Peptic ulcers are erosions in the mucosal wall of the stomach (gastric ulcer) and upper part of the small intestine (duodenal ulcer).
It has been shown that 90% of people with a duodenal ulcer and 70% with a gastric ulcer have tested positive for Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori), a bacteria.
Aspirin and other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
These drugs are associated with a significant risk of developing peptic ulcers. Daily dosages of aspirin (even as low as 75mg which is used to prevent heart attacks) can increase the risk of gastrointestinal bleeding due to ulcers.
A diet that eliminates food allergens has shown much success in treating and preventing peptic ulcers. Milk (commonly used as a peptic ulcer treatment) is a highly allergenic food.
Data suggests it is not simply the amount of stress that can cause peptic ulcers, but rather the person’s response to it.
Smoking stimulates gastric output. The combination of smoking and NSAID use is particularly harmful.
Alcohol can irritate the mucosal wall.
Foods and beverages containing caffeine (including chocolate, cola, tea, and coffee) are also causes of peptic ulcers by stimulating acid secretions.
Because peptic ulcers can have serious complications, it is important to be monitored by a doctor.
Bismuth subcitrate, a naturally occurring mineral, can eradicate H. pylori. Bismuth subsalicylate (pepto bismol) can be used but bismuth subcitrate produces better results. Bismuth subcitrate may have to be purchased at a compounding pharmacist (call 1-800-927-4227 to find one in your area).
Deglycrrhizinated licorice (DGL) is licorice minus a compound that can cause high blood pressure. DGL has been shown to be more effective than tagamet and zantac when treating peptic ulcers.[3-4] DGL is available in health food stores and costs a lot less than over-the-counter drugs.
Raw cabbage juice contains a high level of glutamine which is believed to help protect the mucosal wall of the stomach and small intestine.
Rhubarb and aloe vera preparations are other peptic ulcer treatments that have been shown to be effective.
A diet high in fiber (foods are preferred) has been shown to reduce recurring peptic ulcers by half.
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