Go see a physician! That’s the normal course of action for any people imagining that we might have a stomach ulcer. Is this good advice? Don’t do what I did – try a shortcut. The first hangover medication many folks (like me) will attempt is an antacid. Based on common knowledge most of us hope that this will correct the issue and save a costly trip to the physician.
Antacid medications provide short term relief only. An antacid isn’t a cure, yet many men and women rely on antacids. Many antacid drugs designed for”a lot of acid” can actually add fuel to the flame. A frequent antacid ingredient, calcium carbonate, actually increases stomach acid levels 3 to 4 hours after you take it by stimulating gastric secretion. Some antacids contain aspirin that’s known to cause ulcers if used over prolonged periods.
Because antacids are NEVER going to correct any ulcer, you might get hooked on the temporary relief you receive, and wind up taking an antacid for a protracted period. Result – the aspirin may cause more ulcers. Bottom line – avoid antacids. They can begin a vicious cycle of pain and relief, without fixing the issue. Doctors are great, use them for what they’re best at – diagnosing medical problems.
Correct diagnosis is the trick to getting the appropriate treatment. But do not feel pressured to take the prescribed treatment your doctor will provide you – particularly if you are diagnosed with a disease H Pylori bacterium (the reason for 90% of peptic ulcers). The most popular treatment nowadays is Triple Therapy – this therapy isn’t just directed at eradicating H Pylori but also to decrease acid levels also, which means that your ulcer can cure. In theory this seems like a fantastic idea.
But in fact, stopping the production of stomach acid may do you more harm than good. What most of us do not realise is that blocking or reducing the creation of your stomach acid may actually leave you under nourished. How so? Easy, normal levels of stomach acid are absolutely vital to help in the digestion of proteins properly and to allow your body to absorb vitamins and minerals.
When stomach acid is obstructed or inadequate, proteins and minerals from the food you eat can’t be absorbed properly, and this may leave you undernourished, and prone to food poisoning, parasites, and other stomach issues, including more ulcers. Naturally, another thing against Triple Therapy is it is a 10-day to 2-week course. It’s fairly complicated and you can expect to take up to 20 pills per day – and the side effects are extremely unpleasant.
To begin with, try nausea, dizziness, nausea, headaches, diarrhea, dark stools, metallic taste in the mouth, and yeast infections in women. In actuality, the side effects are so bad it’s sufficient to put off most people finishing the program. Side effects and would be the biggest cause of the high failure rates of Triple Therapy.
Natural remedies are safer in terms of side effects, and a lot easier to take. Hardly any physicians will be able to tell you much about this because they’ve been trained to prescribe medication, and strangely enough most of the post graduate training comes from the pharmaceutical companies. Even if you go for a natural remedy, you will still need to have a diagnosis from your doctor. A natural remedy for stomach ulcers might be an alternative medicine practice in conjunction with herbal medications, and nutritional and diet supplements. Note that if you’ve been diagnosed with H Pylori, then you’ll have the ability to deal with this infection using a herbal remedy only. Certain herbs can eliminate H Pylori completely. Herbs that may also stimulate the immune system and reduce inflammation include liquorice, echinacea and Goldenseal. Herbal medicines offer an extremely natural and safe remedy for stomach ulcers, rather than the horrible side effects of drug treatment.