Gastritis

Gastritis is a condition in which inflammation of the inner lining of the stomach occurs.

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It can be an acute condition that lasts for short time or it can be a chronic condition that lasts for months to years.

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Sometimes the acute condition develops after excessive alcohol consumption or prolonged use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. Sometimes it may develop after major surgery, traumatic injury or some severe infections.

Who Are Affected ?

It occurs in all age groups. The incidence of H pylori infection increases with age.

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Gastritis Caused Due To Bacteria?

• Infections caused by bacteria, virus, parasite or fungi.
• Excess of spicy foods
• Bile reflux
• Excess alcohol consumption
• Cigarette smoking
• Chronic vomiting
• Coffee and acidic beverages
• Stress
• Drugs especially NSAIDs, aspirin, etc
• Trauma
• Systemic disease (Crohn’s disease)
• Auto-immune disorders such as pernicious anemia, sarcoidosis
• Radiation

Signs and Symptoms of Gastritis

• Indigestion
• Heartburn
• Belching
• Loss of appetite
• Hiccups
• Vomiting
• The sensation of fullness after a few mouthfuls
• Nausea
• Dark tarry stools

Investigations For Gastritis

• Esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD)
• Barium meal
• Complete blood count for anemia
• Stool test
• Tests for H.pylori

Differential diagnosis of Gastritis

• Cholecystitis
• Peptic ulcer disease
• Cholelithiasis
Crohn’s disease
Gastro-esophageal reflux disease

Treatment For Gastritis

• Antacids
• H2 blockers
• Proton pump inhibitors

What Are The Complications Of Gastritis?

• Blood loss
• Risk of gastric cancer

Homeopathic treatment for Gastritis

Nux vomica:
• It is suited when in errors of diet, with irregular habits, close confinement, mental over-exertion, loss of sleep and debauchery.
• Constipated with ineffectual efforts to stool, with hemorrhoids.
• The tongue is coated white, and there is a dull frontal headache.

Pulsatilla pratensis:
• The tongue is white or yellow.
• No appetite and no thirst, even if the mouth is dry and parched.
• There is a bitter taste in the mouth and the sides of the tongue feel scalded.
• The patient has an aversion to fats, milk, butter, meat, and hot foods, and is always aggravated by fat foods and by confinement in close warm rooms.

Arsenicum album:
• Acute gastric catarrh, violent vomiting of everything ingested.
• Severe burning pains in stomach.
• The stomach is sensitive and sore.
• A patient is greatly prostrated.

Antimonium crudum:
• The stomach is weak, and digestion is easily disturbed.
• There is a thick, milky-white coating on the tongue.

Diet / management of Gastritis

• Avoid alcohol, tobacco, acidic beverages such as coffee, carbonated beverages and fruit juices with citric acid.
• Stop taking NSAIDs, such as aspirin and ibuprofen.
• Consume fiber-rich diet.
• Consume foods containing flavonoids, like apples, celery, cranberries (including cranberry juice), onions, garlic, and tea as they may stop the growth of H. pylori.
• Avoid fatty and spicy foods.
• Drink 6 – 8 glasses of filtered water daily.
• Exercise at least 30 minutes daily, 5 days a week.

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