Peptic Ulcers are breaks in the skin or mucus lining of the gut that do not heal. Raw areas may appear in the oesophagus, stomach or duodenum as acid digests part of the protective lining of the gut and leaves sore spots. The two types of peptic ulcers are gastric and duodenal and both types are most likely to appear around the time of middle age.
What to look for
Symptoms include a gnawing, burning pain, worse during or just after eating, plus wind, nausea and vomiting. Duodenal ulcers, which are more common than gastric ulcers, are in the gut between the stomach and large intestine. These give an intermittent upper abdominal pain - usually between meals or at night when the stomach is empty. More males than females suffer from these and they appear more than gastric ulcers in younger people.
Peptic ulcers occur in areas exposed to acid and pepsin from the stomach and the main causes are: Anything which increases secretion of acid or impairs the resistance of the gut lining to acid and pepsin makes ulcers more likely. These factors include smoking, stress, excessive alcohol, anti-inflammatory drugs and genetic background. Another cause is the bacteria Helicobacter pylori which lives in the gut among other places.
When to seek further professional advice
If you think you might have an ulcer you should see your doctor.
Autogenic Training: Treatment will be aimed at reducing hyperacidity and changing the attitude of the sufferer in order to prevent recurrence and speed up recovery.
Western Herbalism: The aim will be to heal the ulcers as well as reduce inflammation, improve digestion and reduce stress. Liquorices, slippery elm bark and comfrey are useful.
Other Therapies include: Bach Flower Remedies, Chinese Herbalism, Acupuncture, Reflexology, Homeopathic Remedies, Auricular Therapy, Yoga and tai chi.
Advice would be to eat a whole food diet, relax more and control stress, take regular exercise, stop smoking, avoid coffee, tea, alcohol and refined sugar.
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