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Herbs for Ulcers

Ulcers can be located at multiple locations in the gastrointestinal tract. Peptic ulcers typically include gastric and duodenal ulcers found in the stomach and small intestine.

The symptoms are burning pain in the chest that can be associated with nausea and stabbing pain. Serious ulcers can cause internal bleeding resulting in dark stool or vomit.

Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and H. pylori infections are the two most common causes of ulcers but stress and alcohol are other factors that can increase the risk of ulcers.

Many herbs for ulcers can help improve symptoms and help provide support towards the healing process.

Demulcents soothe and protect inflamed mucous membranes.  The stomach itself is very susceptible to stomach acid so it produces mucous to buffer and protect the lining of the stomach. Demulcents can help restore the protective coating of the mucous membranes.

Astringent herbs help to close the wound and create a protective layer.  This prevents further damage and allows the internal layers to heal.

Antacid herbs can reduce stomach acid and thereby reduce further damage to the stomach and give the ulcer an opportunity to heal.

Vulnerary herbs modulate inflammation to stimulate mechanisms involved in wound healing.

An example formula or example herbs include: Plantago, Filipendula, Matricaria, Glycyrrhiza, and Althea. Of course, it’s always a good idea to seek advice from a qualified health practitioner. This ensures proper assessment and safety, as well as appropriate treatment recommendations.