Peptic Ulcer (Also see Gastritis)

Overview

Peptic ulcer is a condition characterized by chronic inflammation of the stomach and/or the intestines. It can also be referred to as gastritis or gastroenteritis, and is one of the most common types of gastrointestinal disorders.

Types of Peptic Ulcers
Over 93 percent of all peptic ulcers are bacterial in nature, meaning that they are caused and exacerbated by bacterial infection, especially Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori), which accounts for nearly all cases of peptic ulcer.

To a far lesser extent, peptic ulcers can also be iatrogenic, meaning they are caused by various properly prescribed medications, especially aspirin and other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), as well as steroids.

Symptoms of Peptic Ulcer
The primary symptom of peptic ulcer is a burning sensation in the upper abdomen that is most pronounced on an empty stomach or about an hour after eating, and which can also flare up during the night. Other symptoms include nausea and vomiting, as well as fluctuations in appetite, and feelings of acute hunger and pain soon after eating or while sitting down.

In addition to bacterial and viral infections, peptic ulcer can also be caused by poor diet, food allergies, nutritional deficiencies, alcohol, smoking, and chronic stress. As mentioned above, various commonly used medications can also cause problems, especially asprin. In addition to aspirin, other NSAIDs linked to peptic ulcers include Advil, Clinoril, Feldene, Ibuprofen, Nalfon, Nuprin, Orudis, Oruvail, Relafen, and Tolectin. In severe cases of ulcer, internal bleeding can occur due to thinning of the lining of the stomach and/or intestines.

Caution: If you experience internal bleeding and/or experience blood in your stool, seek immediate professional medical attention.

Quick Action Plan for Peptic Ulcer

1. Avoid all sugars, refined carbohydrates, sodas, milk and dairy products, processed foods, preservatives, artificial sweeteners (especially aspartame), corn syrup, alcohol, white bread and white flour products, pastries, and hydrogenated and trans-fatty oils, as well as all foods to which your are allergic.

2. Emphasize organic, fresh vegetables and non-citrus fruits, organic grains, as well as organic, free-range meats and poultry and wild-caught fish.

3. Drink plenty of pure, filtered water throughout the day.

4. Miso soup and strained vegetable broth, made from cooking down a variety of organic vegetables, are healing and easy to digest, making them especially valuable for any digestive problems.

5. To reduce symptoms, eat small meals throughout the day, rather than following the traditional three large meals per day routine.

6. Certain herbs have anti-inflammatory properties, which can help repair the lining of the stomach and intestines.  The best herbs for this are Echinacea and goldenseal, aloe vera, cayenne pepper, chamomile, licorice root, and slippery elm.

7. Therapeutic juices include raw cabbage juice by itself, or mixed with either carrot or celery juice; raw potato juice; wheatgrass juice; carrot, spinach juice; carrot juice; carrot, beet cucumber.

8. Soothing baths two to five nights a week can help to relieve symptoms.

9. If you smoke, stop, and also avoid exposure to secondhand cigarette smoke. In addition, learn how to effectively cope with and manage stress.

10. If you are currently taking aspirin or other NSAIDs, consider replacing them with safer, more effective natural remedies.

11. Nutritional supplements include vitamin A, beta carotene, vitamin C, and zinc, taken with a multivitamin/multimineral formula. Essential fatty acids, especial omega-3 oils, are also recommended, as are bismuth and the amino acid L-glutamine. Linseed oil can also be effective. It can be added to salads or over drizzled lightly steamed vegetables.

As with all diseases this did not happen overnight. The very first thing you must do is see a licensed health professional. Find a list of practitioners in your local area here

Here are some things you can discuss with your practitioner:

Health protocols

Detoxification Therapy:

  • Do the Hydrogen Peroxide Protocol to strengthen the immune system:
  • Drink 3oz of Colloidal Silver, three or four times a day for 60 days www.colloidsforlife.com Silver has long been recognised as a powerful natural antibiotic.  Colloidal silver is silver that has been removed electronically from its source and then suspended in water.   It is used to treat a myriad of diseases.

