Peptic Ulcer Disease

Overview:

Peptic ulcer disease is...


Aetiology:

H.pylori infection and NSAID use are the main consideration for the cause of peptic ulcer disease. 


Special Notes:

  • Treatment needs to be fast action
  • Stronger meds or herbs will be needed
  • Often involves Helicobacter pylori bacteria. 

Therapeutic Aims:

1. Protect And Initiate The Healing Of The Gastric And Duodenal Mucosa

Using mucilaginous herbs will enhance mucus healing and protection. Best taken before a meal.

  • Demulcents
  • Astringents (Gentle)
  • Antinflammatories

2. Eradicate H. pylori And Support The Immune Function.

Use immunomodulators and antibacterials. High resin containing herbs are generally preferred for this.

  • Immunomodulators
  • Antibacterials

3. Improve Digestive Functioning

Focus on improving the microcirculation of the stomach and digestive tract. Spasmolytics and carminatives (low dose) to improve gastric motility.

  • Microcirculation enhancers
  • Spasmolytics

4. Improve The Balance between PSNS And SNS

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  • Adaptogens
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5. Avoid Irritants To The Mucosa

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6. Reduce The Effects Of Stress

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  • Adaptogens
  • Nervines
  • Anxiolytics

Herbs For Gastric Ulcer:

  • Filipendula ulmaria
  • Billberry
  • Calendula officinalis
  • Myrrhh
  • Hydrastis canadensis
  • Licorice
  • Gotu kola
  • Althaea officinalis

Gastric Ulcer Sample Formula:


Duodenal Ulcer Sample Formula:


Author:

Justin Cooke

The Sunlight Experiment

Updated May 2017


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References:

  1. Bone, K. (2013). Principles and practice of phytotherapy : Modern herbal medicine (2nd ed. ed.). London: Elsevier Health Sciences UK.
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