Celiac disease is also termed as celiac sprue or gluten sensitive enteropathy. It is an autoimmune digestive disorder where you have an allergy to foods containing gluten. Gluten is a kind of protein found in grains. But, people with celiac disease react only to the gluten present in wheat, barley and rye.
Foods containing gluten are oats, semolina, pastas, bread, pastries, noodles, pizzas, biscuits, etc.
Earlier the cases of celiac disease were very low in India compared to western countries. But in recent years, it has been doubling every 20 years. It is more prevalent in North India where wheat is the staple food compared to the South. It is not clear whether the increase is because of disease awareness or using genetically modified wheat varieties.
Your body’s immune system reacts to the gluten present in your ingested diet leading to the damage to the villus of your intestine. But, the cause of this reaction is not known clearly.
Symptoms of Celiac Disease
- Pain in the abdomen.
- Stomach bloating.
- Weight loss.
- Skin rashes.
- Tingling sensation in hands and legs.
- Decreased absorption causes anaemia and weak bones.
According to Ayurveda, Celiac disease can be categorised under Grahani caused due to abnormality in the agni (digestive power) of an individual. The following measures are helpful:
- Drink freshly prepared well-churned buttermilk spiced with cumin, ginger and curry leaves regularly. This will improve your agni as well as enhance absorption also.
- Avoid heavy, fermented, oily foods and foods containing gluten.
- Eat light and easily digestible foods like rice porridge, gruel, and green gram soups. Once your digestive capacity increase, slowly start introducing solid foods.
- Drink water boiled with cumin, coriander seeds and ginger powder.
- Eat bael fruit and pomegranate regularly.
- Medicines like pravala panchamrit, Kutaja, Bilwa, Musta, Grahani kapata rasa, Musta, Dadimashtaka churna, etc are useful.