Passing gas is a normal activity and is needed to ensure that the accumulation of gas gets vented out from the two extremities of the food passage. Gas pain can be caused by food allergies, swallowing too much air, high fiber foods and IBS. Fortunately, there are many home remedies to relieve gas pain.
Symptoms of Gas Pain
- A full feeling in stomach
- Swelling and tightness in abdomen
- Sharp cramps in abdomen and shifting pain in abdomen
- Sometimes a jabbing pain is experienced in abdomen
As the pain reduces when the gas passes through, the person feels normal enough to start routine activities.
When to see a doctor
If any of the following symptoms show up when you pass the gases, it is time to see a doctor without delay.
- Unexplained weight loss
- Vomiting or nausea
- Chest pain
- Recurrent, prolonged and/or severe in the abdominal area
- Any pain that disturbs your normal activity even if it is for a short time
- Blood in stools
Home Remedies for Gas Pain
1. Common home remedies
There are many common home remedies to ease the pain caused by gas troubles.
- Try leg-to-chest exercise
Lie on the back and fold your legs so that they are up to your stomach and continue the movement of legs away from and towards your stomach at the rate of 6 to 10 movements during a minute. Continue this for 5 minutes at a time.
- Use a heating pad
Use a heating pad for easing stomach pains. It might be necessary to protect your stomach from getting burnt. The heating may be set at the lowest setting acceptable for your skin
- Drink hot teas
Drink soothing tea as a peppermint tea, ginger tea, fennel tea, or chamomile tea. This will relieve the discomfort that you are experiencing. Peppermints are the best in this respect since peppermint contains methanol, an anti-spasmodic medicine and relieves the gases quickly.
- Chew fennel seeds
Chewing flannel seeds also reduces gas formation and reduced the pain as the flannel seeds reduce gases inside the stomach. One teas spoon should be enough at a time.
- Drink apple cider vinegar
Two table spoons of apple cider vinegar mixed up with a cup of water and drank slowly will ease the pain.
- Boil tangerine peels and bay leaves
Tangerine peels boiled in water for 5 minutes and sipped like tea will alleviate pain. The peels can also be eaten raw. This will work as digestive aid.
Bay leaves can also tried the same way as the Tangerine peals.
2. Dietary changes
The best results for easing the gas pain are to change the dietary habits. These help you in generating less gas and hence ease the pain quicker you get permanent relief from the gas pains.
- Cut back on fatty or fried foods
Reducing fried foods reduces gas generation and hence the main reason of gas pains is reduced to a great extent.
- Avoid gas-causing foods
Some foods cause more gasses to be generated than others. Hence ensure that your diet does not include such food at all. Some examples are beans, broccoli, onions, Brussels sprouts, asparagus, cauliflower, peaches, artichokes, pears, sugar-free candies, apples, prunes, chewing gum, bran cereals or muffins, whole-wheat bread, milk, sodas and other carbonated beverages, ice cream, ice milk.
- Reduce dairy products
Eating less dairy product will ensure that your gas generation will be less and ease your pain due to gas. High pH food like buttermilk can be taken in sufficient quantities so that the reaction with bile will generate less gas.
- Temporarily limit high-fiber foods
Food rich in fiber are known to increase gas in stomach. Reducing intake of such high fiber food will reduce gas to a great extent. Along with other life style changes you may be able to increase your high fiber food to its previous levels.
3. Lifestyle and habit changes
- Eat smaller meals
Changing over to frequent but smaller meals reduces the amount of gas in stomach to a great extent.
- Chew thoroughly
Chewing thoroughly increases the contact with food in the mouth and more quantity of the salivary enzymes are secreted during this process. Food gets broken down into starch of small molecules. This helps in reducing the generation of gas in stomach.
- Check your dentures
With the process of breaking down starts with the chewing process, a healthy set of teeth will help you in getting the food digested with least generation of gas. Therefore the gas troubles are least when the set of teeth is healthy.
- Quit smoking
Smoking can cause peptic ulcer and heartburn. Smoking can damage the liver and other portion of digestive system. When peptic ulcer is present the minor gas troubles seem very much magnified.
When you exercise, the bowel movements increase. With passage of time, the increased bowel movements help you in getting the food digested with less gas and also remove the generated gas out of the system quickly. So along with a well-toned body you also get freedom from gas pains completely.
- Calm your mind
A calm mind eases the pains caused by gas. When you are anxious, you tend to swallow lot of air through mouth and this will increase gases in your stomach.
4. OTC medications
Over the counter remedies can also be tried to ease the pain from gases. The remedies are,
- Simethicone. Products such as Mylanta or Gelusil can also be used for this.
- Activated charcoal. Activated charcoal can also be used but it may cause other problems like constipation, vomiting, nausea or diarrhea. When you use activated charcoal, do not be alarmed if your stool turns black. It is not a sign of ulcer in stomach.
- Lactase supplements. Supplementary lactase can help when you are lactose intolerant.
- Beano. Beano when added to vegetable helps in reducing gas generation in stomach. Eat Beano with your first bite. It is ineffective later.