Indigestion (Badhajmi), also called dyspepsia, is a condition of impaired digestion. It happens to almost everyone from time to time. Actually, indigestion (Badhajmi) 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 (Badhajmi) 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 the majority of cases, main cause of the indigestion is usually the lifestyle, we live and what we eat and drink. Another cause may be the infection or some other digestive conditions.
In 50-60% of cases, cause of indigestion (Badhajmi) is not very serious; you can cure it by changing your lifestyle and eating habits. Only in 20- 30% cases, the reason behind indigestion is some serious illness that needs medical supervision. Generally, it is occurred due to eating some unhealthy food or drink and it is nothing to worry about. You can cure indigestion by applying some natural remedies at home.
Natural Remedies for Indigestion (Badhajmi):
1. Dry Coriander & Dry Ginger for Indigestion:
If you are suffering from indigestion, ginger and coriander powder may help you. Dry coriander (Dhania) remains available in every kitchen and you can use it in the form of powder or whole. Likewise, dry ginger powder also remains available at home and if it is not, you can purchase it from grocery shop or spices section of super market. It also remains available in the form of powder or whole.
At first, take 10 gm dry ginger powder (sonth) and 10 gm dry coriander powder. Then boil 200 ml water in a pan and mix dry ginger powder and dry coriander in it. Boil the water till it reduces to 50 ml. At last, sieve the decoction into a cup and drink it lukewarm twice a day. With regular use of 3 to 4 days indigestion will be cured completely.
Coriander (Dhania) and ginger (adarak and sonth), either dry or fresh, are good for digestion and have no side effects.
2. Tomato and lemon for Indigestion:
Tomato and lemon are also helpful to remove indigestion (Badhajmi). If you have indigestion frequently, try this natural remedy of tomato and lemon.
- Red tomatoes (tamatar) 2 pieces
- Black pepper powder (kali mirch) 1 pinch
- Rock salt (sendha namak) 1/4 tsp
- Lemon (nimbu) 1 piece
Firstly, take 2 red tomatoes and cut them into small pieces. Then spray black pepper and rock salt on tomatoes and consume. Repeat it for thrice a day. This natural remedy is quite safe and you can use it for a long period to improve indigestion.
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.
3. Ginger (Adrak) for Badhajmi:
Ginger (adrak) is one of the best natural remedy for indigestion. It is very useful in the treatment of gas, flatulence (afara), and dyspepsia and stomach pain. If you eat it daily before meal, it improves your intestinal health.
- Firstly, take 10 gm (small piece) fresh Ginger and wash properly with water
- Then peel it and chop it in small pieces.
- Now, mix one pinch of rock salt in ginger and take 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.
Alternatively, you can use ginger juice with mint leaves (pudina) and lemon (nimbu) juice. Mix ginger juice, mint leaves juice and lemon juice (1 tsp each) and ingest it to cure indigestion whenever needed.
4. Carom Seeds (Ajwain) & Black salt:
Carom seed (ajwain) is a type of spice which is very good for digestive problems. Take 1-1 tea spoon of both the powders and mix it with a pinch of black salt powder. And then ingest 1 tsp of this powder with lukewarm water after lunch and dinner. It is very good to alleviate flatulence, abdominal colic, indigestion and diarrhoea.
Firstly, take 50 gm of carom seeds (ajwain) and grind them in mixer-grinder to make powder. Then mix 10 gm of black salt powder with carom seeds powder properly. Keep 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 without medicine.
5. Clove (Laung) & Green cardamom (Elaichi):
Use of Clove is very effective to cure any type of stomach problems. If you frequently have the problem of gas, acidity and indigestion (Badhajmi), take one clove and one green cardamom (chhoti elaichi) after meal every day and chew it. This natural remedy improves digestion and controls gas and acidity naturally.
6. Papaya (Papita) for Indigestion:
Papaya is a very useful fruit. It is one of the best home remedies to treat digestion and flatulence. Papaya 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 (Saunf) for Indigestion:
Take a small quantity of fennel seeds or saunf after every meal daily; it starts working very quickly and controls gas and flatulence.
Fennel ‘Ark’ (water):
By taking fennel ‘ark’ (water), you can cure indigestion. To prepare fennel water take 5 -6 table spoons 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 table spoons fennel water (ark) mixing with half cup of water after lunch and dinner daily.
Fennel Seeds (Saunf) are rich source of dietary fibre; they are very effective as natural remedy for digestive problems like- gas, cramps, acid, indigestion (Badhajmi) etc. If fennel seeds are chewed after every meal daily (2-3 gm) as an herbal mouth freshener, it improves digestion and help to cure stomach related ailments. Fennel seed is an important component of Ayurvedic medicines; it is used in the medicines of reducing vata, kapha and pitta dosh.
8. Indian gooseberry (Amla) for Treating 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 fibre 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 clove, green cardamom, fennel seeds, carom seeds, black salt and dry ginger powder from grocery shops or any super market. 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.