Stomach ulcer or peptic ulcer, is an open sore, lesion, or raw area in the lining of your stomach or the first part of your duodenum. Ulcer can also affect the upper part of your stomach.
Peptic ulcer is of two kinds;
- gastric ulcer which occurs in the stomach
- duodenal ulcer which occurs in the first part of the small intestine (duodenum)
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 25 million Americans suffer from peptic ulcer and there are about 500,000 to 850,000 new peptic ulcer cases each year as well as 1 million ulcer-related hospitalizations.
The most common cause of ulcer is an infection of the stomach by the bacteria, Helicobacter pylori (H pylori). It should be noted that many people have this bacteria in their stomach but do not have ulcer. There are some factors that increase your risk of having ulcer if you have this bacteria. These factors include;
- excessive alcohol consumption
- smoking or chewing tobacco
- prolong use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as naproxen, ibuprofen, and aspirin
- radiation therapy
- being so ill that you are supported with a breathing machine
A rare condition called Zollinger-Ellison syndrome could also cause gastric or duodenal ulcers.
Many people believe that stress or starvation could cause ulcer. However, both causes are not been backed by scientific evidence.
Common symptoms of stomach/peptic ulcer include;
- Abdominal pain
- Problems with drinking an adequate amount of fluids and filling full often
- Hunger or feeling empty in the stomach shortly after eating
- Mild nausea that could subside after vomiting
Other possible symptoms include; vomiting, fatigue, weight loss, chest pain, and bloody or tarry stools.
Here are some tips and good practices to consider, if you are dealing with ulcer;
- Ensure you drink plenty of water daily.
- Ensure you avoid stress and stressful situations as they may worsen ulcer symptoms.
- Ensure you eat vitamin-rich foods to quicken the healing process.
- Avoid excessive consumption of alcohol.
- Quit smoking or chewing tobacco.
- Avoid highly acidic and fried foods. Avoiding these foods would help reduce the burning pain that accompanies ulcer.
- Placing hot towel or heat pad on your abdomen may help soothe the ulcer discomfort.
Below are home remedies for stomach/peptic ulcer;
Coconut is one of the most effective remedies for stomach ulcers due to its antibacterial qualities. It has the ability to kill those bacteria that cause ulcers. It also helps fight the development of stomach ulcers by inhibiting a wide spectrum of disease-causing organisms such as H. pylori.
You can consider taking a few cups of fresh coconut milk or eat the kernel of the tender coconut daily for effective results. You can also take a teaspoon of coconut oil each day, morning and night, for one week and the results will be visible.
2. Licorice Root
Licorice root can work effectively when dealing with those bacteria that cause stomach ulcers by initiating the production of additional protective mucus by the intestines. This mucus can slow down the spread and the effects caused by this bacteria simply by protecting the gastrointestinal lining.
For this remedy, mix half a teaspoon of licorice root powder with a cup of water, cover it overnight and add a cup of cooked broken white rice and eat it. You can also drink licorice tea two to three times in a day and it would be equally effective.
Cabbage, especially in sauerkraut form, is a lactic acid food and hence it can initiate the production of amino acids that facilitate the flow of blood to the stomach lining to straighten the stomach lining and heal the ulcers.
You should extract the juice from cabbage and a carrot and drink half a cup before each meal. Within a few weeks, the results will be visible. Decades before the advancement in the health sector, cabbage was used to treat stomach ulcers effectively. This means that it can still work well for you.
Banana is a very common foodstuff in our day to day encounters. Both ripe and unripe bananas can be effective in inhibiting the bacteria causing stomach ulcers. The sitoindosides in dried, unripe bananas increase the mucus in the digestive tract, hence, providing a strong protective coating that prevents and also heals ulcers.
Furthermore, the antibacterial compounds available in bananas inhibit the growth of ulcer-causing H. Pylori. Incorporate at least 3 ripe bananas in your diet daily or even drink a banana milkshake. You can also take banana powder, and mix one teaspoon of honey as a sweetener, taking it at least three times in a day. You could also use plantain banana if the typical banana is not readily available.
Fenugreek has numerous healing and health benefits that work effectively to prevent or heal stomach ulcers. Fenugreek is rich in mucilaginous compounds and these compounds coat the stomach lining, hence, protecting the stomach well enough to heal and inhibiting the spread of the bacteria causing stomach ulcers.
Strain and drink boiled fenugreek seeds boiled in water or you can consume one cup of fenugreek seed powder along with milk.
