Digestive Problems


Overview

Digestive diseases are disorders of the digestive tract, which is sometimes called the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. During digestion, food and drink are broken down into small parts (called nutrients) so that the body can absorb and use it as energy and building blocks for cells. The digestive tract is made up of the esophagus (food tube), stomach, large and small intestines, liver, pancreas, and the gallbladder.

According to Ayurveda, digestive problems are the root causes of almost all the diseases. If the digestive system works well and properly, many of the diseases can be prevented and the problems that have already occurred can also be eliminated. Agni (digestive fire) of the body are responsible for all the digestive processes that take place in our body. If Agni is functioning properly, our body can effectively digest the food, absorb all the nutrients and get rid of the waste regularly without any difficulty.

Symptoms

General Symptoms of digestive problems/disease are 

  • Abdominal pain 
  • Heartburn 
  • Bloating or gas 
  • Loss of appetite 
  • Vomiting or nausea 
  • Irregular bowel movements 
  • Loose motion 
  • Hard stool 
  • Belching 
  • Reflux of acid/food  
  • Bloody or black stool 

Other symptoms which might resemble other medical condition like:  

  • Difficulty swallowing 
  • Pain when swallowing 
  • Persistent hoarseness or a sore throat 
  • A feeling of having something stuck in your throat or chest 
  • Episodes of choking 
  • Unintentional weight loss 
  • Difficulty evacuating your bowels 
  • Chest pain

Causes

  1. Eating food before the previous meal is digested
  2. Untimely food habits
  3. Eating processed and fried food excessively
  4. Eating mindlessly, habits of eating too fast or too slow
  5. Excessive intake of spicy, pungent, acidic, sour, alkaline nature foods.
  6. Food items which produces burning sensation or heat in the body
  7. Incompatible food like having milk and fruits together
  8. Sedentary lifestyle - leading to low metabolism and weakened digestive system.
     

Treatment

Ayurveda treats digestive diseases through a combination of  

  • Diet and lifestyle Modifications
  •  Herbs and Herbo-Mineral Preparations 

Example:

  • Help to correct digestive fire - Sunthi, Hingvashtak churna, Hinguvachadi churna stimulate digestion, remove toxin and facilitate gastric emptying 
  • Cure Heartburn and acidity - kamadudha, Yashtimadhu heals and repair the tissue  as well as calms the gut 
  • Cure flatulence and constipation - Haritaki normalised the intestinal transit 
  • Cure Bloating - Praval Panchamrit stimulates digestion and relieves gas.                                                                     
  • Help to Remove toxins from the body - Triphala detoxify and remove toxins with its mild laxative effects. It rejuvenates the lining of the intestine and enhances the health of the overall GI tract.

Herbs

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When to see a doctor?

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