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Constituent part of digestive tract, thestomach performs the function of digestion, through its chemical (mixing of absorbed food with gastric juices) and mechanical (stirring) activities.
Indeed, this J-shaped organ can contain up to 4 L of food.
While eating well is one thing, overeating is quite another! It could cause stomach pain.
But that's not all !
Indeed, others eating habits, physiological factors and psychological can negatively impact this portion of the digestive tract and ruin your life. We will particularly remember in this article, the stomach cramps which can be (very) disabling for the subject.
Today, 20% of French people complain of stomach cramps at least once a week.
Heartburn or stomach cramps are one of the most common conditions in the world.
So what is it exactly? What can be the causes and the symptoms ? What are the solutions to mitigate, relieve these pains? The use of plants is it effective? If so, to what extent?
Stomach cramps: what you need to know ...
Definition and mechanism:
Etymological, the word stomach comes from the ancient Greek “στόμαχος”.
In humans, it is that pocket-shaped part of the digestive tract between theesophagus and the duodenum, who receives the food chewed and soaked in saliva. They accumulate there and are the subject of a vigorous stirring aiming to reduce the portion of food particles for a better digestion.
Stomach cramps: symptoms
Many symptoms help identify stomach cramps.
Characterized by typical pains, stomach cramps are manifested by contraction involuntary but often painful muscles of the stomach pouch.
Of varying intensity, stomach cramps are usually localized in the epigastric region (above the navel and below the rib cage) and, can last for several hours.
Very often, these pains occur (at night) when the patient suffers from:
- digestive disorders which appear after meals
- transient gastritis
- duodenal ulcer (or gastric ulcer)
But, what can cause stomach pain (burns, cramps, etc.)?
Origins and causes of stomach cramps
Stomach cramps are caused by various origins.
Therefore, the location of abdominal pain often helps to better determine their cause.
Very often, stomach cramps are caused by:
- inflammation of the stomach, liver, peritoneum of the pancreas, intestine or colon.
- an unbalanced diet, very rich in spicy dishes, fat
- intestinal obstruction
- consumption of exciting drinks (alcohol, coffee, caffeinated sodas, etc.)
- various cancerous pathologies
- digestive disorders (gastroesophageal reflux, gas formation in the intestine, constipation, etc.)
- renal colic (urinary stones) or urinary tract infections
- food poisoning
- the tobacco
Also note that, stomach cramps can appear during the last trimester of a pregnancy, due to the production of progesterone which causes relaxation of the muscles of the digestive system.
Some cases of painful periods, presence of ovarian cysts or even ectopic pregnancy have been identified as possible factors for the onset of stomach cramps.
The stress is also one of the indicators that can cause stomach cramps.
Are generally concerned, irritable, hysterical and worried people who do not take the time to chew well during their meals.
Eating very quickly is therefore harmful to your health.
Relieve stomach cramps with plants
To relieve stomach cramps, everything will depend on their cause.
Between laxatives, antispasmodics, digestive dressings and charcoal, the drugs often administered for mild pain are well known.
On the other hand, some natural remedies prove efficient for the treatment of these types of ailments.
To relieve stomach cramps by plants, specialists will recommend herbal teas the most common of which are: those based on licorice, white willow, ginger, mallow, peppermint, basil, lemon balm, chamomile or even dill.
To this is added the cabbage juice or from potatoes.
How to take?
If cabbage juice is recommended in the form of ampoules that you can buy in organic stores or pharmacies, herbal teas or infusions can be prepared by you and taken as follows:
– Ginger tea (except in case of stomach ulcer)
Peel then, cut into small pieces (or grate) a little ginger fresh. Boil them. Let sit for about 15 minutes. Filter and then drink 1 cup a day for a few days.
– Ichamomile tea :
In a cup of boiling water, put 10 grams of chamomile. Let it steep for about ten minutes. Filter then drink it (after meals).
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– Peppermint infusion
In a cup of boiling water, put 5 grams of dried peppermint leaves and flowers. Let steep for 8 minutes. Filter. Add a little honey then drink it after meals.
- Lemon balm infusion
In a cup of boiling water, pour 1 teaspoon of lemon balm. Leave to infuse. Filter then drink it (after the meal).
These infusions can be taken in case of attacks or very regularly if you are prone to chronic pain.
NB : However, if symptoms persist, a medical advice is highly recommended.