Natural Treatments For Stomach Ulcers

Peptic ulcers are caused by stomach acid eating away at the lining of the stomach. In addition to some prescribed medications, there are various natural treatments to prevent and control this condition.

Stomach ulcers occur when acids eat away at the stomach lining. This produces small open sores inside the stomach or intestine which may cause moderate to severe gastric distress or bleeding. Other causes associated with this condition are the use of medications such as ibuprofen, naproxen and aspirin. These medications should be avoided since they can irritate the stomach lining and increase the risk of ulcers. Researchers have found that ulcers can also be caused by infection from the bacteria H.pylori. H.pylori was found present in most people suffering from stomach ulcers. This bacteria can be eliminated through the use of antibiotics, usually resulting in a cure for the ulcer treated.

Diet can also trigger ulcers. Foods that are spicy can produce ulcers although some research has shown that the substance capsaicin, a pepper derivitive, has the opposite effect. Alcohol, nicotine and stress also play a role by producing excess stomach acid, which increases risk. Contrary to past belief, milk can also be a contributing factor. It was once thought that milk was an excellent food to treat ulcers. However, it has been found that the calcium in milk increases production of stomach acid. Although antacids lower the quantity of acid in the stomach and can be a great aid for the pain and bloating, the use of calcium antacids should be avoided if stomach ulcer problems are present.

In addition to over-the-counter and doctor-prescribed medications, there are several natural remedies that work well to prevent, control and sometimes cure stomach ulcers.



---Fresh cabbage juice is an excellent ulcer treatment. It produces an amino acid that increases blood flow to the lining of the stomach and helps to strengthen it. For those who prefer eating cabbage, only raw cabbage should be used to be effective.

---Active Manuka honey is another effective treatment for ulcers. This raw honey may be purchased in health food stores. Honey has been used for hundreds of years as a topical preparation to promote the healing of wounds. Ingested, it heals and strengthens the stomach lining

and kills harmful bacteria.

---Unripe plantains promote strong stomach linings by producing a mucoid substance that coats the stomach lining, giving it protection against acids. Bananas offer protection in the same manner.

---Eating a diet that is fiber-rich is an added ulcer protection. Fruits, vegetables, legumes and whole grains produce substance which help to protect the stomach lining.

When a person who has peptic ulcer disease is taking any regular medication, either over-the-counter or prescribed by a doctor, a physician should be consulted before embarking on any self treatment program because of possible drug reactions.

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