Stomach ulcer, also known as gastric ulcer or peptic ulcer is an internal condition that affects the lives of many adults. Not only is it painful but in case it is neglected, it may even culminate into cancer! No matter what causes the ulcer the end result is always a sense of constant internal agony.
Herbs are a natural approach in treating an ulcerated stomach without any negative impact. In fact some herbs accelerate the healing process and provide relief.
Natural Remedies To Cure Stomach Ulcers
Marshmallow is scientifically called Althaea officinalis L. It is a wonderful herb that is used to treat a number of body conditions. It has soothing and healing properties owing to the large mucilage content.
The roots of the herb contains about 35% of mucilage where as the leaves have about 10%.The herb is also laden with chemicals like tannins and asparagin. Thus, this herb can effectively soothe the internal mucous membrane and also protect the internal epithelial layers from further harm. In order to get maximum benefit, prepare an herbal tea using the chopped roots of the herb. You may also take it as a supplement.
Yarrow is an herb whose flowers have anti microbial properties. One of the major causes of ulcers is the presence of bacteria called Helicobacter pylori. The anti microbial property of yarrow flowers prevents growth of these harmful bacteria and soothes the internal mucus lining of the stomach.
This in turn, helps the ulcer to heal. The flowers have anti inflammatory properties that also help in soothing inflammation. It also aids in digestion. Make an herbal tea using yarrow flowers. Drink 3 cups daily.
Chamomile is a widely known herb that is used to treat pain of any kind. It has anti inflammatory and calming properties. When taken internally ,it helps alleviate pain in the gastric muscles caused by the ulcerated condition.
Chamomile also exudes anti septic properties and can prevent growth of Helicobacter pylori. The best way to take chamomile is to prepare a decoction by simmering some chopped herb in water for atleast 30 minutes. Drink 3-4 times daily.
Slippery elm is a member of the Elm family. The inner bark which has high mucilage content is used for medicinal purposes. Being rich in mucilage, this herb soothes the mucus membrane of the stomach and soothes it.
The effective mucilage coating prevents any further damage to the stomach walls. Slippery elm is a demulcent i.e. it increases the production of natural mucus. You may opt to take the powdered form of the bark in capsules or use ground bark to prepare fresh teas.
Ginseng is another herb that can be used by stomach ulcer patients. This herb is known to have strong anti microbial properties. A research study conducted in Korea has established that ginseng can inhibit the growth of microbes and can even repair damaged skin cells.
Thus, if the ulcer is caused due to microbial infection, ginseng is the best herb to combat the microbes and cure the ulcer. Ginseng is available in powder form which can be used to prepare a tea. You may also opt for the capsule form.
P.S. All herbs may not be available at stores near you, but you can order them online and have them delivered at your door step.