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Acidity

What is Acidity??

Acidity or Acid reflux is characterized by sour eructation or burning sensation in the chest or throat due to excessive acid secretion by the stomach which moves up the esophagus or food pipe. If the symptoms persists for more than twice a week, then it is called GERD (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease).

 In Ayurveda, Acidity is termed as Amlapitta. It is said to be caused due to the excessive amount of pitta.

Symptoms of Acidity commonly present are:

Burning sensation or discomfort in the lower chest or throat

Sour or bitter tasting regurgitation of acid into the mouth

Other Symptoms presented along with the above symptoms are:

Belching

Nausea

Bloated stomach

Blood in vomit or stool

Discomfort in throat

Related to diet:

Unhealthy eating habits like overeating

Not having meals on time

Skipping meals

Eating before the digestion of previous meal

Excessive consumption of junk food, fried and spicy food, coffee, tea, carbonated beverages

Related to unhealthy lifestyle:

Stress

Disturbed sleep

Smoking

Alcohol

Lack of physical exercise

Other causes:

Certain medicines for treating pain like NSAIDS, hypertensive medications, medicines for depression and anxiety cause acidity as a side-effect.

Obesity

Pregnancy

People working in night shifts

Erratic eating habits

Disturbed sleep cycle

Have a question?

Diet and lifestyle plays a major role in prevention of acid reflux disease. Following modifications can be done in diet and lifestyle:

Avoid overeating. Instead have smaller meals throughout the day

Always eat after the digestion of previous meal

Meditation and Yoga should be done to combat stress

Keep your head elevated while sleeping by using pillows

Regular exercise should be done to improve metabolism

Eat 2-3 hours before sleep

In Ayurveda acidity is termed as amlapitta. And it has been caused due to vitiation of pitta dosha because of stress, improper diet, not taking food on time, sleep deficit, lack of exercise, and overindulgence in fatty and oily foods which ultimately leads to acidity or amlapitta and causes various symptoms in the body as mentioned earlier. According to Ayurveda the causes of Amlapitta is the weakening of agni may also result in the production of toxins known as Ama. It is said that Ama causes an imbalance in Pitta dosha leading to hyperacidity. Vata Dosha imbalance also has a role to play in digestive problems.

 Our physicians will examine the symptoms and then advice Panchkarma therapies which will reduce the production of ama in the body which is causing further complications in the body, opens the blocked subtle channels and improve the digestive power in the body. Also it pacify the vata dosha. Strengthen the digestive system of the body which will reduce the symptoms and eliminate the disease completely from the body without causing any complications.

Apart from therapy doctors also advice oral medications which are deepana and pachana by function and  increase the digestive power, reduces the aggravated pitta and kapha dosha in the body and bringing lightness in the body and a relief from the symptoms and disease as well.

Diet also plays an important role in treating the diseases especially acidity. So our expertise dietician will guide you regarding the diet and time when to take meal. Which will also help in treating the acidity.

We also treat constipation, diarrhoea, stomache, flatulence, GERD, anorexia, indigestion.

Before things get out of hand, consult your doctor. The sooner the better