Aunt Perpetual could not eat anything at the family gathering we had last Friday (everything was so sumptuous!).I sat down to discuss the problem with my poor aunt (she loved gorging on food).She explained that a stomach ulcer or a peptic ulcer is a painful lesion that is formed on the epithelial lining of the stomach walls which could turn life into hell even while you’re alive.
Aunt Rosebell overheard us and came forward to revel that she had the solution to the problem.I am sure, at that very moment Aunt Rosebell was nothing less than an angel sent directly from the heavens to Aunt Perpetual. Aunt Rosebell talked about some herbs that her husband has used (effectively too!) to cure his own ulcer problems.
Herbs For Stomach Ulcer
Slippery Elm – alleviates the pain
The bark of the slippery elm is considered one of the best herbs for ulcers. It has wonderful medicinal properties that has earned this herb an official place in the US pharmacopoeia. This herb that belongs to the Elm family has inner bark which is constituted of 85% mucilage.
Mucilage are slippery and slimy fibers , once ingested they coat the lining of the stomach mucosa thereby reducing pain and discomfort associated with stomach ulcers. You can take Slippery Elm in a tea form if you find the bark in a powdered form.
Take 250ml of boiling water and add 5 tablespoons of the powder.Simmer together for 10 minutes.Strain before drinking it.You may also find it in a capsule or in a liquid extract form.
Chamomile – has ulcer-healing properties
Chamomile is a wonderfully scented herb coming from the Sunflower family.It has anti-inflammatory and ulcer healing features.It soothes the entire digestive system and reduces that pain caused by the ulcerated walls.It also has anti-bacterial properties which can help control the growth of the bacterial colonies in the digestive tract.
To make this herb work effectively you must prepare a strong tea and drink the same 3 times a day on an empty stomach. Use 2 tablespoons of dried chamomile and 2 cups of water. Steep together for 20 minutes or longer to make it strong enough.
Comfrey – soothes and heals the problem
Comfrey is a herb that has been widely used since the Roman times for its marvelous medicinal properties.Comfrey that comes from Borage family has demulcent properties which means it covers the ulcers within a protective layer and soothes them.
It also initiates a quick healing process.Herbalist often combine Comfrey with thyme to make the former even more effective. It is best taken as a tea, preferably using fresh roots or leaves. If you do not have access to the fresh herb you may use the dried form.
Dgl Licorice – A wonder herb for ulcers
DGL licorice is the abbreviated form of Deglycyrrhizinated Licorice. This means that the harmful chemical (glycyrrhizinic acid) which is normally present in normal Licorice is eliminated.The usage of DGL licorice has no side effects and can be used effectively to treat stomach ulcers.
Phyllis Balch, a famous author who has written books on ulcers believes that one should combine DGL licorice with some Angelica to eradicate stomach ulcers. The herb has strong anti-inflammatory as well as some anti-bacterial properties.It stimulates production of mucus in the stomach , which coats the gastric walls and reduces pain.
The herb can also reduce the pH of the stomach thereby assisting in the ulcer-healing process.Researchers say that one should have Licorice tea in between meals for maximum effect.
The flowers of Yarrow are used widely for their medicinal properties. The herb that comes from the Sunflower family has strong anti-microbial properties. If your ulcer is caused by bacterial growth, this herb can help eliminate the microbes and kick-start the healing process.
The herb also soothes the lining of the stomach and reduces all discomfort. Moreover, it helps in digestion and restores appetite.You must take about 3 gram of this herb daily in tea form. The tea is bitter so you may add some honey to make it palatable.
Caution: Please use Home Remedies after Proper Research and Guidance. You accept that you are following any advice at your own risk and will properly research or consult healthcare professional.