Gastritis is a condition that refers to the inflammation of the stomach lining. This inflammation is sometimes caused by eroding of the tissue that surrounds the inner part of the stomach, medically referred to as the gastric mucosa. The classification of gastritis is entirely dependent on the nature of the damage, and as such, it can either be acute or chronic. Acute gastritis develops suddenly while chronic gastritis develops gradually over a long period of time.
There are different causes of gastritis including excessive consumption of alcohol, different medications (especially specific categories of anti-inflammatory drugs), ulcers, cancer of the stomach as well as bacterial and viral infections. Some of the symptoms of this condition include persistent stomach pain, abdominal pain, bloating, nausea and regular indigestion. Some people will experience a burning sensation in the stomach especially after meal times. Other tell-tale signs that could point to gastritis include vomiting blood, loss of appetite and black stool.
Mild gastritis can easily be treated at home with a number of effective remedies for those who want a natural way to deal with the condition. If, however, you have chronic gastritis, you need to get professional medical advice. This not only ensures that you get proper medical intervention, it also gives you the chance to get medical insight into what home remedies are ideal for you. Below are natural remedies and lifestyle changes that you can make to deal with gastritis.
Time Required: 20 Min
What You Need: A piece of fresh ginger root, a cup of boiling water, a tablespoon of honey and a strainer.
Ginger is one of the most popular home remedies as far as dealing with disorders of the digestive system are concerned. The reason for this is that ginger has excellent anti-inflammatory properties that help reduce the abdominal pain and inflammation of the stomach lining. In addition, the herb’s anti-bacterial properties help deal with any potential bacterial infections. The herb is also ideal for the management of accompanying symptoms such as nausea and bloating. To manage gastritis, it is recommended to include ginger in your daily diet.
- Peel and wash the ginger before chopping the herb into small pieces.
- Add the freshly chopped ginger to the boiling water and let it steep for 10 minutes.
- Strain the mixture before adding honey and stirring.
- Take this mixture thrice daily to enable you deal with the stomach inflammation.
- Alternatively, squeeze the chopped ginger using a clean piece of cloth to get the ginger juice.
- Mix a teaspoon of the juice with an equivalent amount of honey and take this mixture twice daily (preferably before your meals).
2. Chamomile Tea:
Time Required: 30 Min
What You Need: 2 Teaspoons of dried chamomile flowers, a cup of hot water, a strainer and organic honey (optional).
Chamomile tea is an integral home remedy for the management of gastritis because it is gentle on the stomach and has the ability to soothe the stomach. This offers you relief from the inflammation and rapid pains, while eliminating bloating and flatulence. Chamomile tea is also rich in oils that nourish the digestive system, thus reducing the risk of developing ulcers. This remedy requires the use of hot water and not boiling water for the simple reason that boiling destroys the active compounds present in the chamomile, thus reducing its potency.
- Place the dried chamomile flowers in the hot water and allow steeping for 15 minutes.
- This allows the active ingredients to diffuse in the water, hence providing relief from gastritis.
- Strain the mixture and discard the used flowers.
- Add some honey to sweeten the chamomile tea and sip this tea thrice daily until you get relief from gastritis.
Time Required: 15 Min
What You Need: Fresh strawberries. You may also use dried strawberry leaves and a cup of hot water.
Strawberries are rich in antioxidants that work to reduce the inflammation of the stomach lining. In addition, the fruits are rich in phenolic compounds which compliment the function of the antioxidants. If you are a regular consumer of alcohol, you will appreciate the fact that eating strawberries daily helps decrease the alcohol’s adverse effects on the lining of the stomach.
- Include fresh strawberries in your daily diet.
- Alternatively, place the dried leaves of the strawberry plant in a cup of hot water and steep for 10 minutes.
- Strain this mixture and discard the leaves.
- Drink this mixture thrice daily until the symptoms of gastritis reduce.
4. Carom Seeds:
Time Required: 25 Min
What You Need: Half tablespoon of Carom seeds, fresh ginger, a pinch of salt and a glass of warm water.
Carom seeds are a preferred remedy for the management of gastritis because they are antacid in nature. This in itself, provides relief from inflammation while protecting the mucous membrane of the stomach from excessive acid levels. The seeds are also a great way to manage characteristic symptoms such as indigestion and bloating. There are two unique ways in which you can prepare the seeds for this remedy as listed below.
- Peel and grate the fresh ginger to get small pieces of ginger.
- Add the carom seeds to the grated ginger and mix well.
- Add a pinch of salt to the mixture.
