Peptic ulcer, also known as ulcus pepticum or stomach ulcer is an ulcer of an area of the gastrointestinal tract. It may be the symptoms of another disease or condition. It will get worse if not treated.
Most peptic ulcers are caused by a bacteria called Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) and anti-inflammatory drugs such as aspirin and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. Other causes of peptic ulcers are smoking, excessive alcohol consumption and stress. Actually, stress and spicy food does not cause peptic ulcers but they can make ulcers worse or keep them from healing.
The symptoms of peptic are vary and sometimes one may not have any symptoms at all. The most common symptoms are sudden severe burning pain in the stomach, loss of weight and appetite, worse stomach when it is empty, nausea or vomiting, black or tar-like stool, and unusual weakness, usually because of anemia.
Natural home remedies for peptic ulcers:
- Eat bananas everyday.
- Boiled 250gm of cabbage in 1liter of water until it reduced to half the amount. In a similar way boiled carrot, after it has cool, than mixed the cabbage and carrot juice, and drink twice a day.
- Drink lime juice everyday.
- Drink milk twice or thrice times a day.
- Take 2 to 3 teaspoons of honey everyday.
- Drink tea made from Fenugreek seeds.
- Take the powder of dry Indian gooseberry (Amla) and sugar one teaspoon three times a day.
- Drink raw goat milk.
- Take the mixture of drumstick paste and curd, 2 or 3 times a day.
Diet and other regimen:
Fried foods and spices, especially chilies, should be totally prohibited. Bland, easily-digestible foods should be the mainstay of the patient’s diet. Milk should be freely taken, preferably at intervals of three to four hours during the day, because the pain of the ulcer occurs at times when the stomach is empty. Milk, wheat, and ghee should be taken in adequate quantities.
In addition to the diet prescribe above, the patient must be advised to keep himself free worry and stresses of life which are likely to exacerbate the ulcer pain. He must take sufficient rest and sleep for an hour or so during the day. His bowel must be ensured because constipation can only contribute to worsening of the condition. The best way to deal with constipation of patient suffering from gastric ulcers is either husk or fleaseed taken at bedtime or castor oil. No strong purgatives should be administered to such patients.