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Acid Reflux Natural Ayurveda Treatment and Management

Author : Gurnam Saini  
Acid Reflux Natural Ayurveda Treatment and Management
Acid Reflux Natural Ayurveda Treatment and Management

Most people suffer an occasional bout of indigestion marked by an uncomfortable heaviness or burning sensation in the stomach, heartburn or a feeling of being bloated. However, if this begins to occur frequently and causes a lot of discomfort, it is important to pay attention because it may be the sign and symptom of acid reflux.


What is Acid Reflux or Hyperacidity?


The stomach contains a certain amount of hydrochloric acid that, along with the pepsin enzyme, plays a vital role in the digestion of food. When there is an excess secretion of this gastric acid, the condition is called hyperchlorhydria or what we commonly call acid reflux; this excess acid leads to the symptoms of this condition.


Symptoms of Acid Reflux or Hyperacidity 


A person who suffers from acid reflux may experience a few symptoms, such as:

  • Burning pain in the chest
  • Nausea and vomiting sensation
  • Headache
  • Loss of appetite
  • Sharp pain in the stomach or chest


Some persons also suffer from anaemia and weight loss when acid reflux is a chronic problem.


Acid Reflux & Heartburns Ayurveda Herbal Treatment and Management


According to Ayurveda, acid reflux is called Amlapitta – a disease due to excessive acid production in the stomach. 


As a result, increased heat and sourness is generated in the body, impairing the Pitta Dosha. As a result, the digestive capacity is affected, resulting in the formation of ama or toxins which accumulate in the digestive channels. Therefore, Treating such acid reflux requires removingof these toxins and pacifying the impairment in the Pitta Dosha.


The Ayurvedic concept of acid reflux says that the condition is generally caused due to faulty eating habits such as:


  • Frequent fasting
  • Irregular eating habits
  • Overeating despite indigestion
  • Eating foods that are unsuitable to the individual's body constitution
  • Improper cooking methods to prepare food
  • Increased intake of alcohol
  • Excess consumption of food that is highly spicy, hot, sour, oily or irritant
  • Negative emotions
  • Control of natural urges for urination and bowel movements


In some persons, there may be an excessive secretion of the digestive enzymes due to the stimulating effect of the Vata Dosha – this condition is called pachaka pitta. Excess of enzymes causes a drying out of the mucous membranes that line the stomach, leading to it getting irritated and, subsequently, the development of ulcers.


Hyperacidity or Acid Reflux Ayurveda Natural Remedies


Ayurveda uses certain traditional herbal formulations and therapies to help treat acid reflux. Before recommending these, the physician takes a complete diet history to understand the client's eating habits and lifestyle. After identifying what is causing the problem, they are recommended particular therapy, dietary changes and lifestyle to overcome the acid reflux.



Traditional Herbal Natural treatment for Hyperacidity or Acid Reflux


Ayurveda recommends using specific herbs that can reduce Pitta Dosha and help reduce toxins in the gastrointestinal tract. Some of the common ones used traditionally include:



Amla (Indian Goosberry):


The Indian gooseberry fruit obtained from Emblica officinalis plant is a strong pacifier of the Pitta Dosha and, therefore, very effective in acid reflux treatment. Besides, it also contains vitamin C, which helps rapidly heal the injured tissues of the stomach.




Obtained from the Glycyrrhiza glabra plant, the stem of liquorice has powerful action against excess acid production in the stomach. It helps give relief from the burning pain of acid reflux.


Yashtimadhu (Indian Licorice) is beneficial in treating acid peptic disease. Scientific studies have shown that its extract reduces gastric acid secretion and inhibits the formation of peptic ulcers. Yashtimadhu treats ulcers by accelerating mucin excretion by increasing glycoprotein synthesis at the gastric mucosa, prolonging the life of the epithelial cells and anti-pepsin activity.


Shatavari (Asparagus Racemosus):


The juice obtained from the root of the Asparagus racemosus plant is very effective against acid reflux; it may be administered as such or in the form of a formulation made with ghee (clarified butter).


In a study conducted by Poonam Sharma, it has been found that the methanolic extract from the fresh roots of Shatavari (Asparagus racemosus) has an ulcer protective effect. It increases mucous secretion and keeps the acid and pepsin levels stable. Also, roots of Asparagus racemosus showed considerable in-vitro antibacterial properties.


Bhringaraj (Eclipta alba):


Obtained from the Eclipta alba plant, bhringaraj is a beneficial antiulcer herb. It helps to reduce the amount of acid produced in the stomach.




Both the kernel and the liquid found in the coconut protect against damage to the gastric mucosa by excess acid.



