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Gastritis is an inflammation of the lining of the stomach. The inflammation may be acute and occur suddenly or may be chronic and occur gradually. This pain is the result of  acids in the stomach irritating the inflamed stomach lining. The treatment is medicines to neutralize the stomach acids and allow the healing process to begin.

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Symptoms of Gastritis

The most common symptom of gastritis is pain or discomfort in the upper central portion (the "pit" of the stomach) of the abdomen.

Most common symptoms:

Abdominal pain
belching
nausea
bloating
loss of appetite
bad breath
vomiting
burning in the upper abdomen

Some of the more serious symptoms that may be associated with gastritis are blood in vomit, palpitations, chest pain, stomach pain, breathlessness, and Black sticky stools.  Immediate medical assistance is required, as these symptoms may indicate a more serious condition, such a bleed in the stomach.

Elderly people in particular have a much higher likelihood of developing painless stomach damage. They may have no symptoms at all (no nausea, vomiting, pain) until they are suddenly taken ill with internal bleeding.
 

Causes of Gastritis

Gastritis develops when the mucus-lined barrier of the stomach walls  becomes inflamed or damaged
Some of the more common causes of gastritis are listed here.

* Regular use of painkillers,, such as aspirin, and NSAIDs, such as ibuprofen or naproxen
* Steroids
* Potassium supplements
* Iron tablets
* Swallowing poisons or objects
* Corrosives (acid or lye)
* Alcohols of various types
* Swallowed foreign bodies (paper clips or pins)
* Physical stress in people who are critically ill or injured
* Chronic vomiting Infections
* Bacterial infections: H pylori infection is the most common. Many other bacteria—even those that usually cause pneumonia or bladder infections—can cause gastritis.
* Viral infections
* Fungal (yeast) infections
* Parasites and worms

Treatment Of Gastritis

Coconut:
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Coconut water is an excellent remedy for gastritis. It gives the stomach the necessary rest and provides vitamins and minerals. The stomach is greatly helped in returning to a normal condition if nothing but coconut water is given during the first twenty-four hours.

Rice:
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Rice gruel is another excellent remedy for acute cases of gastritis. One cup of rice gruel is recommended twice daily. In chronic cases where the flow of gastric juice is meagre, such foods as require prolonged vigorous mastication are beneficial as they induce a greater flow of gastric juice.

Potato:
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Potato juice has been found valuable in relieving gastritis. The recommended dose is half a cup of the juice, two or three times daily, half an hour before meals.

Marigold:
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The herb marigold is also considered beneficial in the treatment of gastritis. An infusion of the herb in doses of a tablespoon may be taken twice daily.

Dietary Considerations
 

Eating a diet high in fiber may not only cut your risk of developing gastritis and ulcers in half, but fiber-rich foods may also speed the healing of ulcers. Fruits and vegetables are particularly protective sources of fiber and seem to reduce the amount of inflammation in the lining of the stomach; fruit juice appears to have this benefit as well. Plus, if you didn't have enough reasons to avoid fat in your diet already, animal studies suggest that high fat foods may lead to gastritis.

Consumption of foods and beverages that irritate the lining of the stomach or increase the stomach acids should be avoided completely or reduced, and known allergens eliminated. These often include:

  • Alcohol
  • Acidic drinks such as coffee (with and without caffeine)
  • Milk
  • Carbonated beverages
  • Spices and peppers (for some people this is important, while for others such foods do not seem to cause symptoms or inflammation)


 

Other effective Remedies for Gastritis


From the commencement of the treatment, a warm water enema should be used daily for about a week to cleanse the bowels. The patient should be given dry friction and a sponge daily. Application of heat with a hot compress or hot water bottle, twice a day, either on an empty stomach or two hours after meals, will also be beneficial. The patient should not undertake any hard physical and mental work. He should, however, undertake breathing and other light exercises like walking, swimming, and golf. He should avoid worries and mental tension.

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