Peptic Ulcer

Definition of Peptic Ulcer:

A general term for gastric ulcers (stomach) and duodenal ulcers (duodenum), open sores in the stomach or duodenum caused by digestive juices and stomach acid.  Most ulcers are no larger than a pencil eraser, but they can cause tremendous discomfort and pain.  They occur most frequently in the 60 to 70 age group, and slightly more often in men than in women.  Doctors now know that there are two major causes of ulcers: most often patients are infected with the bacteria Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori); others are regular users of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS), which include common products like aspirin and ibuprofen.

Also: Duodenal Ulcer, Duodenal Ulcers, Gastric Ulcer, Gastric Ulcers, Peptic Ulcers, Stomach Ulcer, Stomach Ulcers

Topics Related to Peptic Ulcer

Alcohol Consumption a treatment
“...stones, digestive ailments, stress and depression, poor cognition and memory, Parkinson's disease, hepatitis A, pancreatic cancer, macular degeneration (a major cause of blindness), angina pectoris, duodenal ulcer, erectile dysfunction, hearing loss, gallstones, liver disease and poor physical condition in elderly...”

Alfalfa a treatment
“...Gastrointestinal Conditions: Increases appetite, helps with, bowel issues, digestive disorders, dyspepsia, peptic ulcers, poor absorption of nutrients, poor digestion, regulates the bowels, relieves gastric ulcers, helps the upset stomach...”
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Arjun a treatment
“...Terminalia Arjuna is also said to be beneficial against internal bleeding, stomach ulcers, gonorrhea, dysentery, and diarrhea...”

Chlorella a treatment
“...reports indicate that chlorella is effective in helping to reduce the symptoms of numerous types of cancers, diabetes, low blood sugar, arthritis, AIDS, pancreatitis, liver cirrhosis, hepatitis, peptic ulcers, viral and bacterial infections, anemia, and multiple sclerosis...”

Cigarette Smoke Damage

...relationship to Gastric/Peptic/Duodenal Ulcers
“Smoking is associated with the development, delayed healing and recurrence of peptic ulcers, as well as resistance to treatment.”

Coffee a treatment
“...It may worsen stomach ulcers or cause heartburn...”

Cold Applications (Cryotherapy) a treatment
“...Cold packs applied to the abdomen cause increased gastrointestinal motility and gastric acid secretion; therefore, this treatment is contraindicated in those with known peptic ulcer disease.  (Interestingly, application of hot packs to the abdomen produces the opposite effect...”

Cranberry Juice a treatment
“...Cranberry juice is effective in inhibiting the growth of peptic ulcers – something that affects some 50% of the population aged over 60...”

Digestive Habit Changes a treatment
“...Tobacco, caffeine and alcohol create a variety of problems, including stomach ulcers, heartburn, and interfering with the digestive process...”

Dyspepsia / Poor Digestion

...the condition
“...Zollinger-Ellison Syndrome: Another disease of unknown cause leading to gastrin-secreting tumors in the pancreas, which promote an extreme form of peptic ulcer disease in both the stomach and duodenum...”
...recommendation Cayenne Pepper
“Although a few sources have recommended cayenne pepper as a potential treatment for dyspepsia, gastritis and even peptic ulcers, most modern herbal texts suggest avoiding the herb for persons with these conditions...”

Erectile Dysfunction (ED, Impotence)

...the condition
“...A safer and more effective remedy that has been proven to be more effective than acid suppressing drugs in the treatment of peptic ulcers and hyperacidity is DGL (deglycyrrhizinated licorice)...”

Gallbladder Disease

...the condition
“...Acute appendicitis, pneumonia, stomach ulcers, hiatal hernia, pancreatitis, hepatitis, kidney infections, and even a heart attack may mimic a gallbladder attack, so it is important to see a physician immediately if symptoms occur...”

