Stomach ulcer treatment: Home remedies backed up by science to help reduce symptoms

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STOMACH ulcer treatment: Stomach ulcers can be painful conditions which can negatively impact one’s life. With the Christmas season approaching and an array of foods and drinks on offer, stomach ulcer flare ups could be a reality for some. What are some at-home remedies to help reduce your symptoms?

For a person suffering from stomach ulcers, treatment will depend on what caused it. With treatment, most ulcers heal in a month or two. If your stomach ulcer is caused by a Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) bacterial infection, a course of antibiotics and a medication called a proton pump inhibitor (PPI) is recommended. If not caused by this, some easy home remedies may help to soothe your stomach ulcer symptoms.


A type of honey produced by stingless bees in Malaysia shows some protective effects against induced gastric ulcer in rats.

Induced stomach ulcer (gastric ulcer) was smaller and less invasive in rats that regularly consumed a type of honey produced by a stingless bee in Malaysia.

The study, published in the Pertanika Journal of Science & Technology, indicates that kelulut honey could be further investigated for potential anti-ulcer properties.

In a study published in the US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health, honey’s medicinal property and antibacterial activity was investigated.

The study noted: “The healing property of honey is due to the fact that it offers antibacterial activity, maintains a moist wound condition, and its high viscosity helps to provide a protective barrier to prevent infection.

“Its immunomodulatory property is relevant to wound repair too.

“The antimicrobial activity in most honeys is due to the enzymatic production of hydrogen peroxide.

“Its mechanism may be related to the low pH level of honey and its high sugar content (high osmolarity) that is enough to hinder the growth of microbes.

“The medical grade honeys have potent in vitro bactericidal activity against antibiotic-resistant bacteria causing several life-threatening infections to humans.”

The study found that honey’s antimicrobial effects could be useful for treating stomach ulcers.

In a study published in the US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health, turmeric remedies and gastroprotective action was analysed.

“The gastrointestinal problems caused by different etiologies was observed to be associated with the alterations of various physiologic parameters such as reactive oxygen species, nitric oxide synthase, lipid peroxidation, and secretion of excessive gastric acid.

“Gastrointestinal ulcer results probably due to imbalance between the aggressive and the defensive factors.

“Epidemiologically, it was suggested that curcumin might reduce the risk of inflammatory disorders, such as cancer and ulcer.

“These biological effects are attributed to its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant activities. It can, therefore, be reported from the literature that curcumin prevents gastrointestinal-induced ulcer and can be recommended as a novel drug for ulcer treatment.”

It used to be thought that stomach ulcers may be caused by certain lifestyle factors, such as spicy foods, stress and alcohol.

There’s little hard evidence to confirm that this is the case, but these factors may make the symptoms of ulcers worse.

But it’s thought that smoking increases your risk of developing stomach ulcers and may make treatment less effective.


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