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OVERVIEW OF INDIGESTION AND GASTRITIS
I. Physiological Considerations
Indigestion and gastritis are not entirely synonymous
terms, but for practical reasons might be used together. The disturbance
in the stomach and generally the upper portion of the intestinal tract
falls short of that clinical condition known as peptic or duodenal ulcer
but seems to be the precursor in many cases.
The physiological progression of events, as seen in
the readings, seems to be fairly consistent. There is either an
"acid" condition developed within the body as a result of infection of
a chronic nature (which has its terminal effect on the liver, pancreas,
and spleen) or an autonomic nervous system malfunction in the mid-dorsal
region from D4 to D9 - which affects the functioning of the liver or directly
upsets the normal activity in the stomach when digestion starts.
Improper functioning of the liver, pancreas, and spleen
in turn creates "used, refused energies" in the circulatory system; and
these in turn suppress assimilation of necessary food substances in the
lacteal duct area of the small intestine. This is the area of lymphatic
tissue which is known as the Peyer’s patch area.
With such accumulation of dross, so to speak, the
disturbed impulses to the digestive area are magnified in their effect
and gastritis and indigestion are a natural result. At this point
the stomach refuses to digest food taken into it, there is further irritation
of the walls of the stomach and the duodenum; and this by its local effect
acts as a disturbance toward normal assimilation in the upper small intestine.
Thus the effect is heightened and perpetuated.
Occasionally the condition described in the nervous
system was that of a tautness, which would certainly imply a general nervousness
of the body or what we know as stress or tension. Some of the complications,
and certainly the cycle effect, continuing manifestation of indigestion,
would not be present if the toxic and waste products were fully removed
from the system. Thus the eliminations as a whole are involved in
this lack of full function.
II. Rationale of Therapy
In approaching therapy, we should remember that the
body has a capability of normal function:
Thus, we would administer those activities which
would bring a normal reaction through these portions, stimulating them
to an activity from the body itself, rather than the body becoming dependent
upon supplies that are robbing portions of the system to produce activity
in other portions or the system receiving elements or chemical reactions
being supplied without arousing the activity of the system itself for
a more normal condition. (1968-3)
In view of the mechanisms involved in the production
of gastritis or indigestion, it becomes apparent that the first aim in
therapy is to neutralize and cleanse the stomach. This would effect
a better possibility of adequate assimilation. Then the eliminations
should be brought to a more adequate level so that overloading of the
circulation could be relieved. It is important to keep the eliminations
stimulated to some extent until balance is achieved.
The next aim is to balance the nervous systems, so
that impulses which are being sent to the liver, the pancreas, the spleen,
and the digestive organs themselves might be corrected and balanced.
In this manner the inflammation present might be corrected more easily.
The final step is the restoration of normal assimilation
and the rebuilding of those forces within the body which will act as a
constructive influence in function.
It is important to be aware of the fact that this
condition perpetuates itself through the influence exerted on the assimilation
of the body. Thus we find the necessity of continuing therapy in
cycles, to build tip the entire body and break up the tendencies to continue
the cycle of dis-ease.
III. Suggested Therapeutic Regimen
Cleansing of the stomach can be brought about by drinking
quantities of pure water. However, Cayce suggested elm water to
several people who had considerable irritation and suggested they drink
only this as water intake. Elm water is prepared by taking a pinch
of the powdered elm, putting it in a cup of water that has had an ice
cube added. After allowing it to steep for three minutes, drink
it cool. This apparently acts to combat the acidity present.
Saffron tea - tea made with yellow or American saffron - was also suggested
frequently, to "coat the whole of the stomach proper" just prior to the
meal being taken. This should be used prior to each meal and can
be made up by taking three teaspoons of saffron, adding it to 16 ounces
of water and letting it steep for a half to three quarters of an hour.
If an entire meal is made out of raw vegetables, no saffron need be taken
A teaspoon of Milk of Magnesia is suggested after
each meal. Alka-Seltzer should be used only after two or three doses
of Castoria are taken. These measures would cleanse and quiet the
condition of the stomach.
To stimulate the eliminations, colonics may be used
in a planned series; Castoria or other mild cathartics; or in one case
an oil colonic irrigation was suggested to soothe the tissues of the colon.
As the local conditions are being soothed, it becomes
necessary to balance the nervous systems by the use of regular manipulations
of an osteopathic nature, paying particular attention to the middle dorsal
Assimilation is aided by changing the nature of the
diet, tending more toward that of an alkaline-reacting nature. The
diet suggested for  is a good example. Beef juice may be taken.
Referred to as medicine, beef juice should be taken
in most cases a tablespoon a day and it is to be sipped throughout the
Should we not attempt to awaken the inner forces
to God's presence? "For, all heating comes from the one source.
And whether there is the application of foods, exercise, medicine, or
even the knife, it is to bring the consciousness of the forces within
the body that aid in reproducing themselves-the awareness of creative
or God forces." (2696-1)
[Note: The preceding overview was written by William A. McGarey, M.D.
and is excerpted from the Physician's Reference Notebook,
Copyright © 1968 by the Edgar Cayce Foundation, Virginia Beach, VA.]
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