Acute gastritis. Sounds bad, doesn’t it? Well, it feels worse. A burning, knife like pain in the gut that can actually double you over. In Grandma’s day it would have been called a ‘bad belly ache’ and she would have dosed it with chamomile and mint tea, or a big dose of castor oil. Today’s Big Pharma answers are proton pump inhibitors, endoscopic exams (think of a long rubber tube with a camera on the end run down your throat into your stomach to take a peek), and other various prescription drugs and antibiotics (which might or might not make the problem better…or worse).
Now, acute (sharp, continuing) pain in the abdomen is not something to take lightly or ignore. It really COULD be appendicitis, a blocked intestine, a gall bladder issue or something equally serious requiring allopathic medical intervention. If you have acute abdominal pain that lasts for more than 8-12 hours, get it checked out.
I recently had a bout of ‘bad belly ache.’ I had contracted an intestinal bacteria (I live in the tropics) and reluctantly had to resort to taking a prescription medication to kill it (none of the herbal remedies I tried first made much of a dent in it). The prescription worked, and the symptoms from the protozoa (diarrhea, flatulence, bloating and nausea) went away after 2 days. Those drugs are STRONG and they work for what they are designed for—i.e. killing all manner of persistent nasties in the gut. Unfortunately, it also left me doubled over with acute pain.
After a visit to the local doctor, who quickly ruled out any of the above mentioned serious issues and pronounced it ‘acute gastritis’, I popped a couple of over the counter antacids (Pepto Bismol works really well) for some immediate (if temporary) relief and brewed mint tea with ginger. Then I reached for my bottle of Cloud Forest Botanicals Anamu tincture and into the freezer for a container of Xtreme Green. Xtreme Green is pure juice of llanten (Plantago lanceolata) and Anamu is well-known throughout the rainforest regions for its anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer and immune system properties.
Acute gastritis is the sudden inflammation of the mucosal lining of the stomach.
“Gastritis usually develops when your stomach’s protective layer becomes weakened or damaged. A mucus-lined barrier protects the wall of your stomach from the acids that help digest your food. Weaknesses in the barrier allow your digestive juices to damage and inflame your stomach lining. A number of diseases and conditions can make your stomach’s protective layer vulnerable to damage and increase your risk of gastritis.” (Mayo Clinic).
It comes on suddenly, and can be marked by nausea, severe indigestion, pain, etc. In truly severe cases, there can even be blood in the stool or vomiting with blood. It is not a good thing. It can be caused by regular use of too much aspirin, Ibuprofen, or other pain relief drugs. Excessive alcohol consumption, stress, poor diet are possible culprits. It can also be caused by the bacteria Helicobacter pylori, which is present in the stomachs of more than half the world’s population and normally does not cause symptoms -for more information about this, visit http://www.uptodate.com/contents/patient-information-helicobacter-pylori-infection-and-treatment
However, with prompt attention, gastritis can be quickly healed. In my case, I experienced 90% reduction of symptoms within 24 hours of beginning my Xtreme Green and Anamu regime: drinking lots of water, eating very small, light meals, resting with a cheap mystery novel, and taking a full teaspoon of Xtreme Green mixed with cool water every 6 hours, and 15 drops of Anamu Tincture 3 times a day. Voila!
For more information about Xtreme Green, Anamu, or any other of our products, contact the Cloud Forest Queens at firstname.lastname@example.org We’d love to hear from you—your experiences with herbal healing, your questions about herbs, etc.
Have a great day! And remember: Life is too short to drink bad coffee.