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PEPTIC (STOMACH) & DUODENAL ULCERS

 Written by Slawomir (“Swavak”) Gromadzki, MPH

Gastric or peptic ulcer develops inside of the stomach lining or duodenal ulcer in the upper part of the small intestine.

POSSIBLE CAUSES

Helicobacter pylori bacteria is believed to be one of the key factors contributing to gastric and duodenal ulcers. This bacterium damages the mucus that protects stomach and small intestine, allowing for stomach acid to burn through. It’s unclear how this bacterium spreads. Researchers believe it is possible mostly through unclean food, water, and eating utensils. People who carry this bacteria can also spread it through direct contact.

Other possible main causes of gastrointestinal ulcers: Excess of hydrochloric acid, inadequate amount of mucus (caused by drinking insufficient amounts of water), chronic stress, anxiety, nervousness, aspirin, steroids, ibuprofen, pork (contains high levels of histamine), alcohol, coffee, cigarette smoking, foods high in sugar, most hot spices, vinegar, excess protein.

TREATMENT

It is very important to drink clean filtered or distilled water between meals: “Drinking adequate amounts of water makes the mucus protect the stomach to have enough water to maintain a sufficient amount of bicarbonate, which neutralizes hydrochloric acid so that it cannot break through the mucosal protection barrier. The right amount of water in the body is much more important to protect the mucosa from hydrochloric acid than any drug suggested by pharmacists.”(quoted from the book “Body’s Many Cries for Water”).

One of my friends told me that he recovered from digestive ulcers only by drinking water in between meals every day.

Drink clean and preferably warm water – 3 times a day 2-3 glasses between meals and while you are experiencing pain. Of course, this amount can be reduced if you also drink herbal teas. Avoid fruit juices juices (except cabbage and carrot juice) because then larger amounts of hydrochloric acid are released.

For a period of 2-3 months eliminate or at least reduce consumption of all meat products, dairy (especially cheese), sugar, alcoholic beverages (including coffee, tea and chocolate), spices, white flour products, and foods with refined sugar.

An important part of the treatment is avoiding the consumption of products containing dairy products together with sugar, as this produces fermentation in the digestive system.

Contrary to earlier opinions, milk is not alkaline but acidic. As soon as it is consumed, the amount of hydrochloric acid in the stomach decreases, but then the “rebound” effect takes place and the stomach produces twice as much acid, increasing the pain in people with peptic ulcer.

Fruit should not be eaten together with vegetables during one meal, but rather separately. Fruits should be consumed about 15-30 minutes before meals and never after them.

Legumes (pulses) and cereals must be well cooked in water.

Do not take aspirin or any other medicine containing acetylsalicylic acid, as it causes micro-bleeding of the gastrointestinal mucosa.

Medicinal properties of beetroots, carrots, parsley, celery, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower are known to help recover from GI ulcers. Fresh cabbage salads (especially green and kale) with flax oil or olive oil and Celtic salt are famous for their healing properties due to high content of anti-ulcer Vitamin U.

Each meal should be chewed thoroughly and eaten in a good mood.

Cow’s milk is best to replace milk of organic plant origin (oat, rice, almond, soya, etc.).

You can drink Pau d’Arco or Liquorice root drops or teas 2 times a day about 30 minutes before eating to speed up recovery.

Or instead of the above you can drink a decoction of one or more of the following herbs: Comfrey, Marigold flower, Fenugreek seeds, Lemon balm (Melissa) leaf. If the ulcer bleeds add Lavender.

In case of hypertension, it is better to avoid liquorice root as it can raise blood pressure.

A very important herb in the above mixture is Comfrey root. You can use it even if the packaging says it is not suitable for internal use as there is no true scientific proof it contributes to liver problems. (READ ARTICLE ON COMFREY >)

All ingredients (10 to 50 g each) should be thoroughly mixed together and stored in a sealed container. In the morning 3 tablespoons of this mixture add to 4 glasses of boiling water in a thermos and drink 3 times a day 1 glass between meals and very little (about 1/5 cup) after each meal.

In addition, you should take Propolis tablets 3 times a day at the beginning of meals, as Propolis gives excellent results in the treatment of gastrointestinal ulcers.

Another excellent natural remedy to treat GI ulcers is Mumio – a black tar-like mass extracted by rocks which in many countries such as Russia or Poland has been approved for internal use.

 

© 2016 Slawomir Gromadzki – All Rights Reserved

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