Common Digestive System Disorders and their Remedies

By Dr. Nutan Pakhare

Ayurveda has emphasized more on the adequate function of digestive fire and effective digestion. 

“We not only eat but we are what we digest” 

Due to many reasons like overeating or improper lifestyle or unnecessary fasts etc  the function of digestive fire get disturbed the food which we have taken and gets converted into Toxin. In Ayurveda it is called “Aaam” which relates to half-digested food. It is formed in the stomach.If you do not pay attention to correct your food and lifestyle habits to correct your digestion then continuous accumulation of Aaam results into “Aaamvish” that is toxic substances in the digestive system. This toxin later goes into the circulatory system and then all over the body, giving rise to various physical and mental health disorders.

Following listed 3 disorders belong to digestive system disorders and respective therapies  measures through Ayurveda and Yoga therapy. 

These therapies will be helpful mainly in prevention and also it can be used in treatment under expert guidelines.

  1. AcidityAcidity is a digestive disorder. In this disorder, a person feels a burning sensation due to regurgitation of acid in the stomach.

Signs & Symptoms –

  • Physically person experience nausea, heartburn & vomiting
  •      Mentally disturbed and irritation

Causes – Irregular eating & lifestyle habits, Lack of sleep

Eating junk, spicy food, & the wrong combination of food like a sizzling brownie (cold and hot combination) and bakery products more

Ayurveda Therapy

  • Stay away from the causes of the disease
  • Ayurveda treatment- Kamdudha Vati  or Sutshekhar Ras 2 tablets 3 times a day
  • To prevent do seasonal  Vasanta Vaman –March –April (Vaman)

Yoga Therapy


1-    Vamandhauti

2-    Vajrasana

3-    Naukasana

Deep breathing awareness

Pranayama – Sheetali Pranayama & Sitkari Pranayama 10-20 rounds twice a day.

Concentration followed by meditation

  1. Bulimia Nervosa–Bulimia Nervosa is an eating disorder. It is associated with binge eating habits & to compensate with it prone to do self-inducing vomiting. 

Signs & symptoms –

  • In this disorder, a person tends to do forceful vomiting after eating to reduce weight.
  • Backflow of “Aaam” (half-digested food) damages food pipe & teeth. It creates a bitter taste in the mouth too. This happens due to the effect of the acidic medium of food 

Causes – Irregular eating & lifestyle habits, Lack of sleep

                Consumption of junk and spicy food

                Eating bakery products or fish or non-veg & dairy products 

Ayurveda Therapy

  • Stay away from the causes of the disease
  • Ayurveda treatment- Saraswat Arishata 2 tsf  2  times a day
  • To prevent do seasonal Vasanta Vaman –March –April (Vaman)

Yoga Therapy

Kriya– Laghu Shankha Prakshalana, Vaman dhauti

Warm up Sun salutation

Asana– Trikonasana


Deep breath awareness

Pranayama – Anulom vilom pranayama


Mantra chanting

  1. ConstipationConstipation is weak bowel movements disorder refer to hard faeces due to increase of dryness of vata dosha. In this disorder a person feels difficulty in defecation due to hard stool.

Signs & Symptoms

  • Painful defecation
  • Straining during defecation due to hard stool
  • Pain in the abdomen
  • Incomplete evacuation


  • Inadequate water intake
  • Lack of fibre diet like vegetables etc.
  • Lack of activity or exercise
  • Eating dairy & bakery food
  • Stress & insomnia

Ayurveda Therapy

  •      Nidan parivarjan – Stay away from the causes of the disease
  •  Deepan and Pachan therapy using  Triphala or Haritaki  2 tablets  night as per doctors guidance.
  •     Sharad Ritu –Virechana (Prevention from constipation)

Yoga Therapy

Loosening warm practice – Sun salutation & Joints movements


  •    Agnisaar and Shankhaprakshalana
  • Nauli
  • Kapalbhati

Asana –Squeezing of abdomen creates heat & stimulates bowel movements & resolves the problem.

  • Tiryaka Tadasana
  • Ardha Chakrasana
  • Pawanamuktasana series 
  • Paschimottanasana
  • Malasana

Pranayama-Suryabhedan & Bhastrika
Yoga Nidra

Disclaimer: Therapies and treatments should be taken under the guidance of a qualifies therapist / practising doctor only.