Ayurveda

Abdominal Gas Pain

Abdominal pain is a symptom of

Irritable Bowel Syndrome

(IBS). According to a survey conducted on 350 people by the

International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders

, about one third of them say that pain is severe. Pain is due to intestinal contractions.

Symptoms:

The following are the symptoms:

  • Passing gas voluntarily or involuntarily.
  • Severe pain in the abdomen and pain can change the location.
  • Abdominal bloating.
  • If one passes gas for more than 10-20times a day.
  • Vomiting.
  • Bleeding.
  • Weight loss.
  • Chest pain.
  • Fever.

Causes:

One of the reason is swallowing air while eating or drinking. One can swallow air even during drinking from straw, eating very fast and, during nervousness.

  • High fibre content in the body.
  • Consuming carbonated beverages such as soda and beer.
  • Heavy dosage of antibiotics.
  • Constipation.
  • Body cannot tolerate the artificial sweeteners such as sorbitol and mannitol found in sugar free foods, candies and, gums.
  • Consuming alcohol, tobacco and smoking.

These gas pains are caused due to gas formation in the intestines. Lower intestinal gas is due to bacteria that are produced due to undigested food.

Diagnosis:

Gas is generally treated with dietary measures, change in life style and also medications. Treatment is not the same for all patients. They are treated with trial and error method and they may find some relief.

  • Foods that develop acidity should be avoided such as onions, broccoli, cauliflowers, apples, peaches , sugar free candies and gums, whole-wheat bread, muffins, carbonated beverages, and asparagus.
  • Avoid fatty and fried foods.
  • Avoid fibre content foods temporarily.
  • Temporarily reduce usage of dairy products.

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