6. Cayenne Pepper
Cayenne pepper, which is rich in capsaicin, has several benefits including anti-irritant properties which makes it a good remedy for easing ulcers. It also helps produce saliva and mucus in the body which makes the digestive tract lining strong, thus, preventing the effects of ulcers causing bacteria. The best way to use this remedy is to add a pinch of cayenne pepper to soups, meat, and other savory food. You can also mix cayenne pepper in a glass of water and drink it twice a day for the first two or three days.
Honey contains enzymes, such as glucose oxidase, that produces hydrogen peroxide which can kill the bacteria causing stomach ulcers and it can also reduce inflammation of the stomach lining. You can consider taking two teaspoons of honey daily especially in the morning on an empty stomach to strengthen the stomach lining for the best results.
8. Slippery Elm
This is one of the most effective remedies for treating and preventing stomach ulcers. Slippery Elm contains mucopolysaccharides that could soothe as well as heal stomach ulcers. Its slippery/mucilaginous qualities are very effective for the healing process. You should take a teaspoon of slippery elm three times a day, before meals, consecutively until the problem clears.
Garlic helps to keep levels of H. Pylori bacterium in check. The potent antibiotic properties of garlic make it very effective when dealing with ulcers. Simply take 2 to 3 crushed garlic cloves with water on a daily basis until you suppress the bacteria-causing ulcer.
10. Wood Apple
Bael (the wood apple leaves) is a very effective remedy for treating stomach ulcers. Bael contains tannins which protect the stomach against damages from the secretion of excess acids and can also help suppress pain caused by the stomach ulcers. For this remedy, soak three wood apple leaves in one cup of water overnight and stir the mixture in the morning. You should drink the mixture on an empty stomach daily until you see the results.
11. Raw Goat Milk
Raw goat milk is highly recommended for treating stomach ulcers since it is easy and fast to digest, hence, it is less irritating to the stomach. It should be consumed raw and will help hasten the healing process and relieve you of pain as a result. You can talk raw goat’s milk as a substitute for cow’s milk and other dairy products
12. Drumsticks (Moringa Oleifera)
Drumsticks help heal wounds caused by H. Pylori in your stomach. You should consider taking drumstick soup. You can make the soup by taking some drumstick leaves and boiling them in water until it becomes a thick paste, add yogurt for flavor and then consume it 3 times a day for 5 or more days or until you starting noticing positive results.
13. Aloe Vera Juice
This plant has a pungent smell and a bitter taste that can put people off but you would want to consume it while fighting stomach ulcers. It has a mucus-like gel that strengthens the digestive tract lining, thus, inhibiting an attack of the digestive tract walls by ulcer-causing bacteria. Take the aloe Vera juice in the morning on an empty stomach for some few days for significant and visible results.
Plums and prunes are rich in antibacterial properties that inhibit the growth of H. pylori bacteria which causes stomach ulcers. You should incorporate raw plums in your diet at least two times a day for several weeks. Taking plums is beneficial not only for treating stomach ulcers but also for general health. You should take them every day either after or before a meal.
15. Colloidal Silver
Colloidal silver has been proven scientifically to inhibit H. pylori bacteria and also helps in healing the damaged tissues in your stomach. Consider taking a teaspoon of colloidal silver at least once a day on an empty stomach to enhance its effectiveness. Take them on daily basis and by the end of three weeks, the ulcer would have significantly dissipated.
Capsaicin is a very effective remedy for treating stomach ulcers. It works by stimulating mucus secretions, and gastric mucosal blood flow which helps in preventing and healing stomach ulcers. You should increase your consumption of chilies in your diet so that you can fight stomach ulcers the natural way.
17. Vitamin E
Vitamin E has gastric anti-ulcers and cytoprotective effects and would help the mucous membrane heal from the initial damages caused by H. Pylori. Vitamin E supplements can also help in protecting the stomach lining against the effects and damages caused as a result of stomach ulcers. It works best in healing the damaged tissues of your stomach and also keeps your weight in check. You can increase the consumption of foods and vegetables rich in vitamin E.
18. Avoid Alcohol And Smoking
Smoking increases acid production in your stomach and at the same time inhibits the production of gastric enzymes that help control or balance the acid. Both smoking and excessive alcohol consumption also inhibit the production of mucus that is useful in protecting the stomach lining.
