Digestion is important for breaking down food into nutrients, which the body uses for energy, growth and cell repair. The food that we consume is not in a form that the body can directly use as nourishment. Food and drink need to be converted into smaller molecules of nutrients before the blood absorbs them and carries them to cells throughout the body.
The Digestive System converts the food we eat into their simplest forms viz. glucose (sugars), amino acids (that make up protein) or fatty acids (that make up fats). The broken-down food is then absorbed into the bloodstream from the large intestine and the nutrients are carried to each cell in the body.
The six primary processes of the Digestive System include
Common diseases of the Digestive System
At Vedicure, modern medicine or Allopathy are beneficial for accurate diagnosis of ailments related to the Digestive System. This is helpful to decide the further course of action in the treatment. Allopathic medicines also help to prevent or relieve nausea and vomiting. Anti-inflammatory drugs are used to treat persistent inflammation of the digestive tract, neutralize excess acid to relieve indigestion and help heal peptic ulcers. These medicines relieve constipation or clear the intestine before a medical procedure or treatment.
Pitta is a vital part of the entire digestive system. It is responsible for heart, energy, acidic actions (such as gastric activity) and all conversion functions that take place in the stomach and liver.In addition to Pitta, Jataragni (12 types) and Seven Dhatu Agni are also important. Ayurvedic Panchakarma therapy maintains and balances all those elements that increase the activity of Agni and elimination of waste/mala and toxic deposits/ama. It also removes blockages of strotas (system) by detoxification processes like Vaman, Virechan and Basti.
Under Sanyukta Upchar Paddhati, Acupunture is proven to play a balancing role in treatment of Digestive System disorders. It improves the metabolism and functions of the body, promotes the natural self-healing process and strengthens immunity. Acupunture helps in maintaining the acid balance. It helps to excrete waste materials viz. mala, aam, etc. from the body.
Under Sanyukta Upchar Paddhati, Physiotherapy plays an important role in treating disorders related to the Digestive System. The therapy stimulates blood and lymph circulation in abdominal organs, strengthens the abdominal muscles and normalizes evacuation and motor function of intestine.
At Vedicure, a diet and exercise regime is prescribed to improve the digestive system.
Diet - A balanced diet is a source of nourishment and energy which helps to reduce Pitta and Vata.
It is suggested to include fibre-rich alkaline food regularly to maintain the acid base balance.
It is suggested to include Alkaline fruits like apples, banana, apricots, berries, grape fruits and fibre rich vegetables like broccoli, green beans, onion, sweet potato and proteins like almonds, millet, etc.
Yoga and Exercise - Yoga removes toxins from the body leading to a healthy digestive system and brings balance to the body and mind.
Yogasanas – Certain asanas are aimed at improving the digestive functions, blood flow and oxygenation to digestive organs. This eliminates waste products more efficiently, decreasing gas, reducing acid, strengthening digestive muscles, which helps in improving the digestion process.
Reiki acts as a healing process by relieving stress and tension. Abundance of positive energy brings the digestive system in harmony that induces cleansing of toxins. It balances the flow of subtle energy by releasing blockage.
Naturopathy mainly acts on elimination of waste accumulated after completion of the process of digestion and improves absorption of nutrients. Thus, it plays an important role, like other therapies in treating disorders related to the Digestive System.