Written by Staša Mišić
Gastritis is primarily caused by inflammation of the stomach lining, which can occur due to various factors. Some common causes of gastritis include:
- Helicobacter pylori infection and other infections
- Regular use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), corticosteroids, or potassium supplements
- Excessive alcohol consumption
- Autoimmune disorders
- Bile reflux
- Frequent vomiting due to various conditions
- Radiation therapy targeted at the upper abdomen (in some cases)
Yoga can be a beneficial practice for managing gastritis. However, it’s important to remember that yoga is not a substitute for medical treatment, especially if you have severe gastritis or other underlying health issues.
Incorporating specific yoga poses and practices can help in reducing stress, improving digestion, and promoting overall well-being, which may indirectly support gastritis management. Always practice yoga with caution, especially if you are experiencing pain or discomfort due to gastritis. It’s essential to listen to your body and stop any practice that causes discomfort.
In managing this condition effectively, consider the following:
- Maintain a healthy lifestyle.
- Avoid eating outside food, spicy, and oily food.
- Limit intake of tea, coffee, sour, and carbonated drinks.
- Avoid alcohol and smoking.
- Minimize stress and night awakening.
- Always consult with a healthcare professional for proper diagnosis and treatment, and follow their recommendations.
Here are some yoga poses that may be helpful:
- Mārjārīāsana (Cat Pose)
- Bālāsana (Child’s Pose)
- Ardha Matsyendrāsana (Half Lord of the Fishes Pose)
- Ūrdhva Prasārita Pādāsana (Extended Legs Pose)
- Śavāsana (Corpse Pose)
Perform these yoga poses mindfully and consider seeking guidance from a qualified yoga instructor to ensure proper alignment and benefits for managing gastritis.
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