The Ayurvedic solution to Gastro-intestinal Disease
Posted on August 16, 2021

Digestive upset is occasionally experienced by everyone. Sometimes eating excessively due to the taste of that yummy biriyani can backfire and we take an oath to never repeat it. 
So how is one supposed to know the difference between a  temporary inconvenience and Gastrointestinal(GI) symptoms? When are they considered indicative of a digestive disorder? 

The answer is very simple: When these occurrences are severe and persistent. The GI symptoms can fluctuate in intensity from mild to very serious. If you’re experiencing the symptoms that cause you significant discomfort over and over again, it could be your body trying to tell you that you have a digestive condition.

Ayurveda approaches any ailments including gastrointestinal diseases from its roots and eliminates the issue with the help of natural ingredients like herbs and spice concoctions. So before agreeing to any surgery or heavy medication with side effects, understand the Ayurvedic solution to Gastro-intestinal Disease. 

What are Gastrointestinal diseases?

Also called the digestive system, the Gastrointestinal (GI) system/gastric system includes the various organs of the human digestive tract from the mouth to the anal opening, plus the gallbladder, liver and pancreas. Gastrointestinal diseases are diseases in the GI system that affects the proper functioning of these vital organs. According to Ayurveda, there could be many causes of GI diseases including inappropriate eating habits accompanied by poor lifestyle choices. Additionally, certain infections, increasing age, and other diseases of the GI tract like absorption problems and tumours are also responsible for gastrointestinal diseases. Ayurvedic medicine in Dubai is famous for treating GI diseases.

Symptoms of Gastrointestinal disorders:

Excess Gas & Bloating: Bloating could be a sign of food intolerance such as Celiac disease or other GI disorders, like Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). 

Constipation: As defined by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), constipation is having less than 3 bowel movements per week and/or passing dry stiff stool. Constipation is usually a warning sign for several digestive diseases like chronic IBS which is a severe GI disorder. 

Diarrhoea: Chronic diarrhoea that lasts longer than 2 days could also signify a digestive disorder, such as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) or lactose intolerance.

Heartburn: You might have Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) if you experience heartburn two or more times a week. The Hydrochloric acid found in the stomach can damage the oesophagus and lead to unnecessary complications.

Nausea & Vomiting: Nausea could occur as a result of anything: from an allergy to cancer. It is often a sign of extreme pain. Nausea and/or vomiting could also indicate an infection in your GI tract. Pancreatitis, gallbladder, appendicitis, diverticulitis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, or intestinal blockage could also induce nausea & vomiting. 

Abdominal Pain: Abdominal pain is included in almost all digestive diseases. Among many things it could point to, an ulcer, diverticulitis, or irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) are serious concerns that need to be addressed by a physician.

Loss of appetite: An unnatural appetite and fatigue loss could mean many things including GI disorders. Sometimes the difficulty in swallowing is also accompanied by it.

Blood in the stool: This is the ultimate red signal that should never be overlooked. It could mean severe disorders in the stomach. 

Types of Gastrointestinal Disorders

The most commonly noticed types of Gastrointestinal disorders are given below: 

  • Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
  • Celiac Disease
  • Constipation
  • Chronic Diarrhea
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
  • Lactose Intolerance
  • Acute and Chronic Pancreatitis
  • Peptic Ulcer Disease
  • Crohn’s Disease
  • Ulcerative Colitis
  • Gallstones
  • Diverticulitis
  • Liver Disease

The Ayurvedic approach to Gastro-intestinal diseases

Gastro-intestinal Ayurveda treatment aims at finding out the root cause of the problem and rectifying it for good. Many issues are caused due to negligence to warning signals from the body. Poor management of signs that indicate Gastric Problems will further complicate things and ultimately result in more health issues. Especially regular use of medications including paracetamol or aspirin more than 2gm per day can induce upper GI symptoms. 

Some mild Gastric discomforts can be temporarily solved through some home remedies such as the consumption of cold milk, Ginger, tender coconut water, etc. Herbs like Triphala, Guduchi, coriander, Bilva & Kudaja are known to soothe GI discomforts. Herbal treatment in Dubai can help to identify the right herbs that suit your discomfort.

Based on the severity of the GI disorder, the below mentioned Ayurvedic procedures are suggested by an experienced Ayurvedic practitioner: 

Vaman: Induced vomiting to delete accumulated waste products. It is part of the 5 step Panchakarma process.

Virechanam: Virechanam therapy is another step of Panchakarma treatment that includes medicated purgation therapy to remove toxins from the gastrointestinal tract and completely cleanse the body of the pitta dosha.

Sneha Basti: Enema using medicated oil as lubrication to treat constipation and flatulence.

Kashaya Basti: Enema using astringent medicines and medicated decoction. The medicines are very bitter in taste.

Padabhyanga Massage: Done as a precursor to other Ayurvedic treatments aimed at treating gastric problems. Since the above-mentioned procedures are a bit intense, remaining calm is essential. This type of foot massage serves to prepare and relax the body for the procedure.

In conclusion, the GI disorders are more frequent in people than it needs to be. This is plainly due to unhealthy lifestyles and eating habits. The sooner we amend this, the faster our problems will be solved. 

If you require consultation of your Gastric disorder, contact Dr Jasnas Clinic, the best Ayurvedic Clinic In Bur Dubai with highly experienced professionals.