February 07, 2014

Dyspepsia

Dyspepsia, also known as indigestion orupset stomach, is a term that describes discomfort or pain in the upper abdomen. It is not a disease. Dyspepsia is a group of symptoms which often include bloating, nausea and burping. 
Common causes



  • Swallowed air.
  • Burped-up stomach juices and gas (regurgitation or reflux) caused by gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) or a hiatal hernia.
  • Peptic (stomach) ulcer or duodenal ulcer.
  • Stomach cancer.
  • An inability to digest milk and dairy products (lactose intolerance).
  • Gallbladder pain (biliary colic) or inflammation (cholecystitis).
  • A disorder that affects movement of food through the intestines, such as irritable bowel syndrome.
  • Anxiety or depression.
  • Side effects of caffeine, alcohol, or medicines. Examples of medicines that may cause dyspepsia are aspirin and similar drugs, antibiotics, steroids, digoxin, and theophylline.
Symptoms:
  • Abdominal pain
  • A feeling of over-fullness after eating
  • heartburn
  • loss of appetite, nausea or vomiting and 
  • flatulence or gas 
  • Vomiting usually produces relief. What is vomited is intensely sour to the taste 
  • Foul taste in the mouth, coated tongue and bad breath
  • Lemon:The fruit flush out the undigested food residue and accumulated faeces, and re-establish health to perfect order. Its juice reaches the stomach and attacks the bacteria, inhibiting the formation of acids. Lemon juice removes indigestion by dislodging this acid and other harmful substances from the stomach, thereby strengthening and promoting a healthy appetite.
  • Grapes:This fruit is light food which removes indigestion and irritation of the stomach in a short time. It also relieves heat.
  • Pineapple:Pineapple acts as a tonic and relieves much of the digestive disorders. Half a glass of pineapple juice should be taken after a meal in treating this condition.
  • Pomegranate:The juice of a pomegranate mixed with a tablespoon of honey is valuable in indigestion accompanied by giddiness. The dose may be repeated a few times if necessary. The seeds of this fruit acts as a stomach tonic when mixed with a little rock salt and black pepper powder.
  • Carrot:Chewing of this vegetable increases saliva and quickens digestion by supplying the necessary enzymes, minerals and vitamins. The juice of this vegetable is also beneficial.
  • Fenugreek:Fenugreek leaves are beneficial in dyspepsia. About fifty grams of leaves, boiled and fried in butter, are valuable in allaying biliousness. The seeds can also be used beneficially in the treatment of dyspepsia.
  • Mint:Mint juice, is a good appetiser. Its value is greatly enhanced by mixing equal amount of honey and lemon juice each. This mixture forms a very effective remedy for indigestion and gaseous distension of the stomach.
  • Butter Milk:A very simple remedy for indigestion is thin butter-milk mixed with a quarter teaspoon of pepper powder. For better results an equal quantity of cumin (jeera) powder may be added to the buttermilk.
  • Aniseed:The use of aniseed is also beneficial in the treatment of indigestion. An infusion can be prepared by mixing a teaspoon of aniseed in a cup of boiling water and leaving it covered overnight. The clear fluid can then be decanted and taken with honey

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