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How to Get Rid of Nausea with Diet and Herbal Remedies?

Introduction

Nausea is that awful feeling that one feels during his/her life time once or for many times during the whole life time, you feel like vomiting, which can be created by a virus, pregnancy, a digestive condition, unpleasant food or even some dreadful odor. Mostly you never know why nausea hits you, but doesn’t matter as you begin feeling itchy and want this feeling to go away in a hurry and will do anything to wither it away.

Eating is the last thing you feel like doing, especially when your stomach is so upset, but there are many foods that actually ease the symptoms.

The list begins with a list of many foods or conditions that might not heal you, but will make you feel more comfortable. There are many different reasons that can make you experience nausea like:

nausea treatment in ayurveda

Nausea is probably one of the most unpleasant symptoms you can experience and can arise in a variety of situations. Whatever the reason is, the first thing you need to do when feeling nauseous is to think about the root cause.

  1. Are you pregnant?
  2. Did you eat something contaminated or stale?
  3. Are you taking some medications, which might cause nausea?
  4. Do you have the stomach flu or Norovirus?
  5. Is your nausea triggered by something you saw or smelled?
  6. Did you spare no effort physically?
  7. Did you experience pain (like menstrual cramps or migraine) that have triggered your nausea?
  8. Did you experience motion sickness or altitude sickness?
  9. Are emotions making you go nuts?
  10. Did you overeat or drink alcohol in excess?
  11. Are you undergoing Chemotherapy or Radiation?

The reason can be any, but let’s discuss the things that these symptoms go away as fast as they can.

Ginger Root:

  • It is a well-known fact that having ginger does reduce your nausea symptoms. It is well known since the ancient times, even the modern science believes ginger can reduce nausea in various situations such as morning sickness, sea sickness and chemotherapy. The reason is not clear yet, how it works, but its constituent’s works positively on the digestive system and nervous system.
  • It encourages the secretion of digestive juices and enzymes that help in neutralizing the stomach acid, while its phenol ingredient relaxes stomach muscles. It also calms down the irritated tissues and lowers their over-reactivity.
  • The unwanted food or waste products, the toxins and bacteria that lie in the intestines, which might be responsible for causing nausea, is pushed out of the body by ginger’s phenol.
  • The nausea created by morning blues and chemo-related, in such situations you can have a dose of 500 to 600 grams of ginger root 2 to 3 times a day. If your nausea is more severe take the same dose after every 3 or 4 hours every day, till the symptoms cease.

ginger roots

How to Use

  • You can also use ginger tea, peel off its root, when the ginger is the size of your thumb, slice it down and add these slices into spring water, not the tap water, which is boiling. Cover the pot and let it simmer for about 20 minutes. Now take the pot off the flame and pour it into a mug ( if you feel you can strain it as well). Add a little honey that should be raw and not with added flavors, to sweeten the taste.

Note

  • This is the most effective home remedy for nausea, especially for pregnant ladies. The ginger piece should be organic, and not the artificial one with added flavors.

Chamomile Tea:

  • Chamomile plant is often used in medicinal uses and has proven its benefits since centuries. You can drink its tea either hot or cold, it soothes the digestive troubles like cramping, spasms when the stomach is upset.
  • It has a great value in digestion related problems and has been proved traditionally. It is used as a medicine that cures nausea, indigestion, vomiting and motion sickness with superb results.
  • You can also consume Chamomile capsules that are available or can be consumed as tea.

Brat Diet

  • If you have to eat something that you find has an unbearable taste and gets you nausea tic, their do exist a very gentle bland food that can cool your stomach and clean the digestive tract.

The best diet for this is called BRAT, which contains

  • Bananas
  • Rice
  • Applesauce
  • Toast

These foods are very gentle foods, which are good for stomach and are not offensive in smelling or don’t contain a flavor, which trigger or worsen nausea symptoms.

Nuts:

  • Protein deficiency can deteriorate the whole condition during nausea. Hunt for foods that are rich in proteins like nuts, even peanut butter, if you are not allergic to it, which can easily be digested. These will instantly restore your lost energy level and help in keeping the nausea at arm’s length.
  • Nuts deal with the nausea that is created by immense hunger, low level of blood sugar or due to pregnancy. Better be aware not to eat nuts in abundance as nuts and proteins might deteriorate the whole condition, as these are digested slowly, then better be ready to face the music.

Banana:

  • If your nausea is accompanied by dehydration, causing vomiting too often, this peel off fruit is the best remedy. Bananas have potassium, which is often lacking due to excessive vomiting and diarrhea bouts. Bananas contain enough potassium, starch and are binding, which might help reduce diarrhea and frequent vomiting. This fruit can be digested very easily, rejuvenating the digestive system.

All these diets and herbal remedies can make the nausea blues go away and vanish into the thin air. If these don’t work according to your desired results, it will be better to consult your doctor, we prefer an Ayurvedic doctor, as they have vast knowledge about the herbs and can guide you in a better way as to which herb needs to be utilized.

How can Ayurveda kick allergy out of the body naturally?

Allergy and Ayurveda:Overview

ALLERGY’ is an overreaction of the body’s immune system to certain substances which it misidentifies as harmful. This overreaction of the immune system is called an ‘allergic reaction,’ and the substances which trigger such a reaction are called ‘allergens.’

An allergy or allergic reaction generally manifests itself in the form of some commonly-occurring disorders of the skin and respiratory system. These disorders include eczema, hives, asthma, hay fever, and food allergies.

AYURVEDA’ is an ancient, holistic (whole body) system of medicine, which is based on the belief that health and wellness depend on a delicate balance between the mind, body, and spirit. The core concept of Ayurveda is that an equilibrium of the body’s three fundamental bio-elements or ‘Doshas’ —Vata, Pitta, and Kapha — leads to good health.

