6/23/17

What Causes Abdominal Discomfort? 

Abdominal Discomfort

ABDOMINAL DISCOMFORT IS ONE of the most common complaints in the tropics. Sometimes this is caused by food that is eaten but more often by infection. 
Complaints of the digestive system tend to become chronic ; so every effort should be put forth to alleviate them as soon as they 
are noticed. 

Indigestion 

  The term indigestion is now used in place of dyspepsia. 
The latter term covered a multitude of complaints which have been individually defined and diagnosed ; so that now we 
difterentiate between specific conditions (like ulcers, cancer,colitis and disturbances due to mistreatment of the digestive system)and symptoms of general diseases. A discussion of peptic ulcer and cancer will follow, but first let us go into the topic of 
gastritis, a term which denotes an inflammation of the stomach. 
   A stomach disorder may accompany almost any general ailment such as influenza, chicken-pox, or dehydration but the distress is due to a stimulation of the central nervous system, not to any condition in the stomach itself This is 
a commonobservation and is mentioned only in passing. 
   The suffix " it is" attached to a name of a part of the body an inflammation of that part. Appendicitis, for instance, is an inflammation of the appendix; colitis an 
inflammation of the colon encephalitis, inflammation of encephalon (brain). And so on. So gastritis is an inflammation of 
the stomach. (The Greek word for belly is gastros.) Until the gastroscope was invented, this ailment was not considered as a disease in its own right but only an accompaniment of other diseases. But now with this instrument doctors are able to look and see the condition of the walls. They see swelling of the lining with bleeding here and there, and patches 
where the cells are, destroyed. Sometimes they see red patches with a centre like the pus of a pimple. These are large areas 
from l/4 to 1/2 inch in diameter. 
   It his important for individual to learn what brings on gastritis.
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What are the Causes of Indigestion?

1.  Faulty Diet : Strong spices are commonly known to be 
irritating. Mustard, for instance, when put on the skin will cause 
marked irritation and burning with discomfort. The skin can 
tolerate it only about 15 minutes before the blood-vessels 
become dilated. Pepper is also very irritating. Chillies burn all the 
way to the stomach. Such cannot help but do to the lining of the stomach what we know they do to the outside skin. No
wonder, then, That the gastroscope reveals heemorrhages, destroyed cells and areas of redness on the lining of the stomach.
Cinnamon, Gloves, ginger, nutmeg and other mild spices when 
used sparingly, may not be harmful ; but if they are used to the extent that they cover up the original flavour of the food, they are used in too great a quantity. One must be careful lest he begin to require more and more of the spice flavours and desire 
less and less of the original flavour of the food.

    Coffe and tea have alao been found to have the same effect as spices and should be avoided on the same basis. They are objectionable also in that they contain caffeine,which acts as a stimulant and cardiac irritant
  Very rough foods are irritating to the stomach be well chewed. In fact thorough mastication is always important.

2. Alcohol : This is also adverse effect on the nervous system, it causes redness and hemorrhage in the stomach.

3. Thermal Influences : Many people like to drink hot tea or coffee. They drink it piping hot. The bad thing about this
is that food or drink that is too hot for the mouth is swallowed quickly. After leaving the throat it seeing  not to, burn any more
but this relief is only apparent. It is true that the oesophagus and stomach are not sensitive to heat, but the damage to the
mucous membrane is just the same as  if the food had been kept in the mouth. If food or drink is too, hot to keep in your mouth do not swallow it.

4. Abnormal Distension : Some people's appetites are never satisfied until their stomach is thoroughly : distended with
food. This disturbs the normal peristalsis (wave action) of the stomach and is one of the causes of gastritis

5. Chemical Irritants : Many people are continually taking aspirin, which has been found to be another cause of gastritis. Ammonium chloride, quinine and digitalis will have the same effect and should therefore be taken only under supervision.

Reference

The New Health and Longevity by A. C. Selmon a. The Oriental Watchman Publishing House, 1960. 

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