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Natural Home Remedies For Stomach Ulcers

By Dr Anuja Bodhare +2 more

Introduction:  

Stomach ulcers are open sores present in the stomach wall. Stomach ulcers develop when the acid in your stomach starts damaging your stomach lining. Damage to the stomach wall causes open sores, which might cause pain and bleeding.1  

home remedies for stomach ulcers

Stomach ulcers are common among people and are manageable. Still, you should take stomach ulcers seriously and get timely medical help. Stomach ulcers are also called gastric ulcers. Ulcers can also develop around the duodenum wall, the first part of the small intestine. These ulcers are known as duodenal ulcers. Stomach ulcers require medical care and treatment, even if they don’t cause symptoms. If not treated in time, stomach ulcers can get worse. Therefore, medical help is necessary.1  

There are also some herbal remedies that you can use to manage the symptoms of stomach ulcers at home. The benefits of these herbs and the method to use them are mentioned below.  

What Causes Stomach Ulcer? 

The common causes of stomach ulcers are mentioned below. 

  • Over usage of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs): Taking NSAIDs for a long time or in large quantities can cause stomach ulcers. Examples of common NSAIDs include aspirin, naproxen, and ibuprofen.1  
  • Helicobacter pylori infection: Getting infected by the bacteria Helicobacter pylori can cause stomach ulcers. This bacteria lives in the stomach itself and does not cause any symptoms for most people. But people who have bacterial overgrowth can develop stomach ulcers as the bacteria continue to grow and damage the stomach wall.1  

Some rare causes of stomach ulcers are: 

  • Severe physiological stress: Getting burns or injuries or other severe illnesses can cause stomach ulcers. Physical stress can cause overproduction of stomach acids, causing stomach ulcers.1    
  • Zollinger-Ellison Syndrome: A rare kind of condition that causes the stomach to overproduce stomach acids.1    

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Symptoms of Stomach Ulcer: 

For most of the patients, true healing of stomach ulcers goes beyond short-term remedies; it entails a steadfast commitment to long-term treatment, embracing dietary adjustments, mastering stress management, and nurturing a sound sleep regimen.

Dr. Arpit Verma, MBBS, MD (Pharmacology)

Some stomach ulcers may not cause any symptoms. These stomach ulcers are also called ‘silent ulcers’. Some common symptoms of stomach ulcers are:  

  • Burning pain in the abdomen  
  • Bloating (the stomach swells due to accumulation of gas)  
  • Nausea    
  • Vomiting    
  • Indigestion    
  • Heartburn and acid reflux1,2  

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Home Remedies for Stomach Ulcer: 

You can use these natural remedies for stomach ulcers. The remedies mentioned below can help you take care of your stomach and manage the symptoms of stomach ulcers.  

1. Turmeric:  

Turmeric is a potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant remedy that could be extensively used as a medicinal herb. It is found throughout India. Because of its antioxidant activity, it may help reduce ulceration. It might also reduce the inflammation and swelling in the stomach lining.3 You can put turmeric in your foods and dishes. You can also add turmeric powder to a glass of warm water. Drinking this water will help you manage stomach ulcers.  

2. Tea:  

Tea or Camellia sinensis is one of the most nonalcoholic popular beverages worldwide. It might be effective against stomach ulcers because of its rich antioxidant benefits. The antioxidant activity of tea might be good for managing ulcers. It could also reduce swelling in the stomach and increase the production of mucin. Mucin is responsible for forming the protective barrier of the stomach wall.3 You can prepare black tea at home and get all its antioxidant benefits.  

3. Ginger:  

Ginger is widely used as a therapeutic herb in many parts of the world. Ginger might be an effective remedy for many gastric ailments like indigestion and gas. It is good for reducing stomach distress. It may also be effective for stomach ulcers because of its antioxidant activity.3 Ginger could be used as an ingredient in food and dishes. You can put ginger in your soups, salads, and other side dishes.  

4. Liquorice:    

Liquorice is the root of the plant scientifically known as Glycyrrhiza glabra. It is often used in the management of gastric ulcers in Europe. Liquorice may help by enhancing mucin production in the stomach, increasing the vitality of the cells lining the stomach, and promoting ulcer healing.3 Liquorice root can be used to make tea. Heat some water in a saucepan or kettle till it boils. You can put some liquorice root powder and a little honey in the boiling water for taste. Let the tea simmer on low flame. Strain it in a cup and enjoy.  

5. Indian Gooseberry:    

Indian gooseberry or Amla is widely consumed as a fruit and food product. This fruit is often used as a medicinal ingredient in the Ayurvedic and Siddha systems of medicine. It possesses antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, which might aid in dealing with ulcers. Intake of amla in the form of fruit or juice might help you manage gastric ulcers.3   

6. Kutki:    

Kutki or Picrorhiza kurroa is a medicinal herb grown in tropical regions of the country. This herb is known for its antioxidant benefits, because of which it might act as an effective stomach protective agent.3 You can take kutki powder with a glass of warm water. You can also put some honey for taste.  

