Ayurveda Medicine

DIY: Prepare your digestive powder / Hingvastak Choorna at home

Hingvastak Churna is one of the most effective remedy for digestive problems. Ayurveda Acharyas (disciples) used “Hingvastak Churna” to increase digestion and relieve indigestion in Ayurvedic practice. It soothes the gastrointestinal tract and increases digestive function. Hing is the major ingredient used to prepare this churna, which carries immense digestive boosting properties.

Hing means Asafoetida, which is the main ingredient and Ashta means 8 indicating that this product contains 8 ingredients. Churna means powder. This is also called as Ashta Churna.

The hingvastak powder helps to digest the body toxin (ama) and prevents its accumulation. Hingvastak Churna mainly contains very safe and easily available herbal spices.

Why proper digestion is important and how Hingvastak powder is helpful

Toxins get accumulated in the body for various reasons. Ayurveda refers accumulation of toxin as “ama” which is caused by food indigestion, which is an imbalance. Ama affects the immune power, causes imbalance in doshas and opens gate for diseases. Indigestion is the major cause of most of the diseases. Foods you consume should be healthy, fresh and easily digestible in time. Besides, indigestion should be addressed naturally.

What is Indigestion

Indigestion (dyspepsia) is a general term for pain or discomfort felt in the upper abdomen and under the ribs that usually occurs after a person has been eating or drinking. Indigestion and heartburn can occur together or on their own. Despite its name, heartburn has nothing to do with the heart. It causes when the food from the stomach travel back to esophagus, the food pipe and reach throat.

What happens if a valve at the top of the stomach doesn’t work properly? Most people have felt heartburn at one time or Indigestion affects nearly everyone at some point in their lives. It’s uncomfortable, but it’s usually not a serious health problem. If it happens often, you may have a more serious condition called GERD (gastro-esophageal reflux disease.) Left untreated, GERD can sometimes lead to other problems, including:

  • Inflammation and ulcers in the esophagus
  • Hoarseness
  • Lung disease
  • Barrett’s esophagus — a change in the lining of the esophagus that makes you more likely to get esophageal cancer.

Ingredients of Hingvastak Churna or Powder

In this article, we are going to see how to prepare this Hingvastak churna at home. This can be prepared at home easily by using ingredients available on kitchen shelves.  Here is a method of preparing “hingvastak powder or churna”.

Hing – This is the major ingredient in this Churna

Hing is known as an old culinary ingredient which is enriched with various healthy properties. Hing comes in two form, powder and resin. Extracted from the roots ferula, the spice is native to Afghanistan and Iran. Hing has enriching digestive properties and ease away all digestive issues in a short time. It is a common practice to use a pinch of hing in many cultures while cooking. While the raw hing smells unappetizing, it adds rich aroma, savory flavor and aids in digestion.

Dry ginger powder

Ginger is one of the healthiest spices on the planet. Ginger is very aromatic spice, which can be used fresh, dried, powdered, or as an oil or juice. Gingerol is the major substance in ginger, which has immense medicinal properties. Ginger is a typical natural digestive aid used for centuries.

Ajwain powder aka Carom

Carom seeds are quite common in Indian household. “Carom seeds help in maintaining and improving your digestive health”. Ajwain is used typically for all types of stomach discomfort from pain to indigestion. These are rich in vitamins, minerals, fiber and antioxidants. Above all these, it contains active enzymes which boost the digestive functions.

Long pepper powder

Long pepper (Pippali) is a very diverse essential, commonly used in the world of Ayurvedic medicine. It increases the digestive capability and burns toxins.

Black pepper powder

Black pepper is the fruit of the black pepper plant. Piperine is the major chemical compound, which is naturally present in black pepper, causes the spiciness, eases digestion and stimulates the secretion of stomach acids for digestion.

Cumin powder

Cumin is a great source of energy, vitamin, and minerals. It balances the body equilibrium. It also contains loads of protein and amino acids, carbohydrates. Besides, a decent amount of dietary fiber and a reasonable amount of fats & fatty acids are found in cumin. Thymol is the special compound in cumin, helps with digestion by preventing the formation of gas in the gastrointestinal tract.

Black cumin powder

Black cumin is one of the wonders of the Mother Nature. There is a popular saying, black cumin treats everything but death! In Ayurveda, black cumin is used to address various health ailments.

Rock salt

It is also known as “Halite”, which is a mineral of Sodium chloride. Rock salt is nothing but raw salt, off from chemical processes. It is packed with natural minerals. It is used for digestive disorders as it improves appetite, removes gas and soothes heartburn.

 

Preparation of Hingvastak Churna

Take 1 teaspoon of all the above-mentioned ingredients and mix it well. The prepared hingvastak powder can be stored in an airtight jar and can be stored for 6 months. Consume ¼ teaspoon of Hingvastak churna with the equal quantity of ghee (clarified butter) before consuming food, two times a day.  It is a boon for foodies who want to relish food without landing up in indigestion.

Benefits of Hingvastak churna

  • This herbal preparation is the mixture of salt, spice, and herbs.
  • Provide relief from gas, bloating, and spasms.
  • Very good to improves metabolism.
  • This medicine helps in reducing fat.
  • For improving appetite, digestion, and assimilation this is very good.
  • This medicine stimulates healthy and unobstructed peristalsis.
  • It balances downward moving energies.
  • Very effective in stomach infection, bloating, indigestion and abdominal pain.

This churna regulates apana vayu (vata responsible for moving downwards and eliminating stool, flatus, urine, menses and the fetus).

Note:

This article is composed for awareness and education purpose only. Visit the nearest Ayurveda doctor or practitioner for the proper dosage and prescription of the preparation for the better management.

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