Relax tension,irritability and spasm
Although two distinct properties,nervine and antispasmodic actions of herbs usually go hand in hand when it comes to digestive vitality.Nervines are generally considered relaxing herbs,supportive and relieving to a stressed-out or overactive nervous system.Rather than being outright sedatives.
Digestive nervines metaphorically reduce excess electricity in the system and allay digestive disturbances that are worsende by chronic stress and anxiety.In circumstances where psychosocial factors precipitate or exacerbate digestive problems,as is the case in many functional gastrointestinal disorders like irritable bowel syndrome,nervines play a special role in calming and balancing digestive predictability and rhythm.relieving the tension of presistent constipation and reducing the paroxysm often present with loose stools or diarrhea.A few examples of nervines that are spicific to the digestive system include skullcap (Scutellaria laterflora).
However,many digestive nervines also possess an antispasmodic action,indication their role in relieving the spasms,cramps and griping that also tend to accompany stress and anxiety induced digestive problems.Spasms and cramps can happen anywhere along the digestive tract,including in the ducts tha guide digestive secretions.such as bile and pancreatic enzymes into the small intestine.Therefore,digestive antispasmodics can also provide support during episodes of biliary colic caused by the presence of gallstones or other such blockages of the digestive secretion passageways.
Antispasmodics can also be useful in cases of infections diarrhea for painful griping.as well as to relax the bowel in cases of straining constipation.
A few commonly used examples includes chamomile,lavender(Lavandula angustifolia) flowers,fenugreek (Trigonella foenumgraecum),black haw (Viburnum prunifolium) and wild yam (Dioscorea villosa)