The most common cause of excessive belching in the USA is ‘overeating’. One of the most common causes is excessive consumption of aerated drinks or consumption of 6 to 10 cups of tea or coffee per day. Drinking from a dish by suction method also increases belching.
Smoking is one of the most common causes of sucking in air, which must come out later. Chewing gum can also lead to swallowing of air. Usually this small amount of gas along with the gas produced in the small intestine by digestion of the food is reabsorbed into the blood.Some gas may pass out as flatus.
If a person belches with open mouth wide open, double the amount of air comes out, but while the cardiac sphincter is open, double the quantity of air is sucked in. thus in neurotic and anxious person one belch leads to another.
Quite often some patients have organic abdominal pain due to peptic ulcer or gall bladder disease. They think it is due to gas and they try to belch. But the most common cause of excessive belching is aerophagy syndrome associated with anxiety and often, irritable bowel syndrome.
Natural Remedies For Excessive Belching Or Burping
- Cardamom is highly useful home remedy for belching or burping. 5 gm of its powder can be taken with water.
- Take 5 gm each of fried asafetida (by frying in clarified butter asafetida becomes pure), black salt, cardamom and dry ginger. Make fine powder, mix well and store in a clean bottle. 1/2 teaspoon of this powder can be given along with some lukewarm water 2 to 3 times a day which instantly gives relief from gas.
- Similarly a mixture of 2 gm of celery seeds and one gm each of aniseed and sugar (as required) is given in doses of 1/2 to 1 teaspoon with lukewarm water. This also gives prompt relief from gas problems.