Different types of digestive disorders
The only page is too little to cover all the digestive system problems. However, in the questions I get, some digestive problems are repeated more often than others. Therefore, I decided to devote this article to the frequent problems of the digestive system from the stomach to the large intestine.
Heartburn and gastro-oesophageal reflux
Gastro-oesophageal reflux, which causes heartburn, is a professional name for a situation where gastric acid penetrates from the stomach into the esophagus. The mucous membrane of the esophagus, unlike the stomach, does not tolerate the acid, which is manifested by a burning sensation and, in heavier cases, also by the stomach (digestion) of the esophagus.
Apart from reflux, other common problems with stomach are ulcers. The stomach content is very aggressive, so the stomach wall has to be protected against it with a thick layer of slime. When the mucus layer is broken, the natural result is self-destruction of the stomach wall and stomach ulcer. The stomach is simply a chemical reactor full of corrosion and responsive to the health problems we have. For the same reason, the already produced gastric ulcer is hardly healing.
Irritable bowel syndrome is a term for a colon disorder. This disorder manifests itself either as constipation or as a tendency to diarrhea that can not be explained by another illness. This does not include diarrhea of bacterial or viral origin or constipation due to, for example, the side effects of certain drugs. It is difficult to tell if the worse disorder is prone to diarrhea or constipation, both are unpleasant and dangerous.
Effects of Natural Medicines on the Digestive System
Although the 20th Century generally looked at natural treatments, digestive problems remained a corner where the healing potential of natural medicines was allowed to a limited extent. This is also evidenced by names like "stomach drops", "stomach liqueur", etc. After long plums against constipation were the only natural remedy that the anti- ministry Ministry of the truth of the EU allowed (EFSA). But what about the effects of digestive problems on adaptogens? It can be said that although gastrointestinal problems for typical indications of adaptogens are not, ginseng right and probably some other adaptogens have certain effects on the digestive system.
Effects of ginseng on the digestive system
The second point of the classical definition of adaptogen says that the adaptogen has a normalizing effect on physiology, regardless of the direction in which the deviation from normal occurs. Such an effect has ginseng on the stress axis , the immune system and the cardiovascular system. (At the molecular level this is explained by the fact that different ginseng panaxosides have opposite effects on these systems .) It is a question whether the normalizing effect of ginseng is manifested in the gastrointestinal system. The answer to this question is not clear.
I would like here as a hypothesis to suggest that ginseng has a double effect on the intestinal muscles and could theoretically help both in constipation (reduced colonic activity) and in disorders caused by increased peristalsis. This hypothesis is not confirmed, but in literature it is possible to find support for the double effect of ginseng on the intestinal muscles:
- According to Hashimoto2003cpg ginseng, it reduced excess carbohydrate-induced small intestine activity.
- On the other hand, Onomura1999egr ginseng increased the activity of intestinal muscle (duodenum) and decreased glucose absorption. Further, according to Suzuki1991 et al. , The extract from the ginseng cell culture increased the motility of the mouse intestine.
- The Kim2007egt study found effects of ginseng saponins on cells that control intestinal muscular activity.
Irrespective of ginseng's effect on intestinal muscles, ginseng leaf polysaccharides and roots in the mouse model revealed an effect against gastric ulcer ( Sun1992paa ). Furthermore, the well-known anti-inflammatory effect of ginseng also relates to inflammation of the large intestine , as evidenced by Jin2010ags for P. quinquefolius .