Carminative is an agent that helps to relieve and prevent flatulence. Flatulence can be simply defined as the gas formed in a person’s digestive tract. In infants, a carminative is more often used to treat colic You do not have access to view this node. It is believed that certain foods cause flatulence and symptoms similar to indigestion and it is recommended that if a person suffers from this condition, they should consume carminative foods/herbs to help prevent and suppress further damage to the digestive tract. The word Carminative has originated from the French word ‘carminare’ meaning ‘to cleanse’.
A carminative food is used to treat flatulence, griping or colic conditions occurring in the digestive tract. There are 2 ways in which a carminative works inside the body. It first tries to suppress further formation of gas in the system thereby giving some instant relief. The second characteristic of Carminative is that of an expectorant which means it induces expulsion of gas from the intestines which will help remove all the flatulence causing gas from the body.
Carminative also helps in improving digestion and relieves stomach cramps and muscle cramps. Apart from this, some carminative herbs increase bile secretion thereby easing assimilation of fats present in food. The most common and useful carminative herbs are Peppermint, Anise, Cardamom, Fennel, Fenugreek, Ginger, Coriander, Cumin and Orange peel. Carminatives are also available as medicinal preparations and can be bought easily over the counter at medical shops.
The most common way of consuming these carminative herbs is by including them in food recipes. They not only enhance the overall flavors in the recipe but also contribute in their own big way to combat flatulence and bloating. These herbs are also available in many green tea recipes and as many rightly agree, Green tea is probably the most enriching drink that one can have to nourish the body with antioxidants and carminatives.
All the above techniques are effective only if the flatulence symptoms are well within manageable levels. If one feels that their symptoms are chronic and not subsiding with home remedies, they should not delay in consulting a doctor immediately.