We’ve all been hit, at one time or the other, in our lives with stomach aches and cramps. Stomach cramps are nasty things, but it is possible to cure them. The term itself “stomach cramp” can be used as a pretty broad statement because it describes any pain that is in the abdominal region. The general idea that most people have when it comes to stomach aches is to just sleep it off or bear it till it’s over, but considering that’s a whole lot easier said than done, I’ve listed several home tried remedies for getting rid of stomach cramps. That way, you don’t have to live with them longer than is necessary.
It’s true that when there is pain in the stomach it usually has something to do with food that your stomach didn’t agree with, but it can also be because of more serious problems with organs like your small intestine, colon, liver, gallbladder, or pancreas. In such cases, it’s best to consult a bonafide doc for his advice. The remedies that I’m providing here are for the more general stomach cramps.
Lie On Your Left Side
When it comes to digestive issues, like the bad food = bad gas syndrome that we all know too well, I’ve found that the best cure is to lie on your left side, breathe slowly, and calm your body. Lying in this position doesn’t put any strain on the stomach and will allow things to settle a bit.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar, something my mother always swore by, is a great healing agent for stomach aches as well. Simply add a couple teaspoons of apple cider vinegar to a glass of warm water and drink it before your meal. Apple Cider has a natural cleansing and antiseptic properties that are perfect for the gentle cleansing of your system. Just be sure that what you are sipping is real apple cider vinegar. There are plenty of look-alikes on the grocery shelves.
Charcoal is the next big thing on my list of tummy healers. It’s great for healing your stomach of toxins that come from food or alcohol poisoning. My unsuspecting kid brother, quite some years ago, ate a gecko egg and he spent the rest of the day being force-feed burnt toast. Thankfully he didn’t get sick. Turns out after he went to the doctor that the burnt toast actually did help as a first step to absorbing and neutralizing toxins in his body. (Note: Keep a careful eye over small children when they’re playing outdoors.)
Drinking flat coke also helps to settle the stomach. Coke works pretty fine with any kid. It’s a fun food for most, so if you are going to use the good ol’ coke method of curing their stomach ache, it doesn’t get too dramatic.
Chamomile tea also does wonders for soothing a stomach ache and calming the nerves too. If your stomach is feeling upset and you’re not able to get comfortable enough to rest, or even to lie down. Then try drinking a cup of Chamomile tea. As a herbal tea, it doesn’t have any caffeine that will keep you up all night, but it will sooth your tummy and your feelings so that you can rest well.
Ginger is another must-use for tummy problems. Ginger aids digestion, helps to ease stomach pains, and even has anti-inflammatory properties. The best way to take ginger is by making a simple tea with it. Grate ginger pieces into boiling water and let it steep for several minutes. Drink this tea while it is warm for a soothing and calming effect. Don’t forget, though, that ginger can be pretty spicy and strong tasting, so if you want your tea to be more mild, then only let the grated ginger steep in the water for a couple minutes, maximum five minutes.
I know many folks who swear by the goodness of aloe vera gel in treating blemishes and making the skin glow, but did you know that this healing plant is also great for curing upset stomachs as well? Especially when it comes to intestinal problems and bad gas, constipation, bloating, diarrhoea, and cramps, drinking Aloe Vera juice brings quick relief.
Consult Your Doc
If your condition seems pretty severe then you could consider asking your doctor about which medications will work best. I’ve heard many success stories from people who use Hyoscine Butylbromide, Gaviscon, and other such meds. Hyoscine Butylbromide is said to be really effective in curing irritable bowel syndrome, IBS, and that it goes right to the site of the pain and instantly relaxes the muscles. Gaviscon is known for its quick soothing and long lasting relief from pain and discomfort that stems from stomach aches. Get your doctors advice for which medicine will work the best for you and go with that.