Spasmodic Herbal Remedy-part 2


In our attempt to pursue and enhance the role of herbal remedies for the treatment of minor ailments, we wish herewith to highlight some of these treatments for the most common and often irritable spasmodic complaints.

Spasms are convulsions, fitful and intermittent sporadic effects produced due to untimely or poisonous food intake or else bacterial infection in the bowel or intestine. Though these effects are often mild, yet it is disruptive and irritating in our daily life.

Several herbs are described to produce through their intake, temporary or permanent relief of the symptoms, which herewith we describe but a few.

 Wild yam(Dioscorea Villosa) a species of a twining tuberous vine that is native to and found growing wild in North America The rhizome extract  is used by herbal practitioners as an anti-spasmodic, anti-inflammatory, anti-rheumatic and hormone balancing herb. Digestive complaints where there is spasm or irritation, including colic, diverticulitis, cholecystitis e.g. inflammation of the gall bladder. Uterine or ovarian cramping, including painful periods, endometriosis.

 Intake of extracts of the herb extract produces alleviation of menopausal symptoms, mid-cycle bleeding, morning sickness, labour pains rheumatoid arthritis (especially in the acute phase where there is intense inflammation

However, the presence of saponins –glycosidic alkaloids-, may cause possible irritation of gastric mucosal membranes.

Thyme, a variable shrub with white to purple flowers, ginger (,Zingiber officinale) sundew( Drosera),  and anise(Pimpinella anisum) native to the eastern Mediterranean region and Southwest Asia,  are herbal remedies, products of which are  described to have anti-spasmodic and anti-inflammatory characteristics. These herbs are extracted with hot water as in tea or purchased as   natural herbal cough syrups containing these ingredients.

Chlorophyll is the principal element in the physiology of plant life. It is a substance that is rich in magnesium whose form is similar to that of hemoglobin of the human and animal blood…It can be obtained through the consumption of green vegetative parts of common plants. It has anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory and wound-healing properties. has been seen to help neutralize free radicals that do damage to healthy cells Chlorophyll extracts, liquid solutions and tablets are now widely available and can be bought in local drug and health stores.

 Alfalfa (Medicago sativa) is a flowering plant in the pea family Fabaceae is cultivated as an important forage crop in the UK, Australia, and New Zealand. Both of these help to treat irritable bowel syndrome because it cleanses the colon, which relieves constipation and also neutralize gas in the stomach and colon.

 Peppermint ( Mentha  piperita), also known as M. balsamea Willd. & other mints are excellent herbal remedies for treatment of irritable bowel syndrome, because they support the digestive tract. They also relax the muscles of the digestive tract and support the flow of natural digestive juices, aiding the body to effectively digest food.

 Anise stimulates gastric juices, relieves nausea, and helps colic. It eases digestion, well for constipation & diarrhea.

 Oregano ( Origanum vulgare) is a species of Origanum of the mint family acts as an anti-spasmodic, increases the production of gastric juices, eases bloating and gas & relieves menstrual cramps.

 Slippery Elm, a species of elm native to eastern North America, is a natural remedy for Irritable Bowel Syndrome, also supports digestion.

Sutherlandia frutescens Colutea frutescens L. is a shrub with bitter, aromatic leaves. It has been used for thousands of years to promote digestive health. Infusion made from the leaves is a traditional remedy for fever, chicken pox, flu, rheumatism, hemorrhoids, diarrhea, and stomach and liver problems.

Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale F. Asteraceae) has a tonic effect on the liver and digestive system.  It is one of the safest and most active plant diuretics. , eaten regularly they assist the body to reduce excess acidity; oxygenate, purify and build blood.  It also cleanses and regenerates cells. Stimulate mucus membranes, sooth the digestive tract, absorb toxins from the bowel, help friendly flora to thrive and inhibit unfriendly bacteria.

Passion Flower (Passiflora) is found world –wide; is taken as a sleep-aiding tea before bed. The fresh or dried leaves of maypop are used to make a tea, it has anti-depressant properties and helps soothe nerves and support relaxed muscles in the bowel.

Fennel Tea or crushed seeds are taken for ailments such as long-term constipation, diarrhoea, indigestion, flatulence, urinary disorders, coughs and bronchitis, and for its ability to increase the flow of milk in breastfeeding.  It is also used to treat colon disorders, blood disorders and anemia, fatigue, lethargy and depression, giddiness of the head, frenzy, epilepsy, earache and toothache, kidney and bladder infections, bedwetting, difficult or burning urination, gout, rheumatism. . Applied as an eye lotion or compressed, cooled fennel seed tea is helpful for minor eye complaints such as irritation and morning puffiness. It is also beneficial for treating bruises, dull and oily skin, gum infections, bad breath,

Buchu (Agathosma) leaves and oil were used by the indigenous people of South Africa for hundreds of years.  The medicinal use of buchu is recognized quite early, and henceforth introduced into the pharmaceutical industry. Buchu preparations are now used as a diuretic and for a wide range of conditions including stomach aches, rheumatism, besides bladder and kidney infections and coughs and colds

By: george

About the Author:

Borne (1942)
Education: BSC(1964),MSc(1966), PHD(1970) Univ Khatoum
Assoc Prof(1980), Prof(1984)
Research Associate UNSW, Kensington, Australia

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