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8 home remedies for peptic ulcers

अल्कोहोलच्या सेवनाने होणार्यार अल्सरवर परिणामकारक - काळी चहा ही रोगप्रतिकारशक्ती वाढवण्यासाठी मदत करते.मात्र एका संशोधनानुसार अल्कोहोलच्या सेवनाने होणार्या अल्सरवर परिणामकारक आहे. भारतीय संशोधनानुसार देखील काळ्य चहाचा अर्क गॅस्ट्रिक अल्सर कमी करण्यास उपयुक्त आहे.

Written by Editorial Team |Updated : March 19, 2015 10:26 AM IST

Ulcers are open sores that can erupt on any organ or tissue of the body but are usually found along the linings of the stomach, duodenum and esophagus. Ulcers that erupt on the stomach or duodenum are called peptic ulcers. Even though ulcers are not life threatening, they can be really painful and even cause permanent damage to your body. Apart from medication that you might have to take to treat ulcers, you can try these home remedies that have amazing ulcer healing properties.

1. Bananas: Bananas promote cell growth in the intestinal tract, which ultimately heals ulcers. They increase mucus secretion in the digestive tract and prevent peptic ulcers or other infections related to the digestive system. (Read: 10 healthy reasons to go bananas!)

Tip: Cut a few bananas in thin slices and dry them under the sun. Grind the dried slices to make fine powder. Now mix this power with some honey and consume the mixture three times a day to heal peptic ulcers.

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2. Honey: Honey has been used for several curative purposes over the years. Its property to treat peptic ulcers is primarily attributed to the presence of glucose oxidase, an enzyme that increases the production of hydrogen peroxide and ultimately kills all harmful bacteria causing peptic ulcers. (Read: 10 health benefits of honey)

Tip: Consume two tablespoons of honey a day. When you start seeing the results, reduce the amount to one tablespoon daily.

3. Cabbage: Cabbage is another healthy food that can be used to treat peptic ulcers. According to a study, cabbage juice can effectively treat ulcers, over 92% of the times. Its effectiveness of healing ulcers is so remarkable that experts also refer to it as Vitamin U. Consumption of cabbage increases the level of vitamin C, which usually tends to be very low in gastric juices of patients with peptic ulcers. (Read: 8 amazing health benefits of cabbage)

4. Licorice: Various studies have recommend the use of delglycyrrhizinated licorice (DGL) for treatment of peptic ulcers in the past. DGL helps production of mucus in the digestive system, which is effective for treating this painful condition. Licorice is also beneficial for those who have to consume medicines drugs like cortisone derivatives or aspirin, which increase the risk of peptic ulcer formation. (Read: Top 10 health benefits of Mulethi or Liquorice)

5. Vitamin E rich foods: Foods rich in vitamin E including squash, pumpkin, olive oil, fish, spinach and tofu have the ability to heal ulcers quickly. A study at Kiev Medical Institute showed that patients who were given 300 grams of vitamin E daily were relieved of the symptoms within a period of 4 to 6 days. (Read: Top 5 food sources of vitamin E)

6. Eat fibre rich foods: Those suffering from recurring peptic ulcers should make it a point to eat enough fibre rich foods like leafy vegetables and citrus fruits every day. Processed products such as white flour will deprive your body of protein and fibre, increasing stomach acid production. (Read: 10 reasons you should eat fibre-rich foods)

Tips to treat ulcers

If you have been diagnosed with peptic ulcers or if you have been living with them for years, you could find simple remedies that help you treat your condition the natural way. Here are a few other treatments that should help.

7. Avoid alcohol: It is wise to drink less alcohol if you're suffering from peptic ulcers. Alcohol being a dehydrating agent, causes cell death and delays the healing process of ulcers. It is also one the causes of peptic ulcers in healthy individuals. (Read: What are side effects of alcohol? )

8. Eliminate stress: Studies have linked increased level of stress hormones to peptic ulcer development and poor healing of ulcers. Therefore, minimising stress by practising yoga or meditating regularly can help you stay away from ulcers. (Read: 20 expert tips to beat stress)

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