Gastritis - Overview



What is Gastritis?

Gastritis, also commonly known as ‘heartburn’, ‘dyspepsia’ or acidity, is an irritation/inflammation of the lining of the stomach. It’s one of the commonest digestive problems and up to 10% of the people who report to hospital for abdominal pain have gastritis.


 

Gastritis is more of a generic term which includes different conditions that present with pain or discomfort in the upper part of the abdomen. This could be of recent origin or long standing duration. Whatever be the cause, Homeopathy has very good scope in the treatment of most cases of gastritis and can provide significant relief to the patients. Gastritis is not one single disease … rather it’s an umbrella term which encompasses different conditions which have inflammation of the stomach.

Inflammation means the response of the body tissue to any kind of irritation or injury. For e.g. if you scratch your arm with your nail (with some pressure), the skin in that area would turn red, swollen, warm and tender. This response is termed as inflammation.


Causes of Gastritis.

Numerous things can trigger gastritis and it has been associated with several things right from medical conditions to medicines to habits, etc. The primary mechanism by which this occurs is damage to the ‘protective mucus barrier’ of the stomach. This mucus barrier prevents the acid from coming in direct contact with the stomach lining. When the barrier is damaged, the acid causes the lining of the stomach to be inflamed.

 
 

> Helicobacter pylori infection: The H. Pylori is a bacterium which is supposed to affect almost half of the world population though the symptoms may not be seen in every affected person. The bacteria break down the mucus lining which results in gastritis. In certain cases, it may also cause ulcerations in the stomach lining.

> Drugs: Medications such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) (which include aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen, etc.), steroids, cancer medicines, iron supplements, etc. can induce damage to the stomach lining.

> After medical procedures such as radiation treatment, surgery on the stomach, any other major surgery, etc.

> Infections such as tuberculosis, syphilis; viral, bacterial, fungal (yeast infection) infections, parasites, etc.

> Stress can be one of the major causes of gastritis – especially in cases of severe and/or prolonged stress .

 

Homeopathic Treatment

Healing safely, gently and surely!

 

Homeopathy in general has very good scope in the treatment of gastritis. Whether the condition is acute or chronic in nature, homeopathy can effectively soothe the burning pain and other annoying symptoms associated with the disease. Arresting the progress of the condition is another important step that can be achieved with homeopathic treatment.


In general, the treatment provides with improved health to the patients and better capability to deal with stress which is one of the common triggers for this condition. Not to mention that it is without any side effects whatsoever.


All in all, homeopathy definitely has lots to offer to every case of gastritis and early treatment is suggested for all cases.