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.