Our stomach and digestive system is lined with brain-type cells. People that get stomach ulcers are often stressed and hold their anger, stress, and frustration in their gut, suggesting that ulcers are affected by our thoughts. Stomach ulcers frequently cause pain shortly (15-60 minutes) after eating. The pain is generally in the liver-gallbladder region (lower right abdomen). Ulcers are noticed mostly in the fall and springtime.
Ulcer symptoms start with bouts of indigestion. It may begin with discomfort in the upper right side of the abdomen and may radiate through a spot in the back. Pains can also be felt in the fingertips. Be aware of low stomach acid conditions which are seen as discomfort right after meals. It is a precursor for stomach ulcers.
Excess acid conditions are when there is digestive discomfort 2-3 hours after meals. This sets up the conditions for duodenal ulcers. Duodenal ulcers (below the stomach) often have pain that radiates to the tip of the lower right shoulder blade, which is also a sign of gall bladder problems. These pains are experienced morning and night, subside with eating, and resume 2-3 hours after meals.
The medical field uses acid reducers for ulcers. While reducing symptoms, these medications hamper the immune system, contribute to osteoporosis, anemia and poor protein assimilation, and create other side effects.
It has been observed that female hormones protect against ulcers. They are rarely seen in women 20 to 45 years old. Another cause is tobacco, which is the number one cause of stomach cancer.
Natural solutions include reducing stress. Some people need counseling or a change in job or a relationship. Using nutritional supplements such as Aloe Vera Juice soothes mucus membranes of the entire digestive tract. Olive oil a few drops ingested at a time may soothe stomach pain. Scrape ashes from one burned toast into a glass of water, several times a day, or use charcoal powder in caps.
Herbs for Stomach Ulcers
Herbs are plants valued for their specific strengthening/ tonifying properties.
Dave’s Digestive Formula to help low stomach acid conditions (indigestion right after meals).
Dr. Christopher’s Stomach Comfort for high stomach acid conditions (indigestion 2 – 3 hours after meals).
Aloe Vera whole leaf juice – helpful in any stomach and digestive disorder including ulcers and colon-related problems. It soothes and reduces inflammation, and heals the digestive tract.
Calendula tincture – stimulates repair of ulcer wound. 5-10 drops in 4 ounces, 3 times a day.
Cayenne – aids digestion, restores and stimulates the stomach and intestines, cleans and heals the stomach and digestive system, stops bleeding and heals ulcers.
Celery seed – improves digestion and liver function. Rich in organic sodium, which helps, feed the stomach lining. Calms and feeds the nerves. Helps prevent ulcers by strengthening the stomach lining.
Chamomile – helpful in the treatment of digestive problems, calms the nerves, reduces stress. Anti-ulcer effects.
Garlic – kills bacteria, viruses, Candida, and parasites, which all contribute to digestive upsets, including ulcers.
Goldenseal tincture – kills infections in the digestive tract, stimulates bile production, considered the “wonder remedy” for digestive problems. 5-10 drops in 4 ounces, 3 times a day.
Licorice – supports adrenal glands, helping with the ability to cope with stress. Useful for protecting against and healing gastric and duodenal ulcers. It helps stimulate the defenses that prevent ulcers from forming. It stimulates the increase of cells that protect the lining of the gastrointestinal system. Soothes inflammation in the intestinal tract.
Oil of Oregano – kills the h. Pylori bacteria that eat the stomach lining, causing ulcers.
Slippery elm – Has been used to treat stomach and intestinal ulcers. It soothes the stomach and colon, helps indigestion and acidity.
Comfrey extract – soothes and heals mucus membranes. 5-10 drops in 4 ounces, 3 times a day.
White oak bark – Contains astringent properties that help both internal and external bleeding. Helps heal damaged tissues in the stomach and intestines. Strengthens the stomach for better absorption and secretion.
Cell Salts to Help with Stomach Ulcers
To make a cell salt solution, put up to 10 tablets of each cell salt in a 16- to 24-ounce bottle; fill with water and swirl to dissolve tablets. Sip throughout the day.
#2 Calc Phos 6X – nerve and digestive support
#6 Kali Phos 6X – nervous conditions
#7 Kali Sulph 6X – liver and pancreas support
#10 Nat Phos 6X – over acid conditions
Stomach Ulcer Homeopathic Remedies
Homeopathic remedies are non-toxic natural medicines safe for everyone including infants and pregnant or nursing women. You may use 6X, 30X, 6C or 30C potencies.
Argentum nit – gnawing pain in stomach; sharp pains radiate from stomach area. Worse breathing deeply, retching violent; green diarrhea; gas, bloating; intense craving chocolate, sweets binging; aggravated by sweets and then suffer.
Arsenicum album – burning pain like coals of fire, relieved by heat or warm drinks. Heartburn, gulping up of acid or bitter substances, which seem to excoriate the throat. Indigestion from smallest amount of food or drink. Nausea and vomiting after eating or drinking. Blood in stools; perforated ulcer, severe last stages; ejecting both ends; food poisoning ejected from colon. Worry, anguish, restlessness, fears. Meticulous, sensitive to disorder. Debility and exhaustion. Faintness, icy coldness, great exhaustion. Thirst, drinks much, but little at a time. Craves milk. Indigestion from vinegar, acids, tobacco.
Chelidonium – pain at the tip of the lower right shoulder blade. Also liver problems or gallstones. Feels better from warm milk or warm foods.
Kali Bichromicum – stomach pain in small spots, worse after eating; heaviness and swelling after eating, worse with beer, heavy glutinous people. Feels load in stomach immediately after eating, but also gastric symptoms are relieved after eating. Stitches in abdomen and through to spine. Cutting pain in abdomen, soon after eating. Pressure and heaviness in stomach after eating. Ulcers in beer drinkers, alternating with arthritis. Ulcers alternating with joint pains that wanders or moves; diarrhea with stomach ulcers alternates. Nausea after meals; nausea excited by smoking and drinking.
Lycopodium – stomach ulcers with right-sided pains, worse 4- 8 pm; belching, bloating, burning, worse lying down. Great weakness of digestion. Pressure in stomach after eating, and pain. Eating ever so little creates fullness. Much bloating and gas (rumbling and gurgling). Incomplete burning eructation rises only to pharynx, and then burns for hours. Likes hot food and drink. Depression; fear of being alone; very sensitive, easily annoyed; apprehensive, constant fear of breaking down under stress.
Nux vomica – history of bad diet, executive stresses, nervous and irritable. The workload and mental strain force him into a sedentary life. Uses coffee, tobacco, and alcohol, prefers rich and stimulating food. Keeps late hours, sleeps badly, and wakes up with a thick head. Gets into habit of using analgesics, sedatives, laxatives, etc. Blood in stool. Worse from upset and anger, if yelling and screaming the problem comes back; anger suppression. Better with warm drinks; worse spicy foods. Hypersensitive nervous system, and many digestive symptoms.
Phosphorus – severe pressure in stomach after eating, with immediate vomiting of food. Throws up mouthfuls. Thirst for very cold water which is thrown up as soon as it gets warm in the stomach. Pain in stomach better by cold food, ices. Region of stomach painful to touch, or on walking. Burning extending to throat and bowels, craving for salt.
Source: Dave's Healing Notes