Herbal Remedies for Dyspepsia (Indigestion), Ayurvedic Treatment

Dyspepsia, Indigestion

Dyspepsia or indigestion is the term used to describe discomfort or pain in the upper abdomen. It is a group of symptoms which include nausea, bloating and burping. When the stomach’s acid comes into the contact with the mucosa of the digestive system, the stomach’s acid breaks down the mucosa causing irritation and inflammation, thus causing dyspepsia.

CAUSES

Main causes of dyspepsia are:

  • Overeating
  • Eating wrong food combinations
  • Eating too rapidly or not chewing the food properly
  • Excessive smoking
  • Due to intake of alcohol
  • Constipation often leads to dyspepsia
  • Insomnia or sleeplessness
  • Lack of exercise
  • Emotions like jealousy, fear and anger
  • Eating much spicy food
  • Due to suppression of natural urges

SYMPTOMS

  • Pain in the abdomen
  • Feeling of over fullness after eating even small quantity of food
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Flatulence or the formation of gas
  • Foul taste in the mouth
  • Coated tongue
  • Bad breath
  • Heaviness and distension in the abdomen
  • Headache
  • Pain in the back
  • Stiffness in the body
  • Sweating
  • Excessive thirst
  • Strangling sensation in the throat

AYURVEDIC VIEW AND TREATMENT ACCORDING TO CHANDIGARH AYURVED CENTRE

According to ayurveda, dyspepsia can be compared with Ajirna or Agnimandya. The word is composed of two words agni meaning digestive power and mandya means reduction. Hence agnimandya is defined as the reduction in the digestive power especially jatharagni, which leads to decrease in the digestive capacity of the individual. Ajirna is caused due to the imbalance of all the three doshas in the body namely vata, pitta and kapha.

According to ayurveda, Ajirna is of four types:

  • Amajeerna – It is to the vitiation of the kapha dosha. When too much kapha gets accumulated in the stomach, the stomach acids get diluted and results in improper digestion.
  • Vidagdhajeerna – It occurs due to the imbalance of pitta dosha. This occurs due to the production of the more acid in the stomach which leads to improper digestion.
  • Vishtabdhajeerna – It occurs due to the aggravation of the vata dosha. In this type, there is shortage of the digestive juices and sometimes due to this, food remains in the undigested state.
  • Rasseshajeerna – This type of ajeerna is caused when the food gets digested and undigested matter remains in the digestive juice and therefore leads to heaviness.

Single herbs useful in this condition are:

  • Lemon
  • Methi
  • Pudina
  • Coriander
  • Saunf

Ayurvedic formulations useful in dyspepsia are:

  • Trikatu Churna
  • Hingvashtak Churna
  • Shankh Vati
  • Ajmodadi Churna
  • Lavan Bhaskar Churna
  • Prawal Panchamrit Rasa
  • Pathyadi Churna

DIET AND LIFESTYLE

  • Do not eat excess food. Eat required quantity when hungry.
  • Avoid the habit of eating repeatedly.
  • Have food at regular times
  • Never eat food in hurry or when you are worried or when you are working
  • Avoid smoking, alcohol, fast foods and the foods exposed to air.
  • Maintain a gap of two hours between dinner and sleep
  • Do not lead a sedentary lifestyle.
  • Avoid taking spicy food.
  • Maintain healthy eating food habits.
  • Avoid wearing tight clothes around middle.
  • Avoid taking large meals at one time rather prefer taking several small meals.
  • Ensure that you take walk two times a day.
  • Have fresh fruit and vegetable juices atleast thrice a week
  • Never eat and drink simultaneously
  • Apply wet girdle pack or a daily cold friction bath with massaging the abdomen is beneficial in dyspepsia.

HERBAL REMEDIES

  • Take warm lime water with a few drops of ginger juice and a pinch of pepper powder.
  • Chew a piece of ginger with salt at the beginning of the meal.
  • Foods like khichadi, roti made from jowar, rice or bajra, dal, cereals should be included in your diet.
  • Include vegetables like lady finger, bitter gourd and pumpkin in your diet.
  • Fruits like pomegranate, sweet lime, pineapple, and fig are useful in dyspepsia.
  • Have about 6 grams of sugar, 3 grams raisins and Haritaki Churna every night along with water to clear the bowels.
  • Chew aniseeds after meals to relieve dyspepsia.

