About the Illness

A stomach ulcer is a wound in the stomach lining caused either by too much acid or a type of bacteria called Helicobacter pylori. The stomach’s acids eat away the stomach lining which makes the wounds bigger. An open wound is very difficult to heal unless the sufferer changes his or her eating and living habits. There are two types of ulcer:
(1) Peptic/Stomach Ulcer in the stomach and

 

(2) Duodenal Ulcer in the intestines.

 

Common Symptoms

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.

 

Herbal Therapy

 

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.

 

Stinging Nettle Infusion good for all

Dissolve 1 tsp dried and powdered leaves in 1 glass hot water.

 
Drink 1 glass 2x daily continuously.

 

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)

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