Top 5 natural treatments for gas:

1. Elimination diet
2. Carminative herbs (peppermint, chamomile, fennel)
3. Digestive enzymes

Naturopathic Treatments

• eat slowly (to reduce amount of air swallowed)
• stress management
• ensure proper digestion and elimination

• elimination diet
• avoid lactose, sorbitol, fructose, inulin, etc
• increase bitter greens - promotes digestion

Herbal Carminatives
peppermint (Mentha piperita)
fennel (Foeniculum vulgare )
ginger (Zingiber officinale)

• probiotics
peppermint oil capsules
• digestive enzymes (e.g. alpha-galactosidase for beans and legumes)
• activated charcoal

Conventional Treatments

• dietary modifications (avoid foods that exacerbate, cut back on fried/fatty foods, decrease consumption of high-fiber foods, reduce dairy or wheat products)
• Beano
• lactase supplements
• simethicone
• activated charcoal

Signs & Symptoms

• voluntary or involuntary passage of gas
• sharp, knotting or cramping pains in abdomen
• abdominal distension


• food allergy, sensitivity
irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
• diverticular disease
• high-fiber diet
• high legume diet
• lactose intolerance
• lactase deficiency
• giardiasis
• celiac disease
• malabsorption
• pancreatic insufficiency
• stomach infection


• common causes include: swallowing air (when eating too fast, chewing gum, anxious), consumption of legumes or other foods that are harder to digest or are high in fiber;
• other causes include: excessive laxative use, constipation, antibiotics, food intolerances (gluten, lactose), artifical additives (e.g. sweeteners), another health condtion (e.g. IBD)


• physical exam
• subjective history
• dietary review

Diagnostic Tests
• tympany over areas of the abodomen
• x-ray
• CT
• ultrasound
• contrast enema
• colonoscopy


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