So many people suffer from ulcers, and most think that the cause is stress or spicy food. It’s now known that ulcers are more often brought on by excess digestive acid and a common bacteria. Learn about 4 super easy natural remedies for stomach ulcers – gastric and peptic ulcers. You’ll be surprised!
When discussing ulcers, we first want to get our definitions straight, as there are various types of ulcers.
Simply put, a gastric ulcer is a sore in the stomach lining. This sore can be located in the stomach, esophagus, duodenum (pronounced doo-o-dee-num) or the small intestine.
A peptic ulcer is a type of gastric ulcer in the duodenum, which is located at the beginning part of the small intestine.
Gastric ulcers are generally experienced as gnawing or “burning” pain – rather than a sharp severe pain – in the upper center of the stomach.
These ulcers result from damage to the digestive tract or stomach lining. In normal conditions, the stomach lining is protected by a thick layer of mucous that acts as a barrier between the stomach lining and acid that is produced by digestion.
It was believed for decades that ulcers (gastric, including peptic) were caused by stress or spicy food. It is now known that all gastric ulcers are caused by excess acid.
What Causes Excess Stomach Acid That Results In Ulcers?
There are a few circumstances that can cause excess stomach acid. Excess acid results in the deterioration of the stomach lining, causing a tear or hole.
Repeated use of over-the-counter anti-inflammatory drugs or NSAID’s (such as aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen) is one cause. Many years ago, it was casual street-talk to say that taking too many aspirins would cause a “hole in your stomach” and that meant… an ulcer!
Smoking cigarettes and drinking alcohol in excess, along with poor eating habits, can also contribute to formation of stomach ulcers. Poor eating habits would would include regularly consuming colas, diet colas, and large amounts of junk food and fatty foods.
More recently, however, it has become understood that a stomach bacteria, Helicobacter pyloriorH. pylori, is the main cause of stomach ulceration.
Bacterial H. pylori is contagious, and it affects around 60% of the world’s population. It can be present in water or on/in food that is not cleaned before eating. It is most widely transmitted through saliva and feces.
It is believed that the spiral-shaped bacteria enters through the mouth and makes it’s way to the digestive tract where it then resides. It protects itself by producing a compound known as urease, which keeps it from being destroyed by stomach acid. Meanwhile, it burrows in, chewing away at stomach tissue. The presence of H. pylori bacteria is a major contributing cause of excess stomach acid production.
Due to the contagious nature of H. pylori, it is important to be vigilant about drinking clean water and cleaning veggies and fruits. It’s also very important to be careful about our personal hygiene habits, such as washing hands before eating and after using the toilet. It can be transmitted via kissing or any contact with the mouth.
Although many people have the H. pylori bacteria present in their systems, it’s not clear why some people suffer resultant stomach problems and others don’t. Some have the bacteria over the lifetime and never suffer any symptoms. Others will experience ulcer symptoms.
Despite the fact that stress does not directly cause an ulcer, stress can play a part in breaking down our immune system defenses. A weakened immune system could be a factor in allowing H. pylori to take hold and thrive in the stomach. So, it’s important to reduce stress and boost our overall immunity as much as possible, through various natural health practices and natural remedies. These important topics are covered on our website in these articles about how to treat anxiety with herbs, how to treat anxiety with essential oils, and how to boost immunity with herbs.
There also may be genetic propensities for certain people to have recurring bouts of H. pylori and the resultant ulcer symptoms throughout the life.
Some of the symptoms of stomach ulcers, indicating an H. pylori infection are:
- Dull gnawing or burning pain in the stomach
- Excessive burping
- Loss of Appetite
- Unexplained weight loss
- Nausea and bloody vomit (rare)
- Dark stools (rare, resulting from blood in the stool)
Many people try medical drug treatments for ulcers or H. pylori. A treatment protocol generally includes one or two different antibiotics, an acid reducing drug, and/or histamine blockers. This protocol is taken over two weeks and repeated, if not successful. In fact, many people who try conventional treatment don’t get relief from their ulcer symptoms.
As antibiotics for treating ulcers are prescribed on a widespread basis, the H. pylori bacteria has become resistant to many of these antibiotics. That’s one reason why people often need more than one round of treatment, and even then, results are not always forthcoming.
If you have ulcerative colitis, or Crohn’s Disease, please read this article on the most powerful natural remedies for chronic autoimmune disease.
People who try the natural treatments listed below for treating ulcer symptoms report quicker results by half or more! than those who attempt the antibiotic protocols.
