The best herbs for stomach ulcers treatment are those that contain the active ingredients that helps to kill the bacterium that causes ulcers, help to neutralize the effect of the cancer, facilitate the healing of ulcer by reducing inflammation and irritation.
Let’s discuss stomach ulcers in detail, so we get to have fair understanding about it.
But before that, we need to know what stomach is, because most people confuse their tommy to be their stomach.
The stomach is a part of the digestive system, and it’s the place where food is broken down before it enters the small intestine. The stomach also produces hydrochloric acid and some digestive enzymes which help digest of food.
What is stomach ulcers?
Stomach ulcers are a painful and potentially life-threatening condition. Stomach ulcers are areas of the stomach that can get so irritated from the stomach acid that they bleed. The term “ulcer” refers to a hole in the stomach or intestinal wall, but most people are familiar with ulcers as painful, red patches on their stomachs. They are mostly caused by inflammation and bacteria in the stomach lining, which causes pain, bleeding, and loss of appetite. Most often this occurs as a result of overuse or misuse of certain medications.
In other words, a stomach ulcer is an open sore (ulcer) in your stomach that causes the lining to become inflamed, broken and painful. Stomach ulcers are most common in people who have had a previous gastric (stomach) surgery or have chronic inflammatory bowel disease or irritable bowel syndrome. Stomach ulcers are also more common in people who have a weakened immune system, such as HIV/AIDS, kidney disease or diabetes.
Stomach ulcers can cause serious health problems if not treated promptly. They can lead to bleeding from the stomach and may require surgery to remove them. Ulcers may also cause other medical problems, such as dehydration and vitamin deficiencies.
More than half of all people who develop stomach ulcers will die within two years of developing them.
13 best herbs for ulcers
Today, there are many herbs for ulcers that can help you get rid of your symptoms of gastritis or peptic ulcer as well as reduce their recurrence rate. Here are some best herbs for stomach ulcers:
Berberine (Hydrastis canadensis)
Berberine is an alkaloid found in many plants including goldenseal, goldthread, barberry, Oregon grape root and goldenseal. It has been shown to have several anti-ulcer properties including those related to gastric function, inflammation and oxidative stress (reduced oxygen).
Lemon balm (Melissa officinalis)
This herb has been used for centuries as a soothing agent and to reduce inflammation. It is also thought to help heal the lining of the stomach.
Ginger (Zingiber officinale)
Ginger is another herb that contains compounds called gingerols which have been proven to help kill Helicobacter pylori bacteria. It also contains compounds called zingiberene which have been shown to improve blood circulation around the body and reduce inflammation which could cause pains and discomfort. Ginger can also help to prevent further damage to your digestive system.
Ginger can be used for gastric ulcers in high doses, but it also has other uses and should not be used for long periods of time. It is known to help balance the stomach’s pH level and can help prevent gastritis.
One good news about some of these herbs for stomach ulcers is that they can be used as ingredients in food to make them to taste good. For instance, ginger can be used as an ingredient in stews, soups etc. Add a pinch to soups, stews, or any other food that might be too spicy for you. It can also be used as a tea.
Garlic is one of the most commonly used herbs for treating stomach ulcers. It contains potent anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-viral and antioxidant properties that help in healing the affected area.
Add garlic to your cooking in small amounts or take it as a supplement. You can also buy garlic capsules that contain allicin, which is the active ingredient in garlic and has been shown in studies to help protect against stomach ulcer development.
Apple cider vinegar (Acetum acidum)
Apple cider vinegar has been used in folk medicine for centuries as an antiseptic, digestive tonic and immune booster. It can also be used topically on wounds, cuts and bruises.
Aloe vera gel (Aloe barbadensis)
Aloe vera gel contains healing properties that may help heal ulcers and promote healing of damaged tissue in the stomach lining.
Cinnamon has been shown to reduce inflammation and make the stomach more sensitive to pain, which may lead to a quicker healing process. It also helps with digestion and relieves gas pains associated with gastric acidity.
Peppermint is an herb that can help aid digestion and reduce gas in the stomach. It is also known to relieve nausea and vomiting.
Chamomile is another herb that has many health benefits, including being used as a tea for treating stomach problems such as ulcers. It also contains a substance called apigenin which has been shown to be effective in treating ulcers by inhibiting growth of Helicobacter pylori, a bacterium responsible for causing ulcers.
Fennel can help ease digestive discomfort by calming the stomach and stimulating appetite. It also helps treat ulcers by reducing swelling caused by them.
Turmeric has been used for centuries as a natural medicine for treating inflammation and infection. It is known to have anti-inflammatory properties and is also effective in reducing pain and swelling.
Turmeric powder can be added to your food as ingredient while cooking, or you may take it as a supplement. You can also buy turmeric capsules that contain curcuminoids, which have been shown in studies to help protect against stomach ulcer development.
Cayenne pepper contains capsaicin, which has potent anti-inflammatory properties and acts as an antibacterial agent. It also helps in maintaining blood pressure levels by regulating platelet aggregation (clumping).
They are used to spice food. Add this spice to soups, stews and other foods that are spicy for you.