Hydrotherapy:

Hydrotherapy is the application of water, ice, steam and hot and cold temperatures to maintain and restore health. Treatments include full body immersion, steam baths, saunas, sitz baths, colonic irrigation and the application of hot and/or cold compresses. Hydrotherapy is effective for treating a wide range of conditions and can easily be used in the home as part of a self-care program. Many Naturopathic Physicians, Physical Therapists and Day Spas use Hydrotherapy as part of treatment.

There are several at-home hydrotherapy treatments.  For treating rheumatoid arthritis, we recommended constitutional hydrotherapy (apply two to five times weekly) or a heating compress (apply once daily to affected areas). Please seek the advice of your alternative health care practitioner before undergoing these procedures to make sure they are appropriate for you.

  • We recommend regular colonics to remove toxicity from the body.  Read more about colonics by clicking here.  Find a practitioner here.
  • Most of the water that we drink is very acidic and in order to heal our bodies need a more alkaline state.  During the programme drink alkalised water, which you can buy from Real Water.
  • Take a bath as often as possible up to once a day with two litres of 35% food grade Hydrogen Peroxide.

Healthy eating is of primary importance.  Drink plenty of pure filtered water and increase your intake of fresh, organic fruits and vegetables, and complex whole grains, as well as organic, free-range meats, poultry, and wild-caught fish.

Avoid all commercial, processed, fried, and nonorganic food, as well as alcohol, coffee, sugars, artificial sweeteners, preservatives, food dyes, milk and dairy products, wheat and wheat products, and refined carbohydrates. Do not eat saturated, trans-, hydrogenated or partially-hydrogenated fats and oils. Instead choose from virgin coconut butter/oil, extra virgin olive oil, high lignin flax seed oil, and unrefined hemp seed, walnut, and sunflower oils. Minimize your intake of citrus fruits and spicy foods, both of which can aggravate peptic ulcers.

To reduce symptoms, eat small meals throughout the day, rather than following the traditional three large meals per day routine.

In addition, have yourself screened for potential food allergies and sensitivities and avoid those foods for which you test positive.

For the complete whole foods eating plan we recommend to heal and eliminate all imbalances and disease, connect to the full article: Whole Foods Diet. In many cases, a raw food eating plan can be extremely beneficial. To learn more, read Raw Food Diet.

It is important to not add further toxicity to your system so try to adhere to the following:

  • Do not consume any artificial sweeteners, such as Splenda, NutraSweet or Aspartame
  • Do not consume high fructose corn syrup or mono-sodium glutamate.
  • Do not drink any carbonated beverages.
  • Avoid all fast food restaurants.
  • Avoid all canned food.
  • Eliminate conventional dairy products. The best dairy products are raw, unpasteurised and homogenised dairy from grass fed cows. If this is unavailable, then buy organic dairy.
  • Avoid conventional beef. The best beef is organic grass fed beef.

www.grasslandbeef.com The second best is organic meat; this includes beef, veal, lamb, chicken and turkey.

Supplements:

Useful nutritional supplements include vitamin A, beta carotene, vitamin C, and zinc, taken with a multivitamin/multimineral formula. Essential fatty acids, especial omega-3 oils, are recommended, as are bismuth and the amino acid L-glutamine. Linseed oil can also be effective. It can be added to salads or over drizzled lightly steamed vegetables.

  • Take Vitamin D3 50,000-100,000 International Units a day for periods of 4 weeks at a time.
  • Wholefood supplements are the best way of ensuring your nutritional needs are met.  The best we know on the market is Kevin Trudeau’s “KT Daily” product.  You can find more details here.
  • Take an Omega 3 supplement:

Krill oil

Fish oil

Cod liver oil

Vegetarian

Prescription and non-prescription medication:

What non-prescription and prescription drugs are you taking?  Your non-prescription and prescription are partially the reason that you have this illness or disease – you need to get off these medications but do so only under the guidance of a licensed health care practitio

We know that when the body is out of balance, energy doesn’t flow, leading blockages and eventually disease. Here are some things you can do to combat stress and restore balance:

  •  Go to a Dr Morter BEST (Bio-Energetic Synchronisation Technique) Practitioner.
  • Sign up for Energetic Re-Balancing: 2 practitioners to consider are:

Stephen Lewis, founder of the Aim Program. Find out more by clicking here.

