Herbs for Stomach Ulcer Relief and Healing
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Herbs for Stomach Ulcer Relief and Healing

What are the symptoms of a stomach ulcer? How can you get relief from stomach ulcers? Relief from gastric and/or duodenal (upper small intestine) ulcers can be greatly relieved through the use of herbalist remedies. Teas and ingestion of herbs such as licorice, slippery elm and chamomile can calm stomach acid, reduce pain and promote healing.


What is a Stomach Ulcer?

Ulcers are open sores in the lining of the stomach or more commonly, located in the upper end of the small intestine.

Two Types of Stomach Uulcers

There are two types of ulcers, gastric (or peptic) ulcer and duodenal. Duodenal ulcers refer to the location; the upper end of the small intestine called the duodenum. While women can present with ulcers, typically it is men that have ulcers at a rate of 4X more often and some 10% of all North Americans in total.

Without proper examination by a doctor it is difficult to determine where the ulcer is (stomach or duodenal region) but the symptoms are fairly regular with the two types. The afflicted patient gets pain when acid irritates the open sore. Eating some food temporarily eases this pain as the food helps to neutralize the stomach acid. But as the food is digested and moved along the G.I. tract, the ulcerate pain returns. It is as if the acid is still 'turned on' and still attacking the stomach or upper G.I. tract.

What Irritates Stomach Ulcers?

Stress makes ulcers worse. Medicines like aspirin, ibuprofen and some NSAIDS can also cause ulcers. Carbonated beverages containing phosphoric acids (cola, etc.) are known to irritate existing ulcers in patients who have them. Even orange juice is said to incite an ulcerative response in sensitive people due to the introduction of more acid in the form of ascorbic acid.

Bacterial Cause of Ulcers? New Research Suggests Bacterial Link

Formerly it had been thought that ulcers were the results of excessive stomach acids but recent research now suggest that a bacterium call "Heliobacter pylorii" may be the cause.

Being tested by a medical practitioner to determine if you in fact have ulcers is the first step to finding relief from this painful condition. Your doctor can prescribe remedies to help neutralize the excess stomach acid and promote healing of the open sores.

It is not uncommon for ulcer sufferers whom have recovered to have ulcers again in the future. But there are also natural herbs that you can take that help reduce symptoms, help to prevent ulcer outbreaks and even heal existing ulcers.

Natural Herbs for Stomach Ulcer Relief

Herbs such as slippery elm, licorice, chamomile and cinnamon are among the many herbs prescribed by herbalists for ulcer relief. For suffers of stress, tea brewed from chamomile can help.

Other herbalist remedies for ulcers include wild yam, Saint-John's Wort and even common basil which is a muscle relaxant.

Basil tea (made from 10-20 leaves ground and steeped with hot water) is useful for stress-relief and help with stomach disorders such as stomach ulcers and colitis. Herbs such as licorice stimulate the immune system and helps speed healing.

Relief from ulcers can be greatly aided by the inclusion of herbalist remedies. If you are being treated by a physician for ulcers, be sure to mention any and all herb remedies that you may also be taking.

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this is good to know