Gastritis is an inflammation, irritation, or erosion of the lining of the stomach. It can occur suddenly (acute) or gradually (chronic).
Gastritis is defined as a peptic acid disease and inflammation associated with the production of this acid, causing a series of troubles or annoyances that, if left unattended, can eventually lead to bigger, more complex problems.
Conventional treatment for gastritis may include a variety of medications, including antacids, acid blockers, proton pump inhibitors and antibiotics. These treatments may have short- or long-term side effects.
Antacids may cause dose-dependent rebound hyperacidity and milk-alkali syndrome. Antacids that contain aluminum hydroxide may cause constipation, aluminum-intoxication, osteomalacia, and hypophosphatemia. Antacids that contain magnesium have a laxative effect that may cause diarrhea, and in patients with renal failure they may cause increased magnesium levels in the blood, because of the reduced ability of the kidneys to eliminate magnesium from the body in the urine.
Proton Pump Inhibitors can cause a number of uncomfortable side effects, including infection. Gastric acid is responsible for killing some harmful bacteria in the stomach. Thus, when gastric acid is reduced and unable to continue eliminating as much bacteria, PPI users become susceptible to a host of infections, such as C. difficile. Researchers recently released a study that suggests PPIs may have a link to damaged arteries. Increased risk of heart attack, kidney failure and dementia could follow, researchers said.
By taking the antacid or acid reducing medication can only temporary relieve the pain or heartburn feeling, but the problem will keep coming back if you do not solve the root cause. Before that, one thing we have to understand is, gastric reflux is not caused by too much acid is being produced. Controversy, it is actually too little acid is being produced.
Insufficient stomach acid will encourage in intra-abdominal pressure (IAP). The pressure will push against the lower esophageal sphincter (LES). It will cause the acid flow backward (reflux) to your esophageal, making you pain and burning sensation.
If you experience the bloating, burps, or gas after eating, you are likely to have a problem of low stomach acid production. These symptoms are good indication that your digestion is suffering. Low stomach acid production will allow the bacteria to survive and multiply in your stomach. Bloating or burping could be the reasons of bacterial is overgrowth in the stomach wall or upper level of the small intestine.
H.pylori infection is another cause for the gastric reflux or ulcers. H.pylori can reduce the acidity of the stomach. When the h.pylori reach the stomach wall, it will secrete an enzyme called urease which convert urea to ammonia. The ammonia reduces the stomach acidity where the h.pylori is attached allowing this bacteria to survive. Research studied is believe that, the initial h.pylori can only take place when the acidity of the stomach is decrease. Therefore, for the people who suffering the acid reflux taking the acid suppressing drug might increase the prevalence of getting the h.pylori infection; and the h.pylori will even lower the stomach acid and make the condition even worse.
At B4ItHappens, we will integrate TCM and nutritional medicine to solve this problem. Our principles of treatment are through restoring the body function by acupuncture, providing raw materials such as amino acids for repairing gastric lining and proper enzyme production, and digestive enzymes for enhancement of digestion and absorption if needed.
Acupuncture relieves gastritis and is more effective than the drug ranitidine, an antihistamine. Researchers from Chenzhou First People’s Hospital investigated the efficacy of acupuncture and ranitidine for the treatment of chronic gastritis. Gastritis causes indigestion with burning pain of the abdomen, nausea, vomiting, bloating, hiccups, or tarry stools. The results of the investigation reveal that acupuncture produces significantly greater positive patient outcomes than the antihistamine medication.
Acupuncture is more effective than ranitidine for reducing or eliminating gastric mucosal lesions and inflammation for patients with chronic gastritis. Gastroscopy confirms that acupuncture produced a 96.4% total effective rate and ranitidine produced a 69.9% total effective rate.
- Du KT & Xie H. (2015). Clinical Study on Acupuncture plus Moxibustion for Chronic Superficial Gastritis. Shanghai Journal of Acupuncture and Moxibustion. 34(10).