Aerophagia is a condition of excessive air swallowing, which goes to the stomach instead of the lungs. Aerophagia may also refer to an unusual condition where the primary symptom is excessive flatus, belching is not present, and the actual mechanism by which air enters the gut is obscure or unknown.
CAUSES OF AEROPHAGIA
Aerophagia is characterized by excessive air swallowing. The air enters the gastrointestinal tract and causes a range of symptoms. The word aerophagia means “ air eating
Though some of the symptoms are similar, aerophagia is considered a different disorder than excessive belching, irritable bowel syndrome, constipation, or functional dyspepsia, which is indigestion with no known cause. Aerophagia is not caused by a blockage in the intestines. That being said, it is not uncommon for people with aerophagia to have another gastrointestinal disorder as well.
SYMPTOMS OF AEROPHAGIA
The symptoms of aerophagia are related to the way air passes through the body. Depending on whether the air primarily stays higher up or passes down through the intestines, you may experience:
- Gurgling stomach
- Abdominal pain or discomfort
- Distended belly
Less common symptoms include constipation, diarrhea, decreased appetite, and nausea. Unlike with other gastrointestinal disorders, vomiting is not generally considered a symptom of aerophagia. Symptoms may come and go over time.
Risk Factors for Aerophagia
Aerophagia can happen anytime a person swallows too much air, but this may occur more often for certain people. For example, aerophagia is sometimes associated with anxiety, which can cause irregular breathing patterns.
Certain activities, such as drinking carbonated beverages, may also increase the amount of air you swallow. Aerophagia is a common side effect of continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy, a treatment for obstructive sleep apnea, especially during the initial phase of treatment.
HOMEOPATHIC MEDICINE FOR AEROPHAGIA
Homoeopathy today is a rapidly growing system and is being practiced all over the world. It strength lies in its evident effectiveness as it takes a holistic approach towards the sick individual through promotion of inner balance at mental, emotional, spiritual and physical levels. When is concerned there are many effective medicines available in Homoeopathy , but the selection depends upon the individuality of the patient , considering mental and physical symptoms
Few homoeopathic medicine can be thought of in the treatment of aerophagia are:
lycopodium, cinchona, nux vomica, iodum, natrum mur., carbo veg., etc.