Digestive Aid

 

 

This combination of herbs promotes digestion, relieves some of the symptoms of indigestion, such as flatulence, bloating, dyspepsia and helps to soothe mild inflammation of gastric mucosa.

Indications

  • Stimulates digestion and relieves dyspepsia
  • Improve absorption of nutrients
  • Stimulate the secretion of bile and digestive enzymes
  • Helps to soothe mild inflammation of mucosa and help to relieve IBS
  • Help to relive cramps and flatulence
  • Elimination of Bad breath

 

Glycyrrhiza glabra (L.)

 

Common Name: Licorice

Licorice root contains certain phenolic acids; however it is cultivated for the principle active glycoside glycyrrhizin. Carbenoxolone, a synthetic analog of glycyrrhetic acid, has been used as a pharmacological agent in the management of peptic ulcers.

Licorice root is used for GI complaints like peptic ulcers, dyspepsia, colic, and chronic gastritis. There is some evidence that licorice might accelerate the healing of peptic ulcer. It appears to block metabolism of prostaglandins E and F2 alpha which suggest a possible beneficial effect on peptic ulcer. It has also antispasmodic, anti-inflammatory and laxative effect.

 

Althea officinalis

 

Common Name: Marshmallow

Both the root and leaves contain mucilage polysaccharides that can protect stomach mucosa membrane from local irritation by forming protective layer and help to sooth mild inflammation. Recent studies confirmed its efficacy in inflammatory bowel diseases such as Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.

Marshmallow leaf and root are used for inflammation of the gastric mucosa, dyspepsia, peptic ulcers and constipation

 

Foeniculum vulgare

 

Common Name: Fennel

Fennel dried ripe seeds and oil are used to make medicine. The seed contains the volatile oil composed largely of trans-anethole but also contain fenchone.           
Fennel is used for various digestive problems including dyspepsia, flatulence, bloating, loss of appetite, and colic in infants.

 

Gentiana Lutea

 

Common Name: Gentian

The dried Gentian root contains Gentiin and Gentiamarin, bitter glucosides.            
Gentian is used for digestion problems such as loss of appetite, fullness, dyspepsia, intestinal gas, diarrhea, gastritis and vomiting.

 

Pimpinella anisum

Common Name: Anise

Anise is an aromatic plant, the most important compounds of aniseeds essential oil were trans-anetole, estragole, γ-hymachalen, para-anisaldehyde and methyl cavicol.

The stimulant and carminative properties of Anise make it useful in flatulency and colic.

 

Mentha piperita

Common Name: Pepermint

The applicable part of peppermint is the aerial parts and oil. The oil is a complex of menthol, menthone and menthyl acetate. The leaf and oil contain menthyl ester,limone,pinene,phellandrene and cadinene.

Peppermint is used for digestive problems including dyspepsia, indigestion, nausea, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), diarrhea, cramps of the upper gastrointestinal (GI) tract and gas.

Zingiber officinale

Common Name: Ginger

The rhizome and root of Ginger is used as a spice and also as a medicine. Ginger contains active constituents known as gingerol, gingerdione and shogaol.
Ginger is commonly used to treat various types of stomach problems, including dyspepsia, morning sickness, colic, upset stomach, flatulence, diarrhea, nausea and loss of appetite. It also acts as a digestive stimulant.

 

Contraindications

 

Licoric: People who have hypertension, lung edema, arrhythmia and hypokalemia should consult a physician before use.

 

Pregnancy/Lactation

Licoric: Use during pregnancy should be avoided. Licorice exhibits estrogenic activity and has reputed abortifacient effects. In lactation insufficient reliable information available, avoid using.

Fennel: Use during pregnancy is not recommended due to urinary tract irritation; however the small amount in herbal medicine or supplements is prohibitive. In lactation insufficient reliable information available.

Gentian: Use during pregnancy and lactation should be avoided.

Anise: Use during pregnancy is not recommended; however the small amount in herbal medicine or supplements is prohibitive.

Ginger: Use during pregnancy is not recommended; however the small amount in herbal medicine or supplements is prohibitive.

 

 Possible Side Effects

Licorice: Hypokalemia, Hypomagnesaemia, Hypertension, headache, Arrhythmia and water retention. There is rare report of nausea and diarrhea.

Marshmallow: Orally marshmallow can cause hypoglycemia.

Fennel: Direct use of fennel oil may cause nausea, seizures and lung edema.

Anise: It may cause allergic reactions in skin, respiratory and digestive system. Use of this herb in toothpaste has been caused gum sensitivity.

Gentian: Nausea or Vomiting, if symptoms persist consult a physician.

Peppermint: Use of undiluted peppermint oil can cause allergic reaction.

Ginger: heart burn may occur. There is rare report of allergic reactions or increment of heart rate; it may lead to mild oliguresis and urinary tract irritation.

 

Possible interaction

Licorice: Concomitant use of Nitrofurantoin with Glycyrrhiza glabra makes more of the drug excreted in urine. But there is no interaction (It does not interfere) with other medicines to treat peptic ulcer.

Marshmallow: coats the lining of the stomach so it may interfere with the absorption of other drugs or herbs. To avoid any problems, take marshmallow several hours before or after taking other herbs or medications. Marshmallow may increase the amount of lithium in the body and thereby increase the risk of side effects. It also may lower blood sugar levels, so people who take anti diabetes drugs should talk to their health care provider before use.

Ginger: If you are taking Warfarin, inform your physician. Concomitant use of Ginger with Warfarin increases the bleeding time. Also concomitant use of Aspirin with Ginger is not recommended.

Fennel: Concomitant use of fennel and ciprofloxacin might reduce the effectiveness of ciprofloxacin.

 

 Product information

 

Presentation: 60 film coated tablets in PE bottle.

Administration: Oral, take one tablet 30 minutes before each meal.

Caution: Pregnant or lactating women should consult a physician before use.

 

 Storage: In a cool & dry place below 25° C.

 

Supplement fact table

Composition per tablet
Glycyrrhiza Glabra 50mg
Althaea officinalis 200mg
Zingiber officinale 25mg
Gentiana lutea 125mg
Foeniculum Vulgare 50mg
Peppermint 50mg
Pimpinella Anisum 0.2mg