Dyspepsia is one of the most common ailments of the bowel (intestines), affecting an estimated 20% of persons in the United States. Perhaps only 10% of those affected actually seek medical attention for their dyspepsia. Dyspepsia is not a particularly good term for the ailment since it implies that there is "dyspepsia" or abnormal digestion of food, and this most probably is not the case. In fact, another common name for dyspepsia is indigestion, which, for the same reason, is no better than the term dyspepsia! Doctors frequently refer to the condition as non-ulcer dyspepsia.
Indigestion Symptoms Common indigestion symptoms include: 1. abdominal pain, 2. heartburn or acid indigestion (acid reflux), 3. bloating (full feeling), 4. excessive gas (belching, burping or flatulence), 5. nausea with or without vomiting, 6. acidic taste in the mouth, 7. gurgling, rumbling, or growling stomach discomfort, 8. constipation or diarrhea, and 9. decreased appetite.
Causes: Taking of heavy and oily meal in much quantity, consumption of stale, rotten and contaminated food substances, and eating in hurry without proper mastication of food are the main causes of Indigestion. Other than this, excessive mental stress, frequent eating, eating without hunger, eating in agitated or tense state of mind and labour shirking habit also adds to Indigestion. In the state of panic and fear also food does not digest properly. Therefore, it should be avoided. Some times uncooked and raw food also becomes the cause of Indigestion. Worms, teething, old age, constipation, hilly journey, mental stress, physical work and sexual intercourse just after meal also lead to Indigestion. Anaemia, Pain in abdomen. Loss of appetite. Irritation, Gas, Sleeplessness, lack of energy, lethargy and dizziness appear in the body as common results of Indigestion.
Indigestion Treatment : The patients of Indigestion as a primary measure should avoid all the conditions which are the main cause of Indigestion. The treatment must be started with fasting or fruit diet. After fruit diet light Sattvic Aahar like Dalia or whole wheat bread and green vegetables should be taken. The strict observance of following two rules is necessary for getting rid of this disorder. These are: 1. Thorough mastication of food and cautious avoidance of over eating. 2. Application of Mud pack over abdomen. 3. Hip bath and Wet abdominal pack also gives adequate relief. 4. Lemon water enema once or twice a week is also helpful. 5. If necessary, it should be taken daily for first two three days.
Yoga Kriya After doing Kunjala, empty stomach in the morning Udar Shakti Vikasaka Exercises should be practiced. Surya Namaskar, Tadasana, Katichakrasana, Pada- Hastasana, pavanmuktasana, Bhujangasana, Dhanurasana, Vajrasana, Mandukasana, Mayurasana, Ardhamatsyendrasana and Suryabhedana Pranayama are specially beneficial in this disease. The practice of Agnisara acts as panecea for the patients of Indigestion. Such patients should change their daily routine and try to keep their minds peaceful and happy. They should not drink water immediately after meals but take it one hour after meal.
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