Digesting, Absorbing, Eliminating
Our digestion - the mechanism by which we absorb nutrients and eliminate waste products, is fundamental to our health. The role of the digestive system is central in most traditional medicine systems, and science is increasingly confirming its role in seemingly unrelated diseases.
We are becoming increasingly aware that not all people have the capacity to digest all foods - there is more focus on this on the health topic page 'food'
The folklore and oral history of digestive herbs are uniquely preserved and cataloged in the recipes and culinary traditions of every culture. So many of them, you will already know as allies, perhaps without particularly thinking of them as medicine
Herbs and home remedies can contribute hugely to a healthy digestive system but have a care as digestive symptoms are notoriously difficult to diagnose, and even mild ones are sometimes caused by serious pathology. It is important to have a diagnosis, or at least some clarity that certain conditions have been ruled out.
I have tried to organise the resources below in a logical way, but many of the categories overlap. I hope you find what you are looking for, but if you are experiencing symptoms that are new, or you are not clear about, please make an appointment to seek skilled help.
|1. Herbs and Digestion|
|3. Herbal laxatives|
|3.Irritable bowel syndrome, hyper acidity etc|
|4.Inflammatory bowel idsease|
1. Herbs and Digestion
3. Herbal laxatives
Henrietta Kress was the first person to use the internet as a herbal medicine information resource, back in the nineties, and her website reflects the depth of her knowledge and experience.
This article is about herbal laxatives, or more specifically natural solutions for constipation. There are some useful recipes and some sensible advice about the need for caution in the use of irritant laxa...
I use this website quite often for information about Traditional Chinese Medicine, and Ayuvedic practice, and often use Subhuti Dharmananda,’s articles as a teaching resource. This mediumly technical article is well referenced, and comes under the umbrella of ‘Safety issues effecting herbs’. Is called How long can irritant laxatives be used . It explores briefly the issue of laxative abus...
3.Irritable bowel syndrome, hyper acidity etc
This article, written for the alternative medicine review in 2011 examines the nature of IBS ( i.e incidence and notorious difficulty of diagnosis), and reviews the safety and side effect issues, and evidence base for both pharmaceutical and ‘alternative’ treatments. As well as herbal medicine it examines the effectiveness of hypnosis, CBT, cognitive-behavioural therapy, probiotics, mind-b...
This systemic review of 23 human studies individual herbs and compound traditional preparations in relation to IBS.
This research article concludes that the only single herbal medicine, deemed to have an evidence base within the context of the review criteria was peppermint oil, although Curcuma longa had good results, while another species of turmeric was ineffective; Cyanarus scolymus sho...
4.Inflammatory bowel idsease