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Intestinal Gas

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Intestinal gas is air that is trapped in the stomach or digestive tract. It is most common after eating. Stomach pain, cramping, bloating, and gas may also happen.

It often goes away on its own. It can also be treated with medicine. Diet changes can help prevent it. Natural therapies are also used to ease symptoms.

Natural Therapies

May Be Effective

Probiotics are good bacteria that are available in some foods. They may ease symptoms of intestinal gas.A1, A2

Not Enough Data to Assess

Low-flatulogenic diet B1

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Herbs and Supplements to Be Used With Caution

Talk to your doctor about any supplements or therapy you would like to use. Some can interfere with treatment or make conditions worse.



Herbs and Supplements

A1. Kalman DS, Schwartz HI, et al. A prospective, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled parallel-group dual site trial to evaluate the effects of a Bacillus coagulans-based product on function intestinal gas symptoms. BMC Gastroenterol. 2009;9:85.

A2. Vulevic J, Tzortzis G, et al. Effect of a prebiotic galactooligosaccharide mixture (B-GOS®) on gastrointestinal symptoms in adults selected from a general population who suffer with bloating, abdominal pain, or flatulence. Neurogastroenterol Motil. 2018 Nov;30(11):e13440.


B1. Azpiroz F, Hernandez C, et al. Effect of a low-flatulogenic diet in patients with flatulence and functional digestive symptoms. Neurogastroenterol Motil. 2014 Jun;26(6):779-785.

Last reviewed November 2019 by EBSCO NAT Review Board Eric Hurwitz, DC