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Ayurvedic Management of Nausea


Nausea is a common symptom characterized by an unpleasant sensation of queasiness, discomfort, and the urge to vomit. It can be caused by various factors, such as motion sickness, pregnancy, certain medical conditions, or as a side effect of medications. Ayurveda, the ancient Indian system of medicine, offers a holistic approach to managing nausea by addressing the underlying imbalances in the body, promoting digestive health, reducing inflammation, and supporting overall well-being.

What is Nausea?

Nausea refers to a feeling of unease and discomfort in the stomach that often precedes vomiting. It is commonly associated with various conditions, such as indigestion, motion sickness, pregnancy, infections, and side effects of certain medications or treatments.

Ayurvedic View:

According to Ayurveda, nausea is primarily caused by an imbalance in the Agni (digestive fire) and the accumulation of toxins (ama) in the body. Imbalanced Agni can lead to impaired digestion and the formation of undigested toxins, causing nausea. Ayurvedic treatment aims to balance the Agni, promote healthy digestion, reduce inflammation, and support overall well-being.


The causes of nausea can vary, but common factors include:

– Digestive disturbances, such as indigestion, gastritis, or food poisoning
– Motion sickness or traveling
– Pregnancy and hormonal changes
– Anxiety, stress, or emotional factors
– Certain medical conditions, such as gastroenteritis or migraines
– Side effects of medications or treatments, such as chemotherapy


The primary symptom of nausea is a feeling of queasiness and discomfort in the stomach, often accompanied by an urge to vomit. Other symptoms may include:

– Loss of appetite
– Excessive salivation
– Sweating
– Dizziness or lightheadedness
– Weakness or fatigue
– Increased heart rate

Ayurvedic Treatment Approach:

Ayurvedic management of nausea involves a comprehensive approach to address the underlying imbalances, promote healthy digestion, reduce inflammation, and support overall well-being. The treatment approach includes:

Diet and Lifestyle Modifications:

– Follow a balanced diet with easily digestible foods, such as cooked vegetables, soups, and light grains.
– Avoid heavy, fried, and spicy foods that may aggravate digestion.
– Eat small, frequent meals to avoid excessive hunger or fullness.
– Stay hydrated by drinking warm water, herbal teas, or ginger-infused water.
– Practice stress reduction techniques, such as meditation, deep breathing exercises, and gentle yoga.
– Avoid triggers, such as strong odors, excessive heat, or excessive motion.

Herbal Remedies:

– Ayurvedic herbs like Ginger (Zingiber officinale), Peppermint (Mentha piperita), Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare), and Cardamom (Elettaria cardamomum) are commonly used to promote digestion, reduce inflammation, and alleviate nausea. These herbs can be taken as prescribed by an Ayurvedic practitioner.

Panchakarma Therapy:

– Panchakarma, a set of Ayurvedic detoxification procedures, may be recommended to eliminate toxins, balance the doshas, and support overall well-being. Specific treatments like Virechana (purgation) or Nasya (nasal administration of herbal oils) may be advised based on the individual’s condition.

Home Remedies:

– Sip on ginger tea or chew on a small piece of fresh ginger to alleviate nausea.
– Drink mint or fennel tea to soothe the digestive system.
– Apply a cool compress or breathe in soothing aromas, such as lavender or peppermint essential oil, to reduce discomfort.


Nausea is a common symptom that can be caused by various factors. Ayurveda offers a holistic approach to manage nausea by addressing the underlying imbalances, promoting healthy digestion, reducing inflammation, and supporting overall well-being. By incorporating diet and lifestyle modifications, herbal remedies, practicing panchakarma therapy, and utilizing home remedies, Ayurvedic management aims to alleviate nausea symptoms. It is important to consult with a qualified healthcare professional for an accurate diagnosis and appropriate medical care for persistent or severe nausea.

Dr. Ram Mani Bhandari
Dr. Ram Mani Bhandari


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