If you’ve always thought stress caused stomach ulcers, you’re in good company. Many folks do. And because their symptoms do tend to flare up when we’re feeling agitated or under pressure, it’s no wonder.
But the truth is helicobacter pylori bacteria, or H. pylori for short, cause most peptic ulcers.
In the early 1980s, scientists proved that these tough bugs not only could survive in our stomachs. They could thrive there despite the highly acid environment.
And since then we’ve learned that up to 30 percent of folks in the United States may be housing H. pylori in their guts.
The bacteria can burrow their way into the protective lining of your stomach. Over time, stomach acid can begin to eat away at those spots causing ulcers.
The standard treatments for ulcers are antibiotics and a proton pump inhibitor (PPI) such as Prevacid. But H. pylori are stubborn. And antibiotic resistance has made them increasingly difficult to kill.
As a result, treatment may require more than one antibiotic. And sometimes several courses. Which means side effects are more likely. And even then, a cure isn’t a guarantee.
Top 4 home remedies for ulcers
But it’s not all bad news. There are proven home remedies for ulcers that could help boost the cure rate, speed healing, or soothe symptoms.
1. Vitamins C and E:
A turns out a tag team of two common vitamins could significantly boost your chances of the standard treatment curing your stomach ulcers.
For 30 days, Turkish researchers treated a group of patients with the standard ulcer treatment combined with…
- 500 mg of vitamin C twice a day
- 200 IU of vitamin E twice a day
And the results blew everyone away. At four to six weeks they found 37 percent more of the vitamin takers were cured, compared to folks who just got the standard treatment alone.
Experts believe the powerful antioxidants may be helping to reduce oxidative stress in the stomach lining. Plus they may help boost your immunities, so your body is more effective at fighting off the H. pylori.
With a potential for a nearly 40 percent improvement this is by far one of the best home remedies for ulcers. Talk to your doc about adding this combo to your own treatment plan.
2. Aloe vera gel:
PPIs are given to folks with ulcers to help reduce stomach acid. The lowered acid level can reduce pain and promote healing.
But PPIs have a dark side too. Side effects from these drugs can include an increased risk for C. diff infections as well as bone fractures. Or worst of all, stomach cancer. And the longer you’re on them, the higher your risk.
For some folks, aloe vera may be an alternative. Animal studies have found the gel to be effective. For example, in a study on rats with ulcers researchers found that an aloe vera mixture was as effective as the standard PPI omeprazole.
And in another study on horses, while aloe vera wasn’t effective as the drug, it still got results. More than half the horses treated with the gel had positive results.
Aloe vera can be effective in humans too. In a 2016 study of 60 folks with chronic ulcers, aloe vera significantly improved healing.
Over 93 percent of the group that received aloe vera in addition to a PPI had their ulcers heal within three months. In contrast, just 46.7 percent of the folks who got the PPI alone were cured.
Talk with your doctor about using aloe vera in place of, or in addition to, a PPI.
Experts say common chamomile can both soothe the pain associated with ulcers a well as promote healing by calming stomach acid.
According to a review published in the journal Pharmacologia extracts of the chamomile plant slashes healing time for ulcers in animal experiments. And German chamomile effectively reduces stomach acid.
And when in comes to home remedies for ulcers this one couldn’t be easier to adopt. Simply steep chamomile flowers in hot water, or use tea bags. And sip on a cup two to three times a day.
If you’re on an antibiotic, it’s a good idea to take a probiotic to restore the good bugs which get caught in the crossfire. But it turns out probiotics could lend a hand against H. pylori too.
Three meta-analyses on using probiotics to tackle H. pylori in humans found that the supplements significantly improved healing. For example, in one study when researchers added Lactobacillus or Bifidobacterium probiotics to the standard treatment 11 to 14 percent more people were cured.
Plus researchers found in the majority of cases probiotics helped reduce side effects too. Talk to your doctor about taking a probiotic as part of your treatment.
Curing an ulcer is no easy task. But these effective home remedies for ulcers could help you boost your chances of success.
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