Stomach ulcers are also known as peptic or gastric ulcers. They are painful sores that occur on the lining of the stomach or intestine. They occur when the thick layer of mucus that protects your stomach from digestive juices is reduced. Stomach ulcers are most commonly caused by non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen or aspirin. They can also be caused due to a variety of other factors like smoking, use of steroids, hypercalcemia, aging, excessive consumption of alcohol, family history of ulcers and more.
What are the Symptoms of Stomach Ulcers?
The most common symptom is burning sensation in the area between your chest and belly button. Here are a few other symptoms of stomach ulcers:
– – burning sensation
– weight loss
– loss of appetite due to pain
– nausea or vomiting
– excessive pain when you eat or drink
– heartburn (burning sensation in the chest)
Home Remedies for Stomach Ulcers:
Firstly when you have stomach ulcers you must remember to eat wisely. Avoid coffee, soda, spicy foods, high sugar foods, salty meat, dairy products and processed foods, as they can contribute to your stomach acidity and make your ulcers worse. Here are a few home remedies to treat your stomach ulcers:
1. Cabbage: Cabbage produces amino acid which helps boost blow flow to the stomach lining. It also strengthens the stomach lining, thus treating ulcers. Cabbage is also a source of Vitamin C, which is found to be lacking in the gastric juice of those suffering from ulcers. Hence consuming cabbage juice can be a safe and effective remedy for ulcers.
2. Honey: Raw honey possesses healing properties. Honey consists of an enzyme glucose oxidase, which produces hydrogen peroxide that kills all the harmful bacteria that contribute to the development of ulcers. Honey also reduces inflammation in your stomach, helping you get rid of any allergies or stomach diseases. Include honey in your meal or just consume one or two spoons of raw honey on a daily basis.
3. Bananas: Bananas neutralize the hyper-acidity in the stomach caused by gastric juices. Consuming bananas on a regular basis also reduces inflammation and strengthens the stomach lining. Bananas also contain water soluble polysaccharides, same compounds that are found in anti-ulcer drugs. Banana powder is very effective for ulcer treatment. To make this, peel the bananas and cut them into thin slices. Then, put them in the sun or oven and dry them slowly. Once dry, grind them into a fine powder. Mix this powder with one or two tablespoons of honey and consume daily.
4. Fenugreek leaves: Fenugreek contains a compound called mucilaginous, which coats and protects the stomach lining and helps the body to recover from stomach ulcers. Hence, fenugreek leaves are very effective remedies for ulcers.