• Stomach Ulcers and Heartburn

    Posted on August 3, 2010 by in Colon and Digestive Health, Health and Wellness

    Heartburn and Stomach Ulcer RemediesLast week, my mother and sister were here visiting. Late that first night, my 17 year old son came into my room and said, “Grandma, wants to know if you have any ‘magic pills’ (in sarcastic air quotes) to help her with heartburn. Well, not to miss an opportunity to help someone I went and fetched my ginger. I sent two capsules upstairs and went to bed. The next morning my mom reported immediate relief from her heart burn and a great night’s sleep. (I think she’s a fan)

    Dealing with stomach ulcers, heartburn (the technical name is Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD), or any other type of digestive issue can be miserable. Many find their suffering to be chronic, and some even struggle on a daily basis. Why did something as simple as ginger work so well? Are there other remedies that would help? What do you have right in your own cupboard or refrigerator that might bring relief?

    There is good news, as mom discovered. There are many times that these ailments are quite easily corrected through proper diet and with the help of some great herbal supplements . Let’s walk through some of these options together.

    Remedies for Heartburn

    Foods for Heartburn

    Eat more produce. Highly processed foods and animal products are very acid producing and can aggravate the problem. Also, avoid coffee, tea, cola drinks, alcohol and chocolate

    Slipper Elm – Probably the greatest herb there is to heal the esophagus. Mix Slippery Elm powder with a little water until it becomes a gruel. Add cinnamon and honey if you like, and take by the tablespoon. It coats, soothes, and heals the throat and the entire digestive tract. It tastes pretty good as well.

    Ginger - Some say it is a great digestive herb but doesn’t work with heartburn. OBVIOUSLY I have used it with a lot of success as has my family.

    Be aware

    Many prescription drugs can facilitate heartburn as well. Some of these include:

    • alpha blockers
    • nitrates
    • antidepressants
    • antibiotics
    • certain asthma drugs

    Look for future posts addressing these concerns and include some alternative solutions.

    Remedies for Stomach Ulcers

    Foods for Stomach Ulcers

    Bananas - helps soothe digestive tract

    Pineapple - anti-ulcer compounds and full of digestive enzymes to help break down food faster

    Blueberries - Helps stimulate mucus that protects lining of the stomach from acid

    Cabbage - Cabbage juice is known for it’s double anti-ulcer compounds. Juice a 1/2 a cabbage a day and drink

    Okra - somewhat slimy and helps coat and soothe as well.

    Herbs for Stomach Ulcers

    Ginger - While questions still arise how ginger helps with heartburn there is no doubt it helps with stomach ulcers as it has at least ELEVEN know anti-ulcer compounds in it. It also helps with many other digestive issues including nausea, gas pains and more.

    Slipper Elm – Again, the KING of stomach and intestinal healers.

    Licorice Root – Also, has proven anti-ulcer effects and is wonderful combined with Slippery Elm. Many herbal teas have licorice in them as well.

    Cayenne

    It is surprising to many that cayenne would be effective with stomach ulcers. Because it is so hot it is logical to assume it would burn. The opposite is true. The compound that makes it hot is the same compound that protects the stomach from ulcers.

    Dr. Christopher shares a story about a man who was in excruciating pain from a stomach ulcer. His wife had suggested cayenne and he had ridiculed her and Dr. Christopher about it. One night he was in so much pain that he decided to take a LOT of cayenne. He was actually attempting to commit suicide. He went to bed with a pillow over his head so no one would hear him scream when he died. He slept all night for the first time in a long time and became a convert of cayenne. He even went out of his way to apologize to Dr. Christopher for mocking him and his method for treating stomach ulcers.

    Other great herbs include: chamomile, calendula, garlic, angelica and mullein

    Recipes and Formulas for Stomach Ulcers

    Dr. Christopher’s Ulcer Remedy

    Dr. Christopher recommended an ulcer remedy that includes comfrey. While there is a lot of controversy these days surrounding the use and safety of comfrey, I still include this for information purposes. Mix powders, put into capsules or make into a tea.

    • 3 parts Slippery Elm
    • 3 parts Comfrey Root (Marshmellow Root could be substituted)
    • 3 parts Mullein
    • 1 part Lobelia

    Dr. James Duke in his book The Green Pharmacy shares two anti-ulcer recipes:

    Anti-ulcer Fruit Cocktail:

    • Bowl of bananas, fresh pineapple chunks and blueberries
    • Stir cinnamon, cloves and ginger into raw honey and stir into fruit. Enjoy THAT kind of medicine…YUM!!!

    Anti-ulcer Cabbage Soup

    • 3 cups water
    • 2 cups shredded cabbage
    • 1 cup chopped celery
    • 1 cup diced potatoes
    • 1/2 cup chopped okra
    • 1/2 cup diced onions
    • 1/2 cup chopped green pepper

    Place all ingredients into a soup pot and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce, cover, and simmer until vegetables are tender. Season to taste with your choice of the following spices: red pepper, ginger, black pepper, cinnamon, cloves and licorice.

    Additional Articles and Resources:

    Three Day Cleanse and the Mucus-less Diet

    Heartburn

    Slippery Elm and the Digestive Tract

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