Category: Respiratory System

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 to Manage Seasonal Allergies with Diet and Home Remedies

Ayurveda, the age-old science of life has always emphasized to maintain the health and preventing the diseases by proper diet and lifestyle regimen rather than the treatment and cure of the diseases.

With the change in season, there are various changes in bio-life around us. If the body is unable to adopt itself to stressors due to changes in specific traits of seasons, it may lead to Dosha Vaishamya which in turn render the body to disorders.

In allopathic medicine, there is primarily only a symptomatic treatment but in Ayurveda, it can be managed with simple home remedies and diet.

seasonal allergies

What is Allergy?

  • An allergy is a hypersensitive reaction of the body when it comes in contact with a substance that is in fact harmless.these hypersensitive response comes from the natural immune system.

What are the different types of allergies?

In Ayurveda, there are two types of allergen reactions:

  • One is the type that a person is born with which is caused by genetic predisposition. This allergy can be due to certain allergens in the environment such as: dust, pollen etc.
  • The second category includes a seasonal reaction or sensitivity that a person has acquired later in life which can be dealt very easily and is the main focus of this article.

What are the causes of Seasonal Allergies according to Ayurveda?

The main cause of seasonal and acquired sensitivities is a reactive type of toxin known as “Amavisha”.

  • Ama in the body is created by the incomplete digestion of the food which eventually travel to different organs or tissues in the body and get lodge there.
  • If Ama is not flushed out, this Ama interacts with the organs, tissues where it gets settled and it develops into the reactive toxin known as “Amavisha”.
  • When substances such as dust, pollen react with Amavisha, this creates a reaction.
  • Amavisha disrupts the immune system. As a result, when the immune system is affected by the accumulation of Amavisha, it cannot function normally and loses its Adaptability.

Symptoms of allergies

What are the symptoms of Seasonal Allergies?

  • Running nose
  • Watery and itchy eyes
  • Severe itching
  • Swelling of the membranes
  • Vomiting
  • Wheezing
  • Sneezing
  • Nausea
  • Shortness of Breath
  • Body ache
  • Hoarseness of the voice
  • Headache

How to manage Seasonal Allergies with Diet and Home Remedies:

Nasal Rinse

1.Nasal Rinse:

  • Nasal rinse or neti-pot is the practice of pouring warm salt water through the nasal passages as it moistens the mucous membranes and cleanses the nasal passage from dust, pollens, excess mucous etc.

Gargling:

2.Gargling:

  • If the throat is aggravated, gargling with a bit of honey in hot water is beneficial.

How to use:

  • Gargling can also be done with 1 cup of hot water and 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder and 1 teaspoon of natural mineral salt.

Cinnamon

3.Cinnamon:

  • Cinnamon is very effective in treating seasonal allergies. It also helps in easing the pain of sore throat.

How to use:

  • Mix 1/4 tablespoon of cinnamon powder in honey and add it in a glass of lukewarm water. Stir well and consume it once a day.

Turmeric Milk

4.Turmeric Milk:

  • Turmeric is considered as the best natural anti-biotic, anti-inflammatory, analgesic, antiseptic.

How to use:

  • Add 1/2 tsp. turmeric and ginger paste to 1 glass of milk and boil it for few minutes. Drink it warm. Take turmeric milk regularly for effective and good results.

Guava

5.Guava and its Leaves:

  • Guava is loaded with Vitamin C, Vitamin A, copper, potassium, folic acid and many other phytochemicals. The leaves of guava are also helpful in treating cold and sore throat by reducing mucus formation, lung congestion and makes the respiratory tract free from infections as it contains iron and Vitamin C in abundance.

How to use:

  • The juice of immature and raw guavas or guava leaves decoction should be consumed regularly.

6.Asafoetida:

  • Asafoetida (Hing) has anti-inflammatory, anti-biotic and anti-viral properties in curing respiratory disorders such as bronchitis, allergies, common cold etc. Hing acts as a respiratory stimulant that is very useful in releasing   phlegm.

How to use:

  • Make a fine paste of 1/4 tsp. of Asafoetida, 1/4 tsp. of ginger extract and add little honey. Add this paste to lukewarm water. Consume this mixture twice a day.

Herbal Tea

7.Herbal Tea:

  • Herbal Tea can be prepared at home with the help of ingredients available in the kitchen such as: black pepper, ginger and basil leaves.

How to prepare?

  • Take 5-10 black pepper, 1 inch fresh ginger, and 1/2 tsp. dried powder of basil leaves.
  • Make the powder of black pepper and add all these ingredients in milk and allow it to boil. Strain it and drink this herbal tea by adding honey into it.

8.Triphala Powder:

  • Triphala is a traditional Ayurvedic formula comprised of three fruits which balances all the three doshas in the body. It also has the unique property to gently cleanse and detoxify the digestive tract and nourishes, replenishes and rejuvenates the tissues.
  • The digestive strength is intricately related to the immune response so clearing out as well as firing up the digestive capacity can be tremendously helpful.

How to use:

  • Take 1 teaspoon of Triphala powder in a cup of freshly boiled water for 10 minutes. Cool it and drink.

What Foods to Eat and Avoid?

  • Eliminate dairy products as it increases Kapha dosha in the body. Cheese, creams, yogurt etc. should be avoided.
  • Include spices in the diet as they burn Ama in the diet. Spices such as: cumin, black pepper, coriander, turmeric in the diet.
  • Eat fresh and well cooked food.
  • Foods prepared from the refined flour such as: bread, cakes, pastries, biscuits and fast food should be avoided.
  • Avoid fruits such as bananas.
  • Avoid cold beverages such as: cold drinks.
  • Chew a piece of ginger or garlic.
  • Get fresh air and sufficient rest.
  • Include herbs such as: Tulsi (Ocimum sanctum), Mulethi (licorice powder), and Indian gooseberry fruit powder in the diet.

Questions:

  1. What is the cause of seasonal allergies according to Ayurveda?
  2. Can seasonal allergies be managed at home?
  3. Why turmeric is used as a natural remedy for curing seasonal allergies?
  4. Why dairy products should be avoided while suffering from seasonal allergies?

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