• Balsam for the Stomach

    Phytomedicine: The Natural Power of Medicinal Plants

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    A new combination of active ingredients utilizes the power of medicinal plants and restores balance to individuals suffering from gastric irritation.

Stress, an unhealthy diet, alcohol – the human stomach is easily irritated by excess. And once its smooth operation is interrupted, many different complaints can develop. Relief is on hand in the shape of a prescription-free drug product that ­combines nine medicinal plants: Iberogast™ – administered in liquid form – restores balance to the stomach in individuals ­suffering from complex gastric disorders.

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  • Challenge
    An unhealthy diet and stress can trigger unpleasant gastrointestinal symptoms and considerably impair general wellbeing.
  • Solution
    The plant-based drug product Iberogast™ contains extracts of nine medicinal plants that provide fast and reliable relief of digestive symptoms.
  • Benefits
    The special combination of medicinal plants working in synergy exert their potency in fast relief of pain and cramps, fullness or bloating.

According to experts,

52,000

of the 422,000 species of flowering plants that exist worldwide are used as medicinal plants.

Legend has it that the Roman scholar Gaius Plinius Secundus used bitter candytuft to cure the gastrointestinal complaints of a friend in what was then Iberia - hence the Latin name Iberis amara. Extracts of the fresh plant increase the muscle tone of the stomach and intestines and have motility-promoting and anti-inflammatory effects. They are therefore helpful against symptoms such as a bloated sensation, stomach pain and heartburn.
The roots of the Angelica archangelica plant, also known as Holy Ghost, contain antispasmodic constituents. They calm the stomach and are also effective against mild flatulence. Angelica root also has disinfectant and anti-inflammatory properties and thus helps prevent peptic ulcers.
Celandine herb (Latin name: Chelidonium majus) regulates gastric motility and boosts digestion. Its bitter compounds, alkaloids and flavones have a calming and antispasmodic effect. Celandine extracts repel free radicals and can therefore help prevent peptic ulcers. Chelidonium majus can be clearly identified from the strong-smelling, orangey-yellow latex that is released by the plant when its stem is snapped.
In ancient Egypt, wild chamomile (Matricariae flos) was known as the flower of the sun god Ra because of its yellow flower heads and white petals. Since the late 20th century, intensive breeding of the plant for medicinal purposes has led to various different varieties of chamomile.Chamomile flower has a calming, antispasmodic and anti-inflammatory effect on the gastrointestinal tract. It also regulates gastric acid production.
Liquorice root (Liquiritiae radix)owes its name to its sweet flavor. The best-known product derived from this root is liquorice. The medicinal effects of liquorice were well known even in ancient times. Liquorice extracts calm the stomach and prevent peptic ulcers. Due to its expectorant properties, it is also used to treat colds.