What do you take for a stomach ache? Old remedy or new?

United States
August 21, 2009 10:32pm CST
Everyone gets stomach aches or indigestion from time to time. I had one the other night and tried an old remedy from my childhood...a teaspoon of baking soda in a glass of warm water, and it still works (not to be taken by those who must restrict their salt intake though.) Other times, I take something purchased over the counter. Though it doesn't happen often, I hate stomach aches! What do you take when you get a stomach ache? Old remedies or new? Karen
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@mariposaman (2967)
• Canada
22 Aug 09
Yes it's true baking soda will neutralize stomach acid if you have heartburn. It is sodium bicarbonate and the like any carbonate will react with acid to form carbon dioxide. Carbon dioxide is what makes you burp but there is a lot of sodium in the product, however this product is used in baking so it's okay unless you overuse or have to restrict your sodium intake. I used Rolaids because it contains both calcium carbonate and magnesium carbonate both of which can be used by my body in the correct proportion. Too much calcium will be constipating and too much magnesium will have a laxative effect so by combining the two they will be in balance. I am sure some of the herbal remedies will be quite effective however I have never used them.
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• United States
23 Aug 09
Hi Mari...yes, baking soda should be avoided, as I said, by those on a salt-restricted diet, but for the rest of us, it works well if it is all we have on hand. I find that Rolaids tend to leave an odd after taste in my mouth, but sometimes, I take Tums if I have those. Thank you so much for your insights Karen
@kitty42 (3912)
• United States
22 Aug 09
depends on the stomach ache, cramps I will take a pain pill, I had a stomach ache a while back, I am not going to go into it, just the thought of having it again scares me, I could not take anything for it, my stomach was burning like it was on fire all I could do was drink water to put out that fire, it cooled it down but did not take it away, o.k enough about that ughh, how was your day?
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• United States
22 Aug 09
Hi Kitty...my day is going well. I hope that yours is, too. The worst stomach ache I ever had finally sent me to the emergency room. I had to stay in the hospital and have my gall bladder removed the next day. Some of the stones had move and become trapped in my liver ducts. Ow ow ow!! I have read that water is good for heartburn, so maybe you did exactly the right thing :) Karen
@kitty42 (3912)
• United States
23 Aug 09
Oh wow , When I get that pain I don't know what to do with myself, just talking about it scares me, how long ago did this happen? not recently I hope, so scary, I had that pain like 3 times, first time I thought I was dieing never felt anything like that before, one doctor told me it could be related to my high blood pressure, has not happen in a long time thank god, still scary just thinking about it.
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• United States
23 Aug 09
That was about 10 years ago, and there are other symptoms that go with it. As for the blood pressure, there is a large main artery that runs down through the stomach that definitely can cause you pain. My dr. worked with me for years to finally find a way to keep my BP controlled. It would go off the charts for no apparent reason, and make my chest clench tight (though I have no heart disease) and my ears would ring, and the sides of my neck throb, and my head. Yikes!! Do you monitor your BP at home? I hope it's now controlled sweetie. Now, take good care of your health, Kitty! Karen
@dpk262006 (56115)
• Delhi, India
24 Aug 09
Hi Karen! I take a few basil leaves and a spice called 'AIJWAIN', Ajwain is a Hindi word, its botanical name is Trachyspermum copticum, and it is also known as Ajowan caraway, carom seeds or mistakenly as bishop's weed. It give me relief from stomach ache.
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• United States
26 Aug 09
Hi D...I am not familiar with all of these, but I do know of carom seeds and basil. My daughter has a mint bush, and one can also pluck a leaf from that and chew it or make tea for tummy aches. Thank you for sharing your remedies! Natural is the best way to go, almost always. Karen
@dpk262006 (56115)
• Delhi, India
27 Aug 09
Hi Karen! It is good to know that I could add to your knowledge of natural remedies.
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• United States
6 Sep 09
Yes, it is good to know that some natural remedies are usually as close as our garden or the kitchen pantry!
• India
4 Sep 09
Hello my friend PeacefulWmn9 Ji, Well, to tell you, we both do not remember, when we did get stoch aching. It is all connected with digestive system, after we crossed 60 yrs, we are very careful, 'Eat, what one can digest', and also eat less, in case, what my mother used to give some home maid 'powder' combination of many spices like 'Haldi' etc. I even take as a regular practice, after every meal, even without stomach aching. Apply simple formule, "AFTER LUNCH SLEEP A WHILE, AFETR DINNER WALK A MILE" May God bless You and have a great time.
