Review of Herbal Remedies for Gastritis
Review of Herbal Remedies for Gastritis throws a interesting fact that Herbal Remedies are much better and safer than conventional treatment for Gastritis. Though I have been using herbs for treatment of gastritis, this Review of Herbal Remedies for Gastritis was done by me as a fact finding and to substantiate my views on Herbal Remedies for Gastritis.
During this Review of Herbal Remedies for Gastritis I came across research papers validating and substantiating my view that Herbal Remedies for Gastritis are much better, leaving no side effects and have longer effect. Use of Herbal remedies for Gastritis could be learned through Alternate Medicine Courses taught at Alternate medicine Centres in Chennai.
To start let me tell you what exactly is Gastritis?
Gastritis is the inflammation, irritation or erosion of the inner lining of the stomach, known as the gastric mucosa. It can occur suddenly (acute) and can last for one or three days, or it can be chronic, lasting for several days or weeks. Most often the term “gastritis” is misused to include many different upper abdominal problems, but true gastritis refers to the stomach lining (gastric mucosa) that is inflamed.
A Study on Gastritis
According to a study published in the Scholars Journal of Applied Medical Studies, the incidence of gastritis in India is approximately 3 in 869, that is about 12,25,614 people suffering from gastritis out of the total 1,06,50,70,607 population. The symptoms of gastritis can be loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, headache, dizziness, heartburn, uneasiness, bloated stomach, bad taste in mouth, foul breath etc. So if you have any of these similar symptoms and popping a ‘pudina’ pill or antacid tablet is not doing you any help.
According to the Merck Manuals website, the inflammation that characterizes gastritis may be caused by trauma; certain prescription medications; immune system disorders and fungal, viral or bacterial infections. The Merck Manuals website notes that your stomach lining is usually able to resist irritation and can withstand the effects of strong stomach acid. However, gastritis arises when your stomach lining’s ability to withstand these pressures is overwhelmed. Certain types of gastritis may cause ulcers.
Herbal Remedies for Gastritis
Herbal medicines for gastritis seek to reduce the inflammation and irritation of your stomach lining. In her book “Herbal Medicine From the Heart of the Earth,” expert herbalist Dr. Sharol Tilgner states that four herbs are particularly effective in treating inflammatory conditions of your gastrointestinal tract and healing inflamed mucus membranes. These herbs are licorice root, slippery elm, peppermint and chamomile. These herbs can be used individually or taken together to help treat your severe gastritis.
An effective herbal medicine
Chamomile is perhaps the most effective herbal medicine in treating gastritis, severe or otherwise. Dr. Tilgner states that chamomile has anti-inflammatory, pain-relieving and antibacterial actions. She also states that this herb helps prevent or reduce the amount of gas in your intestinal tract. Chamomile, a plant that resembles a daisy, has been used to treat indigestion and irritation of your gastrointestinal tract tissue. Chamomile is soothing and healing to injured mucus membranes. This plant’s flowers contain most of its medicinal properties.
- Efficacy and safety of herbal medicines in treating gastric ulcer: A review – is an article in the World Journal of Gastroenterology dated December 2014.
It is written by Wei-Ping Bi, Hui-Bin Man, Mao-Qiang Man. He states:
“The efficacy of herbal medicines is comparable or superior to drugs such as omeprazole or cimetidine, and herbal medicines display fewer adverse effects.”
2) Review: List of Medicinal Plants for Gastritis is another article in the International Journal of Current Advanced Research – . 5. 1570-1575. Dated December 2016. It is written by Poojitha M, Swarnalatha G and MeenakshiSundram R of Sri Venkateswara College of Pharmacy, RVS Nagar, Chittoor, Andhra Pradesh. It states, “In spite of the available treatment there are many adverse effects of those conventional drugs available for treating the condition based on its root of cause. To overcome those adverse effects treatment with herbal medicine is suggested and that too people are choosing the home remedies including small and available herbs in their day to day life”.
