Hyperacidity simply means an increased level of acid in the stomach. The stomach secretes Hydrochloric Acid, a digestive juice that breaks down food particles into their smallest form to aid digestion. When there is an excessive amount of hydrochloric acid in the stomach, the condition is known as Hyperacidity.
The main cause of hyperacidity is the aggravation of Pitta Dosha in the body. Pitta is an Ayurvedic humor that symbolizes heat or fire. There are many causes for the aggravation of Pitta, main among them being the following:
Eating foods that do not suit the constitution or foods that should not be taken together (milk and fish, milk and salt)
Excessively sour or spicy foods and liquids, white flour products and white sugar products
Smoking and excessive consumption of tea, coffee and alcohol
Eating in a state of indigestion
Suppressing urges of urination and stool
Sleeping in the daytime after meals
Staying awake late into the night
Excessive stress, anger and hunger
Excessive exposure to sun and heat
Gastro duodenal ulcer
The typical symptoms of Hyperacidity are:
A feeling of restlessness
Feeling of nausea (wanting to throw up) and actual vomiting
Sour belching with an aftertaste of the already-eaten food
Stiffness in the stomach
Lack of appetite
Hyperacidity is known as Amal Pitta in Ayurveda (Amal means sour and Pitta means heat). Hyperacidity therefore is a condition characterized by an increase of sourness and heat in the body. The aggravated Pitta impairs the digestive fire, leading to improper digestion of food and production of ama (toxins). This ama gets accumulated in the digestive channels and causes Hyperacidity.
The Ayurvedic treatment of Hyperacidity is focused on pacifying the aggravated Pitta Dosha. Cleansing herbs are also administered to eliminate toxins from the body and cleanse the channels. This automatically enhances the digestive fire, leading to better digestion.
Diet and Lifestyle Advice
Avoid tea, coffee, and carbonated or alcoholic beverages
Avoid processed and fermented foods
Avoid using garlic, ginger, onions, tomatoes, and vinegar in cooking
Also avoid rich gravies, sour, salty, and spicy foods
Curd should be strictly avoided at night
Take meals in a relaxed atmosphere at regular intervals
Practice Yoga and Pranayama such as Vajrasana, Bhujangasana, Salabhasana, Bhastrika Pranayama, Shitali Pranayama and Shitkari Pranayama
Some Home Remedies
Mix together equal parts of powdered fennel, licorice root, basil leaves, and coriander seeds. Have ½ teaspoon of this mixture with ½ teaspoon of powdered rock candy (or unrefined sugar) 15 minutes before lunch and dinner.
Make a powdered mixture of equal parts of rock candy (or unrefined sugar), fennel, and green cardamom. Whenever you feel heartburn, mix 1 teaspoon of the mixture in a glass of cold milk and drink.
Chew a small piece of jaggery after lunch and dinner. Repeat until acidity subsides.
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