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I’ve been suf­fer­ing from gas­tri­tis for the past year. All the al­lo­pathic medicines that I’ve tried have given me only tem­po­rary relief. Is there a cure in Ayurveda? NIKHIL, VIA EMAIL When you eat, the stom­ach re­leases pro­teases (en­zymes) and hy­drochlo­ric acid to aid in di­ges­tion. A mu­cus layer pro­tects the wall of your stom­ach from the acids. Weak­nesses in the bar­rier al­low di­ges­tive juices to dam­age and in­flame your stom­ach lin­ing caus­ing gas­tri­tis. Symp­toms in­clude burn­ing pain, indi­ges­tion, a vom­it­ing sen­sa­tion and feel­ings of full­ness in the up­per ab­domen.

A num­ber of health con­di­tions or habits can lead to the pro­tec­tive layer be­ing dam­aged and in­crease the risk of gas­tri­tis – a bac­terium called Heli­cobac­ter py­lori, as­pirins, stress, spicy food, too much al­co­hol, reg­u­lar use of pain re­liev­ers, smok­ing cig­a­rettes or chew­ing to­bacco. Another cause is bile re­flux. Nor­mally, a valve pre­vents bile from flow­ing back into your stom­ach through the small in­tes­tine. But if this valve doesn’t work prop­erly, or if it has been sur­gi­cally re­moved, bile can flow into your stom­ach, lead­ing to gas­tri­tis. Prob­lems re­lat­ing to thy­roid and type 1 di­a­betes could also cause au­toim­mune gas­tri­tis.

Un­treated gas­tri­tis may lead to stom­ach ul­cers and stom­ach bleed­ing. Pitta-bal­anc­ing herbs and foods re­lieve most of the gas­tri­tis symp­toms quite eas­ily. I rec­om­mend you try the fol­low­ing: ● In­clude curry leaves and pome­gran­ate in your daily diet. ● Eat smaller, more fre­quent meals. ● Avoid spicy, acidic, fried or fatty foods that ir­ri­tate your stom­ach. ● Try calm­ing ac­tiv­i­ties, such as med­i­ta­tion, yoga or Ayurvedic shi­rod­hara treat­ment.

If you are suf­fer­ing from chronic gas­tri­tis, consult an Ayurvedic doc­tor as soon as pos­si­ble for a de­tailed anal­y­sis.

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