Ayurveda is a Sanskrit term and is a combination of the words ‘Ayu’ (life) and ‘Veda’ (knowledge). If you translate this term literally, it means “right living” or the “knowledge of life”. This medicinal practice dates back to 3000 BC and is based on Vedic scriptures and Tantric traditions.
Ayurvedic Remedies for Indigestion
There are many ways to fight indigestion using natural Ayurvedic solutions. These quick fixes are absolutely natural and won’t cause any harmful side effects.
- For a good digestive- take a glass of warm water and add a few drops of lemon juice and a little honey (say, about a teaspoonful) to it. It is best to take this on an empty stomach.
- Aloe Vera juice is also a very good solution to most digestive problems. This juice is extracted from the Aloe Vera herb. You should take about 10 to 20 ml only twice a day.
- Drink as much fresh coconut water as possible because it is a very cooling drink. You can also use coconut in chutneys, rice and vegetable dishes in order to drive away indigestion.
- Pomegranate juice is excellent for balancing the acid levels in the stomach. It is bitter and astringent and this helps to balance acid. Even, pomegranate chutney is a good substitute.
- Try making more fresh chutneys with fresh coriander, mint, ginger, lemon juice and green chillies. Chutney is an extremely good digestive.
- Buttermilk is also very good for fighting off indigestion. Take a glass of buttermilk and add very little- about a pinch- of roasted cumin powder (jeera) or coriander powder (dhania).
- Try drinking mint lassi with your daily meals. It is excellent for cooling the system, especially in the hot harsh summer months.
- Organic rose water is also a cooling drink and you will probably enjoy the taste as it is sweet.
- Take a piece of ginger. Add a few drops of lemon juice and some black salt and eat it. It works as a healthy appetizer and can relieve a handful of gastric maladies.
- Baked fennel seeds help to balance digestion and also to settle the stomach. You should consume about a quarter teaspoon of baked fennel seeds, three times a day. Do this between meals.
- Include healthy and tasteful spices like cardamom, fenugreek and coriander into your daily meals as they help with digestion.
- Consume lots of green leafy vegetables like lettuce on a daily basis. Also, try making dishes with split mung dhal, which is good for indigestion.
- Add juicy mangoes, watermelons and honeydew melons to your daily diet as fresh fruit is really good for settling the stomach. However, avoid overindulging in mangoes because in large quantities, they can make you feel uneasy.
- Another wonderful medicinal herb which helps to fight against indigestion is the root of turpeth (Indian jalap) which is very special and highly in demand as it not only balances digestion but also cleanses the system.
- Add helpful kitchen ingredients like coriander, thyme, asafoetida, cumin seeds, black pepper powder and fennel to your meals on a daily basis, in order to help with digestion.
- You can make a nice Ayurvedic mixture with cumin seeds and water, which will help you to fight off indigestion. Take about two tablespoons of cumin seeds and add it to approximately four and a half cups of water. Boil it for about five minutes and let it cool. Make sure you strain the mixture before drinking it.
- Take a glass of warm water and add half teaspoon of carom seeds (ajwain) and a pinch of salt to it. Drink it twice a day, only after meals.
- To improve your digestion, consume about three grams of anise seeds daily.
- If you want instant relief, try drinking a glass of plain soda water.
Today, Ayurveda is being practiced all over the world- with a lot of success! Ayurveda is based on the physical and psychological behaviour of individuals and it helps a person to synchronize with his environment in order to live a healthy, satisfied and motivated life. Ayurveda emphasizes heavily on maintaining a proper diet, getting up before dawn, indulging in massages and other practices which can enrich lives.