Author: Dr. Vikram Chauhan

Home Remedies for Gas / Flatulence

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Gas or flatulence is a common part of our daily metabolism. Passing gas through anus is as important as passing stools regularly.

All the people pass approximately 10- 14 times of gas per day. So, no one escapes this embarrassing reality. Gas that is non –smelly and passed at regular intervals without any bloating is absolutely normal.

But when due to any reason the amount of gas produced increases and it is also accompanied by severe bloating of abdomen, burping and stinky smell, something needs to be done.

The cause of smell is the presence of sulfur compounds in the air expelled that are produced as a result of the fermentation of the undigested food that is accumulating in the intestines.

It may be a result of over eating or a faulty metabolism. In either case, strict measures need to be taken to avoid similar embarrassing situations in the future.

Here we bring to you quick home remedies to relieve bloating of the abdomen.

REMEDY 1 – FENNEL SEEDS

Take 1 -2 teaspoon full of fennel seeds and consume them after meals. It is a great digestive and helps to relieve the bad smell of the fart. It can secondarily work as an ideal mouth freshener.

You can alternatively soak them in your normal drinking water. Consume this water daily instead of the normal plain water to get long lasting results.

REMEDY 2 – THYME SEEDS

Take 2 – 3 g of thyme seeds and consume with water. Take this two to three times per day, preferably half an hour after meals.

This is a sure shot way to neutralize the excess vata in the intestines.

REMEDY 3 – YOGHURT

Yoghurt is a very effective herbal remedy for all kinds of digestive problems. It is a natural probiotic that replenishes the intestinal flora which is responsible for maintaining a healthy digestion.

Yoghurt can be consumed as a part of the daily meal. Be cautious to use yoghurt preferably in breakfast or lunch hours only. Consuming yoghurt or its products at night can cause worsening of symptoms, and water retention in the body.

REMEDY 4 – BUTTERMILK

This is another delicious home remedy that you can try at home to relieve bloating.

Take a glass of fresh buttermilk, which has a sweet taste and is not too sour. Mix a pinch of salt and even smaller amounts of Asafetida + caraway seeds to the glass and drink at least 2 – 3 times per day.

This is a great digestive drink which not only improves the digestion but also helps to effectively reduce flatulence.

REMEDY 5 – GINGER AND BLACK PEPPER

Take equal amounts of dried ginger powder, black pepper and rock salt and mix well. Consume this mixture, two – three times per day, preferable before meals.

Ginger and black pepper are both great at improving the digestion and reducing gas and flatulence.

REMEDY 6 – ONION AND TURMERIC

Take 2 -3 table spoon full of fresh onion juice and mix it with a pinch of turmeric. This should be consumed on an empty stomach.

Make sure that there is a gap of at least half an hour between the juice and meals.

Turmeric and onion both fight the fermenting toxins and neutralize them to prevent the formation of excessive gas in the large intestines that results in flatulence.

REMEDY 7 –PAWAN MUKTA AASANA

Lie down straight on a yoga mat spread evenly on the floor. Lift your legs and fold them to bring them close to your stomach and abdomen.

You can hold the legs with your hands and stay in this position for some time.

Do this for 30 seconds and then repeat a few more times.

Regular practice of this asana helps to relieve the excess gas accumulated in the stomach on a daily basis.

REMEDY 8 – CINNAMON

Take half a tea spoon full of cinnamon powder and boil it in a glass of water.

Let this mixture cool down until lukewarm and drink it once to twice daily half an hour to one hour before meals.

Cinnamon is a great vata neutralizer which effectively enhances digestion and relieves the gas or flatus.

REMEDY 9 – HONEY AND LEMON

Take half a lemon and squeeze it in a glass of water. Add one to two tablespoonful of honey to it and drink this mixture on an empty stomach every morning.

You can also repeat it once or twice during the day. It works wonderfully to soften a hard and bloated abdomen.

REMEDY 10 – MINT LEAVES

Make mint an integral part of your diet. You can garnish you food with fresh mint leaves every day.

Alternatively, you can prepare a decoction of the mint leaves and consume it one or two times daily.

You can also chew a few mint leaves and incorporate it in your salads.

AYURVEDIC TREATMENT OF GLOBAL LV HYPOKINESIA

Heart palpitation, Irregular heartbeat, Ayurvedic treatment for Global LV Hypokinesia

Hypokinesia literally means a slow and compromised heart function due to weakness in a part or whole of the heart. Global hypokinesia means the weakness involves all the heart muscles.

Blockages of one or more arteries may also be involved.

Our heart is four chambered with two atria and two ventricles which are separated vertically by a septum and transversely they are separated by the bicuspid and tricuspid valves on the left and right sides respectively.

The left ventricle of the heart supplies blood to all the parts of the body via Aorta. The efficacy with which the blood is pumped through aorta to all the parts of the body determines the efficiency of the heart. This phenomenon is known as ejection fraction.

Normal ejection fraction varies from 50 – 75%.

An ejection fraction below 37% is considered abnormal.

Global hypokinesia often results in heart failure which may eventually turn into a congestive heart failure and affect all other body parts. It often occurs as a result of cardiomyopathies, ischemic heart disease and heart attack.

Global left ventricular (LV) hypokinesia occurs as a result of the comprised left ventricular function which is accompanied by thickening of its walls and the adjacent interventricular septum.

