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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. That's why 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 an expert name for a situation where gastric acid penetrates the stomach by spraying into the esophagus. The lining of the esophagus, unlike the stomach, does not tolerate acid, which is manifested by a burning sensation and, in heavier cases, also by the stomach (stomach).

Gastric ulcers

Apart from reflux, other common problems with the stomach are ulcers. The stomach content is very aggressive, so the stomach wall must be protected against it with a thick layer of slime. When the mucous layer breaks down, 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 gastric ulcer already produced is difficult to heal.

Irritable colon

Irritable bowel syndrome is a term for a malfunction of the large intestine. This disorder manifests itself either as constipation or, on the contrary, as a tendency to diarrhea that can not be explained by any other illness. It does not therefore include diarrhea of bacterial or viral origin or constipation caused, for example, by the side effects of some drugs. It's hard 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 troubles remained a corner where the healing potential of natural medicines was allowed to a limited extent. This is evidenced by the names as "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 (EFSA) said. How is it with the effect of adaptogens in digestive disorders? 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 adaptogene definition 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. (On a 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 digestive system as well. The answer to this question is not clear.

I would like here to hypothesize that ginseng has a dual effect on the intestinal muscles and could theoretically help in both constipation (reduced colon 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 the exacerbation of carbohydrate-induced small intestine.
  • On the other hand, Onomura1999egr ginseng increased intestinal muscle activity (duodenum) and decreased glucose uptake. In addition, according to Suzuki1991 et al. , Ginseng cell culture extract increased motility of the intestine.
  • The Kim2007egt study found effects of ginseng saponins on cells that control intestinal muscular activity.

Regardless 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 .

Https:// Medicinal Plants in China . Manila: WHO, 1997. ISBN 92 9061 102 2 .

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