Have you ever had a nervous stomach? A nervous stomach is not a exactly a recognized diagnosis, but sometimes, it does seem like your stomach has a mind of it’s own. Some people call it butterflies or they say “my stomach is in knots”.
Your stomach does, in a way, have a mind of it’s own. It’s called the enteric nervous system. The enteric nervous system produces every single class of neurotransmitter that is found in the brain. The number of messages sent by the enteric nervous system to the brain out numbers the amount of messages that travel from the brain to the stomach by approximately nine times.
Most people can describe a nervous stomach as indigestion, with symptoms such as bloating or a change in bowel habits. Most of the time the cause for a nervous stomach stress or anxiety. The brain in your head doesn’t tell your stomach what to do, but the stomach does get signals from the brain that something is wrong and reacts with stomach symptoms.
You can definitely get a nervous stomach if you are stressed out. It may be hard to believe unless you have had it happen to you, but it’s true. Your digestive system can get severely affected by the changes in your emotions and by stress, anxiety and depression. Some doctors even believe that when we are stressed, our stomach churns which produces more stomach acid, leading to symptoms a lot like heartburn. People who are worried or anxious often have stomach issues anywhere from gas attacks to bleeding ulcers or esophageal reflux disease.
If you are having symptoms of stomach distress every day or every week, you need to see your doctor. In the meantime, mild or intermittent conditions may be relieved–or even prevented–by the natural remedies and healthy habits that improve elements of digestive function.
To ease gas pressure, you can gently massage your abdomen. Or use your fingertips on the acupressure point three finger-widths below your navel. (If you may be pregnant, don’t do either of these without consulting a doctor.)