Stomach ulcers are raw spots inside the lining of the stomach that are commonly caused by the bacterium H. pylori. They can be very painful when aggravated by the stomach acid used in digestion. Home remedies can ease the pain associated with stomach ulcers and help you manage your ulcers to live a healthier lifestyle.
Many people get stomach ulcers. There are various causes, symptoms and treatments for them. About 80-90% of all cases of stomach ulcers are caused by a bacteria called Helicobacter Pylori.
Stomach ulcers can also be caused by a deterioration of the mucosal lining of the stomach that protects the stomach from acid. Other causes of stomach ulcers include excess acid production, the overuse of medications, and smoking. Doctors also cite genetic predisposition and stress as additional factors that can lead to the development of ulcers. The use of certain medications, such as the overuse of aspirin, can worsen stomach ulcers.
Symptoms can mimic other disorders. Hence, it may be difficult to tell what you are suffering from. The burning feeling in the upper abdomen caused by stomach ulcers can be mistaken for heartburn. The level of pain and the length of the suffering vary with the individual. Loss of appetite and weight loss are also commonly experienced. Further symptoms are vomiting and bloody stool.
Obviously, if you smoke, or take excess aspirin or other ulcer causing medicine, then you would need to ensure that you cut the aggravating substance from your diet as your first step. Then you can fight the ulcers with the following home remedies:
- Add licorice to your diet. It is an anti-inflammatory agent and it will help reduce stomach acid and support the stomach lining. Chew deglycyrrhizinated licorice before eating and at bedtime.
- Add bananas to your diet. This is an easy and natural way to soothe your stomach.
- Increase fiber in your diet to prevent the development of some types of ulcers.
- Take 25 to 50 mg of zinc to aid in healing.
- Use vitamins that support the lining of your stomach such as Vitamin A and beta-carotene.
- Use herbs such as slipper elm and golden seal root to reduce inflammation and fight bacteria.
- Evaluate your diet to determine if you should eliminate unhealthy eating habits. Excessive fried foods are not good for anyone. If you are predisposed to stomach ulcers, you will want to cut out possible exacerbating foods.
- Try relaxation techniques. Some tests indicate that the use of acupuncture, yoga, meditation, and massage helps the body to heal itself when you have ulcers.
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