It is common for many of us to face a burning sensation in stomach and chest at times. This is in most cases due to excessive secretion of acidic material in the stomach. This in medical terms referred as acidity or gastritis. In Ayurvedic terminology, this is referred as amlapitta, amla meas the super sour taste and Pitta is the Dosha. This means there is excessive secretion of Pitta Dosha (one of the three doshas) in the stomach.
There are several factors that lead to the acidity or amlapitta in the body like a poor or imbalanced diet, heavy smoking, weak immune system, stress etc. When there is acidity problem in the body, it is denoted by many symptoms like loss of appetite, burning sensation in chest, stomach, nausea, indigestion, abdominal bloating, etc.
When the Pitta Dosha is disturbed from its normal state by taking viruddha bhojan (incompatible food), vikrita bhojan (stale food), ati amla (too much sour, spicy food), vidahi (decayed) and other food that is harmful to pitta dosha like fried, fermented food, smoking, alcohol etc, then the aggravated Pitta Dosha takes seat in stomach and produces Amlapitta or hyperacidity.
No matter how big or small the symptoms are, amlapitta should never be ignored because if not given proper treatment at the right time, it can lead to severe health problems. Luckily there are many remedies for acidity but the best remedy is using Ayurveda herbal remedy. The traditional Ayurveda medicines are used quite frequently for curing acidity. Ayurveda uses herbs like English mallow, Ginger, Meadowsweet, Chamomile, Amla (Indian Gooseberry), Licorice, etc. for treating gastritis or acidity. Apart from these Ayurveda herbal medicines, dietary restrictions, different home remedies, water treatments are also used for Amlapitta treatment. Nowadays in the market you will find a variety of Ayurvedic medicines made using these herbs but it is always better to consult a professional practitioner.