Body - cure By Nipun Augustin Jacob
Passing too much gas? Solve this embarrassing problem,
with these alternative but effective cures.
“The first form of happiness is sound HOW IS IT DIAGNOSED?
health. One should partake nutritious,
balanced food to keep the body healthy. So Belching (burping) after meals or even on an
it is essential to maintain the health of the empty stomach may be accompanied with
mind and body simultaneously. ” hiccups.
– Rig Veda The upper and lower abdomen may feel bloat-
ed even when empty.
hen Virendra Narayan Release of flatus from the rectum.
Tripathi’s wife, whom
he regarded as goddess Gurgling sound that may move in the upper or
Lakshmi in his life, died lower abdomen.
a few months back, it
sent him spinning into depression. He Overall heavy feeling in the body especially on
fondly recalls the years of togetherness, waking up, as flatus travels to the muscles
of sharing food on a single plate, of shar- and tissues.
ing love, happiness, sorrow and the occa-
sional quarrel with his wife. “I was left all Frequent headaches, migraine and joint stiff-
alone,” he says gloomily. Erratic eating ness.
habits and severe stress led to the stom-
ach disorder known as flatulence. Increase in weight, despite no change in diet
He is presently under medical supervision or exercise.
at the Bapu Nature Cure Hospital in New
Delhi. “Nature and our own Indian system of Burning sensation in the chest.
medicine is the best remedy. I have been
able to sleep well since the last few days,” Heart pounds more than normal.
What is flatulence?
Flatulence is the production of abnormal the ingestion of food such as legumes and grains that
amount of flatus (gas) in the gastro-intesti- are hard to digest. They pass to the colon, giving rise
nal tract (mouth to rectum) with distension to gas-forming bacteria. The digestive power of the
in the stomach. It is primarily formed due to stomach is reduced. The stomach and the intestines
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RECOMMENDED LIFESTYLE In ayurveda, it is called adhmana or udarva-
MODIFICATIONS ta. People with vata dosha tend to have flatu-
lence. “Wrong dietary habits and sedentary
Avoid heavy and oily food items lifestyles are responsible for this disorder.
One can overcome flatulence by simple
Dairy products and processed, bottled, changes in lifestyle,” says Dr S. P Singh from
pickled and baked food too should be Sitamani.
Avoid anxiety, stress, tobacco chewing, Take small quantity of jaggery after meals
and excessive intake of tea and coffee. Chew part of small harare after meals
Take one or two chitrakadi vati after
Do not drink liquids with meals. Take them meals
half an hour before meals or an hour later. Take two spoonfuls of herizyme syrup
and mix with a portion of water after
Avoid excessive eating of dry fruits. meals
Mix lavan bhaskar churna and hingvastak
Avoid drinking water immediately after churna in equal quantity. Take half tea-
eating moisture-rich food items such as spoonful churna with water after meals
peas, cauliflower, ladyfinger, pumpkin and Crush 1 or 2 shankha vati and take after
If patient complains of constipation, give
Cut back on high fibre rich foods. isabgol
Food containing sorbitol or added fruc-
tose should be avoided. Unani cure
Flatulence is called nafakh, apharah or nagh-
Avoid sucking candies. nah in the unani system of medicine.
Hakeem Ehtisham Ali from Tibbiya College,
Avoid drinking with straws. Aligarh Muslim University says, “The tem-
perature of the stomach becomes cold, lead-
Avoid packed juice ing to poor digestion of food. It is generally
seen in patients suffering from gout, sciatica
weaken too if left untreated. Mix 2 gm gulkund with mastich
Before administering the medicines, all good Boil 7gm fennel, 5 gm anisoon and 5
homeopaths, ayurvedacharyas, naturopaths or unani pieces of black cardamom, strain the
haqims would like to have a detailed patient profile liquid and mix with 20 gm gulkand
before prescription. Mix jawarish anaaren and jawarish
kamooni 3 gm each and take in the
morning and at night after meals
Patients are often asked the following ques- Include chicken, mutton and turkey soup
tions: in your diet
Are you currently taking any medications or Habbe kabid naushadari twice a day after
antibiotics ? meals
Do symptoms occur after eating specific foods? Habbe papita twice a day after meals
Do you experience gas when you drink milk or Mix qaranfal and kishneez in a powder
milk products? form and use it after meals
Have you added any new food items to your diet Mix honey with khulanjaan (4.5gm) as it
recently? gives very good results in flatulence
Have you been diagnosed with irritable bowel syn- Podina, aneesoon, qaranfal and mastagi
drome or other intestinal condition? roomi are very beneficial for flatulence.
