The role of phytotherapy in treating duodenal ulcers is to use plants that can help improve the treatments prescribed by your doctor. This plants will accomplish the following purposes:
- Anti acid plants to eliminate excessive acidity.
- Anti inflammatory plants that reduce mucosal inflammation
- Bactericidal plants to eliminate the bacteria causing duodenal ulcers.
- Antispasmodic plants to reduce stomach spams
Medicinal plants for ulcers
Among all the possible plants, the most important ones are: - Peach tree (Prunus persica) Peach tree has appropriate emollient properties to protect the mucosa and avoid irritation. It is very suitable for the treatment of duodenal ulcers. (Make an infusion with 20 g. of dry peach flowers and 30 g. of dry nettleflowers in 3 / 4 liter of water. Drink 4 cups a day after meals)
- Cabbage (Brassica oleracea) Because of its glutamine content, cabbage is one of the
best natural antacid and some of the best remedies for healing
gastrointestinal ulcers (Crush some leaves or grind them in a blender and drink ten tablespoons a day of fresh cabbage juice, divided in 4 or 5 times. It can be sweetened to make it more enjoyable)
- Chamomile: (Matricaria chamomilla) Because of its antiseptic properties and for its protective and restorative condition of the gastric membrane, it is very suitable in all those conditions in which some organ of the digestive system is affected . (Infusion of a spoonful of dried flowers per cup of water. Take 2 to 3 cups per day before meals)
- Licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra) The root of this plant has antispasmodic and anti-inflammatory properties of the gastric mucosa. (Infusion of a teaspoon of crushed dried root per cup of water. Take 2-3 cups a day.)
However, preparations with DGL licorice (licorice without glycyrrhizin) seem to be more effective to counteract heartburn and neutralize excess of acidity. This property is especially useful for applying treatments in cases where it is required to reduce stomach acid such as heartburn, stomach ulcer, esophageal or mouth sores. (3 Chewing licorice wafers without glycyrrhizin about three times a day) (See toxicity of the plant)
- Ginger (Zingiber officinale) Its antibacterial power is ideal to avoid the formation of ulcers by eliminating the Helicobacter pylori, a bacteria whose secretions of ammonia are responsible for many ulcers, especially those of duodenum, and for other stomach problems like gastritis. On the other hand it is a plant able to neutralize the excess of gastric acid that is another of the causes that favors the formation of ulcers. (This food can be added to meals or choose other products made with ginger, as ginger cookies or ginger candies) (Look for contraindications of toxicity in the general study of the plant)
- Linden (Tilia x europaea) with antispasmodic properties linden is used in combination with other herbs such as chamomile or orange. (Infusion for 30 minutes of mixed with equal parts of chamomile flowers, lime and orange. 1 teaspoon per cup for . 3 cups per day)
- Yarrow (Achillea millefolium) Used to expelflatulence and unswollen mucous membranes, it also prevents spasms of the digestive system. (Half a teaspoon mixed infusion of this plant chamomile and a half. 3 cups per day) (View contraindications in the general study of the plant)
- Violet: (Viola odorata) Violet is useful in the treatment of duodenal ulcers (Infusion of one teaspoon of dried flowers per cup of water. Drink two cups a day)
- Marshmallow (Althaea officinalis). (Infusion of a teaspoon of dried flowers and leaves per cup of water for 10 minutes. Two cups a day)
- Calendula / Pot marigold(Calendula officinalis / Calendula arvensis) infusion for 10 minutes in one tablespoon of dried herb per cup of water. A couple of cups a day before eating. Do not take during pregnancy, lactation, hay fever, or in case of adverse reactions.