Peptic ulcer disease (PUD), also known as a peptic ulcer or stomach ulcer, is a break in the lining of the stomach, first part of the small intestine, or occasionally the lower esophagus. An ulcer in the stomach is known as a gastric ulcer while that in the first part of the intestines is known as a duodenal ulcer.
The most common symptoms are waking at night with upper abdominal pain or upper abdominal pain that improves with eating. The pain is often described as a burning or dull ache. Other symptoms include belching, vomiting, weight loss, or poor appetite. About a third of older people have no symptoms. Complications may include bleeding, perforation, and blockage of the stomach. Bleeding occurs in as many as 15% of people.
Signs and symptoms of a peptic ulcer can include one or more of the following:
- abdominal pain, classically epigastric strongly correlated to mealtimes. In case of duodenal ulcers the pain appears about three hours after taking a meal;
- bloating and abdominal fullness;
- waterbrash (rush of saliva after an episode of regurgitation to dilute the acid in esophagus – although this is more associated with gastroesophageal reflux disease);
- nausea, and copious vomiting;
- loss of appetite and weight loss;
- hematemesis (vomiting of blood); this can occur due to bleeding directly from a gastric ulcer, or from damage to the esophagus from severe/continuing vomiting.
- melena (tarry, foul-smelling feces due to presence of oxidized iron from hemoglobin);
- rarely, an ulcer can lead to a gastric or duodenal perforation, which leads to acute peritonitis, extreme, stabbing pain, and requires immediate surgery.
Various raw vegetables are excellent for treatment of peptic ulcers. Cabbages and carrots have definite benefits. These two foods can be either taken raw or can be used in a soup and had with every meal. A cabbage-carrot therapy can also be used. Every morning, the juice of fresh carrots and cabbages can be had and then the soups can be had with every meal of the day. This must be continued for at least two weeks.
Bananas are very effective in the treatment of peptic ulcers and make for very suitable home remedies for the ailment. The remedy can use raw bananas, eaten as they are, or a smoothie or shake of a banana made with milk can be had for better benefits.
Beetroots are good as peptic ulcer cures. These can be consumed in their raw formats in the way of salads with every meal. They can be combined with cabbages and carrots.
Prepare a tea in the normal manner but add a teaspoonful of fenugreek leaves in it. This specially prepared fenugreek tea must be consumed at least twice everyday. Alternatively, the fenugreek tea can be prepared in this manner. Take about two to three tablespoonfuls of fenugreek seeds. Put it in a glassful of water. Now take this mixture of fenugreek seeds and water and start boiling it. You need to boil the mixture for a time long enough for the mixture to be reduced to half its initial amount. When it is suitably cooled down, you can consume the mixture. A regular therapy conducted like this will help you get rid of the peptic ulcer completely.
Sometimes, a very simple remedy can go a long way. An example is this remedy that is used in the treatment of peptic ulcers. A glassful of milk, without any sugar added to it, is drunk. The milk must be suitably drunk at night shortly before retiring to bed. The milk must be ideally cold.
Take a few drumsticks and peel them. Now take the inner pulp of the drumsticks and make a pulp of it. Add this paste to a bowlful of yogurt. Consume this mixture. The remedy gives an instant relief from the problem of peptic ulcers.
The wood apple , commonly known as the bael in local Indian languages, is a very popular and very effective remedy for peptic ulcers if you can get hold of it. Specifically, it is the leaves of this plant that are beneficial. A few of the leaves are taken and soaked in water. These are kept overnight. In the morning, the solution is filtered and the clear liquid is used for the remedy. A little portion of the liquid (about half a glass) is consumed for at least two to three times in a day. It is a safe remedy that can be continued for as many times as the person wishes.
Another very popular and effective remedy for the treatment of peptic ulcers is milk . Milk can be taken in various forms. The simplest way is to consume plain milk regularly through the day. It is all right even if a glassful of milk is consumed three to four times in a day. The properties of the milk can be enhanced by adding castor oil to it.