GERD – Ayurvedic Treatment, Diet, Exercises, Yoga & Pranayama

GERD means gastroesophageal reflux disease. In GERD, stomach acid frequently irritates the lining of the esophagus leads to heartburn.

  • SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF GERD
  • CAUSES OF GERD
  • PATHOPHYSIOLOGY OF GERD
  • DIAGNOSIS OF GERD
  • TREATMENTS FOR GERD
  • PROGNOSIS OF GERD
  • COMPLICATIONS OF GERD
  • GERD  AND AYURVEDA
  • NIDANA- AYURVEDIC CAUSES OF GERD
  • PURVAROOPAM- AYURVEDIC PREMONITORY SYMPTOMS OF GERD
  • SAMPRAPTI – AYURVEDIC PATHOGENESIS OF GERD
  • LAKSHANA- AYURVEDIC SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF GERD
  • AYURVEDIC PROGNOSIS OF GERD
  • CHIKITSA- AYURVEDIC TREATMENT FOR GERD
  • AYURVEDIC SAMANA TREATMENT FOR GERD
  • AYURVEDIC SHODHANA TREATMENT FOR GERD
  • COMMONLY USED AYURVEDIC MEDICINES FOR GERD
  • HOME REMEDIES FOR GERD
  • DIET AND BEHAVIOUR FOR GERD
  • YOGA FOR GERD
  • RESEARCH PAPERS OF AYURVEDIC MANAGEMENT OF GERD

SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF GERD

  • Burning pain in the chest – heartburn
  • Sour belching
  • Acid regurgitation
  • Discomfort and burning feeling in the stomach
  • Burning pain aggravated during the night

CAUSES OF GERD

  • Defect in the functioning of the lower esophageal sphincter
  • The condition is aggravated by,
  • Certain medications like NSAID
  • Stress
  • Anxiety  
  • Alcohol
  • Smoking
  • Spicy foods
  • Sour foods
  • Digestive disorders 

PATHOPHYSIOLOGY OF GERD

The above-mentioned causes result in stomach acid back up into the esophagus and irritating the epithelial lining in the esophagus. The irritation feels like burning pain in the chest. Acid reflux happens when the lower esophageal sphincter doesn’t tighten or close properly. This causes digestive juices from the stomach to rise up into the esophagus.

DIAGNOSIS OF GERD

  • Endoscopic examination
  • Ambulatory acid probe tests
  • Esophageal pH monitoring
  • X-ray – to find out the normal positioning and shape of esophagus

TREATMENTS FOR GERD

  • Antacids
  • Acid blockers
  • Proton pump inhibitors
  • H 2 receptor blockers

PROGNOSIS OF GERD

  • Prognosis is based on the stage of the disease, duration and condition of the patient.
  • Severe cases may require surgery to avoid serious complications.

COMPLICATIONS OF GERD          

  • Ulcer in esophagus
  • Recurrent GERD may lead to esophageal cancer.

GERD AND AYURVEDA

  • In Ayurveda,GERD is managed based on the treatment of ‘amlapitta’

NIDANA- AYURVEDIC CAUSES OF GERD

  • Excess consumption of dry, acrid, sour food
  • Improper functioning of agni

PURVAROOPAM- AYURVEDIC PREMONITORY SYMPTOMS OF GERD

  • Acid regurgitation followed by burning pain in the chest

SAMPRAPTI – AYURVEDIC PATHOGENESIS OF GERD

  • Due to the above-mentioned causes doshas aggravated especially pitta. The vitiated doshas reside in the stomach and esophagus and produce symptoms of GERD.

LAKSHANA- AYURVEDIC SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF GERD

  • Burning sensation
  • Sour belching – amla udgaram
  • Vomiting
  • Bitter taste in mouth – tikta asyatha

AYURVEDIC PROGNOSIS OF GERD

  • Sadya (curable) in the early stage and manageable in the chronic stage with proper Ayurvedic remedies.

CHIKITSA- AYURVEDIC TREATMENT FOR GERD

AYURVEDIC SAMANA TREATMENT FOR GERD

  • Guluchyadi kashayam after food
  • Drakshadi gulika along with amalaki swarasa ( gooseberry juice)
  • Shatavari ghrita
  • Shankha bhasma
  • Amlapittantak lauha
  • Shaddharanam churna
  • Shankha vati
  • Avipattikara churna- along with honey at bedtime
  • Nalikera khanda

 AYURVEDIC SHODHANA TREATMENT FOR GERD

  • Vamana – emesis
  • Virechana – purgation

COMMONLY USED AYURVEDIC MEDICINES FOR GERD

Internal administration

HOME REMEDIES FOR GERD

  • Intake of gooseberry
  • Intake of resins
  • Drinking a glass of water at early morning

DIET AND BEHAVIOUR FOR GERD

  • Avoid food items which produce pitta dosha imbalance like more acrid and sour. Because pitta imbalance aggravates the symptoms.
  • Consume easily digestible food items, cow’s milk
  • Timely intake of food
  • Drink an appropriate quantity of water
  • Avoid alcohol and smoking

YOGA FOR GERD

  • Nadi Shuddi Pranayam    – Calms the mind and gets relief from the discomfort associated with GERD

The patient needs to be seated in a meditative posture with the head and spine erect, with the body relaxed. The patient has to close his one nostril (e.g. left nostril if using the right hand and vice versa) with the thumb and exhale completely through the other nostril. Again, he will have to breathe in deeply through the other nostril while the opposite nostril is still closed with the thumb.

                          

RESEARCH PAPERS OF AYURVEDIC MANAGEMENT OF GERD

1.     Studies on Urdhwaga Amlapitta and its Management with Shatavari Ghruta

https://www.researchgate.net/publication/336434614_Studies_on_Urdhwaga_Amlapitta_Gastritis_and_its_Management_with_Shatavari_Ghruta

  • A clinical study on amlapitta and its management with chhinnodbhavadi ghanavati

https://ijapr.in/index.php/ijapr/article/download/74/285/

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s