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Ulcers are sores on the lining of your digestive tract. Your digestive tract consists of the esophagus, stomach, duodenum (the first part of the intestines) and intestines. Most ulcers are located in the duodenum. These ulcers are called duodenal ulcers. Ulcers located in the stomach are called gastric ulcers. Ulcers in the esophagus are called esophageal ulcers.

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Symptoms

The most common symptom of an ulcer is a burning pain in the upper abdomen, somewhere between the breastbone and the navel. The pain often occurs between meals and sometimes awakens people from sleep. The pain may last anywhere from a few minutes to several hours. Food or antacids may help relieve the discomfort.

Less common symptoms of an ulcer include nausea, vomiting, and lack of appetite or weight loss.

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Causes

 

Most ulcers result from infection with bacteria called Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori). Contrary to old beliefs, neither eating spicy food nor living a stressful life cause ulcers. H. pylori bacteria weaken the protective mucous coating of the esophagus, stomach, or duodenum, which then allows acid to get through to the sensitive lining beneath. Both the acid and the bacteria irritate the lining and cause a sore, or ulcer.

At this time, it is unclear how these bacteria spread from person to person. It is also unknown why only a small percentage of people infected with H. pylori develop peptic ulcers. Just because you have H. pylori does not mean you will get an ulcer, although most people with ulcers have an H. pylori infection.

Another cause of ulcers is the regular use of pain medications called non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), which include aspirin and ibuprofen. Frequent or long-time use of NSAIDs, especially among older people, can increase the risk of developing an ulcer.

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Home Remedies

One of the easiest home remedies for ulcers is to simply stay away from drugs and medications that are known to eat away at the protective lining of the stomach.

If you must take a pain reliever, substitute acetaminophen for aspirin and ibuprofen, acetaminophen is less likely to cause damage to the protective lining of the stomach.

Olive Oil - Take one teaspoonful, three times per day.

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Herbal Remedies

Licorice is one of the best home remedies for ulcers that heal the stomach. Licorice contains properties that reinforce the protective lining of the stomach.

Ginger is another one of the better home remedies for ulcers because

Calendula - Make a cup of tea with about five teaspoons of the dried herb. Alternatively, you can take it as a tincture. of the antibacterial compounds it contains.

Cats Claw is one of the most beneficial home remedies for ulcers. It's strong anti-inflammatory properties sooth the delicate tissue affected by the ulcer.

Slippery Elm - One of the home remedies for ulcers that can replace your over-the-counter antacid. Slippery Elm isn't very effective at curing the cause of ulcers, but it is very effective at eliminating the symptoms of a flare-up.

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Wellness Program

Smoking doubles a person's risk for ulcer disease. Physicians and researches have found that ulcers heal a lot slower for smokers, and smokers also have a higher relapse rate. Smoking is just plain deadly, no matter how you cut it. Maybe you can accept a doubled risk for ulcers. You still become a poster child for risk of heart disease, bone cancer, arthritis, pancreatic problems, back problems, sexual organ dysfunction, eye disease, gum disease, and premature baldness. Just to name a few. This long list of diseases comes about because of three factors.

  • First, smoking is like injecting yourself (and those around you) with a concoction of over 500 chemicals known to cause cell mutation.
  • Second, the carbon monoxide from smoking displaces oxygen and causes cells to die--brain cells among them.
  • Third, tobacco is vaso-constrictive, which means it causes blood vessels to shrink, and thus deliver fewer nutrients to such places as hair follicles, joints of the spine, your heart, and sexual organs.
  • You can see how seriously damaging smoking is. Bear in mind, no cigarette has the ability to differentiate who is smoking it directly from the butt end and who is smoking it from the lit end. The smoke from either end has all the same toxins. If you care about your children, don't smoke around them

You're definitely at risk for ulcers if you take aspirin and any of the other products containing aspirin. High-dose Aspirin, Ibuprofen, Maproxen and Piroxicam are in wide use today for many conditions, especially to relive pain and swelling among the millions of people who have arthritis. These medications can irritate the stomach's lining and cause gastrointestinal bleeding.

Many bodybuilders use aspirin to gain an edge, and they seem to get good results. However, other body builders do just fine without this crutch. Don't get on an aspirin kick. If you take aspirin for more than a single day, you are either masking an existing problem or creating a new one. Fix the existing problem by seeking proper care. Aspirin does not cure anything.

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