The presence of helicobacterpylori in the stomach is unfortunately not an uncommon occurrence. It generally lives in the gastric mucosa and is now known to be responsible for most duodenal & peptic ulcers and for about 60% of stomach ulcers.
Because of the damage to the gastric mucosa other signs & symptoms of this infection include:
– general epigastric distress/discomfort
– symptoms of dyspepsia, reflux, burping, nausea
– a gnawing pain in the stomach.
– chronic gastritis.
– low stomach acids (hypochlorhydria)
Current medical treatment consists of a triple therapy consisting of a bismuth salt, metronidazole and tetracycline or similar antibiotic.
More natural recommendations can be:
To use at least two food enzyme tablets or capsules (not just chewable ones) with
each meal to improve stomach function and digestive abilities. HCL (the stomach
acid, hydrochloric acid) products aren’t necessary as long as the diet contains
a lot of raw foods and digestion is not being compromised.
HCL is produced by the healthy stomach lining and as the health of the stomach improves so will the level of HCL produced.
By all accounts do not take anti acids or other products that decrease HCL levels if at all possible. These may be necessary for a short time if pain is acute or until such time as an ulcer is healed and pain reduced.
See page on ‘Heartburn/reflux.’
Herbs such as Golden Seal, which is specific for mucous membrane infections
and is a wonderful antibiotic, can be very useful. A blend of Golden seal, Slippery Elm powder and Licorice can be effective even if not tops in the taste department.
Recent research has also shown both Thyme and Cinnamon extracts to be effective against Helicobacterpylori.
Using Garlic regularly can also help.
Slippery Elm powder can also be invaluable where there is pain caused by inflamed mucous linings but often pain will be caused simply by pressure/gas formation (a product of bad digestion) and will very quickly correct itself once enzymes are used.
A thyme mouth wash can also be beneficial as Helicobacter can be harboured in dental plaque.
If ulceration is already present then raw cabbage juice has been well documented as having very good success rates in healing peptic ulcers.
Cabbage juice has been reputed to help heal the stomach and to have antibiotic properties.