Gastro-Esophageal Reflux Disease

GERD is also known as Gastro-Oesophageal Reflux Disease or Acid Reflux is mainly caused when the valve between the stomach and esophagus becomes weak and stays open for a long, which allows the acid in the stomach to flow back into the esophagus. This phenomenon can lead to the liquid content of the stomach pumping back and can result in mucosal damage

Major symptoms of GERD

  • Regurgitation or backfire of the consumed food
  • Heartburn
  • Nausea
  • Chest pain
  • Belching
  • Pain while swallowing food
  • Water brash
  • Headache

Generally, it can be said that GERD is a lifestyle disease. If your diet has more Junk food, processed meat, and frozen foods, then the issue of Acid Reflux can happen. These processed and junk foods with added preservatives can create toxins (ama) in the body, which result in the issue of GERD. Your erratic eating habits and timings can also aggravate the situation.

Line Of Management in Ayurveda

Ayurveda focuses on balancing the doshas- Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. In Ayurveda Acid Reflux or GERD is a result of aggravation or imbalance in the pitta dosha. So, we need to balance the Pitta dosha in the body. This is the reason; it is recommended to eat foods according to your Prakriti and avoid foods that are not suited for your body and lifestyle. Also, Pitta enhancing foods should be avoided. So, here are some of the don’ts that you need to avoid if you have the issue of Acid Reflux or GERD.

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