What are the natural remedies for gastric ulcers?

Gastric ulcer, also known as peptic ulcer, is a localized area of erosion in a segment of the GI mucosa in the stomach or duodenum that penetrates through the muscularis mucosae and is deep enough to produce a shallow crater (ulcer) in its wall. This results in abdominal pain, possible bleeding, and other gastrointestinal symptoms. 

Peptic ulcers are found approximately four times as often in the duodenum than in the stomach, and can also be found, although rarely, in the lower oesophagus or beyond the duodenum in the small intestine. The National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse (NDDIC) has stated that if ulcers are found in the stomach, they're gastric ulcers and in the duodenum, they're duodenal ulcers. Some can have both types of ulcers at the same time which is known as gastroduodenal ulcer.


Causes

Most Gastric ulcers are caused by

Helicobacter pylori(H. pylori), a germ that causes infection
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as aspirin, naproxen and ibuprofen
Other causes of peptic ulcers are smoking, alcohol abuse, radiation therapy etc. Stress or spicy food does not cause gastric ulcers, but can make ulcer symptoms worse.

Zollinger-Ellison syndrome—a rare digestive disorder characterized by abnormally increased acid production (gastric hypersecretion) which harms the lining of the stomach or duodenum.



Natural remedies for gastric ulcer

1. Eat smaller meals

Circumspectly controlling your diet is fundamental for a successful treatment. This is to ensure that your belly produces less acid for digestion of food. Consumption of large meals needs the stomach to generate large amounts of stomach acid. So it is better to eat smaller meals. Preferably, you should be having 5 to 6 small meals a day instead of, 2 or 3 large ones.

 2. Load up on fiber

Your meals should be low in sugar and fat and high in fibre content. This means you should include a diet based on fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Fatty foods are harder for you to digest, so your stomach needs more acid which exacerbates your condition. 
3. Foods to avoid if you have a gastric Ulcer

Avoiding triggering foods is the first step to help the stomach and digestive system to heal from the ulcer. There are some conflicting opinions on which foods to avoid for Gastric ulcers, but most agree on the following as foods that will exacerbate existing ulcers: 
  • Tea, coffee and other caffeinated beverages
  • Alcohol
  • Carbonated beverages
  • Chocolate and cocoa
  • Refined sugar and most sweeteners
  • deep-fried, high-fat foods
  • Citrus fruit and juice
  • Spicy foods, chilli, cayenne, cloves, black pepper etc
  • Peppermint
  • Milk and dairy products
4. Foods to eat when you have an ulcer

Cruciferous Vegetables

Detox-friendly   veggies of the Brassica family, commonly known as cruciferous veggies are great for naturally combating H. pylori. These include broccoli, Brussel sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, kale, radish, turnip etc.   Sulforaphane is a phytochemical abundant in cruciferous vegetables and it appears to squelch H. pylori.  

Raw Honey

Modern medicine finally recognized the Antiulcer, Antioxidant and Anti-inflammatory potential of the folk remedy which has been used for centuries. Raw honey which is rich in antioxidants can help to counter the inflammatory effects of both ulcers and H. pylori. It has antibacterial properties that foil H. pylori and other harmful effects of bad bacteria inside the gut.

Garlic

Raw, Fresh minced or chopped garlic is more potent than stored or prepared spice versions. Garlic is another food well-reputed for its antibacterial and gastroprotective properties. It’s useful for ulcers because it can thwart H. pylori and avert ulcers from developing, as well as speed ulcer healing time. 

Licorice Root

Deglycyrrhizinated licorice (also known as DGL) can help to protect the mucosal lining of the stomach and upper small intestine, where ulcers tend to form. Licorice should not be used on a regular basis for a prolonged time and always check with your doctor.

Aloe Vera

Popular as a sunburn remedy, aloe vera is now used for both anti-inflammation and as a “detoxifying” agent to treat peptic ulcers, digestive problems and irritable bowel syndrome. Aloe can help to heal damage of the intestinal lining and can work to check damage from H. pylori.

And, finally don’t forget to Drink plenty of water- Drink at least 2 quarts of water daily when you have ‘active’ ulcers.

Dr. R. K. Sinha is prominent consulting surgeon and Best laparoscopic surgeon in Mumbai across the various renowned hospitals in India & abroad. He is associated with Nanavati Hospital, Criti Care Hospital (Juhu), BSES Hospital (Andheri) and Unique Hospital (Vile Parle) as Consultant Laparoscopic & Bariatric Surgeon. Dr. R. K. Sinha’s specific research and treatment focus is on the advanced procedures of Laparoscopic surgery (Keyhole Surgery), namely Single incision laparoscopic surgery, robotic minimal invasive surgery and laparoscopic ulcer surgery Mumbai. The specializations of this talented doctor are not merely limited to core surgical operations like ulcer surgery India, gall bladder, appendix, and hernia but also into applicative surgery. He is now one of the leading names in Bariatric Surgery, gastric ulcer treatments Mumbai and treatment of Morbid Obesity across the country. 
  
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