Top 10 Herbs for ulcers
What are the Top 10 Herbs for ulcers? Recent research on the global prevalence of H. pylori infection indicated that over 42 million South Africans (about 77.6% of the population) are infected. Most people use medication for stomach ulcers in South Africa. But conventional medicine can also wreak havoc on the stomach lining and liver.
Ulcers can develop in many parts of the body, including the stomach lining. Common causes include stress, smoking, excess alcohol consumption and the overuse of anti-inflammatory medications, such as aspirin and ibuprofen.
Some people believe stress or spicy food can cause an ulcer. These do not cause ulcers, but they can make them worse by increasing stomach acid production.
Conventional anti-ulcer treatment typically relies on medications that can cause negative side effects like headaches and diarrhea. For this reason, interest in alternative remedies has steadily risen and been fueled by both medical professionals and individuals with ulcers alike.
Besides learning to cope with stress and reducing or eliminating smoking and alcohol, these are our Top 10 Herbs for ulcers.
- Garlic. Garlic has antimicrobial and antibacterial properties, which make it helpful in fighting infections. Some studies do support garlic’s effectiveness in treating ulcers. For example, a 2016 study on animals showed that garlic could help prevent the development of ulcers and help speed up the healing process.
- Aloe Vera. The use of aloe vera juice in easing the pain of ulcers and repairing the walls of the stomach is very well known. Aloe vera has active ingredients that aid in reducing inflammation and thus relieving the symptoms of a stomach or gastric ulcers. Aloe vera has antimicrobial properties that can prevent the gastric ulcer caused due to Helicobacter pylori and protect against infections of the wound left by the ulcer.
- Turmeric. Researchers have discovered that turmeric polysaccharides can alleviate gastric ulcers by protecting the mucus lining of stomach and inhibiting the growth of an ulcer-causing bacterium. These polysaccharides could potentially be used as therapeutic agents for treating gastric ulcers.
- Cranberry. Cranberry and cranberry extract also may help fight H. pylori. Cranberry juice benefits your health due to its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial effects.
- Licorice root. In one study, licorice root fluid extract was used to treat 100 people with stomach ulcers, 86 of whom had not improved with conventional medication, for 6 weeks. Ulcers disappeared in 22 people; 90% of participants got better.
- Plantain bananas. Plantains are a type of banana. Research from 2011 suggests that unripe plantains may have a positive effect on peptic ulcers. Unripe plantains contain a flavonoid called leucocyanidin. Leucocyanidin increases the amount of mucus in the stomach. This fruit may also reduce acidity, which can help prevent and relieve symptoms of ulcers.
- Chamomile. Studies in preclinical models suggest that chamomile inhibits Helicobacter pylori, the bacteria that can contribute to stomach ulcers. Chamomile is believed to be helpful in reducing smooth muscle spasms associated with various gastrointestinal inflammatory disorders.
- Ginger. Some people use it to treat stomach and digestive conditions, such as constipation, bloating, and gastritis. A review from 2013 suggests that ginger can help with gastric ulcers caused by H. pylori bacteria. Eating ginger may also prevent ulcers caused by NSAIDs.
- Green tea. Green tea and its components have also been shown to treat stomach ulcers, which can cause issues like pain, gas, and indigestion. Green tea and tea polyphenols are bacteriostatic and bactericidal, thus they might lower the titers of H. pylori.
- Rosemary. Rosemary is particularly powerful against bacterial infections, especially those in the stomach such as the H. pylori bacteria.
A person may be able to find relief with some home remedies. But, people should see their doctor to find out the cause and receive medical treatment. A doctor can create a treatment plan to help treat the ulcer. At-home remedies may help prevent ulcers developing in the future and naturally help ease symptoms. Stomach ulcers don’t stop at abdominal pain. If left untreated, they can create a hole in the stomach, which requires surgery. On rare occasions, ulcers might signal larger problems, like cancer. Adding plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables to your diet and reducing alcohol intake will almost certainly get you on the road to health.