Dyspepsia, Anorexia, Diarrhoea, Cholera, Gastro Enteritis, Sprue
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Mustharishtam is an Ayurvedic medicine for indigestion that also prevents the formation of Ama in the body. It is also an Ayurvedic medicine for dysentery and diarrhoea and one of the most recommended medicine for fever in adults made from natural ingredients.
Mustaka (Cyperus rotundus)
It is a grass that is widely used as an ingredient in Ayurveda.
It is used in traditional medicine for its anti-inflammatory properties.
It pacifies Kapha and Pitta Doshas
Balances Vata and Pitta Doshas vitiation
Purifies blood, improves digestion and eliminates acidity
Dhataki (Woodfordia fruticosa)
Balances Kapha and Pitta Doshas
Yavani (Trachyspermum ammi)
Ignites the digestive fire Agni
Sunthi (Zingiber officinale)
Balances Kapha Dosha
It is cardiotonic and is hot in nature
Traditional Ayurvedic medicine for indigestion and gas
Maricha (Piper nigrum)
Increases the digestive fire Agni
Helps to balance Kapha and Vata Doshas and aggravates the Pitta Dosha
Used in Ayurvedic as an analgesic and antipyretic (anti-fever)
Lavanga (Syzygium aromaticum)
Is used in ayurvedic medicine as a carminative, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial
Fights liver toxicity
Methi (Trigonella foenum-graecum)
Helps normalise the digestive secretions
Increases the flow of bile
Relive flatulence and bloat
Is an excellent Ayurvedic treatment for chronic diarrhoea
Chitraka (Plumbago indica)
Pacifies the Vata Dosha
Jeeraka (Cuminum cyminum)
Good Ayurvedic medicine for indigestion and digestive disorders
Relieves bloating and gas
Ayurveda gives the digestive system and the process of digestion prime importance with regards to the good health of a person. At the root of all ill health in Ayurveda is a substance called Ama. This Ama is a toxin that is formed when the digestive and metabolic process is impaired or incomplete. Ama present in the body over a longer period of time can buildup and form Amavisha which is a more dangerous form of the metabolic waste that can seriously impair a person’s health.
So, any issues with digestion are taken very seriously in the Ayurvedic system of medicine and treated to ensure optimum good health. Ayurveda attributes the quality of the digestive process to the quality of the digestive fire or Agni in the body. This Agni fluctuates with the apparent movement of the sun. At noon when the sun is at its strongest, the Agni is also at its peak strength. Consequently, it is at its weakest at night. This is why Ayurvedic tradition dictates that the heaviest meal of the day should be at midday and that the night meal should be light and easy to digest. Modern schedules, where lunch is a hurried meal and dinner is the time when one eats well is the opposite of what is recommended and causes digestive troubles.
Ayurveda also recommends that one should eat at regular times and in a calm and relaxed atmosphere, free from stress. Hurried meals go against this advice. The food should be eaten warm and fresh. Cold and over-processed food that is popular today is not good for digestive health. Health problems are also attributed to the suppression of the natural urges to pass gas, belch, burp, pass urine or stool. Modern lifestyles prevent us from doing so at will which negatively impacts digestion. An active lifestyle with adequate exercise enhances digestion.
All movement in the body is controlled by the Vata Dosha. So when there is a problem with this Dosha it impairs the flow of the contents of the digestive tract as well as the elimination of waste. Too much Vata also causes gas problems and bloat. Vata Dosha problems are the prime cause of digestive issues. The Pitta Dosha being of a hot and dry nature can cause constipation while the mucus-forming Kapha Dosha also impairs digestion.
Fever is also linked to the digestive tract as per Ayurveda. When a person has a fever, the temperature of the digestive tract becomes lower and the outer surfaces of the body become hotter. It is the symptom of infection or a health problem. Fever is called Jwara and is defined as a Pitta Dosha problem.
Most traditional systems of medicine lay great emphasis on the food that one eats. Food can only be of benefit if it is properly digested. When one’s digestion is compromised it affects the way in which nutrients are absorbed and metabolized in the body. Digestive problems also cause a great deal of inconvenience and discomfort to the person. Mustharishtam is an Ayurvedic medicine for indigestion that also prevents the formation of metabolic waste and toxins caused by improper digestion. It is used as a diarrhoea Ayurvedic medicine.
Western medicine views good food habits and nutrition as very important but does not focus on digestion as the main focal point of good health as Ayurveda does.
The Western system of medicine focuses on the food that is eaten and how beneficial it is for the digestive system and the process of digestion. It also considers the health and functioning of all the components of the digestive tract, liver, pancreas, and gallbladder.
Bacterial infections of the stomach lining can also cause digestive issues. Western medicine treats such infections with appropriate antibiotics.
Other common causes of digestive problems are problems with gallbladder, ulcers, and IBS. Autoimmune disorders such as sarcoidosis and Crohn’s disease are also known to impact digestion.
Certain foods are also triggers for digestive problems, gas, and bloat. A small amount of gas is present in a healthy bowel but certain foods and digestive problems cause uncomfortable gas and belly bloat. When gas accumulates it can also cause pain.
Health problems with the digestive system also cause acidity, constipation or diarrhoea.
Too much acid in the stomach can cause discomfort as well as damage to the stomach lining. Gastritis is the condition when the lining of the stomach becomes inflamed and can cause severe pain as well as discomfort. This is treated with drugs to relieve the pain and protect the stomach lining from further damage. Too much acid in the stomach can also harm the mouth, throat and upper stomach causing heartburn and acid reflux. It can also cause ulcers in the stomach.
Issues with large intestine can also impact the digestive process.
Stomach problems that are infrequent are treated symptomatically but when they are chronic they are to be investigated. Digestive problems are investigated by checking the digestive tract as well as the gallbladder, pancreas, and liver.
Western medicine advocates a diet that is well balanced and that is conducive to good gut health.
Food that is rich in fiber, probiotics, and prebiotics are good for digestion. It is important to have an adequate intake of water and to maintain regular meal times. Travel usually causes changes in mealtimes and causes digestive problems.
The intake of much coffee, tea, alcohol, and carbonated drinks negatively impacts the health of the digestive system.
If one suffers from gas and bloat, foods that trigger them should be avoided.
When acidity is a problem, foods that are high in acid are to be avoided.
Some medications that are prescribed for non-digestive health problems might have side effects on the digestive system and should be investigated.
Dyspepsia, Anorexia, Diarrhoea, Cholera, Gastro Enteritis, Sprue
Carminative, Digestive, Appetizer
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