Natural Treatments For Ulcers
More than four billion dollars each
year are spent on anti-ulcer drugs in
North America. Peptic ulcers affect 10
to 15 percent of men and 4 to 15
percent of women at least once in their
A peptic ulcer is a raw area in the
stomach or duodenum resulting from
erosion by stomach acid. Most ulcers
are caused by infection by a bacteria
known as heliobacter pylori.
Antacids: Neutralize excess acidity
Acid blockers: Drugs which block acid
secretion (Tagamet, Zantac, Losec,
Sulcrafates: Form a protective layer
over the ulcer crater (Sulcrate).
Antibiotic Combinations: Success rate
is over 80 percent. Triple Therapy: 1
week course of 2 antibiotics plus a
special acid blocker. Quadruple Therapy:
2 week course of bismuth
(pepto-bismal) plus 2 antibiotics and
an acid blocker.
Licorice Root (Glycyrrhiza Glabra)
- Fourteen double blind studies show
favourable results of licorice root vs
placebo or ulcer drugs.
- Widely used in Europe.
- Stimulates normal defence mechanisms of
- Helps prevent ulcer formation.
- Inhibits growth of heliobacter pylori.
- One major component of licorice root is
glycyrrhetinic acid, which is 50 to 100
times sweeter than sugar.
- Long term ingestion of high doses of
glycyrrhetinic acid can cause high
blood pressure, low potassium and water
- DGL (Deglycyrrhinated Licorice) retains
all positive benefits of licorice root
without negative side effects.
- Dosage is two 380mg tablets chewed well
twenty minutes before each meal.
Other Natural Treatments
- Raw green cabbage juice for stomach
- Raw potato juice for duodenal ulcers.
- Amino acid glutamine strengthens gut
- Extra vitamin-C, vitamin-E and
vitamin-B-6; extra zinc supplement.
- Eliminate allergic foods from diet.
- Avoid smoking, caffeine, alcohol.