COMMON SYMPTOMS OF GLOBAL LV HYPOKINESIA

1. Water and fluid retention –

Heart failure causes reduced flow of blood to all the organs of the body. As a result, there is reduced return of blood to the heart. It results in stasis of blood in the extremities and in the abdomen causing bloating, edema, frequent urination, nausea and loss of appetite.

2. Irregular heartbeat/ palpitation –

In order to meet the body’s requirements, a hypokinetic heart pumps blood with more strength and beats faster. This makes the patient feel his own heart beating all the time. A condition known as palpitation.

In this process, the regular rhythm of the heart beat is also disturbed causing irregular beating.

3. Lung congestion –

Lung congestion occurs as there occurs accumulation of excess fluid in all the body cavities including the lungs. As a result, severe patient experiences problems like wheezing, difficulty in breathing while lying down, disturbance in sleep patterns because of that, cough and cold etc.

4. General weakness and fatigue in the body –

Global hypokinesia results in a decreased body strength and the person loses the capability to cope with day to day physical as well as mental wear and tear of the body.

CAUSES OF THE DISEASE

  1. Previous heart attack
  2. Genetic predisposition
  3. Familial history of cardio vascular diseases.
  4. Hypertension
  5. Metabolic disorders like Diabetes, Thyroid etc.
  6. Coronary artery diseases
  7. Cardiomyopathy
  8. Excessive alcohol intake and Smoking

GENERAL LIFE STYLE MODIFICATIONS

  1. Quit smoking, drinking and alcohol abuse.
  2. Exercise regularly to keep your body fit and healthy.
  3. The exercise should suit the level of strength and stamina that a patient possesses and accordingly he or she should be guided to perform exercises according to the stage of his disease and his endurance.
  4. Manage your lipid profile and high blood pressure symptoms by appropriate dietary changes and lifestyle modifications.
  5. Monitor weight and if you are obese, take proper measures to control it.
  6. Manage conditions that are the causative factors for your disease e.g. Diabetes, Hypertension, Thyroid etc.
  7. These modifications apply differently to different patients depending upon the severity of their disease and presence of other disease also.

AYURVEDIC TREATMENT OF GLOBAL LV HYPOKINESIA

Ayurvedic supplements are very renowned for the herbal combinations that they use for heart problems. There are many herbs which strengthen heart function when used regularly and under proper guidance.

Ayurvedic herbal combinations help the patient to recover from the disease in a better way. These are especially beneficial in the initial stages of the disease and with regular use, can help a lot in prolonging life expectancy and reducing the chances of developing grave symptoms in which surgical intervention becomes inevitable.

PLANET AYURVEDA’S HERBAL SUPPLEMENTS FOR THE TREATMENT OF GLOBAL LV HYPOKINESIA

1. ARJUNA CAPSULES

Arjuna is a popular herb that has pure extracts of dried and powdered extracts of Arjun herb which is well known to be a great health tonic.

It is a natural cardiac stimulant which helps to strengthen the heart muscles and the veins and arteries.

Arjuna capsules are also effective for maintaining a normal lipid profile. It prevents arteriosclerosis and other degenerative and age related changes affecting the heart muscles.

DOSE: – Arjuna capsules are to be consumed in the dose of 2 capsules twice daily after meals.

2. TOTAL HEART SUPPORT CAPSULES

It is a combination of Arjuna, Ashwagandha, Brahmi and Shankhapushpi. It contains a combination of purified extracts of these herbs. All these herbs help to strengthen the heart muscles and strengthen the nervous control.

It is great for a natural support to the heart that is diseased by coronary artery problems, congestive heart failure, hypertension, high cholesterol and general fatigue. As Global LV hypokinesia stems from similar heart conditions, total heart support capsule can be a very good natural alternative therapy for patients of this disease.

DOSE: – The dosage for the capsules is two capsules, twice daily.

3. GOTUKOLA CASPULES

Gotukola is also known as Mandukparni in Ayurveda. It is a great nervine tonic and a superb rejuvenating herb. It strengthens the overall body and fights weak and worn out heart muscles in heart failure.

Regular use of this herbal supplement helps to strengthen the heart muscles and improves the cardiac output. It improves general body weakness and fatigue experienced by the patients of this disease.

Regular usage of the capsules helps reduces chances of developing CAD (Coronary Artery Disease).

DOSE: – For best results it should be consumed in the dose of 1 -2 capsules two times daily with milk or Luke warm water.

4. PUNARNAVA CAPSULES

Punarnava is a natural diuretic herb which helps to remove the excess water that accumulates in the body due to congestive heart failure in global LV hypokinesia.

When combined with Arjuna herbal formulations Punarnava capsules help to provide symptomatic relief and reduce work load and palpitation.

Chest symptoms and breathing are also improved as a result of regular usage of these herbal capsules when combined with appropriate lifestyle and dietary measures.

DOSE: – 1- 2 Capsule twice daily with plain water after meals.

5. GILOY CAPSULES

Giloy capsules have pure herbal extracts of Tinospora cordifolia which is a very effective rejuvenating herbal supplement.

It improves the overall vitality of the heart and helps to improve the pumping efficacy of the left ventricle. It improves the immunity and prevents worsening of symptoms in patients who also have metabolic disorders like Diabetes, Thyroid problems etc.

These metabolic disorders not only are the causative factors but also highly compromise the immunity of the body making it prone for secondary infections.

Giloy capsules help to provide accessory support to the heart by acting as a natural health rejuvenating herb.

DOSE: – The dosage for giloy capsules is same as for Arjuna capsules i.e. 1 -2 Capsules twice daily with plain water after meals.