Home remedies for indigestion

Indigestion is also known as ‘dyspepsia’ and is a Greek term indicating indigestion or difficulty in digestion. It is a vague term very often quoted to describe any discomfort in the upper abdomen brought on by overeating.

Most people suffer from it in day to day life, and it is often no more than a sign of overindulgence. Very rarely it represents a serious problem. The occasional mild indigestion does not require treatment and will be automatically relieved in a couple of hours.

Causative factors:

Over eating, eating repeatedly, eating too much of rich, fatty or spicy food, which can irritate the stomach lining. Other causative factors are pregnancy and stress. Occasionally, indigestion is a symptom of some other problem like peptic ulcer, gallstones or hiatus hernia.


Signs and symptoms

The symptoms occur immediately after eating the food and may last for a couple of hours. Depending on the severity, one can notice symptoms and signs.

Vague discomfort and stomach-ache is common. Sometimes one may feel ‘bloated’ and ‘nauseous’. Burping is another sign. Foul taste is an indicator of chronic indigestion.

Home Remedies For Indigestion

1) LEMON is the fruit of choice in digestion. The juice of half a lemon should be added to a glass of water, along with a bit of soda bicarbonate and stirred well. This should be taken in case of indigestion for instant relief.

2) GINGER(adrak) is also a well known home remedy. It stimulates the secretion of digestive juices so as to break down the heavy food. Before a heavy meal, one should eat 2 or 3 pieces of ginger, coated with a little bit of salt. This combination prevents indigestion even if one eats a bit more than usual.

3) Asafetida (Hing) is one more dependable home remedy in indigestion. A pinch of hing powder and ghee should be added to some boiled rice and mixed well. This should be eaten before the regular meal, the daily usage of which ensures proper digestion and evacuation of bowels. Dissolve a couple of small pieces of asafetida in half a cup of buttermilk and drink to aid digestion and relieve from gas.

4) The cured betel nuts are pounded and mixed with mouth fresheners and digestives like edible camphor(kapur), cardamom(elaichi) and poppy seeds(khus khus) to make the market-available betel nut powder. Usually chewed after a meal ,it clears the mouth and stomach, gives a sense of satiation and helps in digesting even the heaviest of meals.

5) The jamun fruit (black plum) is also a very powerful digestive.

6) Make a decoction of coriander (dhania) seeds and dry ginger(adrak) and consume thrice a day to stimulate digestion and relieve pain.

7) Fennel (saunph) which is used as a mouth freshener after meals is basically a digestive. Chewing a few seeds after a meal clears the food passages apart from aiding digestion.

8) The volatile oils present in nutmeg (jaiphal) are digestive and carminative and thereby a decoction of nutmeg (jaiphal) is also highly beneficial in indigestion.

9) Pepper powder mixed in butter milk is a good digestive.

10) The natural liver-protective property makes picrohiza (‘Kutaki’ in Hindi, ‘Katukarohini’ in Kannada, scientific name is ‘Picrohiza kurroa’)an ideal choice in all cases of indigestion.

11) Mix the juice of pomegranate (anar) with a tsp of honey and drink to cure conditions of indigestion especially when accompanied by giddiness.

12) The ayurvedic medicine ‘Hingvastaka churna’ is also helpful.

Any of the following juices are good for digestion: ginger, papaya, pineapple, cucumber. Juice therapy is most effective when these juices are taken early in the morning on an empty stomach.

Dos and Don’ts:
1) Do not eat and drink simultaneously.
2) Do not eat in a hurry.
3) Never eat to your stomach’s full.
4) Do not eat, when there is no appetite or as a recipe for boredom.

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  1. Anonymous9:10 PM

    A simple home remedy we used to follow at home during these times is eat 9 pepper corns (chew it and swallow) which could clear off any undigested food in the stomach. If the pepper corns could be wrapped up in a beetle leaf (like a beeda) its better.

  2. Vithal3:58 PM

    Ginger and honey are also available in the form of ginger honey tonic. It is believed that this tonic or syrup is a good digestive aid due to the inherent digestive properties of ginger. Further both ginger and honey have antioxidant properties thereby increasing the immunity of the body. Therefore, consumption of one tea spoonful of ginger and honey tonic is very useful for people who have a weak digestive system.

