Best Natural & Home Remedies To Get Rid of Stomach Ulcers

Best Natural & Home Remedies To Get Rid of Stomach Ulcers

How To Get Rid of Stomach Ulcers

Stomach ulcers, also known as gastric ulcers, are open sores that develop on the interior lining of the stomach. They are similar to duodenal ulcers, which form on the intestine lining. Both stomach ulcers and duodenal ulcers are collectively known as gastro-intestinal, or peptic ulcers and the treatments are the same.

In this blog, We will be differing what stomach ulcers are, what causes them and how to get rid of them.

Symptoms of Stomach Ulcers

The primary symptom of a stomach ulcer is a burning pain in the centre of the abdomen, although some people with stomach ulcers will not feel any symptoms at all.

Who Gets Stomach Ulcers?

Everyone is vulnerable to developing stomach ulcers however it is most common in people over sixty years of age.

Causes of Stomach Ulcers

For many years it was believed that ulcers were caused by lifestyle factors such as poor diet, lack of exercise, stress and over-indulgence in drugs, such as alcohol and tobacco.

Whilst these factors can increase the risk of developing stomach ulcers, it is now widely understood that a bacterial infection causes many ulcers. This bacteria is known as H. pylori.

Another cause of stomach ulcers is the intake of too many non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or NSAIDs for short. NSAIDs are a group of widely available painkillers including Ibuprofen and Aspirin, and can irritate the stomach’s lining resulting in stomach ulcers.

Getting Rid of Stomach Ulcers

In the past, getting rid of stomach ulcers was a long and difficult process that involved making big lifestyle changes, including:

  • Improving fitness with an exercise routine
  • Improving diet
  • Stopping the intake of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs
  • Relaxing more
  • Reducing the stresses of life

Whilst maintaining a healthy lifestyle is important and can contribute towards building a robust immune system (which can help combat many diseases, including ulcers), the discoveries of H. pylori and NSAIDs being a major cause of stomach ulcers have made treatments much quicker and more effective.

The most important thing you can do is visit your doctor, who will be able to determine if your ulcers are caused by the H. Pylori bacteria, NSAIDs or a combination of the two.

If you regularly take NSAID painkillers and you suspect this is the cause of your stomach ulcers, you should stop taking them. If pain relief is required to maintain your quality of life, NSAID painkillers such as Aspirin and Ibuprofen can be replaced with an alternative painkiller such as paracetamol. Your doctor will be able to advise you on your pain relief options.

Your doctor may prescribe you Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPIs), which reduce the amount of acid produced in your stomach.

If you suspect that a bacterial H.pylori infection may cause your stomach ulcers, eradication therapy is the preferred treatment. Eradication therapy is simply the use of antibiotics to kill the H. pylori bacteria and your doctor will be able to prescribe you the required medicine.

Various treatments should be used if your stomach ulcers are caused by a combination of NSAIDs and H. pylori.

Home Remedies for Stomach Ulcers

Many alternative home remedies are said to cure stomach ulcers, and whilst many have had success using these methods, it should be understood that none of them has been proven scientifically.

Here is a list of a few of the most common alternative remedies:

  • Drinking milk – Drinking milk can soothe the pain caused by stomach ulcers, but whether it helps them to heal is open to speculation.
  • Taking Antacids – Antacids such as these are tablets that neutralize the acid in the stomach. Again they can help reduce the pain, but it is unknown if they can cure stomach ulcers.
  • Diet – A high-fibre, low-fat diet reduces stomach ulcers, such as eating small portions of food frequently to avoid producing too much stomach acid.
  • Cabbage Juice – Some alternative medicine practitioners recommend cabbage juice to get rid of stomach ulcers.
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Barry Beannew

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