The Ayurvedic perspective of hyperacidity – Amlapitta

Heartburn – the predominant symptom, affects approximately 1 out of 5 people in Australia and the incidence of GORD (Gastro-oesophageal Reflux Disease – Non-ulcer Acid Dyspepsia – NAD) has been noted to be rising worldwide. Many of the factors known to be involved in GORD and NAD are not fully understood and thus, the orthodox treatment is often symptomatic and unsatisfactory.
In Ayurveda Hyperacidity is called Amlapitta and it is clearly described by Madhava nidana

Definition Ma Ni 51:1
In amlapitta the quantity of pachaka pitta is increased. its quality of normal bitter taste (alkaline) is changed to more sour taste (acidic) as a result of fermentation. Because of this increased sour quality of pitta it is called amla(sour)- pitta

Ayurveda describes 2 types of amlapitta
1. Urdhwaga amlapitta- affects upper GI tract
2. Adhoga amlapitta- affects lower GI tract

What causes Amlapitta?
• sedentary life style
• incompatible combinations of food such as milk and fruit, milk and fish, cold and hot drinks etc. (Virudha ahara)
• contaminated food (leftover food), stale food
• fermented food
• excessive consumption of alcoholic drinks
• improper sleeping habits
• sour, pungent hot and salty food
• deep fried food, spicy food
• day sleeping after having food intake
• suppression of natural urges (Vegavarodha)
• stress, anger (increase of Raja dosha)
• coffee, carbonated drinks, smoking

What are the symptoms of Amlapitta
• Indigestion
• dyspepsia
• sour eruptions
• pain in cardiac region
• loss of appetite, gurgling sound in the abdomen
• thirst
• burning sensation in throat and chest
• headache
• heaviness in the abdomen
• diarrhoea
• fatigue

How can Ayurveda help?
Due to the holistic nature of Āyurveda, preventative and restorative treatment can be affected by discovering the root cause of the disease and treating the whole person, encompassing the spirit, mind and body.
The treatment approach is depending on the type of Amlapitta (Adhoga or Urdhwaga type) .
1. The first step towards your health will be correcting your digestive function with appetizing herbs (herbs that increase the digestive power).
2. Ahara/ Food + Vihara/ lifestyle – you will need to follow a special diet and lifestyle prescribed for you
3. Shamana treatment – Pacifying treatment this is done when there is only a slight vitiation of doshas
3. Shodhana treatment – Panchakarma

Useful herbs are Amalaki, Shatavari, Guduchi, Yasthimadhuka and classical preparations such as Panchanimbadi churna or Avipattikar churna.

For more information or if you suffer from Amlapitta (Hperacidity) and you are interested in a holistic ayurvedic treatment plan call Karin Ph: 0406810547

 

* 𝘗𝘭𝘦𝘢𝘴𝘦 𝘯𝘰𝘵𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘴𝘦 𝘤𝘭𝘢𝘪𝘮𝘴 𝘩𝘢𝘷𝘦 𝘯𝘰𝘵 𝘣𝘦𝘦𝘯 𝘢𝘱𝘱𝘳𝘰𝘷𝘦𝘥 𝘣𝘺 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘛𝘎𝘈. 𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘪𝘯𝘧𝘰𝘳𝘮𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘱𝘳𝘰𝘷𝘪𝘥𝘦𝘥 𝘪𝘴 𝘯𝘰𝘵 𝘮𝘦𝘢𝘯𝘵 𝘵𝘰 𝘣𝘦 𝘶𝘴𝘦𝘥 𝘵𝘰 𝘥𝘪𝘢𝘨𝘯𝘰𝘴𝘦 𝘰𝘳 𝘵𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘵 𝘢𝘯𝘺𝘰𝘯𝘦 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘴𝘩𝘰𝘶𝘭𝘥 𝘯𝘰𝘵 𝘣𝘦 𝘵𝘢𝘬𝘦𝘯 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩𝘰𝘶𝘵 𝘤𝘰𝘯𝘴𝘶𝘭𝘵𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘢𝘯 𝘈𝘺𝘶𝘳𝘷𝘦𝘥𝘪𝘤 𝘱𝘩𝘺𝘴𝘪𝘤𝘪𝘢𝘯. 𝘞𝘦 𝘥𝘰 𝘯𝘰𝘵 𝘨𝘶𝘢𝘳𝘢𝘯𝘵𝘦𝘦 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘢𝘴𝘴𝘶𝘮𝘦 𝘯𝘰 𝘭𝘦𝘨𝘢𝘭 𝘭𝘪𝘢𝘣𝘪𝘭𝘪𝘵𝘺 𝘰𝘳 𝘳𝘦𝘴𝘱𝘰𝘯𝘴𝘪𝘣𝘭𝘺 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘢𝘤𝘤𝘶𝘳𝘢𝘤𝘺, 𝘤𝘶𝘳𝘳𝘦𝘯𝘤𝘺 𝘰𝘳 𝘤𝘰𝘮𝘱𝘭𝘦𝘵𝘦𝘯𝘦𝘴𝘴 𝘰𝘧 𝘪𝘯𝘧𝘰𝘳𝘮𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘤𝘰𝘯𝘵𝘢𝘪𝘯𝘦𝘥 𝘪𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘴𝘦 𝘮𝘢𝘵𝘦𝘳𝘪𝘢𝘭𝘴.

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