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Indigestion, which is sometimes called dyspepsia, is a general term covering a group of nonspecific symptoms in the digestive tract. It is often described as a feeling of fullness, bloating, nausea, heartburn, or gassy discomfort in the chest or abdomen. The symptoms develop during meals or shortly afterward. In most cases, indigestion is a minor problem that often clears up without professional treatment.
Indigestion or dyspepsia is a widespread condition, estimated to occur in 25% of the adult population of the United States. Most people with indigestion do not feel sick enough to see a doctor; nonetheless, it is a common reason for office visits. About 3% of visits to primary care doctors are for indigestion.
The symptoms associated with indigestion have a variety of possible physical causes, ranging from commonplace food items to serious systemic disorders:
|EFFECTIVE THERAPIES FOR INDIGESTION|
|Acupressure||Massage the soft flesh between the thumb and point finger (Large Intestine 4) and press two fingers width away from the navel on both sides of the stomach (Stomach 25)|
|Aromatherapy||Ingest one drop of tarragon, marjoram, or rosemary accompanied by honey or other edible oil (safflower, almond, etc.)|
|Herbal medicine||Lavender, chamomile, peppermint, goldenseal, or lemon balm tea|
|Hydrotherapy||Hot water bottle or hot compress on abdomen|
|Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM)||Chinese herbal formulas such as Po Chai and Pill Curing|
Author Info: Mai Tran, Teresa Norris, The Gale Group Inc., Gale, Detroit, Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine, 2005
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