In Ayurveda, imbalance in pitta dosha is the main cause of gastric problems which is the fire element and is associated with governing all heat, metabolism, and sensory perceptions. The situation is further aggravated by eating junk, fried, processed, and cold foods that can create an undigested residue that forms toxins, or in Ayurvedic terms “ama.” In Ayurveda, the slowing of Agni (digestive fire) and an increase in ama (biotoxins) are described as the root cause of disease. Agni is the digestive fire in one’s system and its weakness can lead to gastric illnesses and balancing this digestive fire is a key principle in Ayurvedic medicine.
1.Asafoetida and Clarified Butter for Gas
Asafoetida is helpful in gastric problems not only when ingested but also when applied topically. Warm a teaspoon of Asafoetida (Hing) in a teaspoon of clarified butter (ghee). Apply this paste on the belly button to get rid of stomach ache caused by gas.
2. Fennel Seeds and Ginger for Bloated Stomach
Fennel seeds (Saunf) is a cooling spice and Ginger (Adrakh) is great for increasing the digestive fire. Boil two cups of water and add a spoonful of fennel seeds and an inch grated ginger and let it simmer till the water is reduced to half. You can also add Saunf and Adrakh into your daily milk tea or green tea.
3. Cumin and Carom Water for Indigestion
Cumin (Jeera) and Carom (Ajwain) seeds are extremely beneficial for digestion as they contain active enzymes that help in boosting our digestive functions by facilitating the release of gastric juices. Take a teaspoon of jeera and ajwain each in two cups of water and let it boil till it is reduced to half. Drink this daily to boost digestion and keep stomach aches at bay.
4. Clarified Butter, Salt and Hot Water for Constipation
Constipation can be one of the most disturbing problems and may prevent one from effectively carrying out daily activities. Ghee contains butyrate acid, a fatty acid with anti-inflammatory effects that may help with digestion. Take a glass of hot water and stir one teaspoon of ghee and half a teaspoon of salt. Drinking this will help in lubricating the intestine and salt helps to kill the bacteria.
5. Curd Drink for Acid Reflux
Curd has probiotics and is rich in lactobacilli. stomach’s acidity can be balanced by hydration and increasing saliva in the mouth. Combine 1/4 cup plain yogurt with 3/4 cup water and mix well. Add 1 tsp rock salt, a pinch of roasted jeera (cumin) powder, a bit of grated ginger, and fresh coriander leaves.
6. Oil Massage for Menstrual Cramps
Pain in the lower abdomen during menstruation is a major issue for most women. Menstrual cramps can be solved by applying heat topically or ingesting warming liquids and spices. Massage warm sesame oil on the lower abdominal area and around the belly button in a big circular motion to help with pain caused by cramps.
Please consult the physician of your choice before starting this, or any, diet plan or exercise program