Gastritis is a condition associated with abnormal inflammation in the lining of the stomach. The National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse states that although many people with this condition complain of upper abdominal discomfort, some people may experience no symptoms at all. Before taking herbal medicines to help treat your gastritis, schedule a visit with your physician to discuss herb-related topics such as dosage and duration of treatment.
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 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.
Do not hesitate to see a health care professional for an evaluation if you experience upper abdominal pain. There are numerous factors that can cause pain in this part of your body, including certain conditions that require immediate care and treatment. Although herbs have long been prescribed for many health problems, you should not assume that herbs will cure your ailment. You may experience the greatest health benefits by using herbs as an adjunct to other therapies.
- National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse: Gastritis
- Merck Manuals: Gastritis
- "Herbal Medicine From the Heart of the Earth"; Sharol Tilgner, N.D.; 1999