Gastritis is a broad term for inflammation or irritation of the inner lining (mucosa) of the stomach.
In Ayurveda, this condition is known as urdhvaga Amalpitta. You are prone to this disease, if you have pitta body constitution, according to Ayurveda.
1. prolonged irritation from the use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like Aspirin, Ibufren
2. infection with the bacteria Helicobactor Pilori
3. an autoimmune disorder
4. degeneration of the lining of the stomach from age,
5. chronic bile reflux.
6. Physical stress from flu, major surgery, severe burns, or injuries.
7. Bad dietary habit and lifestyle
Signs and Symptoms
• Upper abdominal pain, possibly aggravated by eating
• Abdominal indigestion
• Loss of appetite
• Vomiting blood or coffee-ground like material
• Dark stools
You can take almost all foods in moderation except chilies, spices and sour food. Avoid chilies, meat soups and extractives, tamarind and unripe citrus fruits such as orange, sweet- lime etc. Restrict the use of garlic, ginger, coriander (dhania), and cumin seeds (jeera). Avoid papad, chutney or pickles. You can use ghee in cooking as pacifies pitta. However, restrict the fried food and recycled cooking oil, as they are difficult to digest. Restrict the intake of salt as it irritates the stomach lining. Bland diet such as khichdi, that contains cooked rice and dal, is perhaps the best diet in gastritis. Always prefer the old rice that has been preserved for one year. A snack of small meal every three hours does the trick in most of the cases.
Milk has always been known to relieve pain in the peptic ulcer. Always choose milk instead of coffee or tea.
Caffeine found in coffee and tea, some soft drinks, chocolate and many medications increase stomach acid. Avoiding these substances can therefore, aid in the healing of gastritis.
In some individuals, food allergies of intolerance may cause gastritis. If you are suspecting food sensitivity of allergy, you should consider discussing an allergy elimination programme with your physician.
When helicobacter causes gastritis, free radical levels rise in the stomach lining. These unstable molecules contribute to inflammation of gastric damage.
Vitamin C, an antioxidant that helps squelch free radical molecules, is low in the stomach juice of people with chronic gastritis. This is the reason, some of the vitamin C rich fruits, such as Amla are found to be helpful in gastritis. There is some evidence that the antioxidant beta-carotene may also reduce free radical damage in the stomach, and eating foods such as carrots, that are high in carotene, has been linked to a decreased risk of developing chronic atrophic gastritis.
Moreover, people with active gastritis have been reported to have low levels of beta-carotene in their stomach. Combining vitamin C rich foods and carotene food lead to improvement in most people with chronic atrophic gastritis.
Avoid tobacco. Smoking damages the mucous membrane and may even increase acid secretion. Smoking also causes pyloric incompetence and reflux of duodenal juice into the stomach. Tobacco chewing causes shedding of the stomach lining and may have a role in the production of gastritis.
Avoid alcohol. Alcohol inhibits the secretion of the protective prostaglandin, thereby causing gastritis.
Many medications, such as aspirin and related drugs, can induce or aggravate stomach irritation. People with a history of gastritis should never take asprin or aspirin kike drugs without first discussing the matter with their doctor.
Mental tension is usually associtated with gastritis. Frustrations and inner resentment regarding matters connected with the family or palace of work not only predisposes you to gastritis, but also contributes to the perpetuation of symptoms and subsequent recurrences.
1. Licorice root (Yesthimadhu in Nepali) has been traditionally used to soothe inflammation and injury in the stomach. It also stalls the growth of Helicobacter pylori. Take one teaspoonful of this powder and mix with half a teaspoonful of pure ghee and one teaspoonful of pure honey. Take this medicine twice daily on an empty stomach, once in the morning before breakfast and once in the afternoon before tea when the stomach is nearly empty.
2- If you are having constipation along with gastritis, then Avipattikar choorna is the medicine of choice. Take two teaspoonfuls at bedtime. This neutralizes the acid, stimulates the liver, and thus works as a laxative.
3. Asparagus racemosus (shataavari or kurilo) is a refrigerant and antispasmodic. It allays internal heat. Several studies have demonstrated that the root of this plant is an effective drug in hyperacidity. Mineral contents, which are biochemically important for the human system, were found in significant concentration in different parts of the herb. This powder should be taken three to six grams, twice daily.
4- Emblica officanalis (amla) is found useful in dyspepsia, burning sensation, anorexia, vomiting and heaemorrhage. You can take this in powder form, two teaspoonfuls four times a day.
5- Dhaatri loha, Sootasekhara rasa, Sukumaara ghrita, etc. are some of the Ayurveda medicines that are prescribed commonly to treat gastritis. Always consult your physician before using them.
Drugs for Gastritis:
- Avipattikar Churna
- Kaudi (kapardaka) Bhasma
- Kamadugha Rasa
- Pravala Bhasma
- Sootashekhara Rasa
- Muktashukti Bhasma
- Moti Bhasma
- Laghu Sootashekhara Rasa
Patent Drug For Gastritis
AVIPATTIKAR CHURNA (GORKHA AYURVED)
Doses & administration : Adult : 2 teaspoonful three times a day. Children: Half of the adult dose or as directed by the physician. To be taken orally in an empty stomach preferably with milk.
Paschimottanasana, Ardhamatsyendrasana, Vajrasana, Suptavajrasana, Makarasana, Pawanamuktasana, Halasana, Uddiyanabandh and Angnisar Paranayam and Kunjal are very useful postures for gastritis.