Nervous stomach affects millions of people. It is a condition that can cause you to have diarrhoea that can alternate with constipation, nausea and stomach cramping due to sudden changes of stress levels in the body. The common name associated with nervous stomach is irritable bowel syndrome. This condition is most commonly associated with stress and emotional changes that have a physical affect on the body, primarily the bowels.
Medications That Treat IBS
There are several medications that can be prescribed for IBS, or nervous stomach. One medication is Levsin, which is an antispasmodic. Donnatol and Bentyl are also antispasmodics that help with the spasming your colon can do during an IBS episode. Imodium or Lomotil can help stop the diarrhoea episodes.
For constipation issues with IBS, adding fibre to your diet may help, or using a light laxative. Common laxatives are Milk of Magnesia or ExLax. These medications can help get the intestines moving properly again, while drinking plenty of water is also beneficial with constipation issues.
There are some natural treatments for IBS, or nervous stomach disorder. Peppermint, fennel, ginger, chamomile, caraway, anise and oregano are all herbs known to aid in the treatment of IBS. Peppermint is a very old herb used for thousands of years. It is known to reduce nausea, cramping and gas. It is also known to help with the muscle function of the stomach to help with diarrhoea and cramping. Oregano acts as an antispasmodic which aids in stomach cramping. Ginger has long been recognised as a spice that helps with nausea and cramps as well as it can improve the intestinal muscles.
Many times, treating the mind can help with such conditions as irritable bowel syndrome, or nervous stomach. Counselling has shown to have good results on irritable bowel syndrome. There are relaxation techniques that can help you stay calm and relaxed in stressful situations.
There are also biofeedback treatments that can teach you how to remain calm, as well as they may help you understand, and get to the bottom of what makes you nervous and uptight. There are also relaxation exercises you can do when you feel yourself getting upset. Deep breathing techniques are recommended to slow your breathing and to calm yourself. Having a relaxing place for you to go in your mind and picturing it every time you feel yourself getting upset can help you to stay calm.