How to Ease & Prevent Bloating with Ayurveda

Bloating as we all know it, causes
immense discomfort and uneasiness in anything – be it in our own
bodies or those of our pets. There are several causes for the
accumulation of gas in the abdomen. According to Ayurveda, there are
3 specific types. These are ‘Anaha’, ‘Adhmana’ and ‘Atopa’.
Ultimately, bloating is caused mainly
by an imbalance of Vata Dosha, the air & space element in the
body. Often times it is trapped within the abdomen due to an
accumulation of Ama or toxic material. This is because the digestive
fire is not functioning properly and as a result, the food we consume
does not get processed into the nutrient and waste portions.
Therefore regardless of the nutrient
content, this food accumulates and ferments in the large intestine,
which leads to a variety of other ailments – bloating being a key
symptom. Apart from the obvious colicky pain associated with
bloating, other symptoms include :
  • fatigue
  • heaviness and lethargy
  • restlessness
  • thirst
  • backache
  • vomiting
  • chest pain and psychological

Treatment methods

The best and most effective treatment
is fasting. Total and complete abstinence from solid food, at least
until the discomfort subsides. During this time, one can drink warm
teas, prepared with fresh warming herbs, which subside the aggravated
Vata Dosha, such as Ginger, Fennel, Ginger, Black Pepper, Cinnamon,
Asafoetida and Cumin
Ayurvedic medicinal preparations such
Avipathikara Churna, Hingvastaka Churna or Lavana Bhaskara Churna
can also be taken under the guidance of an Ayurvedic Physician.
In addition to these methods, one can
massage warm castor oil on the abdomen, moving in a downward
direction. This helps to expel Vata dosha and feces from the lower
orifice if bloating is associated with constipation.

Heritage Store Organic Castor Oil, 16 Ounce

Gas forming foods, such as raw
vegetables, beans, potatoes, fermented foods, fried foods,
excessively cold or hard foods etc must be avoided. Food should
always be consumed fresh and hot, cooked in sufficient amounts of
good fats like Ghee or Coconut Oil.
Buttermilk is also an incredible
addition to your meal, as it’s natural probiotics help in digestion,
thereby improving the Agni – or body’s ability to digest. 

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