A cramping sensation felt in one's abdominal area is relatively common and there are many possible causes.

Your intestines are made up smooth muscle which contracts and relaxes in a wave like motion known as peristalsis. The most common cause of spasms in your intestines is a blockage or interruption of this normal wave like motion. The cause may be:-

- A trapped pocket of gas causes cramping as your intestines attempt to move the gas forward (see Colic).

- Constipation may also cause cramping as the intestines struggle to move its contents forward.

- Any strain may also cause them to cramp (for example diarrhoea)

Cramps and spasms typically do not last long but they may return if the cause has not been corrected. Recurring cramps and spasms may also be caused by Irritable Bowel Syndrome (see Spastic colon) or a food intolerance..

Psyllium seeds soaked in water and drunk each morning on an empty stomach may help to improve peristaltic motion. Acidophilus capsules may also help to deal with pockets of bad bacteria that can produce gas.

Peppermint has been used as a natual anti-spasmodic. A teaspoon of the tincture added to warm water and then sipped may prove beneficial.

Other organs which may cause cramping like pains when blocked are your

- Ureters (the tubes attaching your kidneys to your bladder) - (see Kidney stones)

- The cystic duct which is attached to your gall bladder. Gall stones and kidney stones may become lodged in the ureters or the cystic duct. This causes pressure to build up and the tubes are stretched. This results in extreme cramping pain which may last thirty minutes to five hours before subsiding.

To increase the flow of bile (not in the presence of gall stones) Dandelion root or Fringe Tree Bark tincture may be taken.

If you are still experiencing cramping pains after four days then you should consult a healthcare practitioner as there may be a blockage or disease that requires treatment.