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• United States
6 Sep 09
Hello to you, my dear friend. How nice that you seldom get a stomach ache. It is true, most are related to what and how much we eat...and one's diet does need changes made as we get older. I like the saying, too :)) Karen
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• India
6 Sep 09
Hello my friend PeacefulWmn9 Ji, So nice of you for your positive comments. Everyon ehas to change as per time / age /requirement. In case it is not compromise, suffering ought to be there. At times, I had to tell my hubby taht he is no more of 16 yrs old and he must linimt hi sexertion by abnormal behaiour. Yesterday, he was out from the house at 0600 hrs and came back only at 1900 hrs, barring for B'fast and Lunch. H ehad lot many shopping , we get worried as he always would like to travel in city Bus. So let's change our diet. Let me first find out all english names for powder we take for our digestion system known as 'Bukunu'. It keeps our system better. May God bless You and have a great time.
• India
24 Aug 09
Stomach ache is mostly due to indigestion. so if i have stomach ache or my children gets it i first try home remedies like pudina water. Pudina leaves are very good for stomach. If you squash them and put little lemon in it it immediately act as a pain reliever and is very effective. Another thing is ajwain seeds with little of salt mixed is also very effective in stomach ache. These are generation old methods which are still very useful and u need not immediately take tablets.
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• United States
26 Aug 09
Hi Bhargavoza. I think perhaps those remedies are native to your land? We have herbs here for stomach aches, but not those, unless perhaps they could be found in a very large health-food and remedy store. Thank you for letting us know about them. Karen
@wolfie34 (26816)
• United Kingdom
23 Aug 09
For me there is a wonderful concoction which is readily available at the local chemist it is called Kaolin and Morphine and you add a couple of spoonfuls to a glass of water or you can drink it neat which ever, it's not foul tasting, but like most medicines it isn't enjoyable to take, but it works and that is the main thing. I don't care if something doesn't smell or taste right as long as it does its job and Kaolin and morphine does I swear by it and the best thing is, it's so damn cheap to buy! I don't take anything else, in fact it's now become part of my first aid kit!
• United States
23 Aug 09
Hi Wolfie. I haven't heard of your Kaolin in our country, but I am with you. Never mind the smell or taste of a thing. What matters to me is that it works! And yes, every household needs a really good first aid kit. You never know when it will be needed. Karen
@dbabcook (390)
• United States
23 Aug 09
For me the best source of relief for indigestion and upset stomach is to take an antacid. I have periodically taken PeptoBismal but have found that the antacids seem to cure whatever the problem is much faster and with less of the bad taste. Each individual has a different preference and thoughts of what works best for them however. Thank you for the post and have a great evening.
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• United States
23 Aug 09
Hi D...I do not like the taste of Pepto Bismal, either, and agree that the antacids do work best, especially those with an anti-gas property included. None of it tastes great, but better that than the stomach ache. I appreciate your input here Karen
@Hatley (164743)
• Garden Grove, California
22 Aug 09
hi peaceful you are a mylotter after my own heart. 'my own mom taught me to use baking soda in warm water' and if you dont have tums that works really really well. I dont have'many tummy Aches but when I do I am totally miserable.I will use tums'if I have them because I have to watch my salt intake. another' older remedy is A few drops of peppermint oil in hot water.
• United States
23 Aug 09
Hi Hatley, I learned that from my mom and dad, too. I'm glad you don't get many tummy aches, for they are indeed miserable. I have acid reflux disease, so have to be careful of what I eat and such, and I do try to keep something on hand when the Prilosec alone doesn't do the trick. Thank you for the advice on the peppermint oil, too. Be well :) Karen
@metschica25 (5407)
• United States
22 Aug 09
Hello! Most times I will just try and wait it out. Usually , if it is at night I will just sleep it off and take some tums . If that doesnt help then I will send my fiance out for something a little bit stronger . You know what baking soda does help my dad used to do that and from time to time I will do that as well .
• United States
22 Aug 09
Hello Metschica. Time often cures the ache, yes, especially of digestion. Now acid reflex, which many of us have, is a different story. If one does not attend that right away, it can erode tender tissues and lead to many problems! Yes, baking soda does neutralize acid :) Karen
• United States
22 Aug 09
Good old fashioned Pepto Bismol for me. Works great.
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• United States
22 Aug 09
Hi Rene. That is indeed a good old standby. I have a bottle lurking about here somewhere in fact lol. Have a wonderful day and thank you for contributing to the discussion. Karen
• United States
22 Aug 09
ginger as in ginger ale will help with nausea.