- Take a teaspoon of this mixture alongside a glass of warm water at least thrice daily.
- Alternatively, place two tablespoons of carom seeds in a pan and pour in the 2 glasses of water.
- Bring the mixture to boil until the water is reduced to just about 1 cup.
- Strain the mixture to get rid of the seeds and drink half a glass of this drink at least twice daily.
- Follow this remedy until the symptoms subside.
Time Required: 10 Min or less
What You Need: Fresh peppermint leaves.
Peppermint is a great refreshing herb that you can add to your list of home remedies for the management of gastritis. This is because the herb has excellent soothing properties that relax the lining of the stomach, while reducing the spasms that accompany abdominal pain. The herb’s anti-inflammatory properties go a long way in managing the pain and inflammation, and this has been shown to reduce nausea and vomiting.
- Simply chew on fresh peppermint leaves thrice daily until the condition eases.
6. Fennel Seeds:
Time Required: 20 Min
What You Need: 1 Teaspoon of fennel seeds, a cup of hot water, a teaspoon of honey and a strainer.
Fennel seeds are recommended for the natural treatment of gastritis as they relax the muscles of the digestive system. This soothes the stomach and helps reduce its inflammation, thanks to the seeds’ anti-inflammatory properties. Fennel seeds are also ideal for managing the symptoms of gastritis, making it easy to manage bloating and indigestion. If you can find ways to add fennel seeds to your diet, you can slowly manage gastritis and get relief from the accompanying symptoms.
- Simply chew on the fennel seeds after your meals thrice daily until you get relief from the condition.
- Alternatively, add a teaspoon of fennel seeds to a glass containing water and steep for 10 minutes.
- Strain the mixture before adding honey and drinking it for best benefits.
7. Rice Gruel:
Time Required: Depends on the amount of rice to be cooked
What You Need: Plain white rice and clean water.
Plain white rice is recommended for the treatment of gastritis because it is gentle on the stomach, and therefore prevents the inflammation of the stomach lining. In addition to this, rice also has the capacity to enhance the proper production of gastric juice. As a general guide, you are advised against the use of brown rice as this type of rice is harder to digest, and therefore strains the stomach.
- Simply prepare the rice as you normally would. Start by sorting the rice before cleaning it.
- Boil the water and once boiled, add the rice and allow to cook until tender. (The typical ratio of rice to water is 1:2, but this is dependent on the type of rice used).
- Lower the heat and allow to simmer until the rice is ready.
8. Raw Potato Juice:
Time Required: 30 Min
What You Need: Raw potatoes and a juicer.
Raw potato juice is used in the treatment of gastritis because it soothes the stomach lining, thus speeding up the healing process. This juice is also gentle on the stomach, and is laden with nutrients that make a great addition to its healing properties. As one of the most effective natural remedies against gastritis, it is advisable to stock on raw potatoes if you find out that you are prone to the condition.
- Clean the raw potato properly before peeling it (optional since some people love to juice everything).
- Place the potato in the juicer and juice to your desired consistency.
- Drink the potato juice thrice daily preferably before your meals for the best results.
9. Licorice Root Tea:
Time Required: 20 Min
What You Need: 2 Tablespoons of licorice root tea, a cup of water, honey (optional) and a strainer.
One of the key elements of effective remedies in the treatment of gastritis is the presence of antioxidants which help in reducing pain and inflammation. This is why licorice is recommended. It is rich in natural antioxidants and is rather easy to prepare.
- Add the licorice root tea to the hot water, stir and allow to cool.
- Once the mixture has cooled, strain it.
- You may add honey if you so wish.
- Drink this mixture thrice daily to effectively deal with gastritis and its accompanying symptoms.
Other natural remedies that you can use to manage gastritis include probiotic yogurt that helps keep potential bacterial infections at bay, coconut water that is soothing for the stomach as well as tamarind. Papaya and pineapple are recommended for the treatment of gastritis as they are both rich in digestive enzymes which help break down food and reduce the stress on the stomach. Aloe vera is also known to be an excellent natural remedy for anyone suffering from gastritis.
In addition to the natural remedies, certain lifestyle changes also go a long way in managing gastritis. As a general guide, it is advisable for you to avoid alcohol and tobacco products as these aggravate the situation. Caffeinated and carbonated drinks are also in the list of foods to avoid when your stomach is inflamed. Depending on the causative agent, you may want to avoid certain anti-inflammatory drugs under the counsel of your doctor as some of these drugs worsen gastritis. Lastly, strive to engage in light exercises for your overall health.