Inflammation of the lining of the stomach is called gastritis. It occurs in four forms: acute, chronic, granulomatous and hypertrophic gastritis.
The most common causes of gastritis are:
1. Infection with the bacterium Helicobacter pylori
Most of the infected have no complications at all, but for the rest of the patients, because of the changes occurring in the lining, this HP infection can cause acute or chronic gastritis, gastric ulcer, duodenal ulcer and gastric cancer.
Probably there are several factors that influence to this infection development, such as the genetic predisposition, smoking, stress, decreased immunity, etc., which explains why for some people, the infection passes without notice and for other complications arise.
2. The usage of NSAIDs
NSAIDs are medications that are primarily anti-inflammatory and with analgesic effect. Excessive use of these drugs (aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen, etc.), can cause damage to the gastric lining, which can lead to acute or chronic gastritis accompanied by serious complications.
Excessive stress on the body caused by extensive and difficult surgeries, injuries, burns or severe infections, may be the cause of acute gastroenteritis.
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Alcohol can cause irritation and erosion of the stomach lining. The stomach becomes vulnerable to the effects of stomach juices, thereby increasing the risk of acute gastritis.
5. Reflux of the bile
Bile is a greenish-yellow liquid, which contains substances involved in digestion and fat absorption. It is produced by the liver and stored in the gallbladder.
Upon release from the gallbladder, bile travels through the bile ducts and ends in the small intestine.
In normal conditions and healthy function of the pyloric sphincter (muscle fibers ring arranged at the bottom of the stomach), the biliary reflux functions totally normal (it returns the bile to the stomach).
But in impaired function of the pyloric sphincter or in the case of its surgical removal, a penetration of the bile in the stomach is possible and, therefore, irritation of the lining membrane which then can lead to the subsequent occurrence of gastritis.
6. Autoimmune disease
Autoimmune gastritis is inflammation of the mucous membrane, which is the result of an immune response by the body’s own cells directed against the gastric lining.
This autoimmune reaction damages the lining and thus leads to gastritis. This type of gastritis is more common in patients with other autoimmune diseases such as Hashimoto’s thyroiditis (chronic inflammation of the thyroid) and type 1 diabetes.
Symptoms and signs
The clinical picture is individual. Possibly gastritis will not manifest any symptoms, but if present, the most common signs and symptoms of gastritis are:
Nausea; Vomiting; Sense of bloating in the stomach; Decreased appetite; Halitosis (bad breath); Burning pain in stomach between meals and/or overnight;
If bleeding is present in the stomach, there is a possibility of hematemesis (vomiting of blood) and/or melee (black stools).
When to seek help from a doctor?
Problems with digestion and stomach irritation are common and usually do not require special medical treatment. But if you have the above symptoms and signs of gastritis more than 1 week, consult your doctor.
Attention! In case you notice appearance of black stools or vomiting blood, seek immediate medical help.
Safe natural remedies for treatment of Gastritis
– Preparation and Use
During this treatment, you should avoid or completely eliminate the usage of cigarettes, alcohol, canned foods, coffee, pepper, chilly fried meals, too spicy food, dry and acidic foods, cheese and fermented foods that erode the already damaged lining.
Fresh cabbage juice is used in chronic gastritis especially with reduced acidity, ulcers of the stomach and duodenum, diseases of the liver and pancreas, excess weight.
At home, the juice is obtained by extraction of crushed leaves of mature cabbage. Drink a half cup three times a day, 1 hour before meals. The resulting juice can be stored in the refrigerator up to two days. During longer storage of the juice, its healing properties will start to disappear.
The simplest remedy for gastritis, dyspepsia, poor digestion, stomach gas – is potato juice. This juice is necessary to be drunk in the morning one cup on an empty stomach and immediately after this, the patient should be back in bed for another half an hour.
After one hour he can have a breakfast. After 10 days of treatment, do 10 days break and then, repeat the treatment for another 10 days.
Tincture and the fresh juice of the leaves are recommended for gastro-abdominal diseases (gastritis, gastric ulcer, and duodenum, enteritis, colitis, colic, diarrhea).
To one tablespoon dried crushed Plantago leaves, pour a cup of boiling water, leave stand for 10 minutes. Drink in sips an hour before eating. This is a daily dose.
Well washed leaves are crushed, their juice is drained, then mixed with the same amount of honey and then cooked for some 20 minutes. Take 2-3 tablespoons daily. Store in tightly closed container in a cool, dark place.