The main aim of Ayurvedic medicine system is to prevent the occurrence of diseases and to promote health and well-being. To achieve this aim, Ayurvedic experts mainly depend on the use of herbal formulations to treat diseases naturally, and also recommend dietary and lifestyle changes to patients suffering from different disorders.

Herbal Remedies for Allergy

Ayurvedic Perspective of Allergies

According to Ayurveda, allergies are generally a result of an excess of the Kapha and Pitta dosha, or the earth and fire elements. Ayurveda believes that the main causes behind the occurrence of allergies are accumulation of toxins and low immunity.

More specifically, the Ayurvedic viewpoint of allergies is that ‘genetics’ is the primary reason that causes an individual to suffer from allergies. These are considered to be a result of the one or all of the following conditions:

  • Weak agni (digestive fire)
  • An individual’s state of vykruti (imbalance)
  • The presence of ama (undigested or poorly digested food which turns toxic and interferes with the bodily processes).

The management of allergies naturally with the help of Ayurveda involves the diagnosis of the root-cause of allergy for every individual patient, and its subsequent treatment.

How Ayurveda can treat allergy naturally?

Ayurveda can effectively kick allergy out of the body naturally with the help of herbal formulations which can cure different types of allergies by:

  • Detoxifying the body by eliminating toxins.
  • Strengthening the immune system.

In addition, Ayurveda practitioners also suggest some necessary modifications in the diet of patients suffering from allergies.

More specifically, Ayurveda is beneficial in treating Vata, Pitta and Kapha types of allergies in the following ways:

Vata allergies

  • According to Ayurveda, Vata allergies are caused because of dryness, and their symptoms mostly include dry cough with, insomnia and anxiety.
  • To cure Vata allergies,Ayurvedic practitioners recommend that patients should drink tea made from ginger root (Zingiber officinale) 4-5 times a day, and also inhale sesame oil.

Pitta Allergies

  • These allergies cause excessive heat in the body, and are associated with symptoms like burning eyes, rashes and loose stools.
  • Ayurvedic cure of these allergies involves the consumption of tea prepared from Neem leaves (Azadirachta Indica), and also a mixture of warm milk and half a teaspoon of turmeric (Curcuma Longa) powder. Moreover, patients are also asked to inhale coconut oil 2-3 times a day.

Kapha allergies

  • These allergies are developed due to moist, humid conditions and their symptoms include slow digestion, and mucus production.

Management and Treatment of Allergies

  • For relief from these allergies, Ayurvedic experts recommend that patients should drink one glass of warm water with half teaspoon of liquorice (Mulethi or Glycyrrhiza glabra), after every meal. Another method of treatment is to take half a teaspoon of ‘Sitopaladi’ churna with honey, three times a day.
  • Other than the above-mentioned Ayurvedic treatments for different types of allergies, there are some excellent herbs which are considered to be extremely beneficial for relief from allergy in general

The widely-known anti-allergy herbs include:

  1. Haridra (Turmeric Rhizome -Curcuma Longa)
  2. Neem (Azadirachta Indica)
  3. Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera)
  4. Tulsi (Ocimum sanctum)
  5. Shirish (Albezzia lebbock)
  6. Dalchini (Cinnamomum zeylanica)
  7. Mulethi (Glycyrrhiza glabra)
  8. Bharangi (Clerodandrum serratum)
  9. Kantakari (Solanum xanthocarpum)
  10. Manjistha (Rubia cordifolia)
  11. Vaasa (Adhatoda vasica)
  12. Anantmool (Tylphora asthmatica)

Ayurveda can effectively treat allergies in a natural manner if the patients follow some strict guidelines with regard to changes in diet and lifestyle habits, along with taking herbal formulations. In specific, patients suffering from allergies can gain benefits from Ayurvedic treatment if they remember that:

  • Heavy foods — like meats, nuts, sugar, dairy products, and processed foods — should be avoided
  • Iced beverages should be avoided
  • Plenty of warm water should be consumed throughout the day
  • Eating habits should be altered, so that the lunch is a hearty meal while the dinner is a light meal
  • Exercise should be made a part of daily routine, for stimulating agni and eliminating ama
  • Yoga breathing practices should be tried in order to relax the body and the mind
  • Adequate sleep should be ensured
  • Intense stress should be avoided because it can aggravate allergies
  • Herbal oil massage should be done to improve blood circulation and eliminate allergy-causing chemical toxins.

In addition to the above-mentioned guidelines for allergy management, there are also some other Ayurvedic approaches to treat allergies. These approaches are listed below:

  • Use a Neti pot once or twice a day, with a weak saline solution and distilled water, to reduce the heaviness of Kapha.
  • Practice ‘Nasya’ (nearly one hour after using Neti pot) by dabbing some sesame oil spiked with eucalyptus/camphor in both nostrils
  • Practice a daily ‘Pranayama’ routine which should include Kapalabhati (skull-polishing breath), Dirgha (three-part breath), Ujjayi (ocean-sounding breath), and Bastrika (bellows breath)
  • Take a Kapha-reducing diet that includes warm, light, natural, and cooked foods which can be easily digested
  • Increase the use of ‘warming’ spices — like ginger, cinnamon, black pepper, turmeric, and cumin — in cooking

Conclusion:

  • Ayurveda can kick out allergies from the body in a safe and natural manner. However, it is advisable that people suffering from allergies should have their allergy diagnosed properly, and should consult a  registered Ayurveda practitioner for guidance related to the best diet plan for them, as well as the use of the most suitable herbal formulations to cure the allergy.

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