Inflammation of the stomach is known as gastritis. It is of several types depending upon the nature of the inflammation, the condition of the mucus membrane and glands. Hydrochloric acid and some other digestive enzymes are secreted by the glands of the stomach. Inflammation of the stomach thus results in the impairment of these secretions leading to indigestion. In ayurveda, this condition is known as urdhogata amlapitta.
- Irregularity in diet
- Intake of chills and spices
- Anxiety and worry
- Smoking and alcohol intake.etc.
Signs and symptoms of Gastritis:
The patient experiences acid eructation accompanied by a burning sensation in the chest. The appetite is either suppressed or there is false appetite. The patient feels weak and irritable. There might be pain in the upper part of abdomen which is sometime aggrevated immediately after taking food or even when the stomach is empty. If pressure is exerted there might be tenderness in the upper part of stomach. The patient may also suffer from nausea, giddiness and headache. Patients suffering from chronic gastritis becomes emaciated and anaemic.
Ayurveda Treatment for Gastritis:
Gastritis or urdhogta amlapitta, as it is known in ayurveda is caused by vitiation of pitta. The best therapy for correction of pitta is purgation. Ghee also plays an important role in alleviating pitta. Therefore, medicated ghee which works as laxative as well is useful in the treatment of this condition. Commonly, sukumara ghrita is used for the treatment of this condition. It is given in a dose of two teaspoonfuls twice daily mixed with a cup of milk on an empty stomach. In the beginning this may affect the power of digestion. After a day or two, digestion improves and the patient does not experience any difficulty.
Amalaki (Emblica officnalis) is the drug of choice for Ayurveda Treatment for Gastritis. It is given to the patients in powder form on a dose of two teaspoonfuls four times a day. Dhatri lauha is often used by the physicians for its treatment. The chief ingredient of this compound preparation is lauha bhasma and it is impregnated with the juice of amalaki( Emblica officinalis). This is given to the patient in dose of one teaspoonful twice daily. If the patient is constipated, avipatthikar churna is the medicine of choice. It is given in a dose of two teaspoonfuls at bedtime. The chief ingredient of this medicine is trivit (Operculina turpethum) . The root bark of this drug stimulates the liver and thus works as a laxative. Coconut and white variety of pumpkin known as Kusmandak (Benincasa hispida) are also used as medicine for the treatment of this condition.
Diet during Ayurveda Treatment for Gastritis:
Barley, wheat, rice(preserved for one year), soup of mung dal, parched rice, cucumber, bitter gourd, patola (Trichosanthes dioica), green banana, banana flower, white pumpkin, pomegranate and cow’s milk are considered to be exceedingly useful for the treatment of this condition. Sesame seeds, masa ( Phaseolus radiates ), kulattha ( Dolichos biflorus), gram, pungent and sour things, heavy food, curd and alcoholic drinks are exceedingly harmful in this condition. The patient should preferably be kept exclusively on milk diet(added with sugar) or on a diet consisting of milk and old rice.
The patient shouldnot expose himself to mental and physical work. He should avoid anxiety, worry and anger. He should be given complete rest. Walking in the early morning for about a mile is very useful.