Ayurveda & Hyperacidity
Article contributed by By Dr. Lalatendu Rath, Senior Consultant, Sri Sri Tattva Centre Holistic Wellness , Bangalore
Hyperacidity is known in Ayurveda as Amlapitta. Amla is sour and pitta refers to the pitta dosha. In Ayurveda, diseases are attributed to the tridosha – Vata, Kapha, and Pitta. Imbalance in any of these doshas can cause diseases. Pitta dosha regulates body metabolism and heat. It is, therefore, directly related to the digestive system and acidity.
Causes of Acidity
- Unhealthy eating habits
- Excessive consumption of certain food like acidic, fried and junk food.
- Side effects of medication (Allopathic medicine).
- Existing medical conditions like asthma, diabetes, obesity
- Mental factors like anxiety and a stressful lifestyle.
- Other causes of acidity like lack of rest, a fast moving lifestyle, frequent smoking, lack of physical exercise, consumption of alcohol.
As the saying goes “Prevention is better than cure” it is better to avoid all the causative factors of acid-peptic disorder (amlapitta). Avoid excessive salty, oily, sour and spicy foods. We should take proper intake of water and do yoga and meditation regularly.
- The Infusion of coriander seeds (dhaniya) with sugar, can be taken twice a day.
- Water obtained from green coconut – 100 to 500 ml to be taken twice a day.
- 3 to 6 gms of amla powder with water at bedtime.
- Powder of Shatapuspa (saunf or anethum sowa) with sugar mixed in 20 ml water. Have daily for 1 week or till symptoms subside.
- Chew half a teaspoon of fennel seeds after food
- Kamadudha rasa
- Amlapittari Vati
- Yasti madhu
- Avipattikar churna
- Hingvastak churna
- Sutasekhar Rasa
- Kumarya sava