Abdominal Pain: Treatments & Home Remedies

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Abdominal pain is usually caused by digestive issues and resolve quickly with basic home remedies like celery seeds, asafetida, honey and bay leaf mixture, ginger juice, essential oils, heating tab, orange juice, bishop’s weed, among others. The medical treatments for this condition are categorized on the basis of severity like needing immediate attention, visiting a doctor, or requiring first aid.

Abdominal pain is pain or discomfort felt in the region below the ribs and just above the pelvis. It comes from the organs in the abdomen like the stomach, liver, kidneys, gallbladder, pancreas, and intestines. The pain is usually caused by inflammation, a distended organ, or by a loss of the blood supply to an organ. Abdominal pain is also called stomach pains, bellyaches, or abdominal cramps. If it is only mildly painful, it may be treated with basic home remedies. In case of severe pain, you might need to consult a doctor for diagnosis of a more serious problem.

Home Remedies for Abdominal Pain

Home remedies for abdominal pain have become popular over time and are useful in getting rid of this uncomfortable situation. Let us look at some of the most popular remedies below.

Asafetida

Make a paste with the help of hing powder (asafetida) and water. Then, apply it to your belly button and lay down to rest for a few minutes. This will allow the release of gas from the body and will relieve you of any abdominal pain.

Celery Seeds

Another home remedy for abdominal pain is to chew half a teaspoon of celery seeds, along with salt. After that, you should drink a glass of warm water.

Honey and Bay Leaf Mixture

A mixture of honey, bay leaf powder, and long piper may also be consumed to get rid of the abdominal pain.

Ginger Juice

Another great home remedy for abdominal pain is to apply ginger juice around the belly button. According to American Chronicle, ginger helps in relief from stomach pain which results from dyspepsia, colic, spasm, flatulence, and other painful infections in the stomach.

Essential Oils

Applying a mixture of clove oil (2 drops), peppermint oil (3 drops), and vegetable oil (1 teaspoon) around the affected area is also beneficial in cases of abdominal pain. Another home-based treatment is the application of angelica oil (2 drops), almond oil (1 teaspoon) and peppermint oil (3 drops) in the form of a mixture around the affected area. Yet another option is to prepare a mixture of 2 drops coriander oil, 3 drops eucalyptus oil, 1 drop fennel oil, and 1 teaspoon almond oil and apply it at regular intervals over the belly button. Also, you may use a mixture of 3 drops coriander oil, 2 drops marjoram and 1 teaspoon of vegetable oil to get rid of the abdominal pain. You have to apply this mixture to the affected area.

Heating Tab

It is also a good idea to apply a heating tab over the affected area to reduce abdominal pain. Also, you may use a clean cloth dipped in warm water to achieve the same result.

Avocado Leaves and Seeds

Avocado leaves and seeds are also great parts of home remedies for abdominal pain and other related problems.

Fresh Orange Juice

Fresh orange juice, followed by a liquid diet, is also helpful in getting rid of the abdominal pain.

Bishop’s Weed

Bishop’s weed in the quantity of half a teaspoon, along with rock salt, is also a recommended home remedy for abdominal pain.

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Medical Treatments

Sometimes, it so happens that the abdominal pain cannot be treated by means of home remedies, therefore making it essential to consult a doctor for the purpose. Here, for the sake of simplicity, the medical treatment for abdominal pain can be divided into three parts on the basis of severity:

Require Immediate Attention

If the patient is vomiting blood and has extreme difficulty breathing, then you need to make an emergency call and get the person treated. There can also be signs of appendicitis, these include pain and tenderness in the lower abdomen with fever and vomiting.

Require a Doctor

If the patient is suffering from severe abdominal pain that is lasting more than two days; has nausea, fever, etc., then you need to call a doctor and fix an appointment. Other symptoms can be a stool with blood in it, pain while urinating, blood in the urine, vomiting, difficulty breathing, etc. You should also see a doctor if you’re experiencing heartburn.

Require First Aid

You can take an over the counter antacid for heartburn caused by GERD. A mild stool softener can be taken in case of constipation. Some abdominal pain medicines to remember are Anacin, Liquiprin, Panadol, and Tylenol.

Ways to Prevent

There are a few precautions that you can take in order to prevent abdominal pain. They are:

  • Constipation: Develop healthy bowel habits to avoid localized pain in the lower right abdomen, as well as rebound tenderness.
  • Eating habits: Eat slowly and avoid over-eating.
  • Swallowing air: Avoid carbonated drinks and chewing gum. This will prevent the swallowing of air that results in the generation of gas, thereby causing abdominal pain.

To sum up, keeping a healthy diet, sleeping well, exercising, etc. will all help prevent abdominal pains from happening.

About the Author

Kiran Patil is the founder of Organic Facts. He has a keen interest in health, nutrition, and organic living. He completed his B.Tech and M. Tech (Chemical Engineering) from IIT Bombay and has been actively writing about health and nutrition since over past 12 years. When not working he likes to trek and do gardening.

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