HYPERACIDITY AND PEPTIC ULCER
HYPERACIDITY AND PEPTIC ULCER
WHAT is HYPERACIDITY AND PEPTIC ULCER?
Hyperacidity (Amlapitta) is one of the most common disease seen in the society. It is seen in all ages, all classes, and all community. Hyperacidity refers to a set of symptoms caused by an imbalance between the acid secreting mechanism of the stomach and proximal intestine and the protective mechanisms that ensure their safety. The stomach normally secretes acid that is essential in the digestive process. When there is excess production of acid in the stomach, it results in the condition known as acidity. Peptic ulcers are sores that develop in the lining of the stomach, lower esophagus, or small intestine. They’re usually formed as a result of inflammation caused by the bacteria H. pylori, as well as from erosion from stomach acids. Peptic ulcers are a fairly common health problem.
TYPES of PEPTIC ULCER
gastric ulcers: ulcers that develop inside the stomach esophageal ulcers: ulcers that develop inside the esophagus duodenal ulcers: ulcers that develop in the upper section of the small intestines, called the duodenum
SYMPTOMS of ULCER
The classic symptom of a stomach ulcer is indigestion, also called dyspepsia. Indigestion causes pain or discomfort in the stomach area. This symptom can be mistaken for heartburn, which can occur at the same time.
Heartburn can be caused by acid reflux or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). It occurs slightly higher up from the stomach and is felt in the lower part of the chest. It is worth noting that not all stomach ulcers cause indigestion. Stomach ulcer symptoms tend to be more distinct than heartburn, but symptoms can still be vague. An ulcer tends to produce a burning or dull pain in the stomach area. Some people may describe a hungry sensation.
Other symptoms include: weight loss nausea and vomiting not eating because of pain burping bloating pain may be relieved by eating, drinking, or taking antacids
CAUSES of ULCER and RISK FACTORS
Different factors can cause the lining of the stomach, the esophagus, and the small intestine to break down: Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori), a type of bacteria that can cause a stomach infection and inflammation frequent use of aspirin (Bayer), ibuprofen (Advil), and other anti-inflammatory drugs (risk associated with this behavior increases in women and people over the age of 60) smoking drinking too much alcohol radiation therapy stomach cancer Skipping meals
HOW to TREAT ULCER with AYURVEDA?
Aetiological factors cause vitiation of Vata and Pitta Dosha. Anyone of the involved Dosha decreases the Jatharagni (to below the normal level) i.e. Jatharagnimandya. During this state, whatsoever food consumed, becomes Vidagdha. Then it becomes Sukta and it lies in the stomach stagnant. Any food which is taken becomes Vidagdha. At this stage Vidagdhajirna manifests which is the Purvarupa of the disease. Further vitiated Pitta gets mixed with Sukta and causes Pitta AmavisaSammurchhana. The Amlapitta with its cardinal symptoms is then born. If not treated properly in this stage, the disease leads to Bhedavasta where the typical characteristic types like Urdhwaga, Adhoga etc. are differentiated. Further complications like Sitapitta, Udara, Annadrava and Parinama Shula etc. may occur in the advanced course of the disease. Gananath Sen in SidhantaNidana has mentioned that when food is dominant with Amlarasa, then in Amashaya also Amlarasa is produced and when it is taken in more quantity it irritates the Amashaya. If food is not consumed at proper time, then the secretion of Amlarasa increase and it then irritates the Amasayakala resulting in various incurable disorders like Shula etc.
The type of procedure and the duration of treatment should be determined by the doctor depending on the health of the patient, the underlying cause of disorder and other conditions.
Snehapana Virechana Kashaya Panam etc
All these Ayurvedic procedures can be used both separately and in complex treatment. Consult the doctor for a treatment plan.
WHAT AYURVEDIC MEDICINES CAN HELP with ULCERS
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HOW to PREVENT HYPERACIDITY AND PEPTIC ULCER? DIET and LIFESTYLE
The goal is to avoid heartburn and anything that promotes acid production in the stomach. Avoid alcohol. Cut down on caffeine. Avoid foods that are spicy. Chocolate, citrus fruits, and tomato-based products can trigger heartburn in some people. Eat a diet rich in fiber, especially from fruits and vegetables. Avoid foods that are fried or high in fat. Eat five to six small meals a day instead of three larger meals. It is important that you avoid overeating. Frequent, smaller meals will be more comfortable and easier on the stomach than two or three large meals a day. Rest and relax a few minutes before and after each meal, as well as remaining relaxed during meals.