Article by Pamela-anne Kinney
Many of us today are looking to make healthier choices in life, which includes what we are going to take to help aid us with our ailments.
Peptic Ulcer is basically an open wound in the lining of the stomach; it is a spot that has eroded, leaving an open wound. The tissue that surrounds the ulcer is usually swollen. They can occur anywhere along the gastrointestinal tract, but most commonly are found in the stomach. An ulcer can cause stomach pain that usually starts about half an hour after eating or at night. To relieve pain, sufferers may try drinking a lot of water, anti-acids or vomiting. The level of pain connected with this ailment varies from mild to severe. Ulcers are caused when the stomach lining fails to provide proper protection against digestive acids. The acids, in turn, start to digest the stomach itself. This can be caused by insufficient protective mucus, excess stomach acid or both.
There are many factors that can contribute to the secretion of excess stomach acid. Two of the main contributors are stress and anxiety, as they increase the production of acid. There is also a common type of bacteria known as “Helico Bacter pylori” which is found in people that have ulcers, but is rarely found in those that do not. Getting rid of this bacteria can result in the healing of the ulcer.
Stomach Self Test:
- When stomach pain starts, take a tablespoon of apple-cider vinegar or lemon juice.
- If this makes the pain go away, then you probably have too little stomach acid, not too much.
- If it makes your stomach pains worse then you probably have an overly acidic stomach.
- A good source of vitamin K is Aloe Vera. Take 4 ounces of Aloe Vera juice or gel daily, making sure it is a food grade product.
- Cat’s claw is great in aiding with the healing and cleansing of the digestive tract.
- Licorice is good for promoting the healing of gastric and duodenal ulcers. Take 750 to 1500 milligrams of deglycyrrhizinated liquorice two to three times a day between meals for 8 to 16 weeks
- Marshmallow root and Slippery Elm soothe irritated mucous membranes.
- Other herbs with benefits for ulcers are: Bayberry, Catnip, Chamomile, Golden Seal, Hops, Myrrh, Passion Flowers, Sage, and Valerian. All of these can be taken in tea form.
- Eat plenty of green leafy vegetables. They contain vitamin K, which is needed for healing; it is likely deficient in people with ulcers.
Pamela-anne Kinney was born in Dumbarton Scotland in 1964 and immigrated to Canada at age 3. Writing has been her passion since childhood. She was blessed to find a career later in life that she could work around her disability -Epilepsy. She graduated from a Freelance writing course in 2011. Pamela-Anne enjoys writing articles in the genres of Health and Wellness, Home Remedies, Gardening, Cultural, and Travel. She is presently working as a Freelance writer from her home office in Elmira, Ontario Canada.