Nausea And Vomiting

nausea and vomiting

In today’s fast-paced world, where stress and unhealthy lifestyle choices have become the norm, finding holistic approaches to health is more crucial than ever. One ancient system that continues to offer profound insights into well-being is Ayurveda, a traditional Indian system of medicine.


Ayurveda, often referred to as the “science of life,” holds a unique perspective on various health issues, including nausea and vomiting. Rooted in the balance of three doshas – Vata, Pitta, and Kapha – Ayurveda sees these symptoms as signals of underlying imbalances in the body.

Understanding Nausea & Vomiting

Nausea and vomiting constitute the most prevalent disorders of the digestive system, often signaling a sudden disruption in its normal functioning. While certain vomiting cases necessitate medical intervention, the body typically expels undesirable substances through vomiting as a natural mechanism to find relief. Frequent vomiting is uncommon, and instances of chronic vomiting are usually indicative of an underlying medical condition. The act of vomiting serves as the body’s communicative response to signify an abrupt disturbance in the digestive system, prompting attention to the potential presence of an associated ailment. Understanding the nuanced nature of vomiting helps discern between situations requiring medical attention and those instances where the body self-regulates to expel irritants and restore digestive equilibrium.

Ayurvedic Perspective on Digestion

In Ayurveda, digestion is viewed as a crucial aspect of overall health, and nausea and vomiting are interpreted as signals of imbalances within the digestive system. According to Ayurvedic principles, proper digestion involves the harmonious functioning of the digestive fire, known as “Agni.” Nausea and vomiting are considered expressions of aggravated or diminished Agni, indicating an accumulation of toxins (ama) or undigested substances in the body. This disruption in Agni can be caused by various factors, including incompatible food combinations, dietary indiscretions, or an imbalance in the doshas (Vata, Pitta, and Kapha). The emphasis is on identifying and addressing the root cause of the digestive disturbance to promote long-term wellness rather than merely alleviating symptoms. Ayurveda recognizes the interconnectedness of the digestive system with overall health, considering both physical and energetic aspects in its approach to maintaining optimal well-being.

Causes of Nausea & Vomiting in Ayurveda

In Ayurveda, nausea and vomiting are attributed to various factors, often indicative of imbalances in the doshas (Vata, Pitta, and Kapha) and disturbances in the digestive fire (Agni). These factors can include:

  • Imbalanced Doshas: When any of the doshas are aggravated or imbalanced, it can disrupt the normal digestive processes, leading to nausea and vomiting. For example, excess Pitta dosha may result in acidity and inflammation in the digestive tract.
  • Weak Digestive Fire (Mandagni): A weakened Agni can lead to improper digestion, causing the accumulation of undigested food or toxins (ama). This accumulation may trigger nausea as the body attempts to expel these substances.
  • Incompatible Food Combinations (Viruddha Ahara): Consuming incompatible food combinations, according to Ayurveda, can disturb the digestive system and lead to nausea. For instance, combining dairy with certain fruits or proteins may create digestive imbalances.
  • Emotional Factors (Manasika Dosha): Stress, anxiety, and emotional disturbances can affect the balance of doshas and Agni, influencing digestion. Emotional factors play a significant role in Ayurveda, impacting both physical and mental well-being.
  • Toxic Overload (Ama): The accumulation of ama, undigested food particles, or toxins in the body can lead to nausea and vomiting. This may result from poor dietary habits, weak digestion, or a sedentary lifestyle.
  • Seasonal Influences: Ayurveda recognizes the impact of seasonal changes on the body, and certain seasons or weather conditions can contribute to digestive disturbances that manifest as nausea and vomiting.
  • Infections or Diseases (Rogas): Underlying infections or diseases affecting the gastrointestinal tract can disrupt normal digestive functions, leading to symptoms like nausea and vomiting.

How Nausea & Vomiting occur?

Vomiting in Ayurveda is perceived as a sequential process initiated by frequent exposure to causative factors that disrupt digestion. This continuous exposure leads to improper digestion, causing a reduction in digestive power and an elongation of the normal digestion time. Consequently, undigested food accumulates in the intestines, imposing a load on the digestive system. Despite this burden, continued food intake exacerbates the situation, resulting in the accumulation of food in the stomach. To alleviate this strain due to impaired digestion, the body initiates a process of eliminating excess food. Nausea sets in as the stomach closes its end near the intestine and undergoes rapid movements. The digestive system responds by excreting more liquid, such as salivation, facilitating the expulsion of liquidized food through the mouth against gravity, ultimately leading to the act of vomiting. This Ayurvedic perspective underscores the importance of maintaining digestive balance to prevent the progression of factors that culminate in the manifestation of vomiting.

Ayurvedic Remedies 

A. Conditions when treatment for Nausea & Vomiting should be avoided

In Ayurveda, there are certain conditions or situations when treatment for nausea and vomiting should be avoided. These include:

