Gastritis is inflammation of the lining of the stomach. It is acute when it starts suddenly and lasts a short time. It is chronic if it is long lasting or goes away and comes back. It can cause belly pain and burning, burping, bloating, lack of hunger, and other problems. Long term gastritis can wear away at the lining of the stomach. This can lead to ulcers and bleeding.
Medicine can ease symptoms and heal the stomach lining. If you are taking medicine that is causing your gastritis, it will be stopped or changed.
Some people turn to alternate therapies to further ease symptoms. There isn’t much evidence to support that they are helpful.
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Talk to your doctor about all herbs or supplements you are taking. Some may interact with your treatment plan or health conditions. Some supplements discussed here have certain concerns such as:
Excessive vitamin C may be associated with kidney stone formation. Do not take vitamin C with iron supplements or blood thinners. Use caution when taking vitamin C and acetaminophen.
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Last reviewed February 2020 by EBSCO NAT Review Board Eric Hurwitz, DC Last Updated: 5/26/2020