FLATULENCE called Adyamaan in Ayurveda.

Flatulence is defined as acute urge to pass wind. It is the intestinal gas, more commonly called stomach gas, not only cause discomfort and gas pain but are embarrassing too.

Although gas problems like bloating, burping and passing gas are natural, they might become serious and affect our daily activities, but its severity can sometimes lead to diseased condition.

Following is the intestinal gas treatment or for avoiding bloating, flatulence and belching. A person suffering from Adyamaan or intestinal gas formation should adopt required dietary changes and other measures including medications if necessary.

Causes of Flatulence in Ayurveda

According to Ayurveda Flatulence is caused by abnormal Agni or fire caused by prajgya apradh, asatmyendriyartha samayog, kaal parinaam.

These can be defines as distortion in persons intelligence, wrong co-ordination of sense organs and other objects and vagaries of weather and time respectively.

Dilation of abdomen can be caused by anything- fluid, tumors, enlarged organs, or fat within the abdomen. This can also be defined as Pitta dosha.

Improper ingestion ( not chewing the food and merely swallowing it), milk intolerance, certain drugs such as narcotics, calcium channel blockers are the most common cause of Flatulence.

Bloating often causes abdominal pain that can be mild and dull or sharp and intense gas pain. Bloating gas relief can be had by passing gas or having a bowel movement.

Symptoms of Adhyamaan or Flatulence

  • Repeated and continuous urge to pass gas.
  • Accidental defecation at certain times.
  • Foul smell in the passed wind.
  • A person may suffer from constipation or diarrahea.

Foods to be avoided in flatulence (ADYAMAAN)

Where the cause of bloating is excessive intestinal gas formulation, it is usually due to fatty foods and some other foods that cause gas and bloating. To avoid bloating, reduce or totally avoid such foods depending upon the seriousness of bloating problem. Common foods that cause gas and bloating include Baked beans, Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, Cabbage, Carbonated drinks, Cauliflower, Chewing gum, Fruits like apples, peaches and pears, Hard candy, and Lettuce among others.

Anyone suffering from the gas problem of flatulence must avoid such food that form excessive intestinal gas like beans, peas, lentils, cabbage, onions, broccoli, cauliflower, bananas, raisins, whole-wheat bread, salads and carbonated drinks. Many people are intolerant of lactose and as such milk and dairy products too should be avoided by them to treat flatulence. Apart from avoiding flatulence causing food, one must also take the following measures.

  • Avoid or cut back on fatty foods.
  • When excessive gas is formed in your intestine, reduce intake of high fiber foods (temporarily though). When the flatulence problem is under control, start including high fiber foods in your diet gradually.
  • Have more smaller meals and avoid having two or three large meals. Also eat slowly to aid proper digestion of the food you eat.
  • Do not just sit back or lie down after meals. Have a slow walk or move around doing light works. This aids digestion and avoids flatulence.

Some other causes of Flatulence?

Flatulence, simply stated, is gas buildup in the colon. It is caused due to production of gas by bacteria within intestines during the process of digesting sugars and polysaccharides. Some bacteria are more capable of producing gas and thus they result into chronic flatulence.

Other causes of flatulence include maldigestion or malabsorption of sugars and polysaccharides as well as bacterial overgrowth of the small intestine. Constipation too is one of the causes of flatulence as the longer food waste remains in colon, the more time it has to ferment that in turn produces stomach gas.

Treatment And Remedies For Adyamaan

Ayurveda suggests three fold treatments for Flatulence-

Deepana- treatment through carminatives

Paanchana – treatment through digestives

Vaatanulomana – treatment by the use of gas expellers

Cow Urine, Goark (distilled cow urine) and Panchamrit (preparation of pure Desi ghee of Desi breed of cow) aids in effective digestion and helps to cure the problem of Adymaan quickly.

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