Ayurveda regards the imbalance of Pitta dosha as the cause for indigestion. Vitiated pitta impairs the digestive fire that is responsible for proper digestion and causes indigestion. Pitta aggravating foods, stress and environmental factors can lead to hyperacidity, peptic ulcers and other types of inflammatory disorders in the stomach.
Below listed are some Ayurvedic home remedies to help prevent and get rid of indigestion.
- Chew on 5-10 ajwain seeds taken with a pinch of rock salt and wash it down with water to help release the enzymes to boost digestive function.
- Drink amla juice every morning on an empty stomach to help balance the pH in the stomach and to cure problems like acidity and constipation.
- Chew on a fresh small piece of ginger after meals to prevent gas and indigestion. Adding ginger in the diet through seasoning, ginger juice or as ginger tea is also beneficial.
- Powdered black pepper mixed with jaggery is an effective remedy for heartburn and acidity, while pepper powder and cumin mixed in buttermilk can be taken during indigestion and acidity.
- Tulsi can alleviate the effect of gastric acids and hence chewing on 5-6 tulsi leaves or drinking tulsi tea has healing benefits for acidity.
- Pomegranate juice helps balance the acid in the stomach. Even though it is sour, it is also astringent and bitter which help balance Pitta.
- Include split mung daal, green leafy vegetables, watermelon, mangoes, grains and spices like fenugreek, coriander, mint and cardamom in your diet.
Practices to avoid if you are experiencing indigestion.
- Reduce pitta aggravating foods like citrus fruits, vinegar, tomatoes, spicy foods, fried foods, salty and processed foods, etc.
- Do not skip meals and eat at regular intervals.
- Do not skip breakfast even if you are not hungry in the morning.
- Avoid tobacco, alcohol, strong tea and coffee, sweets and aerated drinks.
- Avoid high-stress situations.