GI ailments

GI diseases and illnesses are any ailments linked to the digestive system, including the throat, stomach, and intestines. Diagnoses may include acute, short-term illnesses – sometimes referred to as “stomach bugs." They can give you unpleasant symptoms while they work their way through your system.

GI diseases may also include more chronic diagnoses, such as Crohn’s disease or irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and may require long-term, specialty treatment.

There are several different types of GI illnesses, including viral gastroenteritis, food poisoning, and even constipation.

Symptoms of Gastrointestinal Illnesses

Most GI ailment symptoms are easily recognizable. GI disorders generally begin with abdominal discomfort and nausea and then symptoms may differ depending on your specific ailment. GI disorders or infections may include:

Viral Gastroenteritis (“Stomach Flu”)
Viral gastroenteritis is a digestive illness commonly referred to as "stomach flu" − but it isn’t actually flu at all. True flu only refers to influenza, a virus affecting your respiratory system. Rather, viral gastroenteritis is an infection that affects your intestines. You can contract it by coming in contact with someone who already has the ailment or by ingesting food or water that's been contaminated with a virus, like norovirus.

Gastroenteritis symptoms may take several days to appear, though they normally don't linger for more than a day or two. Exceptions may by those with rotavirus, whose symptoms can last up to nine days, and norovirus, which can last one to three days. Symptoms include: 

  • Vomiting 
  • Watery diarrhea 
  • Cramping 
  • A low fever 
  • Nausea

Food Poisoning 
Food poisoning is an illness which occurs when you've eaten food contaminated by an infectious organism, such as salmonella, listeria, or E. coli. This can occur with undercooked or improperly handled food. Symptoms typically appear eight to 12 hours after eating and can last for one to two days. Food poisoning begins with abdominal cramping. Other symptoms include: 

  • Nausea 
  • Vomiting 
  • Diarrhea 
  • Fever 
  • Cramps

Gastrointestinal Infections
Gastrointestinal infections can be caused by viruses, bacteria, or parasites that settle in your GI tract. Viral or bacterial infections normally resolve in a few days, whereas parasitic infections may require medical treatment to resolve. Symptoms include: 

  • Diarrhea 
  • Abdominal discomfort 
  • Vomiting 
  • Those with parasites, particularly pinworms (common among school-age children) may experience difficulty sleeping, restlessness, and itching around the infection site. 

A common, usually temporary disorder, often the result of inactivity, eating or drinking a lot of dairy products, and/or not having enough fiber or water in your diet. Constipation may resolve itself within a few days. Symptoms include: 

  • Trouble with bowel movements 
  • Bloating 
Herbal remedies for GI ailments
(Withania somnifera)
(Astragalus membranaceus)
(Bacopa monnieri)
(Arctium lappa)
*Black Cohosh
(Cimicifuga racemosa)
(Focus vesiculosus)
*Celery seeds
(Apium graviolens)
*Chanca piedra
(Phyllanthus niruri)
*Ceylon cinnamon
(Cinnamomum zeylanicum)
*Cat's claw
(Uncaria tomentosa)
*Dandelion root
(Taraxacum officinale)
(Trigonella foenum graecum)
*Ginkgo biloba
(Ginkgo biloba)
*Horse chestnut
(Aesculus hippocastanum)
*Hawthorn berry
(Crateagus oxicanthus)
*Horny goat weed
(Epimedium sagittatum)
*Juniper berry
(Juniperus communis)
*Milk thistle
(Sylibum marianum)
(Lepidium meyenii)
*Red clover
(Trifolium pratense)
*American Skullcap
(Scutellaria lateriflora)
*Saw palmetto
(Serenoa repens/serrulata)
*Stinging nettle
(Urtica dioica)
*St John's wort
(Hypericum perforatum)
(Smilax aristolochiifolia)
*Schizandra berry
(Schisandra chinensis)
(Agnus castus)
*Valerian root
(Valeriana officinalis)
*White willow
(Salix alba)
(Achillea millefolium)
*Lion's mane
(Hericium erinaceous
(Lentinula edodes