Almost 70% - 80% of adults knowingly or unknowingly suffer from hyper-acidity. Most of them know but show a casual attitude towards it, and consider it as a minor symptom and ignore it for a very long period. Many people claim to take antacids for long time yet symptoms are seen as soon as the effect of medicine subsides. This casual attitude of many people helps this simple symptom grow into severe ailments like Heart diseases, Osteoporosis, Diabetes, Hypertension, etc,. Long standing hyperacidity causes degenerative changes in body. It either starts with indigestion or causes indigestion later in process which again presents different set of challenges for human body. Which signs you should look for ?
- Heart burn
- Sour belching
- Burning sensation in stomach/ anal region.
- Mouth ulcers
Some severe symptoms to watch out for....
- Retrosternal pain (Pain in middle of chest)
- Migraine (Severe headache)
- Problems of sight
According to Ayurveda hyper-acidity may be termed as 'Amlapitta' and can be treated successfully with minimal or no recurrence. But patient has to follow certain dietary regulations suggested by vaidyas for long term effects. Ayurveda has described 6 properties of pitta which helps in various aspects of digestion. Because of this deep thinking, Ayurveda not only cures hyperacidity but also rectifies damages done by it. For treatment Ayurvedic doctor judges by which of these properties the pitta is aggravated, there are various herbo-mineral drugs like Sootshekhar ras, Kaamdudha ras, etc. which are proven remedies. (Ayurvedic Medicines to be taken under ayurvedic supervision only).
At early stages hyper-acidity can be controlled by by simple yet effective home remedies. Below are the following home remedies helpful for hyper-acidity. 1-2 Amla (Indian goose berry) - For Burning sensations, Nausea, Ulcers...10-15 Black raisins thrice daily - For Heart burn, sour belching, nausea...1 cup Cow milk with 1 tsp cow ghee in morning 1 tsp cow ghee in morning.
All these remedies are more effective when dietry regulations like avoiding sour and spicy foods and Non-veg, drinking to much water early morning, avoiding fermented foods are applied.