Gastritis is inflammation erosion and swelling of inner lining of stomach. Some parts of stomach or the entire gastro region can be involved. This condition can occur suddenly (acute) or may be a long term affair gradually developing for years (chronic). Some of the reasons for developing gastritis are stomach infection caused by Helicobacter pylori, overuse of painkiller drugs, over consumption of alcohol, excess of stress etc.
The symptoms of gastritis which are usually observed are stomach pain, feeling bloated, nausea & vomiting, indigestion, frequent burping etc. Some of the ways of diagnosing gastritis are performing a blood and stool test, endoscopic examination or by performing a barium X-ray. Treatment of gastritis includes treating the cause of the disease and also alleviating its symptoms as they reduce the quality of patient’s life and cause discomfort. Following are some of the effective herbal remedies for gastritis.
7 Herbal Remedies For Gastritis
Ginger has lots of medicinal properties; some of which are that it is antibacterial in nature, reduces inflammation and helps in reducing symptoms of gastritis. It is best for reducing nausea vomiting and feeling of bloating. Some people might find its taste irritating and so difficulty in swallowing; for that you can mix it with boiling water and honey cool it down and drink or you may mix it with milk boil it down till it reduces by 20% and drink.
These drinks are very soothing for your smooth and really help in reducing symptoms. Alternatively if you are comfortable with taste of ginger you can even chew the pieces. Some stores selling ayurvedic medicines have dried ginger powder; you can even try that form as per convenience.
Yogurt also known as curd in our homes is a very effective coolant for your stomach. It has probiotic properties which help growth of your natural gut microbes. These microbes fight against infection causing H. pylori bacteria thus killing the root cause of infection. You can say yogurt is a two in one treatment which curbs the symptoms along with eliminating the root of infection. For an instant action, blend curd with banana into a smoothie and consume this 2-3 times a day.
Carom Or Bishops Weed
Bishops which is also known as carom seeds is a magical age old remedy for gastritis. You will easily find these seeds in your kitchen or any general store. Carom seeds act as a natural antacid which means they reduce acidity and prevent any acid reflux; also reduce nausea and vomiting.
They are effective in curbing indigestion also. For consumption, you may just roast the seeds crush them and drink it with a glass of chaas (buttermilk) which itself helps with gastritis. Other way is to boil it with water, cool it down and drink the strained liquid say about 3 times a day.
Coconut water is known for a number for medicinal properties and has a number of nutritional benefits. Coconut water is very nutritious and acts as a coolant for your stomach. It reduces the ulcers which are caused due to the infection also reduces acidity and acid reflux into the oesophagus. This improves the quality of life of the patient and helps in quick recovery. You can consume cooled coconut water about 2-3 times a day.
Triphala powder is easily available in ayurvedic stores. It is made up of powders of three dried fruits which are amla, beleric and harad. In ayurvedic medicine this powder is very beneficial and for patients suffering from gastritis it helps with digestion, reduces constipation, provides relief from gas and bloating and helps cleaning the gastrointestinal tract.
This powder is best used when it is boiled with water then reduced to half the quantity; to this a spoon of ghee is added and consumed. This is one of the best remedies for gastritis.
Fennel seeds or saunff when regularly chewed in small quantities is helpful in reducing symptoms of gastritis. It also reduces gastritis associated bad breath.
In addition to the herbal remedies you must drink at least 10-15 glasses of water and keep a check on what you eat. The time intervals that you keep between two meals and portions of meal that you eat also matters for gastritis; as eating frequent eating and eating large meal portions stimulate larger quantities of gastric juices which are acidic in nature and worsens gastritis.