Acidity

WHAT IS ACIDITY

It refers to a set of symptoms caused by an imbalance between acid secreting mechanism of stomach and proximal intestine .

The stomach normally secretes acid that is essential in the digestive process.When there is excess production of acid by the gastric glands of the stomach,it results in acidity.

  • CAUSES OF ACIDITY:-
  • Indiscriminate eating of oily food,food with more salt and spices.
  • Food or drinks containing lot of acids or sour foods increase the secretion of hydrochloric acid .
  • Tension,worries and pressure on mind creates more acid in the stomach.
  • Frequent drinking of coffee,habit of alcohol,smoking and drugs help to roduce more acid.
  • Lack of sufficient physical activities,sleep immediately after food.
  • Taking frequent allopathic medicines like aspirin.
  • SYMPTOMS OF ACIDITY:-

-Dyspepsia

-Heartburn

-Regurgitation of gastric contents

  • DIAGNOSIS OF ACIDITY:-

-Clinical symptoms and history –any present and past drug use such as NSAIDs,a history of family members with ulcers,alcohol consumption and smoking.

-Stress assessment is also useful.

-Upper gastrointestinal endoscopy is done to detect ulcers.

-Barium meal studies also useful.

  • TREATMENT OF ACIDITY:-

Allopathic Treatment-

-Antacids provide immediate relief of symptoms by neutralizing the excess acid secreted.

-A group of drugs called H2 receptor blockers cause stomach to produce less acid.(drugs like Cimetidine,Ranitidine etc.)

-Proton pump inhibitors (Omeprazole,Lansoprazole)which disable a mechanism of acid making cells.

-A suitable diet must be strictly followed avoiding spicy,salty,acidic food.

  • Homeopathic Treatment-

Regulate the normal secretion of Hydrochloric acid from the gastric gland thus maintain a normal acid level in stomach.

Stress is also a cause of acidity .During case taking we also cover that point so it also helps in treating the acidity.

  • Homeopathic Medicines-

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