Abdominal pain can have many causes. We list the most common causes and reveal which home remedies are effective against abdominal pain.

Natural help for abdominal pain 

Abdominal pains usually have rather harmless causes, but can have an enormous impact on everyday life. And it is not always so easy to find out the reasons for the complaints in the stomach and intestines: Too greasy food or a food incompatibility can cause stomach aches just as much as PMS or too much stress.

Abdominal pain: Disease or symptom?

Abdominal pain is often just a symptom of another disease. For example, if abdominal cramps are accompanied by other symptoms such as nausea, diarrhea, or vomiting, they are often caused by an illness such as gastroenteritis.

Tips for health: How home remedies for stomach aches work

Fortunately, if you have pain in your stomach, you don't have to take the tablet directly - gentle home remedies for stomach pain can also relieve discomfort. Depending on the cause, different remedies help. In principle, the following home remedies are effective against abdominal pain:

Herbal tea, for example, peppermint, fennel, or chamomile. You should also drink plenty of water.

Warmth, for example with the help of a hot-water bottle or warm compresses.

Ginger, also in the form of tea or powder.

Tanning agents from black tea, if diarrhea occurs in addition to stomach ache. The tea should steep for a long time.

Gentle stomach massages, massaging gently with the fingertips from above around the navel downwards.

Gentle food, so as not to burden the stomach even further. For this purpose, one should rely on easily digestible foods, such as potatoes, cooked carrots, or oatmeal.

In general, you should keep in mind when eating that you should leave out hot spices like chili if you suffer from stomach cramps or stomach pain.

Nutrition: What to do if you have a stomach ache after eating?

If you have a stomach ache after eating, you may simply have eaten a little too much. In addition to general pain, this often results in an unpleasant feeling of fullness. In these cases, a relaxed digestive walk is usually helpful as a home remedy - exercise stimulates the intestinal activity. On the other hand, you should avoid drinking alcohol after a meal, because, contrary to what is often assumed, alcohol is more likely to put a strain on digestion. You should also avoid another particularly spicy or fatty meal on the same day.

What if I suffer from an intolerance? 

Many people suffer from food intolerances. The consumption of such foods causes them repeated stomach aches and cramps. If you are not sure whether you are suffering from intolerance, you should keep a dietary diary for a few weeks and note exactly when you experience pain or other symptoms such as diarrhea. The suspicion, for example of lactose intolerance, can be checked by a doctor. It is usually advised to avoid the foods that cause the symptoms, but some tablets prevent the symptoms. Unfortunately, household remedies do not help in this case. The following products contain lactose:

milk and dairy products (e.g. yogurt and cheese)

Dips and sauces

Ready Meals

Basic treatment of lactose intolerance is not possible.

This home remedy for abdominal pain can help during menstruation

Probably every woman knows the unpleasant abdominal cramps and stomach pain during menstruation. The uterus is to blame for the pain. During menstruation, the uterus convulsively contracts to expel the mucous membrane. Here, warmth is the remedy of choice: a warm hot water bottle on the stomach relaxes and has an antispasmodic effect. This should be done by breathing in and out deeply. Important: To really relax the abdomen, we should not tense up any further, for example by bending down. Instead, lie as straight as possible and raise your head slightly. Apart from warmth, by the way, a quiet walk in the fresh air is also considered a home remedy that can help with periodically occurring stomach aches.

When home remedies no longer help: When do I have to see a doctor?

Household remedies for stomach aches cannot always help. If the abdominal pain remains constant over several days, it is more likely to get worse rather than better, and/or if other symptoms such as persistent nausea occur, a doctor should be consulted for treatment. He can then search for the cause and react accordingly.