Now let us list out and Review the Herbal Remedies for Gastritis and method to use.
- Review of Herbal Remedies for Gastritis – Mint
It is a boon to the health of Mother Nature. It is used as an effective remedy against many health problems. In case of pain in the stomach due to gas, it works wonders. Take 1 tsp of mint juice, mint tea or eat mint chutney to get rid of gas.
- Review of Herbal Remedies for Gastritis -Ajwain or the carom seeds
Ajwain or the carom seeds are effective in treating the gas problem. Thymol present in the carom seeds triggers release of gastric juices, which help in proper digestion of the food. Not only does it give relief from the gas but also a effective remedy against pain in the abdomen. Take a tsp of Ajwain with 1 glass of warm water, this will relieve the stomach pain and it is also considered as a effective remedy against stomach worms. Adding a pinch of black salt, cumin powder, Ajwain to lemon water makes a great drink for gastric troubles. One could also try – take 100gms of Ajwain, 3 tspns of black salt and 1 tspn of asafoetida grind them together and store in an airtight glass jar. Take 1 tspn with water twice a day.
- Review of Herbal Remedies for Gastritis –Jeera
Drinking jeera water is one of the best home remedies for gastric or gas problem. Jeera or cumin contains essential oils that stimulate the salivary glands which helps in better digestion of food and prevents the formation of excess gas. Take a tablespoon of cumin seeds and boil it in two cups of water for 10-15 minutes. Let it cool down, strain and drink the water after having your meals. To allay severe or chronic indigestion, hiccup and abdominal distention, crush jeera, ajwain, black pepper, rock salt and small hararh in equal parts. This “jeerakadi churna” if taken in a daily dose of one to two gms twice a day, with warm water or whenever required, is simple and safe remedy to get the abdominal wind dispelled and to gain symptomatic relief from colic pain.
- Review of Herbal Remedies for Gastritis -Ginger
Ginger has anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that help reduce irritation of the inner lining in the stomach. You can chew a thumb of ginger and wash it down with water or boil milk and water in 1:5 ratio with ginger and drink it. Another quick ginger fix is to take a pinch of ginger powder, rock salt and asafetida in a cup of warm water to bring an immediate relief. A great remedy is to grate about one teaspoon of fresh ginger and have it with one teaspoon of lime juice after your meals. Drinking ginger tea is also an effective home remedy for gas relief. Ginger acts as a natural carminative (agents that relieve flatulence). Another method is to take a teaspoon of ground ginger, one teaspoon of cardamom and fennel seeds. Mix all the ingredients together and take a teaspoon of this mixture and add it to a cup of water. Also, add a pinch of asafoetida or hing in the water. Drink this solution twice daily.
- Review of Herbal Remedies for Gastritis –Triphala
Powdered Triphala is also quite helpful in dealing with a gassy stomach. Steep half teaspoon of it in boiling water for 5-10 minutes and then drink it before going to bed. Be careful with the quantity and frequency of consuming this mix as it is high in fibre and may cause bloating if taken in excess.
- Review of Herbal Remedies for Gastritis –Fenugreek Seeds
The consumption of fenugreek seeds has been a tried and tested solution to control gas trouble even during pregnancy. You can take a tablespoon of fenugreek seeds and soak it in water overnight. Filter the seeds from the water and drink the water to reduce flatulence.
- Review of Herbal Remedies for Gastritis -Lemon
To fight gas our third remedy is a lemon. Lemon can be used in many ways. Drinking lemon water or lemon tea is a good way to get some relief from gastric trouble. Adding a pinch of black salt, cumin powder, Ajwain to lemon water makes a great drink for gastric troubles. Another simple remedy to reduce excess gas is to stir 1 teaspoon of lime juice and half teaspoon of Baking Soda with a cup of water. Drink this after your meals as it helps in forming carbon dioxide which facilitates the digestion process.
