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Different kinds of digestive problems

A single page is too little to me to cover all the problems of the digestive system. However, the questions that I get some digestive problems are repeated more often than others. That's why I decided to dedicate this article to selected frequent problems of the digestive system from the stomach to the large intestine.

Heartburn and gastroesophageal reflux

Gastro-oesophageal reflux, heartburn which causes, is the scientific name for a situation when stomach acid enters the stomach into the esophagus sphincter. Oesophageal mucosa unlike gastric acid hates, which results in a burning sensation and, in extreme cases, damage (digestion) of the esophagus.

Gastric ulcers

Besides reflux are another common problem of stomach ulcers. Stomach contents is very aggressive, so the gastric wall must be protected from him with a thick layer of slime. When a violation occurs slime layer, the natural result is autodigestion stomach wall and gastric ulcer. The stomach is simply a chemical reactor filled with caustic and responds to the health problems we have. For the same reason already formed ulcer difficult to heal.

irritable bowel syndrome

Irritable bowel syndrome concept for malfunction of the colon. This disorder manifests as either constipation or, conversely, as a tendency to diarrhea which can not be explained by another disease. They therefore exclude diarrhea, bacterial or viral origin or jam caused by eg. The side effects of certain medications. It's hard to say whether it is worse disorder tendency to diarrhea or constipation, is both annoying and dangerous.

The effects of natural drugs on the digestive system

Although the 20th century generally looked out natural treatment, indigestion remained a sort of corner, where the therapeutic potential of natural medicines limited admitted. Evidenced by names such as "stomach drops", "stomach liquor" etc. After the long plum jam against the only natural resource the effect of which even admitted protibylinné Ministry of Truth EU (I mean European Food Safety Authority, EFSA). But what about the effect of adaptogens with indigestion? We can say that although indigestion typical indications are not adaptogens, ginseng and perhaps some other adaptogens certain effects on the digestive system have.

The second point to the classic definition of adaptogen says adaptogen has a normalizing effect on physiology, irrespective of in which direction the deviation from the normal work. Such is the effect of ginseng for stress axis , immune system and cardiovascular system. (At the molecular level to explain the fact that different panaxosidy ginseng have opposing effects on these systems .) The question is whether the normalizing effect of ginseng also be seen in the digestive system. The answer to this question is not clear.

I would like as a mere hypothesis raised the possibility that ginseng has the dual effect of intestinal muscles and theoretically could thus helping to alleviate constipation (decreased activity of the colon), and disorders caused by increased peristalsis. This hypothesis is not confirmed, but in the literature for the dual effect of ginseng on the intestinal muscle to find support:

  • According Hashimoto2003cpg ginseng reduced the excessive activity of the small intestine induced by carbachol.
  • On the other hand, according Onomura1999egr ginseng increased activity of intestinal muscle (duodenum) and decreased absorption of glucose. Further according Suzuki1991etc , extract of ginseng cell cultures increased motility of mouse intestine.
  • Study Kim2007egt found to a mixture of ginseng saponins to cells that control the activity of intestinal muscle.

Irrespective of the effect of ginseng on intestinal muscle at polysaccharides ginseng leaves and roots in a mouse model to investigate the effect of gastric ulcers ( Sun1992paa ). Furthermore, with the well known anti-inflammatory effect of ginseng also applies to inflammation of the colon , as for P. quinquefolius shows Jin2010ags . Medicinal Plants in China. Manila: WHO, 1997. ISBN 92 9061 102 2 From .


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