Stomach Ache, Stomach Ulcers and other related Ailments
Those who are infected with stomach ulcers get a burning sensation which lasts from half an hour upto 3 hours. These ulcers are caused by small sores in the intestinal tract. The main mostly occurs in the upper abdomen.
Normally, when there is pain in the stomach, the main reason is due to the gas present in the stomach. Sometimes, the pain generated by the gas is really acute. Another problem that is commonly being faced is the heartburn which occurs due to lack of HCL (Hydrochloric Acid) in the stomach. Hence it is better to first treat for the gas problem. If the problem persists, then the pain could be due to the ulcers present in the stomach.
Stomach Ulcers can mostly be treated by simple home remedies and herbal medicines wihout the help of Allopathic medicines. Let us see some of the most effective home remedies for stomach ulcers:
Symptoms of Stomach Ulcers
- Loss of Appetite
- Loss of weight
- Black Stool
- Frequent vomiting
- Blood in the stool
- Pain in the upper abdomen upto three hours
Reasons for occurrence of Stomach Ulcers
Stomach ulcers are mainly caused by the destruction of the mucous lining that is present in the stomach. The lining could be damaged by hydrochloric acid that is present in the digestive juices or by Helicobacter pylori, a bacteria which causes the infection. These could arise due to:
- Contaminated food / water
- Chronic use of certain drugs like Aspirin
- Stressful life
- Intake of highly processed food
- Starving – this results in the stomach acid eating away the lining of the intestines.
Daily Tips to be followed
- Eat only half stomach full and drink a quarter of remaining stomach with water
- Instead of having full meals three times a day, take small quantities of food very often.
- Drink warm water after meals
- Do not lie down immediately after meals
- Reduce intake of hot coffee or tea
- Also, do not consume aerated drinks.
- Avoid spicy foods
- Take foods that are rich in citrus and fibre. Fibre eases digestion, whereas cirtus protects the stomach lining.
- Drink as much as water as possible during a day
Herbal Remedies for Stomach Ulcer
Dandelion with botanical name as Taraxacum officinale is an excellent remedy for stomach ulcers. The speciality of the herb is that any part of the dandelion plant can be used as a remedy. Ideally, the syrup obtained from its roots is helpful in curing stomach ulcers. You can also take dandelion in the form of salad or cook thr greens or make coffee from its roots. This herb can be taken for about 2 to 4 weeks and can be reduced therafter and stoppped after that.
Aloe Vera Juice
Aloe Vera is a great medicine that helps cure stomach ulcers. You can either consume the Aloe gel directly from the plant (without latex) or by preparing juice from Aloe Vera.
Ginger is a great remedy for stomach ulcers. You can mix juice extracted from ginger with honey and consume it. This also relieves the gastric problems present.
Slippery Elm is a great remedy for treating stomach ulcers.It is better to consume about one spoon of powdered slippery Elm three times a day for cure from ulcers.
Fenugreek leaves serve as an excellent home remedy for stomach ulcer.
Wood Apple leaf extract
Take some wood apple leaves and soak them in water. Leave it overnight and drink it in the morning. This is a great home remedy for ulcers.
Herbal drinks can be prepared by boiling water with herbs and allowing the water to cool. You can sip the water now and then to get a great relief. Following herbs can be used to prepare herbal drinks: Cumin Seeds, fennel seeds, Coriander seeds, Anise seeds, Dill seed, caraway seeds. These herbs are also called as ‘carminatives’.
Yogurt gives a smoothing effect to the stomach and provides remedy from gas pain.
Additional Herbs that serve as remedies
- Rumex crispus called as yellow dock
- Gentiana lutea also known as Gentian
- Golden Seal Root
- Oregon grape
- Berberis vulgaris also known as barberry
- Artemisia vulgaris also called as cronewort or mugwort
Natural Foods that serve as remedies for Stomach Ulcers
Unripe bananas are good for treating stomach ulcers. Since it is difficult to eat unripe bananas, its better to take powder of the dried unripe bananas. Dry unripe bananas in the sun. Grind them to form a fine powder. Take a teaspoon of the powder, mix it with honey and consume the same. It is better to consume the same half an hour before breakfast, meal and dinner.
For those who do not have access to raw bananas, consume atleast three bananas on a daily basis. Bananas have the capability to prevent the gorwth of H. pylori bacteria. Bananas help build thicker lining walls in the intestines and stimulated greater production of digestive acids.
Take about 2 teaspoons of honey on a daily basis. Honey is a great natural curative of the stomach related ulcers.
Garlic is a great herbal medicine which can naturally cure the ulcers. It is better to include a lot of garlic in the cooking. Its difficult to eat raw garlic. Hence it is better to use garlic in cooked form. If you are comfortable eating raw garlic, take about 2 cloves of garlic on a daily basis.
Pepper is a gift given by nature for curing stomach ulcers. Pepper has the property to protect the lining of the stomach and decreases the acid output of the stomach. Hence it behaves like an antacid and prevents ulcer development.
Cabbage is a natural vegetable which is a great remedy for treating ulcers. The juice extracted from cabbage can be consumed on a daily manner to get relief from ulcers. It also contains a lot of Vitamin C which acts as a curative effect for stomach ulcers. It is good to consume this medicine before meals and before going to sleep at night for about 2 to 3 weeks.
Lemon contains citric acid and minerals that are necessary for curing ulcers.
Foods rich in Vitamin K
Vitamin K is greatly beneficial for treating ulcers. Deficiency in Vitamin K could also cause ulcers. Eat foods that are rich in Vitamin K like Egg yolk, green leafy vegetables, cheese, tomatoes, etc.
Additional Fruits that serve as remedies
- Barley water
You can either consume the fruits or its juices.
Note that stomach ulcers are not serious problems and can be cured in 6 to 8 weeks time if treated properly.