What are Peptic Ulcers and How are They Caused?
The food we eat travels from our mouth to esophagus, stomach, small and large intestine. Our stomach secretes a specific enzyme called pepsin and Hydrochloric acid. Both of these are responsible for breakdown of food into smaller particles before entering into small intestine. The internal walls of human stomach and small intestine are protected by thick mucous layer to nullify the affects of stomach enzymes. But, sometimes a hole is formed in the walls of stomach by breaking the mucous wall and creating infection. These holes are called ulcers. The holes created in stomach are called gastric ulcers. The holes or ulcers created in duodenum are known as duodenal ulcers. The holes or ulcers that occur in esophagus are called esophageal ulcers. Generally all these ulcers are collectively known as peptic ulcers.
What are Main Causes of Peptic Ulcer?
The main cause of peptic ulcer is a bacteria known as Helicobacter pylori. This bacteria is usually present in the saliva of infected patients. This bacteria attack on the walls of stomach, duodenum and esophagus that makes them weak. Now digestive enzymes like Pepsin and Hydrochloric acid cause damage to walls that cause irritation, infection and ulcer formation.
Some drugs when used in wrong doses for long period of time may also cause this issue. For example, aspirin and ibuprofen etc.
Other factors that trigger the increased formation of digestive enzymes causing ulcers are depression, stress, cigarettes, caffeine, alcohol and physical stress etc.
Common Symptoms of Peptic Ulcer:
- Dull pain in chest
- Burning dull pain in stomach
- After eating or drinking something the stomach ulcers become worse
- After eating or drinking something Duodenal ulcers become better but become worse after 2 hours
- Pain increases when stomach is empty, especially during night
- Decrease in weight and appetite
- Stomach bloating
- Feeling Sickness
- Simple or bloody Vomits
How Peptic Ulcers are Treated Using Homeopathic Medicines?
Homeopathic medicines are very effective in treating peptic ulcers. These medicines play following roles to control this condition:
- Infection created in the walls of stomach, esophagus and duodenum are healed
- The H. Pylori bacterium effects are nullified
- The excessive amounts of acid and pepsin created by stomach are controlled so that they may not create further damage
Due to all these actions the peptic ulcers are reduced and finally removed from our digestive tract. The medicines are very effective and ensure that recurrence of this problem do not happen in the future.
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