Last week I had a mother who brought her young teenage girl to our natural healing practice for help. The daughter was suffering from ulcers in her stomach. She was feeling a burning sensation in her stomach, and that would make her unable to continue her fasting. She would eat a little. She says if she eats more, she would feel the pain again. Its like being stuck between a rock and a hard place.
It’s a big loss that we are prevented from the blessings of fasting in Ramadan due to a health concern. Its important that we correct this body imbalance so we can get back to partaking the big rewards of fasting in Ramadan. The truth is stomach ulcers can be easily cured and this article explores natural ways to do so.
Stomach ulcers occur when the thick layer of mucus that protects your stomach from digestive juices is damaged. This makes the digestive acids to eat away at the lining tissues of the stomach.
The most common symptom is a burning sensation or pain in the area between your chest and belly button. Normally, the pain will be more intense when your stomach is empty and it can last for a few minutes or several hours.
Some other symptoms of stomach ulcers include bloating, burping, acid reflex, heartburn (burning sensation in the chest). The pain lessens when you eat or drink.
When you go to the doctors, they will give you drug medications such as H2 blockers to prevent your stomach from making too much acid, or proton pump inhibitors to blocks the cells that produce acids, or antacids to neutralize stomach acid.
In addition to the fact that the drug medication doesn’t cure you of the ailment, it also will give you nasty side effects such as nausea, dizziness, headaches and diarrhea.
If your stomach ulcer gets worse, the doctor may suggest surgery. Surgery may include removal of the entire ulcer, taking tissue from another part of the intestines and sewing it over the ulcer site, tying off a bleeding artery, cutting off nerve supply to the stomach to reduce the production of stomach acid.
Go The Natural Route
Instead of taking drug medication or going for surgery, we recommend taking the natural route. Here are some natural remedies you can take to resolve stomach ulcers.
Probiotics are the living bacteria and yeast that help keep your digestive system moving. They are present in many common foods, particularly fermented foods. These include yogurt, buttermilk, miso and kimchi. You can also take probiotics in supplement form.
Depending on the plant it’s derived from, honey can contain up to 200 elements, including polyphenols and other antioxidants. Honey is a powerful antibacterial and has been shown to inhibit H. pylori growth which is thought to cause stomach ulcers.
The Prophet (saw) has also told us of the healing found within honey for a variety of medical problems, especially stomach ailments. In one hadith, reported by Bukhari, states that a man came to the Prophet (saw), because his brother had a stomach disorder. The Prophet (saw) said “Let him drink honey.” The man returned a second time and again the Prophet (saw) said again, “Let him drink honey.” The man returned again, and said “I have done that.” The Prophet (saw) then responded, “Allah has said the truth, but your brother’s stomach has told a lie. Let him drink honey.” The man drank the honey again and was cured.
Garlic extract has been shown to inhibit H. pylori growth in lab, animal, and human trials. If you don’t like the taste (and lingering aftertaste) of garlic, you can take garlic extract in supplemental form.
4. Fruits, Vegetables, and Whole Grains
A diet centered on fruits, vegetables, and whole grains is not just good for your overall health. According to the Mayo Clinic, a vitamin-rich diet can help your body heal your ulcer. Foods containing the antioxidant polyphenols can protect you from ulcers and help ulcers heal. Polyphenol-rich foods and seasonings include dried rosemary, oregano, dark chocolate, blueberries and black olives.
Fruits and vegetables that are good for stomach ulcers include soybeans, legumes, red grapes, kale, broccoli, apples, berries, bananas and teas especially green tea. These fruits and vegetables help defend the lining of the stomach and could allow ulcers to heal.
Foods To Avoid
Some foods can make ulcers worse, while some provide a preventive and healing effect. Greasy and acidic foods are most likely to irritate your stomach, as are spicy foods.
To reduce ulcer pain, avoid coffee, including decaffeinated coffee, carbonated beverages (soda), chilies and hot peppers, processed foods, salty red meats and deep fried foods. Also, milk is not good for ulcers as It seems to make things worse by causing your stomach to produce more acid.
HijamaHerbs Stomach Pain Relief
If you are suffering from a more difficult to handle form of ulcers, gastritis, acid reflex or heartburn, the HijamaHerbs Stomach Pain Relief can help. We offer a comprehensive treatment that is designed to heal stomach pains at a deeper level and bring about relief quickly and permanently. The treatment include hijama, herbs, supplements, acupressure and emotional healing. Contact HijamaHerbs in Boston, MA at 617-787-5151.