CURING ACID REFLUX
According to English medicine, acid reflux is a long-term condition where stomach contents come back up into the esophagus resulting in either symptoms or complications. … It is due to poor closure of the lower esophageal sphincter (the junction between the stomach and the esophagus).
Ayurveda looks at it differently. It does not disagree with the above statement; rather it goes to the root cause. This is where your healing and solution lies.
Acid reflux happens because of the following reasons;
Intensely sharp, pungent and sour foods cause acid reflux. It is not the food alone that is to blame but the environment in which it is eaten that is the culprit. Have you heard this saying “You are what you eat”
People who consume these agitating, Rajasic and Tamasic tastes in nature, are in most cases involved in stressful situations of some sort. They are aggressive Pitta constitutions. It is the heat in the emotions which causes them to find such expressions in foods too.
In most cases, such foods increase the acid content in the stomach. When you consume such foods, you are already excited or agitated. Udana Vayu, the energy responsible for expression, for upward movement of thoughts, food etc, is already active. The lower esophageal sphincter gets agitated. Over time, due to such expressions happening continuously, this sphincter fails to close.
Moreover, Apana Vayu also gets reversed putting pressure for the same reasons and this upward movement of energy puts pressure on the Diapraghm. So when such pungent foods travel upwards, they burn the walls of the esophagus and cause acid reflux.
What is the remedy;
If you are suffering from acid reflux, the foods mentioned below nay be best avoided;
In Fruits – Papaya, Pineapple, Tomato
In Vegetables – Brinjal (Egg Plant), Dill
In Legumes – Soya, Urad dal
In Spices – Dalchini (Cinnamon), Red chilli, Mustard
Others – Bread with yeast, Mayonnaise, Tamarind, Salted almonds, Cashew, Walnuts, Peanuts, Alcohol, Black Tea & Coffee, Tamarind
Some home remedies are;
2. Mix 4 tsps of Coriander juice to a glass of diluted fresh Buttermilk & drink after meals.