Many stomach problems can be relieved or even eliminated with home remedies. But does this also apply to a stomach ulcer? Which treatment really helps.
Someone who has, or suspects they have, a stomach ulcer can first try treating it on their own without medical help. Fans of home remedies will quickly find what they are looking for on the Internet. For example, raw cabbage juice, broccoli, aloe vera juice, or ginger are said to help with stomach ulcers. But how promising they are
One possible home remedy is said to be broccoli, more precisely: the secondary plant substance sulforaphane it contains. It is said to help with gastritis and stomach ulcers caused by the bacterium Helicobacter pylori.
Sulforaphane is found not only in broccoli but also in cauliflower and many other types of cabbage, as well as sauerkraut, watercress and radishes. The substance is said to be able to kill Helicobacter pylori so that the stomach ulcer can heal. Broccoli sprouts are said to help even better than broccoli. A few days old seedlings contain more sulforaphane than conventional broccoli.
But can broccoli really help as a home remedy for stomach ulcers? This question has not yet been answered. Laboratory tests indicate that sulforaphane can kill the bacterium Helicobacter pylori. From the tube tests, however, it cannot be concluded whether sulforaphane also helps people with inflammation of the gastric mucosa or stomach ulcer. Also, not all stomach ulcers are caused by Helicobacter pylori.
To date, there have been no human studies examining how consuming large amounts of broccoli affects the stomach. Broccoli sprouts have been used in individual experiments. However, the effect hasn’t been studied enough in people with gastritis or stomach ulcers, or the studies have had significant flaws. In order to make clear claims, more research is needed.
Not only broccoli but also other foods are said to be beneficial for stomach ulcer. Garlic, chamomile, onions or honey are said to inhibit the growth of Helicobacter pylori. Drinking aloe vera juice several times a day is said to slow down the production of stomach acid and thus allow a stomach ulcer to heal.
However, one thing is certain: there are no significant, scientifically based studies that clearly prove that these home remedies actually help against stomach ulcers.
In some cases, a stomach ulcer will heal on its own. The user can therefore not judge with certainty whether a home remedy has actually helped in an individual case.
A stomach ulcer is a serious condition. Without medical attention, the risk of complications increases. These include bleeding or, although rare, a life-threatening gastric perforation. This creates a hole in the stomach wall so that stomach contents can enter the abdominal cavity.
So if you have (or think you have) a stomach ulcer, you shouldn’t rely on home remedies. In principle, people should always see a doctor if symptoms persist or worsen. A doctor’s visit is needed to determine whether a stomach ulcer is really present and, if so, what is causing it. For this, the doctor usually arranges a gastroscopy.
In support of medical treatment, sufferers can relieve symptoms by providing rest and relaxation. Smoking should be taboo, at least temporarily. Some foods can make symptoms worse. What these are varies from person to person. This often includes spicy and fatty foods. Those affected often find tea with chamomile, fennel or anise beneficial.
Anyone who frequently takes painkillers from the group of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (e.g. diclofenac or ibuprofen) should avoid them if possible after consulting a doctor.