Anise

Pimpinella anisum

Relieves fullness and bloating

Anise helps to relieve the discomfort and pain of indigestion, and is particularly beneficial when wind or bloating are also present. Other aromatic herbs - such as caraway, fennel and dill - can be used in the same way.

0 DOS MiK Grind up to 1 teaspoon (2 g) ripe anise seeds to release the essential oil before infusing them in boiling water. Drink up to 3 cups per day.

Cautions

• See your doctor if you experience indigestion or heartburn frequently, or if vomiting occurs.

Herbal aperrfi^

Many ixipular aperitifs are based on traditionally used bitter herbal medicines, such as wormwood, which not only stimulate stomach secretions but also act as tonics for the liver and gallbladder. Many other aperitifs. Including ouzo from Greece and pastls from France, are dominated by the llcorice-like aroma of anise or star anise. Taking a dose of one of the many bitter or aromatic herbs before your meal can have the same benefits: try peppermint, fennel, ginger or globe artichoke.

• A heart attack sometimes mimics the symptoms of indigestion. Call for an ambulance immediately if your symptoms are accompanied by a pain that radiates down the arm or up the neck, or by dizziness, weakness or shortness of breath.

• Slippery elm may interfere with the absorption of other medicines, so separate doses by 2 hours.

• Do not take meadowsweet if you are taking blood-thinning or anticoagulant medications (including aspirin), or if you are allergic to salicylates.

• Do not confuse anise and star anise.

• Do not take gentian if you suffer from peptic or duodenal ulcer.

• With the exception of normal culinary quantities of anise, do not use the herbs on this page if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, except under the advice of a healthcare professional.

Nausea

Whether it's a 24-hour stomach bug, a case of food poisoning or a bout of seasickness, nausea makes you feel miserable.

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