Ulcers

Ulcers usually form in the duodenum, the upper part of the small intestine; a peptic ulcer is in the stomach as well as the duodenum and is so called because of the involvement of pepsin, a digestive enzyme. Ulcers are sores that can bleed. They form when there is too much acid for the mucosal lining to tolerate. They are often caused by an infection of the bacteria, Helicobacter pylori; food allergies are also a possibility. It is believed that this bacteria releases acids into the area and may also be the cause of gastritis. Antibiotics are necessary for its eradication.

Stress, coffee, alcohol, aspirin, tobacco, sugar, 7 Up, colas, and milk can increase the amount of acid in the stomach; smoking hinders the healing process; and salt is a stomach and intestinal irritant. Stress can also affect the strength of the immune system and its ability to prevent illness. A high fiber diet helps heal and prevent ulcers. Eating smaller frequent meals is recommended until the ulcer heals.

Nutrients

Vitamin A—20,000 IU, heals mucosal tissue of the lining of the stomach and duodenum.

Zinc—25 to 30 mg, speeds healing of ulcers; beneficial for healing bedsores.

Foods

Bananas—stimulate the proliferation of mucosal cells that form a barrier between the lining and acid

Fresh fruits

Pineapple

Blueberries

Papaya

Fresh vegetables

Dark green leafy vegetables

Potatoes

Enoki mushrooms Whole grains Brown rice Corn

Legumes—especially red and white beans

Seafood

Raw honey

Garlic

Turmeric

Thyme

Cinnamon

Cardamom

Cloves

Ginger

Juices

Cabbage—one quart daily, strengthens lining of the stomach, increases mucus activity, an antibiotic that destroys the Helicobacter bacteria, contains compounds found in antiulcer drugs, heals ulcers in a period from 2 days to 3 weeks Fruits Vegetables Carrot Celery Kale Potato Wheatgrass

Nutrients

Bioflavonoids—500 mg three times daily, studies show several flavonoids can inhibit H. pylori and can prevent ulcer formation, the flavone compound has effect similar to that of bismuth citrate.

Bismuth subcitrate—240 mg twice daily before meals, obtain from a compounding pharmacy, a natural mineral that acts as an antacid and inhibits H. pylori bacteria; more effective than Pepto Bismol.

Herbal therapy

Licorice—DGL extract, 2 chewable tablets or 250 to 500 mg 15 minutes before meals, protects and heals lining of the stomach and duodenum, inhibits H. pylori. Peppermint—soothes lining of stomach and intestine.

Aloe vera—1 tsp juice after meals, has healing properties.

Cayenne—capsules, capsaicin content helps heal ulcers.

Green tea—high in antibacterial and antioxidant compounds.

Garlic—tincture, prevents damage from ulcers by stimulating production of protective substances, has antibacterial activity.

Calendula—has anti-inflammatory and healing properties.

Chamomile—3 to 5 ml tincture or 2 to 3 cups tea daily; soothes irritation of mucous membranes.

Thyme, cinnamon—tinctures, have antibacterial activity.

Ginger—contains anti-inflammatory compounds; eat honey-candied ginger, honey has antibacterial compounds.

Bilberry—stimulates production of mucus.

Meadowsweet—contains compounds that help heal and prevent ulcers.

Comfrey—topical treatments for skin ulcers; beneficial for bedsores, or decubitus ulcers, and for diabetic ulcers.

Homeopathy

Take remedy according to symptoms:

Arsenicum album

Belladonna

Calendula

Hamamelis

Lathesis

Nux vomica

Silicea

Aromatherapy

Chamomile, frankincense, geranium, marjoram— massage abdomen area, help relieve ulcer symptoms.

Ayurvedic medicine

Pitta type most likely to suffer ulcers; herbal remedies are prescribed.

Licorice—XA tsp powder three times daily.

Coconut—milk and fruit.

Ashwagandha

Cinnamon, cardamom, cloves—K tsp ground mixture.

Bitter orange

Coriander

Kalanchoe

Chinese medicine

Dandelion Ginseng Corydalis tuber

Acupuncture—reduces acid in stomach.

Bodywork

Shiatsu

Movement therapies—relieves strain on digestive system.

Qigong

Reflexology

Mindbody therapy

Meditation Yoga

Biofeedback Imagery

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