In normal life, children as well as adults tend to suffer from stomach pain. This is a most common ailment and can be caused due to a number of reasons. Over eating is the main cause. However, refined sugars, starchy foods, saturated fats, very spicy food can also cause stomach pain.
Gas causing foods like corn and legumes, should be consumed moderately. Stringy meats and fried foods should be avoided. Going off to sleep immediately after a heavy meal is bad for the stomach. Indigestion, gases, and acidity, are also some of the common causes. Improper bowel movement can also cause stomach pain. Instead of running to the doctor for prescribed medication these simple home cures are excellent for fast relief. Besides being harmless they are cheap too.
Home Remedies For Stomach Pain
Fennel seeds or Saunf
Fennel seeds are widely used in cooking and is a good source of vitamin C and essential amino acids. It contains essential oils and is very rich in fibre. It helps in digestion and expels stomach gases. Sprinkle a little salted water on equal quantities of fennel seeds, coriander seeds and sesame seeds.
Roast separately till the seeds sputter. Mix them and when cool store in an air tight jar. After every meal eat a teaspoon of this mixture of seeds. This not only improves the taste of the mouth but also eases the smooth lining of the digestive tract and eliminates gases. The fibre in it aids digestion. Boil four teaspoons of fennel seeds in one litre of water for five minutes. Cool the water and drink it from time to time. The stomach pain will subside promoting a feeling of well being.
Fenugreek or Methi Seeds
Fenugreek is called a cleanser because of its cleansing properties. It reduces fatty acids and has a gentle laxative property. It is extremely rich in vital vitamins and minerals and assists and enhances the digestive tract functions by cleaning it and giving it a protective covering. Swallow a teaspoon of methi seeds with water to relieve pain.
Wash and soak a handful of methi seeds. In the morning drink the water and tie the seeds in a piece of thin cloth and leave them to sprout. It will take two to three days for the seeds to sprout. If the weather is cold, it can take longer. Keep moistening the cloth, with a little water, whenever it becomes dry.
When the shoots start poking out of the cloth, untie the cloth and store the sprouted methi seeds in a container and refrigerate. Every morning eat one level tablespoon of sprouts. Sprouted methi is not bitter and is very mild in taste. You will never have stomach disorders. In fact the whole body will keep free from impurities.
Onion Seeds or Kalonji
Onion seeds are commonly used to flavor breads and pickles but they have great medicinal values and are used to treat a number of ailments. They fight bacterial and viral infections.
They are rich in calcium, iron, potassium and proteins. They contain health giving essential oils and are great pain relievers. Swallow a teaspoon of onion seeds with water. The fibre in it will set to work immediately, greatly improving the function of the digestive system..
Instant Relief with Black Salt
Black salt is very good for digestion. It is considered to have a very cooling effect. It is very effective in eliminating gases from the stomach and intestines, it reduces heartburn and deals with constipation. Take juice of one lemon. Add a tiny pinch of hing to it. Take one teaspoon of powdered black salt. Add it to a glass of water and stir in the lemon juice. Warm it slightly and drink, at least two or three times.
Quick results with Ajwain or Carom Seeds
Ajwain is full of essential oils like thymol, and limonene. It keeps control on microbes. As soon as it is ingested its anti-bacterial properties act quickly providing immediate relief.
Boil two teaspoons of ajwain in two glasses of water. Boil for five minutes. Strain and add a teaspoon of sugar. Drink it hot. It will immediately and effectively relieve constipation and stomach gas.
Limes The Evergreen Remedy
Cut one lime into half. With the skin side facing the flame heat, both the halves for half a minute. With a fork remove the seeds and insert salt and pepper. Suck the juice slowly from both the pieces. You can add more salt and pepper if you want. Its antioxidant properties will immediately clear indigestion and relieve the pain.
Work Wonders with Dried Ginger Powder
Ginger is an age old remedy well known for its therapeutic benefits. Its antioxidant properties counteract food decay in the stomach and large intestine and drive out gases.
Take five teaspoons of ginger powder, two teaspoons of black pepper powder, half teaspoon of hing powder, two teaspoons of roasted cumin powder and two teaspoons of black salt. Mix well and store in a jar. Swallow one teaspoon with water. Repeat again after four hours.
Curd has soothing and curative properties. Its bacteria demolish the bad bacteria in the body and speed up digestion. Curd is very rich in calcium. Take half a cup of fat free curds.
Beat well and mix with one and half cups of water. Drink to alleviate pain. It should be taken plain, without any salt. Drink this three times a day before evening.
Try this Simple Exercise
Sit on a flat surface, preferably on the ground. Stretch your legs straight, in front of you. Breathe in deeply, bend waist forwards, to catch the big toe, of each leg with each hand. Take care you don’t bend the knees. Hold for five seconds. Release the toes and straighten, exhaling slowly. Repeat 15 times. The knot of pain will disappear.
Fold a cloth eight inches wide and twelve inches long. Dip this in a bowl of chilled water. Squeeze out excess water. Lie on your back and cover your stomach with this cloth. As soon as the cloth looses its chill dip it again and place on the stomach. The acid in the stomach will settle giving relief.