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Peptic Ulcers

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Peptic ulcers are open sores or erosions in the lining of either the duodenum these are called duodenal ulcers or in the stomach (gastric ulcers). The duodenum is the first part of the small intestine just after

it leaves the stomach. Ulcers are caused by stress, which leads to Helicobacter pylori infection. When the stomach’s natural protections from the effects of digestive juices (including acid and pepsin [an enzyme that helps breakdown protein]) stop working or the acid production is too overwhelming for these protective defences to work properly, these acids can burn the stomach lining and you can get an ulcer. There are a few different ways this happens.

Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori),a bacterial organism, are responsible for most ulcers. This organism weakens the protective coating of the stomach and duodenum and allows the digestive juices to irritate the sensitive lining below.

Anti Inflammatory Medicine

The ongoing use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs is the second most common cause of ulcers. It has been known for some people to even have part of their stomachs removed as a result of the over use of anti-inflammatory drugs. Some of the most common symptoms of ulcers are-abdominal pain with a burning or gnawing sensation, pain 2 to 3 hours after eating, pain that is often aggravated by an empty stomach; night time pain is common, heartburn indigestion (dyspepsia), belching, nausea, vomiting, poor appetite and weight loss. Excessive alcohol intake can also overheat the liver causing over acidity to the stomach lining plus eating over acidic soda breads and confectionaries and all the usual junk foods or too much fried foods.

A Natural Remedy

Try and start every single day with a glass of lemon juice in lukewarm water preferably mineral water not fluoride infested tap water! Seemingly acidic fruits such as lemons and limes are acidic in their basic state, but once metabolised by the body have an alkalising effect on the stomach. The high alkaline mineral content of these lemons and limes means that once consumed and metabolised they increase the alkalinity of the cells of the body. A lot of alkaline elements are found in the lemon. Vitamin C is found in abundant amounts in the fresh juice of lemons. If left exposed to the air for long periods of time, most of the valuable vitamin C in the juice is lost – for this reason, fresh juice should be preferred. Important nutrients such as the element potassium and the vitamin B1 are also found in high amounts in the lemon.

Make sure you REALLY wash the lemons if they are not organic because the pesticides and chemicals could leach out of the rind and into your water if they are left soaking for too long. Given the choice organic lemons is the way to go, or just peel the non organic ones.

Chinese Medicine

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine stomach ulcers are classified as stomach heat, how does this heat occur? Well as I stated earlier the root cause of all stomach upsets is usually stress related.

In Chinese medicine stress creates heat in the liver; this excessive heat then rises upwards and invades the stomach causing heartburn and various other digestive upsets. Acupuncture points to eradicate this liver heat are used in conjunction with cooling and calming herbs. In my own clinics I use two very important acupuncture points on the feet in the treatment of all ulcers; these points are specifically indicated to drain excessive heat from the stomach and they also calm the heat coming up from the liver, I once cured a patient with these points who had ulcers for over 15 years, he had tried all western drugs available at the time for his condition but none worked, after about 12 acupuncture and herbal treatments all his pain and symptoms disappeared and then he had a further endoscopy (an endoscopy, is when a narrow, flexible tube with a fibre-optic light and camera at the end, is put down the throat and into the stomach to have a look for the presence of ulcers) to confirm if the ulcers had healed or not.
To the surprise of the surgeon the test confirmed that the ulcers had indeed been healed.