What is peptic ulcer?

An ulcer in one’s digestive system is referred to as a peptic ulcer. We put so many unwanted things into our digestive system every day that these days, peptic ulcer and its symptoms have become more common. Acidity is a common reference for those suffering from peptic ulcer. This is more common in middle and old aged people.

What are the symptoms?

The common symptoms of peptic ulcer are:

  • Pain in the upper abdomen after or before eating (this could change from person to person)
  • Burning sensation in the chest area (above the abdomen) or below the ribs.
  • Occasional nausea.

The symptoms mostly occur when the stomach is empty sue to the secretion of the acid and pain due to this in the inner lining of your stomach.

Important note: There are a variety of antacids available in the market in various forms. Please do not use these to get relief. These will do you more harm than good. Try these natural remedies or if you have severe symptoms or do not have the patience for natural remedies, consult a doctor.

Herbal remedies to cure peptic ulcer

Honey remedy

Take two teaspoons of organic honey twice a day. You can take it in the morning and evening every day so that there is a proper time gap.

Banana remedy

Bananas are excellent in curing almost any form of ulcer. A banana milkshake can be a great option for sufferers of peptic ulcer.

Just blend a banana with cold milk. Add little honey and drink in the form of a shake to get soothing relief. The properties present in bananas also help to control symptoms of peptic ulcer.

Sprinkle a little cinnamon powder or this drink – not only does it add flavor, but it also has properties to cure ulcers.

Banana shake
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Ayurvedic powder preparation

Make a homemade powder with the following:

  • Licorice
  • Dry ginger
  • Black or white sesame seeds
  • Jaggery (Just little)

Method

  1. Dry grind all the above and store it in a container.
  2. Mix one teaspoon of this powder in milk and consume it in the form of a paste twice a day.
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Almonds remedy

Almonds have properties that can reduce the severity of peptic ulcer.

Method 1:

  1. Soak almonds overnight.
  2. Grind the soaked almonds and drink with little milk in the morning.

Method 2:

  1. Boil milk in a vessel.
  2. Grind 4 – 5 almonds
  3. Add the ground almond paste to the boiling milk.
  4. Allow the milk to cool a bit and drink when warm.
almonds in the clay bowl
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Beetroot smoothie

A simple beetroot smoothie can go a long way in helping to cure peptic ulcers and associated heartburns.

  1. Take half a beetroot and roughly chop it.
  2. Take two strawberries.
  3. Blend the beetroot and strawberries into a smoothie. (You can also add a few chopped leaves of cilantro)
  4. Add a teaspoon of honey to the smoothie and drink.

If you do not have time for making the above smoothie, raw beetroot juice could be a great alternative.

This smoothie is not a substitute for breakfast. You can consume this smoothie half hour before breakfast to prevent the symptoms of peptic ulcer. The ideal quantity to consume would be 100 ml.

Healthy juice from Beet
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Simple milk remedy

Have a glass of milk straight out of the fridge when you feel heartburn. Cold milk can provide you instant soothing relief from symptoms of peptic ulcer.

This is however only a temporary fix to soothe the system and is not a cure.

Milk

Aloe remedy

Aloe vera has amazing healing properties.

Method:

  1. Scrap off some aloe gel from a piece of the aloe plant.
  2. Blend it along with Amla (Indian gooseberry – which also has properties that cure peptic ulcer)
  3. Add little honey.

Drink this juice in the afternoon half-hour before food. This is an excellent cure.

aloe vera

For those who tend to catch a cold due to aloe, can consume fresh Amla juice instead. This juice can also control peptic ulcer in due course.

To know more about the health benefits of aloe vera, click here.

Lifestyle changes

Other than the above remedies, bring in a few lifestyle changes:

  • Avoid drinking and smoking – cut down completely.
  • Drink water frequently, especially in the morning once you wake up.
  • Take off citrus fruits from your diet for some time – since these have a tendency to irritate the digestive system.
  • Consume milk (cold or at room temperature) every hour or so.
  • Do not skip any meal.
  • Practice pranayama and gentle breathing exercises.
  • Consume cooked or half-cooked vegetables rather than raw ones until your symptoms reduce. You can then slowly add some raw vegetables to your diet.
  • Reduce salt content in food.
  • Sleep at least for 6 – 8 hours each day and ensure your body gets enough rest.

When to go to the doctor

If you’ve tried any of these remedies consistently for 10 days and still don’t see any improvement, please visit the doctor. Those with more severe symptoms like blood in stools increased flatulence, and overall body weakness should consult with a doctor immediately.

The doctor would be able to diagnose if there are any complications and advise treatment accordingly. You can still continue these herbal remedies in consultation with your medical practitioner as these are totally harmless and do not have any side effects.

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Ramya Srinivasan, PDGBA, earned her Master’s degree in Business. As a result of her passion in native medicine, she got her Diploma in Traditional Siddha Medicine from Bharat Sevak Samaj registered under the Indian Planning Commission. She is certified by Stanford University School of Medicine in Introduction to Food and Health.