  • Vomiting due to excess Dosha: When Pitta or Kapha are excess in stomach, then body normally starts to remove it through vomiting. At such time, anyone should avoid medication. Otherwise, excess dosha remains in digestive tract and leads to various chronic disorders. When all dosha get’s eliminated, then vomiting stops by it’s own.
  • Dehydration: If nausea and vomiting have led to significant dehydration, immediate rehydration measures may be necessary before administering specific Ayurvedic treatments. Severe dehydration can compromise the effectiveness and safety of certain remedies.
  • Severe Medical Conditions: Underlying severe medical conditions, such as gastrointestinal bleeding, organ failure, or infections requiring urgent medical attention, may necessitate conventional medical intervention. Ayurvedic treatments can complement but should not replace timely and appropriate medical care in critical situations.
  • Pregnancy: During pregnancy, especially in the first trimester, caution is advised when using certain Ayurvedic remedies for nausea and vomiting. Pregnant individuals should consult with a qualified Ayurvedic practitioner or healthcare provider before initiating any treatment.
  • Individual Allergies or Sensitivities: Some Ayurvedic herbs or formulations may not be suitable for individuals with allergies or sensitivities. It is essential to ensure that the chosen remedies do not trigger adverse reactions in specific individuals.
  • Unsupervised Self-Treatment: Attempting self-treatment without proper guidance from a qualified Ayurvedic practitioner can be risky. Ayurvedic treatments should be personalized based on an individual’s constitution, doshic imbalances, and specific health conditions. Unsupervised self-administration may lead to inappropriate remedies or dosages.
  • Chronic or Recurrent Symptoms: If nausea and vomiting are chronic or recurrent, it is crucial to investigate and address the underlying causes. Ayurvedic treatment should be part of a comprehensive approach that includes identifying and managing the root causes of persistent symptoms.
  • Drug Interactions: Individuals taking prescription medications should be cautious about potential interactions between Ayurvedic remedies and pharmaceutical drugs. Consultation with a healthcare professional, including an Ayurvedic practitioner, is advisable to ensure compatibility and safety.

B. Ayurvedic medicines for Nausea & Vomiting

In Ayurveda, several herbal remedies and formulations are traditionally used to address nausea and vomiting. It’s important to note that the choice of specific remedies may vary based on the individual’s constitution, doshic imbalances, and the underlying causes of nausea and vomiting. Here are some commonly used Ayurvedic medicines for these symptoms:
  • Ginger: Ginger is well-known for its anti-nausea properties. Consuming ginger tea or fresh ginger slices may help alleviate nausea and vomiting. It is also available in powdered or capsule form.
  • Haritaki: Haritaki is a rejuvenating herb that is used to improve digestion and alleviate digestive issues. It is available in powder or capsule form and may be used under the guidance of an Ayurvedic practitioner.
  • Triphala: Triphala is a combination of three fruits—amalaki, bibhitaki, and haritaki. It is known for its digestive benefits and can be taken in powder or tablet form to support overall digestive health.
  • Dried Fennel Seeds: Fennel seeds are often chewed after meals to aid digestion and prevent nausea. They have carminative properties that can help reduce bloating and discomfort.
  • Licorice: Licorice is used in Ayurveda for its soothing properties on the digestive system. It may help relieve inflammation and discomfort associated with nausea.
  • Peppermint: Peppermint is known for its calming effects on the digestive tract. Peppermint tea or oil may be used to alleviate nausea and vomiting.

Dietary recommendation for Nausea & Vomiting

A. During Nausea and Vomiting:

  1. Fasting or Light Diet: During acute episodes, Ayurveda suggests fasting or consuming a very light diet to allow the digestive system to rest. This may include clear broths, herbal teas, or boiled rice with a pinch of ginger.
  2. Ginger Tea: Ginger is renowned for its anti-nausea properties. Consuming ginger tea or ginger-infused water can help alleviate nausea. Avoid adding excessive spices during this period.
  3. Hydration: Staying hydrated is crucial during nausea and vomiting. Sip on small amounts of room temperature water or herbal teas to prevent dehydration.
  4. Avoid Heavy and Difficult-to-Digest Foods: Stay away from heavy, oily, and difficult-to-digest foods during episodes of nausea. These can exacerbate digestive discomfort.

B. After Nausea and Vomiting:

  1. Start with Easily Digestible Foods: Gradually reintroduce easily digestible foods like rice, well-cooked vegetables, and mung dal (split yellow lentils). These foods are gentle on the digestive system.
  2. Warm and Well-Spiced Foods: Favor warm, cooked meals with mild spices. Include digestive spices like cumin, coriander, and fennel to enhance digestion without overwhelming the system.
  3. Rehydration: Focus on rehydration by consuming electrolyte-rich fluids such as diluted fruit juices, coconut water, or herbal teas. Avoid overly cold or icy beverages.
  4. Avoid Raw and Cold Foods: Steer clear of raw and cold foods as they can strain digestion. Opt for warm, cooked meals to support the digestive fire (Agni).
  5. Small, Frequent Meals: Instead of large meals, opt for smaller, more frequent meals to avoid overloading the digestive system. This approach aids in gradual recovery.
  6. Avoid Overeating: Resist the temptation to overeat after nausea and vomiting. Allow the digestive system to fully recover by eating in moderation.
  7. Ayurvedic Herbal Teas: Herbal teas with digestive herbs like mint, fennel, and coriander can be beneficial in the post-recovery phase.


Ayurveda is personalized medicine, considering individual constitutions. While general principles apply, personalized recommendations yield the best results.

Yes, Ayurveda can complement modern medicine. Consultation with healthcare providers ensures a holistic approach to digestive health.

Specific Ayurvedic remedies are safe for pregnant women but should be used under the guidance of a qualified Ayurvedic practitioner.

 Results vary, but consistent adherence to Ayurvedic practices often leads to noticeable improvements within a few weeks.

Ayurveda encompasses both. While herbal remedies play a role, lifestyle changes, including diet and routine adjustments, are crucial for lasting well-being

Uniqueness of our therapies  

At Arogya Mandir – Shri Siddhanath Ayurvedic Hospital, Miraj, we delve deeply into the ayurvedic examination of each patient. Utilizing noninvasive Ayurvedic diagnostic tools such as Ashtavidha Parikshan and Nadi Parikshan, we precisely determine the pathogenesis of the disease and then prescribe therapies tailored to the specific condition. This approach leads to expedited results.

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– Authenticated procedures for each therapy.
– Judicious use of herbal medicines and instruments during the therapy sessions.
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