Gastritis is a term that refers to any condition, which inflames your stomach lining. Consuming too much alcohol, excessive use of pain relievers, and H. pylori bacteria can cause gastritis.
Common symptoms are nausea, vomiting and a feeling of bloating in the abdomen. Most people who have gastritis are able to treat it and find relief from their symptoms.
The main teas that soothe gastritis are:
- mint tea;
- St. John's wort tea;
- ginger tea.
Among the herbs that help with gastritis are licorice and milk thistle.
Tea for gastritis
Treatment for gastritis depends on the underlying cause. Your doctor may prescribe treatment to manage your symptoms while they look for the cause of the inflammation. If H. pylori bacteria is found to be the cause of gastritis, antibiotics are usually prescribed to help treat the infection. However, there is some research, which shows that tea can be a useful supplement for gastritis treatment at home.
According to a May 2015 report published in Diagnostic Microbiology and Infectious Disease, both green and black tea may help reduce the spread of H. pylori in people experiencing signs of stomach problems. The effect is even greater when the tea is combined with manuka honey.
Certain compounds in tea called polyphenols and flavonoids can protect the stomach lining by blocking the action of the urease enzyme and preventing the stomach lining from breaking down.
Another compound called MeONQ, which is a catechin—a type of antioxidant found in high amounts in green tea—enters cell membranes in the stomach and triggers chemical reactions that neutralize free radicals and kill H. pylori bacteria.
In addition, drinking a warm drink can soothe the digestive tract and make the stomach processes easier.