Remedies for Ulcers
Summary: Many ulcer remedies are found in the kitchen cabinet. Home and Herbal remedies are being found to aide those suffering from ulcers with fewer episodes and actual digestive tract healing.
Ulcers are sores that can be located in the stomach or the esophagus. When the sores are in the stomach, this is known as gastric ulcers. Esophageal ulcers are when the sores are located in the esophagus rather than the actual stomach or intestines. Ulcers are caused by a bacterial infection that weakens the lining in the digestive system made up of the esophagus, stomach and intestines. Many treatments for ulcers can be found at home within the kitchen cabinets or a local herbal store.
Note: Home and herbal remedies cannot take the place of traditional medical care. Check with a physician before adding home and herbal remedies to your daily regime.
Natural treatments, also known as holistic or homeopathic medicine, have been shown to be an excellent way to promote healing of ulcers. Home or herbal remedies alone with dietary changes can aid in the reduction of ulcer symptoms and painful ulcer episodes. From a holistic point of view, an ulcer is only part of a complex digestive tract issue that needs individual formulas based on the individual’s lifestyle and dietary habits. These formulas along with traditional medicine can be rotated, changed and combined for the best results.
Local herbalist can mix herbs that best treat the ulcer symptoms. Some of the most common herbal and botanicals used in making combinations include the following:
• Slippery Elm: is a natural pain reliever. Slipper Elm can be made into a pudding and mixed with honey, lemon and cinnamon for a palatable method to relieve ulcer pain and symptoms
• Geranium: is a natural astringent and is able to shrink the swollen tissue of the digestive tract.
• Echinacea: act as infection control. A great many gastric ulcer cases have been found to contain one strain of infective bacteria.
Remedies found in a home kitchen include garlic, ginger, olive oil and bananas. Each can be used individually and together to aide in the treatment of an ulcer episode and in many ways help the ulcer to heal.
Garlic is known to have antibacterial properties. Garlic, destroys the bacteria that attacks the digestive system by preventing its growth. Eating two gloves of garlic a day can be beneficial to the ulcer sufferers. To assist in making raw garlic easier to swallow, mix the two gloves of raw garlic with honey. Garlic is also known as a natural blood thinner. Consult a physician before starting this daily regime of garlic and honey if on blood thinners.
Ginger is also known for its antibacterial compounds in the fresh root that can be chewed daily or made into a tea. Ginger can be combined with other home ingredients for a soothing tea.
Herbal Tea Recipes
Ginger and Lemon-Balm Tea
4 cups of water
2 inch cuts of fresh ginger
12 teaspoons of lemon balm leaves
Honey to taste (optional)
First, peel and slice the ginger root. Put the water in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Add the slices of ginger. Reduce the heat, cover the saucepan and let simmer for 15-20 minutes. Strain the liquid out, honey to taste. Drink 1 cup, 3 times daily
Tea for Digestion
1 oz peppermint leaves
1 oz chamomile flowers
1 oz fennel seeds
1 oz shredded licorice root
Mix together and store in an air tight container. Mix 1 tablespoon of mixture with 1 cup of hot water. Allow to steep for 10-15 minutes. Strain the mixture. Drink 3 or more cups a day.
Another home remedy is olive oil. This remedy soothes the lining of the digestive system and protects the lining from further damage. Take one teaspoon of olive oil, extra-virgin or organic, three times a day. Olive oil can be mixed with crushed raw garlic gloves and a small amount of salt as a daily combination for a quick home ulcer treatment.
When an ulcer episode is occurring, eating a banana can soothe the stomach. A banana eaten two to three times daily in combination with other home and herbal ulcer remedies, assists the to heal and the episodes of stomach pain, and reflux to lessen.
To stimulate the immune response and aide in healing, try food grade aloe vera juice that can be purchased by the gallon at the local green grocer or health food store. Drink aloe vera juice on an empty stomach. Mix 1 oz of aloe vera juice with a fruit juice or herbal tea, for easier consumption.
The digestive tract is a sensitive combination where the hustle of daily routines can upset the delicate balance. A few items found in the home can make for a natural balance to neutralize stomach acid while aiding in proper digestion.