  3. Dr Annant4:15 PM

    Black pepper is remarkably beneficial for digestion. It stimulates the whole digestive system, right from the salivary glands in the mouth to the large intestine, promoting secretion of digestive juices like acids and bile into the ingested food, thereby facilitating digestion. Black Pepper can be safely used as a spice to the food of those who are on a bland diet or otherwise forbidden to have chilies (those suffering from ulcer of the mouth of the digestive system or jaundice or extreme acidity are forbidden to consume chilies)

  4. Prerana4:26 PM

    Lavender oil is useful for digestion as it increases the mobility of the intestine. The oil also stimulates the production of gastric juices and bile and thus aids in treating indigestion, stomach pain, colic, flatulence, vomiting and diarrhea.

  5. Dr Ravikiran9:38 AM

    Fasting till the agni is proper and then giving manda, peya, vilepi till it is restored back to normal should be done. The diet should consists of old rice and light vegetable soup of spinach with warm water. Avoid all heavy and fried foods and cold drinks. Excess sweet, milk and its products which are heavy for digestion and meat of animals.

  6. Every 3 to 4 hours drink water with 2 to 3 drops of mint essence in it. Massage your stomach with a mixture of 2 to 3 drops of garlic oil and half a cup of Soya oil. Ginger tea after meal promotes digestion. Herbal tea prepared using blackberry, raspberry, mint and camomile is effective for indigestion. Take one glass of honey and lemon juice, both mixed in equal quantity. For instant relief add some baking soda to one glass of water and drink it.

  7. Arvind12:51 PM

    Avoid wearing tight clothes. Take at least 30 minutes walk daily. Decrease your stress level by relaxing. Do not play active sports immediately after meal. Regular exercise is good for digestive system. Eat your meals on time and chew them properly.

  8. Amaresh1:06 PM

    Avoid fast foods and processed foods. Try to eat a diet of natural whole foods such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, meats, nuts, legumes, eggs, yogurt.Eating apples can help lower stomach acid.Instead of three big meals a day, eat small, frequent meals or snacks. It takes less acid to digest smaller amounts of food and is easier on the stomach.

  9. Venugopal5:46 PM

    For quick relief, pickle juice or apple cider vinegar should get rid of your heartburn. You can drink pickle juice right from the jar undiluted. Put 1 to 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar in a glass of water and drink

  10. Triveni9:34 AM

    For indigestion ginger tea is the best remedy. Boil your tea with a thumbnail piece of ginger. Add sugar or honey for taste. Drink this tea 3 times a day to soothe the upset organ. You can also try one teaspoon of baking soda dissolved in water

  11. Shaunak10:40 AM

    Place a teaspoon of freshly grated ginger into a pan and add a cup of water. Cover and allow it to simmer for five minutes. Strain the contents & drink.

  12. Rajaram10:48 AM

    A very effective and refreshing indigestion remedy is parsley. Eat about 1/4 teaspoon of dried parsley, or a few sprigs of fresh parsley and chase it down with a glass of water.

  13. Anonymous10:54 AM

    Some people claim that the quickest indigestion remedy is raw potato. When hit with indigestion, take a raw potato and eat a small piece about the size of your whole thumb. Chew it up real good and swallow it.

  14. Antony9:35 AM

    Don't drink any carbonated drinks as they only push the stomach acid up. Get some tums and stay away from greasy foods till it settles down.

  15. Manjula9:51 AM

    one teaspoon of baking soda trust me it works what the old people use 2 take for it

  16. Dr. Aravind9:53 AM

    Indigestion is a problem due to slow " Jathar-agni" or digestion power. Now there can be a few different reasons for this sluggish digestion, 1st of all you have to careful what kind of food are you eating every day, a person with slow digestion should be eating easily digestible light food. Another reason of slow digestion could be too much stress in your daily life and third reason could be due to lack of physical exercise. Doing pranayam can help you with the reduction of stress and also increase your digestive health but you do need to pay attention to your food intake. I would suggest TRIPHALA instead of AMLA for proper digestion

  17. Anonymous4:23 PM

    Fennel tea is helpful for the relief of bloating and flatulence. The so-called "four-winds tea blend," which contains equal parts fennel, anise, caraway and coriander seeds, has proved especially useful for this purpose. All four of these herbs have similar therapeutic properties and uses.

