Gastritis has been identified to be a very common digestive disorder and it is difficult to come across a person who hasn’t experienced the problem at least once. It is characterised by an inflammation of the lining of the stomach, related pain, cramp, loose stools etc.
The fast mode of life of junk food, less exercise and restricted movements add to the worries. Anyhow, herbal remedies for gastritis have been in vogue in our traditional practices and they are proved effective even today.
The most common gastritis symptoms include:
- burning sensations in or above the stomach/abdomen, especially around the time of eating
- stomachaches or pains
- feeling nauseous or vomiting
- stomach bloating
- loss of appetite, feeling very full quickly and possibly experiencing changes in weight
- hiccups and burping
- changes in bowel movements and the appearance of stools might be darker than usual and take on a tar-like or bloody color)
Effective Herbal Remedies for Gastritis
Coconut water has a lot of minerals and compounds which are soothing for digestive system. It is very beneficial in removing toxic radicals from the body. It also helps maintain normal body temperature which assists in normalizing body digestive functions. Coconut water can be given to patient as frequently as possible in a day, for relief from gastritis.
Chamomile tea soothes the intestinal walls, providing relief from sudden pains and helps to eliminate gas. You can add one or two teaspoons of dried chamomile flowers to a cup of hot water, cover it and let it steep for five minutes or more. You can drink this tea several times a day as it helps improve gastritis in the long run.
The rhizomes of ginger have been found to be an effective remedy for gastritis related stomach ailments. Due to its anti-spasmodic, anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties, ginger has been used to treat gastritis from ancient times.Ginger also has detoxifying effect and improves digestion. The rhizomes are crushed and extract taken for oral administration.
The roots of this herb find immense use in herbal medicine to alleviatestomach ulcers and gastritis apart from other medical uses. Herbalists suggest that the astringent effect this herb has on the mucous membrane of the stomach and gastrointestinal tract, helps to reduce the inflammation caused due to gastritis. Golden seal also improves digestion by increasing production of bile and digestive juices.
Almost every house has a stock of peppermint capsule or oil, as it is much sought after for gastritis related disorders. Mint leaves induce the production of more digestive juices as well as bile, so as to ensure a smooth and fast digestion.It also helps to relax the stomach muscles and reduces spasms of the intestinal muscles. The herb also has anti-ulcer as well as anti-inflammatory properties that make it a perfect medicine for gastritis.
This is a popular spice that finds an important place in the cuisines of India and Latin American countries. Cumin is a perfect remedy for gastritis as it contains a chemical called cumin aldehyde and thymol which stimulate production of adequate amount of digestive juices, thus ensuring a trouble-free digestion.
Liquorice has natural antioxidant properties which are helpful in treatment of gastritis.Add some liquorice root tea to a cup of hot water. Strain it after it has cooled. Drink up to thrice a day to naturally treat gastritis.