Gastritis is a medical condition in which there is inflammation of the lining of the stomach. It has become very common now-a-days due to bad eating habits and adulteration of the food items. There is erosion and irritation of the stomach lining. Due to gastritis, a person has pain in abdomen, indigestion, nausea and vomiting.
It can occur either suddenly(acute) or gradually(chronic). It is often the result of infection inside the stomach causing ulcers. Excessive drinking also contributes to gastritis. There gets increased chances of stomach cancer in later life.
TYPES OF GASTRITIS
The gastritis is of the following two types:
- Erosive gastritis: It is also known as reactive gastritis. There is both erosion and inflammation of the stomach lining.
- Non-erosive gastritis: In this, there is only inflammation of the stomach lining. There is no erosion.
CAUSES OF GASTRITIS
Gastritis is caused by a variety of factors such as:
- Helicobacter pylori infection
- Excessive alcohol usage
- When bile flows back into the stomach from small intestine
- Some types of medications like NSAIDS or aspirin
- Chronic vomiting
- Increasing age
- Cancer treatment
- Celiac disease
SYMPTOMS OF GASTRITIS
The symptoms of gastritis vary from person to person. Some individuals do not show any symptoms. Here are some of the common signs and symptoms of gastritis:
- Burning pain in upper part of stomach
- Feeling of fullness
- Black stools
- Stomach ulcers
- Weight loss
COMPLICATIONS OF GASTRITIS
If gastritis is not treated properly, it can lead to various other serious problems. These are:
- Pernicious anemia
- Perforation inside the stomach
- Chronic atrophic gastritis
- Stomach bleeding
- Gastric metaplasia
- Stomach cancer
PREVENTION OF GASTRITIS
It is better to prevent gastritis by following some of the following steps:
- Develop good eating habits
- Eating balanced diet
- Eating smaller meals
- Chew the food slowly as it causes stomach to work less.
- Practice yoga or meditation
- Avoid alcohol and smoking
- Avoid caffeine beverages
DIAGNOSIS OF GASTRITIS
The doctor will do the patient’s thorough physical examination. He will take the complete medical history of the patient. He will ask about his family history also. For confirmation , he may order some of the tests such as:
- Complete blood count
- Stool test
- Urea breath test
- Upper GI endoscopy
- X-ray of upper GI tract
TREATMENT OF GASTRITIS
The treatment of gastritis depends on the underlying cause. Following drugs are taken for its management:
- Proton-pump inhibitors
- Histamine (H2) blockers
AYURVEDIC TREATMENT OF GASTRTIS
According to ayurveda, gastritis symptoms can be treated with proper dietary and lifestyle habits. One should do yoga which includes pranayama, asana, etc. Doing meditation regularly also helps in relieving stress.
Ayurveda also recommends panchkarma therapy. Panchkarma includes the following procedures for gastritis:
CHANDIGARH AYURVEDA CENTER’S MEDICATIONS FOR THE TREATMENT OF GASTRITIS
Here are some of the medications of Chandigarh Ayurveda Center which are used for the treatment of gastritis:
1. Agnimukha Churna
This herbal churna is prepared from ingredients like Vacha (Acorus calamus), Pippali (Piper longum), Sonth (Zingiber officinale), Ajwain (Trachyspermum ammi), Haritaki (Terminalia chebula), etc that balances vata & kapha doshas in the body. It gives effective results in indigestion, anorexia, abdominal pain, constipation, loss of appetite, flatulence, bloating, intestinal gas, intestinal gas, etc.
Recommended Dosage: Take a half teaspoon of this churna twice daily with normal water.
2. Digestion Support Tablet
This tablet is unique blend of best digestive herbs like kutaz chal, bilav, dhania, mustak, shankh bhasm, piper mint, and dadim that maintain natural Ph balance in the stomach and aid digestion of all types of food. The herbs present in this control acidity, gas, flatulence and constipation. These all complex problems are root cause of all diseases. If digestive system is proper it leads to proper assimilation of the nutrients in the body.
Recommended Dosage: Take tablet twice daily.
3. Sheet Dhara Syrup
This herbal syrup is prepared from ingredients such as ajwain satav, mushak kapoor, peppermint, etc that naturally relieve the symptoms like bloating, blenching, nausea, vomiting, feeling of discomfort, etc. The regular use of this herbal syrup neutralizes the high acid content, reduces
abdominal pain, & cramps.
Recommended dosage: Take half teaspoonful of this syrup in half a cup of water. Drink this mixture twice daily on an empty stomach.
4. Pitta Balance Tablet
Pitta doshas is responsible for digestion, metabolism, blood quality, thirst, appetite, eyesight, skin color and quality, body temperature, and mental abilities of intelligence and courage. Pitta doshas is composed of a fire element that digests almost everything that a person eats or drink. The eaten food is transformed into energy for the body to use in various functions of the body.
Recommended Dosage: Take 1 tablet twice daily with normal water.
5. Trikatu Syrup
Trikatu combines the goodness of Black pepper, Ginger and, Long pepper to create an herbal remedy for digestive ailments, sluggish metabolism, obesity, and high cholesterol. This syrup has best results in anti-inflammatory, pain-relieving, and expectorant. It also help to tackle the weight problems or obesity. It can modulate your body’s immune response while cutting the characteristic inflammation associated with the back pain.
Recommended Dosage –Take 2 teaspoonful twice a day before meal with normal water
Gastritis Care Kit
Dr. Vaidya Karanvir Singh is the younger Vaidya in Chandigarh Ayurved & Panchakarma Centre. He is the fourth generation in his family who is practicing as a general consultant in Ayurved & Panchakarma treatment at Chandigarh. In his practice, he had treated more than 1 Lakh Plus patients worldwide.