The Eclectic Physician
Natural Health Care
by Beth Burch N.D.
Indigestion, also known as functional dyspepsia is a common complaint.
Typically one has a sense of fullness or bloating, especially following
a meal, but it can also manifest as gaseousness with belching and stomach
pain. The common treatment is antacids or the newer hydrochloric acid inhibitors.
Interestingly, many alternative physicians believe that indigestion is
not the result of too much stomach acid, but rather too little, and prescribe
hydrochloric acid and pancreatic enzyme supplements. Helpful for indigestion
is too eat slowly, chew thoroughly, don't overeat and limit fluids with
meals. Chewable papaya tablets contain the enzyme papain which can be helpful
for indigestion. Of course if you have persistant stomach pain, it may
be due to an ulcer, so see your health care provider.
Other herbs- Ginger and chamomile, Peppermint,
Fennel, Cardamom, Wild Yam
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It is not intended replace a qualified medical practitioner to diagnose or treat medical conditions.