Fight flatulence aka vata the yogic way

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Dec 29, 2010

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No one under the sun is exempt from flatulence. Every person at some time or other gets gases and disturbances in the colon.  We are all vulnerable to this condition for several reasons. First, the colon is the main seat of vata dosha, the dosha that is derived from ether or air. If vata increases in the colon, due to eating vata-aggravating foods, cold weather, anxiety, insomnia, and other factors, gases may build up. Also, whenever we eat anything, we swallow a small amount of air, which increases vata. And any food we eat undergoes slight fermentation, which produces gases. These gases, in the segmented colon, create flatulence, distension, and discomfort.

Here are some effective asanas to control flatulence. 


Vayu Nishkasana


Assume a squatting position, place fingers under the feet from the inside so that the palms are under the arch of the foot and the elbows are pressing against the inner side of the knees. Inhale and raise the head. Exhale, bring the head downwards and straighten the legs. Repeat ten times.


Leg-lock posture


Lie flat on the back, bend leg and bring the thigh near the chest interlock the fingers and place them over the knees. Inhale deeply and exhale. While retaining the breath outside, lift the head and touch the knee with the nose. Inhale slowly and return to supine position. Repeat 10 times with each leg.


Shashank asana


Sit in Vajra asana hold right wrist with left hand behind the back, exhaling slowly bend the trunk forward so that the forehead rest from the floor. Inhaling slowly come up.


Ginger remedy:  Grate some fresh ginger root until you have about 1 teaspoon of pulp, and add 1 teaspoon of lime juice. Take this mixture immediately after eating. 


Lemon juice remedy:  Another simple method to reduce excess gas is to stir 1 teaspoon lemon juice and ½ teaspoon baking soda into 1 cup cool water. Drink it down quickly, right after meals, for best results! (it forms carbon dioxide, which facilitates digestion).   


Cumin-fennel-celery seed mixture:  Prepare a mixture of roasted cumin, fennel, and ajwain seeds (Indian celery seed) in equal proportions. After each meal, take about ½ to 1 teaspoon of this mixture, chew well, and swallow with about 1/3 cup warm water. 


Herbal tablets:  Ayurveda also suggests the herbs shankavati and lasunadivati. These herbs are useful for an aching stomach and are helpful to reduce flatulence. Take 1 tablet at night for five days. 


Dietary guidelines:  Flatulence is mostly a vata condition, so following a vata-pacifying diet can help prevent it. Avoid raw foods, cold food and drinks, and most beans. Fermented foods also increase gases in the colon, so it's best to avoid them. 


Triphala:  Finally, it is helpful to take the herbal compound triphala. At night before going to bed, steep ½ to 1 teaspoon triphala in a cup of boiling hot water for 5 to 10 minutes, then drink it.


Following these instructions relating to these asanas and maintaining a proper food chart can help you fight flatulence successfully.

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