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PEPTIC ULCER

peptic-ulcer

Definition:– Round or oval sore in the oesophagus or where lining of stomach/duodenum has been eroded by stomach acid and gastric juices

Symptoms:

Oesophageal ulcers –

  • Pain when swallowing or when lying down

Duodenal ulcers –

  • intermittent pain (steady and mild or moderately severe), usually just below the sternum
  • gnawing, burning aching, soreness in abdomen,
  • an empty feeling,
  • hunger

Gastric, marginal and stress ulcers –

  • pain that does not follow any pattern; may be relieved or brought on by eating
  • may result in oedema, causing small intestinal blockage, resulting in –
  • bloating,
  • nausea or vomiting after eating

Complications (bleeding/rupture) –

  • low blood pressure,
  • dizziness,
  • fainting

Causes:

  • Chronic exposure of stomach/duodenum lining to irritants such as excess stomach acid or gastric enzymes
  • Infection with Helicobacter pylori bacteria, drugs
  • Cancer (rare)
Treatment:

Lifestyle Recommendations

  • Eat plenty of dark green leafy vegetables – contain vitamin K, needed for healing; likely to be deficient in people with digestive problems
  • Avoid coffee and alcohol
  • Drink fresh cabbage juice daily
  • If severe symptoms, eat soft foods such as avocado, bananas, potatoes, squash and yams; blend
  • Eat frequent small meals; include well-cooked millet and rice, raw goats milk, soured milk products such as yoghurt, cottage cheese and kefir
  • Drink barley, wheat and alfalfa juice – contain chlorophyll and are thus potent anti-cancer treatments
  • If bleeding ulcer, eat organic baby foods or steamed vegetables, blended or mashed; add nourishing fibre such as guar gum and/or pysillium seed – easy to digest and nourishing and chemical-free
  • Avoid fried foods, tea, coffee, chocolate, animal fats and carbonated drinks, as well as salt and sugar – linked to acid production, and reduce intake of refined carbohydrates
  • Avoid cow’s milk – neutralizes existing stomach acid, but calcium and protein it contains stimulated production of more acid; almond, rice or soy milk are good substitutes
  • Chew food thoroughly and take bitters – aids digestion
  • Do not drink hot liquids
  • Do not smoke – delays or prevents healing
  • Keep the colon clean (daily bowel movements; enemas)
  • Avoid painkillers such as aspirin and ibuprofen
  • Avoid stress

Supplement Recommendations

  • Acid-Ease – balances acidity
  • L-Glutamine (500 mg daily) – heals peptic ulcers
  • Pectin – helps relieve duodenal ulcers by creating a smoothe coating in the intestines
  • Sodium Ascorbate (10 g/day) – soothing
  • Vitamin E (200 IU daily) – potent antioxidant that helps to reduce stomach acid and pain, and promote healing (use d-alpha-tocopherol form)
  • Vitamin A – for mucous membranes, circulation and scar tissue
  • Digestive enzymes – may be of assistance if there is flatulence
  • DO NOT USE Hydrochloric acid

Herbs –

  • Alfalfa – good source of vitamin K
  • Aloe vera juice/gel (4 ounces daily) – aids in pain relief and speeds healing
  • Bupleurum, in combination with angelica and licorice root – good for treating ulcers
  • Cat’s claw – cleanses and heals digestive tract (not if pregnant)
  • Comfrey – treats ulcers (not for > 1 month)
  • Garlic – may eradicate ulcers; antimicrobial
  • Malva tea – calms stomach and reduces intestinal irritation
  • Marshmallow root and slippery elm – soothe irritated mucous membranes
  • Rhubarb (juice or tablet) – treats intestinal bleeding

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