Treating Gastritis in the Ayurveda way
Many suffer from digestive issues like acidity, indigestion, and constipation. Often, an erratic lifestyle can lead to digestive issues. Dr. V.C. Ajith Kumar, Ayurveda Doctor, Ayush Singapore, says that the secret to healthy digestion is appropriate and balanced digestive fire (Agni).
If the digestion, absorption, assimilation, and elimination take place in a balanced way, it improves the Ojas, says Dr.V.C Ajith Kumar, an expert in Ayurveda from Ayurveda Singapore. According to him, there has been a paradigm shift in our dietary habits. The consumption of highly processed foods and unhealthy eating habits has given rise to lifestyle-related issues such as gastrointestinal disorders.
According to Dr.V.C Ajith Kumar, an expert in Ayurveda from Ayurveda Singapore, gastritis is a condition with an inflammation of the stomach’s mucosal lining. “If not treated properly and on time, it can lead to complications,” he says.
Dr.V.C Ajith Kumar, an expert in Ayurveda from Ayurveda Singapore, continues, “Ayurveda doesn’t address the symptoms, but it goes a little deep and treats the root cause. An imbalance of Pitta can affect digestion and metabolism. Pitta influences agni, which breaksdown the food we eat. Any imbalance, weakening, or intensification of the dosha impacts the functioning of agni.”
The quality of agni is different in various people, Dr.V.C Ajith Kumar, an expert in Ayurveda from Ayurveda Singapore, adds. “Those with Vata or Kapha dominance often show a weak agni, which causes slow digestion. It can manifest as metabolic disorders, diarrhea, or constipation. “
Dr. V.C. Ajith Kumar, an expert in Ayurveda from Ayurveda Singapore, says that even excess agni is bad. “Pitta-type people often complain of acidity, heartburn, GERD, and other gastrointestinal conditions. Gastritis refers to a wide range of gastro-inflammatory conditions.”
Dr. V.C. Ajith Kumar, an expert in Ayurveda from Ayurveda Singapore, recommends quickly addressing the aggravated Pitta to avoid a vicious cycle of excess agni, gastritis, and damage to the stomach.
Dr. V.C. Ajith Kumar cautions, “In some cases, gastritis can develop into erosive gastritis, which causes bleeding and peptic ulcer.”
Dr. V.C. Ajith Kumar, an expert in Ayurveda from Ayurveda Singapore, explains, “When gastritis occurs due to pitta aggravation, it is called urdhvaga amla pitta. While Ayurveda looks at each patient differently, based on the dosha, some common things need to be addressed.”
He says, “Your first aim should be to fix the diet and lifestyle part. You’ll have to avoid heavily processed foods and reduce your intake of spicy and oily food. Include Pitta pacifying spices like coriander, black pepper, cilantro, turmeric, basil, mint cumin, and cinnamon. Ingredients like amla, elaichi, haritaki, pippali, and jaiphal are used in Ayurveda to treat gastritis.
Dr. V.C. Ajith Kumar, an expert in Ayurveda from Ayurveda Singapore, says, “Amla has high fibre content, and it aids in controlling overeating. It helps reduce acidity. Jaiphal, basil, and turmeric are anti-inflammatory.”
Besides focusing on dietary changes and taking Ayurvedic medicines, one should focus on lifestyle changes. “Follow a schedule or dinacharya. Ensuring disciplined meal timings and practicing yoga and meditation can all help. Therapies like panchakarma are beneficial in gastritis. However, for a complete treatment plan, you consult an Ayurvedic physician to get personalized recommendations,” concludes Dr. V.C. Ajith Kumar, an expert in Ayurveda from Ayurveda Singapore.