. Find out more by clicking here.

  • Reiki healing is very powerful in releasing stress and emotional baggage.  Find a practitioner here.
  • Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) has had remarkable results in dissolving stress.  Find a local practitioner here or go to www.thetappingsolution.com or www.tftrx.com
  • Try Hypnotherapy to relax the mind.  Find a practitioner here.

Ayurvedic Medicine

As always the fastest most effective way to receive tailored advice to your own situation, you should visit a local licensed practitioner. Find your closest Ayurvedic practitionershere

Here are some remedies that your practitioner may suggest:

A common Ayurvedic remedy for peptic ulcers is licorice powder. Take half a teaspoon three times a day. The Ayurvedic herb ashwagandha is an effective aid. Try combining cinnamon, cardamom, and cloves, ground into a powder, to provide relief from peptic ulcer symptoms. Take ¼ teaspoon three times daily.

Traditional Chinese Medicine

To receive bespoke advice based upon your own situation you should visit a local licensed practitioner. Find your closest Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners here

Here are some remedies that your practitioner may suggest:

astragalus root

cinnamon twig

white peony root

cuttle-fish bone

dahurian angelica root

prepared licorice root

bupleurum root

cyperus tuber

bitter orange

tangerine peel

Sichuan chinaberry

corydalis tuber

aucklandia root

perilla stem

ark shell

finger citron

all of these can be decocted in water

Acupuncture is also recommended

Aromatherapy

The essential oils of chamomile and geranium can help to relieve peptic ulcer symptoms. Lemon oil can also be used.

To ensure positive results, always check that the essential oil is a 100% pure plant distillation and that it comes from a reputable source.

Homeopathic Medicine

Owing to the principles behind homeopathy it is essential you see a licensed practitioner to receive your own personalised prescription.  Find your closest Homeopath here

Here are some remedies that your practitioner may suggest:

Useful homeopathic remedies include, Arsen alb., Acidum nit., Belladonna, Calendula, Hamamelis, Lachesis, Nux vomica, and Silicea.

Herbs

Both Echinacea and goldenseal are useful for treating peptic ulcers because of their ability to improve immune function, as well as their anti-inflammatory properties, which can help repair the lining of the stomach and intestines. These herbs also have strong natural antibiotic properties, making them useful for dealing with bacterial infections that often cause peptic ulcer. Shiitake mushrooms can be helpful due to their antiviral properties, as can aloe vera, cayenne pepper, chamomile, licorice root, and slippery elm.

Other useful herbs include calendula, linden flower, marshmallow, meadowsweet, and valerian. Soothing herbal infusions include one part chamomile and two parts marshmallow root, or one part chamomile and one part linden flower or valerian (take one teaspoon three times a day).

Other

Apple Cider Vinegar:

Though apple cider vinegar is an acquired taste, it can help deal with the suffering and pain of a peptic ulcer. Take about 1 tablespoon of unfiltered apple cider and add it to a glass of water.

Drink this mixture to reduce the pain from your ulcer. You can add baking soda to this mixture as well before you drink it. You can even drink more than one glass of this mixture if the pain is acute. If you are prone to stomach ulcers, you can even make a habit of drinking this solution every day before your meals. Apple cider vinegar is also considered effective to restore the body’s Ph balance. Drinking apple cider vinegar is no guarantee of relief as every person reacts differently to the home remedy.

Research suggests that the vinegar restores the acid balance in your stomach lining but there is not enough scientific evidence that this is true. The vinegar kills the bacteria that cause the ulcers.

Apple Cider Vinegar and Pregnancy

It is recommended that no unpasteurized vinegars are consumed during pregnancy or while trying to conceive.