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• United States
22 Aug 09
Hello Mo. I have a friend who swears by ginger ale for a queasy stomach. My mom used to give it to us as children when we had the stomach flu, and some pregnant women use ginger or ginger tablets to relieve morning sickness. Thank you for suggesting the ginger ale. Karen
@yogambal_64 (1016)
• India
22 Aug 09
I hardly get stomach ache, and even if I do get it I take a glass of boiled water to which cumin seeds are added at the time of boiling and taken when slightly warm. This is a great relief for stomach ache.
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• United States
22 Aug 09
Hi Yoga. I am learning many new and useful ways to treat stomach aches in this discussion. THank you for adding the treatment that works for you to the mix here :) Have a beautiful day. Karen
@tigeraunt (6331)
• Philippines
22 Aug 09
i usually take loperamide and it effects in a few minutes and the stomach ache slowly recedes. i guess that is new remedy? am not sure. ann
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• United States
22 Aug 09
Hello to you, Ann. I have not heard of loperamide. Perhaps, as you said, it might be new? Whatever works well for us as individuals is nice to keep on hand in our homes. Have a great day. Karen
• China
22 Aug 09
I have a treatment approach: ginger 5 grams,4 grams galangal,pepper 3 grams,100 grams of rice,15 grams of brown sugar.(The ginger and cut into slices with galangal,pepper Wash ,put a small gauze bag,slit mouth good.Wash the Amoy gauze bag of rice and add boiling water to cook together,take out 30 minutes after the gauze bags,drink the soup to cook.Daily morning and evening should drink 1. Efficacy: thmperature in pain
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• United States
22 Aug 09
Hi Wangjihong. I appreciate you sharing this recipe. Can one make a large quantity at one time? And does it keep well in the refrigerator? It is always good to learn new and effective ways to treat an aching stomach! Have a beautiful day. Karen
@mrshughes (352)
• Philippines
22 Aug 09
Hi. I have a first-aid kit cabinet full of medicines. Old remedy is very good but when pain occurs we cant just get up and go outside the house to look for herbal medicines. First thing i always do when i get stomache is i drink lukewarm water..its does help. But i make sure also to know what causes stomache before taking medicines.
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• United States
22 Aug 09
Hi MrsHughes. Yes, we do need to have things on hand in our homes for common ailments that bother most of us from time to time. Warm water, my mom has always said, soothes the stomach. And drs. say that a drink of water helps dilute the stomach acid that creates heartburn. You are right. It is good to know the source of the pain before trying medicines, as some might do more harm than good. Karen
@comfort55 (1574)
• India
22 Aug 09
I prefer going for home remedies for curing common ailments. For stomach ache I usually take aniseeds, chew them well and drink a glass of water. It works most of the times.
• United States
22 Aug 09
Hello Comfort. I have not tried anise seeds, but like you, whenever their are natural treatments for common ailments, I prefer to try those first. Have a beautiful day and thank you for sharing the tip about anise seeds Karen
• India
22 Aug 09
Dear Karen, Baking soda, well I never knew that one. I suppose it's like Eno fruit salts. I shall try it sometime. When we get a bad stomach ache we usually go for a tiny herbal/ayurvedic pill of mint oil. It's very soothing and cooling and usually does the trick 99% of the time. Angelie
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• United States
22 Aug 09
Hello Trinity. I am not sure what Eno fruit salts are, but we do have tablets here of fruit extracts that are supposed to aid digestion. Peppermint seems to be a good reliever of tummy aches. It is routine here for restaurants, in fact, to have "after dinner mints" for their customers to eat at the end of a meal. Have a lovely day. Karen
• United States
22 Aug 09
A goof home-remedy that has always worked for me has been to have a warm cup of tea made either with ginger or peppermint. Both of these are very calming and soothig to the tummy. But these are more for feelings of nausea. If the solutions od baking soda worked for you, then you ere probably suffering from heart burn/acid reflux. My boyfriend does this frequently if we don't have any OTC antiacids. the only problem with it is that it makes him burp like crazy! ut it does help to settle his stomach and ease the discomfort.
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• United States
22 Aug 09
Hi Liz. I have heard that ginger and peppermint also help ease morning sickness if a woman is pregnant, so you have yourself a good remedy for a stomach ache. I will try that sometime soon. LOL, the burping, I imagine, is part of the relief. Whatever works, yes? Thank you for your insights. Karen
• United States
22 Aug 09
If it's because of eating too much or eating something wrong, usually a calcium tablets helps the digestion and relieves the pain. Also there is putting a warm water bag on your stomach. That helps the ache I've heard
• United States
22 Aug 09
Hi Anime. Yes, a hot water bottle or heating pad can help with cramps. Like you, for other stomach aches, I will use a calcium tablet or one of the liguids relievers such as generic maalox, which seems to help a lot. Blessings to you, Karen