Yoga for digestive disorders

Yogic treatments

Yoga therapy and mediyoga can help people experiencing digestive disorders through the application of certain postures (yogasana) such as Bhujangasana, Shalabhasana, Dhanurasana, Sarvangasana, Halasana, Pashchimottanasana, Ardha Matsyendrasana, Trikonasana and Veerasana. Moreover bandhas and certain kriyas as well as pranayama such as naadishodhan Pranayama and Bhasrika Pranayama are useful in improving digestion.

What are digestive disorders

The question – “Do we live to eat or eat to live?” is one of debate. But, the relation between eating and living is reciprocal; that of give-and-take. Though we all know that food is a basic need of human beings; it can also prove hazardous to human life. A humorous thought in this context is: ‘we live on half the amount of food we eat and our doctors live on the other half!’ This implies that food ruins man as well as helping him survive. Food is the savior if digested properly and it is the destroyer if not digested properly.

Indigestion or constipation are not severe diseases, but they may be responsible for the emergence of other, more severe diseases. As the source of many disease, they must be given serious thought.

If the food eaten is not digested, the result will be indigestion. This can happen when food is of low quality, or the person eats beyond the capacity of their digestive system. The undigested food rots in the stomach or in the intestine, resulting in symptoms like sour belches, vomiting sensations, heaviness in the stomach or uneasiness. If this happens frequently, it creates adverse effects on the secretion of the digestive juices, resulting in permanent indigestion. Many toxins are produced as a result of rotting food. These toxins are absorbed into the blood affecting other organs of the body. The consequence is headaches, weakness, and reduction in weight.

The main reason behind digestive disorders is an inappropriate diet: a diet that is void of mineral salts, the use of refined substances, substances made from fine wheaten flour, sugar, alcohol, indefinite timing of meals, late dinners, frozen food, cold drinks, spicy and hot food. Additionally, digestive disorders can result from mental and emotional stress, which can inhibit the proper production of digestive juices.

Acidity, ulcers, constipation, and gastric disorders are the byproduct of frequent indigestion.

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