How to Cure an Ulcer Naturally
Ulcers can be caused by many things, but the most common cause is a microscopic bug known as H. Pylori. This was discovered only in recent decades, and it wasn't until around 2005 that the researchers who first identified it as the cause were commended, by receiving a nobel prize for their discovery. Because of this, ulcers can now be treated easily with antibiotics, assuming your doctor is aware of the recent developments in medical science. Many doctors went to medical school many years before this was discovered, and in my experience with talking to many of them, some are not aware of this and still think most ulcers are caused by spicy foods and stress. But maybe you're reluctant to try antibiotics, or maybe you just can't afford to see a doctor yet. In this case, you may be wondering what natural treatments and remedies you can use to treat your ulcer on your own. While I urge you to see a doctor as soon as possible, because ulcers can be dangerous when left untreated, I will tell you about some well-known natural ulcer cures that may or may not help you while you are waiting to see a doctor. So below, I've made a list of some of the best natural cures for ulcers that I came across in my research, and all of these are backed up by credible research and studies, not just folk stories and rumors.
People in Thailand have less risk of getting gastric cancer than many other countries, which may be due to their diet, with curries and fruits and spices. A joint study done at the University of Illinois and Department of Nutrition in Bangkok tested over 50 plants involved in traditional thai medicine, and found that some of them helped inhibit H. Pylori. Of these plants, finger-root proved to be the most effective in killing H. Pylori and reducing intestinal inflammation. This plant is a member of the ginger family, which is why many people call it Chinese ginger. It's been used for centuries in China and certain countries in Southeast Asia as a cure for many different illnesses and disorders.
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FingerRoot is difficult to find in western countries like the United States and England. It's very common in Asian countries such as China, Indonesia, Japan, and Thailand and can be found in most open air markets and grocery stores there. If you live in a western country, you may want to call around to Asian grocery stores in your area if you have any. In countries like the USA and UK, it's usually found pickled and inside jars, so it may not be best to buy it in this form, as it may only be effective when it's still raw and natural. If you're unable to locate any FingerRoot locally, you can always order it online. It may be hard to find in it's raw form on the internet, but there are many websites and companies that sell it in powder form. This also may not be as effective as it's raw form, but could be worth a try if you have no other options.
There's been many studies on bananas and their effects on ulcers. While they do show minimal healing properties thanks to their antioxident effects, they are mostly effective for ulcers because they help build up the mucosal layer in the stomach. This helps to protect ulcers from acid and aids in the healing process. Most studies have found Plantains to be much more effective than bananas however, especially when they are green and not fully ripened yet.
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You can easily find bananas in any grocery store or fruit and vegetable market. Plantains may be a little more difficult to find, but they are very common in Asian and Hispanic grocery stores and markets. Plantains are a main staple in the dishes and recipes of countries like the Philippines, Thailand, Mexico, and Peru. If you can't find any plantains near where you live, you may want to try online. You can order both raw plantains and plantain powder. Plantain powder can be just as effective, since many studies were based on the powder made from the unripened plantains.
Turmeric is a very popular ingredient in Asian cooking. In India and Thailand, it's close to impossible to find any meal that doesn't contain Turmeric. Many studies have been performed in Thailand, where people seem to be less susceptible to ulcers, gastric cancer, and gastritis. The studies have concluded that turmeric helps kill H. pylori, which is responsible as the main cause for most ulcers. In India, turmeric powder is recommended by many doctors as a cure for ulcer, and it's been a traditional cure for hundreds of years.
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You can purchase turmeric powder in virtually every grocery store in the United States and the UK, as well as most other countries. It's fairly common and would be found in the same aisle as the cinnamon and other common cooking ingredients. You can buy raw turmeric in many asian or south american stores, though it probably isn't very common in western stores such as in North America. It probably wouldn't hurt to check the produce department in your local grocery though, just in case.
Ginger root is exactly what it's name sounds like, it's the roots of the ginger plant. This particular plan has proven itself in studies to have certain antiulcerative properties that help prevent the formation of ulcers, as well as promote their healing. This plant works similar to bananas, in that it helps the body produce more mucus in the digestive system, which coats the digestive walls and helps protect ulcers and speed up the healing process. In 2006, the results of a study on this plant and it's effects on ulcers was printed in the Journal of Animal and Veterinary Advances. The study involved over 20 rats, in which some had ulcers already and some didn't. In the study, they tested ginger root extract on the rats, and determined that it helped in preventing ulcer formation, as well as helped heal ulcers that were already present.
