- September 19, 2017

Antiulcers – Herbs for Ulcers

Peptic ulcers affect the upper gastrointestinal tract. They include gastric and duodenal ulcers found in the stomach and small intestine respectively. Ulcers typically cause burning pain roughly in the centre of the chest that can be associated with nausea and stabbing Read More

- August 30, 2017

Carminatives – Herbs to relieve cramping, bloating and gas

Carminatives are herbs that help promote digestion and relieve bloating and flatulence. The word carminative comes from the Latin meaning to “comb out”.  The ancient Greeks stated carminatives “help to relax the gross humours from whence the wind arises, combing Read More

- August 13, 2017

Antidiarrheals – Herbs for Diarrhea

Diarrhea produces frequent watery stools, often accompanied by cramping pains, urgency, and in serious cases,  blood in the stool.  Infectious diarrhea is the most prevalent cause of diarrhea worldwide but food sensitivities, inflammation, and medications are also common causes.  Oral rehydration Read More

- August 2, 2017

Astringent herbs – The use of tannins in medicine

Astringent herbs have long been used treat damaged and inflamed tissues.  The term astringent is derived from latin word “adstringere” which means to “to bind together”.  Compounds called tannins are responsible for the astringent effect.  Tannins bind to proteins forming cross-linking that tightens Read More

- July 27, 2017

Natural Remedies for IBS – The top researched natural supplements for IBS

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a cluster of symptoms that may include abdominal pain, bloating, diarrhea, and constipation. There are several causes of IBS ranging from food sensitivities, different types of infections (e.g. SIBO) and stress. Determining the cause of Read More

Causes of IBS
- July 19, 2017

Causes of IBS – What factors contribute to IBS?

The precise cause of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is unknown. Being diagnosed with IBS can be misleading for people because IBS is not a disease per say but rather a group of symptoms that can be caused by multiple factors. One Read More

digestifs-aperitifs
- July 14, 2017

Bitter Herbs – The benefits of digestive bitters in food, drink, and medicine

Bars and restaurants resemble an apothecary with their shelves lined with herb infused liquors. Most people are unaware of the medicinal properties these herbal extracts possess. And few people will venture to taste them because of their “offensive” bitter taste.  Yet, Read More

- July 10, 2017

SIBO – An Overlooked Cause of IBS and Indigestion

Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) is a syndrome characterized by the atypical growth of bacteria in the small intestine.1 Bacteria in the small intestine, in the presence of certain dietary carbohydrates from common food sources, ferment these sugars into gas. Read More

- July 8, 2017

Natural Laxatives – Bulk, Osmotic and Stimulating laxatives

Natural laxatives are substances that help promote a bowel movement. They are typically derived from plants or mineral sources. Four main classes of natural laxatives (bulk, osmotic and stimulating laxatives plus bowel lubricants) exists. Each class works by different mechanisms Read More

Kiwi Fruit - Top foods for constipation
- July 7, 2017

Foods for Constipation – Effective foods for sluggish bowels

Most people suffer from constipation periodically.  Sluggish bowels produce chronic bloating and gas and cause significant discomfort.  People should consume 30-50g of fiber/day but few achieve this. Although there are a number of natural laxatives that people can take to Read More