About the Illness
Indigestion and constipation; not wanting to eat; nausea after meals; vomiting of blood; pain is worse when lying down, or at night; tarry, black or bloody stools.
Peptic Ulcer (Stomach): Pain starts immediately after eating; food is not digested properly, so the person becomes thin and worn out; inappropriate hunger.
Duodenal Ulcer: Pain starts 1-2 hours after eating; pain occurs on the right hand side in the lower part of the stomach.
Any of these remedies will soothe the pain of an ulcer as well as helping it heal:
Moringa Leaf Infusion careful use for kids only
Dissolve 1 tsp dried and powdered leaves in a glass of hot water.
Drink 2x daily continuously.
Cabbage Solution good for all
Crush 2-3 fresh cabbage leaves and soak them overnight in 1 ltr cold water.
Drink 1 glass 2x daily for 3 weeks.
Food and Nutrition Advice
Prevent ulcers developing by:
- Eating regularly
- Eating foods with high fibre content as these enhance mucus secretion
- Avoiding food and drink that irritates your stomach- caffeine, alcohol. Spicy food, fatty food, acidic food.
- Eating small meals on a regular basis. This means never waiting until you are hungry before you eat. If you do, then you will produce acid in your stomach which will aggravate the ulcer.
- Drinking plenty of water.
- If your are suffering seriously from ulcers, only drink water, fresh juice (avoid acidic juice like orange and lemon), filter juice of ripe tomatoes (skins removed) or well-boiled potatoes mashed with dilute milk.
- Foods to Eat: Cabbage, carrot, beetroot, foods with high zinc content, banana (ripe or boiled green ones), coconut milk, sugar cane, pawpaw, avocado, soya beans/meat, amaranth grains (popped without oil), chillies/cayenne pepper.
- Foods to avoid: Spices, acidic fruits and vegetables (pineapple, citrus, sukuma wiki, spinach, mchicha), garlic, caffeine (tea, coffee, coke), alcohol, fermented foods, fatty foods, sugary food (especially sodas); tinned foods, hot and salty foods, food additives and preservatives, milk (this actually makes the ulcer worse, not better)