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Ginger root extract can be found in capsule form in many health food stores and nutrional stores that carry supplements. It's also very easy to find online, as many sellers sell it on websites like Amazon and Ebay. It's best to go with ginger root in extract form, but if you want to buy it in it's raw vegetable form, your best bet would be to look in grocery stores that specialize in gourmet products. Ginger root tea is also available in many health food stores, though it may not be as beneficial as the extract.
Broccoli sprouts are basically baby versions of broccoli, before the plant is fully grown. For some reason, the broccoli plant is rich in a compound called sulforaphane when it just starts sprouting. This magical compound has been proven to kill the bug that causes ulcers, H. Pylori. Research at the University of Tsukuba in Japan proved that patients with ulcers who eat broccoli sprouts ended up cutting their H. Pylori infection in half within 2 months. They used 25 people who all had ulcers, and had them eat 3.5 oz. of these little sprouts every single day for the two month duration, and were astonished with what they found. The only problem was, as soon as they stopped eating them, the H. Pylori returned and increased in numbers once again. So it may just keep your problem in check as long as you eat them, until you can get on antibiotics or find something else that works, or it may actually eradicate the infection if you take it long enough. In addition to this, broccoli sprouts have also showed lots of promise in preventing and battling stomach cancer, so it's probably a good idea to eat them on a regular basis anyways for good health.
Where to Buy:
You can find broccoli sprouts in just about every grocery store in the western world. If you have trouble finding them in the produce section, ask an employee who works in that department where they are. They can sometimes be hard to spot, because they are packaged in a very small container usually. You can also buy broccoli sprout capsules online at many different health websites, though it's anybody's guess whether this would be effective or not. The study was based on the fresh plant form of broccoli sprouts, not the processed or powdered form. If you visit a health food or dietary store, you may or may not get lucky, as they are probably not commonly found in most.
For over 60 years now, cabbage has been touted as an effective ulcer cure. Many people have claimed that it's just an old folk remedy, and as we all know, old folk remedies usually aren't true. But in this case, it seems that there is definitely some truth to the rumor. In the 1940's, Time Magazine wrote a story that detailed one doctor's findings as they were related to cabbage and ulcers. This doctor, Dr. Garnett Cheney, worked at Stanford University's Schools of Medicine, and dedicated a great portion of his life to studying the effects of this plant on both peptic and gastric ulcers. In one study, he gave 100 people cabbage juice each day to drink, in an effort to study it's healing powers, and all the patients refrained from taking any other types of medications or medicines. Of those 100 people, 86 of them no longer had ulcer pain within 2 weeks of starting the cabbage juice therapy, with the pain going away by the 3rd day for majority of them. Also, within that time frame, 81% of them no longer had any ulcer symptoms at all, and 19 of them completely healed. The average healing time for most of them was 3 to 4 weeks. When this was compared to people taking standard medicine at the time, the average healing time for them was 6 to 8 weeks. But this hasn't been the only study involving cabbage juice and ulcers. There was also a study ran by Dr. Cheney's team in the 1950's, that studied 45 patients who were all inmates at San Quentin Prison. Within 3 weeks, 93% of the patients who drank a quart of cabbage juice each day were healed. However, Dr. Cheney couldn't prove why cabbage was so effective, and the only explanation he could think of was that it was the Vitamin U that is found in foods like cabbage. This was just a theory though, since he couldn't actually prove it. Back then, nobody knew that ulcers were caused by the bacterium H. Pylori. These days, antibiotics are much more effective than the standard prescription medications they were using back then, because researchers have found that antibiotics help eradicate this bacterium. So while it hasn't been proven yet, it's possible that vitamin U, or some other ingredient in cabbage juice, helps to kill H. Pylori naturally.
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You can find cabbage in every grocery store in the world. It's found in the produce section and is usually very cheap as well. If you are going to give it a try, you should keep in mind that some people have a difficult time getting past it's distinct smell. The best thing to do would probably be to get a blender and mix a little bit of cabbage each day with a little bit of water and blend it up and drink it quickly. You shouldn't heat the cabbage for any reason, because it loses a lot of it's vitamin U after being heated. There aren't many companies that make cabbage supplements, so if you can't get past the smell of the fresh stuff, you may want to give a vitamin U supplement a try. They come in tablet form and can be found on the internet or in many nutritional shops, including some GNC stores. Just keep in mind that if vitamin U is the main ingredient that helps cure ulcers, it may not be as effective when it's not fresh.
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