Get Off Your Acids with Ayurveda Healing Remedies

Acidity - The Unwanted Guest
Acidity - The Unwanted Guest
As per Ayurveda vata, pitta and kapha, the three doshas present in the human body are found in the grahani (duodenum), which is considered as the seat of digestive fire or agni. It is also said that eating and fasting during indigestion leads to problems like acidity, heartburn, gastritis, which is referred as Amlapitta.

The causative factors for Amlapitta are Spicy food causing burning sensation like pickles, papad etc, Incompatible combination of food consumption (viruddha anna), Sour food, Impure food (Dushta anna) and Food and drinks that cause increase in pitta or acidity.

Symptoms of Acidity (Amlapitta)
In Ayurveda, Amla pitta(Acidity) is classified in three main categories, namely:
  • Urdhwaga Amplapitta (upward)
  • Adhoga Amplapitta (downward)
  • Amlapitta caused by Vata, Pitta & Kapha
Urdhvaga (upward) Amla Pitta Symptoms
  • Vomiting of sour material that is similar to mutton wash, thin, sticky, followed by kapha.
  • Vomiting with bitter or sour taste often due to empty stomach.
  • Belching of similar nature.
  • Burning sensation in the chest, upper abdomen and throat, in the palms and soles.
  • Headache
  • Burning sensation
  • Loss of appetite.
  • Fever
  • Appearance of rasnas.
  • Circular itching on the skin.
Adhoga (downward) Amlapitta Symptoms
The symptoms are like thirst, burning sensation, fainting, giddiness, diarrhea, oppression in the chest, skin Rashes

Amla Pitta Symptoms Due to Vata, Pitta & Kapha
There are various symptons of amlapitta or acidity, heartburn, gastritis caused by Vata, Pitta & Kapha. Symptons caused by vata are like tremors, fainting, feeling of pins and needles, weakness, darkness before the eyes, giddiness, delusion. Amla pitta symptoms caused by pitta are like expectoration of thick phlegm, loss of appetite, feeling of heaviness, coldness, vomiting, coating on the tongue, strength loss, skin itching, sleepy etc. Similarly for amla pitta caused by kapha and pitta both, the symptoms are sour and pungent tastes, burning sensation in the chest, giddiness, loss of appetite, farting, vomiting etc.

Ayurvedic therapies to treat the disease include:
  • Vamana: A medicated emesis therapy where in herbal medicines induce expulsion of vitiated doshas through the oral cavity.
  • Virechana: A medicated purification therapy to flush out toxins from the body, especially vitiated Pitta dosha.
  • Vasti: It is the most important of all Panchakarma therapies that washes out all toxins through the digestive tract. 

8 Foods That Fight Acid Reflux
  1. Ginger In moderation, ginger is one of the best foods for acid reflux. It has been used throughout history as an anti-inflammatory and as a treatment for gastrointestinal conditions. Ginger root can easily be peeled, sliced, diced, or shaved using a grater. You can use it while cooking or add it to smoothies.
  2. Aloe vera Aloe vera is famous as a natural healing agent and also seems to treat acid reflux. It is available as a living plant, but the leaves or liquid form are sometimes sold separately in groceries and health-food stores. Aloe vera can be used in recipes as a thickener and for congealing liquids.
  3. Banana Bananas make a great snack, and at pH 5.6, they’re usually great for people with acid reflux. However, about 1% of acid refluxers find that their condition is worsened by bananas. So keep in mind that what works for most people may not work for you.
  4. Melon Melon (pH 6.1) is good for acid reflux. However, as with bananas, a small percentage (1% to 2%) of those with acid reflux need to avoid it. Also included in the good-for-reflux category are honeydew, cantaloupe, and watermelon.
  5. Fennel Fennel (pH 6.9) is a great food for acid reflux and actually seems to improve stomach function. This crunchy vegetable has a unique taste—a mild licorice flavor. Sliced thin (the white bottom part), it makes a healthy salad with arugula and baby spinach. It’s also great in chicken dishes, and makes a fine snack if you love the taste.
  6. Roots and greens Cauliflower, broccoli, asparagus, green beans, and other greens are all great foods for the acid refluxer. Pretty much all of the green and the root vegetables are recommended for people following this diet.
  7. Celery Celery has almost no calories because of its high water content, and is a good choice if you have acid reflux. It is also an appetite suppressant and excellent source of roughage.
  8. Parsley For thousands of years, parsley has been used as a medicinal herb to settle the stomach and aid digestion. Flat-leaf and curly parsley are widely available, and they make a great seasoning and garnish.

We recommend
Acidity Relief Tea by Indian Chai

Diet & Lifestyle Advice

  • Avoid tea, coffee, and carbonated or alcoholic beverages.
  • Avoid processed and fermented foods.
  • Avoid using garlic, ginger, onions, tomatoes, and vinegar in cooking.
  • Also avoid rich gravies, sour, salty, and spicy foods.
  • Curd should be strictly avoided at night.
  • Take meals in a relaxed atmosphere at regular intervals.
  • Practice Yoga and Pranayama such as Vajrasana, Bhujangasana, Salabhasana, Bhastrika Pranayama,Shitali Pranayama and Shitkari Pranayama.

Commonly Used Ayurvedic Medicines
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