How to Cure a Stomach Ache

Four Methods:Treating NauseaTreating Stomach CrampsTreating IndigestionPreventing Future Stomach Aches

When you feel a stomach ache coming on, it's hard to take your mind off of the pain and get on with your day. No matter what's causing the problem, you want it to go away fast. If your stomach is bothering you, try some of these steps to get some relief.

Method 1
Treating Nausea

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    Try going to the toilet. Before taking any type of medication, try using the restroom. A main cause of nausea in young and old alike is needing to defecate. If you think you are constipated, you can try using prune juice, prunes, juices from concentrate or laxatives.
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    Drink clear liquids. With nausea often comes vomiting, and vomiting can cause dehydration. If your body is dehydrated, it will take longer to heal and you will feel the effects of nausea stronger than usual. Drink 2-4 ounces of water every 15 minutes while you are awake to try to keep hydrated.
    • Try electrolyte-supplemented sports drinks. These replenish the sodium and potassium in your body which it needs in order to fight illness.
    • Drink peppermint, chamomile, or ginger tea with honey. These three herbs have shown to have a positive effect in reducing the feeling of nausea.
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    Eat bland food. Your body needs nutrients to keep its energy up as it tries to recover from the ache, so provide it with easy-to-digest foods. Choose foods that aren’t spicy, greasy, or sugar-filled. Some food that meet these standards are,oatmeal, broths, toast, crackers, and rice. Be sure to try an avoid dairy based food as these contain natural bacteria which your stomach might not agree with.
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    Rice water is the suspension of starch obtained by draining boiled rice until it is dissolved in the warm water.
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    To make rice water, first rinse the rice with about a cup of water to remove any dirt. Then place 1/2 cup of uncooked rice in a bowl and cover it with water. let the rice soak for 15 to 30 minutes.
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    Swirl it around and gently stir. Soon the water should look cloudy.[1]
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    Try cola syrup. Cola syrup is a thick liquid that tastes just like your favorite cola pop. The syrup has been used for many years to treat nausea, and can be taken plain or sipped over ice. Take 1–2 tablespoons (14.8–29.6 ml) every few hours to help ease your nausea.
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    Take baking soda. Although this is the primary ingredient in most antacids, you can take baking soda plain by dissolving a tablespoon of it into a glass of warm water. Drink the water slowly, and repeat the process every few hours until your nausea goes away
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    Drink apple-cider vinegar. Different from regular vinegar, apple cider vinegar works on nausea by absorbing unwanted nutrients in your stomach. Mix 2–3 tablespoons (29.6–44.4 ml) of the liquid with a glass of lukewarm water. Drink the solution every few hours until your nausea goes away.[2]
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    Drink mint tea. Mint tea is proven to be effective in relieving nausea. What you need to do is steep the dry leaves of mint, about a tablespoon full, in half liter of boiling water for as long as half an hour. Strain it for a while and then drink . While you drink the mint tea, eat the mint leaves along with it. This is because simply sucking on or eating mint leaves which are boiled also help relief the nausea.
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    Get lots of rest. Your body is most likely fighting a bacteria or virus in your stomach, and needs energy to do so. To provide it with the energy it needs, spend extra time sleeping and lying down. Avoid exercising or moving too much.
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    Vomit if you need to. As horrible as vomiting feels, it is a healthy way for you to clean your system. Vomiting is your body’s way of expelling the bacteria or viruses in your stomach that may be causing your illness. Although the process of throwing up can be incredibly uncomfortable, most people report feeling greatly relieved of their nausea immediately afterwards. Make sure you have a bowl or bucket next to your bed when you go to sleep so you do not vomit all over your bed.
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    Take medication. There are many over-the-counter medications available for the treatment of nausea. Look for anti-nausea meds that contain “bismuth” which is used to coat the stomach lining and reduce the uncomfortable feeling of nausea. Antacids can also be used to treat your stomach ache.
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    Avoid drugs and alcohol. Drugs and alcohol irritate your stomach and impair your body’s ability to heal in a timely manner, making your nausea feel worse. Stay away from caffeine (considered a drug) and alcohol while you are feeling sick.[3]

