Showing posts with label digestive disorders. Show all posts
Showing posts with label digestive disorders. Show all posts

Feb 21, 2014

Infant or Baby Constipation Home Remedies

Baby Constipation
Babies or infants have their own pattern of bowel movements depending upon their foods, activity and digestion abilities. However, if your child gets constipation, you get to know it if s/he does not have a bowel movement in 3 or more days or has hard, dry stools that are difficult to pass. Treatment for baby constipation can be done by using certain home remedies. Here is a list of such constipation remedies for providing relief to your baby.
  • If your baby has just started taking solid  baby food, it might be a cause of constipation as these foods are low in fiber. Request your doctor to change the baby food brand that might help in constipation treatment of your baby.  With consultation of doctor, switch from rice cereal to barley or oat cereal, or you might add pureed fruits or vegetables to regular cereal.
  • If your baby crawls, motivate her to do a few laps and if she isn't crawling, try pumping her legs gently. This will give her some exercise.
  • Dehydration can be one of the causes for your baby's constipation. Increase the amount of fluid which will also keep her stools soft.
  • Give 1 ounce of prune juice diluted with equal amount of water, twice a day. Alternatively, give  apple juice to your baby.
  • Rub the area surrounding baby's anus with a considerably warm cloth. This helps in relaxing the muscles and allows gas and other matter to escape.
  • Mix a capful of corn syrup in your baby's food to get rid of constipation.
  • Soak 1 tsp Psyllium Husk or Isabgol in a cup of water. Feed 1-2 spoon of this liquid in the food that you give to your baby. This can even be used as a precautionary method for avoiding constipation in babies.
  • Avoid such foods as rice cereal and bananas as they may aggravate constipation. Instead give your baby prunes, apricots, or pears.
  • Soak 6-8 raisins (kishmish) in hot water (depending on the age). When crushed and given routinely even to little infants, it helps to regulate bowel movement (however care should be taken so as not to give too much otherwise the child will get loose motions.)
  • Rub the Vaseline on the baby's bottom. This not only will loosen up the area, but will also help the stool to come out. Be prepared for the stool to come!
  • Apply Castor oil/ Coconut oil to the Anus region of the Baby, so that it doesn't pain for the baby while passing motion and the hard motion easily slips out. Use a cotton bud to apply and don't use your finger else you may hurt the baby with your nail.
  • Ask your health care provider about the use of flax oil as a relief aid for constipation. Often, a teaspoon of flax oil added to formula may help treat constipation in baby.
  • A Warm Bath with Baking Soda
Directions:
Prepare bath as normal. Make sure to make the water warm but not hot. The baby will appreciate the semi warm bath. Add in a couple teaspoons of baking soda and mix fully before putting the baby inside the bath. Let the baby soak for up to ten minutes before taking them out. This can be repeated a couple times a week if necessary.

Feb 14, 2014

Indigestion: Digestive Disorder as Per Ayurveda

The fundamental digestive disorder is indigestion or dyspepsia which may give rise to more acute or serious diseases. The basic cause of indigestion, besides weak digestive powers, is overeating or eating foods which must be avoided. Stools of such persons contain large amounts of undigested matter. They suffer from flatulence arising from putrifying matter in the stomach or the intestines. Breaking wind or belching may provide temporary relief, but there is generally a feeling of fullness amounting to heaviness, loss of appetite and general discomfort. Sometimes hyperacidity may cause a burning sensation and even sudden escape of gas from the mouth or coming up of the undigested matter from the stomach. Overburdening of the stomach, the root cause of indigestion, has to be avoided in order to start the treatment.

Treatment for Indigestion
  • You should take light food.
  • Do fasting for 24 hours and then take to easily digestible food.
  • Fats and condiments must be avoided
  • Bland food, mostly vegetables should be consumed either boiled or steamed.
  • Eat juicy fruits 
  • Consume buttermilk
  • Take hot and cold compression to the abdomen for 15-20 minutes twice in the day, either on an empty stomach or two to three hours after meals.
  • Do vigorous exercise to increase the body heat.
  • Brisk walk 30 minutes daily.
  • Avoid lentils which are not easy to digest.
  • Take adequate quantities of water.
  • Avoid alcohol and tobacco
  • Avoid red meat, if wish to take chicken/fish free from fat.
Home Remedies for Indigestion
Take one teaspoon for fresh grape wine 30 minutes before meals.
Fast on lemon juice and water
Take a small amount of fresh pineapple after meals

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Understanding Digestive Disorders as per Ayurveda


According to Ayurveda consumption of food which is inextricably linked with digestion and its subsequent functioning or malfunctioning, the cause of improper functioning of the digestive system lies in the improper eating habits. Improper or imbalanced indulgence of senses which gives way to wrong eating habits serves to upset the all important digestive structure. Unhealthy eating manners triggered by the wrong use of senses aid to upset the physiological balance.

'Vata', 'Pitta', and 'Kapha' the natural substances included in human physiology are terribly disturbed on account of digestive disorders; the cause of which lies in the indulgent use of senses. Consumption of uncooked food items, oily stuffs and those enriched with moisture serve to bring about imbalance in the composition of air, bile and phlegm. While raw and uncooked food serves to upset 'vata'; oily and rich food upsets 'pitta' or bile. On the other hand, consumption of cold and moisture based food items puts phlegm or 'kaphya' into imbalance.

Ayurveda upholds the essential link between metabolism and digestion. According to it 'Jatharagni' an essential digestive fire plays significant role in digestion and assimilation by way of its direct participation in catabolism which serves to break down food particles in order to bring about digestion. 'Samanya Vayu' an important constituent of 'vata' or air also facilitates digestion by making for the absorption of nutrients. It seeks to relate 'jatharagni' and 'samanya vayu'; with both being directly proportional to one another. If the former facilitates the breaking down of food particles; then only the latter will make for the absorption of the vital nutrients.

