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What is Gastritis?

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Gastritis is a common digestive condition characterized by inflammation of the lining of the stomach. It can be acute, lasting for a short period, or chronic, persisting over a longer duration. Gastritis can be caused by various factors, including bacterial or viral infections, excessive alcohol consumption, prolonged use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), stress, and autoimmune disorders.

Gastritis can be caused by several factors, including:

  • Stress: Prolonged stress can increase the production of stomach acid, leading to inflammation of the stomach lining.
  • Autoimmune Disorders: In some cases, the immune system mistakenly attacks the cells of the stomach lining, leading to autoimmune gastritis.
  • Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs): Frequent or prolonged use of NSAIDs, such as aspirin or ibuprofen, can irritate the stomach lining and cause gastritis.
  • Excessive Alcohol Consumption: Alcohol can irritate and inflame the stomach lining, leading to gastritis.

Symtpoms of gastritis

If you are experiencing gastritis, you may encounter one or more of the following symptoms:

  • Abdominal Pain or Discomfort: This can range from a dull ache to a sharp, burning sensation in the upper abdomen.
  • Nausea and Vomiting: Gastritis can cause feelings of queasiness and an urge to vomit.
  • Indigestion: Symptoms may include bloating, burping, and a feeling of fullness after eating a small amount of food.
  • Loss of Appetite: Gastritis can lead to a reduced desire to eat.
  • Heartburn: Some individuals may experience a burning sensation in the chest, often after meals.
  • Dark Stools: Gastritis can cause bleeding in the stomach, resulting in dark, tarry stools.


cupuncture can be an effective complementary therapy for managing gastritis and promoting digestive health. By targeting specific acupuncture points, it aims to reduce inflammation, alleviate symptoms, and support overall well-being. Benefits of acupuncture for gastritis include:

Acupuncture has been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties, which can help reduce inflammation in the stomach lining.

Acupuncture stimulates the release of endorphins, natural pain-relieving substances in the body, helping to alleviate abdominal pain and discomfort.

Acupuncture can help regulate digestive function, reduce symptoms of indigestion, and promote better absorption of nutrients.

Acupuncture has a calming effect on the nervous system, helping to reduce stress and anxiety, which can contribute to gastritis.

Acupuncture takes a holistic approach, addressing not only the physical symptoms but also the emotional and energetic aspects related to gastritis, promoting a sense of balance and well-being.