As discussed in chapter 3, the effectiveness of your digestion depends on the strength of your digestive fire (agni). If your food intake is large in quantity and heavy, very liquid, or quite dense in quality, these properties are antagonistic to the properties of gastric fire and can inhibit the normal function of the agni, leading to indigestion.
Emotional eating-eating for emotional reasons when the system is not in need of food or is given too much to comfortably digest-is another potential cause of indi?gestion. A third major causative factor is wrong food combining. Eating bananas and milk, melon and grains, and other incompat?ible food combinations adversely affects the digestive fire, leading to indigestion.
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These various factors promote excess secretion of acid, leading to acid indigestion, heartburn, nausea, or even diarrhea; fermen?tation of the food in the stomach or intestines may also occur, leading to gas, bloating, and a possible stomachache, depending on the severity of the cause.
So one has to deal with indigestion first by avoiding these causative factors, and sec?ond by using the herbal treatments recom?mended below.
The first key to prevention of indigestion is to enhance the digestive fire. Here are sev?eral suggestions:
One of the best herbs to kindle agni is ginger. Before each meal, chop or grate a little fresh ginger, add a few drops of lime juice and a pinch of salt, and chew it up. Alternatively, you can simply cut a thin slice of ginger, put on a pinch of salt, and chew that.
Here is another before-eating stimulant for your digestion. Make a mixture of '/4 teaspoon garlic powder, 1/2 teaspoon trikatu, and a pinch of rock salt. (Trikatu is composed of ginger, black pepper, and Indian long pepper in equal proportions.) Take it before lunch and dinner.
A similar mixture is t clove of fresh garlic, chopped up with 1/4 teaspoon cumin powder, a pinch of rock salt, a pinch of trikatu, and t teaspoon lime juice. Take before meals.
Enliven your gastric fire with the common spice bay leaf. Steep 1/2 teaspoon crushed or ground-up bay leaf in a cup of hot water for about to minutes to make a tea. Add a pinch of cardamom, and drink after eating.
Fasting can be beneficial to dispel indiges?tion. Fasting not only kindles the digestive fire, it also gives the digestive system a rest. When you have indigestion, you can either observe a complete fast, or try this: Drink t cup of sweet fresh pineapple juice with a pinch of ginger, a pinch of black pepper, and 1/2 teaspoon organic sugar. Take this J times a day.
To relieve a case of indigestion:
ONION JUICE. Take 1/4 cup of fresh onion juice with '/2 teaspoon honey and '/2 tea. spoon black pepper.
GARLIC. Or chop up a clove of fresh garlic add a pinch of salt and a pinch of baking soda, and eat it.
LIME JUICE. For acute indigestion, squeeze the juice from 1/4 lime in 1 cup warm water. Just before drinking, add 1/2 teaspoon baking soda, and then drink it down quickly.
For people with chronic poor digestion (that is, weak agni), prepare this herbal mixture:
Take 1/4 teaspoon of this effective formula before meals, with a little honey and fresh ginger juice. If you don't have fresh ginger?just uses honey. This mixture will strengthen the digestive fire.