Indigestion (dyspepsia) is termed as Ajeerna in Ayurvedic literature. Any abnormality experienced by the body in digesting the food or lack of proper digestion is called as Dyspepsia. Many gastrointestinal complaints can be listed under indigestion, like stomach upset, gastro-intestinal problems, uncontrolled flatulence etc.
According to Ayurveda, Jataragni helps in digesting the food which is ingested. If this Jataragni is low or gets impaired, it affects the digestion process. The food taken will not be digested and assimilated as per body’s requirements. The indigested food that remains in the body is called as Ama. When this circulates in the body and goes to dhatus (tissues), the kapha and pitta dosha aggravates. This leads to various diseases.
- Intake of incompatible and unwholesome food
- Irregular food habits
- Over eating
- Excessive water intake after food
- Suppressing the natural urges like flatus and bowel habits
- Improper sleeping habits
- Emotional instability
- Diminished secretions of digestive enzymes
- Shifting pain due to flatulence
- Burning sensation in the upper abdomen and chest
- Heaviness all over the body
- Nausea and Vomiting
- Heart burn associated belching