Nausea - Treatment with Herbs

That dreaded feeling that includes dizziness, weakness, chills, sweating, shortness of breath and abdominal pain is nausea. Coming in waves, this overall uncomfortable feeling is your bodies way of signaling that something isn't right. Bacteria from spoiled foods, flu, too much alcohol, overindulging of rich foods, strong unpleasant odors, stress, chemotherapy and anxiety are a few causes of nausea. When this occurs the brain signals the stomach. Your stomach muscles relax and the normal process which sends food through the small intestines is reversed. Contractions of the stomach then send the materials back up through the esophagus.

No matter how unpleasant nausea might be, it is usually your body's way of ridding itself of toxic materials. In some cases such as pregnancy, high levels of beneficial hormones release in the body will cause nausea better known as morning sickness.

To calm a queasy stomach, herbal teas made with ginger, peppermint or goldenseal work well and replace the need fluids after vomiting. Ginger soothes irritated membranes and helps with digestion. Peppermint will ease spasms in the digestive tract. Goldenseal increases digestive secretions. For best results use one teaspoon of the herb in a cup of water and steep 10 minutes. One teaspoon of ground cumin and 14 teaspoon nutmeg steeped in a cup of hot water will also relieve nausea. The best treatment for morning sickness is knotgrass tea which will help control nausea and strengthen the womb.

Tips to Treat Nausea

- Avoid high fat food
- Drink clear and cool beverages
- Once you can keep liquids down for at least a few hours, try small amounts of food many times during the day.
- Eat white bland foods such as crackers, toast, potatoes, rice, bread, noodles, cereal and fruit.
- Eat cold foods.
- Stay out of kitchen when food is prepared
- Ask MD about medication to reduce nausea
- Avoid skipping meals, a little food in your stomach will make you feel better.
- Drink ginger tea. 2 cups water, boil water with a 1/4 inch of ginger root. Let set for 10 minutes, remove ginger root and add honey or sugar to taste.
- Drink Ginger Ale
- Sniff lemon wedges.

Updated July 2003