Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) & Gastritis

If you suffer from gastritis, a cluster of conditions that are caused by inflammation of the stomach lining – Traditional Chinese Medicine might be part of an excellent treatment plan!

It’s never fun when your stomach is inflamed but, when you suffer from chronic gastritis, you have to deal with this unpleasantness and discomfort chronically. You might have pain in the upper abdomen, nausea and vomiting, a loss of appetite, belching or bloating and even unhealthy weight loss. Gastritis can cause a lack of sleep and rest and affect your emotional and mental well-being and really interrupt the flow of your day-to-day life.

Gastritis is caused by a weakening of the stomach’s protective mucus layer, which normally protects it from the acids that help to digest your food. When that layer is weakened or damaged it exposes your stomach to inflammation from those digestive juices. It might have been triggered by a bacterial infection, regular use of pain relief medications, stress, alcohol usage, an auto immune disorder, or reflux. But getting at the underlying causes through Western medicine can present a challenge. Many general practitioners and internists will simply reach for their prescription pad and you may wind up on something that chemically masks your symptoms but doesn’t resolve them.

We know that’s why you look to acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine and other practices, because you care about what’s REALLY going on with your body.

Talk with your TCM practitioner about your symptoms of gastritis. In the TCM perspective, we believe that gastritis might be affected by a blockage in your qi energy. We’re likely to recommend changes in your diet – such as eliminating foods of a certain temperature, that are very spicy, as well as sugars, fried foods and dairy. We’ll also talk with you about modulating your emotions and stresses (see our blog on Meditation).

Acupuncture may provide some relief to many of the symptoms of gastritis, including nausea, pain and vomiting and will help to improve your overall digestive functions. But we might also recommend a TCM like Ban Xia Xie Xin Wan, sometimes known as “Gastropeace”.

The ingredients of this herbal blend include:

Pinellia root

Radix Scutellariae (a flowering plant in the mint family)

Radix Codonopsis (similar to Ginseng)

Licorice root

Chinese Goldthread

White Peony Root

Tangerine Peel

So, if you’ve been suffering from gastritis, talk with your acupuncturist and TCM practitioner about an herbal remedy like Ban Xia Xie Wan. We’ll try to help you find relief from your discomfort and the right herbs to address what lies beneath your symptoms.

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