Hyperacidity: An Ayurvedic Case Study

Hyperacidity: An Ayurvedic Case Study

By Vaidya Vishwanath August 05, 2021


The following case study from Vaidya VIshwanath tells how one person was able to reverse hyperacidity using Ayurvedic principles. In Ayurveda, Amlapitta is directly correlated to hyperacidity. Amla means sour and pitta means acid. Basically, it is a diet and lifestyle disorder prevalent all over the world. It is mainly caused by eating an excess of spicy and fried foods, irregular eating times, consuming excess water after a meal and stress.

 This health condition has been mentioned in classical texts like Caraka Samhita, Susruta Samhita and Ashtangahridayam. In general, the person who is suffering from hyperacidity develops the following symptoms:

  • Heartburn
  • Bitter or sour belching
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Throat irritation
  • Abdominal distention
  • Aversion towards food
  • Mild chest pain
  • Flatulence
  • Poor appetite
  • Tiredness

In this case study, Dr Vishwanath included the client's lifestyle history as well as food habits, sleep, and exercise.

 Female age 34 years presented with the following symptoms: -

  • Amlodgar (eructation with sour taste)
  • Shirashula (headache)
  • Urodaha (burning sensation in chest region)
  • Utklesha (nausea)
  • Agnimandya (loss of appetite)
  • Aruchi (loss of taste)
  • Adhmana (abdominal distension)

She had been suffering from the above symptoms for one year and has no other major health problems.

Ayurvedic Examination

  • Pulse – 76/min
  • Blood pressure – 126/80 mmhg
  • Cardiovascular system – Normal
  • Central Nervous system – Normal
  • Respiratory system – Normal
  • Abdomen examination – Epigastric and periumbilical tenderness.
  • Jivha (tongue) – Sama (with toxins)
  • Mala -Mutra Pravrutti (urine and stool) – Normal
  • Prakruti (body constitution) – Pittapradhana vata
  • Bala (strength) – medium
  • Jatharagni (digestive fire) – Mandagni (poor)

 In this condition, imbalanced or vitiated pitta and kapha dosha are the key factors responsible for the whole pathological process.


 Pathya – Wholesome Regimen vs. Apathya – Unwholesome Regimen

With this treatment I asked the client not to consume food or drinks that are amla (sour), lavana (salty), and katu (spicy). I also instructed her to avoid lentils, beans, deep fried foods, fast food, junk food and bakery products. And advised to eat at regular times, and not engage in divaswapna (daytime sleep), ratri jagarana (awake late at night) or manasik vyatha (mental stress).


 Herbal Supplements


Benefits of Herbs

These herbs help to detox excess kapha and pitta dosha from the body and support the reduction of inflammation, burning sensation and pain within the gastrointestinal track. These herbs will also help nausea, abdominal distension and improve appetite and taste.  

 After following the above treatment for one week, the pain and burning sensation stopped and all other symptoms reduced. Gradually during four weeks of treatment, all symptoms had disappeared completely. Amlapitta was healed and there were no adverse effects seen during the whole program.

 We recommend an Ayurvedic health consultation to heal your Amlapitta. When indigestion and the symptoms of hyperacidity are chronic, your best option is to enlist the expertise of an Ayurvedic vaidya. An in-depth Ayurvedic health consultation offers you a fresh look at your condition and helps you understand the root cause and prescribe the right protocol.


Kottakkal is committed to offering the highest quality Ayurvedic Healthcare. We offer two ways to have an Ayurvedic consultation. 1. Free 15-minute Consultation with our Ayurvedic practitioner, Julie Wardwell for when you need a product recommendation for a basic health problem. 2. In-depth Consultation with our Ayurvedic doctor, Vaidya Vishwanath Guddadar for when your condition is chronic with multiple symptoms.

Disclaimer: These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Kottakkal Ayurveda products and information are not intended for use in the diagnosis, treatment, cure, or prevention of any disease. If you have serious, acute, or chronic health problems, please consult a trained health professional. If you are seeking the advice of a trained Ayurvedic professional, call (800) 215-9934 or email us at We will provide you with information to consult with Ayurvedic professionals. Always check with your doctor before taking herbs when pregnant or nursing.



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Vaidya Vishwanath grew up in Pune, India which is hub of traditional Ayurvedic gurukul teachings, following the principles of Ayurveda as part of his culture. He has dedicated his career over the past 1 ½ decades to the science of Ayurveda. Vaidya Vishwanath received his bachelor’s degree in Ayurvedic medicines and surgery after completing five and a half years of training from Bangalore University. He is specialist in panchakarma (Physical and Mental Purification Therapy) and preventive cardiology. He has completed his post graduate diploma in panchakarma and preventive cardiology from Pune, India. He is also certified spine health specialist from Maharashtra university of health sciences, Nashik, India.

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