Ayurvedic Chikitsa for Gastritis (Amlapitta)

A common digestive disorder originating in the stomach (amasaya) resulting in burning, or hot pains in the region of the stomach and chest.

When the condition remains in the stomach, it is known as gastritis in the west.

Many causes of Hyperacidity

Symptoms

Hyperacidity presents with acidic belching and burning pains in the abdomen and chest. This may accompanied by diarrhea, borborygmi, and headaches.

Vataja-type amlapitta (hyperacidity) presents with greater pain.

Pittaja type amlapitta (hyperacidity) presents with greater burning.

Kaphaja type amlapitta (hyperacidity) presents with a greater sense of heaviness in the abdomen

Western interpretation

Inflammation of the stomach

Many Causes of Gastritis

  • Ingestion of an irritant(i.e. aspirin, ibuprofen)
  • Alcohol (Alcohol inhibits the secretion of the protective prostaglandin, thereby causing gastritis)
  • Acute stress (i.e. burns)
  • Chronic stress
  • Irritation due to gastric secretions
  • Bacterial infection with H. Pylori bacteria
  • Excess or deficient gastric secretions
  • Compromised stomach protective mucous membrane.
  • Thinning of the lining of the stomach due to aging
  • Taking food before the previous meal has been digested
  • irregular or excessive eating
  • Indigestion
  • Ama(toxin)
  • Uncooked milk
  • Wine
  • Foods that are too heavy or moist
  • Excessive use of any spicy(hot), sour or dry foods
  • Taking too much liquid
  • Repeated daytime sleeping
  • Eating stale food
·      Worry, anxiety, grief, and prolonged tension.

Symptoms

  • Burning pain in the upper abdomen
  • Belching
  • Bloating
  • Nausea
  • Dull or gnawing pain in the upper abdomenThe symptoms of gastritis depend on how acute it is and how long it has been there Ayurvedic treatment (Chikista)
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  • Light diet
  • Mung soup for the first 24 hours(has antacid quality)
  • Fasting in accordance with the patients strength 1-3 days
  • Rest
  • Samsarjanakrama( food slowly reintroduced while carefully stocking the Agni and rebuild strength)
  • Regulating Agni(metabolic fire that governs the digestion)
  • De stress
  • Vata patients should cultivate faith
  • Pitta patients should cultivate non-judgment and compassion.
 

Some herbs helpful for treatment of Gastritis

·         Ginger (Zingiber officinale). Ginger appears to reduce inflammation. The extract of ginger is effective in treating the acid dyspepsia that is associated with gastritis. It is especially useful for people who consume more of a non-vegetarian food.

·         Amla (Indian Goosbery) is found useful in dyspepsia, burning sensation, anorexia, vomiting and haemorrhage.

·         Slippery Elm helps rebuild the plasma element of the body and help restore the mucous membrane of the stomach.

·         Licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra). Licorice root has been traditionally used to soothe inflammation and injury in the stomach. It also stalls the growth of H. Pylori.

·         Shatavari (Asparagus racemosus) is a refrigerant and antispasmodic. It allays internal heat. Several studies have demonstrated that the root of this plant is an effective drug in hyperacidity. Mineral contents, which are biochemically important for the human system, were found in significant concentration in different parts of the herb

·         Chamomile is a popular beverage tea with many therapeutic values. It helps relieve bilious, digestive headaches.

·         Fennel (Fenneliculum vulgare) Fennel is used as a digestive traditionally by Indians. After each meal, there is a tradition of chewing some seeds of fennel. Fennel soothes the stomach, facilitates digestion, reduces flatulence and relieves the stomach of excess acidity.

·         Rhubarb (Rheum emodi) Rhubarb is a mild agent; so it is effectively used in treating gastritis problems in children. It can reduce the acidity in the stomach.

Prevention of a recurrence of amlapitta requires that the rules of proper food combining be adhered to and that constitutionally appropriate foods be taken in the proper quantity.

If this condition is not treated properly, it can progress to stomach ulcers. In addition, chronic inflammation of the stomach increases the risk of stomach cancer.

Dietary Changes

You can take almost all foods in moderation except chilies, spices, and sour food. Avoid chilies, meat soups, tamarind and unripe citrus fruits such as orange, sweet-lime, etc. Restrict the use of garlic, ginger, coriander (dhania), and cumin seeds (jeera). Avoid papad, chutney, or pickles. You can use ghee in cooking as it pacifies pitta. However, restrict the fried food and recycled cooking oil, as they are difficult to digest. Restrict the intake of salt as it irritates the stomach lining. Bland diet such as khichdi, that contains cooked rice and dal, is perhaps the best diet in gastritis. Always prefer the old rice that has been preserved for one year. A snack or small meal every three hours does the trick in most of the cases.
Milk has always been known to relieve pain in the peptic ulcer. Always choose milk instead of coffee or tea.
Caffeine found in coffee and tea, some soft drinks, chocolate and many medications increase stomach acid. Avoiding these substances can, therefore, aid in the healing of gastritis.
In some individuals, food allergies or intolerance may cause gastritis. If you are suspecting food sensitivity or allergy, you should consider discussing an allergy elimination programme with your physician.
When helicobacter causes gastritis, free radical levels rise in the stomach lining. These unstable molecules contribute to inflammation and gastric damage.
Vitamin C, an antioxidant that helps squelch free radical molecules, is low in the stomach juice of people with chronic gastritis. This is the reason, some of the vitamin C rich fruits, such as amla, are found to be helpful in gastritis. There is some evidence that the antioxidant beta carotene may also reduce free radical damage in the stomach, and eating foods such as carrots, that are high in carotene, has been linked to a decreased risk of developing chronic atrophic gastritis.
Moreover, people with active gastritis have been reported to have low levels of beta-carotene in their stomach. Combining vitamin C rich foods and carotene food lead to improvement in most people with chronic atrophic gastritis.

RIMA SINANI

At

Forever wellness Ayurveda

Ayurvedic Health practitioner

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Glendale CA 91204

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E-mail: rimasinani@yahoo.com

 

DISCLAIMER: This is strictly for educational use only. Not to be considered medical advice

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