Acid reflux, also related to gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), is the condition in which the flow of stomach acid is backwards, into the tube that connects the throat to the stomach, known as esophagus. This leads to burning sensation in the chest and often occurs after having a heavy meal or after drinking coffee or alcohol. Other symptoms associated with acid reflux are difficulty in swallowing, coughing, and wheezing, hiccups, nausea, burping, bloating, dry cough, chronic sore throat and chest pain.
‘Amlapitta’ is the term for acid reflux or GERD in ayurvedic text. It is the result of the vitiation of Pitta dosha and its aggravation, which leads to increase in acidic content in the fluids present in the stomach, which then refluxes, back upwards through esophagus and causes symptoms like heartburn, chest pain, sour bleaching, etc. This aggravation is caused due to having unhealthy eating habits like consuming hot and spicy food, smoking, increased intake of painkillers, excessive thinking, anger and stress.
The ayurvedic treatment for acid reflux focuses on determining the underlying cause of the reflux and curing it. The medications are given that pacify the effects of the pitta dosha. Some therapies are employed that balance the doshas in the body and also cool the effects of aggravated Pitta dosha. Along with this, lifestyle changes and diet plans are suggested to keep the condition under control. This helps in relieving symptoms even in the long run.
When the valve between the esophagus and the stomach becomes weak, acid reflux or GERD (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease) occurs. This valve normally opens to allow food in and then closes securely. The valve remains open in GERD, enabling stomach acids to flow back up into the esophagus, resulting in heartburn and other symptoms.
The liquid content of the stomach regurgitates (backs up or refluxes) into the esophagus as a result of this disorder. You could have GERD if you get heartburn more than twice a week and it doesn't go away with over-the-counter antacids.
Thousands of acid reflux sufferers have benefited from our Ayurvedic therapy, which has provided long-term relief. Initially some minor changes in diet and lifestyle are suggested along with some herbal medications.
Acid Reflux is caused by the pitta Dosha aggravation, according to Ayurveda. Pitta is an Ayurvedic humor that means "fire" or "hot." It is located in the stomach and is hot, sharp, strong, acidic, and pungent in character. Pitta imbalance causes an increase in acidic content in stomach contents. In fact, most healthy people experience liquid reflux from their stomach into their esophagus. Due to exacerbated pitta, refluxed liquid includes acid more often in such people, resulting in acid reflux. It's crucial to note that therapy at Elite Ayurveda starts with diagnosing the underlying cause of acid reflux and then building a customized treatment plan that's tailored to your particular body system and current health issues.
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