A stomach ulcer is a painful condition that occurs when a sore or lesion opens up in the lining of your stomach. This can be caused by poor diet, injury, frequent use of painkillers, consumption of alcohol, and more. While some people do not experience any symptoms when they have an ulcer, most people with ulcers experience incredible discomfort in the stomach.
Whether you have symptoms or not, ulcers can become a serious medical condition if they rupture, and should be treated as quickly as possible. Because of the nature of the condition, it is best to treat stomach ulcers (also referred to as peptic or gastric ulcers) as naturally as possible. Here you’ll find a list of the 21 most effective natural remedies for treating stomach ulcers.
Cabbage is a lactic acid food, meaning that it helps to produce amino acids. These amino acids help strengthen the stomach lining against further damage and to heal the current ulcer.
To get the most benefits, juice ½ one head of cabbage and two carrots; drink ½ cup of this juice before each meal and then again at bedtime. Drink this juice (made fresh) daily for 2-3 weeks for noticeable improvement.
Bananas, whether ripe or unripe, help protect the stomach thanks to their antibacterial components. This fruit also reduces inflammation, strengthens the stomach lining, and nullifies the acidity of gastric acids.
Try to fit three bananas into your diet every day when treating an ulcer. You can also make dried banana chips, then crush a few of the chips into a fine powder; eat two tablespoons of this powder along with one tablespoon of honey every day, three times per day, for one week.
3. Cayenne Pepper
Although it seems counterintuitive, cayenne pepper is an excellent natural remedy for treating ulcers. Capsaicin, which is found in cayenne pepper, is believed to inhibit the secretion of stomach acids while simultaneously increasing the secretion of mucus and gastric mucosal blood flow, which helps to heal the ulcer(s).
You can take cayenne pepper capsules (found in most health food stores) with every meal for one week straight to help heal your ulcer. Alternatively, you can also drink a mixture of ⅛ (eventually ¼) teaspoon of cayenne pepper and one cup of warm water twice daily.
Coconut has powerful antibacterial properties, which helps to prevent ulcers from occurring as well as the worsening of current ulcers. Drinking 2-3 cups of coconut milk or coconut water every day will help to both heal and prevent ulcers. Another option is to take one tablespoon of coconut oil both in the morning and at night every day for about one week.
Natural licorice (no, not the licorice candy) is believed to help the stomach and intestines create more mucus that serves as protection for the stomach lining. An easy option for utilizing this remedy is to drink licorice tea 2-3 times every day for one week.
Another solution that naturally increases the protective mucosal layer around the stomach, fenugreek helps to treat and prevent stomach ulcers. An easy solution is to boil 1 teaspoon of fenugreek seeds in 2 cups of water; after straining, add some honey and then drink up. You can also drink 1 teaspoon of fenugreek seed powder, along with a glass of milk.
Raw, organic honey has a soothing and healing impact on stomach ulcers. Honey reduces inflammation, therefore allowing the stomach lining to heal itself, and helps kill harmful bacteria in the gut that causes ulcers in the first place. For the best results. Eat two tablespoons of raw, organic honey first thing in the morning, every morning.
Garlic has both antibacterial and antimicrobial properties, which makes garlic a powerful natural solution for treating stomach ulcers. To reduce inflammation and bacteria in the stomach, consume 2-3 crushed garlic cloves, followed by a glass of water, every day.
9. Slippery Elm
The inner bark of slippery elm offers natural mucilage, which offers protection for the stomach lining and the easement of pain caused by the ulcer. For best results, take the inner bark of slippery elm and grind it into a fine powder, then mix this powder into a cup of warm water. Drink this mixture three times every day for one week.
10. Wood Apple
The leaves of wood apple are often used to treat stomach ulcers. For an effective remedy, take two or three wood apple leaves and soak them in a cup of water in a copper vessel overnight. In the morning, strain the mixture, and drink it on an empty stomach. Repeat this process every evening/morning for 2-3 weeks.