Fenugreek seed extract has been found to be effective in treating gastric ulcerations as well as reducing their severity. It also helps in maintaining healthy digestion and bowel movement patterns by regulating the release of digestive enzymes from your stomach wall into your gut, thereby preventing damage caused by bacteria
Types of stomach ulcers
There are several types of stomach ulcers, including gastric (stomach), duodenal (upper part of small intestine), peptic (gastric and duodenal) and gastric erosive.
Stomach ulcers can occur anywhere in the gastrointestinal tract:
- The stomach – This is the area in your abdomen directly below your rib cage (the top of your chest). Your small intestine also extends into this area.
- The duodenum – This is the first section of your small intestine, where nutrients from food enter.
- The colon – This is the last section of your large intestine before you pass feces out of your body.
Causes of stomach ulcers
Stomach ulcers can be caused by a number of factors, including:
Stress or anxiety – Stress hormones make the lining of the stomach thinner and more prone to damage from bacteria (ulcerative colitis)
Diet – If you eat too much protein, fat or carbohydrates, you may develop an ulcer. A diet high in simple sugars (such as white bread and sweets) is one of the biggest risk factors for developing an ulcer. Other dietary factors that have been shown to be linked with the development of stomach ulcers include high intake of fatty foods, alcohol and tobacco.
A lack of fibre in your diet can lead to indigestion and heartburn. You should eat plenty of fibre-rich foods such as wholegrain breads, cereals and pulses. While it is good to take enough fibre-rich food to prevent ulcers, eating too much of fiber is not good as it can also cause ulcers. High-fiber foods make it hard for your body to absorb nutrients from food (gastroenteritis). High-fiber foods include whole grains, bran, fresh fruits and vegetables. Fiber supplements may also be taken if needed.
Make sure you don’t eat too much saturated fat – this can increase the risk of heart disease. You should also drink plenty of water every day so that your digestive system has enough fluids to work efficiently. If you have any questions about your diet or how well you are eating, talk to your doctor or other health professional for advice on what changes you need to make in order to reduce your risk of developing an ulcer
Infections – Some types of infections can cause damage to the stomach lining and increase the chance of developing an ulcer. The most common example is Helicobacter pylori infection (H. pylori), which is usually acquired during childhood and stays in your body for life unless treated with herbs for stomach ulcers or antibiotics.
Medicine – some medicines may irritate the stomach lining and cause scarring (peptic ulcer disease). The use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as aspirin or ibuprofen can also trigger stomach ulcers if taken for too long or in high doses.
Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) – IBD is a group of conditions that involve inflammation (swelling) of the bowel wall. This can cause damage to the intestines, which can lead to inflammation in other parts
Smoking – Smoking increases your risk of developing a stomach ulcer by decreasing the amount of gastric acid in your stomach.
Obesity – Being overweight increases your risk of developing a stomach ulcer because it puts pressure on your stomach and makes it more likely for bacteria to enter the tissues of your digestive system.
Irritation of the mucosa (the lining of the stomach) by bacteria, viruses or parasites.
Hormonal changes, such as during pregnancy and menopause.
Allergies that cause an immune response in the stomach lining, which can cause inflammation and ulcers.
Symptoms of stomach ulcers
Tightness or pain in the upper abdomen, which may be felt just below the breastbone or in the right upper quadrant of the abdomen, usually after eating a meal or taking a pill. This is sometimes referred to as “the heartburn feeling” because it resembles heartburn or indigestion. It may also occur with excessive gas or bloating (belching). In some instances, this symptom occurs without any other symptoms at all, making it difficult to diagnose correctly.
Other common symptoms include nausea and vomiting; diarrhea; abdominal cramping, which may be severe enough to interfere with daily activities and sleep; bleeding from the mouth or rectum that’s not caused by coughing or vomiting blood; pain in the side or upper abdomen; loss of appetite; and weight loss.
How to prevent stomach ulcers
- Stomach ulcers are a serious health problem that can be prevented by following a few basic steps.
- Avoid spicy, acidic and carbonated foods.
- Increase your intake of fibre-rich foods, such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains and beans.
- Limit alcohol consumption to one drink per day for men and two drinks per day for women.
- Eat more yoghurt. Yoghurt contains probiotics that may help prevent the formation of stomach ulcers.
- Getting enough sleep
- Going for regular medical checkups
- Eat a balanced diet. A healthy diet includes plenty of fruits and vegetables, whole grains and lean meats.
- Keep your weight in check. Being overweight or obese increases the risk of developing gastric ulcers by as much as 60 percent.
- Get enough sleep each night — at least seven hours for adults, six for children under age 12.
- Eliminate stress from your life. Stress hormones increase the production of stomach acids that cause stomach acid reflux into the esophagus and mouth, which can cause ulcers or damage to the esophagus (esophagitis).
- Exercise regularly. Regular exercise helps keep your digestive system functioning properly by keeping your blood flowing throughout your body and reducing stress levels. Regular exercise may also prevent constipation due to increased circulation in the colon — which helps prevent constipation.
Originally posted 2022-07-12 01:56:57.