Apple Cider Vinegar Supplements During Pregnancy

During pregnancy, you might be tempted to consider tablets or capsules as a safer alternative. L.L. Hill, et al., report in their study in the “Journal of American Dietetic Association” that very few supplements tested contained what the label reported they contained. The study indicates that the supplements varied considerable in the pH values and component acid content. In some cases it was questionable whether the supplement even contained apple cider vinegar at all. This is of great concern if you are considering taking this supplement during pregnancy, as not only are the long-term effects of apple cider vinegar supplementation unknown but you can also not be sure of what you are getting in tablet for.

Juice Therapy: Useful juice remedies include raw cabbage juice by itself, or mixed with either carrot or celery juice; raw potato juice; wheatgrass juice; carrot, spinach juice; carrot juice; carrot, beet cucumber.

Lifestyle: If you smoke, stop, and also avoid exposure to secondhand cigarette smoke. In addition, learn how to effectively cope with and manage stress.

If you are currently taking aspirin or other NSAIDs, consider replacing them with safer, more effective natural remedies.

Stress Management: Learning how to reduce and properly manage stress is essential for helping to protect against gastritis and ulcer. Stress reduction techniques are also very helpful for dealing with emotions such as anger, depression, and hopelessness that can exacerbate symptoms. Holistic health practitioners help their patients accomplish stress reduction through the use of various mind/body medicine techniques, such as biofeedback, hypnotherapy, and relaxation exercises. Meditation is another form of stress management that can be highly effective. There are many ways to meditate. One of the easiest is simply to sit comfortably in a chair with your eyes closed as you focus on your breathing. Do this for five to ten minutes twice a day and gradually extend each session 20-30 minutes. To enhance your efforts, concentrate on mentally repeating a peaceful phrase each time that you inhale and exhale, allowing all other thoughts to arise and pass without becoming involved in them. At first, this may seem difficult, but with committed practice you will eventually find yourself able to do so while experiencing greater degrees of calm and peace.

Manuka Honey: manuka honey is effective at treating stomach ulcers, gastritis, and other digestive problems due to both its anti-inflammatory and probiotic characteristics.

Bowen Therapy: Bowen Therapy was developed in the 1950s by Thomas Bowen, a lay healer from Australia who possessed a keen knowledge of human structure and nerve function and their relationship to health. Unlike other forms of structural bodywork, Bowen therapy is extremely gentle and non-invasive. The treatment involves a series of moves consisting of pulling the skin away from an underlying muscle or tendon, applying pressure against its side and the holding and releasing it while allowing the underlying structure to spring back to its normal position. It has proven particularly beneficial for gastro-intestinal conditions.

Alternative Professional Care
The following therapies can also help to prevent and relieve gastritis and ulcers: Ayurveda, Biofeedback Training and Neurotherapy, Bodywork (Feldenkrais Method, Reflexology, Shiatsu, Therapeutic Touch), Craniosacral Therapy, Detoxification Therapy, Environmental Medicine, Enzyme Therapy, Fasting, Guided Imagery, Hypnotherapy, Mind/Body Medicine, Naturopathic Medicine, Neural Therapy, Osteopathic Medicine, Oxygen Therapy, Qigong, Tai Chi, Traditional Chinese Medicine, and Yoga. (See Glossary for descriptions of these Alternative Therapies.)

Yoga – The physical postures and breathing exercises comprising the practice of yoga have long been proven by scientific research to promote feelings of relaxation while simultaneously strengthening the body. Research conducted since the 1970s has shown that regular yoga practice not only relieves stress, and stressful emotions such as anxiety and depression, but also improves blood pressure rates and overall cardiovascular health. Yoga is also effective for reducing pain, improving gastrointestinal and respiratory function, and for improving cognitive function and enhancing sight and hearing.

Note: If you are just beginning to explore yoga, it is recommended that you initially do so under the guidance of a trained yoga instructor who can guide you to become aware of the subtleties involved in each yoga posture as well as the corresponding method of breathing.

