Natural Ayurvedic Herbal Remedies For Gas, Flatulence, Belching And Bloating
Among ayurvedic remedies for gas, Hingavastaka churna or Hingvastaka powder enjoys a prominent place. It is a ayurvedic formulation that is used as home remedy for excessive gas formation, flatulence, indigestion, loss of appetite and abdominal pain. It is used as a foundation in many other ayurvedic remedies that are used for other disorders.
Reference Book Hingavastaka Churna:
Hingavastaka powder is an ancient formulation of herbs that is mentioned in …. with other treatments for gas.
Ingredients Of Hingavastaka Powder:
Look at this simple formulation of remedies for gas with only eight herbs. Together all these herbal remedies help to keep your stomach and intestine in healthy condition.
- Purified Hing or Asfoetida 1 part
- Shunthi or dried ginger 8 parts
- Pippla or long pepper 8 parts
- Maricha or black pepper 8 parts
- Ajowan 8 parts
- Saindhava Salt or rock salt 8 parts
- Black cumin seeds 8 parts
- White cumin seeds 8 parts
- Ghee or Clarified Butter small quantity for frying asafoetida
Method Of Preparation Of Hingavastaka Churna:
Purified asafoetida is fried in ghee or clarified butter. Asafoetida turns brown during frying. Then all the herbs and asafoetida are mixed together in blender or mixer. Alternatively if we have all the herbs in powder form already, we can mix the herbal powders manually.
Remember to mix powders thoroughly otherwise some parts of this churna will have more asafoetida or other spices. After mixing the powder, store this powder in zip lock pouches or airtight containers. This powder remains in good condition for two months to one year depending upon the packing. And you have this wonderful herbal remedy for gas and indigestion.
We seal the polythene bags with hinguvastaka powder and then keep the bags in airtight container. Only a small quantity that could be used within one or two weeks is kept in airtight container.
Dosage Of Hinguvastak Powder:
Hinguvastaka churna is taken in the dosage of 2-5 gms or 1/2-1 teaspoonful twice or thrice a day. Ideally it should be taken with lukewarm water or water at normal temperature. Avoid taking it with chilled water or soft beverages. Additionally it can be taken with fruit juices and fruits. Don’t take this powder with milk.
According to ayurvedic medicine, herbal remedies for flatulence are antivata and these should be taken just before meals and breakfast. This seems to work even better for vata disorders affecting abdomen or digestive system.
Tablets Or Capsules Of Hinguvastak Churna:
Some ayurvedic pharmaceuticals companies are coming out with tablets or capsules of herbal powders. They take some part of herbal extract and some part of herbal powder and prepare tablet or capsule. That is fine if you have some difficulty in taking powders.
But we need to pay more price for equivalent amount of powder and we consume several chemicals and gelatin along with tablets or capsules. And the taste of Hinguvastak powder is good. Children and ladies love its taste and prefer to lick it with their fingers with different facial expressions!
Further, ayurvedic herbal formulations are not based on a single herb or single formula. So if we need to add some ayurvedic bhasmas or mineral preparations or some other nutritional substances, it remains very simple to add something to powders.
Hinguvastaka churna is good for Vata based digestive and abdominal disorders. Flatulence, gas formation, indigestion, loss of appetite, intestinal colic pain are some of the disorders that respond well to this powder.
Flatulence, increased gas formation and belching are the first rated indications. Dyspepsia, loss of appetite and indigestion are also benefited. Many mothers complain that their children are not eating properly. So they can give it to children to improve their appetites.
But remember that loss of appetite should not be accompanied by hyperacidity or Amlapitta disorder or peptic ulcer. Sour and acidic belching, pain in abdomen (in the middle top of abdomen, the triangular region between ribs, corresponding to epigastric region medically, this is the region of stomach), increased appetite or loss of appetite, nausea and vomiting are some of the features of Amlapitta. In those cases, this powder should not be used.
Common abdominal pain, intestinal colic pain are also relieved by this powder.
I use this powder in constipation as asafoetida will increase the intestinal motility and other ingredients will produce more digestive juices. Senna based preparations should not be taken routinely. It is OK to use them once or twice a week to get relatively fuller colon cleanse.
I prefer using this powder in Acute amoebiasis or amoebiac dysentary with other ayurvedic herbs. This disease is characterized by intestinal colic and flatulence. So this powder will support this disorder though it won’t be able to eradicate the infection by Entamoeba histolytica.
One of my professors advised students to use this powder in persons with angina for supporting the abdomen as asafoetida is having some coronary dilator effect. And I have seen and felt the need for supporting the abdomen or intestines even in acute myocardiac infarctation (Heart Attack) cases in modern hospitals. Once I visited my uncle in Intensive Cardiac Care Unit and the first thing he complained was about flatulence and doctor’s negligence of this trouble. So Hinguvastak churna might be or might not be a coronary dilator but it can help with flatulence.
Unlike activated charcoal that is used in modern medicine in flatulence, this herbal powder is superbly beneficial as it helps digestion, increases intestinal motility and helps to expel the flatus out.
Hinguvastaka Powder works well with other ayurvedic medicine like Aarogyavardhini vati, Shankha vati, Rasonadi vati, Shankha bhasma, Kumaryasava, Avipattikara Churna.
Precautions And Safety:
Moderate Hypertension and Edema patients should use this powder with caution as it contains salt in 12.3% concentration.
One should pay equal attention to proper and balanced nutrition, general and abdominal exercises to have good abdominal and overall health.
Some grave conditions like intestinal perforation, peritonitis, appendicitis are to be tackled in surgical units under the care of a Surgeon. And these disorders are accompanied by serious symptoms and a history. Under no such grave circumstances, one should use herbal home remedies like this powder. Go straight to a doctor!