Certain natural remedies to cure peptic ulcer are available and they have been found to be effective. When necessary, they are taken in conjunction with the regular prescribed ulcer treatment to hasten recovery. Below are some of these home remedies, which can hasten the healing of your ulcer.
Peptic ulcer refers to an esophageal ulcer, the stomach or the gastric ulcer, and the duodenal ulcer as well. The natural treatments for ulcers described here are effective against all three types of ulcers. They also help in controlling your acid reflux and gastritis.
Before starting the treatment, you would do well to read the causes of ulcer where certain risk factors, which aggravate the ulcer are also explained. You make sure you avoid these factors to promote the healing of the ulcer.
To help you in following these suggestions, knowing the complications of peptic ulcer may motivate you to adhere strictly to the prescribed norms to promote ulcer healing. These natural ulcer remedies will help only if you also follow the dietary restrictions for peptic ulcer.
Natural remedies to cure acid reflux and ulcer
The remedies described below have been tested and have proved to be effective in healing an ulcer, getting rid of your heartburn, and preventing the formation of an ulcer.
1. Deglycyrrhizinated licorice (DGL)
DGL is a licorice plant extract from which the unwanted glycyrrhizin is removed. This makes its long-term use safer from serious side effects, including hormonal problems, heart attack, and pregnancy complications.
It is available as chewable tablets and you should take it in doses of 200 to 300 milligrams tablets to be chewed 3 times a day, 20 minutes before meals. Studies have shown that DGL is as efficient as cimetidine in treating the pain of gastric and duodenal ulcers and may help ulcers heal by inhibiting the growth of H. pylori.
2. Fresh cabbage juice
Fresh cabbage juice helps your ulcer heal more rapidly. Drink about a quart of fresh cabbage juice every day.
Cabbage juice is rich in L-glutamine, an amino acid, and gefarnate, which stimulates the secretion of mucus from your stomach’s lining and increases the blood flow to the gastric lining, thereby promoting the healing of the ulcer.
3. Raw organic honey
Raw organic honey helps by promoting the healing process of the ulcer. It contains an enzyme called glucose oxidase, which produces hydrogen peroxide. Hydrogen peroxide kills the bacteria, H. Pylori, which are responsible for ulcer formation.
4. Dried unripe bananas
Dried unripe bananas help in the prevention and healing of an existing ulcer by forming a protective covering over the ulcer and preventing any corrosive action of the gastric acid on the raw surface of the ulcer.
The sitoindosides present in unripe bananas increase the mucus in the gastrointestinal tract and this is responsible for the protective covering.
Research suggests that flavonoids, also known as bioflavonoids, may be an effective natural remedy for stomach ulcers.
They are present naturally in many fruits and vegetables. Foods and drinks rich in flavonoids include to name a few, soybeans, legumes, broccoli, apples, berries, and green tea.
These foods may also help the body fight against H. pylori bacteria.
Flavonoids are gastroprotective, which means they protect the stomach lining and promote the healing of ulcers.
Probiotics are living bacteria and yeast that provide health benefits and promote healthy digestion. You will find them in many common foods, especially fermented foods. Such common foods include buttermilk, yogurt, miso, kimchi, and kefir.
Fresh garlic has antimicrobial and antibacterial properties, which makes it helpful to inhibit the growth of H. pylori growth activity inside the stomach mucosa. If you don’t like its taste, you can take garlic extract in supplement form.
You could eat two cloves of garlic every day during your daily meals to ease the inflammation of the ulcer. It can even help prevent ulcer formation.
Besides using these natural remedies to cure your ulcer, it is imperative as explained above, that you also follow:
- the dietary restrictions for ulcer
- avoid the aggravating risk factors of ulcer
- make the necessary changes in your lifestyle.