Some of the best home remedies to treat gastritis include teas, such as maytenus ilicifolia tea or Brazilian peppertree tea, and juices, such as potato juice and cabbage juice, as these help to reduce symptoms.
In addition, there are certain habits you can adopt that will help you manage gastritis, such as drinking water several times a day, eating small quantities frequently, and avoiding alcoholic drinks, coffee, spicy seasonings, and acidic foods (for instance, lemon, orange, and pineapple). In addition, you should also avoid eating deep-fried food and sweet foods containing dairy or those that are processed. Learn which foods to avoid and which you can eat.
If the pain or burning sensation in your stomach remains for over three days, if it increases overtime, or if you start vomiting with blood, you must seek medical help as quickly as possible to start suitable treatment.
Here are some proven home remedies to help relieve gastritis symptoms:
1. Potato juice
A great home remedy for gastritis is drinking pure potato juice when fasting, because it decreases acidity in the stomach, thus reducing pain, acid reflux, and heartburn. Potato juice is effective against acute, nervous, or chronic gastritis.
- 2 to 3 raw potatoes;
- 150 mL warm water.
Peel and grate the potatoes. Place the grated potatoes in a sieve over a bowl and add the warm water (as you would to make coffee). This water can also be drunk 30 minutes before two of your main meals (maximum).
Another way of preparing potato juice is to blend all the ingredients and strain the mixture before drinking. You can also swap the warm water for melon juice to improve it's taste.
2. Espinheira-santa (maytenus ilicifolia) tea
Another excellent home remedy for gastritis is Espinheira-santa (maytenus ilicifolia) tea. This plant, originating from the Amazon Rainforest, as a great composition in tannins, such as epigallocatechin, and polysaccharides, such as arabinogalactan. These tannins and polysaccharides help reduce stomach acidity as well as protecting the stomach from the acid it produces.
Some studies have shown that maytenus ilicifolia tea has a similar effect to cimetidine, which is a medication used for people with gastritis to reduce the production of stomach acid.
- 1 teaspoon of dry Espinheira-santa (maytenus ilicifolia) leaves;
- 1 cup of boiling water.
Add the plant leaves to the boiling water, put a lid on the cup, and let the mixture sit for about 10 minutes. Strain and drink it warm. It is advised that you take this tea when you’re fasting, and half an hour before meals.
This plant should not be used by pregnant or breastfeeding women, since it has potential to cause an abortion or reduce breast milk production. It should also not be used by children under the age of 12.
3. Banana and pear juice
Combining banana and pear into a juice provides a great natural treatment for the digestive system, as this combination contains important fibers for digestion, as well as pectin, a specific type of fiber that helps the body initiate bowel movements.
These two types of fruit can be also reduce the amount of time gastric acid comes in contact with the walls of the stomach, thus reducing inflammation and relieving gastritis symptoms.
- 1 banana;
- 1 pear;
- 1 cup of water;
- Ice (optional).
Peel the banana and the pear. Then, cut them into pieces and put them in the blender with the remaining ingredients. Blend until you obtain a homogenous mixture.
4. Brazilian peppertree (aroeira) tea
Brazilian peppertree, known scientifically as Schinus terebinthifolius, contains analgesic, anti-inflammatory, depurative and anti-acidic properties which are effective against gastritis and stomach ulcers because they decrease stomach's acidity, and also help combat Helicobacter pylori.
Some studies have show that this tea is as effective as Omeprazole, for the treatment of gastritis.
- 3 to 4 small pieces of brazilian peppertree bark;
- 1 liter of water.
Place the ingredients in a pan and simmer for about 10 minutes. Let the mixture cool down, strain, and drink three tablespoons of this tea every day.
This tea can produce a strong laxative effect in some people, therefore it is recommended to stop it's use if diarrhea appears. It should also be avoided during pregnancy.
5. Chard tea
Chard tea is an excellent home remedy for gastritis because it is rich in nutrients such as vitamins A, C, K, and magnesium, potassium, and iron, which have natural anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties. These properties help to reduce the typical symptoms of gastritis, as well as eliminate toxins from the blood.
- 50 g (1.8 oz) of chard leaves;
- 1 liter of water.
Add the chard leaves to a pan with the water and let it simmer for approximately 10 minutes. Then let the tea cool down and drink three times a day.
This tea should not be used in case of kidney stones or by people undergoing anticoagulant treatment.
6. Cabbage juice with papaya and melon
This juice is a great natural tonic for the digestive system. Cabbage contains compounds, such as kaempferol and glucosinolates, that help protect the gastric lining, even against H. Pylori infection. Papaya and melon are fruits very rich in natural enzymes that help with digestion.
- 6 cabbage leaves with the stalk;
- Half a papaya;
- 2 cups of melon (in cubes);
- 2 cups of water.
Cut the cabbage into big chunks and place all the ingredients into the blender. Blend together until you get a smooth mixture. This juice can be drunk three to four times a day.