Rogaschaharasambhava !As aptly mentioned in Ayurveda, faulty dietary habits lead to diseases of Gastro-intestinal (GI) origin. Today's sedentary lifestyle & stress further aggravates the problem. Statistically speaking Gastro-intestinal disorders constitute about 60-65% of clinical cases and show both psychosomatic symptoms (related to both body & mind).Causative factors for all Gastro-intestinaI disorders as per Ayurveda - Physical causesIrregular meal timingsIntake of food in indigestionIntake of food without feeling hungryIntake of contra-indicated food like fruits & milk, fish & milk etcIntake of food late nightExcess consumption of waterEating over-hurriedlyOver fastingRegular intake of heavy to digest foodIntake of stale food / refrigerated foodRegular intake of spicy, oily, fermented & preserved foodExcess intake of tea , coffeeHabit of sleeping immediately post lunchSmoking, drinking, excess intake of non-veg foodHolding up natural urges like urine , bowels or vomit and eating Stress physically/ mentally Staying awake at night, disturbed sleepIrregular & sedentary lifestyleLack of proper hygieneMental causes Feelings of Stress, fear, sorrow, grief , AnxietyAll the above factors over a period of time develop into GI disordersSymptoms of Irritable Bowel syndrome Abdominal pain or cramping relieved by emptying your bowelsA change in bowel habits such as diarrhoea, constipation or sometimes bothBloating / swelling of abdomenExcessive gasAn urgent need to go to toiletA feeling that you need to open your bowels even if you have just been to the toiletA feeling that you have not fully emptied your bowelDiarrhea or constipation — sometimes alternating bouts of constipation and diarrheaMucus in the stoolSymptoms that may indicate a more serious condition include:Rectal bleedingAbdominal pain that progresses or occurs at nightWeight lossLine of treatment in AyurvedaRasayana (rejuvenating drugs) are used for treatment of GI disorders which have following benefits:Improve blood circulation to GI tractRejuvenation of cells of GI tractIt causes proper secretion of digestive juices & helps to improve appetite & digestionIncreases immunity of GI tract thus preventing from diseasesPrevention from complications & recurrence of disease itselfLifestyle management through AyurvedaEat light to digest food & freshly cooked foodEat only when hungryAvoid long intervals between two meals Eat fresh fruits & vegetables everydayInclude old rice / jowar, moongdal, bittergourd, pumpkin, pomegranate, gooseberry, pudina, turmeric, coriander, cumin seeds , hing (asafoetida), coconut, rocksalt, cow ghee, cow milk, fresh buttermilk in daily food to prevent GI diseasesDrink little lukewarm water after meals..it aids proper digestion of food.Walk slowly for 15-20 min after every meal. It aids digestion of food.Excercise for 30 min daily.Practice yogasan like :Dhanurasana, Shavasana, Matsyasana, Pavanmuktasana, Halasana, Suryanamaskar etc for IBS, constipation etc.Ardhamatsyendrasana, Mayurasana, Trikonasana, Dhanurasana, Bhujangasana, Halasana, Usthrasana - Overall GI healthDont'sAvoid extremely hot & spicy foodAvoid excess drinking of tea, coffee etc.Avoid excess physical or mental stress & negative attitudeAvoid sedentary & irregular lifestyleAvoid alcohol, smoking etcAvoid excess drinking of water in morning especiallyAvoid sleeping in the afternoon & staying awake till late night.Ayurveda defines "Health" as a state of complete physical, mental & social well-being and not merely absence of diseases or infirmity. Ayurveda is and will remain committed to providing complete health. Gastro-intestinal disorders are commonly found and considered to be easily curable. But if not treated on time can lead to several complications. Ayurveda has the potential to treat the root cause of all these diseases instead of just giving symptomatic treatment.