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What is it?
Excessive gas in the digestive tract is known as flatulence. The gas is sometimes air swallowed with hastily gulped food, so eating more slowly can reduce it. Or it can result from taking fizzy drinks. A more complex cause is a failure of the digestive system to break down certain foods, leaving a residue that ferments in the bowel. Beans are among the best known of these foods. Others include brussels sprouts, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, cucumbers, green peppers and lettuce. Sufferers should find out which foods are causing wind and avoiding them altogether. A bloated feeling in the abdomen, frequent bleching or breaking wind and constipation are the usual symptons. If wind persists with pain, seek medical advice.
Bloated feeling in the abdomen, frequent bleching, breaking wind, constipation.
Conventional Practice:
Doctors agree that a simple diet, cutting down on sugar, fat and coffee, and eating slowly, should prevent wind. Massage and compresses will ease discomfort but charcoal tablets, are the preferred conventional remedy for quick relief.
Alternative Treatments:
  Herbal Medicine
  The medicinal use of herbs is said to be as old as mankind itself. Tribes still use their traditional knowledge of plant and their healing properties passed on from generation to generation. The armies of slave workers who laboured to build the Egyptian pyramids took a daily ration of garlic to ward off the pestilential fevers and infections that were rife at the time. More Info
  Naturopathy has concentrated on helping the body to cure itself. It aims to do this by means of various therapies, chiropractic, diets and dieting, exercise, hydrotherapy, massage, osteopathy, relaxation and breathing, and yoga. It also encourages people to think positively in terms of good health. More Info
  Homoeopathy aims to treat the whole person. Illness is seen as a sign of disharmony or inner imbalance. More Info
  Treating illness with highly concentrated oils extracted from plants is known as aromatherapy. These highly scented extracts-called essences or essential oils-contain the substances that give plants their smell. Aromatherapists believe that many also have medicinal properties. More Info

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