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What is acidity and all about it?

Updated: Mar 10

Acidity treatments | Shreshtha Ayurveda

As per request from many of you, I will be starting a series on diseases commonly faced in our daily lives. To start with, I intend to start with Acidity. According to a task force set up by the Indian society of gastroenterology, about 20 % of the urban population are suffering from some or other form of acidity.

Acidity is mostly used as an umbrella term for various discomfort and symptoms of the digestive system. In clinical practice, I have often heard terms like gastritis, gastric problem, hyper acidity, acid reflux, gas problem used to express the discomfort in the gastrointestinal region. In Ayurveda, the condition is classified as Amlapitta. Before exploring more from the ayurvedic perspective, it will be useful to list all the symptoms which can be experienced due to acidity.

  • Heartburn (Burning pain in the upper chest area)

  • Bloating

  • Regurgitation: Sour or bitter liquid felt in the throat

  • Nausea and vomiting

  • Headache

  • Feeling like something is stuck in the throat

  • Fullness of the abdomen

  • Dry throat

  • Chronic dry cough

  • Frequent hiccups

  • Chronic/ recurrent sore throat

  • Change in voice or hoarseness

  • Acid reflux in lying position sometimes in the middle of the night

  • Burping

  • Pain/and burning in the abdomen