Stomach ulcer also known as peptic ulcer is a sore in the intestine wall or stomach. This occurs when the mucus membrane covering the wall of the small intestine is wearing away. It is usually a painful sore in the lining of the stomach or small intestine called the duodenum. The pain becomes very severe when the stomach is empty.
CAUSES OF STOMACH ULCER
- Ulcer is primary cause by a bacterium called Helicobacter pylori or H. pylori.
- Other causes include; prolonged use of NSAID’s (non-steroid anti-inflammatory drugs) also known as pain killers or consuming such drugs without doctor’s prescription or probably for the wrong reasons.
SYMPTOMS OF STOMACH ULCER
Severe and sharp pain around the stomach
Acid reflux or burping
Heartburn; burning sensation around the chest
Nausea and vomiting
Weakness of the body
Complications involve: bleeding, perforation, blockage of stomach
DIAGNOSIS OF STOMACH ULCER
To diagnose ulcer is usually base on symptoms given by the patient and the severity. A blood or stool test will be carried out after reviewing your medical history with the current drug you are taking.
Any of these diagnostic methods can be use;
- ENDOSCOPY: Endoscopy simply means ‘’looking inside ‘’ here a particular medical device is used called endoscope, which is inserted through the mouth into the stomach and the first part of the small intestine to look out for sore, bleeding or any abnormality. This is usually performed by a medical doctor or surgeon.
- BARIUM SWALLOW: This involves series of radiographs where instilled barium on the gastrointestinal tract enhances the visibility of the relevant parts. During examination, the ingested barium that coat the wall of the gastrointestinal tract will appear as white on the film which helps the doctor to see clearly your stomach and small intestine on X – rays.
TREATMENT OF STOMACH ULCER
Treatment of ulcer may vary based on cause and the severity.
- Stop smoking
- Control the level of NSAID’s intake or if possible stop taking them
- Put a stop to alcohol consumption
- Go for medication: your doctor may prescribe some antibiotics for you and proton pump inhibitors (PPIs). This PPIs block stomach cells that produces acid or H2 receptor blockers (these are drugs that also block acid production).
NATURAL REMEDIES FOR PREVENTING AND TREATING STOMACH ULCER
CABBAGE JUICE: Cabbage is packed with lots of nutrients like vitamin C that can help heal and prevent H. pylori. The juice made from cabbage can help coat stomach or intestinal which in turn reduce the acidic level.
PLANTAIN: fermented plantain water is also very beneficial for ulcer treatment. This is prepared by slicing some unripe plantain in water and allowed to ferment for three (3) days. Then a glass of the solution in the morning and evening till there is improvement.
HONEY: Is another nature gift rich in antibacterial and anti-inflammatory that can help relieve also pain and heal permanently. This can be taken raw, as spreads as well as sweetener in beverages.
PROBIOTICS: probiotics contain some good bacteria that can help reduce the amount of H. pylori present and also speed up healing process. Yogurt is one of the best probiotic works better when plain and unsweetened.
GARLIC: This is another natural antibiotic that has the capability of slowing the growth of H. pylori and also prevent being infected. Taking raw garlic can be helpful.
AVOID THESE: They may cause or trigger stomach ulcer
- ALCOHOL: Consumption of alcohol can make H. pylori to strive more in stomach and intestine
- HIGHLY ACIDIC AND SOUR FOOD: when food is sour or acidic in nature it can irritate the stomach
- STARVATION: Empty stomach increase ulcer pain
- EATING LATE AT NIGHT: Eating before going to bed especially fatty food can cause acid reflux.
- CAFFEINE AND CARBONATED DRINKS: consuming food rich in caffeine like coffee, and soft drinks which are carbonated may increase acidic production in the stomach.
NOTE: Above remedy should be use after confirmation that you have ulcer.
And speak to your doctor or physician before taking any natural remedies.