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3 Simple Ayurvedic Remedies for Bloating

Posted 5 years ago by Brendan

Ayurvedia is the system of traditional medicine from India. Using a variety of natural remedies, dietary and lifestyle therapies, yoga and meditation, Ayurvedic medicine focuses on maintaining health rather than simply treating diseases. Here are three simple home remedies, used by practitioners to help to manage bloating by stimulating the Agni (digestive fire) and clearing Ama (the build up of waste generated by poor digestion).

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1. When you have bloating or indigestion, chew on half a teaspoon of cumin seeds until they become a paste in the mouth, then swallow with a glass of warm water. Aromatic cumin seeds have a stimulating, carminative and antispasmodic effect that can help dispel wind and intestinal cramps. Cumin seeds are also believed to relieve inflammation, pain and swelling, helping to encourage the healing of any sores in the mouth or throat, while freshening the breath.

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2. The combination of cardamom and fennel seeds is used in Ayurvedic medicine and Indian cooking to help balance the digestive system. The sweet and cooling properties of fennel, when combined with the sharp and warming effect of cardamom, is believed to help balance pitta, kapha and vata dashas (Ayurvedic philosophy views all symptoms or 'disease' as an imbalance in the doshas). Infuse a teaspoon of equal parts ground cardamom and fennel seeds in a glass of boiled water and drink as required to calm digestive upsets like bloating, flatulence, nausea or cramps.

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3. Abdominal bloating or discomfort that occurs with stress or a busy lifestyle is generally an indication of a vata imbalance. Worry, fear, poor sleep, irregular meals and travel can all aggravate vata imbalances. Spicy carminatives like ginger help to ground excess vata in the digestive system, so those with vata bloating should regularly drink ginger tea. Or try slowly chewing on a thin slice of fresh ginger with a pinch of rock salt five to ten minutes before meals to help encourage digestion and avoid bloating. For more on ginger and carminatives, read Getting rid of bloating.

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General guidelines for managing bloating from an Ayurvedic viewpoint are to eat simple and modest meals at regular times, avoid overeating, allow plenty of time between meals and eat consciously - slow down, savour meals and listen to how you’re body responds to what you’re eating.

These remedies all use readily available kitchen spices that may also help to manage minor digestive complaints like bloating. So give them a try and let us know if they work for you. Or maybe you’ve got another bloating remedy in your kitchen cupboard?

About Brendan O'Loughlin

Brendan is a integrative naturopath, nutritionist and yoga teacher. He has completed training in Naturopathy, Nutrition, Herbal Medicine, Yoga, Iridology and Live Blood Analysis.

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