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Simple treatments for stomach ulcers

Open lesions within the stomach lining are referred to as stomach ulcers or gastric ulcers. They are a type of peptic ulcer, which means they contain acid. Due to the amount of stomach acid present and the potential damage, they are typically extremely painful. The most common cause of stomach ulcers is the bacteria Helicobacter pylori, or H. pylori.
Stomach ulcers are treated with antibiotics as well as medications that reduce and block stomach acid. In addition to this tried-and-true therapeutic approach, research has shown that there are a number of natural home remedies that may help in treating a stomach ulcer. However, eating licorice candies won’t have this effect. Consuming too many licorice candies may be dangerous to some people. Using more than two ounces on a daily basis for longer than two weeks may make high blood pressure or heart disorders worse. Living bacteria and yeast known as probiotics provide your digestive tract with useful and healthy microbes. They are present in many common foods, particularly fermented foods. As long as your blood sugar levels are normal, honey can be consumed as you would any sweetener, with the extra benefit of possibly soothing your ulcers. Garlic extract has been shown in investigations on humans, animals, and lab mice to inhibit the growth of H. pylori. If you dislike the flavor (and persistent aftertaste) of garlic, garlic extract is available as a supplement. If you use aspirin, warfarin (Coumadin), or any other prescription blood thinners, find out from your doctor whether you should avoid eating garlic.

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