Acidity, stomach ulcers and heartburn are common health issues in India that come under Gastroenterology. While these diseases individually aren’t grave, they could be a warning for a more serious health issue in the making. The main points to look out for is the severity and duration of gastric disorders. If any of these gastric issues continue to cause trouble, remember to consult the best gastroenterologist near you at the earliest. Ignoring health symptoms may lead to more severe health issues in the future.

One of the most common gastric problems among Indians is GERD (gastro-esophageal reflux disease). This gastric disease is especially prone in people who consume chilly-rich diet, fizzy drinks, smoking and even taking too many painkillers. About 20% of Indians have this disease which accounts for about 250 million people in the entire country. The head of Indian Society of Gastroenterology announced these numbers recently. Even though a huge number of people have this disease, there has been no permanent treatment to cure acid reflux problem. Usually, a person suffering from GERD is given medicines that he needs to be on throughout his life. The downsides of taking life-long medication also includes side-effects that such medication has on one’s body.

Up until now, there wasn’t any endoscopic treatment available but recently the head of Indian Society of Gastroenterology announced that a technique invented by a Japanese professor has been used to completely cure a patient with refractory acidity. The entire procedure takes almost half an hour and has been modified in such a way – making the complete procedure far less than what it costs in Japan. Not only is this technique expected to revolutionize the treatment of acidity – it will also help cure millions.

Soon, the head of Indian Society of Gastroenterology plans to conduct several seminars in different parts of the country teaching this novel and innovative procedure to other doctors. These experts include doctors in different cities of India who are keen to perform this technique (called Anti-reflux mucosectomy) on their patients suffering from this now curable disease.

Another study published in Clinical Hepatology journal suggests a strong link between the psychology and health of a person. It appears that in the case of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), psychological therapy can help in relieving symptoms such as stomach ache, bloating, constipation and diarrhea. Although the western world does not recognize the connection between the body and mind, an obvious link can be observed in the case of IBS (called the brain gut axis). Since irritable bowel syndrome does not have any permanent treatment, different kinds of psychological therapies including hypnosis and cognitive therapies can help reduce the associated symptoms.

Hopefully, with these recent advancements in medicine, millions of people suffering from gastric disorders will be cured. Nonetheless, people need to comprehend the long term bad effects of not having a proper diet.

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