Peptic Ulcer

Peptic ulcer is described as sores that develop in the stomach lining, small intestines, and lower esophagus. These ulcers are commonly caused by H. pylori bacteria, as well as stomach acids. Although considered a common health condition, peptic ulcers can become worse and lead to other health issues without proper treatment.

Peptic ulcers are classified into 3 types. First is gastric ulcers, which are sores that develop inside the stomach. Second is an esophageal ulcer, which develops inside the esophagus. Last is duodenal ulcers, which develop in the upper portion of the small intestines.

Aside from being infected with the bacterium Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori), peptic ulcer can also be caused by long-term use of painkillers such as aspirin and ibuprofen. Although regularly eating spicy foods is not a proven cause, doing so can make symptoms worse.

Symptoms

Mild cases of peptic ulcers may not produce any symptoms. But for severe cases, the most common symptom is burning abdominal pain that can start from the navel up to the chest. Other symptoms include:

• Changes in appetite – often, you will be very picky with food as your appetite changes uncontrollably
• Nausea
• Headache
• Cheat pains
• Stomach pains
• Vomiting

Causes

There are different factors that cause peptic ulcers. Some of the most common include:

• Helicobacter pylori (H. pylor) bacterial infection – this bacteria can also cause stomach inflammation
• Radiation therapy
• Excessive smoking
Excessive alcohol intake
• Stomach cancer

Close up picture of peptic ulcer or sores in the lining of the human stomach.

Natural Home Remedies for Peptic Ulcer

Peptic ulcers can cause severe pain that can affect your daily productivity. If not properly treated, this health condition can also lead to complications and other health conditions. Fortunately, there are various natural remedies you can do at home to prevent and minimize the development of peptic ulcers.

1. Cabbage

Cabbage promotes the production of amino acids that maintain proper blood flow in the stomach lining. Cabbage is also considered as an effective lactic acid food, which means that it can strengthen the stomach lining and promote faster healing of stomach ulcers.

In addition, cabbage is rich in vitamin c, which helps eliminate the bacteria that causes peptic ulcers. Fresh carrot juice has also been proven to have loads of vitamin U, which is another powerful anti-peptic ulcer vitamins.

Cut one fresh cabbage head and slice into small pieces, wash thoroughly and consume directly during breakfast, lunch, and dinner. To add taste, sprinkle a bit of Epsom salt or use half a teaspoon of honey as a dip. You can also mix these sliced cabbages into your favorite salads.

To prepare as a shake, blend several sliced cabbage with a few pieces of carrots. Add 1 tablespoon of honey and a cup of shaved ice. Blend until the mixture becomes liquid form. Drink in the morning on an empty stomach. Wait for 30 minutes before consuming breakfast. Also, drink 1 cup before going to bed. Repeat these steps until peptic ulcers are fully healed, or every time you feel pain in the stomach area and suspect a peptic ulcer.

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2. Banana

Bananas are rich with antibacterial properties that are perfect for eliminating and preventing ulcer-causing H. pylori bacteria. Furthermore, bananas are loaded with vitamins and minerals that strengthen the body’s immunity against various types of bacterial infection. Consuming banana during a battle with peptic ulcer also promotes faster healing of stomach sores.

Bananas are also highly valued for their ability to maintain proper acidity level especially in the stomach, which results in reduced inflammation caused by bacterial infection, and stronger stomach lining.

For people suffering from peptic ulcer, eat 3 large ripe bananas on a daily basis – morning, noon and night. If you prefer a banana drink, blend 1 large ripe banana with 1 cup shaved ice. Add a few drops of lemon and half a teaspoon of honey. Drink during breakfast or as a snack.

You can also create your own healthy banana chips. Cut several pieces of ripe or raw banana into thin slices. Bake in the oven using medium heat for 5 to 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and let them air dry for a few minutes. Put in a sealed container and eat as a snack or desert.

3. Cayenne Pepper

One of the most surprising natural remedies for peptic ulcer is cayenne pepper, which is packed with a potent substance called Capsaicin. Scientific studies prove that Capsaicin minimizes the production of harmful stomach acids, improves production of alkali, and promotes better blood flow in the stomach lining – all of which are beneficial in preventing and healing peptic ulcers.

Mix 1/8th teaspoon of cayenne pepper with 1 tall glass of lukewarm water. Add a teaspoon of honey to improve taste. Stir well until the peppers have fully dissolved. Drink in the morning 30 minutes before eating breakfast. Also, drink before going to bed. Repeat these steps for at least one week or until the peptic ulcers are healed. For the first few days, stick with this recommended amount of cayenne pepper. After the third day, increase the amount to 1/4th teaspoon of cayenne pepper for the rest of the treatment period.

You can also take cayenne supplements available in local drugstores. To be on the safe side, better consult your doctor for proper daily dosage to avoid complications and other health issues.

4. Coconut

Aside from being a natural hydration source, coconut is also highly recommended for people suffering from stomach sores. Coconut is loaded with antibacterial properties that help kill bacteria that causes peptic ulcer. Coconut has also been proven to be one of the most effective anti-ulcer natural ingredients.

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Drink 1 to 2 glasses of pure coconut water every day for at least 1 week. Make sure to use fresh and clean coconut water. To improve taste, you can add a teaspoon of honey and a few pieces of ice cubes. If coconut water is unavailable, you can opt for fresh coconut milk.

To prepare as a shake, mix 1 to 2 glasses of coconut water or coconut milk with a cup of shaved ice. Add a teaspoon of honey and blend for a few seconds. Drink in the morning during breakfast or as a snack.

For a more convenient method, drink a teaspoon of coconut oil in the morning 30 minutes before eating breakfast. Virgin coconut oil or regular coconut oil are available in local supermarkets.

5. Licorice

Licorice has been scientifically proven to prevent and heal peptic ulcers by promoting the production of mucus that acts as a protective barrier for the stomach lining. As a result, it improves the body’s immunity against various forms of bacterial infection such as the one that causes peptic ulcers. In addition, regular consumption of licorice minimizes the pain caused by stomach sores and speeds up the healing process.

Mix a teaspoon of licorice powder with a cup of lukewarm water. Stir well and drink in the morning on an empty stomach, and before going to bed. To improve taste, add your favorite milk and a splash of honey.

Mix 1 licorice tea bag with a cup of hot water. Add a teaspoon of honey and a splash of milk. Let it steep for a few minutes. Drink during breakfast and before going to bed. Repeat until peptic ulcers are fully healed.

 

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Gii Santos

Gii is a full-time work at home mom to her 9 year old daughter and a new baby on the way. She is passionate about health and fitness and natural remedies for certain health conditions. She makes it a point to use eco-friendly products as a way to give back to the environment. Aside from mothering, her routine at home includes sewing, crafting, cooking, reading books, and designing.
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