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30 Digestive Herbs

Regulate digestion with these stomach-soothing digestive herbs.

Warming cinnamon bark is a mild but useful remedy for sluggish digestion. The German Commission E recommends it for loss of appetite, dyspeptic complaints, bloating and flatulence.
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Herbal medicine helps keep digestion perking along. In one study, 24 patients received a mixture containing dandelion root, St. John's wort, lemon balm, calendula and fennel. Ninety-five percent had relief of colitis symptoms in 15 days.
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Carminative herbs, like cardamom, warm up the digestive tract, speed up and increase the thoroughness of digestion, and reduce gas.
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Flax is a natural bulk fiber laxative.
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Peppermint is a well-known herb for easing tummy troubles. Enteric-coated peppermint oil capsules work well to prevent dyspepsia.
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Psyllium seed helps balance bowel function.
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Fiber sources, like oats, help with regularity.
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Cumin is known to help ease gas.
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Achieve bowel health and ease digestive discomforts with Western and Ayurvedic herbs.
Artichoke (Cynara scolymus) is a bitter digestive herb that helps reduce gas, bloating and indigestion.
Cayenne pepper can ease pain.
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Licorice can help protect the gut linings.
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Flaxseed (Linum usitatissimum) is a natural bulk laxative that provides soluble fiber.
Marshmallow (Althaea officinalis) is a mucilaginous herb that soothes the gut wall and helps keep the stool moist.
Licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra) is a soothing herb that protects against stomach acid and other digestive juices.
Senna (Senna alexandrina) is a stimulant laxative that should only be used short-term for brief episodes of acute constipation.
Cayenne (Capsicum annuum) depletes nerve endings of substance P, the pain receptor neurotransmitter.
Turmeric (Curcuma longa) helps keep digestive inflammation under control—one of its active ingredients, curcumin, has anti-inflammatory properties.
Cinnamon (Cinnamomum verum) is a mild but useful remedy for sluggish digestion. It also helps relieve bloating and flatulence.
Peppermint (Mentha ¥piperita) is an effective remedy for dyspepsia and other stomach troubles.
Caraway (Carum carvi) is a carminative herb, helping to warm up the digestive tract and reduce gas.
Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale), like artichoke, is a bitter herb that helps relieve indigestion.
Ginger (Zingiber officinale) is a time-tested digestive remedy for stomach upset.

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