Gastritis refers to inflammation of the stomach lining and can occur as both an acute, short-term or chronic, longer-term condition. Modern lifestyle factors including alcohol and anti-inflammatory medication along with some allergic conditions and infection are usually to blame for the condition. Research has found that some forms of chronic atrophic gastritis can increase the risk of developing stomach cancer, making effective treatment even more important. Even when non-cancer forming, gastritis needs to be managed to ensure optimum health and well-being.
Gastritis is often non-symptomatic but occasionally can cause issues including:
- Loss of appetite
- Abdomen pain
- Nausea and/or indigestion
- Blood in stools or blood in vomit
- Weight loss
Many cases of gastritis are also attributed to the Helicobacter Pylori bacterium, a pathogen that finds its way into the lining of the stomach and produces irritation and inflammation causing chemicals. Helicobacter Pylori is also responsible for conditions like peptic Ulcers, indigestion and can contribute to the development of stomach cancer.
Ayurvedic tradition looks at infection as a signifier of issues within the body itself as opposed to looking just at the impact of a virus or bacterial condition. In the case of gastritis, it is thought that an imbalanced, toxic gut it to blame due to the conditions it provides for the proliferation of the Helicobacter Pylori bacteria and subsequent blockage of proper circulation.
To effectively treat this condition, you will work closely alongside one of our Ayurvedic doctors to diagnose exactly what is happening within your body. A variety of tools is often utilised to form a thorough diagnosis, which then informs treatment. The treatment protocol will focus on restoring the balance of the body and the normal, healthy functioning of the tissues.
The treatment protocol will focus on:
- Removing the build up of toxins within the body
- Improving nutrition and digestive function
- Lowering stress levels and supporting the nervous system
- Strengthening the bodies ability to heal and boost immunity
This four-pronged approach works beyond the surface systems to completely overhaul your health and well-being at a deeper level and may involve:
- Lifestyle modification
- Prescription of kitchen and medicinal herbal medicines
- Instruction in gentle yoga postures and breathing exercises
- Prescription of Ayurvedic rejuvenating massage and detoxing treatments
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