Natural Remedies for Stomach Ulcer.

Are there natural remedies for Stomach Ulcer?

Are there home remedies for stomach ulcer?

Yes, there are. And they can really be the cure you are looking for. 

Before we go to the main discussion, let us first understand what stomach ulcer is all about.

What is Stomach Ulcer?

 Peptic ulcer is a hole in the stomach’s lining or the duodenum of the small intestine and rarely the oesophagus when the acidic digestive juices that are secreted by the stomach cells corrode the lining of these organs.

A gastric ulcer is an ulcer of the stomach, the duodenum is a duodenal ulcer, and of the esophageal ulcer.

Sympthoms

  1. Dull, gnawing pain.
  2. Burning sensation in the mid-epigastrium or in the back.
  3. Pain that is usually relieved by eating because food neutralizes the acid or by taking alkali.
  4. Heart burn (Pyrosis). This is a burning sensation in the oesophagus and stomach that moves up to the mouth occasionally with sour eructation. Common when the stomach is empty.
  5. Vomiting.
  6. Constipation or diarrhoea can occur, probably because of diet and medications.
  7. 25% of victims with gastric ulcers experience bleeding which comes out with the stool as tarry stools.

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Cayenne Tincture is an effective remedy for Stomach Ulcer. 

Cayenne

This contains the extract of Cayenne pepper. The effectiveness is 

  1. It has the ability to kill the bacteria causing Stomach Ulcer
  2. Reduces pain due to the stomach ulcer
  3. Promote healing of the wound. 

Causes of Stomach Ulcer

  1. Scientists currently believe that the leading cause of ulcer disease is an infection of the stomach by bacteria called Helicobacter pylori (H. Pylori). 
  2. These are very common, infecting more than a billion people worldwide. Infection usually lingers for many years, leading to ulcer disease in 10% to 15% of those infected. 
  3. Most with gastric and duodenal ulcers.
  4. These are very common, infecting more than a billion people worldwide. Infection usually persists for many years, leading to ulcer disease in 10% to 15% of those infected. H. pylori is found in over 80% of patients with gastric and duodenal ulcers.
  5. Chronic use of anti-inflammatory medications (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs), including aspirin.
  1. Cigarette smoking is also an important cause of ulcer formation and treatment failure.
  1.   Drinking alcohol for a long time may cause ulcer.
  1.   Peptic ulcers occur more in people between the ages of 40 and 60 years, women, children and infants. After menopause, the prevalence of peptic ulcers in women is almost equal to that in men.
  1.   Stress ulcers may occur more in people who are tense and cause production of excess stomach acid. Helicobacter pylori flourishes in an acidic environment.
  2.   The ingestion of milk, caffeinated beverages and alcohol may also increase hydrochloric acid secretion.
  3.   Blood group: Some scientists noted that people with blood type O are more susceptible to peptic ulcers than those with blood type A, B, or AB.
  4.   Rarely ulcers are because of excessive amounts of the hormone gastrin produced by tumours (gastrinomas-ZES).

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Medications for Stomach Ulcer

Three classes of drugs have a direct effect on Helicobacter pylori:

  1. Antibiotics,
  2. Bismuth salts,
  3. Proton pump inhibitors.

Health care providers routinely combine drugs from two or three different classes because Helicobacter pylori is difficult to eradicate.

The major challenge with this approach is that most people find it difficult to use their drugs regularly. Some people stop outrightly because of unpleasant side effects which can really be horrible. 

Considering the several side effects of modern medicine, naturopaths recommend indigenous drugs with fewer side effects should be looked for as a better alternative to treat peptic ulcer.

Effective Natural Remedies For Stomach Ulcer.

Now, let us look at different natural remedies for stomach ulcer that we can use at home.   

Recent studies found that different substances from plant sources not only protect the stomach but also speed up the healing of stomach ulcer.

These plants can be use as a combination or individually. 

  1. clove buds
    Clove buds

    Cloves (Syzygium aromaticum)  belongs to the plant family Myrtaceae.  It is one of the important herbs used as an indigenous medicine and spice in many Asian countries, Africa and other parts of the world. Recent studies show that extracts of cloves, a spice, possess some phytochemicals which show anti-ulcer properties.

  2. Sweet Potatoes. Many scientific studies have proven that sweet potatoes contain ample amounts of antioxidants with ulcer-healing properties.
  3.  Irish Potatoes. Scientists at Manchester University have discovered that potato (commonly called Irish potato in Nigeria) contains unique antibacterial molecules that can treat peptic ulcer. Members of the university’s microbiology team now hope the substance, dubbed ‘potato juice’ could go into production as a daily diet.
  4. Aloe Vera
    Aloe Vera

    Aloe vera:  4 matured leaves of aloe Vera mixed with water and honey have proven to heal stomach ulcer. Dosage is 3 tablespoonful three times daily.

  5.  Unripe Pawpaw fruits. Cut unripe pawpaw into pieces and soak in water for 5 days. Sieve and add honey to the water. Take a glass (about 200mls) twice daily.
  6. Cayenne
    Cayenne

    Cayenne pepper stops internal and external bleeding ulcer. While some believe that spicy food may cause stomach ulcers, the capsaicin in cayenne peppers may actually help reduce the risk of stomach ulcers. Capsaicin, the active ingredient in cayenne pepper, can effectively kill harmful bacteria that have infected the stomach lining, including H. pylori. Capsaicin also act as a natural pain reliever. Sprinkle cayenne powder on your food each day.

  7.  Raw cabbage juice has anti-ulcer and wound healing properties on the stomach. Some people have been healed after drinking half a glass of cabbage juice before meals for 3 weeks.
  8.  Basil reduces gastric acid production in the stomach.
  9. Natural remedies for stomach ulcerBanana neutralizes the excess acidity of gastric juices produced in the by reducing ulcer irritation by coating the lining of the stomach. Bananas relieve painful ulcer systems and other intestinal disorders, and promote healing.
  10. Plantain. The powder of unripe plantain peel mixed with honey brings relief from ulcer.
  11. Cucumber
    Cucumber

    Cucumber is good to treat hyper-acidity, gastric and duodenal ulcer. It brings immediate relief whenever there is a burning sensation in the stomach.

  12. Honey is used traditionally in the treatment of wounds by providing nutrients and other chemicals that speed wound healing. 
  13. Avocado pear leaf. Boil the leaves in water. Allow it to stand for 24 hours, take half a glass twice daily for 2 weeks 

References

“Anti-ulcerogenic and anti-secretory activity of the n- butanol portion of Syzygium aromaticum in rats” was published in the Nigerian Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences.

“Anti-ulcer activity of Ipomoea batatas tubers (sweet potato)” was published recently in Functional Foods in Health and Disease.some

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