11. Green Tea
Rich in flavonoids, green tea is an excellent remedy for stomach ulcers. For results, you can make a cup of green tea either with fresh tea leaves or with a store-bought tea bag. When preparing, boil the leaves/bag for fifteen minutes; drink one cup three times every day.
12. Red Clover Tea
Red clover tea contains compounds that help normalize the acids in the stomach. This prevents future ulcers and allows the stomach to heal itself. To make the tea, boil one cup of water and add some red clover leaves to it; boil for ten minutes. Drink this tea one time per day, right before bed.
13. Apple Cider Vinegar with Baking Soda
These two ingredients combined create an alkaline solution, which helps normalize the pH level in your stomach. This will allow your stomach to heal itself as it reduces the acidity in the digestive tract. For best results, combine 2 tsp. of apple cider vinegar, 2 cups of water, and a pinch of baking soda; mix thoroughly and drink 1-2 times every day until the ulcer is gone.
14. Aloe Vera
Just like aloe vera soothes burning, irritated skin when applied topically, aloe vera juice can also soothe and reduce inflammation in the stomach when ingested. Mix 2 teaspoons of aloe vera gel into one cup of water, then mix thoroughly and drink up. You can drink this mixture 2-3 times per day.
Cucumbers help with acidity and indigestion and also provide a soothing effect for the stomach. For best results, simply eat two whole fresh cucumbers every day. You can also extract the juice from the cucumbers and drink it on an empty stomach every morning.
16. Honey and Ginger
Ginger is well-known for treating stomach issues, and honey works to reduce inflammation and irritation. Combine 1 teaspoon of honey with 1-2 teaspoons of ginger juice. Once you’ve mixed the two ingredients thoroughly, drink the entire glass. You may drink this 1-2 times per day to treat the ulcer.
Dandelion has been used for centuries to treat stomach issues, and it is unquestionably effective in treating stomach ulcers. It’s best to consume the roots, as they have a syrup that will help heal ulcers, but any part of the dandelion will help. However you take it, you should use this remedy for no longer than three weeks, and then stop and give your body a break.
18. Indian Gooseberry
Indian gooseberry helps to directly reduce the pain and inflammation that accompany stomach ulcers. For best results, drink 25 mL of the juice every morning, on an empty stomach.
19. Ash Gourd
The best way to enjoy the benefits of ash gourd, also called white gourd, is by juicing it. To do this, you must first grate the gourd and then squeeze the grated gourd. Try to get 20 grams of the juice, and then combine it with a cup of water. Drink this first thing in the morning on an empty stomach, and then wait to have breakfast for 2-3 hours.
20. Avoid Smoking and Alcohol
These are some of the two biggest factors that lead to ulcers—smoking or drinking frequently. Alcohol is extremely acidic, which will only exacerbate your ulcer condition or cause stress on your stomach lining, which would cause an ulcer to occur.
Cigarettes and any other form of tobacco contain a wide variety of toxins, all of which increase your chances of getting an ulcer, and will make your current ulcer even worse. Especially if you do already have an ulcer, you should avoid both substances to allow your stomach lining to heal.
To avoid future ulcers, try to avoid these two as much as possible, and never drink in excess.
By staying hydrated and drinking at least 1.5 liters of water every day, you will help reduce the acid in your stomach and thus help your stomach heal. You can add 1 tsp. of barley grass powder to your water a couple of times throughout the day for additional healing benefits.
If you’re suffering from an ulcer, you’re going to want relief fast. These natural solutions will provide quick relief, without causing any other negative side effects. You should also take a look at your diet and lifestyle. A high-acidity diet will increase your risk for ulcers, and a lifestyle in which you work out rarely, drink little water, and consume large amounts of alcohol will almost certainly lead to ulcers. Find the natural solution(s) that works best for you, and then stick with it until your ulcer is gone.