  18. Vishal9:25 AM

    Taking plain soda water gives immediate relief from symptoms of gas, distended abdomen and acidity.

  19. Shekhar9:25 AM

    Take 1 tsp each of mint juice, lemon juice, and honey.

  20. Vidya9:26 AM

    Mix 2 pinches of rock salt and 1/2 tsp carom seeds (ajwain). Chew it and wash it down with water for upset stomach or indigestion.

  21. Salman9:33 AM

    Drink aloe vera juice, papaya juice, or chamomile, comfrey, red raspberry, or peppermint tea.

  22. Dilip9:58 AM

    Drink a small glass of water to which you have added a level teaspoonful of bicarbonate of soda.

  23. Sniti8:18 AM

    1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
    approx 1/2 inch of lukewarm water
    splash of milk
    mix all three together and throw back really quick as it tastes vile, but it really does work for trapped wind and indigestion.

  24. Anonymous8:25 AM

    Indigestion, we all experience at one time or another. At times the discomfort can be annoying and embarrassing. Indigestion.~Peppermint Tea~The oil in peppermint relieves indigestion by dispersing gas and easing cramps.
    Peppermint tea is a great-tasting, aromatic herb tea.Use in cooking to help get rid of nausea and aid in digestion. Fennel~Helps disperse gas from the intestines,Baking soda, lemon juice and water mixture~Cornstarch and water mixture~ helps to relieve diarreah.
    -Add a clove or two of garlic to your cooking to ease minor stomach upset.
    -Chew on candied ginger, fennel, caraway or dills seeds after a meal to relieve minor stomach upset.

  25. Shrirang8:26 AM

    Many people have indigestion because they eat too fast. We need to eat slowly. Chew your food completely, slowly before swallowing. When you eat slow the enzymes in your mouth begin the digestive process. Digestion starts in the mouth. When eating slowly the amount of undigested food that goes to your stomach is greatly reduced.

  26. Vikhyat8:30 AM

    Don't lie down when you have indigestion.
    Drink a cup of Chamomile tea before going to bed.
    Do not eat food before going to bed. Food needs several hours to digest.

  27. Swati8:46 AM

    indigestion ------ Betaine HCl, papaya tablets, sauerkraut, slippery elm tea.

  28. Buttermilk and fasting can both relieve symptoms of heartburn and indigestion. Buttermilk can soothe the burning sensations associated with poor digestion and help prevent dehydration. Buttermilk should be consumed along with plenty of water.

  29. Kaveri9:04 AM

    Take 1 tbs chamomile flowers, 1 tsp fennel seeds, 2 tbs mint leaves and steep 1 tbs of the mix in a cup of hot water for 15 minutes. Strain and drink.

  30. Romila9:18 AM

    quit on some of your unhealthy habits or vices.

  31. Shrishant9:20 AM

    eating excessive fatty or spicy food is not good for those who are suffering from indigestion.The extra acid that they produce can harm the esophagus which will, in turn cause an irritation. Also, eating your dinner earlier can be helpful since it gives your stomach enough time for digesting the food you have eaten before going to sleep

  32. Teena9:51 AM

    Indigestion is caused by your diet and eating habits.people eat food that is junk which is harder to digest than healthier food options. So in order to digest the junk food in your stomach, it needs to create more stomach acid. The more acid in your stomach, the greater chance that you will get indigestion

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  35. Bhumi9:55 AM

    When taking food, it is very important for you to know the exact limits.

  36. Parth4:42 PM

    Bhujangasan (Cobra pose) - cures indigestion, constipation, stomach ache, brings flexibility to spine.

  37. Gouri8:48 AM

    Teppal ( Tirfal, jimmi ) Xanothoxylum rhetsa :
    Root bark decoction is given for chronic indigestion.

  38. Girija8:52 AM

    Teppal ( Tirfal, jimmi ) Xanothoxylum rhetsa :
    he dried fruit commonly used in curries is an appetizer and digestion.

  39. Satish10:49 AM

    Honey and Apple Cider Vinegar can be taken in the ratio of 1:1 and diluted with water. This is an effective remedy for indigestion.


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