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How to treat indigestion and constipation with herbs? 

How to treat indigestion and constipation with herbs? 

Indigestion is the root cause of all diseases. A healthy pitta associated with the jatharagni - the digestive fire, and quality of what you eat, when you eat and how you eat, all these contribute toward a healthy digestion.

Signs that show you have a poor digestion:
- You feel discomfort after eating your meal
- You feel hungry on timely
- You do not pass gas frequently and your burp does not have the same taste as the food you eat.
- You pass stool daily and are not constipated frequently

Physical indigestion can be classified into three kinds:
Vata caused indigestion: This type of indigestion affects the large intestine where the person faces constipation due to excessive dryness and passes hard stool.

Pitta caused indigestion: This type of indigestion majorly affects the small intestine. The person craves for hot spicy food and if the person consumes this food, the condition worsens. The person then is unable to pass stool due to excess heat.

Kapha caused indigestion: In this kind of indigestion, the stomach is affected. Due to low digestive fire, the digestion takes a long time. One does not feel like eating food at all and usually complain of having constipation. They tend to feel heaviness and lethargy, particularly in the upper abdomen.

If indigestion is allowed to continue untreated, it leads to development of other symptomatic diseases like colds, fevers, diarrhea, influenza etc.  And no matter how you treat an acute disease your effort will go to waste if you don’t address the root cause of indigestion. Ayurveda believes in removing the root cause, balancing the doshas, and rejuvenating the body.

How to balance the tridoshas?
Weakened digestion promotes production of ‘ama’, toxins.  Ama when present in your digestive tract can aggravate problems of gas, acidity and constipation, and more. For the proper functioning of your digestive system, ayurveda recommends medicated enema which is considered as the most important purification method since it helps clean the large intestine and controls ama.

Here are some tips to balance the tridoshas:
Vata caused indigestion:If your indigestion and ama formation are due to imbalanced Vata then ginger or fennel may be helpful. Light and well-cooked food with spices like hing, cumin and turmeric are very good for balancing Vata. Mild exercises and simple yoga stretches with meditation can be very beneficial for you.

Pitta caused indigestion: In this type of indigestion, cardamom and fennel are excellent to eliminate ama. Triphala can be beneficial to rekindle your digestion. Light or raw foods with juice can help balance your pitta. Strolling in the open early or late evening gives regular exposure to the wind which in turn helps dry Pitta. Walking next to water bodies can be very soothing. Herbal infusions like Rose and Mint infusion help in balancing the pitta in the body.

Kapha caused indigestion:If an imbalanced Kapha caused your problem, herbs like black pepper,dry ginger or cumin help to digest the ama and rekindle the digestive fire. Light foods and adrak wali chai are excellent for this type of indigestion.  Vigorous exercise helps detoxifying and removing ama via sweat. 

Buy our Herbal teas and infusions which are good for digestion
Masala Chai: It is an immunity-boosting natural blend of Banaphsa, Cinnamon, Cloves, Ginger, Cardamom and Assam black tea leaves that help with digestive issues and balance all the three doshas i.e. Vata, Pitta and Kapha.

Shubh Saanjh Chai: Our Shubh Saanjh chai is known as digestive tea specifically made for the evenings to pacify Vata Dosha. This tea has carminative properties and helps promote digestion. The best time to have this tea is between 2 pm-6 pm.
The blend includes Mint, Ajwain, Fennel, Shankhpushpi blended with Darjeeling green sourced from Darjeeling. The ingredients leave a refreshing taste in the mouth and promote digestive activity. The best part about this tea is that it does not carry any artificial flavours, colours, scents or extracts.

Desi Masala Chai: Desi Masala Chai is for anyone who loves tea.  Made of 100% natural blend of whole herbs of cinnamon, ginger, black pepper, cardamom, and CTC Assam black tea helps with digestion. It also helps in boosting immunity and balances tridoshas.

Ginger Black Tea: This adrak wali chai balances Vata and Kapha doshas. It helps in digestion and fights common cold & cough. It also helps in flushing out toxins from the body. A rich source of flavonoids keeps the heart-healthy.

Cardamom Black Tea: Our cardamom black tea is known for balancing Pitta dosha. It helps detoxify and improves digestion. If you have Pitta caused indigestion then this is the tea for you! It is a great source of antioxidants and has carminative properties.

Tummy Love: Tummy Love is a caffeine-free herbal infusion, made of Fennel seeds (Sauf) and carom seeds (Ajwain). Rich in antioxidants, it helps maintain a healthy gut and support healthy digestion. The best time to have this tea is after any meal. This infusion helps balance the Vata and Pitta doshas.

Tulsi Green Tea:  Tulsi green tea is a perfect blend of green tea leaves sourced from Darjeeling and dried tulsi leaves. Rich source of antioxidants, it improves metabolism and flushes out toxins from the body. It helps relieve stress, build the body’s stamina, and boost immunity. The green tea leaves help regulate blood sugar and promote digestion. It helps treat flatulence and ease stomach discomfort.

 


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