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  • What is Acidity?

    Do you suffer from heartburn or regular burning sensation in the stomach? Chances are you may have to seek remedies for acidity. Normally, the gastric glands in the stomach secrete an acid that is required for the digestive process. This acid helps in the breakdown of food during digestion. However, when this acid is secreted in excess, it results in a condition known as acidity. Hyperacidity and Acid reflux are the most common ailments associated with Pitta doshas. Aggravation of Pachaka Pitta dosha is the main cause for Hyperacidity.

    Types of acidity

    Acid reflux – The two types of acid reflux include supine acid reflux and upright acid reflux. The supine form is more prevalent during the night while lying down, while the upright form occurs during the day while the individual is sitting up. Symptoms of both include pain, heartburn, nausea and regurgitation of bile. The supine form is the more harmful of the two, as the stomach acid flows to the esophagus twice. It is evident that due to acid reflux, the bile will travel upwards. However, due to the lying down or supine position, the stomach acid will travel back downwards. Common complications include ulcers, sinusitis, hoarseness and tooth decay. It is important to consult a doctor before symptoms worsen.

    Gastro-esophageal reflux disease (GERD) – This is a more serious and chronic form of acid reflux disease. GERD occurs when the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) is unable to close properly. This causes the contents of the stomach to leak back, or reflux, into the esophagus.
    GERD can cause additional symptoms of coughing, sore throat and problems swallowing. Stomach ulcers can also occur as a result of GERD, as the stomach acid is constantly travelling back and forth between the stomach and the esophagus.

    Acid indigestion – This is similar to acid reflux, but not a form of it. The symptoms are quite similar to acid reflux or GERD, and last anywhere from minutes to hours. An antacid is generally taken for relief from symptoms. Unlike acid reflux, the cause is generally due to reaction to food, and the symptoms are not as severe.

    In Ayurveda, acidity can be classified into four categories.

    1. Amlapitta (GERD-Reflux Esophagitis): A condition in which stomach contents (food/liquid/acids) regurgitate backward from the stomach into the esophagus causing inflammation of esophagus.

    2. Pittaja Grahani (Acute Gastritis): Inflammation of Gastric Mucosa. If the condition persists for long, it may lead to ulcers.

    3. Parinama-sula (Duodenal acid reflux, duodenal ulcer): A condition wherein ulcers (lesions) are formed on the mucous lining of the duodenum (beginning of the small intestine)

    4. Annadrava-sula Pain associated with acidity, gastric ulcers (lesions in the mucous lining of the stomach)

    Common symptoms associated with Hyperacidity are: a)Feeling of nausea and vomiting, b) Sour belching, c) Lack of appetite, d) Indigestion

    Acid Reflux or GERD (Gastro Esophageal Reflux Disease): is caused when the valve between the esophagus and stomach becomes weak. Aggravated Pitta in stomach leads to a condition in which liquid contents of the stomach regurgitates into esophagus. Common symptoms of Acid Reflux are: a) Heart burn (burning sensation behind chest bones), b) Regurgitation of gastric acid contents into mouth, c) Difficulty in swallowing, d) Chest pain, e) sometime coughing, wheezing and vocal cord inflammation causing hoarseness.

    Home Remedies for Hyperacidity and Acid Reflux

    a.Change in Dietary habits and Lifestyle: Avoid tea, coffee, carbonated beverages, and processed fermented foods, garlic/ginger/onion use while cooking, and sour/salty/spicy food. No curd in night.

    b.Mix in equal portion of licorice root, powdered fennel and coriander seeds. Take half teaspoon of this mixture with half spoon of powdered rock candy (or un refined sugar) before lunch and dinner.

    c.Make a powdered mixture of rock candy, fennel and green cardamom in equal portion. Take one spoon of mixture with cold milk and drink whenever you feel heart burn.

    d.Take small piece of jiggery after lunch and dinner every day.

    Ayurvedic Herbs to treat Pitta doshas:
    Amla (Indian gooseberry), Dadima (Pomegranate), Draksha (grapes), Yastimadhu (Licorice), Chandan, Khajura (dates), Guduchi , Khus grass, coconut water and Lemon are very useful in treating Pitta doshas.


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    FAQ Acidity

    Q 1.  I work long hours and am mostly sitting in one place. For the past few days, I have been experiencing a feeling of a bloated stomach and a burning sensation in the chest after lunch. I don’t want to take an antacid solution or chew any tablets as it leaves a white colour powder around my lips and tongue. Is there anything in Ayurveda that is effective and safe?
    A: Sitting jobs and having a sedentary lifestyle cause indigestion. Irregular and poor food habits (such as fast food etc.) further aggravate the condition and cause bloating and acidity with burning sensation in the chest due to regurgitation. The unique formula of Dabur Active Antacid is enriched with healing ingredients such as Trivrit, Bhringaraja, Guduchi, and Yastimadhu for quick and effective relief from acidity and gas-related problems.      
    Q 2. I am a 41 year old marketing executive. My job involves a lot of traveling and most of the times I end up eating in restaurants. I am unable to sleep well at night after dinner, as my stomach starts aching and feels bloated. Is there a safe Ayurveda preparation that will help me get rid of my symptoms and relieve me of stomach ache?
    A: Ayurveda says " Roga Sarveapi Amashayaha Samudbhavaha", implying that diseases originate due to  stomach problems, thus it is vital we keep digestive problems at bay. You are advised Dabur Pudin Hara Lemon Fizz for instant relief from stomach ache, gas and indigestion. It contains proven ingredients like Sarjikshara, Pudina Satva and Nimbu Satva. Also, Avipattikar churna has the goodness of 14 herbal ingredients known to provide relief from hyperacidity, and also acts as pitta rechaka (laxative) that helps in cleansing the body.
    Q 3. I was admitted in the hospital for a week and am back home now. I have been suffering from indigestion ever since. Can I take pudina tablets?
    A: Dabur Pudin pearls (tablets) contains the goodness of Pudina satva which gives extremely appreciable results to ward off indigestion. The herbal preparation of Dabur Pudin Hara is safe to be taken along with other medication, and also provides relief from acidity caused due to medication..
    Q 4. I am a smoker and work late hours almost every day. Off late, I have been suffering from constant acidity and chest pain. Antacid gels work for me but I have heard that regular use of these gels may cause side effects and dependency. If yes, please suggest some safer and effective alternatives.
    A: Regular use of chemical based antacids cause dependency and become less effective with time. Smoking and working late hours coupled with deprived sleep increases the pitta level (heat). Avipattikar Churna is also proven to be very effective in your condition. It contains the goodness of 14 herbal ingredients that is known to provide relief from hyperacidity, and also act as pitta rechaka (laxative) which helps in cleansing the body. 
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