What is gastritis? In Ayurveda Chronic Gastritis generally refers to inflammation of the interlining of the stomach, however, the term is often used to cover a variety of characteristics resulting from stomach lining inflammation and signs of burning or uneasiness.
True gastritis advances in various forms and is diagnosed using a combination of tests. It was in the late 1990s, scientists discovered that the main cause gastritis is due to the infection from a bacterium called Helicobacter also refers to H.pylori. It has been found that Gastritis has been associated with resulting ulcers, particularly peptic ulcers. And in some cases, chronic gastritis can lead to more serious complications.
It has been found that an average of 90% of patients with chronic gastritis caused due to infection by H. pylori. This form of erosive gastritis resulting from infection with the bacterium Helicobacter pylori, a microorganism whose outer layer is resistant to the normal effects of stomach acid to break the resistance of Helicobacter pylori bacteria.
The means that the bacteria can rest in the stomach for long periods of time, even years, and eventually cause symptoms of gastritis or ulcers when other factors are introduced, such as the presence of specific genes or ingestion of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs
Gastritis An Ayurvedic View
In Ayurvedic terms, Gastritis is named as Urdhavaga Amalapitta. Amla means the sour taste, and Pitta is the Dosha. This way there is an inordinate secretion of Pitta Dosha (which is one of the three doshas) in the stomach. There are various circumstances that lead to acidity in the body or amlapitta as poor or unbalanced diet, weakened immune system, excessive of smoking, stress, etc.
When a problem of acidity is created in the body, it indicates many symptoms like a burning sensation, loss of appetite, stomach, uneasiness, indigestion, bloating, etc.
When Pitta Dosha is disturbed from its normal state when we take viruddha Bhojan (food mismatched) vikrita Bhojan (stale food), amla (too acidic or spicy food), vidahi (rotten) and other food that is bad for pitta dosha as fried, alcohol, smoking, fermented foods, etc., later irritating Pitta Dosha poses in the stomach and causes hyperacidity or Amlapitta.
No matter how big or small are the symptoms, amlapitta should not be neglected considering that if not given right treatment at the right time, can drive to serious health problems. There are many treatments for heartburn, but the best remedy is Ayurveda, that mainly recommend uses of herbs. Traditional remedies of Ayurveda are frequently used to cure acidity.
Herbs For Gastritis
1.Amla(Emblica officanalis): Amla is considered useful in dyspepsia, burning sensation, anorexia, vomiting and heaemorrhage. You can take that into powder form two teaspoons four times daily.
2.Licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra):Licorice has been traditionally used to relieve inflammation and damage in the stomach it also growths Helicobacter pylori. One can use this doase with use of teaspoon of powder and half a teaspoon of pure ghee with a teaspoon of pure honey.One must take this doase twice a day on an empty stomach, once in the early morning before breakfast and in the evening before tea time when the stomach is nearly empty.
3.Asparagus (Asparagus racemosa): Asparagus have a refrigerant and antispasmodic properties which dissipates internal heat. Several studies have shown that the root of this plant is an effective drug in hyperacidity. The mineral content, which are biochemically important for the human system are found in different parts of the grass of plant.This powder must be taken not more than six grams twice a day.
4.Sandalwood (Santalum album): As sandalwood has cooling properties it can relieve stomach muscles inflamed by gastritis
5.Bitter Chamomile (Matricaria chamomilla) Chamomile tea is bitter effectiveness in relieving gastritis which is caused due to tensions and worries.
6.Cardamom (Elattaria cardamomum): Cardamom has soothing effects on the stomach which is especially beneficial in the gastritis that causes heartburn.
7.Fennel (Fenneliculum vulgare): Fennel is used by most of the indians for digestive after each meal.There is also a tradition of chewing some fennel seeds after each meal. Fennel soothes the stomach, aids digestion, reduces and relieves the excess acidity.
8.Indian Gooseberry (Emblica officinalis): The Indian gooseberry or amla, is very beneficial in the cure of several stomach ailments such as dyspepsia, burning sensation, anorexia, vomiting and bleeding as well as gastritis
9.Ginger (Zingiber officinale): extract of ginger is effective in the treatment of dyspepsia acid that is associated with gastritis. It is especially useful for people who are non-vegetarian.
10.Rhubarb (Rheum emodi): Rhubarb agent is a soft, agent which are generally used in the treatment of gastritis problems in children as well as the acidity in the stomach.