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Heartburn

Question

I was working with an Ayurvedic doctor and had fantastic results in reducing heartburn. Now the doctor has moved away. What would you recommend?
~ A.P. of Michigan

Answer

Heartburn is due to too much stomach acid. It's an imbalance in Pachaka Pitta which is responsible for breaking down the food you eat.

Digestion is like cooking a soup. There are three basic elements, the heat (Pachaka Pitta and Pachaka Agni), the broth (Kledaka Kapha) and stirring the soup (Samana Vata). Good digestion, like a good soup, requires coordination among all three factors.

To restore balance, follow a Pitta balancing diet and routine.

Diet and lifestyle tips

  • Take Herbal Aci-Balance formula. It helps balance stomach acidity.
  • Chew on a few fennel seeds four times a day. Half the seeds should be baked and half raw.
  • Favor sweet, bitter, astringent, heavy, dry and cooling foods.
  • Reduce sour, pungent, salty foods.
  • Take Rose Petal Preserve, especially during hot summer weather (Pitta season).
  • Add Pitta Tea and Pitta Churna seasoning to your diet.
  • Drink a little cool milk but not with meals.
  • Have an apple boiled with 2-3 cloves at breakfast.
  • Regular daily bowel movements are important. Psyllium seed husks or Herbal Cleanse can help.
  • Favor fresh foods. Avoid leftovers and alcohol.
  • Try to eat your main meal at midday.
  • Avoid hot temperatures and prolonged exposure to the sun.
  • Try to avoid stressful situations.
  • Don't overwork. Make sure you get enough rest and leisure time.

Please note: This ayurvedic information is education. It does not replace medical advice or treatments.

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