So, here are my best natural treatment suggestions for ulcers…
4 Super Easy Natural Remedies For Stomach Ulcers
The first two remedies are so simple, you are going to be stunned! Two natural remedies that work amazingly well to dispel ulcer symptoms are raw green cabbage juice and raw potato juice. Yes, you heard me right!
I have personally tried both, and for me, they produce almost instant results. I don’t use them together… it is better to try using just cabbage juice or just potato juice. It is ideal to use only organic potatoes or organic cabbage, as you will be drinking this juice raw and for healing purposes. You don’t want to add extra chemicals to your system… especially when you’re trying to heal it!!
1. Green Cabbage Juice
Cabbage contains powerful natural healing compounds and has been used for thousands of years to aid digestive health. The three phyto-nutrients (plant nutrients) contained in green cabbage that are most likely to aid in healing ulcers are gefarnate, S-methyl methionine and sulfuraphane.
Gerfanate helps to heal the mucous membrane lining of the stomach and that, along with S-methyl methionine and sulfuraphane, can rid the stomach of H. pylori bacteria. Sulfuraphane is also used in treating autism and in healing cancer.
Scientists are still not exactly clear exactly how cabbage juice heals the stomach; it’s one of those synergistic holistic-plant-magic things that we talk about often, here in the Echanted SpiceBox. 😊 It’s the synergy of the entire plant that creates the healing actions.
So, even scientists unofficially refer to the healing components of cabbage juice as Vitamin U (for ulcer!) even though the compounds are not really vitamins and cannot be isolated as such.
What they do know, however, is that taking something as simple as cabbage juice is quite often more effective than modern drug protocol treatment.
Since we’ve traveled a lot over the years, (which may be one reason that I sometimes have stomach issues) I don’t have a juicer, so I use a blender. You simply cut a chunk of raw green cabbage, approximately 3” X 4” in size cut it into smaller chunks and add it to a blender. Cover the cabbage by about one inch in water. Blend for a several minutes on high to totally break down the cabbage. Strain the cabbage juice into a cup and drink. It is best to drink the juice immediately after preparing, rather than letting it sit around or refrigerate.
The smell of raw cabbage is quite strong, but it tastes surprisingly mild and rather sweet. Of course, that depends on the particular cabbage. 😊
You should aim for about 1-2 cups of raw juice per day, taken on an empty stomach. If you can, try to take it just upon rising, the first thing in the morning, before breakfast. That is ideal, but don’t worry if that can’t happen… anytime during the day (on an empty stomach) will provide results.
Note: If you don’t have any cabbage on hand, Brussels sprouts are quite similar in their components, so you can substitute them, if you have to…
Cabbage has numerous other health benefits, so I will just name a few here.
Raw cabbage juice is high in anti-oxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds that boost overall immunity and help to prevent and treat damage to the kidneys. Cabbage also helps the body to create mucous, which is not only useful in healing ulcers, but aids in overall cellular protection. Cabbage also helps to control the formation of fat cells, aiding in weight loss.
2. Potato Juice
Potatoes have also been known throughout the centuries as an incredibly healing vegetable, particularly for stomach problems. We’re talking about regular white (on the inside) potatoes of any variety. Raw potato juice is highly alkalizing and has emollient properties that soothe the stomach lining. Plus, bacteria does not become resistant to the anti-bacterial compounds in raw potatoes, so potatoes have a continued long history of successfully healing ulcers!
Peel a small potato and cut into cubes and place into a blender. It’s important that you don’t use unripe or “green” potatoes because they contain a compound known as solanine, which is poisonous. It can cause other issues, such as headaches, nausea and respiratory problems, so do avoid green potatoes!
If your potatoes are organic, you can leave on the skin, once you have scrubbed the potato free from all dirt and removed any eyes. But only if your potatoes are organic!! If not, peel the potato before using.
Cover the potato chunks in about one inch of water. Blend for several minutes on high speed to totally decimate the potato. Strain the potato juice into a cup and drink down. You should aim for about 1-2 cups of raw juice per day. Potato juice does not taste fabulous, but it’s not awful and not as “strong” as cabbage juice. It tastes kind of earthy or “dirty” but is fairly mild-tasting overall.
There are so many other health benefits of raw potato juice, I could write an entire article just about the glories of raw potato juice! (hmmmm, I probably will!)
Potatoes are high in the compound quercetin, which is known to be useful in preventing cancer and tumors. Potatoes are also high in fiber which helps to prevent colon cancer. Raw potato juice cleanses the liver and gall bladder and reduces uric acid that causes gout.
Potato juice also encourages the production of collagen, due to its high Vitamin C content.
