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Stomach ulcers or Peptic Ulcers
are caused by the action of stomach acid on the lining of the mucous
membranes of the stomach wall. Symptoms vary but can include: a
localised gnawing, burning pain, heartburn, local tenderness, nausea,
vomiting and diarrhoea. The pain usually begins just after eating
or within twenty minutes of a meal.
Heavy drinking, smoking, stress, and
taking aspirin may all contribute to the formation of an ulcer.
The following complementary therapies
may be used in the treatment of the stomach ulcer:
Diet and Nutrition:
Cut down on any acidic forming foods
such as coffee, red meat, salt, hot, spicy foods (eg.curries), citrus
fruits, vinegar and picked foods, and steer clear of aspirin. Replace
with more alkaline foods: lots of fresh fruit and vegetables, rice,
lean animal and vegetable proteins. Drink plenty of mineral water
to keep your stomach acid at the correct level - at least 8 glasses
a day between meals.
Take a decoction of slippery elm
(available from health foods shops). This is a demulcent which means
it has a soothing effect on the mucous membranes of the gut. Take
1/2 tsp in warm water 4-6 times a day.
The stomach and intestines have the
largest number of nerve endings in the body so that when we suffer
from stress there is often a reaction here. The best thing is to
learn a relaxation technique and practice daily. The best type to
learn is deep abdominal breathing and progressive muscular relaxation.
If in doubt consult a qualified practitioner.
You should find that with the above
recommendations the stomach ulcer should recede and get better after
a short while.
If you find that it comes back at
times of stress etc, just implement the above recommendations. You
could visit a homeopath,
acupuncturist or a
shiatsu practitioner for
some hands-on treatment.
are recommended to seek advice of a qualified health practitioner. To find a qualified
practitioner in your area look in the Practitioner
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