Method 2
Treating Stomach Cramps

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    Use a warm compress. Adding heat over your stomach can help to reduce the tight, uncomfortable crampy feeling you are experiencing. Use a hot-water bottle or a (clean) sock filled with rice heated to a comfortable temperature and place it over your stomach. For the best results, lie down with the heating device lying over your belly.
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    Take a hot bath. Immersing yourself in warm water will increase your circulation and relax your muscles. This will help reduce the amount of pain you are feeling in your stomach. Relax in a bath for 15-20 minutes at least once a day for the best results..
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    Massage your stomach. Stomach cramping may be caused by your muscles constricting. To help lessen this, give yourself a massage applying light pressure to your stomach. Focus on the painful areas, but rub all of your lower abdomen.[4]
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    Try aloe vera juice. Not straight aloe vera from the plant, but aloe vera juice. This is a supplement you can find at many health food stores that has shown to decrease the pain of stomach cramps. It also has ties to helping with constipation and indigestion as well.[5]
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    Try Ginger Water. Ginger with its medicine properties and alternative health advantages regulates the digestion and reduces the abdomen pain. Fresh ginger works better and fast as compared to dry one. Toss a few recent ginger pieces in hot water, now strain and drink it to induce relaxation. However if you can't handle spicy foods choose other forms like ginger supplements that you'll be able to find easily in the market. [6]
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    Avoid alcohol and soda. Both alcohol and soda can be difficult for your body to digest and increase the pain you feel in the form of cramps. Instead, try drinking an herbal tea such as ginger or peppermint, as these help the muscles in your stomach to relax. Also avoid sour drinks such as lemonade.
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    Avoid oily foods. Your body may be cramping as a result of food poisoning, so avoid worsening your case by eating greasy, oily foods. If you are hungry, try eating foods that are more bland such as toast, applesauce, or crackers.
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    Take medication. For persistent cramping that won’t go away, take a low dosage of ibuprofen, acetaminophen, aspirin, or naproxen. These over-the-counter painkillers all play a part in reducing the feeling of cramps. If you experience your stomach cramping as a result of your menstrual cycle, consider taking a multi-purpose medication intended for the treatment of menstrual cramps.[7]

Method 3
Treating Indigestion

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    Watch what you eat. Avoid eating foods that are spicy or greasy as these can aggravate your indigestion. Additionally literally watch what you eat - if you eat very fast, talk while you eat, or eat large mouthfuls at once you are likely to have worse indigestion than if you do not. Therefore, eat slowly, watch your plate, and avoid talking while chewing (so you don’t swallow air).
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    Drink after your meal. If you typically drink liquids heavily during your meals, try drinking them after instead. Avoid drinking soda, coffee, or alcohol as these can be abrasive to your stomach lining and make you more uncomfortable. To soothe an irritated stomach, try drinking a glass of milk; the dairy counteracts the acids in your stomach.[8]
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    Take hydrochloric acid supplements. Although many times indigestion is thought to be the cause of overactive stomach acid, it is sometimes the result of not enough stomach acid. To determine if this is the cause of your problem, take a hydrochloric acid supplement. If you don’t feel anything in response, continue taking the supplement until you feel a warmth in your stomach. This warmth means that you have too many acids present, and that a lower dosage will be enough to treat the indigestion.
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    Take digestive enzymes. These are available in a supplement form from most health food stores. There are both animal and plant/fungal based digestive enzymes, with the latter proving more effective in many cases. Follow the dosage directions for each individual enzyme supplement.
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    Try enteric-coated peppermint oil. This is another supplement in a gel-capsule form that you take on a daily basis. Over time, it has shown to reduce or cure indigestion in 75% of users. Follow the dosage directions that come with the supplement to get the right amount for your situation.[9]
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    Drink tea. Those magical three herbs - peppermint, ginger, and chamomile - work wonders for stomach problems. Drink them in the form of tea from a store-bought tea bag or infused in their dried form with hot water. Add lemon or honey to add a bit of flavor without increasing your sugar intake.
    • Try cinnamon tea. Boil some tea with powdered cinnamon. Use two teabags or the equivalent. Add 2 Equal sachets (or similar) to the tea and mix it together. Works like a charm![10]
    • Hot chamomile tea actually really helps a stomach ache/pain. That is a promise!! Chamomile is an herb known to calm an upset stomach. Sit down with a mug of hot chamomile tea. It only takes a couple of minutes. The herbs and vitamins in tea bags relaxes the tense pain in the body. And so does hot water! really.
    • Take a water boiler and boil some water. Take any green tea or herb tea bag and insert it into your water. Let your tea bag sit for 10 minutes. You should be able to relax and sip your drink. You should feel relieved.
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    Take probiotics. These are good bacteria that grow in your stomach to help you digest food. If you don’t have enough probiotics, your stomach is unable to digest your food quickly enough and will leave you with that uncomfortable feeling of indigestion. Probiotics are typically taken in the form of yogurt and other cultured milk products.
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    Try artichoke leaf extract. This is available in most health food stores, and works by increasing the flow of bile in your digestive system. Follow the dosage instructions that come with the supplement to get the right amount of the extract.
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    Take deglycyrrhizinated licorice. Also abbreviated to DCL, this is a capsule or powdered form of licorice that lacks glycyrrhizin, which is responsible for raising your blood pressure. Take either two tablets or one tablespoon of powder 15 minutes before you eat a large meal.
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    Rest after eating. Although it is not advised that you go lie down after a large meal, take a break before doing any physical activity. Sit upright or lounge for up to an hour after eating your meal. Be sure to eat at least three hours before going to bed.
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    Take medication. There are many over the counter prescriptions that can treat your indigestion. However, these sometimes have negative side effects such as diarrhea and constipation, as all they do is block your stomach from making acid. But when the acid is not present, it prevents adequate digestion from occurring. Use these sparingly, and talk to your doctor about what your best option is.[11]

