Peptic ulcers are erosions or open sores on the inner lining of food pipe (esophageal ulcers), stomach (gastric ulcers) and duodenum (duodenal ulcers). The commonest symptom is burning abdominal pain. Others symptoms that may be present are vomiting of blood, black stools (due to dark blood in it), nausea, vomiting, appetite changes, and weight loss.
Peptic ulcers are caused by either excessive production of acid, or decreased amount of mucus. This can happen due to stomach infection with the bacterium Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori), or due to intake of pain relievers. Smoking, alcohol intake and stress increase the risk. It is usually treated with antibiotics to eradicate H. pylori, and medications that reduce, block or neutralize the stomach acid. Alternatively, you can deal with peptic ulcer using any of the herbal remedies given below.
Effective Herbal Remedies for Peptic Ulcers
Consult your physician before starting treatment with any of these herbs. They may interact adversely with any other medications that you may be taking. The herbs are generally available as dried extracts (teas, capsules, powders), glycerine extracts (glycerites), or alcohol extracts (tinctures). Teas generally can be made with 1 teaspoon of herb in 1 cup of hot water. You can drink 2-4 cups/day. Tinctures can be used alone or in combination.
Studies show that cranberry inhibits the growth of H. pylori in stomach. The berries of Vaccinium macrocarpon are used in preparing the extract.
Dose is 400 mg two times a day. It should be avoided by those allergic to aspirin. Since it contains oxalate, there is increased risk of occurrence of kidney stones.
The resin (sap) of Pistacia lentiscus is used to make the mastic extract. It helps reduce the stomach acid. See the product label to know the dosage. Allergic reactions can occur in those susceptible to it. Its safety during pregnancy and breastfeeding is not known.
Deglycyrrhizinated licorice (DGL licorice) extract is obtained from the root of Glycyrrhiza glabra. The chemicals contained in licorice help in healing the ulcers.The dose is 250-500 mg thrice daily, either an hour before or two hours after meals. Side effects include tiredness, headache, and retention of sodium and water.
The flowers of Matricaria recutita are used for making the extract. German chamomile extract reduces inflammation and speeds up wound healing. Consult product insert for dosage.
The side effects it can cause are allergic reactions in susceptible people. It is generally recognized as safe. Since enough is not known about its safety in pregnancy and breastfeeding, such women would do well to avoid it.
Flowers of Calendula officinalis are used for medicinal purposes. The extract helps the growth of new tissues in ulcers. Take 1-2 ml of tincture thrice daily. Allergic reactions can occur. Safety during pregnancy and breastfeeding is not established.
The root and bark of Uncaria tomentosa are used to make the cat’s claw extract. It contains anti-inflammatory chemicals like tannins and sterols. Consult product insert for dosage. Side effects that can occur are dizziness, headache, and vomiting.
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