I am sure, irrespective of your age, gender or place of residence, majority of you have experienced acidity problem. Owing to the tasty foods we eat on the streets or in the lavish buffets at irregular time of the day, it would only surprise me if you haven’t experienced the heart burn that hyperacidity causes.
Do you experience one, some or all of these signs of acidity?
- Burning sensation in chest, stomach and throat.
- Nausea and even Vomiting!
- Indigestion of consumed food
- Frequent burping.
In long term, this hyperacidity which actually is imbalanced Pitta, shows effect in the other body parts or system resulting in associated symptoms such as:
- Vertigo-feeling of dizziness
- Itching and redness on skin
- Excessive sweating
- Sudden blackouts
- Graying of hair, greasy hair and hair fall
- Burning in palms and soles of hand and feet
- Brittle teeth
- Brittle nails and loss of luster. (Go have a look at your parent’s nails and if you see them discolored, ask if they have been suffering from acidity problem since years!)
- Pain in umbilical region due to peptic ulcers
- Frequent mouth ulcers
- Frequent anger outbursts
- GERD- Gastro-oesophageal reflux disease occurs when the sphincter, which is the door between the oesophagus and the stomach loses its strength and the acid from the stomach pops up. Acidity is a symptom of this disorder. GERD treatment in Ayurveda is a step ahead than that of acidity.
What is Acidity?
Acidity occurs when the gastric glands of your stomach start producing more amount of acidic fluid than needed. The heartburn you experience is, in fact, far less than the actual harm it must be doing inside your body.
Acidity according to Ayurveda
Amlapitta is the term correlated in Ayurveda for acidity. Vata, Pitta and Kapha are the three Doshas naturally present in each of us. In its natural state, the function of digestion primarily relies on Pitta (with help of the other two doshas i.e. Vata and Kapha) .
Due to the incorrect habits and lifestyle, this Pitta becomes highly sour, hot, sharp or intense, increases quantitatively and degrades qualitatively, thus resulting in the above symptoms of Amlapitta or hyperacidity.
The deteriorated and imbalanced Pitta is the root cause of acidity problem and the other long term symptoms mentioned above.
Which incorrect habits cause Acidity?
Hyperacidity is a result of years of wrong habits like:
- Eating sour, spicy, salty foods excessively.
- Drinking excess amount of water!! Judgement of water is so important! Unfortunately, the incorrect information has spread so much, thus making this a leading cause of acidity.
- Consuming milk + other foods together.
- Consuming fermented food in excess.
- Incorrect timings of food consumption. Skipping breakfast, eating dinner late at night are one of the leading causes of acidity.
- Incorrect sleep pattern. Sleeping late at night, sleeping during the day.
As you see, all the health problems we face nowadays are nothing but poor lifestyle choices!
Ayurvedic treatment for Acidity
Always make sure to consult an Ayurvedic doctor near you before taking any ayurvedic medicine for acidity because it is not the same for every person.
- Decreasing the intensity of Pitta, normalizing the imbalance of Pitta, expelling the excess Pitta out of the body are the treatment principles according to Ayurveda for acidity.
- Sootshekhar ras, Kamdudha ras, Praval Panchamrut are few acidity solution in Ayurveda.
- Eating one spoon of Dadimavaleha or Drakshavaleha twice a day after food is a good Ayurvedic treatment for acidity and ulcer.
- Virechan and Vaman, which are two of the Ayurvedic Panchakarma treatment procedures, expels the Pitta out of the body and is highly recommended Amlapitta treatment in Ayurveda to expel the root cause. It is necessary to take them only after personal consultation with Ayurvedic doctors.
A wide range of ayurvedic medicine for acidity exists but it differs for each person because of the varying body types, symptoms, and so on.
Ayurvedic treatment stands strong on two important pillars:
- Expelling or stopping the cause.
- Prescribing medicines.
Both of these are equivalently important. After all, for how long are you going to keep consuming medicines?
Stopping the cause is 50 percent of the work done. Therefore, identify the causes and follow the Do’s and Don’ts.
The Dos and Don’ts in Ayurveda for acidity
- The most obvious- Mind your tongue while eating spicy, sour, salty foods.
- Don’t drink excess amount of water. There is so much misguidance about water consumption around. I urge you to read my article on ‘How much water should you drink every day?
- Don’t keep a long gap between waking up and having breakfast. This is specially a remedy for those who suffer from nausea and vomiting due to acidity.
- Don’t eat late night. Try to have it as early as possible. In fact, the best time to have dinner is before the sun sets.
- Don’t try to forcefully expel the Pitta out through mouth. Many people have this early morning habit because they feel relaxed on doing this. However, you are only worsening it and trapping yourself in a vicious circle of hyperacidity.
- Tea, Coffee increases Pitta and thus, acidity. If you cannot live without it, at least try to limit it to half a cup a day. And do not drink it on empty stomach.
- Mustard oil is a commonly used oil in North Indian households. This when used by people residing in humid and hotter areas increases acidity.
- Tur daal increases Pitta. Hence, avoid this and incorporate Moong and Masoor daal to control acidity. Eating good food is such an important part of hyperacidity ayurvedic treatment!
- Fermented food like curd, sour creams increases acidity.
These Dos and Don’ts form a very important part of hyperacidity ayurvedic treatment.
Home remedies for Acidity
(Please note that Ayurveda and home remedies are two different things. Home remedies are found in kitchen which help a bit in the actual treatment; whereas Ayurveda is a whole different science which has its own principles, herbs and minerals which are not found in kitchen.)
- Take half cup i.e. 60-70 grams of raisins, soak them in water for 30 minutes or less, wash it out with water properly, strain it and eat the raisins. Here it is important that you chew the raisins properly and take a good 15-20 minutes time to eat all of them at once. This is one of the best home remedies for acidity.
- Moravala, Gulkand are few Ayurvedic remedy for acidity which you can consume.
- Fruits like Grapes, Pomegranate, Kushmand (Petha or Wax gourd) are specifically recommended fruits for acidity problem.
- Ghrita, that is Ghee is a pacifier of Pitta. Include it in your diet to treat acidity.
- Coriander, fennel soothes your acidity. Use good amount of coriander in daal, salads rather than just using it as a garnish. Use fennel in the coolants or drinks you prepare at home.
I cannot stress more on how important it is to limit the cause to fight any disorder.
The causes told in Ayurveda for acidity which are mentioned above will help you to know what exactly lead you to acidity.
The home remedies for acidity will help in pacifying the heartburn. But remember they are just home remedies and not the actual ayurvedic acidity treatment. You need to see Ayurvedic doctors to guide you regarding the ayurvedic medicine for acidity.
The Takeaway message
My takeaway message would always be constant
Identifying the causes, stopping them, following the Dos and Don’ts is 50 percent of the work done. Do it and see yourself getting rid of Acidity.