7. Myrobalan:  

Harad is a medicinal herb known as Myrobalan in English. It offers many health benefits. It may also be effective for many stomach ailments like gastritis (inflammation and swelling of the stomach) and stomach ulcers. It might help form a protective barrier for the stomach lining and prevent ulcer formation. You can mix some harad powder in warm water. Intake of this mixture might help you relieve stomach ulcers.4  

8. Aloe Vera:  

Aloe vera is used as a herbal medicine for many health conditions. For example, Aloe vera has wound healing and anti-inflammatory properties, because of which it could be an effective remedy for stomach ulcers. Consuming pure aloe vera gel regularly might help you reduce the swelling in the stomach lining and promote the ulcers’ healing.4 You can also try aloe vera juice to get the benefits.  

9. Honey:    

Honey is one of the most popular medicinal ingredients used in the Ayurvedic system of medicine. It is good for many stomach conditions such as gastritis and peptic ulcers. It is mainly recommended to manage stomach ulcers. Honey has healing powers that might be beneficial in dealing with stomach ulcers.5 you can eat a spoonful of honey directly. You can also take honey with a glass of warm water to relieve stomach ulcers. 

Though there are studies that show the benefits of the given herbs and home remedies in managing stomach ulcers, these are insufficient. There is a need for large-scale human studies to establish the true extent of the benefits of these home remedies on human health. Thus, these should only be taken with caution and never as a substitute for medical treatment.    

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When to Seek Medical Help? 

You need to contact your healthcare provider and get medical help if you: 

  • Experience sharp pain in the stomach 
  • Notice blood in stools, or notice black stools 
  • Vomit blood that looks like coffee grounds 
  • Experience weakness, difficulty breathing, or fainting6  

You must not rely on home remedies alone for dealing with stomach ulcers and should consult a qualified doctor for advice if the symptoms do not improve with home remedies.   

Conclusion: 

Stomach ulcers are nothing but sores present in the stomach wall. These open sores result from damage due to acids present in the stomach. Common reasons for stomach ulcers are over usage of certain drugs and getting infected by Helicobacter pylori bacteria. Stomach ulcers often lead to burning pain in the abdomen. There are various herbal remedies for stomach ulcers that might help you manage the symptoms and prevent the ulcer from worsening. Examples are turmeric, myrobalan, ginger, kutki, and liquorice.  

If you or somebody around has any symptoms of stomach ulcers, take care and reach out to your doctor. Getting an early diagnosis and advice can help you prevent the condition from worsening.    

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Frequently Asked Questions: 

What are the home remedies for gastric ulcers?  

Home remedies for gastric ulcers are herbs like turmeric, kutki, myrobalan, aloe vera, ginger, harad, liquorice, tea and Indian gooseberry. Honey may also be effective in relieving gastric ulcers.3-5 You need to consult with a doctor before proceeding with any remedy for stomach ulcers. Gastric ulcers need to be taken seriously and require proper medical care.  

Is honey good for stomach ulcers?  

Yes, honey offers many health benefits that might help to deal with stomach ulcers. Honey possesses wound healing properties. Honey might help promote the healing of stomach ulcers.5   

What are peptic ulcers?  

Peptic ulcers are lesions in the stomach and intestinal lining. The protective mucus layer lining the stomach is damaged, allowing the stomach acids to damage the stomach walls directly. This causes the formation of peptic ulcers. Stomach ulcers are one type of peptic ulcer.1  

Can stomach ulcers get worse?  

Yes, if stomach ulcers are left untreated for an extended time, they can lead to severe complications like internal bleeding, obstruction in the flow of food from the stomach to the intestine, perforation or hole in the stomach, and stomach cancer.1 

References: 

1. Cleveland Clinic. Stomach (Peptic) Ulcer: Signs, Symptoms, Causes & Treatment [Internet]. [cited 2022 Jun 3]. Available from: https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/diseases/22314-stomach-peptic-ulcer 

2. NHS. Stomach ulcer [Internet]. [cited 2022 Jun 3]. Available from: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/stomach-ulcer/ 

3. Chatterjee A, Bandyopadhyay SK. Herbal Remedy: An Alternate Therapy of Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug Induced Gastric Ulcer Healing. Ulcers. 2014 May 6;2014:1–13. Available from: https://www.hindawi.com/journals/ulcers/2014/361586/ 

4. Ayush Division. Ayurveda offering Herbal healing [Internet]. Available from: https://www.esic.nic.in/attachments/publicationfile/7d11b02e5abb4717d53b4ce05efabd21.pdf 

5. Kuropatnicki AK, Kłósek M, Kucharzewski M. Honey as medicine: historical perspectives. https://doi.org/101080/0021883920171411182 [Internet]. 2018 Jan 1 [cited 2022 Jun 3];57(1):113–8. Available from: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/00218839.2017.1411182 

6. NIDDK. Symptoms & Causes of Peptic Ulcers (Stomach Ulcers) [Internet]. [cited 2022 Jun 3]. Available from: https://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/digestive-diseases/peptic-ulcers-stomach-ulcers/symptoms-causes 

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