Causes of imbalance of agni (digestion power) which lead to indigestion
Spicy foods, chilly, oily foods, medicines, milk and milk products, tobacco and alcohol.
Irregular food habits and sleeping patterns.
Medications like pain killers, antibiotics, oral contraceptives and steroids.
Diseases of pancreas, liver, gall bladder, intestinal infections etc.
During pregnancy, premenstrual period, menopausal period in women.
Emotional upset like anxiety, stress, examination, family tensions, etc.
Home Remedies for Indigestion
Fasting completely for one day helps to normalize imbalanced agni and digest ama (toxins).
Consuming liquid foods, boiled vegetables or fruit juices for 2- 3 days also improves agni and relieves indigestion.
Avoid the factors (mentioned above) which cause indigestion.
Mix a ½ tea spoon of lemon juice, ½ tea spoon ginger juice and little salt in a cup of water and consume thrice daily.
Drinking ½ glass of warm water once in 2 hours increases agni and digests ama.
Cook ½ cup of rice with 4 cups of water with crushed ginger (1”) and salt. Powder long pepper (2 or 3)and fry it in a spoon of cow’s ghee and add it to gruel. Consume this when it hot. This is very light to digest and relieves colic pain.
Abdominal Massage also helps to relieve indigestion. It loosens the tight muscles and increases the blood supply to digestive system. American Journal of aphysical medicine and rehabilitation mentions that“Abdominal massage has positive effects on some clinical aspects of neurogenic bowel dysfunction in patients with spinal cord injury. “