Besides the above mentioned digestive facilitators; the other facilitators include 'Apana vayu', 'Kledak kaphya'and 'Pachyak pitta'. 'Pacyak pitta' is an essential ingredient of the digestive fire which aids in the breaking down of food particles. The second component of 'Apana vayu' controls the passage of undigested elements in forms of toxins and fecal wastes. Kledak kaphya refers to the mucous lining of the organs included in the digestive system. An excessive secretion of this protective mucus is also one of the symptoms of digestive disorders. The other symptoms include bloating, excessive formation of gas, constipation, loose motion and presence of foul smelling breathe. Burning sensation, vomiting and burping also feature amongst the various symptoms of digestive disorders. 'Ama dosha' involving the excretion of sticky mucus is also one of the important symptoms of digestive disorder.

Direct study of the patients' lifestyle in addition to the examination of the manifesting symptoms helps the Ayurved to diagnose the nature and pathogenesis of the digestive disorders. In keeping with the nature and pathogeneses of the digestive disorder; the line of treatment is decided. The treatment administered to overcome the symptoms of digestive disorders; includes both symptomatic and asymptomatic treatment seeking to eradicate the underlying cause. Asymptomatic treatment aims at the rectification of lifestyle and eating related defects. The chief culprit pertaining to faulty eating habits and those pertaining to general hygiene are generally addressed by an Ayurvedic health provider while treating various facets of digestive disorders. In modern times, Ayurveda which is still influential recommends the use of capsules based on herbal contents as remedial measures for digestive ailments.

Ayurveda offers treatment aims at the rectification of lifestyle and eating related defects  as well as herbal products and medicines for the following digestive disorders. However, if you have some chronic disorder and need a customized treatment plan for your problem, you should consult a qualified doctor for consultation.

Types of Digestive Disorders
  1. Gastritis 
  2. Constipation 
  3. Ulcer 
  4. Liver Dysfunction 
  5. Hyperacidity 
  6. Hepatitis/Jaundice 
  7. Indigestion
  8. Piles 
  9. Instestinal Infection

Culinary Herbs and Spices for Healthier Digestive System


By James Bailey, L.Ac., M.P.H.Eating and digestion are daily, life-sustaining events. It's no wonder, then, that a healthy digestive system is revered in Ayurveda as a cornerstone of well-being and that every disease is believed to arise from inefficient digestion. The fiery metabolic energy of digestion, known as agni, allows us to assimilate food while ridding the body of wastes and toxins (ama). It transforms dense physical matter into the subtler forms of energy the body needs to be vital, generate internal warmth, and produce a clear mind.

There are many types of agni in the body. Within the digestive system, agni determines the production of hydrochloric acid in the stomach (where it's known as jathar agni), bile acids in the liver (bhuta agni), and sugar-digesting pancreatic enzymes (kloma agni). It also regulates the thyroid gland (jatru agni) and the metabolic transformations of the tissues (dhatu agni). Special agnis are even found in each cell. The metabolic pathway of agni begins with digestion and ends in the cells.

This might sound complex. But simply put, when agni is weak, there is not enough digestive power to metabolize food into energy. On a subtler level, indriya agni, known as the door of perception, helps digest and transform external information into knowledge. Thus, a stronger agni allows for a clearer and more vital body and mind.

You want a balanced agni that is neither too weak nor too excessive. The quality of agni varies depending upon one's dosha: vata, pitta, or kapha. In vata and kapha types, agni tends to be weak and the digestive system "cold," sluggish, or irregular, which can result in malabsorption disorders, chronic constipation, loose stools, and gas. In pittas, the fires of agni can become excessive and cause heartburn, acid reflux, colitis, and other burning sensations.

An easy way to support digestive agni is through the daily use of culinary herbs and spices, used to increase agni before and during meals. I have learned not to distinguish between the culinary and medicinal uses of herbs and spices. In ayurvedic cooking, it is believed that within them lies the medicine of optimal health and long life, aiding digestion and ensuring that more energy and fewer toxins are taken into the body.

A simple ayurvedic practice is to consume a small piece of fresh ginger with a few drops of lemon juice prior to eating a meal. This slowly and gradually awakens the flames of agni, preparing it to digest the main course. In addition to ginger, other aromatic spices that assist digestion include black, long, and cayenne pepper; cardamom; and licorice. They are believed to make foods more digestible by "predigesting" the food during cooking—heat combines and awakens their aromatic qualities, making the nutrients easier to digest once eaten. These spices also stimulate the secretion of saliva and digestive enzymes in the stomach and intestines, and the less work agni needs to do while digesting food, the less fatigue one will experience after eating.

Cooking herbs and spices also serve to prevent gas and ama. Undigested food is broken down by fermentation rather than digestion, and fermentation is what produces gas. The intestines can then absorb these gases, which causes the colon to become toxic and spastic. Fennel is an herb commonly consumed in Indian restaurants as a carminative after meals to prevent gas, discomfort, and fatigue. At home, chew on a teaspoon of fennel seeds, then spit out the pulp after swallowing the juice.

Hing is also used in ayurvedic cooking to remedy weak digestion. A resinous sap from the root of the asafetida plant, this spice is a potent digestive aid capable of removing impactions in the gastrointestinal tract. In the classic ayurvedic preparation hingavashtak, hing is mixed with other aromatic and carminative herbs and spices to promote deeper assimilation of nutrients. Their drying, warming, and stimulating actions awaken agni and tone the digestive system.

Source: Yogajournal

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