Ayurveda Herbal and Natural Medicine to Treat and Manage Acid Reflux


Some of the common Ayurveda herbal formulations mentioned in the Ayurvedic texts to treat acidity and reflux:



  • Abhayarishtam herbal tonic 
  • Aragwadharishtam herbal tonic
  • Chandanasavam herbal tonic
  • Draksharishtam herbal tonic
  • Jeerakadyarishtam herbal tonic
  • Pippalyasavam herbal tonic
  • Aragwadhadhi Kashyam
  • Vidharyadhi lehyam-Herbal jam
  • Vilwadi Lehyam-Herbal jam
  • Avipattikar choornam-Herbal powder
  • Dadimasthaka choornam-Herbal powder
  • Panchakola Choornam-Herbal Powder
  • Triphala Powder
  • Hinguvachadi Choornam Tabet
  • Vilwadi Gulika tablet
  • Vayu Gulika Tablet



Ayurveda Panchkarma Detox Remedy for Acid Reflux or Hyperacidity


This detox therapy should be performed under the supervision of a qualified Ayurvedic practitioner and never be experimented with without charge.




This is therapeutic emesis or induced vomiting to eliminate the waste products and mucous in the upper gastrointestinal tract. 




This is therapeutic purging, where purgative substances that increase the Pitta dosha are given to the patient. Some of the commonly used purgatives include senna leaves, flaxseeds, castor oil or Triphala. After several hours of consuming this, a natural bowel movement may be repeated several times. By this method, most of the toxins in the gastrointestinal tract are eliminated, and it helps to reduce the suffering from acid reflux.


Yoga for Acidity and Indigestion  


Some yoga postures help stimulate the digestive system to secrete appropriate levels of digestive enzymes and reduce acid reflux.


The most effective ones are Virasana (Hero Pose), Vajrasana (Thunderbolt Pose), Baddha Konasana (Cobbler Pose), Makarasana (Crocodile Pose), Mayurasana (Peacock Pose), Padahastasana (Foot-Hand Pose) and Shavasana (Corpse Posture). 


Acid Reflux Foods to Avoid 


In many persons, improper eating habits are mainly responsible for problems with digestion that lead to chronic acid reflux. 


Here are a few recommended lifestyle changes for persons with such issues.


  • Eat at appropriate, regular times to avoid leaving the stomach empty for very long.
  • Eat smaller meals at frequent intervals rather than just one huge meal.
  • Pay attention to what you eat and chew the food carefully; avoid being distracted by reading or working on the computer while eating.
  • Avoid using Pitta-stimulating beverages such as coffee, tea, alcoholic and carbonated beverages.
  • Do not use excessively processed foods, fermented, sour, spicy or salty.
  • Especially avoid sour foods with high content of acidic nature, such as tamarind, vinegar and pickles.
  • Avoid consuming yoghurt at night.
  • Drink tender coconut water regularly to keep your stomach cool.
  • Consume herbal tea made with coriander and cumin seeds to aid in digestion.
  • Include mint, cardamom, cumin and fennel in your cooking.


Along with all these measures, it is vital to remember that because the brain controls gastric acid secretion, stress plays an important role in deciding one's state of digestive health.



In general, anxiety, nervousness, anger and being on edge tend to worsen the symptoms of acid reflux, and therefore, one must strive to stay calm. Along with the recommended yoga postures, regular breathing techniques and meditation to keep the mind calm can help greatly in combating chronic acid reflux.




  1. Dr Poonam Sharma, 'Use of Shatavari (Asparagus Racemosus Willd.) and Yashtimadhu (Glycyrrhiza Glabra Linn.) in Treatment of Peptic Ulcer', World Journal of Pharmaceutical Research, Volume 4, Issue 8, 944-949, file:///C:/Users/Sargun/Downloads/article_wjpr_1438325509.pdf
  2. Paghdar Mohit P., Patel Dhananjay V., 'A Conceptual Study on Effect of Guduchyadi Kwatha in the Management of Amlapitta', International Journal of Research in Ayurveda and Pharmacy, 7(3), May- June 2016, https://www.ijrap.net/admin/php/uploads/1536_pdf.pdf



If you wish to consult Ayurveda, you can contact one of our Ayurveda Practitioners, Gurnam Saini or Pooja Saini, in Melbourne. Both of our Practitioners are Qualified Ayurveda Doctors from India. You may contact us at "Pure Herbal Ayurved Clinic". People who can't reach us personally may choose online Ayurveda consultation. 




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Author Bio:

Gurnam Saini has over 15 years’ experience in Ayurvedic naturopathy treatments in Melbourne, Australia. He has completed his bachelor degree in Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery from Baba Farid University of Health Sciences, India. He has done MD in Alternative Medicine and certificate courses in Panchakarma Detox, Pulse diagnosis and skin care. He is also a member of the Australasian Association of Ayurveda (AAA). He has won awards for ground-breaking work in Ayurveda globally. Read More


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