Gastritis is a broad term for inflammation or irritation of the inner lining (mucosa) of the stomach. In some cases, it can even lead to an ulcer.

In Ayurveda, this condition is known as urdhvaga amlapitta. You are prone to this disease, if you have pitta body constitution, according to Ayurveda.

The causes of gastritis include:
• Ingestion of caustic poisons, alcohol, and certain medications in excess like aspirin or steroids.
• Physical stress from major surgery, severe burns, or injuries.
• A drug allergy or food poisoning.

There is one type of gastritis called Atrophic gastritis which is found in the elderly, where stomach cells are destroyed.

Someone asked about Pylori infection in my last post. This bacterial infection, helicobacter pylori, is believed to be a major cause of gastritis during the recent years. When addressing gastritis, many researchers now look for substances that eradicate H. Pylori.

If suffering from gastritis, you can adopt these dietary and lifestyle changes and take the following herbal supplements to keep yourself comfortable.

1) You can take almost all foods in moderation except chilies, spices, and sour food.

2) Avoid chillies, meat soups and extractives, tamarind and unripe citrus fruits such as orange, sweet-lime, etc.

3) Restrict the use of garlic, ginger, coriander (dhania), and cumin seeds (jeera).

4) Avoid papad, chutney, or pickles.

5) You can use ghee in cooking as it pacifes pitta. However, restrict the fried food and recycled cooking oil, as they are difficult to digest.

6) Restrict the intake of salt as it irritates the stomach lining.

Bland diet such as khichdi, that contains cooked rice and dal, is perhaps the best diet in gastritis.
Always prefer the old rice that has been preserved for one year.

A snack or small meal every three hours does the trick in most of the cases.

7) Milk has always been known to relieve pain in the peptic ulcer. Always choose milk instead of coffee or tea.

8) In some individuals, food allergies or intolerance may cause gastritis. If you are suspecting food sensitivity or allergy, you should consider discussing an allergy elimination programme with your physician.

Gastritis cause by pylori infections:

When helicobacter causes gastritis, free radical levels rise in the stomach lining. These unstable molecules contribute to inflammation and gastric damage.
Vitamin C, an antioxidant that helps squelch free radical molecules, is low in the stomach juice of people with chronic gastritis. This is the reason, some of the vitamin C rich fruits, such as amla, are found to be helpful in gastritis.

****Avoid tobacco. Smoking damages the mucous membrane and may even increase acid secretion****

****Smoking also causes pyloric incompetence and refux of duodenal juice into the stomach. Tobacco chewing causes shedding of the stomach lining and may have a role in the production of gastritis****

****Avoid alcohol. Alcohol inhibits the secretion of the protective prostaglandin, thereby causing gastritis****

Emotional Causes:

Mental tension is usually associated with gastritis. Brooding, frustrations, and inner resentment regarding matters connected with the family or place of work not only predisposes you to gastritis, but also contributes to the perpetuation of symptoms and subsequent recurrences.


1) Licorice root (Mulethi) has been traditionally used to soothe inflammation and injury in the stomach.
**** It also stalls the growth of H. Pylori***

Dose: Take one teaspoonful of this powder and mix with half a teaspoonful of pure ghee and one teaspoonful of pure honey. Take this medicine twice daily on an empty stomach, once in the morning before breakfast and once in the afternoon before tea when the stomach is nearly empty.

2) Emblica officinalis (amla) is found useful in dyspepsia, burning sensation, anorexia, vomiting and haemorrhage.

Dose: You can take this in powder form, two teaspoonfuls four times a day.

Clinical studies were conducted to investigate the effect of amla in gastric syndrome. Aamalaki choorna was given in 20 cases in a dose of three grams, three times a day for seven days. The drug was found effective in 85 per cent of the cases.

I know the post has gone quite lengthy but this topic was very important to be covered

Stay Aware😊🙏

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