Toxins get accumulated in the body for various reasons. Ayurveda refers accumulation of toxin as “ama” which is caused by food indigestion, which is an imbalance. Ama affects the immune power, causes imbalance in doshas and opens gate for diseases. Indigestion is the major cause of most of the diseases. Foods you consume should be healthy, fresh and easily digestible in time. Besides, indigestion should be addressed naturally.
Ayurveda Acharyas used “Higvastak Churna” to increase digestion and relieve indigestion in Ayurvedic practice. The hingwastak powder helps to digest the body toxin (ama) and prevents its accumulation. Hingwastak Churna mainly contains very safe and easily available herbal spices.
What is Indigestion
Indigestion (dyspepsia) is a general term for pain or discomfort felt in the upper abdomen and under the ribs that usually occurs after a person has been eating or drinking. Indigestion and heartburn can occur together or on their own. Despite its name, heartburn has nothing to do with the heart. It happens when your esophagus, the tube that goes from your throat to your stomach, gets irritated by acid that comes up from your stomach.
What happens if a valve at the top of the stomach doesn’t work properly? Most people have felt heartburn at one time or Indigestion affects nearly everyone at some point in their lives. It’s uncomfortable, but it’s usually not a serious health problem. If it happens often, you may have a more serious condition called GERD (gastro-esophageal reflux disease.) Left untreated, GERD can sometimes lead to other problems, including:
- Inflammation and ulcers in the esophagus
- Lung disease
- Barrett’s esophagus — a change in the lining of the esophagus that makes you more likely to get esophageal cancer.
Ingredients of Hingwashtak churna or Powder
- Dry ginger powder
Ginger is among the healthiest spices on the planet.It is loaded with nutrients and bioactive compounds that have powerful benefits for your body and brain.Ginger can be used fresh, dried, powdered, or as an oil or juice. Ginger Contains Gingerol, a Substance with Powerful Medicinal Properties. It is believed that delayed emptying of the stomach is a major driver of indigestion.Interestingly, ginger helps to speed up emptying of the stomach in people with this condition.
- Ajwain powder
The spice, that every Indian household is more familiar with, “Carom seeds help in maintaining your digestive health”. They treat any kind of abdominal discomfort due to indigestion like stomach pain or burning sensation. Ajwain seeds are rich in fiber, minerals, vitamins, and antioxidants.The active enzymes in ajwain help in boosting our digestive functions by facilitating the release of gastric juices.
- Long pepper powder
Long pepper (Pippali) is a very diverse essential in the world of Ayurvedic medicine which means to drink and digest. It Increases the digestion and burns toxins. As an herb or a culinary spice, Pippali is commonly used to treat a wide range of disorders.
- Black pepper powder
Black pepper is the fruit of the black pepper plant. The chemical piperine, which is present in black pepper, causes the spiciness, eases digestion and stimulates the stomach, which then secretes more hydrochloric acid that helps to digest proteins in food. Black pepper is a rich source of minerals and vitamins. Black pepper has a high content of dietary fiber and has a moderate amount of protein and carbohydrates too.
- Cumin powder
Cumin is a good source of energy, vitamin, and minerals. It is also rich in protein and amino acids, carbohydrates, dietary fiber and a reasonable amount of fats & fatty acids. Thymol, a compound in cumin, helps with digestion by preventing the formation of gas in the gastrointestinal tract.
- Black cumin powder
Black Cumin is rich in nutrients like protein, vitamins, and calcium and iron. Black cumin after the meals helps digestion or clam upset stomachs.
- Rock salt
It is also known as “Halite”, which is a mineral of Sodium chloride. Rock salt is rich in minerals and does not pose health problems. It is used for digestive disorders as it improves appetite, removes gas and soothes heartburn.
8. Hing – This is the major ingredient in this Churna
Hing means Asafoetida, which is the main ingredient and Ashta means 8 indicating that this product contains 8 ingredients. Churna means powder. Hing is known as an old culinary ingredient which is enriched with various healthy properties. In this article, we are going to see how to prepare this Hingwastak choorna at home. This can be prepared at home easily by using ingredients available on kitchen shelves. Here is a method of preparing “hingwastak powder or churna”.
Preparation of Hingwastak Churna
Take 1 teaspoon of all the above-mentioned ingredients and mix it well. The prepared hingvashtak powder can be stored in an airtight jar and can be stored for 6 months. Consume ¼ teaspoon of higvashtak churna with the equal quantity of ghee (clarified butter) before consuming food, two times a day. It is a boon for foodies who want to relish food without landing up in indigestion.
Benefits of Hingwastak churna
- This herbal preparation is the mixture of salt, spice, and herbs.
- Provide relief from gas, bloating, and spasms.
- Very good to improves metabolism.
- This medicine helps in reducing fat.
- For improving appetite, digestion, and assimilation this is very good.
- This medicine stimulates healthy and unobstructed peristalsis.
- It balances downward moving energies.
- Very effective in stomach infection, bloating, indigestion and abdominal pain.
- This churna regulates apana vayu (vata responsible for moving downwards and eliminating stool, flatus, urine, menses and the fetus).
This article is composed for awareness and education purpose only. Visit the nearest Ayurveda doctor or practitioner for the proper dosage and prescription of the preparation for the better management.