their anticonvulsant, relaxing and digestive effects. These include caraway, fennel, anise, peppermint, and chamomile, which are taken fresh as well as in herbal teas and tinctures.
If the flatulence manifests itself together with an unpleasant feeling of fullness, digestive extracts from milk thistle, wormwood, gentian root and bitter orange peel have proven themselves. These medicinal plants are traditionally used against digestive disorders and stimulate the production of bile and gastric juices, which in turn ensure an optimal digestive process.
Another remedy for gas is activated charcoal. Activated charcoal, also known as medicinal charcoal, consists of fine-grained and porous carbon that is offered as granules or capsules for ingestion. The activated carbon absorbs the gases in the digestive tract and at the same time helps detoxify. This has the advantage that poisons are also bound that could otherwise promote the formation of gas again. Activated charcoal is both a suitable preventive agent before meals and a helpful home remedy if symptoms already exist.