H. Pylori Treatments: Tummy Tamers To Get Rid Of Ulcers. Easy, inexpensive alternative therapies, including diet, supplements, more. Proven by clinical studies.
H pylori is a type of bacteria that can live in your digestive tract. Often, it attacks the stomach lining. Heliobactor pylori is a major cause of stomach and upper intestinal distress and disorders.
H. pylori is now thought to be the major cause of stomach ulcers. A common ulcer treatment is, therefore, antibiotics, to get rid of this destructive bacteria. Unfortunately, new strains of H. pylori may be drug-resistant, and antibiotics may upset your stomach.
If you want to try more natural H. pylori treatments for your peptic, duodenal or gastric ulcers, check out the easy, inexpensive alternative treatments described below.
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H-pylori bacterial infection results in cellular injury, inflammation, tissue destruction, damaged DNS and is a risk factor for stomach cancer.
The diagnosis of H. pylori infection includes tests for antibodies in blood, urea breath tests, tests for antigens in stool, and endoscopic biopsies.
With proper treatment, H pylori can be eradicated.
At least 50% of the world's population is infected with H. pylori. However, only 20 percent of those infected develop problems, says Dr. David Williams, medical researcher in his newsletter, Alternatives, 11/16.
One of the reasons that only a small percentage of people with H. pylori experience problems is because it is kept in check by other species of bacteria, along with sufficient digestive enzymes. As long as you have a good overall balance of bacterial flora in your gut, H. pylori doesn't pose a problems, he says.
Among h. pylori treatments, consider a high-quality, probiotic that has been tested for effectiveness says Dr. Nan Fuchs. She says Dr. Ohira’s 12-Plus probiotic formula by Essential Formulas has been tested and found effective as other H. pylori treatments.
She says to chew two capsules in the morning and two at night. It tastes "pleasant," she says, and the chewing (rather than swallowing the capsules whole) enhances its effectiveness. Dr. Fuchs says to call 877-262-7483 and mention her newsletter, Women’s Health Letter, to get a discount.
In an E-Alert, Health Science Institute (HSI) recommends a probiotic called Probiotic 12 Plus. They say tests have shown that this product inhibits all strains of H. pylori, even antibiotic resistant strains. It's available at unikeyhealth.com.
HSI also recommends Lactoferrin, which can kill H. pylori by activating genes that promote immune response.
Note that HSI repeats what I always tell you:
See your doctor before using lactoferrin or probiotics.
In Japan, a prescription anti-ulcer drug is made of a zinc-carnosine compound. In the U.S. you can buy it as an over-the-counter dietary supplement that is safe for long-term use.
Hyla Cass, M.D. author of Supplement Your Prescription, recommends zinc carnosine, 75 mg twice a day between meals.
Licorice extracts are anti-inflammatory and also boost production of stomach mucus. Human and animal studies show that deglycrrhizinated licorice (DGL) can reduce aspirin-induced damage to the stomach lining and promote healing of duodenal ulcers. DGL stimulates regeneration of the mucus layer and inhibits growth of H. pylori. Chew 500 to 1000 milligrams (mg) twenty minutes before meals or between meals, three times a day.
In a study of DGL for people with peptic ulcers, who took 760 mg three times daily, researchers found that DGL for H. pylori was as effective as the prescription drug Tagamet after six and 12 weeks of testing. Another study found DGL as effective as antacids and, again, as effective as Tagament. Here is much more info on DGL for ulcers, including dosage and clinical studies.
Those searching on herbs for h pylori treatment will be happy to know of a perennial herb called picrorhiza kurroa, which is well known in Ayurvedic medicine. Picrorhiza extract given to rats with ulcers, induced much faster rates of healing.
In another study on mice with acute stomach ulceration, ulcers were reduced by 45% after treatment for three days with picrorhiza. See the study.
Life Extension, which is often first out of the gate in creating new supplements based on results of clinical studies, sells a supplement that contains all of these: zinc-carnosine, cranberry, deglycyrrhizinated licorice, and picroriza. It is called CarnoSoothe. Other manufacturers will probably jump on the bandwagon soon.
From Bottom Line's Prescription for Natural Cures come the following suggestions for H. pylori treatments:
Both Dr. Fuchs and Dr. Cass recommend trying as many of these natural H. pylori treatments as possible for two months. Then, have your doctor reevaluate you, says Dr. Fuchs, and if the problem persists, antibiotics may be indicated.
Among the plants that killed H. pylori, turmeric was the most efficient, followed by cumin, ginger, chili, borage, black caraway, oregano and licorice.
Moreover, extracts of turmeric, borage and parsley were able to inhibit the adhesion of H. pylori strains to the stomach sections. See the study.
Bismuth, found in Pepto Bismol, may help; in fact, doctors often add bismuth to the antibiotic regimen for H. pylori.
As an alternative treatment for chronic gastritis or stomach ulcers, bismuth may be available in stronger forms at your health food store.
However, a double-blind trial of 60 patients with peptic ulcer disease showed that DGL licorice (see above) is as effective as bismuth at eradicating H. pylori, indicating that licorice is a safe alternative for patients for whom bismuth may be contraindicated.
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