Method 4
Preventing Future Stomach Aches

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    Manage your stress. Stomach problems including nausea and indigestion are more common if you suffer from a lot of stress. When necessary, give yourself time alone to relax and reduce any anxiety you may be feeling.
    • Stretch slowly and focus on your breathing. This simple relaxation technique will reduce your odds of future stomach pain.[12]
    • Try to manage your stress through exercise or meditation. Exercise and meditation both release endorphins that make you feel happier. If you don't exercise regularly already, try going for a long walk, doing yoga, swimming, or another low-impact activity.
    • Do things that you enjoy. Giving yourself time to read a book, draw, play a game, or another favorite past time will decrease your stress. As an added bonus, if you do these things while you are also suffering from stomach problems, they will distract you from your nausea or pain.
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    Change the way that you eat and drink. Many stomach problems are the result of a poor diet or poor eating habits. If you experience consistent stomach problems over many months or years, try some of these methods for regulating your diet.
    • Eat smaller meals, and eat more often. Eating three large meals a day is more likely to cause indigestion or nausea than 5-7 small meals will. If nothing else, slightly adjust the size of your meals to be on a smaller scale and supplement your diet with snacks between meals.
    • Avoid foods that can trigger a stomach ache. For example, skip foods that are spicy or foods that contain a lot of fat. Caffeine, alcohol and carbonated beverages can also aggravate your stomach.
    • If you're not sure which foods are upsetting your stomach, try cutting out one food at a time. For instance, go for a week without dairy and see if your stomach aches go away. If cutting that food doesn't work, then cut something else until you find the culprit.
    • Keep a food diary and write down everything that you eat for a while. In your food diary, write down the days that you get a stomach ache. After a while, you may notice a pattern, and you'll know what foods to avoid.
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    Manage your weight. When you carry extra pounds around your mid-section, your stomach gets pushed upward and acid backs up into your esophagus. To lose weight, get some regular exercise, and cook healthily.