Qigong –Is a wonderful form of exercise, breath work and meditation to relieve stress and tension in the body.  See article section for more information about the art of qigong.

Heal and treat stomach ulcers without mainstream drugs: www.naturalnews.com/028644_stomach_ulcers_remedies.html

Treat stomach ulcers with probiotics bot antibiotics: www.naturalnews.com/031563_ulcers_probiotics.html

Traditional Chinese Medicine  – Ancient Healing www.naturalcures.com/healthblog/traditional_chinese_ancient_healing.php

The best way to cleansing and purification of the body  www.naturalcures.com/healthblog/54_the_best_way_to_cleansing_and_purification_of_the_body_110512.php

Mother Nature’s Natural Germ Fighters naturalhealthdossier.com/2012/03/mother-natures-natural-germ-fighters

Immune health NC_Newsletter_07-11.pdf

Collodial Silver NC_Newsletter_09-08.pdf

Heal Your Body and Raise Your Consciousness – Qigong NC_Newsletter_12-08.pdf

Health Care that Won’t Cost You a Single Penny – EFT NC_Newsletter_12-06.pdf

Become Master of Your Mind – taking charge of your reaction to stress NC_Newsletter_12-10.pdf

Jump for Joy – Rebounding is a great stress busting workout NC_Newsletter_12-10.pdf

Hypnotherapy for stress management – why it is so effective www.naturalcures.com/healthblog/hypnotherapy_for_stress.php

Video

EFT for treating disease www.garythink.com/eft/physicial.html

Research

Licorice treats peptic ulcers and helicobacter pylori:  www.naturalnews.com/026711_ulcers_licorice_peptic.html

Treat stomach ulcers with calendula: www.naturalnews.com/032639_calendula_stomach_ulcers.html

Eating a diet high in salt increases risk of stomach ulcers: www.naturalnews.com/032639_calendula_stomach_ulcers.html

Further Information (links and books)

Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers, Third Edition by Robert M. Sapolsky; Healthy Digestion the Natural Way: Preventing and Healing Heartburn, Constipation, Gas, Diarrhea, Inflammatory Bowel and Gallbladder Diseases, Ulcers, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, and More by Lindsey Berkson

Natural Alternatives to Antibiotics by John McKenna

by Bernie S Siegel

The Healing Power of Nature Foods: 50 Revitalizing Superfoods & Lifestyle Choices To Promote Vibrant Health by Susan Smith Jones

Prescription for Nutritional Healing, Fifth Edition: A Practical A-to-Z Reference to Drug-Free Remedies Using Vitamins, Minerals, Herbs & Food … A-To-Z Reference to Drug-Free Remedies) by Phyllis Balch

Aromatherapy: A Complete Guide to the Healing Art by Kathi Keville and Mindi Green

Detox and revitalize by Susana L. Belen

Colloidal Silver: The Natural Antibiotic Alternative by Zane Baranowski

The Secret Language of Your Body by Inna Segal

The Healing Herbs: The Ultimate Guide to the Curative Power of Nature’s Medicines by Michael Castleman and Prevention Magazine

1,000 Indian Recipes (1,000 Recipes) by Neelam Batra;

Food–Your Miracle Medicine by Jean Carper

Andrea Butje | Aromahead andrea@aromahead.com – aromatherapy

Carrie Vitt deliciouslyorganic@yahoo.com – organic food recipes.

David Spector-NSR/USA david024@nsrusa.org – meditation, stress

Judith Hoad judithhoad@gmail.com – herbalist.

Kath May kathrynmay@talktalk.net – reiki, tai chi.

Lillian Bridges lillian@lotusinstitute.com – Chinese medicine, living naturally.

Monika monika@healingmuse.com – aromatherapy.

Rakesh  GAC@AyurvedicLifeStyles.com – Ayurvedic Practitioner.

Joanne Callaghan – joanne@tftrx.com   www.RogerCallahan.com Thought Field Therapy (TF) releasing unresolved emotions, stress and illness.

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