Gastric Ulcer

Gastric Ulcer or Peptic Ulcer is one of the most common diseases of the gastro intestinal tract. When the mucus lining of the stomach becomes inflamed, one experiences pain and burning sensation; this eventually leads to bleeding. It is the result of hyper activity secreted by the cells lining the stomach. Ayurveda considers gastric ulcer to be the result of the aggravation of Pita and the disturbance of other doshas. Gastric Ulcer is formed when a small area of the stomach or duodenal lining loses its natural resistance to the acids and other juices involved in digestion.

Cause of Gastric Ulcer in Ayurveda

  • Gastric Ulcer is caused by:
  • Stress and worry
  • Over exertion
  • Irregular and Incompatible food habits
  • Alcohol
  • Smoking
  • Excessive intake of garlic, onions, pickles, vinegar, and salt
  • Bananas and the nightshade family of vegetables and fruits can also cause gastric ulcer

Symptoms of Gastric Ulcer

  • Pain in the stomach
  • Feeling cold
  • Light-headedness
  • Feeling of anxiety
  • Insomnia, constipation, abdominal distension and palpitations

Ayurvedic Treatments for Gastric Ulcer

Ɓyurvedic treatments for gastric ulcer consist of Panchakarma and Rasayana treatments, Antibacterial therapies, Inflammation and Hyperacidity therapies, Oral medicines and Diet regulations. The necessary treatments will be decided by the doctor after a careful examination and a diagnosis of the patient. Ayurvedic treatments are highly effective in the treatment of gastric ulcer.

Ayurvedic Remedies for Gastric Ulcer

  • Avoid irregular and incompatible food habits
  • Avoid excessively hot, sour, salty and acidic foods
  • Quit alcohol and smoking
  • Reduce mental and physical strain.
  • Pure ghee is a good ulcer healer; take it with meals daily.
  • Drink cold milk and barley water regularly
  • Take regular, timely and balanced meals containing high-fibre food
Ayurveda Treatment for Gastric & Gastritis

Gastric Ulcer is divided in to various types in ayurveda, depending on the particular dosha in a person and treatments will hence vary with each individual. Whereas medicated enema of sesame, oil and asparagus oil are recommended for the "Vata" type, medicated enema is done with the use of cassia fistula and amalaki for the pita type. In the kapha dosha type, induced vomiting is prescribed using sugarcane juice or salt-water.

Ayurvedic treatments for gastritis include herbal preparations made from medicinal herbs. These medicinal herbs are very effective in the treatment of gastritis. English mallow, Indian gooseberry, licorice, slippery elms are some of the medicinal herbs used in the preparation of herbal medicines for gastritis treatment.

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