Chamomile is a carminative herb which helps to support the digestive system and reduce bloating and gas. It’s calming properties also support a healthy stress response as well as the gut-brain axis.
- Stomach Upset
- Abdominal Pain
Due to its ability to alleviate gastrointestinal symptoms, chamomile is commonly used as a digestive relaxant. Research indicates that taking chamomile can help to settle the stomach by reducing nausea and vomiting. Furthermore, chamomile has also demonstrated positive effects for those with IBS. Clinical research shows that the consumption of chamomile is associated with a significant improvement in multiple IBS indicators, including bloating, abdominal pain and stool consistency. In fact, these significant changes were still present 4 weeks following the intervention, illustrating that chamomile can be used for long-term symptom relief for IBS.
Chamomile is also commonly used for its carminative properties in helping to relieve stress and anxiety. This is important for gut health, considering the gut and brain are connected through the enteric nervous system. Stress and anxiety therefore can affect signals given to and received via the gut-brain axis and plays a role in how gastrointestinal symptoms may be perceived or exacerbated by stress. Research in those experiencing anxiety shows that chamomile may have anxiolytic effects, with chamomile being associated with a clinically meaningful reduction in anxiety scores with both short term and long-term use. This demonstrates the role that chamomile may play in alleviating stress-related gut issues and helping support overall gut health.
Research and studies
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Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology
A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial of oral Matricaria recutita (chamomile) extract therapy for generalized anxiety disorder
Der Pharma Chemica
Chamomile efficacy in patients of the irritable bowel syndrome