What herbs should be used for an acid stomach?


   Thanks to http://www.livestrong.com  for the below as is better than I could have done!!


   Heartburn (acid reflux) is an irritating condition, occurring most often after a meal or while lying down or bending over, according to the Mayo Clinic. Heartburn may last for hours, causing burning pain from your upper abdomen to your neck. Many people rely on antacids to ease these symptoms. Alternative approaches using herbal remedies, such as rosemary, peppermint, aloe vera and ginger may also provide relief.

  
   Remember to not generalize on using herbs, be specific to the parts, time of day, botanical name, growing conditions etc. before making generalizations.   See this video on harvesting herbs and what to consider before extracting essential oils. .
 

Rosemary:


  
   Rosemary is an herb used for various culinary and medicinal purposes. Extracted from the flowering tops of the plant, rosemary oil is used commercially in soaps, creams, perfumes and lotions. For those with heartburn symptoms, rosemary may help improve digestion. Sipped as a steaming tea, the herb offers a host of antioxidants and vitamins, which may help improve overall health.

Herbs To Use For Flatulence


Fennel Seed makes for a good tea to prevent gas or flatulence.  Also high in vitamins and minerals.

   Flatulence or "gas" is often the result of the wrong foods at the wrong time.   Many people who are lactose intolerant also experience gas pains.  Basically gas is produced by our body in digesting foods and a by product is the build up of air pressure resulting in having to get rid of the excess pressure somehow so we end up expelling it.
 



Topical Pain Relievers - What Works Best?

      With over 30+ years helping patients with chronic pain at our sister site,  we are often asked "what will work best for me?".  Honestly we don't know but what we do know is what has worked best for the vast preponderance of our 10,000+ patients over time.

       Let's take a moment to explain the process that evolved.  All our patients suffer from some form of chronic pain, sciatica, neck pain, shoulder pain, neuropathy, shingles, cancer pain, even RSD and Fibromyalgia.  There has never been one "magic bullet" for any patient, nor has one topical pain product been the best at all times for any pain the patient experienced.  Pain moves, the sensation changes, and sometimes a couple of products are necessary.



        Historically we have sent several "sample pain kits" to our patients and let them decide which is best for them by actually trying the various products.  We have relied upon our patients to tell us which products work best for them.  As a result of listening we've found several products that have stood the test of time for the vast preponderance of our patients. 

        For many of our patients they use our "standing order" system which sends them monthly a kit of the best products that have proven effective for them personally.  The kit contents can be changed monthly if needed.   Kits are allowed by most insurance companies, including Medicare and Medicaid, once a patient has been prescribed a tens or Infrex unit for treating chronic pain syndromes.  More about that on our pain relieving product video.

     Listed below are the products that have stood the test of time with our patients.  You can order them directly,  or if you have or are purchasing a tens or Infrex unit,  then we can ship to you monthly what is allowed and bill your insurance for the kit.   Kits can be varied monthly according to your needs.

     On your first order mention "new customer discount" and receive 10% off the entire order.


Cooling Topical Pain Products:


BioFreeze - Originally only available in Physical Therapist clinics, Pain Clinics etc. but over time became available for general consumer use. 


Kool 'N Fit - Pain Relieving Gel or Liquid for muscles, joints, backaches, strains and bruises - active ingredients camphor and menthol.



Polar Frost Cold Gel - General pain agent for minor injuries using alcohol, Eucalyptus, carbomer and aloe


General Topical Pain Products:



Aromatherapy Patches - Each patch uses essential oils and the relief can be derived from the oil on the skin itself or the inhalation of the oil once the patch is on.  Arnica oil  is good pain management, lavender oil for sleep, and tea tree for topical infections are some of the differing patches and their uses.


Flexall- Uses different % of menthol for products ranging from 8% to 16%.  Can be used with ultrasound coupling agent so when getting an ultrasound treatment the gel is in it and both physical and chemical relief.





Orthogel - Fast Acting Roll- On using Ilex ( also found in BioFreeze ), camphor, menthol, glucosamine, msm, aloe, curcumonoids, Bosewllia Serrata


Salonpas - Available in many forms including patches - active ingredients are menthol, 7% and methyl salicylate, 15%


Therapain - Spray or Roll On - Active ingredients, peppermint, eucalyptus and alcohol.


Tiger Balm Products - This is the oldest line of topical pain relieving products in the world.  Originating more than 1,000 years ago and today it's still one of the leaders.  The "patch" is immensely successful and lasts up to 8 hours.  Active ingredients are camphor - 80 mg, Menthol - 24 mg, Capsicum 16 mg.


White Flower Balm - Active ingredients are camphor and wintergreen - often used for migraines with oil at temple, but not so low as to have oil vapors affect eyes.


 

    Often our web site is searched for "sexual stimulant herbs" and we try to distance ourselves from those who sell "sexual potents" that lack scientific credentials.    Many of the historical herb stimulants also reflect the culture of the region and are the result of lore and legend, but lack botanical documentation as to why the herb is useful as a sexual stimulant.   This is not to deny the herb can be used as such, as many supplements appear to have as their main function, the belief it will work and therefore it does work for the patient that time or a few times.   The botanical results with the essential oils and constituent chemicals that work each and every time leads one to move the herb to the zone of true medicinal properties, not placebo type.  

   The below article on male herbal aphrodisiacs used in ayurevedic medicine is by Dr. Savitha Suri.   It not only includes male herbs that increase sexual desire and stamina but also some foods to consume as a sexual stimulant.   Ayurevedic medicine originates in and around India so please remember the only true way to compare any herb is based upon it's scientific botanical name, not it's common name.   Also provided is the information to subscribe to this weekly free newsletter from Dr. Suri..


