Facing tummy woes? Here are 10 herbal teas to help with indigestion and bloating
Tea and other herbal preparations have a ton of other health benefits during the festive period, especially when it comes to overindulgence. Sometimes, bloating, indigestion or even vomiting after scarfing down a big feast are common. As it is the last day of the Chinese New Year celebrations and in case you have still been feasting over the past few days in the lead up to this, here are some herbal teas to sooth your digestive system.
Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) physician Neo Min Jun – who works at Eu Yan Sang TCM Clinic and divides her time among the branches in Chinatown, Tiong Bahru and Simei – offers some remedies for digestive issues that will work wonders on your tummy. And while these teas can be easily prepared, it is not limited to the festive period that you can consume it. So sip away and enjoy!
How: Boil a quarter of white radish (white carrot) with 150g of pork ribs with water. Simmer the soup till the white radish softens. Add soy sauce or salt to taste. Consume the soup with the white radish.
Why it works: The sweet and pungent taste of white radish works well in the spleen, stomach and lungs meridians.
Constipation due to over-eating may be due to congested qi in the stomach and large intestines. White radishes can help by clearing the stagnant qi.
How: Place 15g of loose leaf chamomile tea in 200ml water. Simmer for 3-5 minutes.
Why it works: The essential oils found in crushed fennel contains estrogen, which inhibits muscles spasms, allowing you to digest more easily. Fennel seed has also traditionally been used in Ayurvedic treatment to relieve nausea. It’s also anti-flatulence, gets rid of stomach cramps, helps indigestion and bloating.
How: Place 15g of loose burdock root in 200ml boiling water. Simmer for 5 minutes before drinking. Best to consume ake 15-30 minutes before a meal
Why it works: Burdock root contains powerful antioxidants, such as phenolic acids, quercetin and luteolin, which aid digestion and act as a diuretic.
While burdock is a digestive treatment, it does so by increasing intestinal secretions and digestive acid, so it isn’t recommended if you suffer from excess stomach acid, or have ulcers or an irritable bowel. You should also avoid it when you have heartburn or diarrhoea, which burdock can even cause, in rare cases. Finally, you shouldn’t take burdock when pregnant.
How: If you can find fresh peppermint, steep 10 to 15 leaves in 200ml of hot water for 5-10 minutes. This tea is also readily available in most supermarkets and speciality tea stores.
Why it works: Peppermint is one of the best solutions for gas related problems in the stomach, as it helps in expelling gas formed in the stomach while also calming the digestive system, reducing indigestion.
How: Two grams of dried senna leaves are all that’s needed to feel its effect. Allow your tea to steep for 10 minutes and then strain before drinking.
Why it works: The stimulant effect of senna tea will help clear out your digestive system and loosen up congestion. That’s because senna contains compounds called anthraquinones, which are powerful laxatives.