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November 22, 2009, last updated September 9, 2014

By Susan M. Callahan, Associate Editor and Featured Columnist

Ulcers are caused when the acids which are always present
in the stomach burn the delicate lining of the stomach. If
the burning is severe enough it can cause bleeding ---
so-called "bleeding ulcers --- or, in the worst case, the
acids can eat through the lining and create a hole
(perforated ulcer).

What causes ulcers? For most of the last century, the
common dogma among lay people and physicians was that
stress and lifestyle imbalances were the leading causes of

But that all changed in 2005. In 2005, two Australian
scientists were awarded the Nobel Prize for Physiology for
their discovery that, in almost all cases of pepetic ulcers,"
inflammation in the stomach (gastritis) as well as ulceration
of the stomach or duodenum (peptic ulcer disease) is the
result of an infection of the stomach caused by the
bacterium Helicobacter pylori."

To completely get rid of ulcers, you must receive antibiotics
that attack the Helicobacter pylori bacteria. You can also
treat ulcers by blocking the acids that lead to the

According to the National Institutes of Health and
subsequent research, it may be more accurate to say that
the Helicobacter pylori bacteria is a necessary precondition
to the development of ulcers, rather than a sole cause of
ulcers.  It turns out that millions if not billions of people
have this Helicobacter pylori bacteria in their intestinal
tracts but never develop ulcers.  So, the bacteria is an
important piece of the puzzle but not the whole picture.
Other factors that raise your chances of having ulcers are
lifetsyle factors such as

-cigarette smoking
-alcohol use
-over use of aspirin
-over use of ibuprofen

-over use of other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs
-severe illness such as cancer or respiratory ditsress
requiring useof a respirator

From my personal experience with bleeding ulcers, I can
tell you that there are foods and home remedies which help
a great deal in relieving the pain and discomfort of ulcers.

Hydrochloric acid and pepsin are the two types of acid the
stomach uses to digest food and these are the two acids
which cause ulcers. Solutions and home remedies which
neutralize one or both of these gastric acids or which coat
the stomach to prevent the acids from reaching the delicate
tissues which line your stomach, are effective in reducing
the pain or incidence of ulcers.

Drawn from research and personal experience, here are the
most effective remedies for ulcers:

Aloe. Aloe is the most effective natural remedy for ulcers,
from my personal experience.

Aloe vera is a cactus plant which has been used medicinally
for thousands of years. Aloe vera has been used to treat
gastrointestinal pain since Mesopotamian times, and in fact
references to such use has been found on clay tablets in
archaeological sites, according to a 2011 study from Jaipur
Dental College in India.

Drinking a glass of aloe squeezed directly from the plant
can help to bind ulcers in about two weeks.  

The aloe acts to coat the stomach , preventing stomach acid
from making the ulcers which are there worse and also
preventing new ulcers. The stickiness of the aloe seems to
bind minor damage to the lining as well, much like a
soothing paste binds and open wound.

If you don't have access to an aloe plant, then find aloe
juice with the  highest concentration of aloe instead.

Yogurt. Yogurt, even more than milk, is effective in
coating the stomach and protecting it from the acids that
lead to ulcers. Plain, low-sugar yogurt is best. (Read more
about yogurt's powerful effect on
your immune system.)

Milk of Magnesia and similar products. Products such as
Milk of Magnesia, Peto-Bismol and others work to
counteract stomach acid by neutralizing the hydro chlorine.

White Crackers and Others Foods. Foods that fight acid
reflux and GERD, in general, also work to heal mild ulcers.

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