External Applications for Abdominal Pain

Abdominal compress

  • For cramp-like stomach pain:
    abdominal compress with Melissa oil WALA
    Melissa (lemon balm) has a calming and relaxing effect.
    For instruction, see https://www.pflege-vademecum.de/melissenoel_bauchwickel.php?locale=en

  • For spasmodic abdominal pain with strong meteorism (gas and bloating):
    abdominal compress with carraway oil WALA
    Caraway has a relieving, antispasmodic and stimulating effect on the formation of gastric juice.

  • In case of intolerance to essential oils, a good alternative is an:
    abdominal compress with olive oil
    Olive oil has a warming and relaxing effect.

  • If there is a tendency to blockages and cramps:
    Oxalis e planta tota W 10%, Oleum WALA
    For instruction, see https://www.pflege-vademecum.de/oxalis_essenz_bauchwickel.php?locale=en

  • To harmonize and warm the gastrointestinal tract:
    hot moist compresses with yarrow tea

  • For abdominal cramps and flatulence
    Cuprum/Nicotiana WALA ointment compress
    Copper has a warming and antispasmodic effect, Nicotiana also has an antispasmodic effect.

Rhythmical embrocation of the abdomen

In addition to abdominal compresses, we can also treat the abdomen with rhythmical embrocation, using the substances mentioned above.

  • In case of intolerance to essential oils, a good alternative is:
    Red Copper Ointment WALA (also available as Kupfersalbe rot WALA) with olive oil

Research news

Pilot study  on the clinical effect of yarrow liver compresses  
Liver compresses are commonly applied in integrative cancer treatment and are believed to have an energizing effect. A randomized pilot study was conducted to investigate the influence of yarrow liver compresses on the autonomic nervous system by analyzing heart rate variability in metastatic cancer patients undergoing radiotherapy and suffering from cancer-related fatigue. The study found that this application led to increased sympathetic activity during daytime in the intervention group, whereas in the control group, which did not receive any external application, increased parasympathetic activity. The study is open access:  
https://doi.org/10.1177/15347354221081253


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