Gastric/Peptic/Duodenal Ulcers

...the condition
“A peptic ulcer is a hole in the gut lining of the stomach, duodenum, or esophagus...”
...our question about Pain between the shoulder blades
“'Ruptured' gastric ulcers which have gone through the stomach wall can cause a sharp pain which sometimes can be described as a pain felt in the region between the shoulder blades.”
...relationship to Hyperparathyroidism
“Patients with hyperparathyroidism may be more likely to develop peptic ulcers, high blood pressure, and pancreatitis.”
...relationship to Dehydration
Stomach ulcers can cause vomiting, nausea and difficulty drinking, all of which can increase the risk of dehydration.”
...relationship to Helicobacter Pylori Infection
“The average person's lifetime chance of suffering from a peptic ulcer is 5-10%, but this rises to 10-20% in those who are Helicobacter pylori positive...”
...recommendation Alcohol Avoidance
“No proven relationship exists between peptic ulcer disease and the intake of alcohol...”
...recommendation Aerobic Exercise
“Active men had one-half to one-third the risk of developing a duodenal ulcer over 20 years compared with their sedentary counterparts...”
...recommendation Zinc
“In a double-blind study on 18 patients, those taking zinc sulfate supplements had a gastric ulcer healing rate three times that of patients treated with a placebo...”
...recommendation Flax Seed, Flaxseed Oil, Linseed Oil
“...See the link between Peptic Ulcers and Water Consumption Increase.”
...recommendation Ozone / Oxidative Therapy
“Cuban doctors are using capsules filled with ozonated oil to treat gastroduodenal ulcers, gastritis, giardia and peptic ulcers.”
...recommendation Mastic Gum
“Mastic gum has killed H. pylori and cured peptic ulcers after just 2 weeks of use...”
...recommendation Glutamine
“Preliminary studies have shown that supplements of glutamine may protect against aspirin-induced gastric lesions and enhance healing of painful peptic ulcers.  Fresh cabbage juice has for a long time been used successfully against ulcers, probably due to its glutamine content...”
...recommendation Goldenseal
“...See the link between Peptic Ulcers and Water Consumption Increase.”


...recommendation Mastic Gum
“For peptic ulcers and gastritis, 500mg to 1gm twice per day for 2 weeks causes structural changes in H. Pylori (of which there are at least 7 strains) resulting in its weakening and death...”
...recommendation Ozone / Oxidative Therapy
“Cubans are using capsules filled with ozonated oil to treat gastroduodenal ulcers, gastritis, giardia and peptic ulcers.”

Germanium a treatment
“...Dr. Asai reported that germanium sesquioxide benefited patients with a wide variety of conditions, including cancer, heart disease, diabetes, asthma, stroke, and stomach ulcers.  Researchers investigated both animal models and humans in order to understand how one compound could treat so many disorders...”
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Giardiasis Infection

...recommendation Ozone / Oxidative Therapy
“Cuban doctors are using capsules filled with ozonated oil to treat gastroduodenal ulcers, gastritis, giardia and peptic ulcers.  In 50 cases of giardiasis which did not respond to conventional treatment, ozonated water was administered...”

Gotu Kola a treatment
“...Gastro-intestinal: Worms; hypochlorhydria; deficient pancreatic exocrine function; anal fissures; peptic ulcers.  Reproductive / Urinary: Lesions associated with pregnancy & delivery (including episiotomies); ulcerative conditions associated with radiation therapy; heals & produces remarkable...”

Gout / Hyperuricemia

...recommendation NSAIDs
“...NSAIDs should be used sparingly in elderly patients and should be avoided in patients with renal disease and peptic ulcer disease, and in those receiving concurrent systemic anticoagulation...”

Heartburn / GERD / Acid Reflux

...relationship to Gastric/Peptic/Duodenal Ulcers
“There is a relatively high prevalence of GERD amongst patients with duodenal or gastric ulcers.  Persistent dyspepsia/heartburn symptoms after eradication of H. pylori and ulcer resolution might suggest the treatment of GERD as a separate entity...”

Heavy Metal Toxicity

...our question about Aluminum-based antacid use
“...They should not be freely used for a condition that will respond to an increase in water intake such as stomach ulcers.”

Helicobacter Pylori

...related topic
“...pylori is a bacterium that is found in the stomach which, along with acid secretion, damages stomach and duodenal tissue, causing inflammation and peptic ulcers.  Although most people will never have symptoms or problems related to the infection, they may include: dull, 'gnawing' pain which may occur 2-3 hours after a meal, come and go for...”