Can the herb plant, turmeric,  be used for upset stomach or other digestive problems? 


Turmeric Is Used In Ayurevedic Medicines

Turmeric Plants Used Often In Ayurevedic Medicine       Turmeric Roots  Turmeric Roots





      Below is reprinted from the National Institute of Health web site: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/druginfo/natural/662.html

This article has somewhat more than you need for digestive disorders but often the more information then the better for the patient if presented to be remembered.  Generally speaking Turmeric is classified as a "spice", rather than an herb, due to we generally speak of herbs as being a plant whose parts are eaten, ie. the leaves of basil.   A Spice is generally the nut, seed, of the plant itself.  With tumeric we possibly have a "hybrid" since it's the root.   So, what do you call garlic???    Brain teaser!!! 



What is it?

Turmeric is a plant. You probably know turmeric as the main spice in curry. It has a warm, bitter taste and is frequently used to flavor or color curry powders, mustards, butters, and cheeses. But the root of turmeric is also used widely to make medicine.

Herbfest note:   Curry is a blend of spices, not a specific plant.



  Turmeric is used for heartburn (dyspepsia), stomach pain, diarrhea, intestinal gas, stomach bloating, loss of appetite, jaundice, liver problems and gallbladder disorders.

It is also used for headaches, bronchitis, colds, lung infections, fibromyalgia, leprosy, fever, menstrual problems, and cancer. Other uses include depression, Alzheimer’s disease, water retention, worms, and kidney problems.

Some people apply turmeric to the skin for pain, ringworm, bruising, leech bites, eye infections, inflammatory skin conditions, soreness inside of the mouth, and infected wounds.

In food and manufacturing, the essential oil of turmeric is used in perfumes, and its resin is used as a flavor and color component in foods.

Don’t confuse turmeric with Javanese turmeric root (Curcuma zedoaria).

How effective is it?
Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database rates effectiveness based on scientific evidence according to the following scale: Effective, Likely Effective, Possibly Effective, Possibly Ineffective, Likely Ineffective, Ineffective, and Insufficient Evidence to Rate.

The effectiveness ratings for TURMERIC are as follows:

Possibly effective for...
Stomach upset (dyspepsia). Some research shows that taking turmeric by mouth might help improve an upset stomach.
Insufficient evidence to rate effectiveness for...
Skin cancer. There is some evidence that applying a turmeric ointment might help to relieve odor and itching caused by skin cancer.
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Curcumin, a chemical in turmeric, might help reduce some symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis.
Jaundice.
Hepatitis.
Diarrhea.
Fibromyalgia.
Liver and gallbladder problems.
Headache.
Menstrual problems.
Pain.
Ringworm.
Bruising.
Eye infections.
Skin problems.
Alzheimer’s disease.
Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate turmeric for these uses.

How does it work?
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The chemicals in turmeric might decrease swelling (inflammation).

Are there safety concerns?

Turmeric is LIKELY SAFE when used in amounts found in food. It is POSSIBLY SAFE when used in medicinal amounts. But it can sometimes cause nausea or diarrhea.

Special precautions & warnings:
Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Taking turmeric by mouth in medicinal amounts is LIKELY UNSAFE in pregnancy. It might promote a menstrual period or stimulate the uterus, putting the pregnancy at risk. Don’t take turmeric if you are pregnant.

There isn’t enough information to rate the safety of turmeric during breast-feeding. It’s best not to use it.

Gallbladder problems. Turmeric can make gallbladder problems worse. Don’t use turmeric if you have gallstones or a bile duct obstruction.

Surgery: Turmeric might slow blood clotting. It might cause extra bleeding during and after surgery. Stop using turmeric at least 2 weeks before a scheduled surgery.

Are there interactions with medications?

Moderate
Be cautious with this combination.

Medications that slow blood clotting (Anticoagulant / Antiplatelet drugs)
Turmeric might slow blood clotting. Taking turmeric along with medications that also slow clotting might increase the chances of bruising and bleeding.

Some medications that slow blood clotting include aspirin, clopidogrel (Plavix), diclofenac (Voltaren, Cataflam, others), ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, others), naproxen (Anaprox, Naprosyn, others), dalteparin (Fragmin), enoxaparin (Lovenox), heparin, warfarin (Coumadin), and others.


Are there interactions with herbs and supplements?

Herbs and supplements that might slow blood clotting
Turmeric might slow blood clotting. Taking turmeric along with herbs that also slow clotting might increase the chances of bruising and bleeding. These herbs include angelica, clove, danshen, garlic, ginger, ginkgo, Panax ginseng, red clover, willow, and others.



Are there interactions with foods?

There are no known interactions with foods.

What dose is used?

The following doses have been studied in scientific research:

BY MOUTH:
For upset stomach (dyspepsia): 500 mg of turmeric four times daily.
Other names

Curcuma, Curcuma aromatica, Curcuma domestica, Curcuma longa, Curcumae Longa, Curcumae Longae Rhizoma, Curcumin, Curcumine, Curcuminoid, Curcuminoïde, Curcuminoïdes, Curcuminoids, Halada, Haldi, Haridra, Indian Saffron, Nisha, Pian Jiang Huang, Racine de Curcuma, Radix Curcumae, Rajani, Rhizoma Cucurmae Longae, Safran Bourbon, Safran de Batallita, Safran des Indes, Turmeric Root, Yu Jin.

Methodology

To learn more about how this article was written, please see the Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database methodology.


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Johnson, Bob - collective knowledge of doing this stuff for over 40 years.  Herbfest.net,MedfaxxInc.com