Gastritis

Gastritis is a chronic or acute inflammation of the mucous membrane of the stomach that results in the impairment of the secretions leading to indigestion, burning and discomfort. In ayurveda it is known as Urdhvaga amlapitta.
In most gastritis conditions H. pylori is implicated as the primary cause. Ayurveda theory looks at infection as more of a host problem than a virus or bacteria condition. Ayurveda considers gastritis to be the result of a build up of toxins and impurities that creates the ground for mucosal irritation.
Cause of Gastritis in Ayurveda

  • Vitiation of Pitta dosha
  • Eating of incompatible food combinations
  • Consumption of spoiled foods,
  • Excessive intake of alcohol
  • Bacterial or viral infection
  • Irregular or excessive eating
  • Consumption of very sour / acidic foods or liquids
  • Improper sleeping and eating habits
  • Stress and disruption of natural biological cycles

Symptoms of Gastritis

  • inflammation of the lining of the stomach
  • Indigestion
  • Exhaustion
  • Nausea
  • Belching with bitter or sour taste,
  • Heaviness
  • Loss of appetite
  • Burning sensation in the chest and throat.

Ayurvedic Treatments for Gastritis

Ayurvedic treatments for gastritis will start with the panchakarma treatments to cleanse the toxins that have accumulated in the human system. Ayurveda feels that the human system has lost the hamony and balance of the doshas due to accumulation of toxins in the human body. Panchakarma treatments for gastritis will ensure the elimination of toxins; this will be followed by rasayana treatments including intake of oral medicines. Ayurvedic treatments for gastritis will also include a diet regime.

Ayurvedic Remedies for Gastritis

  • Avoid alcoholic drinks completely
  • Avoid sour, spicy and pungent items like curd
  • Drink milk every day
  • Take a long morning walk every day.
  • Eat soft or light diet at regular intervals
  • Reduce mental and physical strain.
  • Medicated gee and coconut is ideal for gastric patients.
Ayurveda Treatment for Gastric & Gastritis

Gastric Ulcer is divided in to various types in ayurveda, depending on the particular dosha in a person and treatments will hence vary with each individual. Whereas medicated enema of sesame, oil and asparagus oil are recommended for the "Vata" type, medicated enema is done with the use of cassia fistula and amalaki for the pita type. In the kapha dosha type, induced vomiting is prescribed using sugarcane juice or salt-water.

Ayurvedic treatments for gastritis include herbal preparations made from medicinal herbs. These medicinal herbs are very effective in the treatment of gastritis. English mallow, Indian gooseberry, licorice, slippery elms are some of the medicinal herbs used in the preparation of herbal medicines for gastritis treatment.

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