Stomach Ulcers

Natural treatments for stomach ulcers to reduce abdominal pain due to erosion of the stomach lining.

    natural herbal treatments to heal stomach ulcers and prevent erosion

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    1. What is a Stomach Ulcer?
    2. Diagnosing Stomach Ulcers
    3. What Causes Stomach Ulcers?
    4. Help for a Stomach Ulcers
    5. More Information on Stomach Ulcers

    What is a Stomach Ulcer?

    An ulcer is a sore or lesion that develops in the tissue lining of the stomach or duodenum. The stomach produces stomach acids such as pepsin and hydrochloric acid to digest the food. If these stomach acids and digestive juices injure and corrode the stomach’s lining of protective mucus, then an ulcer may form. Ulcers in the stomach are known as stomach or gastric ulcers while those found in the duodenum are called duodenal ulcers. They can develop at any age, but are generally uncommon amongst children and teenagers. Stomach ulcers tend to affect people over the age of 60, particularly more women than men.

    Symptoms and signs

    The symptoms and signs of a stomach ulcer include:


    Diagnosing Stomach Ulcers

    If a stomach ulcer is suspected, your doctor will conduct a thorough physical examination as well as medical history. A range of tests may be performed to check your blood, tissue or breath for H. pylori bacterium.

    Additional tests may also be performed and include:

    • X-rays of the stomach and duodenum
    • Endoscopy
    • Barium meal
    • Biopsy

    What Causes Stomach Ulcers?

    There are a variety of factors that may contribute to the development of an ulcer and these include:

    • Bacterium called Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori)
    • Certain medications such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) which include aspirin, ibuprofen and analgesics
    • Excessive amounts of alcohol
    • Smoking
    • Family history of ulcers linked to being group type O
    • Physical stress such as major surgery or trauma like severe burns

    Help for Stomach Ulcers

    Stomach ulcers cannot be healed overnight, but with the correct treatment and lifestyle modifications, a recurrence can be prevented. Over-the-counter drugs such as antacids may be used to treat mild symptoms but are generally not as effective.

    Antibiotics, proton pump inhibitors or histamine receptors may be prescribed to stop acid production and kill H. pylori bacterium. Some of these medications can result in some negative side effects which include diarrhea, dizziness, headaches and nausea. Certain lifestyle changes such as eating several smaller, healthier meals during the day, eliminating caffeine, alcohol and smoking as well as reducing stress can decrease gastric irritation.

    Natural Remedies

    A more natural alternative to reducing the symptoms of stomach ulcers is the use of herbal and homeopathic treatments. These remedies have been used for many years and can safely and effectively prevent the recurrence of ulcers and other digestive problems.

    Carefully selected herbs such as Matricaria recutita (German Chamomile) and Filipendula ulmaria (Meadowsweet) provide a balancing and tonic effect on the body’s system and also promote healthy levels of stomach acids and digestive secretions. Other herbal ingredients such as Zingiber officinale (Ginger) and Foeniculum vulgare (fennel) are both commonly used as a digestive aid to support healthy digestion.

    More Information on Stomach Ulcers

    Tips to prevent stomach ulcers
    • Eat several, small healthy, balanced meals throughout the day
    • Avoid eating foods that are spicy, fatty or acidic
    • Incorporate more high fiber foods such as fresh fruit, vegetables and whole grains into your diet
    • Exercise regularly
    • Avoid drinking caffeinated and decaffeinated coffee, tea or colas
    • Avoid drinking alcohol as it irritates the stomach
    • Stop smoking
    • Avoid taking drugs such as aspirin, ibuprofen and naproxen as they cause stomach inflammation
    • Reduce and manage stress by practicing relaxation techniques such as meditation, yoga or Pilates
    • Get as much rest and sleep as possible


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