Ulcer formation


Ulcers can develop in many parts of body, including the stomach lining. Some natural home remedies can relieve the pain and others symptoms associated with ulcers.
     Stomach ulcers are open sores within the lining of the stomach. Because of the amount of acid present in the stomach and the damage that can occur, they are extremely painful. The most common cause of stomach ulcer is H. pylori. And other causes include over usage of pain killers such as ibuprofen, aspirin, naproxen. Stomach ulcers are treated with antibiotics and medications to reduce or block the stomach acid.


If the person has ulcer, they may feel a burning sensation in their stomach. This burning sensation may often:
  • Lasts of few minutes to hours
  • Eases after taking antacids or stopping food intake
  • Starts in the middle of night or during meals
  • Occurs off and on for several weeks

     These probiotics are living bacteria and yeast that provide healthy and important microorganisms to digestive tract. These probiotics may help to eradicate the harmful bacteria.  
                         Studies have shown that probiotics may be helpful in wiping out H. pylori and with ulcers when added to the traditional regimen of antibiotics. These probiotics cannot kill H. pylori bacteria but they may reduce the amount  of bacteria present, speeding up the healing process.
     Sources of Probiotics include:
  •       Yogurt
  •       Buttermilk
  •       Fermented foods
  •       Probiotic supplements
  •       Miso

HONEY: Depending on the plant it’s derived from the honey can contain up to 200 elements, including polyphenols and other antioxidants. Honey is a powerful antibacterial and has been shown to inhibit H. pylori growth. A review from 2016 states that manuka honey has antimicrobial effects against H. pylori. Honey is also used to speed up wound healing, including skin ulcers, burns and wounds.
FLAVONOIDS: These flavonoids are also called as bioflavonoids which are polyphenols which help with stomach ulcers, act as effective treatment for the stomach ulcers. These flavonoids are the compounds that occur naturally in many fruits and vegetables. Foods and drinks rich in flavonoids are:
  • Soybeans
  • Legumes
  • Red grapes
  • Broccoli
  • Apples
  • Blue Berries
  • Nuts
  • Lemons and oranges
  • Teas, especially green tea
These flavonoids also help a range of other digestive issues, including spasms and diarrhea. They have antioxidant property. These flavonoids protect the stomach lining from developing ulcers (gastro protective). They do this by increasing the stomach mucous which inhibit the growth of H. pylori. The higher amounts of flavonoids may interfere with blood clotting. These can be taken through diet or by supplements.
LICORICE: This licorice is one of the popular spice majorly present in the Mediterranean region and Asia. Eating the dried licorice root can help to cure and prevent ulcers.

    These can be taken directly or even in form of supplements. In the 2013 study, it is found that taking licorice supplements can help to fight H. pylori infections. These supplements help to prevent the bacteria from growing.

PLANTAIN BANANAS: Plantain bananas are the types of bananas. The research from 2011, suggests that  unripe plantains may have a positive effect on peptic ulcer. Unripe plantains contain a flavonoid called leucocyanidin, which increases the amount of mucus in stomach. This fruit may also reduce acidity, which can help to prevent and relieve symptoms of ulcers.

GARLIC: This garlic is popular in many parts of the world. This is used for adding flavour to food. This has antimicrobial and antibacterial property which make it helpful in fighting infection.
      The 2016 study on animals showed that garlic could help prevent the development of ulcers and help speed up the healing process.

             2015 review, garlic may also help to prevent growth of H. pylori. Eating 2 cloves of garlic with a meal, twice a day can have antibacterial effects against H. pylori. This also acts as blood thinner, so must take advise of doctor before using this.

      Some people with ulcers also have acid reflux disease. In some people, certain foods can effect the lower part of esophagus, called the lower esophageal sphincter, allowing acid stomach contents to backup into the esophagus. This cause injury to esophagus, as well as heart burn, indigestion and other discomfort.
     To reduce acid reflux pain, you have to limit:
  • Coffee and other caffeinated beverages
  • Carbonated beverages
  • Chocolate
  • Chilies and hot peppers
  • Processed foods
  • Foods with a high amount of salt
  • Deep-fried foods
  • Acidic foods like citrus and tomatoes


                                                                                                   Presented by
                                                                                               M. Keerthi Kumari, S. Sai sushma


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