Indigestion, also called dyspepsia, is a condition of impaired digestion. It happens to almost everyone from time to time. Actually, indigestion (Badhajmi in Hindi) is not a disease; it is a group of symptoms that shows discomfort or pain in upper abdomen.
Main symptom of the indigestion or dyspepsia is discomfort in the stomach or chest area. Most of the people feel pain and discomfort in the stomach generally soon after eating food or drink. In some cases, these symptoms may appear after some time of eating food. Other symptoms may include heartburn, upper abdominal fullness, bloating & nausea. Sometimes, belching and gas, upper abdominal pain or an acidic taste in mouth can also be seen.
Indigestion is a common condition that is usually caused by stomach acid coming into contact with the mucosa of the digestive system. As a result, stomach acids break down the mucosa, which causes irritation and inflammation. And this condition triggers the symptoms of indigestion. In other words, indigestion is frequently caused by GERD- gastroesophageal reflux disease or gastritis.
In 50-60% of cases, cause of indigestion is not very serious; you can cure it by changing your lifestyle and eating habits. It is , generally, occurred due to eating some unhealthy food or drink and there is nothing to worry about. Only in 20- 30% cases, the reason behind indigestion is some serious illness that needs proper medical supervision. However, there are some home remedies that can be applied to cure indigestion at home.
Natural Remedies for Indigestion (Badhajmi):
1. Dry Coriander & Dry Ginger:
If you are suffering from indigestion, dry ginger (sonth) and coriander (dhania) powder may help you. Both are easily available in every kitchen; you can use it in the form of powder or whole.
Simply, boil 200 ml water in a pan with dry ginger and dry coriander powder (10 gm each). Boil the water till it reduces to 50 ml. Then, sieve the decoction into a cup and drink it lukewarm. Repeat the same two times in a day regularly for 3 to 4 days.
Coriander (Dhania) and ginger (adrak and sonth), either dry or fresh, are good for digestion and have no side effects.
2. Tomato and lemon for Indigestion:
If you have indigestion frequently, you can treat it with tomato and lemon.
1. Red tomatoes (tamatar) 2 pieces
2. Black pepper powder (kali mirch) 1 pinch
3. Rock salt (sendha namak) 1/4 tsp
4. Lemon (nimbu) 1 piece
Simply, cut 2 red tomatoes into small pieces; spray black pepper and rock salt powder on it and consume. Repeat it at least three times in a day.
Similarly, take a half big lemon piece (cut it) and spray rock salt and black pepper on it. And keep it on heat for 30 seconds. Then, suck it slowly after lunch and dinner daily. It improves digestion.
You can apply these natural remedies whenever you need it; there is no side effect.
3. Ginger for Badhajmi:
- Firstly, take 10 gm (small piece) fresh Ginger and wash properly with water
- Then peel it and chop it into small pieces.
- Now, mix one pinch of rock salt in chopped ginger and eat before half an hour of every lunch and dinner daily.
- With a regular use of 8 – 10 days, your digestion and appetite will be improved.
- It also gives relief from gastric problem and flatulence. Ginger (adrak) is harmless; you can use it regularly for a long time.
4. Carom Seeds (Ajwain) for Indigestion:
Carom seed, a type of spice, is very good for digestive problems. It is very good to alleviate flatulence, abdominal colic, indigestion and diarrhea.
Simply, take 50 gm of carom seeds (ajwain) and grind them in mixer-grinder to make fine powder. Then mix 10 gm of black salt powder in it and store it into an airtight jar. Take half spoon powder with lukewarm water after meal daily. It controls gas, flatulence (afara) and stomach-ache and improves digestion.
In the same way, you can suck ajwain with betel leaf (paan) for improving digestion. Betel leaf stimulates salivary glands to release enzymes. Put ¼ – ½ tsp of carom seeds in a fresh betel leaf and keep it in your mouth after meal for swallowing the juices. Don’t chew it, only suck and swallow; it helps to digest food.
5. Clove & Green cardamom:
6. Papaya for Indigestion:
Papaya is a very useful fruit; it is rich in vitamins C, A, K and E. It also contains antioxidants and an enzyme called papain which helps in digesting food and preventing gastric problem. Eat one bowl of ripe papaya fruit daily in breakfast or afternoon; it helps to keep you away from the stomach diseases.
7. Fennel Seeds for Indigestion:
Fennel seed (saunf) is an important component of Ayurvedic medicines; it is used in the medicines of reducing vata, kapha and pitta dosh. It is very effective for digestive problems like-gas, cramps, acid, indigestion etc. If you chew fennel seeds (2-3 gm) after every meal daily as an herbal mouth freshener, you can avoid stomach related ailments.
Fennel ‘Ark’ (water):
By taking fennel ‘ark’ (water), you can cure indigestion. To prepare fennel water take 5 -6 tablespoon of fennel seeds and soak them in a glass of water for 2- 3 hrs. Then filter fennel seeds and keep the water aside for using later. Make the paste of the soaked fennel seeds and soak again into the fennel water for 3 hrs. Then filter the water again and keep the fennel water into the refrigerator for cooling. This is helpful in improving appetite and indigestion. So take 2-3 tablespoon of fennel water (ark) mixing with half cup of water after lunch and dinner daily.
8. Indian gooseberry for Indigestion:
Indian gooseberry (Amla) is good for overall digestive system of human body. It helps the body to absorb the nutrients from the food we eat. It is very rich in fiber and therefore helps to reduce the problem of constipation. Moreover, amla also reduces gastric problem and GERD (acid reflux). Therefore, you should take it daily.
You can purchase ingredients like- clove, green cardamom, fennel seeds, carom seeds, black salt and dry ginger powder from grocery shops or any supermarket. Tomato, lemon and papaya are available in vegetable/fruit market.
All the above said ingredients are part of every kitchen and have no side effects. But if anything does not suit anyone, stop immediately.
Please remember, these home remedies are not a substitute for medical care from a doctor. Results are not guaranteed and may vary from person to person.