Chronic Gastritis

Chronic-Gastritis

Gastritis is characterized by inflammation, irritation or erosion of the mucus lining of the stomach. Patients suffering from chronic Gastritis may experience sudden or gradual uneasiness and discomfort in the stomach and feel weakness.

Causes

Chronic Gastritis is caused by irritation in the stomach due to excessive consumption of alcohol, tobacco, caffeine, acidic, sour and spicy foods and white flour products. Stress, anger, anti-inflammatory drugs and exposure to heat may also lead to this condition.

Symptoms

  • Indigestion or upset stomach
  • Abdominal bloating and pain
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Hiccups
  • Black stools
  • Heartburn
  • Loss of appetite

Ayurvedic View

Known as Urdhvaga Amla Pitta in Ayurveda, Gastritis is caused by an aggravation of Pitta Dosha and attributes to improper dietary habits and consumption of alcohol. It affects the digestive fire leading to loss of appetite and indigestion. Ayurvedic treatment of Chronic Gastritis is focused on controlling the aggravated body energies and the re-establishing digestive fire using cooling herbal preparations and diet changes.

Diet & Lifestyle Advice

  • Fasting once or twice a week.
  • Consume warm water and juicy fruits like oranges, water melons, grapes and apples.
  • Cut on coffee and alcohol intake.
  • Avoid processed foods.
  • Avoid rich gravies and spicy foods.
  • Exercising and Pranayama are helpful in Gastritis.
  • Drink 8-9 glasses of water in a day.

Home Remedies

  • Chew small pieces of ginger with salt before meal.
  • Take a glass-full of buttermilk and add a pinch of roasted cumin seeds powder and dried ginger powder. Take with breakfast and lunch.
  • Mix coriander leaf juice, roasted cumin seeds and rock salt to 1 glass of water. Consume twice a day.