Indigestion or dyspepsia is one of the most common ailments and is chiefly caused by dietic errors. It is a stomach disorder in which the digestive juices are incorrectly secreated which causes a lot of discomfort.
Some major symptoms of indigestion are: Loss of appetite, Distaste in meals, Gas formation, Bubbling sound in stomach, Pain and heaviness in abdom, Sour belching, Feeling of nausea, Feeling of dizziness and tiredness, Burning throat and oesophagus, Distension of stomach, Water in the mouth, Foul breath, Sleeplessness etc.
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:
Thorough mastication of food and cautious avoidance of over eating.
Application of Mud pack over abdomen.
Hip bath and Wet abdominal pack also gives adequate relief.
Lemon water enema once or twice a week is also helpful.
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.