Ulcers – Peptic Ulcer Disease

Peptic Ulcer Disease primarily is attributed to the presence of H. pylori, the most common chronic bacterial pathogen found in humans. Other causes of ulcers include chronic use of over the counter painkillers, long term use of corticosteroids and antibiotics, and even caffeine.

Ulcers occur either in the lower area of the stomach or in the first few inches of the duodenum (upper part of the small intestine). Four million people a year experience ulcers and 40,000 have surgery due to ulcers.

Naturopathically, there is a correlation between H. pylori infection, chronic low stomach acidity, and inflammation of the stomach lining. Naturopathic treatment of H. pylori is through using high levels of certain herbs and oils. In patients with inflammation, using Slippery Elm gruel is a favorite solution to ease and soothe stomach irritation.

It is important to properly diagnose Peptic Ulcer Disease to address the cause before treating the symptoms.