Stomach Ache

What Is Stomach Ache ?

Stomach ache, as the name suggests, is a severe or mild sharp pain that arises in the stomach due to several reasons. It is often considered as a symptom of different medical conditions such as indigestion, flatulence, constipation, stomach infection, diarrhea, stomach cramping and serious illnesses such as gallstones, urinary tract infections and appendicitis.

What Triggers A Stomach Ache ?

  • Common triggers include flatulence
  • Bloating
  • Food poisoning
  • Presence of specific diseases
  • Excessive alcohol consumption
  • Certain medications

How Would You Know If You Have Stomach Ache ?

  • You may experience severe pain in the abdomen and surrounding areas
  • Bloating
  • Nausea
  • Throbbing pain
  • Burning sensation or discomfort in the stomach

What Should You Do In Case Your Symptoms Worsen?

  • Symptoms may get worse and cause blood vomits and blood in stool
  • In general, you can take over the counter pain relieving medicines to ease the symptoms of stomach ache.
  • In case the symptoms do not improve in 2-3 days, you must see a doctor right away.

What Are The Available Treatment Options?

  • Your doctor shall examine you physically. He may recommend a few tests such as blood test and test to check for the presence of bacteria
  • In severe cases, the doctor may also suggest an endoscopy to understand the cause of the symptoms
  • Your doctor may prescribe you medications to relieve the symptoms.
  • Your doctor may suggest you to practice relaxation techniques to relieve the symptoms of stomach ache

Are There Any Natural Remedies To Combat Stomach Ache ?

Some of the common natural remedies to relieve stomach ache are:

1. Ginger

Ingredients: Ginger, Water

Ways to Use:

To a glass of boiling water, add sliced ginger. Let it cool a little. Sip it slowly.

2. Fennel (Saunf)

Ingredients: Fennel, Water

Ways to Use:

To a cup of hot water, add a teaspoon of crushed fennel seeds. Let it steep for 8-10 minutes. Allow it to cool and strain it. You may choose to add honey to make it palatable.

3. Asafetida (Hing)

Ingredients: Asafetida, Water, Rock Salt

Ways to Use:

To a glass of warm water, add a pinch of asafetida. Mix it well. Drink the mixture 2-3 times in a day. To make it palatable you can choose to add a pinch of rock salt to it.

4. Mint (Pudina)

Ingredients: Mint (fresh/ dried powder), Water

Ways to Use:

To a cup of water, add a few fresh leaves of mint or dried form of mint (1-2 teaspoons). Let it steep for 5-10 minutes. Sip the mixture slowly when it is still warm.

To avoid frequent stomach aches and indigestion, make sure you eat healthy and drink a lot of water throughout the day. Try and avoid processed foods and prefer to consume fresh fruits and vegetables. You can try these natural remedies to relieve stomach pain as and when needed.

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