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DYSPEPSIA

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Causes and Symptoms: Dyspepsia or indigestion is a fundamental digestive disorder which may lead to more serious complications. Weak digestive powers coupled with over eating or eating of heavy, spicy foods leads to dyspepsia. Delayed digestion of such food leads to putrefaction of the matter in the stomach and the intestines. Escape of wind from the anus or the mouth through belching may provide temporary relief, but there is a feeling of fullness, loss of appetite and general discomfort. There is also a burning sensation and eructations (sudden escape of gas from the mouth and coming up of undigested matter from the stomach.

A couple of hours after ingestion of food, there is tension and pressure in the stomach; there may even be a feeling of nausea. Belching leaves a sour taste in the mouth.

Remedies: In the case of nausea, it is better to induce vomiting by taking lukewarm water to which a teaspoonful of salt has been added. After the patient has vomited, he should be given three mashas of white Cumin Seeds and one masha of Salt with a tola of Vinegar. If nausea still persists, six mashas of mint leaves boiled in water to which three mashas of small Cardamom has been added should be drunk. Or, one masha of Soda Bicarb may be dissolved in a couple of tablespoonfuls of water and taken. If there are repeated belchings, one tola of juice of Ginger mixed with an equal quantity of Honey may be licked. Alternatively, grind one tola each of Sonth and Ajwain and add three mashas of black salt. Two mashas of this powder may be taken with a draught of water.

Regimen: No food should be given to the dyspeptic for 24 hours after an attack of indigestion; he may, however, be allowed fruit juice.

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