Ad­dress­ing stom­ach prob­lems

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - BODY, MIND & SOUL - WELLNESS -

DHENA Paul, 34, has a stress­ful job as an ac­coun­tant, trav­el­ling of­ten and work­ing late hours.

In the last three years, her gas­tri­tis, gas and tummy dis­com­fort has been wors­en­ing.

One evening, she thought that she was hav­ing a panic at­tack when her breath­ing be­came dif­fi­cult.

Doc­tors found it to be an acid re­flux is­sue and since then, she’s been on acid- block­ing pills, which gives re­lief but not from bloat­ed­ness and gas prob­lems.

Tummy in­flam­ma­tion

Gas­tri­tis, acid re­flux and stom­ach ul­cers are some of the ways the di­ges­tive sys­tem sig­nals dis­tress. It is de­fined as the in­flam­ma­tion of the stom­ach lin­ing that causes it to weaken or be­come dam­aged.

When gas­tri­tis goes unchecked, painful open wounds called stom­ach ul­cers de­velop.

Th­ese are dif­fi­cult to heal as it lies in a pool of acid. Left un­re­solved, they can lead to bleed­ing com­pli­ca­tions.

Acid re­flux oc­curs when acid con­tents from the stom­ach are pushed up into the oe­soph­a­gus caus­ing symp­toms of heart­burn.

This prob­lem has risen by nearly 50% over the last decade, at­trib­uted likely to the rise in smok­ing and obe­sity.

Symp­toms in­clude ab­dom­i­nal dis­com­fort, in­di­ges­tion, bloat­ing, gas and up­per ab­dom­i­nal pain.

Tummy medicines

Pro­ton- pump in­hibitors ( PPIs) or acid block­ers are the lead­ing drug ther­apy for up­per gas­troin­testi­nal dis­or­ders, dys­pep­sia and pep­tic ul­cer dis­ease.

As po­tent sup­pres­sors of gas­tric acid, PPIs work by re­duc­ing acid pro­duc­tion to en­able the di­ges­tive tract lin­ing a chance to heal.

PPIs are rec­om­mended for only four to six weeks, then should be with­drawn or stepped down to less- po­tent ther­apy

In prac­tice, long- term, even life­time use is be­com­ing the norm – caus­ing ad­verse ef­fects and long- term harm due to their pro­found acid sup­pres­sion ac­tions

Stom­ach acids help break down food, ab­sorb vi­ta­mins and min­er­als and act as first line de­fence against harm­ful bac­te­ria.

When th­ese are sup­pressed over­time, the body’s nat­u­ral di­ges­tive and de­fense mech­a­nisms are com­pro­mised.

PPI pa­tients are there­fore at in­creased risk of gas­troin­testi­nal tract and lungs in­fec­tions such as pneu­mo­nia, bone frac­tures and has­tened de­vel­op­ment of at­rophic gas­tri­tis with pro­gres­sion to car­ci­noma.

Nat­u­ral ther­a­peu­tics

In tan­dem with con­ven­tional treat­ment meth­ods, at­ten­tion has also turned to ev­i­dence­based nat­u­ral ther­a­peu­tics in the bat­tle against gas­troin­testi­nal dis­or­ders. One in par­tic­u­lar that has stood out is a pine conifer green nee­dle ex­tract known as Bio­ef­fec­tive A.

In a re­search, Bio­ef­fec­tive A was ad­min­is­tered to pa­tients with at­rophic gas­tri­tis and com­pared with a con­trol group. The re­sults con­cluded that: • Re­gres­sionof­symp­tom­sas gas­tri­tis, acid re­flux, gas and bowel dis­or­ders in 92% of pa­tients.

• Im­proved­stom­ach­func­tion­al­ity in 58% of pa­tients.

• Re­duc­tion­in­precan­cer­ous le­sions in 46% of pa­tients.

• H. py­lo­ri­erad­i­ca­tionin57% of pa­tients.

Dhena started on Bio­ef­fec­tive A and af­ter three months, she makes time to have more reg­u­lar meals and is able to en­joy them with­out suf­fer­ing. And she no longer needs to take the tummy medicines and is liv­ing a health­ier life.

Ref­er­ences

Tal­ley NJ; Amer­i­can Gas­troen­tero­log­i­cal As­so­ci­a­tion. Amer­i­can Gas­troen­tero­log­i­cal As­so­ci­a­tion med­i­cal po­si­tion state­ment: eval­u­a­tion of dys­pep­sia. Gas­troen­terol­ogy. 2005; 129( 5): 1753– 1755

Tal­ley NJ; Amer­i­can Gas­troen­tero­log­i­cal As­so­ci­a­tion. Amer­i­can Gas­troen­tero­log­i­cal As­so­ci­a­tion med­i­cal po­si­tion state­ment: eval­u­a­tion of dys­pep­sia. Gas­troen­terol­ogy. 2005; 129( 5): 1753– 1755

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When gas­tri­tis goes uncheck, painful open wounds called stom­ach ul­cers de­velop.

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