Belching or passing gas (flatus) is natural and common. Excessive belching or flatus, accompanied by bloating, pain or swelling of the abdomen (distention), can occasionally interfere with daily activities or cause embarrassment.
When belching, gas or bloating interferes with our daily activities, there may be something wrong. Belching is commonly known as burping. It is our bodies way of expelling excess air from our upper digestive tract. Most belching is caused by swallowing excess air. This air most often never even reaches the stomach but accumulates in the esophagus.
we may swallow excess air if we eat or drink too fast, talk while we eat, chew gum, suck on hard candies, drink carbonated beverages, or smoke. Some people swallow air as a nervous habit even when they are not eating or drinking.
Acid reflux or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) can sometimes cause excessive belching by promoting increased swallowing.
Chronic belching may also be related to inflammation of the stomach lining or to an infection with Helicobacter pylori, the bacterium responsible for some stomach ulcers. In these cases, the belching is accompanied by other symptoms, such as
heartburn or abdominal pain.
Belching is in itself a symptom, generally associated with some kind of digestive disorder like
Belching is caused by multiple factors that affect the normal process of digestion. There are many possible causes of indigestion. Some are related to lifestyle and what you eat and drink. Indigestion can also be caused by other digestive conditions. The most common causes of belching as a result of indigestion include:
Carbo Vegetabilis – Useful for constant offensive belching with bitter or sour taste.Useful when upper part of the abdomen is bloated, tense and full.Useful when there is pain in the stomach after consuming food with burning sensation in the upper region of the abdomen.
Nux Vomica : Very useful medicine for belching which is bitter in taste. There is difficult belching which is associated with vomiting which may contain food or bile.There is fullness and pressure with sensation of weight in the stomach .There is pinching, cramping, constrictive and gripping pain in stomach.
Asafoetida – Useful for belching which are very loud .There is excessive accumulation of gas in the stomach along with distension.