“If you skip meals, your stomach will eat itself.”
This is a common warning you may often hear, and you might just laugh about it. While this has a bit of scientific basis, do not take it literally.
When you are hungry, stomach acids are released to digest food. Without food, the increased acidity may cause irritation to the stomach lining, a contributing factor to the development of stomach ulcers or sores – a condition, which many laymen might say the stomach is eating itself.
In this article, you will find out about the common causes of stomach ulcers, its symptoms and how to use a supertonic herb safely as its natural remedy.
What are Stomach Ulcers?
Peptic ulcers or stomach ulcers refer to sores in the lining of the stomach. These ulcers develop when the protective mucosal layer in the stomach is damaged by an increase production of gastric (stomach) acids or decreased amount of mucus.
The most common causes of stomach ulcers are Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori), a bacterial infection, and regular intake of non-steroidal inflammatory (NSAIDs) pain relievers such as ibuprofen, aspirin, naproxen, ketoprofen and others.
The H. pylori bacteria cause inflammation to the inner layer of the stomach, which results in ulcer formation. You may get infected with H. pylori due to lack of proper hygiene and improper food handling. These bacteria are spread through fecal-oral (feces to mouth) transmission, which happens when a person infected with H. pylori does not wash hands properly after using the toilet and then handles food. There is a high chance of contaminating the food or water with these bacteria during preparation, which are then spread to consumers. In a study published in ISRN Nutrition, skipping meals has been associated with the increased risk of H. pylori infection.
Moreover, NSAID pain relievers, which are regularly used by those who are suffering from arthritis and other chronic inflammatory diseases, irritate and cause swelling in the stomach lining. When the mucosal lining is irritated and swollen, the production of acids increase. Likewise, a damaged mucosal lining means it is less capable of producing adequate mucus to protect the stomach from the increasing acidity.
Other factors that may increase the risk of developing stomach ulcers are smoking, drinking alcohol, stress, family history (first-degree relatives or immediate family with a history of having peptic ulcers) and other chronic illnesses.
Why Shouldn’t You Ignore the Symptoms of Stomach Ulcers?
When you have a stomach ulcer, you will have a gnawing or burning pain in the upper or middle portion of your abdomen between meals or during the night. Bloating, heartburn, nausea and vomiting are also common symptoms.
In severe cases of stomach ulcers, your stool may turn black or dark, which indicates bleeding stomach sores. You may vomit blood as well that appears like coffee-grounds. Also, sudden weight loss may result due to digestive problems caused by these stomach ulcers.
Many times people with think these symptoms are just typical manifestations of stomach upset and often ignore them. However, keep in mind that pain and other discomforts is the body’s way of telling you something is wrong inside your body. Early diagnosis and proper treatment is a must for stomach ulcers. Those sores in your stomach can cause massive internal bleeding; perforation (hole) of your stomach wall and the scarring from the ulcers can obstruct the passageway between the stomach and small intestine. In fact, many of those suffering from arthritis, who use NSAID pain relievers for a long time, are usually admitted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) due to massive bleeding caused by peptic ulcers.
Stomach ulcers can be a recurrent and chronic health problem. It can lead to serious complications, thus never ignore your symptoms. Several natural remedies are available that can help you with stomach ulcers. You might want to consider using herbal blends that contain Yashtimadhu.
How to Use Yashtimadhu Safely as a Natural Remedy for Stomach Ulcers
Yashtimadhu (Glycyrrhiza glabra) or Liquorice is a perennial herb commonly found in subtropical regions. It’s a famous Ayurvedic medicine in India, and it is gaining more popularity worldwide for its health benefits to the digestive system. In fact, it’s been extensively used in research promoting digestive health.
This herb is also used for sweetening candies and even in masking the unpleasant taste of other ingredients in certain medicines.
Why is Yashtimadhu an Effective Remedy For Stomach Ulcers?
Yashtimadhu has been recognized worldwide for its gastro-protective property. It contains glycyrrhizin, a saponin glycoside that increases the secretion of mucus by the mucosal layer of the stomach lining. The mucus protects the stomach from too much acidity. Glycyrrhizin also reduces gastric inflammation. It also decreases the secretion of gastric acids, which prevents further ulcer formation or worsening of the existing sores in the stomach. Overall, glycyrrhizin treats ulcers and prevents development of new stomach sores.
How to Use Yashtimadhu safely?
There are several herbal blends that contain Yashtimadhu such as CHI Super Tonic Ayurvedic Super Herbs Powder, which is packed with other tonic herbs including Ashwagandha, Triphala and Shatavari.
For your daily dose, mix ½ to 1 tsp of this herbal blend powder in a glass of water or as directed by your health practitioner. This herbal blend is only recommended for adults and children who are over 12 years old.
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