- Review of Herbal Remedies for Gastritis -Coriander
This ingredient is available in most homes and is a natural remedy for treating gas and bloating. It can be consumed raw or you can add it to your daily diet to keep your digestion on track. Coriander leaves are also great for acidity and burning sensation in the stomach. Adding roasted coriander to a glass of buttermilk is useful to keep indigestion and gas at bay.
- Review of Herbal Remedies for Gastritis –Fennel
Fennel is one effective ingredient that helps to treat the problem of bloating and gas in the stomach. So, chew some fennel seeds if you can eat them. You can also add few spoons of fennel seeds in lukewarm water. Keep it few minutes. Strain and drink it once in a day.
- Review of Herbal Remedies for Gastritis –Garlic
Garlic is another option to treat the gas problem. It contains healing property and helps in proper digestion. Add garlic to your meals and soups to reduce the formation of gas. You could also try this – Take a cup of water and boil it. Now, take a few cloves of garlic and grind it. Add the ground garlic into the water. Add a few black pepper corns and cumin seeds. Let it boil for couple of minutes and then take it off the fire. Strain the drink and let it cool. Drink this thrice day. Some research suggests that garlic extract can help reduce the symptoms of gastritis. Crushing raw garlic and eating it can also work well. If a person does not like the taste of raw garlic, they can try chopping the garlic and eating it with a spoonful of peanut butter or wrapped in a dried date. The sweetness of the peanut butter or date will help mask the garlic flavor.
- Review of Herbal Remedies for Gastritis –Cloves
Eating a few raw pieces can help relieve gas pain almost immediately. Cloves increase saliva production; peristalsis, boosts digestion, and can relieve heartburn. You can chew on cloves to obtain relief. Clove oil is also effective at relieving gas, bloating, and other digestive issues.
- Review of Herbal Remedies for Gastritis –Cinnamon
Adding cinnamon to tea can help treat gas. Large consumption of cinnamon can have a laxative effect.
- Review of Herbal Remedies for Gastritis –Celery Leaves
Chewing on this vegetable stock raw can help relieve gastric pain and irritation. The chemicals in celery can prevent fluid retention, which contributes to bloating. Celery can help regulate bowels along with control gas.
- Review of Herbal Remedies for Gastritis –Onion
Onions contain fiber, which regulates bowels and prevents gas and bloating. The fiber in onions promotes good bacteria in the gut. The extracted juice from an onion can give you relief from gastric problems.
- Review of Herbal Remedies for Gastritis – Liquorice root
Liquorice root or Mulethi is also beneficial, as it soothes inflammation and injury in the stomach. Try this, take one teaspoon of this powder and mixed with half a teaspoon full of pure ghee and one teaspoon of pure honey. Take this composition on an empty stomach you will surely get benefited. If you have constipation along with gastritis then try this mixture of (dried Ginger, black pepper, clove, long pepper, and cardamom). Take two spoons of this mixture at bedtime. This neutralizes the acid and stimulates the liver and that works as a laxative.
- Review of Herbal Remedies for Gastritis – Marshmallow Root & Slippery Elm
Marshmallow root and Slippery elm are another two herbs which produce the required mucus that naturally heals your stomach’s protective linings. Whereas the marshmallow root contains sugar molecules, slippery elm contains gel-like polysaccharide compounds which can produce mucus. So, you can either make a porridge or a herbal tea using this marshmallow root and slippery elm.
- Review of Herbal Remedies for Gastritis –Neem leaf
The Neem leaves are most popular for their strong anti-inflammatory property. In addition to many benefits, neem leaves can strongly help to cure gastritis. Neem leaves have a compound called acrid, which naturally forms a protective layer on one’s stomach. Moreover, it can also reduce the irritation and pain caused by gastritis. The best way to take is by buying neam powder and mixing it in tea or water. If not possible you can also buy neem capsules which are available at various stores.
