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Best Alternative Remedies for Treating Peptic Ulcers
What is a stomach ulcer? Stomach ulcer or a peptic ulcer is a spot, where the lining of the stomach has been eroded, leaving an internal open wound. Ulcers can occur anywhere in the gastrointestinal tract, but are most common in the stomach.
Symptoms of a peptic ulcer include chronic burning or pain, that usually begins 45-60 minutes after eating, or at night, and it may cause an individual to wake up in the middle of the night. Sometimes ulcers cause nausea and vomiting.
Peptic ulcers are relatively common, they affect about 500,000 people in the United States each year.
Beginning of ulcer treatment, is a correct diagnosis by a medical doctor. Individuals with peptic ulcers, must be monitored by a doctor, due to seriousness of the condition. Also, if you decide to take herbal remedies, you might want to add an herbalist to your team of helpers. Certified herbalist will help you pick remedies based on your individual needs.
Causes of ulcers, in each particular case, have to be identified and eliminated. Several different causes exists.
Food allergies is one of the reasons why a person might develop an ulcer, this is why it is extremely important to be tested for food allergies, and if positive, eliminate allergy triggers. If allergies are not removed from the diet, further damage will occur and no treatment will be effective. When stomach lining comes in contact with an allergen, irritation occurs, turning into an ulcer.
Some of the most common food allergens include: wheat, dairy products, eggs, peanuts, corn and soy.
Another important point to mention is stress. If you experience a lot of stress, it will aggravate the problem, so stress reduction techniques must be used. It is well known that stress weakens immune systems' defense mechanism, reducing it's ability to protect stomach's, duodenal or esophageal lining from bacteria.
Any irritation in the stomach lining can be aggravated by H. pylori infection. This type of infection is also considered one of the causes of stomach ulcers. Majority of ulcer patients show positive tests for H. pylori. This bacteria weakens the mucosa over time, leaving it vulnerable to the caustic effects of stomach acid.
Avoid taking nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. Use of NSAIDs, especially over a long period of time, can lead to ulcers.
Avoid all irritating and ulcer triggering drinks and foods such as carbonated and caffeine containing beverages, avoid coffee, and alcohol. Avoid refined foods, concentrate on whole foods diet. Healthy diet sometimes is the main key to recovery. As much as possible, consume a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, grains, legumes, nuts and seeds.
Most importantly, eat plenty of dark green leafy vegetables, they are rich in vitamin K and chlorophyll, which is needed for healing.
Drink a lot of water and herbal teas daily.
Avoid eating and drinking foods that are too hot or too cold, otherwise, they may trigger gastric discomfort.
Exercise is important, even just taking a walk.
Here are some herbs and other supplements which were effective for my family member and my clients:
- DGL-a special form of licorice, 250-500mg 3 times per day chewed 1 hour before meals. It has been shown to be more effective than Tagamet or Zantac in treating ulcers.
- Mastic gum 250 mg four times a day, also liquid extract of propolis and myrrh (to eradicate H. pylori infection, if present)
- Probiotic supplement containing at least 5 billion CFUs
- Glutamine powder with gamma oryzanol, ginger, calendula and cranesbill, on an empty stomach ( IntestiNew by Renew life Inc.)
- Whole foods multi-vitamin supplement
- Omega-3 supplement
- Vitamin C 3000 mg per day
- Aloe Vera products can help bleeding ulcer
- Banana soothes digestive tract
- Raw cabbage juice has been used for ages, to treat ulcers. Cabbage juice contains glutamine and S-methyl-methionine, two compounds with anti-ulcer activity
- Garlic is an antimicrobial and will help in eradicating H. pylori bacteria
- Marshmallow root and slippery elm help to sooth irritated mucous membranes, drink a decoction made out of these herbs on an empty stomach
Dosages can be determined by an herbalist or take all supplement according to package directions.
Disclaimer: The information above is provided for educational purposes only. All health concerned should be evaluated by medical doctor, and all herbal supplements should be taken with the knowledge of your doctor.
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