Gastritis occurs when the lining of the stomach becomes inflamed. Gastritis can last for only a short time (acute gastritis). It may linger for months to years (chronic gastritis).
The most common causes of gastritis are:
Certain medicines, such as aspirin, ibuprofen, or naproxen.
Heavy alcohol drinking.
Infection of the stomach with a bacteria called Helicobacter pylori.
What are gastritis symptoms?
- Loss of appetite
- Nausea and vomiting
- Pain in the upper part of the belly or abdomen
If gastritis is causing bleeding from the lining of the stomach, symptoms may include:
- Black stools
- Vomiting blood or coffee-ground-like material.
Principles of Treatment
Amlapitta Samana Chikitsa
In the early stage—Tikta rasa and Raksha guna Dravya.
In the late stage-Madhura rasa dravya
- Guduchyadi Kashaya-20ml BD
- Mahatiktaka Kashaya-20ml BD
- Pravala Pishti-125-250mg TID with ghee and milk
- Sudarshan Churna-3-6gm TID
- Bhunimbadi Churna-3-6gm TID
- Giloya Satva-500mg TID with ghee and milk
- Sootashekhara rasa-125-250mg TID with ghee
- Kamadugha Rasa with mauktika-125-250mg TID with ghee
- Shatavari Churna—3-6gm TID with milk
- Yashtimadhu Churna/Ksheerapaka
Diet and Lifestyle:
Same as Amlapitta
Foods to Consume on a gastritis diet
Eating smaller meals.
Drink water after meals
Foods to avoid on a gastritis diet
Avoid heavy, spicy, sour, hot, and too much oily food.
Excessive or scanty and also taken too early or too late.
Avoid anxiety, worry, anger, etc.
Alcohol and acidic foods should be avoided.
Aspirin and other NSAIDs should be avoided.
Avoid drinking water just before meals, day sleeping after meals; heavy meals at night time.
Don’t take anything in between meals except liquids.
Suppression of the natural urges.
Frequently Asked Questions About Gastritis
Acute gastritis typically lasts 2-10 days and can be significantly improved with symptomatic treatment. Acute gastritis is usually treated without complications or the need for further medical intervention.
Acid blockers, which are available by prescription or over the counter, include famotidine (Pepcid), cimetidine (Tagamet HB), and nizatidine (Axid AR). Medication is used to neutralize stomach acid. Your doctor may prescribe an antacid as part of your medication regimen. Antacids neutralize stomach acid and can provide immediate pain relief.
Milk may provide temporary relief, but it also increases stomach acid, which can exacerbate symptoms. Your doctor may advise you to take antacids or other medications to reduce stomach acid. If you’re experiencing persistent stomach pain or discomfort, consult your doctor.
Drinking plenty of water regulates the acidity of gastric juices, which aids in the healing of gastritis. It is best to avoid drinking too much water immediately before and after meals, as this can be detrimental.
Coconut water contains a lot of fibre, which aids digestion and keeps acidity at bay. So, sip coconut water until your stomach is relaxed. Check to see if the coconut water is sour, as this can cause acid reflux.
Berries and citrus fruits, such as oranges and grapefruit, contain less fructose, making them easier to tolerate and less likely to cause gas. Bananas are another low-fructose fruit that is high in fibre and contains inulin, a substance that promotes the growth of good bacteria in the gut.
Lemon water or lemon tea is an excellent remedy for providing immediate relief from gastric problems. To enhance the taste and benefits of lemon water, add a pinch of black salt, powdered roasted cumin seeds, and ajwain, making it a wonderful drink to please the stomach.