The abdomen is called the magic box of the body. All is well but suddenly like the bolt from the blue, how it may strike a cruel blow which we may not be able to anticipate .One fine day you may experience pain and burning sensation in the stomach which may spread upwards to the throat there may be mild nausea, pain and distension all this may be due to unregulated and excessive production of hydrochloric acid which corrodes the inner lining of stomach and also the lower ends of oesophagus.
This may lead to peptic ulceration the pain and the condition is aggravated by rich spicy diet alcohol and smoking
The medical science and yoga are in accordance in recognizing peptic ulcer as psychosomatic disease. The lining of the stomach is extremely sensitive and is recorder of our emotional status. It blanches during fearful or threatening situation and blushes red when one is in rage and anger. Emotional tension and psychic stress factors are related to the digestive organ and gland via the sympathetic (solar plexus) and parasympathetic (vagus ) nerve path way.
Frequent irritation and stimulation of the mucosal lining results in excess release of hydrochloric acid, which irritates & scars the lining giving rise to auto-digestion which rise to corrosion & peptic ulceration.
Growing worries fear, & constant gastric acid secretion & turning over of the stomach, which causes the damaging effects which decreases the quality of life.
The yogic traditional understanding of the concept & mechanism of psychosomatic ailments is through the 5 layered human existence
The problem of psychosomatic or stress induced disorders, begin in the manomaya kosa or the mental body. The long standing uncontrolled surges of likes & dislikes which cannot be mended by the directives from vijnanamaya kosa (intellectual level) percolate into the pranamaya kosa (the vital energy body). The prana or energy layer becomes disturbed & violent, resulting in irregularities, manifesting as disturbed functions in the anandamaya or gross body. Some yogic practices which Provides therapeutic relief & cure.
Sitali & sitkari
Vaman dhouti with deep relaxation
Laghu shankhaprakshalana with deep relaxation
Ramesh was a thin man, easily irritated & restless came arogyadhama, Health Home, in Prashanti Kutiram, Jigni, Bangalore with complaints of upper abdomen pain, bloated feeling& loss of appetite, occasional vomiting. He was diagnosed to have Acid Peptic Disorder. He had tried a lot of medications & therapies. He had also tried Ayurvedic medicines & fasting. He hardly found much relief. He was encouraged to go through the Integrated Approach of Yoga Therapy, special techniques for Gastro Intestinal Disorders& especially for . After the first week he started feeling better, his appetite improved & he became more determined. At the end of the 2nd week, he was very confident, his gastric pains had almost ceased. He was off medications and he returned home a happy man, resolving to carry on the yoga practices regularly.
- Stand erect with the feet one foot apart and the palms on the hips.
- Push the pelvic region slightly forward, exhale and curve the trunk back so that the weight of the body is felt on the things and the toes.
- Raise the arms above the head and drop the hands on the floor. Immediately try to strengthen the arms at the elbows and rest the palms on the floor. If the elbows are not stretched immediately as the palms touch the floor, one is likely to bang the head.
- After securing the above position stretch the legs and arms straight.
- While learning the pose this way it is helpful to use a friend or a wall. Stand about there feet from a wall with your back to it. Curve the back and move the head towards the wall. Raise the arms over the head and rest the palms on the wall. Push the pelvis forward so that the body weight is felt on the thighs and move the palms down the wall until you touch the floor. Use the wall for coming up in a similar manner. After mastering this, only use the wall until you are half-way up. Then learn to do the asana in the middle of the room.