Helicobacter Pylori Infection

...the condition
“...H. pylori is found in more than 80% of patients with gastric and duodenal ulcers.  Gastric juice is composed of digestive enzymes and concentrated hydrochloric acid, which can readily digest food or kill microorganisms...”

High/Increased Fiber Diet a treatment
“...Fiber is important in the prevention of constipation, diverticulosis, colon polyps, varicose veins, hemorrhoids, appendicitis, hiatal hernia, peptic ulcer disease and probably colon cancer...”

Honey a treatment
“...In Europe, honey has been used internally to help cure ulcers, particularly stomach ulcers.  In treating diarrhea, honey promotes the rehydration of the body and more quickly clears up the diarrhea and any vomiting and stomach upsets...”

Hydrochloric Acid (Trial) a treatment
“...Administration of HCL/Pepsin is contra-indicated in peptic ulcer disease.”


...the condition
“...Possible complications include skeletal damage, urinary tract infections, kidney damage or kidney stones, peptic ulcers, inflammation of the pancreas, high blood pressure, nervous system disorders, and rare complications from surgery...”

Iron Requirement

...the condition
“...inadequate intake, poor absorption (for example chronic diarrhoea or malabsorption syndrome), increased iron demands (as in pregnancy) and abnormal loss of blood from the body (for example hookworm, gastric ulcers and frequent or excessive menstruation)...”


...related topic
“...A scar is a lesion, as is cancer, a stomach ulcer or a pimple.”

Licorice Root a treatment
“...Deglycyrrhizinated licorice (DGL) is an excellent treatment for peptic and gastric ulcers and has no hypertensive side-effects...”

Occult Blood Tests a treatment
“...Positive test results may also indicate the following ... Peptic ulcer...”


...the condition
“...Bacteria may enter the peritoneum via a hole in the gastrointestinal tract, which can be caused by a ruptured appendix, stomach ulcer or perforated colon...”

Polycythemia Vera

...the condition
“...The excess of red blood cells may be associated with other complications, including stomach ulcers, kidney stones or clotting in veins and arteries, which can cause heart attacks or strokes and can block blood flow to the arms and legs...”

Poor Small Intestine Health

...the condition
“...Causes of duodenal ulcers...”

Propolis a treatment
“...Other properties of propolis include acting as a local anesthetic, reducing spasms, healing gastric ulcers, and strengthening capillaries...”

Rapid Stomach Emptying (Gastric Dumping)

...the condition
“...(Zollinger-Ellison syndrome is a rare disorder involving extreme peptic ulcer disease and gastrin-secreting tumors in the pancreas...”

Shiitake Mushrooms a treatment
“...Working for years with human subjects, he discovered that shiitake is effective in treating a long list of ailments including high cholesterol, gallstones, hyperacidity, stomach ulcers, diabetes, vitamin deficiency, anemia, and even the common cold...”

Sphincter of Oddi Dysfunction

...the condition
“...Other conditions with similar symptoms – such as pancreatic cancer, bile duct cancer, peptic ulcers, bile duct stones, angina or ischemia – are generally ruled out first...”

Spicy Foods Avoidance a treatment
“...Chronic gastritis, gastric ulcers or esophagitis...”


...the condition
“...Selye identified 'diseases of adaptation' which include, amongst others, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, kidney disease, peptic ulcer, hyperthyroidism and asthma...”
...relationship to Gastric/Peptic/Duodenal Ulcers
“...A deficiency of pancreatic juices to neutralize the acid chyme from the stomach, or stress causing sympathetic inhibition of enzyme secretion can lead to duodenal ulcer formation.”

Strongyloides stercoralis

...related topic
“ hot, humid areas and usually produce no symptoms although there may be mild skin and abdominal symptoms in few cases; hives (urticaria) is seen usually in the buttocks and wrists; there may me peptic ulcer-like pain aggravated by food intake.”

Ulcerative Colitis

...recommendation Comfrey
“Comfrey has a reputation for promoting healing in stomach ulcers, hiatal hernia and ulcerative colitis.”
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