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Acid Peptic Disorders (APD) and Management with Ayurveda

Acid Peptic Disorder is major problem worldwide affecting millions across the globe. In most of the cases it is associated with lifestyle changes and stressful life. Both Peptic Ulcer Syndrome and Gastric Ulcer Syndrome come under Acid Peptic Disorder.

Major Causes of APD include excessive intake of acidic substances, hot beverages such as tea or coffee, spicy food, fried foods, tobacco in form (Smoking or Oral ingestion), alcohol etc. Consumption of faulty diets, irregular intake of food, inadequate or excess quantities, and frequently skipping of meals also lead to APDs. The stressful lifestyle and inadequate sound sleep are other main and important reasons for APDs in young adults.

Common Symptoms of APDs include:
  • Gaseous feeling and feeling of fullness such as Bloating,
  • Stomach Pain .Hunger type pains 1-2 hours after eating.
  • Burning in Stomach,
  • Burping (also known as belching, rectus, or eructation)
  • Burning sensation in Chest, this is actually a acid reflux symptom,
  • Back pain usually seen due to excess amount of flatus accumulation.
  • Headaches, nausea and vomiting and bad taste in mouth
  • Intermittent Constipation and diarrhoea
  • Burning sensation in the Anal Area and during defecation
The routine Investigations to diagnose APDs are:
  • Urine routine examination
  • Stool routine examination
  • Barium Meal x-ray
  • F.T.M ( Fractional test meal )
  • Ultrasonography of Whole abdomen
  • Gastroscopy (Endoscopy) in severe cases
APDs should never be ignored and must be treated at the first sign and symptoms as they can lead to complications such as Internal bleeding, Peptic Stenosis, IBS, Depression (due to diseased condition people often develops such features), Recurrent Black Stools etc.

Change in lifestyle that allows rest, freshly cooked light food and stress-free environment help to heal acid-peptic ulcers and signs and symptoms of hyperacidity.

Few Ayurvedic home remedies include, regularisation of daily meals, chewing of clove after meals, consumption of Green Dhania (Coriandrum sativum) leaves juice (5-10 ml) in the morning; Consumption of Tulsi (Occimum Santam) leaves, Jeera (cumin), Sauf (Fennel), Elaichi (cardamom) act as good carminatives and digestive agents.

Consumption of Mulethi (Glycerrhiza) with honey, fresh ginger juice with honey are the few home remedies that protect the gut wall of the stomach against the excess secretion of acid in the stomach.

A balanced diet that is non-spicy, with less oil is highly beneficial for good health. Ayurveda recommends consumption of fresh coriander, mint leaves, freshly cooked green vegetables, coconut water; fruits such as papaya, apples, chickoo, and banana are excellent antidotes for hyperacidity. Ayurveda forbids excessive eating and recommends early meal times.

Leading life with calmness and remaining happy are also the key elements that can ensure good sound sleep, minimise stress and lead is healthy life.

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