Ayurvedic Heartburn and Acidity Remedies and Cures: Jaggery
You use jaggery to treat heartburn and acidity by sucking a small lump in the mouth until it dissolves and then repeat this treatment every hour until the acidity has passed. I think that this must be one of the most enjoyable Ayurvedic treatments for heartburn and acidity that I’ve found since jaggery is an unrefined sugar, although it does look a little different to the sugar that I’m used to! It also goes by other names and is often known as gud or gur.
Ayurvedic texts provide details of the nutritional properties and health benefits of jaggery and the jaggery used in Ayurvedic medicine is made from palms rather than sugar cane. Jaggery is absorbed more slowly than and is more wholesome and nutritious than refined sugar and it is traditionally made by boiling raw palm sap in a large shallow round bottom pan.
Jaggery contains 28 grams of mineral salts per kilo and is rich in iron and other vitamins and minerals such as Magnesium, Potassium, Calcium, Selenium, Manganese and Zinc; by comparison refined white sugar has around 0.3 grams.
The reason jaggery is good for heartburn is due to the high potassium and low sodium that it contains so it helps maintain balance. It is also considered to be a purifier which can clear and cleanse your stomach and is also good for treating bile disorders.
Jaggery is also consider good for your lungs and is considered helpful for asthmatics. It is also used by workers who work in dusty or smoky conditions to clear their windpipes. It is also a treatment for headaches and migraines and the high iron content mean it can be used for the treatment on anemia.
Jaggery can be purchased online from a number of different sources if you would like to try using it as a home remedy. You can of course also use in cooking.