- Review of Herbal Remedies for Gastritis – Yarrow Tea
Yarrow is a common plant that is found in countries like Europe. It is also called as Achillea Millefolium, which is very popular for its healing properties. It can strongly heal gastrointestinal damages completely within no time. It does normalize the hydrochloric acid secretions in one’s stomach thus stopping the damage caused by gastritis. Moreover, it is anti-hemostatic and can stop bleeding that happens in cases of chronic gastritis. Thus, drinking yarrow tea in the morning is one of the best ways to heal your damaged and bleeding stomach linings. You can simply buy yarrow flowers at many stores online.
- Review of Herbal Remedies for Gastritis – Hojicha tea
Hojicha is a peculiar Japanese green tea, which is specially made from Japanese green tea leaves roasted in charcoal pots. Thus, drinking the Hojicaha tea daily has shown a significant improvement in many people who suffer from constant gastritis. If not available, you can try regular green tea, which is also known to soothe a person’s digestive tract.
- Review of Herbal Remedies for Gastritis – Chamomile
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.
21. Review of Herbal Remedies for Gastritis – Asafoetida (Hing)
It is also suggested that you could mix about half a teaspoon of heeng with luke warm water and drink it to curb gas problem. Hing acts as an anti-flatulent that prevents the growth of the gut bacteria that may be producing excess gas in your stomach. According to Ayurveda, heeng helps in balancing the vata dosha of the body. The colon is the main seat of the vata dosha – the dosha that is derived from air. When vata increases in the colon, gases may build up.
22. Review of Herbal Remedies for Gastritis –Other Methods
Buttermilk – Not only it tastes good, it also has many health benefits. It is an effective home remedy against gas. In case of gas take a pinch of roasted cumin powder, black salt mixed in the buttermilk to get relief from gastric troubles and it also helps in improving the digestion.
Apple Cider Vinegar – You would have probably heard this a lot of time “an apple a day keeps the doctor away”. Apple cider vinegar works very well in case of gas in the stomach. Drink apple cider vinegar mixed in a glass of water to get instant relief in gastric problems.
Steamed pumpkin – Pumpkin helps in reducing the formation of gas in the stomach. For this remedy, all you need is pumpkin. Take a cup of pumpkin and steam it. You can also have it raw or baked or boiled. Eat it every day
Papaya – Shredded raw papaya is really good if you are suffering from inflammation of the stomach. You can add few drops of lemon juice to it as well. Don’t worry about lemon juice being a citric acid, few drops will not be detrimental to your health.
Baking Soda And Water- Baking soda acts as an antacid and brings down the acid levels in the stomach. Take one teaspoon baking soda a glass of water. All you have to do is stir the baking soda in the water until the mixture is not cloudy anymore. Drink this. Drink it as and when required.
Cabbage Juice– Cabbage is rich in vitamin U, which is known to heal ulcer. Vitamin U can heal the stomach lining and get rid of gastritis within a few days.All you have to do is cut the cabbage in pieces and juice it with a help of your juicer. Extract a cup of fresh cabbage juice and drink it. You may add a few carrots and celery to make it even healthier and tastier.
Mastic Gum: Mastic Gum is a natural resin produced from a tree called Pistacia Lentiscus. This natural resin is one of the greatest anti-inflammatory gum that can completely stop the inflammation in the stomach (which cause gastritis). It naturally controls an enzyme namely Protein Kinase C which produces oxidizing compounds, and inflammation.
Essential oils, such as lemongrass and lemon verbena, were found to help increase resistance to H. pylori in laboratory tests. Other oils that can have a positive effect on the digestive system include peppermint, ginger, and clove. Essential oils should not be ingested and should always be diluted with carrier oil if applied to the skin. People may wish to use the oils in a diffuser or consult a doctor on how to use them safely to help relieve gastritis.
Chanting – Chant “WU CHI JO” for 15 minutes after taking food.
Chanting EE JO
I have used a lot of these methods for self treatment and to treat my clients at my Counselling and Psychotherapy Centre at Kellys and all were successful. Now I invite you to try out these methods especially as the Review of Herbal Remedies for Gastritis and articles given show the benefits of using herbs as a method of treatment for gastritis.
In case you come across any other method do share with me or write to me.