5 Surprising Home Remedies For Abdominal Pain
One common health problem that affects people of all ages is abdominal pain. The pain can be caused by many conditions. However, the main causes include an infection, abnormal growth, inflammation, obstruction (blockage) and intestinal disorders.
The abdomen is divided into four quadrants: right upper quadrant, left upper quadrant, right lower quadrant and left lower quadrant. It is very important to know the exact location of the pain. This helps narrow down possible causes.
In fact, there can be different causes of abdominal pain in different areas. For instance, pain in the upper abdomen may relate to the liver, right kidney, portions of the colon, spleen, pancreas or stomach.Upper left abdominal pain can be due to an enlarged spleen, fecal impaction (hardened stool that can’t be eliminated), injury, kidney infection, heart attack or cancer. On the other hand, upper right abdominal pain can be due to hepatitis, injury, pneumonia or appendicitis.
Upper abdominal pain can be dull, intermittent or sharp, depending upon the cause. If the pain is intense and chronic, immediate medical attention is needed.
Here are the top 10 ways to treat upper abdominal pain.
1. Water Intake:
Increasing your fluid intake when suffering from upper abdominal pain due to pneumonia or a kidney infection can help a lot. It will help flush toxins out of your body, keeping it clean and healthy.
Also, proper water intake is important for healthy digestion.
Drink an ample amount of water daily to keep your body hydrated.
Also, you can drink lemon water, tender coconut water, and fresh fruit or vegetable juice to help keep you hydrated.
2. Hot Compress:
A hot compress is another quick and effective remedy for upper abdominal pain. The warmth of the compress will help relax the muscles of your abdomen, thus reducing the pain.
A hot compress is also effective at reducing inflammation.
Prepare a hot water bottle or warm up a heating pad on a low setting. Wrap it in a small towel and place on the painful area for 5 to 10 minutes. Repeat as needed.
Enjoying a warm bath or shower for 15 to 20 minutes twice a day will also help relieve stomach pain.
3. Apple Cider Vinegar:
Apple cider vinegar also helps treat upper abdominal pain. It improves digestion and maintains proper pH levels in the body, which is important for proper functioning of different organs.
Plus, it fights any kind of infection and inflammation.
Mix 1 tablespoon of raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar in 1 cup of warm water.
Stir in 1 teaspoon of honey.
Drink this solution two times a day until the stomach pain is gone.
4. Castor Oil.
Castor oil is an effective home remedy for upper abdominal pain if the cause is appendicitis. A castor oil pack can help relieve the blockage and reduce inflammation.
It also improves digestion and helps the intestines move normally, which in turn relieves issues in the appendix.
Fold a large flannel cloth into layers.
Pour 2 tablespoons of castor oil on it and wrap it in plastic.
Lie down on an old towel and put the pack on your abdomen.
Apply heat for 30 to 60 minutes by placing a hot water bottle on top of the plastic.
Remove the pack, then rinse off any oil with lukewarm water.
Use this remedy 3 times a week for 2 to 3 months.
Another great home remedy for upper abdominal pain is ginger. Being anti-inflammatory in nature, ginger helps reduce inflammation in the stomach and alleviate a stomachache.
Sip on warm ginger tea to reduce pain. To make ginger tea, peel and slice a ½ inch-long piece of ginger root. Put the slices in 1 cup of hot water. Cover it and let it steep for 10 minutes. Strain, add honey if you want, and drink it while it is still warm. You can then chew the ginger slices as well.
You can also drink ginger ale to get relief from a stomachache.
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