Gastric problems refer to diseases of organs that are a part of digestive system including the stomach, intestine, esophagus, rectum, etc. A healthy digestive system is very important for maintaining a good health as it plays a vital role in absorption and distribution of nutrients, and elimination of unwanted toxins and waste out of the body. Unhealthy lifestyle such as smoking, poor sleep, and intake of too much fried or high-calorie food increases risk of developing gastric problems like peptic ulcers, acidity, gastroenteritis, constipation, bloating, vomitingetc. Poor management of gastric problems further complicates the things and results in other health issues. Most importantly, regular use of medications such as paracetamol or aspirin can also lead to gastric problems. Mild gastric problems can be solved through some home remedies such as consumption of cold milk or water. However, when gastric problems become chronic in nature and last for long time, it becomes difficult to manage them with self-care. In such cases, it is always advisable to seek medical help. The antacids drugs work very well to control some of the gastric problems like hyperacidity. However, antacids drugs can also cause some side effects such as rebound acidity or constipation. Most of the antacids contain minerals and tend hence to interact with other medications that you may be consuming simultaneously. As per Ayurveda, the health of the digestive system is the single most important long term determinant of your health and well-being. If your digestion is healthy, your body can produce healthy tissues (dhatus). When digestion is weak, the tissues of your body such as muscles, blood and nerves become weak and make the body susceptible to diseases. The Ayurvedic therapies that are offered for management of gastric problem in Ayurveda mainly aim to correct the imbalance of doshas.
Ayurveda for Gastric Problems
Virechanam (includes Abhyanga Treatment)
Virechanam therapy is a type of panchakarma treatment. Here, person is made to undergo controlled purgation for a specific amount of time. It is designed to flush out body toxins. It starts with oral intake of medicated ghee in ascending doses for a period of 3 to 7 days and includes a full body Abhyangam massage.