Gastric ulcer (also known as digestive ulcer) is a consequence of the acidity of the gastric liquid and sometimes also of the bacterium Helicobacter pylori or of the use of certain drugs which favor the appearance of a lesion. Following the occurrence of stomach ulcer or duodenal ulcer, the patient may experience many symptoms such as recurrent and persistent stomach pain, painful feeling of hunger or cramp after meals and relieved by food, digestive disorders (discomfort, nausea, bloating, belching, etc.), black stools, difficulty swallowing, unexplained weight loss, etc. To relieve the pain and help reduce the ulcer, here are natural remedies that make the difference in addition to the treatment.
These natural treatments are generally to be taken before meals or during them for greater efficiency.
1) Remedies to relieve ulcer pain
Very commonly used for heartburn and useful here too, the best known remedy is baking soda. We usually take a teaspoon in a glass of water twice a day. However, many plants can also bring relief such as a spoon of aloe vera juice to ingest before each meal, but also others.
-This is the case of chamomile tea (3 g of dried flowers in 150 ml of water for 10 minutes) to be taken three to four times a day to benefit from theanti-inflammatory and healing effect of its flavonoids.
-As for the liquorice root infusion (3 g of root powder in 150 ml of water), it is very analgesic and can be eaten with the three daily meals for a week. It is however prohibited in case of hypertension.
-Finally, you can crush slippery elm bark to soothe pain and reduce inflammation of the mucous membrane. To do this, infuse a teaspoon of this powder in 250 ml of simmering water and consume this beverage three times a day for a week.
It is also possible to relieve unpleasant sensations with potato juice or raw cabbage juice to be taken every morning. In short, do not skimp on the green juices with fresh celery, carrots, eggplant or cabbage to mix and consume before the meal.
2) Remedies to fight the bacteria linked to the ulcer
The infection at Helicobacter pylori is the most common cause of gastritis and digestive ulcer. It is estimated that we owe him 95% of our duodenal ulcers and 70% of our gastric ulcers. It is therefore a serious avenue to consider in order to heal a painful ulcer effectively and quickly. In addition to the antibiotics prescribed by the doctor, you can use natural antibiotics during your treatment. Garlic, which is also a well-known anti-inflammatory, can be of great help to you. Eat it preferably raw to get the most of all its benefits. If you don’t like that, also consider propolis.
3) Natural gastric bandages to protect the stomach
Your stomach suffers from lesion. This is the reason why reducing the pain and fighting the bacteria is not enough to heal well in the event of a difficult ulcer attack. To complete the action of all your other measures, you can make a natural gastric bandage. Don’t worry: it’s very easy!
To do this, you can infuse overnight linseed (30 g) in a bottle of water. Then, consume the gelled liquid obtained throughout the day. Otherwise, you can use the seeds of fenugreek, known for its effect against ulcers. In particular, it has a mucilaginous effect which protects the intestinal mucosa. Just boil a teaspoon in 500 ml of boiling water and let your seeds infuse in simmering water for about ten minutes. Finally, it is possible to add agar-agar in certain recipes (pasta, rice, soups, etc.) to protect your sensitized organ.
4) Take some measures in addition to these remedies against the return of the ulcer
No way to let the ulcer come back after the treatment! Thus, it will be necessary to be very careful about certain bad habits of daily life in addition to your diet which will be to be monitored.
-First of all, beware of self-medication, especially with regard to aspirin and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). If you have no choice but to take them, do not take them on an empty stomach and seek medical advice.
-Furthermore, the consumption of alcohol or caffeinated beverages (coffee, sodas, etc.) should be avoided for patients affected by ulcers. The only exception is green tea. Indeed, even if it contains caffeine, it also contains flavonoids which have a protective effect on the gastric mucosa and inhibit the growth of the bacteria. H.pylori. Also remember to draw up a list of foods that seem to relieve you and those that irritate you to adapt your menus accordingly.
-In addition, limit the use of spices (mustard, pepper, etc.) and quit smokingtobacco can damage the lining of the digestive tract.
-Also take measures to relieve your stress. This can be through meditation, yoga, breathing exercises, etc.
-Finally, make sure to chew well, eat your meals slowly and do not go to bed directly after the evening meal to minimize the risk of stomach ulcers.
Consulting a doctor remains very important in case of gastric ulcer
Natural remedies cannot not substitute for medical advice. They are intended to relieve and complement medical treatment. Consulting a doctor is therefore crucial to determine whether you have a stomach ulcer or a duodenal ulcer. Investigations include a barium (barium-based) meal, X-ray, gastroscopy, and possibly tissue sampling to identify possible stomach cancer (very rare) or surgery for complicated cases.
In terms of treatment, your healthcare specialist will likely prescribe H2 blockers (cimetidine, famotidine, nizatidine, or ranitidine, available over-the-counter) and proton pump inhibitors (esomeprazole, omeprazole, lansoprazole, pantoprazole, or rabeprazole, on prescription) to decrease the production of stomach acid. Antacids help relieve pain by neutralizing acid in the stomach. Finally, you may also be advised to take antibiotics (amoxicillin, clarithromycin, or metronidazole) to treat the infection if gastroscopy has revealed overgrowth of Helicobacter pylori bacteria (H.pylori).
This complete medical treatment is essential to ensure your complete recovery of the ulcerative lesion and to act effectively in the event of a recurrence. So do not base everything on a natural remedy to avoid complications (digestive hemorrhage or perforation of the gastric or duodenal wall).
Finally, the fact of having a good medical follow-up will also make it possible toadapt your diet. Your doctor may find it useful to advise you to avoid fat, caffeine, spices, sugar or even alcohol. Only he knows you and can therefore advise an appropriate diet.