How long have you noticed increased gas or gas (These medicines can be used in powder
How many times do you pass gas each day? Namak-e-sulemani is also very useful for
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flatulence Naturopathy cure
Majoon rais chatni The approach of the naturopathy system of treatment
is low cost, risk-free and easily accessible. Naturopathy
All the unani medicines mentioned are involves natural food and environment to cure the suf-
available in the market. ferer. Switch to natural food such as aloe vera juice,
According to Hakeem Wasim Ahmed, beetroot, carrot, green papaya, coconut water, fresh
research officer at RRIUM, “Patients come curd, ash gourd juice, cucumber juice, alfalfa sprouts,
with the complaint of retrosternal burning honey, ripened banana, buttermilk, dalia, oatmeal and
sensation accompanied with a sound of cornflakes.
paper mashing, nausea and vomiting. During “Stress affects the autonomic nervous system and
the treatment, we tell the patients to wear results in reduced peristaltic movement and accumu-
loose fitting clothes, go for a morning walk lation of fecal matter in intestine, so stress is also one
and avoid sex just after taking meals.” of the causative factors for flatulence,” says Dr Manu
Flatulence is called wind, People who are suffering from ﬂatulence should
Borborygymus in homeopathy. In
acute cases, it can be treated with- not stay on an empty stomach. Severe ﬂatulence
out medication with simple lifestyle
changes but in chronic cases medi- can lead to migraine and premature greying of
cation is required. hair as well. According to naturopathy, stomach is
“While gas may be uncomfortable
and embarrassing, it is not life- the root cause of all diseases.”
threatening. People can find relief
when they understand what causes Dr Rukamani Nair,
gas and what the possible treatment Medical superintendent at Bapu Nature Cure hospital
options are. It may be advisable to
adopt a low gas-forming diet. The
suggested diet would require limit-
ed consumption of foods that are difficult to Dr Rukamani Nair, Medical superintendent at Bapu
digest such as beans, brussels sprouts, cab- Nature Cure hospital adds, “People who are suffering
bage, cauliflower, lentils, mustard greens, from flatulence should not stay on an empty stomach.
and turnip greens,” says Dr Rashmi Chanana, Severe flatulence can lead to migraine and premature
a senior homeopath in New Delhi. greying of hair as well.”
Homoeopath, colon hydrotherapist, yoga “According to naturopathy, stomach is the root
and diet expert, Dr Poonam Bali, says, “The cause of all diseases,” says Dr Nair. “In flatulence, gen-
combination of colon hydrotherapy, fasting erally the patient does not need to be admitted in the
on a specialised diet, yoga, detoxing and hospital unless the condition is grim. We also recom-
massage therapy help in treating flatulence.” mend hydrotherapy treatments that include wet
Indigestion and gas can be caused by poor abdominal pack, hip bath, mud pack and massages to
eating habits, emotional tensions, food aller- improve the peristaltic movement,” she adds.
gies, imbalances in stomach, acid or diges-
tive enzymes. For moderate problems, People vulnerable to flatulence
homoeopathy can offer a number of safe and “There is no particular age group which is more prone
gentle remedies. to flatulence. It is noticed in younger, growing chil-
Arsenic album, bryonia, carbo vegetabilis, dren, young adults or in the elderly. It is generally seen
colocynthesis, lycopodium, natrum carboni- to occur in people with unhealthy lifestyles. People
cum, nuse vomica and pulsatilla are some of who have abdominal worms, or are lactose intolerant
the often employed remedies. or consume fried and fatty foods, or are on a high
fibre diet, smoke, and have chewing gums are prone
Treatment to it. The mentally upset and anxious are also
In cases of self-treatment, select the remedy vulnerable to flatulence,” says Dr Reema Vohra,
that closely matches the symptoms, other- homeopath.
wise consult your physician. The frequency To read these articles online and post your comments, go to
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