19. Fiber-Rich Foods
Consuming foods that have rich fiber contents, especially soluble fiber content such as pectin and mucin, reduce the likelihood of developing a stomach ulcer. Increase the intake of fiber-rich foods to stabilize the conditions in your stomach. These fiber-rich foods include; Broccoli, peas, lima beans, artichokes and Brussels sprouts. Fiber helps clean your digestive tract which, in turn, gets rid of unwanted substances in your tract.
Dried almonds, mashed or chewed, are effective long-lasting antacids and anti-peptic substances suitable for stomach ulcers. Soak a few almonds in water overnight and peel them in the morning. You then blend them with a glass of milk in a mixer and eventually consume it at least two times a day for a few weeks or until the ulcers subsides.
21. Indian Gooseberry
Indian gooseberry comes with extensive nutritional benefits for your body in addition to its capability to help in alleviating stomach ulcers. This potent remedy can prevent the development of stomach lesions and protect the stomach lining from harm. Furthermore, Indian gooseberry is rich in fiber that would prevent any problems of indigestion.
Prepare 25ml of gooseberry juice first thing in the morning and drink it on an empty stomach. Alternatively, you can eat Indian gooseberries raw.
22. Lemon Juice
Lemon juice could prove to be functional as a home remedy for stomach ulcers. Lemon juice is easy to prepare and contains citric acid that helps to ease digestion. All you have to do is make lemon juice, add a pinch of salt to it and drink it twice in a day.
23. White Gourd (Benincasa Hispida)
The health benefits of white gourd are well known and it is one of those effective remedies for stomach ulcers you should give a try. White gourd helps reduce the pain and discomfort associated with stomach ulcers by neutralizing the acidic effects. It is also rich in soluble fiber that aids digestion. For this remedy, grate white gourd and extract the juice from it. Then, add an equal amount of water to the juice. Drink this on daily basis on an empty stomach. Make sure not to eat for two to three hours after drinking it.
24. Mastic Gum
Using mastic gum to heal your stomach ulcers is among the safest natural home remedies. Mastic gum is helpful in getting rid of indigestion and also the pain experienced as a result of stomach ulcers. Simply chew the gum or visit a medical practitioner for advice on its supplements.
Cranberry juice can effectively help in preventing or alleviating stomach ulcers. It contains compounds that protect the stomach lining from harm by the H. pylori. Cranberry also has an added advantage of fighting urinary tract infections. Prepare and drink cranberry juice twice daily to treat the ulcer. You can also use cranberry supplements.
26. Vitamin C
Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid, is a micronutrient essential for human health and it works effectively in inhibiting H. pylori, hence, enhancing the treatment of stomach ulcers. Vitamin C does so much more than curing common colds. It can help in ulcer treatment by repairing the damaged stomach lining tissues. This goes a long way to aid the healing process. Take 200mg of vitamin c every day to cure the stomach ulcers.
27. Folic Acid
Folic acid has been shown to heal and prevent stomach ulcers. Folic acid contains antioxidative and anti-secretory properties that can effectively help prevent gastric ulcers. You should raise your folate levels by eating folate-rich whole foods such as spinach, okra, and beans. Folic acid can also help reduce the risk of acid reflux.
L-glutamine helps protect your stomach from H- pylori bacteria by decreasing inflammation as well as damage caused by the bacteria. This amino acid is found in numerous types of foods including eggs, dairy products, some fruits and some vegetables. Include these foods that are rich in Glutamine, in your diet, in order to help fight stomach ulcers.
29. Carrot Juice
Carrot juice has a variety of beneficial health benefits to your body and most importantly the stomach. This juice has the capability to protect the stomach lining from microorganisms such as bacteria that cause stomach ulcers. It also soothes you of the discomforts brought about by the ulcers. Use a blender to make carrot juice or smoothie. Use about five to six carrots. Drink the juice/smoothie daily.
Probiotics are the good bacteria which help keep your digestive system active and healthy. They help in dealing with stomach ulcers by simply inhibiting the growth of the stomach ulcers causing bacteria H pylori. You can get probiotics from most fermented foods such as sour porridge, yogurt, kefir, miso, and kimchi. There are also probiotics supplements that you can take too.
Flavonoids are naturally present in most fruits and vegetables such as soybeans, green tea, kale, legumes, red grapes, apples, and broccoli. They help reduce the growth of H. pylori in your body and hence relieve you from stomach ulcers. Flavonoids defend the walls of the stomach and eventually heal the affected tissues.
32. Avoid Alcohol
Regular alcohol consumption causes significant stomach inflammation and alcohol can as well relax the lower part of your esophagus, hence, increasing your risk of acid reflux. Having more than one glass a day for women and two for men is considered excessive consumption of alcohol.
33. Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Omega-3 fatty acids are commonly available in Beans, nuts, and fish such as a salmon and cod. This fatty acids greatly protect your gut from an ulcer. You should increase your intake of this fatty acids, on daily basis and in recommended amounts, in order to prevent or alleviate stomach ulcers effectively. You can consume this fatty acid in form of maxepa supplements made from fish oil.
Taking betaine supplements would inhibit H pylori and protect you from having stomach ulcers. This hydrochloride supplement, in the form of betaine hydrochloride, can also increase the digestive efficiency in your stomach and hence relieve the production of acids that can exacerbate the damaged tissues.
35. Marshmallow Roots
Marshmallow roots are used for several medicinal purposes all over the world. Marshmallow is a good source of mucilage which protects the stomach and throat membranes against H. pylori attack by coating these tracts. This is a very effective method of preventing the formation of stomach ulcers by soothing and calming the stomach membranes.
Marshmallow root also contains anti-inflammatory properties which alleviate the inflammation caused by ulcers hence relieving you of pain associated with the damaged tissues. You can consume this herb in form of herbal tea, capsule or tincture.
Bilberry helps by eradicating H. pylori bacterium and also lowers the acidity levels in the digestive system, hence, healing and soothing the pain from stomach ulcers. It is also rich in antiseptic properties which hastens the healing process of stomach ulcers. You should consume this fruit daily and in ample amount.
37. Chamomile Tea
Chamomile, as a herb, is a traditional remedy for stomach ulcers and it’s now scientifically proven to have a significant healing impact when consumed by a patient with stomach ulcer. It soothes spasms and inflammation and eventually inhibits the effects of stomach ulcers. Drink two to three cups of strong chamomile tea each day until you completely eradicate stomach ulcers.
38. White Oak Bark And Yarrow
These contain anti-inflammatory components that can help suppress the effects of stomach ulcers. They also have demulcent properties ( soothing and coating properties) and have been widely used to treat stomach ulcers.
39. Dragon’s Blood
This a bright red medicinal plant sap that contains a variety of chemicals effective in fighting bacteria. It is considered a remedy for stomach ulcers as it has compounds that inhibit the growth of H. Pylori. Taking dragons blood supplements, as advised by a health practitioner, would help lessen stomach ulcers.
Ginseng’s anti-inflammatory compounds will help cure infections completely. The root also has strong antimicrobial properties and is very potent in combating the microbes, H. pylori, and treating ulcers. Ginseng is available in powder form, hence, can be used to prepare tea. You can consume its extract, in supplement form, to treat ulcers.
Comfrey is rich in tannins and mucilage and also contains astringent properties which help form a protective layer to cover over the lining of the digestive tract. Comfrey also helps in providing a cooling and soothing effect to the areas in your stomach where the bacteria has affected. You can take herbal tea made with comfrey and it would help relieve the pain caused by the infection.
Yarrow is a herb whose flowers have antimicrobial properties that inhibit the growth of H. pylori and soothes the internal mucous lining of the stomach. These flowers have anti-inflammatory properties that help in soothing the inflammation caused by the bacteria. You can use yarrow to make herbal tea and drink at least three times in a day until you get some positive results.
The flowers of meadowsweet contain salicylic acids which help provide relief from the pain caused by the infection. Meadowsweet has astringent properties and also helps tighten the lining of the stomach as well as helps to relieve pain. You can use meadowsweet to prepare some herbal tea and consume it three times a day in order to see some positive results.
44. Peppermint Leaves
Peppermint is a household herb most people use in their cooking, but you could give it a try in the treatment of stomach ulcers. Peppermint leaves bring about a cooling effect that soothes the lining of the stomach and digestive tract due to its menthol constituent. This effect reduces discomforts associated with the ulcer. To make peppermint tea, take hot water and add a handful of crushed peppermint leaves. Stir the mixture for a while. Strain the mixture and slowly drink the peppermint tea.
Stomach ulcers can be treated effectively with the use of calendula. Calendula has wound-healing properties that would aid in the fast recovery from an ulcer. Also, calendula is packed with antibacterial agents that are helpful in getting rid of the Pylori bacteria. Place two tablespoons of dried calendula flowers in a mug and pour one cup of simmering hot water over them. Let them steep in the hot water for about fifteen to twenty minutes. Strain and drink two cups of this tea a day.
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