Author Chris Kilham rightly said ‘You don't have to do something exotic to enjoy the benefits of natural healing agents. So many things in your kitchen - common spices, common herbs and foods - have powerful healing agents as well’
So on this positive note, today we will have a look on few simple home remedies for acidity.
Before discussing about the home remedies, First let us understand what does the most commonly used term- ‘Acidity’ means?
Acidity is the term used by almost everyone from adolescent to geriatric age group.
Acidity is the term used by almost everyone from adolescent to geriatric age group. It’s the most common condition in India. Acidity is defined asAcid reflux which is also known as heartburn, acid indigestion, or pyrosis. It happens when some of the acidic stomach contents go back up into the esophagus. Acid reflux creates a burning pain in the lower chest area, often after eating.
This can be chronic ifacid reflux and heartburn persist more than twice a week may indicate Gastroesophageal reflux disease(GERD) which needs medical assistance.
So when we talk about the home remedies for acidity, it is to be used formild acidity as chronic acidity needs medical attention.
Now that we all known about Acidity, let us emphasize on treating it naturally.
Home remedies meaning the food items which are easily available in our kitchen so when you suffer from acidity here are the list of 13Spices/herbs/food items which you can easily picked up from your kitchen andwhich has medicinal properties/function such as Carminative, digestive and Stomachic effects.
|Spices/herbs/food items||Hindi names||Medicinal properties|
|Basil, sweet||Tulsi||Stomachic, carminative|
|Bishop’s weed||Ajwain||Digestive, carminative|
|Cardamom (small)||Elaichi||carminative, digestive|
|Clove||Loung||digestive, carminative, stomachic|
|Ginger||Adrak||Digestive, carminative, stomachic|
|Horse radish||Muli||digestive, stomachic, laxative|
|Mint||Pudina||stomachic, carminative, digestive|
|Pepper||Kali mirch||carminative, digestive, stomachic|
|Aloe||Gheekumari/korphad||Acts as laxative|
Carminative : A substance to relieve gas, cramps, and bloating.
Digestive : Improve Digestion process.
Stomachic effects : Tone the stomach, improving its function and increase appetite.
Laxative : Treat and prevent constipation
Probiotic : Probiotics are often called "good" or "helpful" bacteria which keep your gut healthy.
Almost every herb/ spices listed above seems to have influence on the digestivesystem. The alleged use of the botanical is to cleanse or purify the body.
Ginger ale : Add 1 tbsp of ginger extract/ juice+ 1 tsp of lemon + 1 pinch of cardamom + 1 tsp of honey in a glass of water.
Mint sherbet : Add 1 tbsp of Mint juice + 1 tsp of lemon + 1 pinch of pepper + 1 tsp of honey in water.
Masala Chaas : 1 glass of Buttermilk+ ½ tsp jeera powder+ ½ tsp of mint paste + salt to taste.
Mouth freshener : 1 tsp of Roasted saunf and ajwain post meals.
Home remedies will certainly give relief from the symptom of acid reflux but if it persist in spite of all these efforts then you need to visit the Gastroenterologist.
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