Helicobacter pylori commonly referred as H.pylori are a type of bacteria commonly responsible for most of the peptic ulcers and inflammation of the stomach lining. In severe cases this infection can also contribute to stomach and other digestive system cancers.
This bacterium produces toxins which inflame or affect the cells in the stomach lining. H pylori by destroying the stomach lining allow the acids of the stomach to seep in the sensitive lining beneath.
The bacteria along with the acid irritate the sensitive inner lining and cause a sore or an ulcer. Although many people do not exhibit any signs and symptoms till the matter worsens, for other may experience a dull ache or burning pain in the abdomen, nausea, vomiting, bloating, burping, weight loss, changes in appetite, bloody or black tarry stool and bloody vomit or vomit that looks like coffee grounds.
H. pylori enter the digestive system through mouth via some infected food or water.
Although stomach acids are very hostile for many bacteria, H. pylori can create a low-acid buffer zone for itself and survive happily in the stomach.
Medically this H pylori treatment included antibiotics which kill the bacteria and other acid lowering treatments. But the infection can be prevented by some H pylori natural cures and taking certain preventive measures like for many other infections.
- After using the toilet and before eating food, make sure to wash your hands thoroughly with warm clean water and soap.
- As the infection can spread through saliva also, avoid sharing the same dining utensils like plates and drinking glass as these can act as a carrier to transmit bacteria to other person.
- Avoid consumption of contaminated water and food as this is the most common cause for getting H pylori infection.
When To See A Doctor
See your doctor if you experience:
* Severe pain between your breastbone and navel, especially between meals or early in the morning
* Blood in your stool
* Unexplained nausea
* Weight loss
* Loss of appetite
Maybe you have an ulcer, and maybe you don't. A doctor can sort it out.
If you have been diagnosed by a stomach or duodenal ulcer due to H pylori bacteria then the following H pylori home remedies will be very helpful.
Avoid the culprits – Most people with ulcers caused due to H pylori infection can not tolerate too spicy and heavy food. If you are one of those then it would be wise to avoid certain spices like chilies, hot peppers, pepper, and fatty meals.
Elimination technique – If you are not sure which food causes the problem then an elimination diet would work best to identify the triggers. This can be done by eliminating the suspected foods for a 2-3 weeks and then slowly reintroducing them one by one to identify the culprit.
Eat well – Never over eat, even if it is your favorite food. Always have small but frequent meals, this will keep the digestive tract active.
Strict no – Say a strict no to alcohol, smoking and stress as these are the main aggravating causes for ulcers.
Alternative Names: Peptic Ulcers, Gastric Ulcers
Some of the home remedies of the stomach ulcers are:
Milk - Milk can help to cure stomach ulcers. You must take at least 2 or three glass of milk daily.
Hog Wood - You may eat 5 gm powder of hog wood daily. This will help to cure peptic ulcer fast.
Fenugreek (Methi) - Fenugreek (Methi) is also is also a good curative for the treatment of stomach ulcer.
Cayenne Pepper - This one is a good spice for the treatment of gastric ulcer. You may take one-eighth teaspoon of cayenne pepper in a glass of water twice daily.
Cabbage and Carrot - Another good remedy is a raw cabbage. To make for eating, take out a juice of it. You can also mix in it it some carrots in your juicer to make it go down easier! Drink half a cup of the juice before each meal and at bed time.
Don't take too many Pain Relievers - Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs like aspirin and ibuprofen - though they may be very popular otherwise, but must be avoided by a patient suffering from peptic ulcers.
Avoid Smoking and Drinking Alcohol - you should avoid smoking and drinking alcohol, as it may interfere in the healing process.
Comfrey - Drink comfrey tea or liquid acidophilus culture often to help heal intestinal and stomach ulcers.
Some other good Herbal Remedies for stomach ulcers may be:
- Aloe Vera Juice.
- Marsh mellow Root.
- Vegetable Juice.
- Almond Milk.
- Barley Water.
- Red Raspberry.
- White Oak Bark.
- Propolis Capsules.
- Licorice Root.
- Wild Yam.