Indigestion - A vague feeling of abdominal discomfort

Last Updated: Jan 29, 2011, 11:31 AM IST


Not quite a disease by itself, this condition of `Agnimandya` in Ayurvedic terminology, it denotes a condition wherein food taken does not get digested. Main causes are aggravation of the three doshas - vata, pitta, kapha, excessive intake of improper food, psychic factors as anger, anxiety and worry, fast eating habits, eating less of high-fiber foods.

Main herbs used in treatment are Hing (Asafoetida), Ginger (Zingiber officinale), Lemon juice with rock salt. Take a light fat -less diet. Have plenty of water and juices, especially lemon juice laced with a pinch of salt. Intake of raw garlic is very beneficial. Avoid sleeping just after having a full meal. Try to gain mental peace. Physical exercise is a must.