3. Cayenne Pepper
This is another home remedy that you probably have in your kitchen – simple ground cayenne pepper. Although I have not tried this myself, many people have, with excellent results.
Cayenne pepper, although it is often unfairly maligned for its spiciness, is not the cause of ulcers! Or any other ailments! In fact, cayenne pepper is excellent for health in many ways… so don’t be afraid of cayenne pepper.
The legendary Dr. Christopher (of Christopher’s Herbal Formulas fame) has promoted the cayenne pepper “cure” for ulcers for many years, with anecdotal references on his website.
It is now understood that one of the phytonutrients in cayenne, capsaicin, aids stomach acid regulation. This is key to curing stomach ulcers, now that we know that the H. pylori bacteria is responsible for increased stomach acid. Cayenne also encourages the production of saliva, which aids digestion.
For treating stomach ulcers, the suggested recipe is just 1 teaspoon of cayenne pepper in a cup of hot water… drink it down and repeat 2-3 times per day. As I said, I haven’t tried this remedy, but if I do, I will update this page with my results.
Aside from relieving ulcers, cayenne has many other fantastic health benefits. Cayenne is a vaso-dialator, increasing blood flow in arteries and blood vessels, which is effective for preventing blood clots, heart attacks and strokes.
Also important is cayenne’s effectiveness in diminishing migraine pain when used internally, and relieving joint and nerve pain, when applied topically.
You can find cayenne at almost any grocery, anywhere, but if you are using it for healing purposes and if you cook with it often, buying organic cayenne powder in bulk is most cost effective. This 1 lb. organic cayenne powder ✓ from one of my favorites, Frontier Co-Op, is a great deal!
4. Manuka Honey and Black Seed Oil
This fascinating natural remedy for destroying H. pylori bacteria has two superfood wonder ingredients -Manuka honey and black seed oil (Nigella sativa).
Both of these ingredients are incredible on their own. Quite a while ago, I wrote an entire article about the history of honey and honey’s healing properties and use throughout the ages, especially for wound healing. I also wrote an article about the miracles of black seed oil, which has so many fantastic health benefits. So, please check out those two posts to learn more about honey and black seed oil.
As stunning as they are on their own, it’s even more interesting that Manuka honey and black seed oil combined have a quantified, enhanced ability to destroy the H. pylori bacteria. I would suggest trying this remedy if you have recurrent or persistent ulcer symptoms.
This is not surprising, because Manuka honey, which is derived from bees that forage exclusively on flowers of the uncultivated Manuka bush (Leptospermum scoparium) in New Zealand and Australia, has an unparelled anti-bacterial profile. Manuka honey contains Methylglyoxal, or MGO, a unique natural compound that allows the anti-bacterial and anti-viral constituents of natural honey to remain over time and to even grow stronger over time.
Black seed oil is renowned throughout the ages as a remedy for almost any ailment. It contains the powerful phyto-nutrient thymoquinone, which contributes to black seed oil’s strong anti-bacterial properties. Black seed oil, combined with Manuka honey, is a winner for eradicating stubborn H. pylori bacteria in the stomach.
The recipe is simple.
Take one teaspoon of Manuka honey along with one teaspoon of black seed oil, per day, for 1-2 weeks. Take them at the same time!
You’re going to take them at the same time, but I suggest purchasing your Manuka honey and black seed oil separately. They each have so many other health uses (including topical benefits) that you will probably want to use them separately for other health purposes, once your ulcer is healed. Not to mention, Manuka honey tastes delicious, on its own!
Manuka honey is highly regulated, so be sure that you purchase from a trustworthy source. I would suggest this organic Manuka honey ✓ and this organic black seed oil ✓ for your healing purposes. Remember, Manuka honey is more than just table honey… it is medicinal in nature, so it’s more expensive. I think of it as a supplement or as a natural medicine, so use it with that in mind.
Regardless of which remedy you try, you should see results very quickly – within 2-4 days. Some people even find initial lessening of symptoms almost immediately after drinking a cup of potato or cabbage juice.
Not all natural remedies work the same for every person, so try one and see how it goes… there is no one size fits all when it comes to health due to the myriad underlying and concurrent conditions one might have… so be patient.
Continue taking your preferred remedy for at least 1-2 weeks to one month and then stop. It’s unlikely, but if your symptoms have not disappeared, you can do another round. As mentioned before, there are only good effects to be gained from taking any of these remedies and you will probably experience other great positive benefits, too.
If, in the future, you begin to notice ulcer symptoms, you can use any of these remedies again, without concern.
I do hope you will try one of these remedies to get relief from uncomfortable ulcer symptoms… I’d love to hear which one worked for you!
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