Contrary to popular belief, gastritis is a condition involving a number of different conditions that all have inflammation in the lining of the stomach and not just a single condition. It may be caused a bacterial infection specifically by H. pylori (Helicobacter pylori). It may be also caused by long-term use of NSAIDS (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) such as ibuprofen or aspirin or excessive drinking of alcohol. Occasionally, gastritis may occur after a severe infection, a burn, traumatic injury, or major surgery. Chronic bile reflux, autoimmune disorders, pernicious anemia and other types of diseases can lead to gastritis, as well.
Stomach pain or upset are the most typical symptoms of gastritis. A sensation of burning or fullness in the upper stomach, vomiting, nausea, abdominal bloating, and belching are the symptoms of this condition. Black stools or blood in your vomit can be an indication of bleeding in the abdomen, which in turn, may be a sign of a far more serious problem necessitating prompt medical attention.
Gastritis, from the viewpoint of TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine), is closely associated with the imbalance or dysfunction of the Spleen, Liver, Stomach, or a combination of these organ systems. Treatment using acupuncture will depend on the constitution and the differential diagnosis of the patient.
Acupuncture can be used alongside medications and other forms of Western conventional medical treatment. This treatment is extremely effective in helping control the symptoms and progress of gastritis by its ability to normalize metabolism, neuropeptide and hormone release, gastric motility, and gastric secretions.