If we are to believe the statistics, gastritis and peptic ulcer, triggers or know a relapse at least in one in six people, during the spring. Why? Because of the change of food types in the transition to summer. Because of sleep problems that occur with decreasing nights and increased nerve activity and stress levels. Fortunately, there ar plenty of natural ways of prevention and healing benefits.
What is gastritis?
Defined briefly, gastritis is an inflammation of the lining that protects the stomach walls. Its causes are multiple, the most common being: taking medications (especially anti-inflammatory), alcohol and food aggressive for the digestive tract, the presence of bacteria (Helicobacter pylori) in the stomach, sleep deprivation or high levels of stress. One or more of these factors leads to the development of gastritis, which – untreated in time – evolves into an ulcer.
Symptoms of gastritis and ulcer
In gastritis, the most common symptom is pain felt in the stomach, pain is frequently associated with feelings of “burns”. The pain may be continuous (long hours or even days) or intermittent, and can be accompanied by other signs: acid regurgitation, nausea, bloating, diarrhea.
Ulcer’s pain, is more intense than in gastritis and the symptoms may be seizures, vomiting blood or blood clots and dark defecation. The only way to make the difference between gastritis and ulcer is by medical consultation done by a specialist.
Some elements of natural therapy
Liquorice – take one teaspoon of root tincture four times daily. Each dose should be diluted in a cup (250 ml) of water, so the alcohol in the tincture can reach concentrations that have no side effects. The active principles of licorice are excellent anti-inflammatory and help restore stomach lining that protects the stomach walls of acid erosion.
Raspberry leaves – is administered in powder form, obtained by grinding with an electric coffee grinder, take one teaspoon of powder four times a day. It has many beneficial properties like: anti-acid, haemostatic and healing, helping and closing lesions occurring on the walls of the stomach in peptic ulcer.
Calamus – root powder is taken on an empty stomach, half a teaspoonful four times a day. Antibiotic effect (inhibits the development of H. pylori) and gastric sedative, helps control stress levels, given that, in more than half of cases, mental tension (stress) is one of the major factors that cause gastritis and ulcers.
It is a form of treatment that uses extracts obtained from young buds and other plant tissues. In pharmacies and herbal stores, there is also an extract obtained from the buds of the fig (Ficus Carica) who is long proved to be a true elixir in cases of gastritis and ulcers. It is administered by 50 drops, twice a day, in the course of 2 months. It has a general calming effect and prevents the appearance of diseases that occur because emotional imbalances affecting certain organs, diseases that include gastritis and ulcers.
Has a protective effect, anti-infective, regenerative, protects the whole digestive system. It is administered in cycles of 40 days, as follows: in half a glass of water (100 ml) put a teaspoon of clay, leaving it over night. In the first seven days of treatment drink on an empty stomach in the morning, only the fraction of clear glass – clay water. After this period, mix in the morning the entire content of the cup and drink as a whole. Clay arrived in the stomach forms a protective film that quickly relieves pain and scarring lesions on gastric walls. Many people suffering from peptic ulcer and gastritis have found relief with this remedy, as simple as it is effective.
It is also called activated charcoal, is found in pharmacies in powder or tablet form. Vegetable coal is an excellent natural soothing in gastritis crisis because it will neutralize the acidity of gastric juices in just moments. Charcoal tablets are administered according to the prospectus, while the powder itself is given a tablespoon diluted in half a glass of water, 3-4 times per day. This remedy is not used as a cure, but is used only to relieve pain. It is one of the few natural remedies with very quick action.
Establishing a diet for preventing and treating gastritis or ulcer is guiding us by three basic rules:
1. Avoiding aggressors – meaning all foods and substances that favor these digestive diseases.
2. Individualization of food – for curing gastritis, there are as many kinds of diets for different types of patients. The only way to find out which foods help in fighting this disease is by direct experience. Trying on all foods that are not on the banned list we find out the diet that allows us keeping the disease under control.
3. Using medicinal foods – primarily the alkali and “cold” foods, which will be discussed below.
Alkaline juices – are made from cabbage, potato, carrot, beet, cucumber and nettle. The juices are obtained with the centrifugal electric juicer. We recommend a course of 2-3 days, in which to consume only those juices which reduce gastric acidity, regulate digestion and “fix” gastric epithelia. If the body does not accommodate with this treatment, try an easier version: drink 50 ml (one quarter cup) of cabbage juice 30 minutes before each meal, and one hour after meals drink another 50 ml of potato juice.
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