The flatulence refers to a physiological phenomenon that is characterized by abnormally high air intake during swallowing. The air accumulates in the esophagus and sometimes a small amount in the stomach when the subject drinks or eats. This accumulation of air causes a sensation of bloating and belching (burps), the two symptoms of Aerophagy.
Description of the Aerophagia
The term “Aerophagia” in Greek means “to eat air”. In reality we “eat” all the air when we swallow between 2 and 4 liters of air a day. That said, some people ingest more air when they eat, drink or swallow their saliva.
Causes of Aerophagia
Several factors, isolated or combined, can cause Aerophagia:
- Thumb sucking;
- Chewing gums;
- The excessive consumption of soft drinks (sodas);
- Swallowing fast: people who eat too quickly usually swallow more air;
- Anxiety, stress;
- Some diseases;
- Overproduction of saliva (hypersalivation);
- Wearing an unsuitable dental prosthesis;
The habit of “burping” becomes a tic, the upper third of the esophagus having a voluntary bodybuilding. We speak of eructio nervosa.
Symptoms of Aerophagia
- Feeling of eating (especially after meals);
- Feeling of heaviness, heaviness of stomach;
- Frequent eructations (burps).
- Treatment and prevention of Aerophagia
Aerophagia is not really a disease or even affection. It is an embarrassment because it is normal and banal. It does not require shock treatment, but a dual approach: a suitable diet and good lifestyle:
- Avoid soft drinks
- Eat gently, chew well and do not swallow too quickly;
- Do not get into the habit of deliberately burping;
- Do not suck his thumb;
- Do not chew gum or suck candies all day, as this increases the amount of air passing through the esophagus;
- Do not nibble throughout the day.
If stress seems to be involved in the aerophagia, it may be interesting to consider anti-stress solutions such as relaxation, meditation, sophrology, acupuncture or yoga.
The risks of aerophagia can be reduced by eating slowly, chewing well and avoiding the foods and drinks previously mentioned.
Complementary approaches to Aerophagia
The homeopathy or herbal (mint, fennel or oregano infusion) offer appropriate treatment.
Many complementary approaches may be useful for limiting aerophagia, both punctually and durably. It is the origin of the problem that will be decisive for which technique is most appropriate.
Aerophagia of a food order
If it is the feeding method that is at the origin of the aerophagy, in addition to the aforementioned advice, it may be useful to go to a naturopath to receive specific dietary advice, adapted to each person.
Aerophagia due to stress
If stress is the cause of Aerophagia, many relaxing approaches are indicated:
Sophrology in the first place because it often helps to reduce stress;
Yoga to relax one’s body and to meditate;
Osteopathy that can work on stress in general as well as more specifically on the digestive sphere and the problems that cause Aerophagia.
Occasionally, if the aerophagia is accompanied by burps that relieve, it is possible to take Carbo vegetalis in 5 CH at the rate of 3 granules three times a day.
If the gases do not relieve the disorders, China officinalis will be preferred in 5 CH at the same dosage.
With essential oils, we can relieve aerophagia by swallowing after meals a teaspoonful of honey in which we have dropped a drop of tarragon essential oil.