  • If you are throwing up, try to fall asleep. Do not roll around because rolling will only worsen the cramps in your stomach. You might want to lie on your back and see if that works for you.
  • Concentrate really hard on something so that you will forget momentarily about your pain. Even if it's concentrating on lowering the pain in your stomach. Once you wake up, your stomach cramps will most likely be gone. You will be sore (from throwing up), but the cramps themselves should be gone.
  • Focus on breathing and try not to think about the pain. Deep breaths in through your nose and deep breaths out through your mouth.
  • Lie on your back with at least three pillows under your feet. Having your feet elevated can help with the stomach ache by reducing pressure on the abdominal region.
  • If you feel gas needing to come out, don't hold it in. You can use a heating pad on your stomach, then bend forward to help the gas come out.
  • If you think the ache is caused by constipation, eating fiber can help quite a bit. If you eat a fiber based cereal in the morning regularly you will have more regular bowels and constipation will be much more uncommon.
  • Stand up and try to touch your toes. This will get rid of some gas in your stomach.
  • After treating your stomach ache (ie after drinking a soothing tea, or taking medication) sit or lie down in a comfortable position to allow all blood to flow to your stomach and listen to music. It is proven that music significantly reduces pain. Then wait for your indigestion or ache to subside.
  • Get some rest try to relax, stop running around and just take a break until it stops hurting.
  • If you need something to take your mind off the pain, try reading a book and immersing yourself into that world.
  • Try eating blueberries or drinking mint or honey tea. Ginger tea.
  • Eat good nutritious food.
  • Sleep and don't move it only worsens the pain.
  • Lay on the floor or bed with a pillow on your head and stomach and you can get q blanket if you want to.
  • Try to relax. Don't tense up your stomach muscles, because this could make it worse!
  • Try taking a nap, when you take a nap you be more relaxed and mostly won't think about the pain.
  • If your at school go to the bathroom or call you mom if you can't handle it go home.
  • Take pepto-bismal.
  • Don't eat greasy foods. Eat less, try to have a cracker or two but never too much. Don't run or walk around too much. Just sit down and relax.
  • Eat pineapple to help nausea.
  • Use a hot pad or a washcloth on your stomach to ease pain and help with gas.
  • Sniffing something minty or even just eating a piece of mint gum helps calm the stomach.
  • Eat crackers and drink some water.
  • Go to the toilet, sit there for a while until you do your business, it's a good way to clean out your stomach. Take pain relief medicine, take frequent sips of water. Put a hot water bottle on your stomach.
  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Check side effects of any pills or antibiotics you may be taking. Be sure that they aren't the cause of your stomach aches. If they are, consult your doctor!
  • Try drinking cranberry juice which has many anti-oxadents in it which can ease stomach pains and make your sickness go away sooner.
  • Just lie down, take deep breathes and put pillows under your feet; put a heating pad or a hot pad on your tummy.
  • Lie on a nice flat bed. Lie flat with three or more pillows under your neck and one under your feet. Listen to calm music, like for example, the ocean swooshing, and do some meditation after. Try eating fruit salad and breath calmly and slowly.
  • Drink little sips of water, don't gulp it down, because that could overwhelm your stomach. You could also try tiny sips of pop as well.
  • Lie down on a pillow that is placed under your stomach.
  • Lay down and put a warm heat pack on your stomach.
  • Never drink cold drinks. Always drink room temperature drinks to avoid stomach aches.
  • Don't drink sugary liquids/drinks such as soda or high sugar juice. Try to stick to liquids like water, milk, and hot tea. If you drink sugary fluids it may cause a reaction in your stomach and make the pain worse and last longer.
  • If you have gas just let it out. Don't hold it in, since that just makes it worse.
  • Try to sleep, but not on your back in case you vomit in your sleep, it is better to be on your side so you don't choke.
  • Mix asafoetida in water and apply on and around your naval.
  • Do not sleep on your stomach it makes it nauseous. And try to eat warm soothing foods such as soup.
  • If nauseous, avoid fresh fruit, vegetables and dairy (these are great to eat when your back to normal though).
  • Avoid alcohol and soda.
  • Lay down and get comfortable. Breathe deep through your nose and out your mouth.
  • Use Digene to cure stomach ache.
  • If you feel like throwing up and you don't have anywhere where there is privacy and nobody else, just throw up where you are (if you really need to). It's embarrassing, but it is important to get all that yuck out of your stomach!
  • Eating peppermint might help.
  • Try resting for 30 minutes to help.
  • If you are at school, try going to the bathroom. If it doesn't get any better, go to the nurse. He/she should be able to help you.
  • Sometimes putting a nice warm towel on your stomach can make it feel better.
  • Try calming down. Your tummy may hurt because you've been doing stuff way too fast.
  • Don't hold any gas in because that is also what could be causing the cramps.
  • Try drinking ginger ale and not moving around because that could stir up your stomach.


  • Do not move around. Moving around can make your stomach ache worse, try to find a quiet spot to lie down and rest.
  • Immediately call an emergency number if your stomach ache is associated with a recent injury or if you feel pain and pressure in your chest.
  • Many people get stomach aches when they travel overseas. Be careful to drink only bottled water, to only brush your teeth with bottled water, and to avoid ice that could be made with contaminated water. Skip raw foods like peeled fruit and salad that other people touch with their hands.
  • Make sure that you eat meat and fish that is fully cooked. If you don't cook it to a high enough internal temperature, then you won't kill harmful organisms that may be living in the meat. Eating undercooked food can give you a nasty case of food poisoning.
  • Have someone take you to an emergency room if you are in so much pain that you either can't sit still, or you need to curl into a ball for relief. Also, go to the emergency room if you stomach is swollen or tender, if your skin is yellow, if you have bloody vomit or stools or if your nausea and vomiting continue for multiple days.[13]

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