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Kachnar (Bauhinia variegata) – Benefits, Medicinal Usage and Properties

INTRODUCTION

Kachnar (Bauhinia variegata) is grown all over India in beautiful gardens and its self grown trees are found in forests, in the Himalayan valleys and in lower hilly region. Based on the flower types its three main varieties are identified as purple rose: Bauhinia purpurea, white to purplish: bauhinia variegata and yellow flowered: Bauhinia tomentosa. Yellow flowered trees are large in size and grow in hilly areas and its flowers and leaves are larger than the other two varieties. For medicinal purposes generally the white to purplish: bauhinia variegata is used which is described here but in properties all three are the same. This is why if one variety is not available the other variety can be used. Bauhinia acuminata white flower is also used as an ornamental garden plant.

APPEARANCE

Trees are 15-20 ft. tall with soft branches which bend downwards bark is one inch thick rough brown and white in color. Leaves are alternate 2-6 inch long 3-7 inch wide bifurcated and rounded. Leaves are heart shaped the curve in front part is so deep that it gives the appearance as if two leaves are joined together. Flowers are big white purple or pink where the inside parts are yellowish in color. Fruits are to 1 inch long flat slippery strong and slightly curved. Leafless plant bears flowers in February – March and fruits in April –May.

CHEMICAL COMPOSITION

The bark contains tannin sugar and a brown colored sticky gum like liquid.

PROPERTIES

Kachnar (Bauhinia variegata) purifies and cleanses ulcers and wound it is a healer coagulant can cure sprue and irritable bowel syndrome. It purifies and checks the bleeding cures obesity. It is anti-dermatitis, cures urinary disorders bleeding diathesis gandmala and lymphatic inflammation.

FRUIT

Kachnar (Bauhinia variegata) Fruit are light, dry and have binding properties and cure pitta, vaginal discharge, phthisis, tuberculosis, bronchitis and bronchial asthma. It cures disorders of blood.

MEDICINAL USAGE AND BENEFITS

MOUTH DISORDERS:-

Gargle with its bark’s decoction or cold or hot infusion, it cures all types of mouth disorders.

LOOSE MOTION:-

Give 2-5gm powder of its dried fruits with water 3-4 times a day. It controls loose motion.

SWELLING OF LIVER: –

Give 10-20gm decoction of bark of root of yellow bauhinia every morning and evening. It cures swelling of liver.

DYSURIA:-

Give 5-10gm powder of its dried fruits. It cures dysuria.

DIARRHOEA DUE TO INDIGESTION:-

  1. Give 5gm powder of dried leaves of yellow bauhinia followed by 2 teaspoonful of aniseed juice. It cures diarrhea due to indigestion.
  2. Take 10 gm of its flower {still buds} and boil them. Give this water twice a day to the patient.

INTESTINAL WORMS:-

Take 20 gm bark of yellow bauhinia and boil in 400 ml water till water is reduced to 1/4th. Give this decoction to the patient. It kills the worms in the intestines.

WORM INFECTED WOUNDS:-

Grind the seeds of yellow bauhinia in vinegar and apply the paste on the wounds. It kills the germs and worms in the wound and ulcers.

STOMATITIS:-

  1. Prepare decoction of its bark with flowers of pomegranate tree. Use this decoction to gargle. It cures the boils.
  2. Take 50 gm inner bark of the tree and boil in half liter water till water is reduced to half. Use this water to gargle. It helps cure boils, which couldn’t be cured with any other medication. It also cures boils of women suffering from purpureum period.

MULTINODULAR TUBERCULOSIS:-

  1. Take 10-20 gm bark and boil in 400ml water till water is reduced to 1/4th. Give this water to the patient. It cures multinodular tuberculosis.
  2. Add 1 gm dry ginger powder in 20 gm decoction of its bark. Give this water to the patient every morning and evening.
  3. Give 10-20 gm decoction of its bark or flowers with honey twice a day. It cures multinodular tuberculosis and also purifies blood.
  4. Mix 250 gm bark powder with 250 gm sugar. Give 5-10 gm of this mixture every morning and evening with milk or water.

DYSPEPSIA:-

Give decoction of 10-20 gm of its root every morning and evening it cures dyspepsia.

FLATULENCE:-

Give the decoction of its root with 3 gm. Ajwain powder. It cures the swelling of stomach due to indigestion.

CHRONIC CONSTIPATION:-

  1. Give 5-10 gm jam of its buds to the patient.
  2. Give 2-5 gm powder of its dried flowers with sugar. It loosens the motions.

BLEEDING PILES:

  1. Take 2-5 gm powder of its dried buds and mix equal amount of sugar candy in it. Give this to the patient with butter, 2-3 times a day. It cures bleeding piles.
  2. Boil the bark of jambol, soapnut tree and bauhinia and rinse the affected area with this water.
  3. Jam of bauhinia buds is also beneficial in curing bleeding piles.

DIARRHOEA :-

It buds are cool and have binding properties. Cook them and give to the patient. It helps cure diarrhea.