Indigestion (Ajirna)” refers to any number of gastrointestinal complaints, which can include gas (belching, flatulence, or bloating) and upset stomach.
Gas and Indigestion (Ajirna), when mixed with acid reflux are enough to make anyone miserable. Healthy digestion assures that all of the nutrients taken in through eating are assimilated in a healthy manor into the cells. When digestion is weak tissues of the body such as muscle, blood and nerves become weak and more prone to disease.
The word ‘Ajirna’ in itself signifies the state of incomplete process of digestion. The food we eat is digested by Agni or body fire which is present in our body. The main reason for indigestion is agnimandya (weakened digestive fire). When food is completely digested by all the agnis, the body tissues will be well nourished and one is blessed with attractive complexion, glow, longevity, strength, good health, growth, enthusiasm, vitality and overall healthy development of body and mind.
Symptoms of Indigestion
2. Irritable bowel syndrome
3. Aversion towards food.
4. Heaviness, distention in abdomen.
5. Constipation or Diarrhea
8. Pain in abdomen.
10. feeling of heaviness in chest & body
12. Headache, backache.
13. Repeated yawning.
14. Burning sensation in chest
15. Sour belches.
17. Body stiffness.
Causes of Indigestion
- Disobeying the dietary rules is the prime cause
2. Irregular meals
3. Over eating
4. Sleeping during day time
5. Drinking excessive water unnecessarily
6. Not sleeping at night
7. Eating food which is heavy to digest
8. Eating too much of spicy food
9. Stress or worries is the main cause for indigestion
10. In taking of excess allopathic medicine
12. Excess smoking
13. Taking caffeine, tea on an empty stomach
14. Taking alcohol can cause various diseases like ulcer which hampers the functioning of digestive system may also cause indigestion.
15. Swallowing of food or eating quickly
Tips and Diet
- Food should be eaten in quiet without distraction such as television, reading, reading or excessive conversation
2. Food should be chewed well
3. Food should be taken warm
4. Food should be taken with only a small amount of water
5. One should rest at the completion of the meal to allow food to digest
6. The largest meal should be taken near the noon hour when the sun is high and the agni (digestive fire) strongest
7. Fasting completely for one day helps to normalize imbalanced agni and digest ama
8. Consume liquid foods, boiled vegetables or fruit juices for 2- 3 days
9. Warm lime water should be taken with few drops of ginger juice & a pinch of pepper powder
10. A small piece of ginger with salt should be chewed at the beginning of the meal
11. Avoid eating stale, excessive spicy & oily food
12. Avoid eating fermented food, junk food & bakery foods.
13. Avoid drinking excessive water when you are hungry because it can weaken the digestive fire.