Indigestion

The ingested food should be absorbed completely after it’s digestion. When this does not happen, it remains in the digestive system and produces various symptoms. This disease is called indigestion.  

There are five types as 

  1.  Aamajeerna : due to Kapha predominance 
  2.  Vidagdhaajeerna : due to pitta predominance 
  3.  Vishtabdhajeerna : due to vata predominance.
  4.  Rasasheshajeerna : due to Rasa-dhatwagni-mandya 
  5.  Dinapaki ajeerna : occurs during day time 

Causes

  • The main cause is continuous and over-eating 
  • Excessive drinking of water 
  • Suppression of natural urges 
  • Absence of sleep during night 
  • Sleep during day-time 
  • Intake of heart, oily, contaminated, fermented food 
  • Mental tension, worries, fear, pain, jealousy, anger etc 
  • Weakness due to other disease 
  • Eating when there is false appetite. The false appetite is produced when pitta increased by it’s fluid property does not get properly mixed up with the food. This pitta causes local irritation and produces false hunger. 

Symptoms 

  • Loss of appetite 
  • Loss of taste 
  • Dissension of abdomen 
  • Constipation or loose motion 
  • Lethargy 
  • Headache 
  • Giddiness 
  • Body ache 
  • Excess thirst 
  • Yawning 
  • Nausea 
  • Fever 
  • Backache 
  • Fainting 

Prevention 

Doing yoga regularly has been proved to expel undigested food to pass quickly and prevents from happening again by elevating stomach condition  

The best way to avoid getting it is to steer clear of the foods and situations that seem to cause it. You can keep a food diary to figure out what you eat that gives you trouble.

Eat small meals so your stomach doesn’t have to work as hard or as long.
Avoid foods with a lot of acid, such as citrus fruits and tomatoes.

If stress is a trigger, do yoga. 

If you smoke, quit. Or at least, don’t light up right before or after you eat, since smoking can irritate your stomach.
Avoid wearing tight-fitting clothes. They can put pressure on your stomach, which can make the food you’ve eaten move up into your oesophagus.
Sit in Vajra Asana for at least 5 minutes after having meal. 

Herbs which promote better digestion are Gentian, Ginger, Peppermint, Chamomile, Atractylodes, Bitter Orange, Radish seed, Dandelion and Cardamom.
Increase foods which encourage digestion such as ginger, pineapple, beetroot, yoghurt, lemon juice, bitter foods, lettuces such as endive, rocket and radicchio.
Eat slowly.
Cut back on or avoid foods and drinks that have caffeine.
Cut back on alcohol.

Don’t exercise with a full stomach. Do it before a meal or at least 1 hour after you eat.
Don’t lie down right after you’ve eaten.
Wait at least 3 hours after your last meal of the day before you go to bed.
Sit in Vajra-Asana for at least 5 minutes after every meal. This helps to lower blood flow toward legs and hence increasing blood circulation more in stomach region which in turn speeds digestion process