Everyone experiences occasional digestive
upsets such as indigestion, pain, heartburn, regurgitation,
flatulence or a disturbance of bowel habit. These
can be regarded as normal often caused by diet, life-style
or a change in routine. If symptoms of this sort persist
or worsen, it indicates new digestive problems such
as Gastritis, Peptic ulcer, Reflux oesophagitis and
Hiatus hernia. Sometimes these collective symptoms
of stomach can cause a crushing pain in your chest
identical to the pain of a heart attack.
is a peptic ulcer?
Now, it is known as "Acid peptic Disease".
A peptic ulcer is a raw area or small hole in the
lining of the stomach or the duodenum, the first part
of the small intestine. Most ulcers that occur in
the duodenum medically termed as “Duodenal ulcers”.
A smaller number develop in the stomach called as
“gastric ulcers”. The term "Gastritis"
is used for generalised inflammation of the inner
|What are the causes?
What are the
symptoms usually appear as "Burning" at
the pit of the stomach. It warns you that you have
mild “Gastritis.” This is later associated
with pain often felt in between meals. If the erosion
in the stomach lining is more it gives pain immediately
after taking food or it may ache when your stomach
is empty. The pain is relieved by drinking cold water
and intensified with spicy and sour foods. These symptoms
warn you that you are prone to get “Gastric
Ulcer.” Sometimes it makes you awake at night.
The pain may be felt over your chest, in between shoulders.
If you feel better by eating something you may have
| What is Reflux Oesophagitis?
Reflux oesophagitis is inflammation
of lower end of oesophagus. This can be thought of
as chronic heartburn. The term refers to the frequent
backing up as reflux of stomach contents such as food,
acid and bile into the oesophagus. This occurs because
a muscular valve at the junction of the oesophagus
and stomach fails to work properly.
| What are the symptoms?
The stomach contents
irritate the oesophagus and cause a painful burning
sensation in the chest rising up to the throat as
"Heartburn." Sometimes this is accompanied
by a bitter taste in the mouth. These symptoms typically
occur after taking food. Large meals and fatty or
spicy foods are most likely to cause problems. Lying
down or bending over may cause or worsen the symptoms.
Stomach contents may rise as far as the throat and
experienced as regurgitation. When severe, it may
is a symptom something that is experienced with a
burning sensation behind the breastbone as a result
of rather diffuse or extensive inflammation or irritation
of the oesophagus. This sometimes can cause a crushing
pain in your chest identical to the pain of a heart
attack. Though it causes discomfort, occasional heartburn
is not harmful. But if you have heartburn frequently,
your stomach's acid may inflame the lining of your
oesophagus, narrowing it.
Reflux oesophagitis may be misinterpreted with “Hiatus
hernia.” It is protrusion of the top of the
stomach through the diaphragm upto the chest cavity.
Although a hernia helps to cause reflux disease, many
people have a hiatus hernia, but no reflux problems
because their sphincter functions properly. In most
sufferers reflux disease is not more than a nuisance,
bothering them only on some occasions, eg: after large
spicy meal. In some people it causes regular discomfort
that disrupts their lives.
| How to find out?
Eventhough the signs and symptoms demands
a physician to make a provisional diagnosis, you may
require some investigations to confirm that.
oesophagus and stomach is examined directly with a
flexible telescope to see if there is any Oesophagitis.
Endoscopy also helps in detecting any other problem
such as stomach ulcer.
Barium meal or Swallow
X-ray pictures are taken as you swallow a thick liquid
which outlines the oesophagus and stomach. It is most
useful to find the cause of the food that sticks.
| How to prevent?
| What is the ideal
We differ in the treatment of gastrointestinal disorders
from other systems of medicine. We come out with good
solutions for all the causative factors which impair
the alimentary tract. It has wonderful action on the
stomach barrier and vaso-vagal stimulation. I had
come across many cases of non-specific apthae, gastritis,
peptic ulcer and acid reflux diseases. Unlike the
other medications, homoeopathic medicines are administered
in most diluted, dynamic form which never irritate
your stomach lining but has powerful action in dissolving
the scar tissues. I have treated patients with marvellous
results. I have been successful even in some cases
of peptic ulcer with pyloric stenosis.
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