Peptic Ulcer

Also indexed as:Duodenal Ulcer, Gastric Ulcer, Stomach Ulcers, Ulcer (Peptic)
Ulcer pain? Undo the damage. Peptic ulcers can cause serious discomfort and damage to the digestive system if left untreated. According to research or other evidence, the following self-care steps may be helpful.
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SupplementAmountWhy
Chewable DG Licorice
250 to 500 mg chewable DGL before meals and bedtime3 stars[3 stars]
Licorice root has a long history of use for soothing inflamed and injured mucous membranes in the digestive tract. Flavonoids in licorice may also inhibit growth of H. pylori.
Mastic
1 gram mastic powder taken before breakfast and at bedtime3 stars[3 stars]
The gummy extract of Pistachia lentiscus
Banana Powder
1 gram four times per day2 stars[2 stars]
Ayurvedic doctors in India have traditionally used dried banana powder to treat ulcers. Banana powder appears to protect the lining of the stomach from acid.
Neem
30 to 60 mg of freeze-dried bark extract twice per day2 stars[2 stars]
Neem bark extract led to a significant reduction in stomach acid levels and near complete healing of all people with duodenal ulcers in one trial.
Vitamin A
Take under medical supervision: 150,000 IU per day2 stars[2 stars]
Vitamin A is needed to heal the linings of the stomach and intestines. In one trial, supplementing with vitamin A improved healing in a small group of people with stomach ulcer.
Zinc
25 to 50 mg daily2 stars[2 stars]
Supplementing with zinc may help speed the repair of damaged stomach tissue.
Zinc-L-Carnosine
150 mg of zinc carnosine complex twice per day2 stars[2 stars]
Studies have shown that a zinc salt of the amino acid carnosine protects against ulcer formation and promotes the healing of existing ulcers.
Calendula
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Calendula is another plant with anti-inflammatory and healing activities that can be used as part of a traditional medicine approach to peptic ulcers. The same amount as chamomile can be used.
Carnosine
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Carnisone may protect against ulcer formation and promote the healing of existing ulcers.
Chamomile
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Chamomile has a soothing effect on inflamed and irritated mucous membranes. It is also high in the flavonoid apigenin, which has inhibited growth of H. pylori in test tubes.
Comfrey
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Comfrey has history of traditional use for treating gastrointestinal problems, including stomach ulcers.
Corydalis
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Corydalis extracts are useful in relieving pain and in treating stomach ulcers.
DMSO
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
DMSO is believed to have antioxidant activity and was found in one study to reduce relapse rates better than the ulcer drug cimetidine (Tagamet).
Garlic
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Garlic has been reported to have anti-Helicobacter activity in test-tube studies and may be helpful for peptic ulcers.
Glutamine
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Glutamine, an amino acid, is the main energy source for cells that line the small intestine and stomach. Supplementing with it may help people overcome peptic ulcers.
Marshmallow
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
High-mucilage-containing herbs such as marshmallow have a long history of use for irritated or inflamed mucous membranes in the digestive system.
Plantain
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Because of plantain’s anti-inflammatory and healing effects, it may be beneficial in some people with peptic ulcer.
Sea Buckthorn
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Sea buckthorn contains flavonoids and other constituents that promote healing. It has been associated with peptic ulcer improvement, though more research is needed.
Vitamin C
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Vitamin C may be useful in treating peptic ulcers because of its ability to help eradicate H. pylori

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The information presented by Healthnotes is for informational purposes only. It is based on scientific studies (human, animal, or in vitro), clinical experience, or traditional usage as cited in each article. The results reported may not necessarily occur in all individuals. Self-treatment is not recommended for life-threatening conditions that require medical treatment under a doctor's care. For many of the conditions discussed, treatment with prescription or over the counter medication is also available. Consult your doctor, practitioner, and/or pharmacist for any health problem and before using any supplements or before making any changes in prescribed medications. Information expires December 2019.

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