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Gastritis

Gastritis is of several types depending upon the nature of the inflammation, the condition of the mucous membrane and glands. Hydrochloric acid and some other digestive enzymes are secreted by the glands of the stomach. Inflammation of the stomach thus results in the impairment of these secretions leading to indigestion. In ayurveda, this condition is known as urdhvaga amlapitta.

Symptoms

  • Loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, headache and dizziness.

  • There is pain and discomfort in the region of the stomach

  • Coated tongue, foul breath, bad taste in the mouth, increased flow of saliva, scanty urination, a general feeling of uneasiness and mental depression.

  • In more chronic cases the patientsí complaints of heartburn and a feeling of fullness in the abdomen, especially after meals.

Root Causes

  • Dietetic indiscretion

  • Habitual overeating of badly combined or improperly cooked foods

  • Excessive intake of strong tea, coffee or alcoholic drinks.

  • Habitual use of large quantities of condiments and sauces.

  • Other causes include worry, anxiety, grief, and prolonged tension, use of certain drugs, strong acids and caustic substances.
     

Herbs which is useful :

Coconut :

Coconut water is an excellent remedy for gastritis .It gives the stomach the necessary rest and provide vitamins and minerals. The stomach is greatly helped in returning to the normal condition if nothing but coconut water is given during the first twenty-four hours.



Rice:
Rice gruel is another excellent remedy for acute cases of gastritis .One cup of rice gruel twice daily is recommended .In chronic cases where the flow of gastritis juice is meager, such foods as require prolonged vigorous mastication are beneficial as they induce a greater flow of gastric juice.

Potato: 

Potato juice has been found valuable in relieving gastritis. The recommended dose is half a cup of the juice, two or three times daily, half an hour before meal.

Marigold: 

The herb marigold is also considered beneficial in the treatment of gastritis. An infusion of the herb in doses of a tablespoon may be taken twice daily



Diet :

The patient should undertake a fast for two or three days or more, depending on the severity of the condition. He should be given only warm water to drink during this period. This will give rest to the stomach and allow the toxic condition causing the inflammation to subside. After the acute symptoms subside the patients should adopt an all fruit diet for the next three days and take juicy fruits like apples, pears, grapes, grapefruit, oranges, pineapple, peaches and melons. He may thereafter gradually embark upon a balanced diet consisting of seeds, nuts, grains, vegetables and fruit.

The patient should avoid the use of alcohol, tobacco, spices and condiments, meat, red pepper, sour foods, pickles, strong tea and coffee. He should also avoid sweets, pastries, rich cakes and aerated waters. Curds and cottage cheese should be used freely.

Life Style :

The patient should not expose himself to hard mental or physical work. He should avoid anxiety, worry and anger. He should be given complete rest. A walk in the early morning for about a mile is very useful. Patient should try to avoid hot drinks and foods. It's better not to take spicy and oily foods.

Yoga :

Special Note: 

The patient should be given dry frictions and a sponge daily application of heat with a hot compress or hot water bottle, twice a day, either on an empty stomach or two hours after meals will also be beneficial.

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