What is Gastritis ?

Gastritis, is an inflammation or irritation of the lining of the stomach, is not a single disease. Rather, gastritis is a condition that has many causes. Common to all people with gastritis is pain or discomfort in the upper part of the belly (abdomen), sometimes called dyspepsia. This may be caused due to various reasons and the condition has become rampant with today's stressful and modernized. Gastritis can be a brief and sudden illness (acute gastritis), a longer-lasting condition (chronic gastritis)

Causes:

Any factor that injures the wall (protective lining) of stomach provokes the symptoms of gastritis. Common causes of Gastritis include:

  • Infection: Most commonly Bacterial (Helicobacter Pylori) and occasionally due to Fungal, parasitic or viral infection
  • Drugs: NSAIDs, Steroids, Aspirin, etc
  • Stress
  • Smoking
  • Excessive alcohol consumption
  • Backflow of bile into the stomach (Bile reflux)
  • Excess of spicy foods
  • Radiation

The medical dictum is: Gastritis is the result of Hurry, Worry, Curry.

symptoms:

In people who have gastritis symptoms, pain or discomfort in the upper abdomen is the most common.

  • The pain is usually in the upper central portion of the abdomen (the "pit" of the stomach).
  • Gastritis pain occurs in the left upper portion of the abdomen and in the back. The pain seems to "go right straight through" a person as it travels from the belly to the back.
  • People often use the terms burning, aching, gnawing, or sore to describe the pain. Usually, a vague sense of discomfort is present, but the pain may be sharp, stabbing, or cutting

Other symptoms of gastritis include the following:

  • Belching: Belching usually either does not relieve the pain or relieves it only briefly.
  • Nausea and vomiting: The vomit may be clear, green or yellow, blood-streaked, or completely bloody, depending on the severity of the stomach inflammation.
  • Bloating
  • Feeling of fullness or burning in the upper pa

In more severe gastritis, bleeding may occur inside the stomach. Any of the following symptoms can be seen as well as those already mentioned.

  • Pallor, sweating, and rapid (or "racing") heart beat.
  • Feeling faint or short of breath
  • Chest pain or severe stomach pain
  • Vomiting large amounts of blood
  • Bloody bowel movements or dark, sticky, very foul-smelling bowel movements

Any or all of these symptoms can occur suddenly. This is particularly true in adults older than 65 years

Self-Care at Home

If you know what causes your gastritis, the simplest way to avoid the disease is to avoid the cause.

  • Aspirin and alcohol are 2 widely used substances that cause gastritis.
  • If you develop an upset stomach and nausea after drinking alcohol or using aspirin, then avoid these substances

Outlook

Most people recover from gastritis. Depending on the many factors that affect your stomach lining, gastritis symptoms may flare up from time to time. Overall, gastritis is generally a common, mildly troubling ailment that responds well to simple treatments.

Homoeopathy in treating Gastritis

Homoeopathy medicines are prescribed on the basis of presenting complaints while taking into account the physical, emotional and genetic make up that individualizes a person. This constitutional approach encompassing mind and body works at root-level. Hurry and Worry that are at the base of this disease are related to one’s nature and tendency, which can be tackled by a constitutional or individualized homoeopathic treatment. Homoeopathy is very effective in managing all the acute as well as chronic expressions of gastritis; it also plays an important role in prevention of relapse of the condition..

Suggestion about homoeopathic treatment:

Homoeopathy is very strongly recommended for gastritis (acute as well as chronic). Homoeopathy manages gastritis effectively, gently and safely.