Chronic Gastritis

Gastritis means inflammation of the mucus lining of the stomach. Patients suffering from chronic Gastritis feel uneasy and uncomfortable during most of the day, and might also experience a persistent feeling of weakness.

Causes

The main causative factors of chronic Gastritis include excessive consumption of alcohol, tobacco, caffeine, sour, spicy, acidic foods and white flour products. Stress, anger and exposure to heat also lead to the aggravation of this condition.

Symptoms

         Indigestion (dyspepsia)

         Abdominal pain

         Hiccups

         Nausea

         Vomiting

         Dark stools

         Heartburn

         Loss of appetite

Ayurvedic View

In Ayurveda, the condition of Chronic Gastritis is known as Urdhvaga Amla Pitta. It is primarily caused by an aggravation of Pitta Dosha (Ayurvedic humor representing Fire), which happens due to improper dietary habits and excessive consumption of alcohol or tobacco. Aggravated Pitta impairs the body鈥檚 digestive fire, leading to improper digestion of food and production of ama (toxins). Due to aggravated Pitta, this ama becomes heating in nature. This heating ama gets accumulated in the body and increases the levels of gases in the stomach, causing the condition of Gastritis.

Ayurvedic treatment of Chronic Gastritis involves the reduction of aggravated body energies and the restoration of the digestive fire using cooling herbal preparations and Pitta-pacifying diet. Ayurvedic techniques of reducing tension and stress are also proven to be effective in treating this condition.

Diet & Lifestyle Advice

         Patients suffering from Gastritis should fast for one or two days.

         They may be given warm water or juicy fruits such as grapes, apples, oranges, water melons, etc. during these days.

         The main idea is to detoxify the stomach by flushing out toxins.

         Stay away from coffee and carbonated or alcoholic beverages.

         Avoid processed and fermented foods.

         Also avoid rich gravies, sour, salty, and spicy foods.

         Do some amount of exercising daily; practicing Pranayama can be helpful.

         Drink at least 8-9 glasses of water in a day. Water will relax the stomach and clear all the toxins accumulated inside.

Home Remedies

         Chew 2-3 small pieces of ginger with salt before each meal. This will give fast relief from the uneasiness caused by gastritis.

         Have 1 glassfull of buttermilk with 1/8 teaspoonful each of roasted cumin seeds powder and dried ginger powder with your breakfast and lunch. Mix 2 tablespoon of coriander leaf juice, 录 teaspoonful roasted cumin seeds powder and 2-3 pinches of rock salt to 1 glass of water. Have this juice twice a day.

         Take equal amount of (6 grams of each ) sonth, kalimirch (black pepper), pippal (long pepper). Grind to a fine powder and add 1 gm of asafetida and 2 gm of rock salt (sendha namak) in the mix. Add few drop of water and make paste of thin consistency. Warm the paste mildly and apply on the stomach. Remove this after 2 hours.