Indigestion refers to many gastrointestinal complaints, which includes gas and upset stomach. Gas is a common problem among most of us and also a highly embarrassing one. Some of the after effects include belching, flatulence and bloating. When food stays in the stomach for too long, it puts undue pressure on the stomach muscles and esophagus which is meant to stay closed to prevent re-flux Most people don’t realize that indigestion is not caused by excess acid. The reason is just the opposite. When there is not enough acid in the stomach, the food sits there and does not get digested producing gas. We are advised to take early morning walks and avoid spicy and oily food. Even if this problem strikes you, which is most probable what can you do to about it? Rush to a doctor, rush to the nearest pharmacy or enter your kitchen and fiddle with some herbs. Let’s have a look on the simple yet effective home remedies.
10. Warm water
Warm water taken during indigestion is an instant pain-reliever. If the patient is unable to eat anything, they should be given warm water at regular intervals. This will give rest to the stomach and the toxic condition causing the inflammation will also ease off. Warm water is often the solvent for most of the laxative herbs like cumin, asafoetida and carom seeds. Nonetheless it will help you to retain the water levels in your body. Double benefit!
9. Black pepper
Ayurveda says that black pepper is very effective on acidity and digestive organs, resulting in an increased flow of saliva and gastric juices. It increases the hydrochloric acid secretion in the stomach and thus helps digestion. Powdered black pepper with crushed jaggery is used to treat such conditions. It is often taken with buttermilk during indigestion, stomach acidity and heaviness. Take equal amounts of black pepper, dried mint leaves, ginger powder, and coriander seeds. Grind them to fine powder. Take one teaspoonful of this powder twice a day. A power packed herb indeed!
Freshly churned buttermilk is easier to digest than milk as the fat has been reduced. Due to this, those with indigestion problems are advised to consume buttermilk rather than skim milk. The former has more lactic acid. It not only heals gas problems but also helps to keep you stay fit. Adding a bit of powdered and roasted cumin seeds and a tint of salt will only increase its effectiveness. When the sun is too harsh to bear or your stomach is taking the better off you, treat yourself to a glass of cool and comforting buttermilk. It contains some of the digestion-friendly bacteria which boost your digestion system excellently.
7. Fennel seeds
Fennel seeds or ‘saunf’ are the seeds of the fennel plant. You might have seen Indian restaurants serving you sugar-coated fennel seeds after your meal. Fennel seeds hold a special place in the Ayurveda. It plays a major role in treating gas, stomach and acid re-flux ailments. Chew on fennel seeds when you feel bloated or drink fennel tea. Fennel tea is prepared by crushed fennel seeds. Boil water; add fennel seeds and tea leaves to it. Allow the boiling mixture to steep for a minute. Add quarter cup milk and jaggery syrup. Boil for some time. Strain and serve warm.
Who would have thought that the dried buds of a flower could land itself a niche in the ancient medicine? Cloves are the dried flower buds of Eugenia aromatica. Take a few pieces of clove directly when you suffer from acidity or irritability in the stomach. If the taste is too sharp for your buds, try clove oil. It is easily available and offers a powerful action against gas and bloating. Clove oil contains a chemical that helps to reduce pain. Moreover it has traditionally been effective for hiccups, indigestion, motion sickness and flatulence.
It is pleasant on your taste and always available. Ginger is considered to be the best cure of indigestion by some. Ginger juice mixed with warm water and sugar to taste is supposed to cure bloating and flatulence. It is a traditional cure for treating dyspepsia. Ginger tea is effective and easy to prepare. Boil water; add tea powder and a small piece of ginger. Leave it to boil for 3 minutes. Strain and add desired amount of sugar. Your ginger light tea is ready to be sipped. If you are too lazy to prepare tea or no one is present to help you with its juice, just pop in a few small pieces of ginger and chew on them. It is exceptionally good to treat hyper acidity.
4. Baking soda
Baking soda is a staple in our households but it is most probable that we are not taking the full advantage of it. It has a number of uses, one of them being cure of stomach problems. Baking soda immediately neutralizes the acid and works fast. Mix equal parts of baking soda and water and drink it as soon as you feel indigestion. The combination of baking soda and apple cider vinegar is widely recommended for acid re-flux conditions. Take a teaspoonful of baking soda and about two tablespoons of vinegar in a glass of water. Take this formula two three times a day depending on the severity of your condition. Beware! Baking soda is to be taken only in the extreme cases or when nothing else works or is not present. It has a few disadvantages to its name as well.
Who doesn’t love the tangy and tarty taste of lemon? It is an inexpensive and easily available citrus fruit known for its popularity in the culinary and medicinal domain. Lemon juice mixed with hot water can relieve many digestion problems like nausea, heartburn and belching. It basically acts as a blood purifier and a cleansing agent. Take lemon for instant relief from constipation. It also acts as a liver tonic, stimulating the liver to produce more bile and hence helping in better digestion of the food. Due to these digestive specialties of lemon juice, bloating and belching are removed and the bowels are aided in removing the waste more effectively. Sweet and sour at the same time!
Amla or gooseberry is a magical cure for a wide range of problems including those of hair, skin, heart, stomach etc. It is very effective in regulating the bowel movements. Amla juice is advised in the morning on an empty stomach to cure constipation. Amla being rich in fiber controls acidity and keeps abdominal discomfort at bay. It is easily available in the market at vegetable vendors and doesn’t hurt your pocket. So gas or not, make sure to consume it on a regular basis. After all, it doesn’t hurt to be a little precautionary rather late.
Ajwain also known as carom, ajowan or bishop’s weed as it is a small seed-like fruit of bishop weed plant; is a wonder drug. It is found only in certain parts of Asia. Remember when you were small; granny and mom would always serve a dish of ajwain rice. They were actually right in doing so. It has been considered to be the most reputed herb for preventing gas. Needless to say it is great for indigestion, nausea and even flatulence. A small amount of about 5-10 seeds can cure most of your stomach problems. However the potent odor makes it hard for us to consume it raw. You can crush the seeds in your hands to release the fragrance. One can also eat it with rice. Mix salt, asfoetida and half teaspoon carom seeds. Chew it and wash it down with water. It is an immediate cure to all your worries.