Almost half of the general population is suffering from gastritis. Now a day, a drastic change in our life has taken place mostly due to urbanization and industrialization. To cope-up with the pace of the day to day life, one has to adopt junk food preparations, over-work and stressful working schedule.
Gastritis is a term used for almost all kinds of inflammation of the inner mucosal lining of the stomach. It is characterized by severe or mild stomach ailments like uneasiness, bloating, cramps in the stomach, diarrhea or constipation and even blood in the stools etc.Gastritis is a common condition today, affecting almost all ages people. Gastritis is of several types depending upon the nature of the inflammation, the condition of the mucous membrane. Hydrochloric acid and some other digestive enzymes are secreted by the glands of the stomach called as gastric juices. Inflammation of the stomach thus results in the impairment of these secretions leads to indigestion and fermentation of food in the stomach leads to various unpleasant symptoms.
What are the symptoms of gastritis ?
- Loss of appetite, Irregular appetite, nausea, vomiting, headache and dizziness.
- There is pain and discomfort in the region of the stomach.
- Coated tongue, foul breath, bad taste in the mouth, increased flow of saliva, scanty urination, a general feeling of uneasiness and mental depression.
- In more chronic cases the patients’ complaints of heartburn and a feeling of fullness in the abdomen, especially after meals.
- Coldness, lack of warmth.
- Lack of luster
- Dullness, lack of intelligence.
What are the causes of gastritis?
- The main cause of gastritis is unhealthy food, which includes junk foods, food cooked in adulterated oil and in unhygienic condition.
- Habitual overeating of badly combined or improperly cooked foods (virudha aahara)
- H. pylori also common gastric pathogen that causes gastritis, peptic ulcer disease, gastric adenocarcinoma, and low-grade gastric lymphoma. Infection may be asymptomatic or result in varying degrees of dyspepsia.
- Toxins accumulating in tissues and blocking circulation.
- Imbalance of the nervous system.
- Accumulation of physical and mental stress.
- Eating too late at night.
- Lack of rest, fast moving lifestyle.
- Insufficient sleep at night.
- Sleeping immediately after meals.
- Suppression of natural urges.
- Excessive exposure to sun and fire
- Lowering of natural resistance and immunity.
- Disruption of natural biological rhythms.
- Certain diseases, such as pernicious anemia, autoimmune disorders, and chronic bile reflux, can cause gastritis as well.
- Consumption of refine products in large quantity.
- Use leafy vegetables in excess which are heavy to digest.
- Sleeping just after taking meal.
- Drinking of excessive water during meal.
- Other causes of gastritis are excess consumption of caffeine, alcohol. Stress, depression, sorrow, pain, side effects of some drugs etc.
What is the treatment for Gastritis?
Modern line of treatment is just to treat or subside the symptoms. By taking antacids and other drugs such as proton pump inhibitors or H-2 blockers to reduce stomach acid. Avoiding hot and spicy foods. For gastritis caused by H. pylori infection doctor will prescribe a regimen of several antibiotics plus an acid blocking drug. This approach to treat symptoms does not completely address all of factors responsible for the gastritis. As a result, modern medicines cannot fully remove the disorder and the condition becomes chronic.
Gastritis can be influenced by many factors, such as diet, digestion, accumulated toxins, life style, stress, exercise levels, nature of work etc. Ayurvedic approach toward the condition is to dig out the cause and correct the physiological functions simultaneously.
Specific planed Ayurvedic treatment by classical Ayurvedic panchkarma therapies like Vaman, Virechana, Anuvasana & Niruha
These therapies are effective following way :
- Loosening up toxins that have become embedded in tissues and helping to move them into the circulation and then facilitate their elimination.
- Softening and opening the channels of circulation and elimination so proper nourishment can reach the tissues and impurities can be more easily eliminated from them.
- Achieving the proper balance of the three doshas and hence maintain the physiological functions.
Phathphysiology of Gastritis as per Ayurveda?
As per Ayurveda, agni the digestive fire present in the GI tract is responsible for digestion of food.
- This agni is directly related to different dosha at different places and stages of digestion. Even the whole process of metabolism is influenced by the doshas. Also it is influenced by factors like Ahara-vidhi vidhana and ahara-vidhi-visheshayatana (method of taking food). Like eating food before the previous food is digested, untimely food, eating too much of spicy or oily food, eating when not hungry, drinking too much water during food and at a time unless required, very hot foods, high fatty-fried food, stale food, food heavy to digest, excess consumption of horse gram.
- All these causes together or alone or in combination of few, vitiate the three body humors (tridosha – Vata, Pitta and Kapha) in the G.I. tract produce various symptoms correlate with gastritis.
- Also when cause is toxins or external pathogen (H. Pylori) the Phathphysiology can be explained as, the build-up of toxins and impurities, cause blockages of srotas (channels) preventing proper circulation in and around the gut, can lead to mal functioning of the Gastro-intestinal system leads to symptoms of Gastritis.
Our Approach towards Gastritis At Ketav’s Ayush Health Paradise
Our first approach is to know the Prakrity (constitution) of the diseased person. This make us understand about the physical and psychological natural behavior of an individual. Also it helps to understand the natural in built strengths and weaknesses of a particular personality.
For example: A Vata dosha predominant ( Vata Prakrity ) person , will have irregular digestive power, irregular appetite , irregular bowel, will be more desirous of hot and spicy food etc. So all these may lead to gastritis easily, if person dose not take care of his Ahara (food) and Vihara (lifestyle) as explained in Ayurveda.
Then the second step is to know about the doshas involvement in the pathology. This is important to choose the process of Shodhna (Detoxification) and to decide the kind of Dravya (herbal formulation) required treat.
The third thing is to dig out the root cause of dosha vitiation and avoid all possible causative factors.
Then Body is prepared for the Ayurvedic Panchakarma therapies by Poorvkarmas (Pre- Panchkarma procedures). Followed by Pradhan karma of Shodhna (main cleansing procedure) the panchkarma. This we decide at very beginning of treatment as per Prakrity (constitution) and Vikrity (pathlogy).
After the cleansing process Rejuvenating therapies are given to repair the damages, support the dosha balance and regaining the natural physiological factions.
After a complete set of therapies, we make people understand about their Prakrity and advise them to follow rules of Ahara –Vihara (food and life style), stated for their particular Prakrity as per Ayurveda.
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