Gas and Bloating (Flatulence)
By Steven Horne, RH (AHG) & Kimberly Balas, ND
See also Belching, Hiatal Hernia and Ileocecal Valve
Intestinal gas is created by the action of friendly flora on
foods we eat. Some amount of gas production is normal.
Excessive gas is usually due to imbalances in the friendly
flora or problems with digesting certain foods. Digestive
enzymes can help reduce intestinal gas. Taking fiber or
probiotics sometimes temporarily increases intestinal gas by
altering intestinal microbes.
Bloating is an abnormal feeling of fullness in the gastrointestinal tract caused by excessive gas that builds up pressure
in the abdomen. Bloating puts pressure on the stomach and
contributes to the development of a hiatal hernia. It may
even cause stress on the heart. Where bloating is frequent,
the ileocecal valve is probably swollen and inflamed and
needs to be closed.
Herbs used to relieve gas and bloating are called carminatives. These herbs relieve intestinal gas by increasing blood
flow to the abdominal cavity. Most of the gas produced in
the intestines is actually absorbed into the bloodstream and
excreted through the lungs. Carminative herbs aid this process. They also aid digestion to slow gas production.
Where bloating is severe and accompanied by foul belching, there is petrification taking place in the digestive tract.
Activated charcoal can be very helpful for relieving this condition. Chinese Anti-Gas is also helpful.
Here is a complete list of therapies and remedies that may
be helpful for gas and bloating.
Below is a list of suggested products. Those in bold are key products for the health issue explained on this page.
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Therapies: Aromatherapy, Cleansing Programs, Gut Healing
Diet and Hiatal Hernia Correction
Herbs: Blessed Thistle, Catnip, Chamomile, Garlic, Ginger,
Kava Kava and Safflowers
Herbal Formulas: Anti-Gas (Chinese), Anti-Gas Formula, Catnip &
Fennel, CLT-X, Fenugreek & Thyme, Intestinal Soothe
& Build, JP-X, Liquid Cleanse, Papaya Mint and Red
Herbal Extracts: CurcuminBP
Nutrients: Activated Charcoal and Probiotics
Nutraceuticals: Bowel Detox, Food Enzymes, Lactase Plus,
PDA Combination and Proactazyme
Essential Oils: Bergamot, Clove Bud, Lemon, Myrrh, Neroli,
Peppermint, Red Mandarin, Roman Chamomile,
Rosemary, Thyme and Ylang Ylang