Last Modified on Jun 21, 2014
Treating peptic ulcer disease requires management of symptoms as well as the condition itself. Natural supplements can relieve the issue and prevent further progression of the condition as can certain lifestyle changes. Some of the most effective treatment options include apple cider vinegar, cabbage juice and cayenne.
What is Peptic Ulcer Disease?
Peptic ulcer disease, also known as PUD, is a condition characterized by open sores that develop in the lining of the esophagus, stomach and small intestine. The condition often causes abdominal pain, vomiting blood, dark blood in stools, nausea, unexplained weight loss and appetite changes.
Peptic ulcers are caused by acid in the digestive tract eroding the stomach. Contributing factors include bacteria, pain relievers and other medications that affect the lining of the stomach.
Natural Remedies for Gastrointestinal Ulcer
Treating ulcers of the gastrointestinal tract require intensive treatment to relieve pain and reverse progression of the condition. Apple cider vinegar, cabbage juice and cayenne serve are effective for relieving pain and treating the condition. Avoiding traditional drugs such as aspirin and NSAIDs is important to prevent further erosion of the stomach.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is an anti-inflammatory and antibacterial agent. When taken daily, apple cider vinegar relieves the inflammation associated with PUD and treats the cause of the condition. The compound also delivers a number of vitamins and minerals to the body to support overall health.
Cabbage juice contains a high concentration of substances that protect the gut’s mucous-membrane lining including L-glutamine and other amino acids. These compounds stimulate the secretion of mucus in the stomach to protect and sooth ulcers.
While most individuals believe they should avoid spicy foods, cayenne is actually one of the most effective treatments. Cayenne contains capsaicin that is effective for killing harmful bacteria. Capsaicin also serves as a natural pain reliever and a regulator of stomach secretions.
Peptic ulcers can be extremely painful and have the potential to cause permanent damage. When treated with effective measures, however, ulcers can be healed and symptoms relieved.
[YEA] 10/17/2007: Peter from Chicago, Il: "Several months ago I went to the ER because I was having chest pains and some stomache problems. I thought that the chest pain was causing the stomache problem but had it backwards. I was diagnosed with a peptic ulcer, probably due to a poor diet. The ER doctor, and later, my family doctor recommended and prescribed Protonix. I was told to take one pill per day on an empty stomache for "at least" 4 months and I would be healed. I changed my diet and noticed that the prescription made a big difference within 3 days. I continued taking the medicine for 6 weeks without any further (noticeable) improvement. I still suffered from acid reflux and upset stomache and could still only eat health food. 'One of my friends did some research and believed that the prescription would not heal me and recommended Mother Apple Cider Vinegar. I read many of the stories on this site and decided to try it. I drank the equivalent of at least 6-8 un-diluted tablespoons of ACV 3 times per day for 10 days and have not had any other problems. I also magnetized filtered tap water to adjust my ph level because I was producing too much stomache acid. I could eat and drink whatever I wanted afterwards but didn't over indulge in junk food anymore. It has been over 3 months and I have not taken any more pills. I keep a bottle of ACV in the cabinet in case of Acid Reflux flare ups. I recall hearing someone say that the profit is in the treatment....not the cure!"
[YEA] 09/27/2007: Joyce from Nashville, Tn: "Acid reflux/PUD (peptic ulcer disease)
As far back as I can remember, my entire family played the eat and race to the baking soda to counteract the acid problem. I finally stumbled upon the cause of my constant heartburn, indigestion, and nausea, and flatulence(gas) in my thirty's. Elimination of all bleached flour from my diet worked wonders for my stomach problems. My PUD has only hit me once since I discovered this. I devoured a bunch of raw broccoli with dip over 2 days. I finally had to realize that the dip probably contained bleached flour. which caused the problem, since I have eaten raw broccoli since then with no problem. I now have what some call a cast iron stomach. I can eat hot salsa, black coffee, have my occasional liquor on the rocks with no problem.
About 15 years later, I was researching PUD for a term paper. I learned that PUD became a problem in the upper socioeconomic group about 11 years after someone came up with bleaching flour. It was so expensive only the wealthy could afford it. Some years later it became cheap enough that the middle socioeconomic group could afford it. Yep, PUD moved into this group about the same number of years later. Then somebody in (Minnesoto, I think) came with a process of bleaching it that made it so everyone could afford it. You guessed it-after approximately the same number of years later, PUD moved into this group also. My AHA! conclusion -SOMETHING IN BLEACHING PROCESS CAUSES UPSET STOMACH WHICH PROGRESSES TO PUD.
Now I still have a question. Can anyone explain why drinking, eating acid foods (tomatos, citrus juices, etc) from metal cans causes upset stomach or why eating bananas be they ripen enough to get brown speckles on peeling does the same.
Whatever, my advice to everyone is to eat your food as close to the way God grows it, if you want to be healthier."
[YEA] 08/25/2011: Rebecca from Frederick, Maryland: "After using this site for many months now, I just had to share my experience with cabbage juicing to heal peptic ulcers. After being diagnosed with an ulcer, my doctor gave me the typical acid-blocking prescription medication. I refused to use it, and instead began juicing green cabbage. I had heard about this remedy on The Doctor Oz show and made a mental note of it because I found it truly interesting, but never realizing I would actually NEED the remedy myself soon after seeing the episode!
I juiced 1/2 a green cabbage everyday (once/day) with 1-2 carrots added for sweetness. Within 3 days of juicing and eating a very bland diet, consisting of mostly veggies, rice, and chicken, my ulcer no longer hurt. I continued doing this for 2 weeks and my symptoms vanished. I did have to make permanent changes to my diet and adhere to them. I avoid alcohol, wheat, dairy (except raw cheeses), and ANY and ALL junk food. It has been over a year now and I have no symptoms of the ulcer and no digestive problems since making these changes. I do still juice a few times a week with cabbage and many other varieties of veggies and fruits for the numerous benefits.
After a lot of research, I found that the enzymes in raw foods are essential to proper nutrition and digestion. When we are deficient in digestive and pancreatic enzymes, our GI system suffers for it. I also learned that a lack of stomach acid is more likely the culprit with such GI upsets than too much acid, which can be easily overcome with fresh squeezed lemon in water after meals or a tbsp. of ACV added to water works great too. God gave us all we need to live long healthy lives, we just need to keep passing on this great information to each other. God bless us all!"Replies
[YEA] 12/08/2011: Davy from Oregon, Portland replies: "I've been a super healthnut for most of my life. One day my stomach began to hurt I had pressure in my abdomen, low grade fever, nausea and burning in and around my stomach, the dr gave me 5 days of cipro (which has fluoride in it but I was so desperate) One week later I woke up with chills, fever, headache along with pain and burning in my stomach. I had CAT scan, ultra sound (looking for stones) and blood work everything was perfect! I was referred to GI dept. I was suffering so bad one night, I took 3/4 tsp baking soda and milk of magnesia in water that Ted recommends and the pain subsided enough for me to sleep.
I researched and found raw organic green cabbage would heal the ulcer. I began juicing the green cabbage and would drink it two to three times a day with a little bit of cayenne pepper mixed. I also wouid juice one raw organic potato and mix it with the green cabbage juice This is an easy juice to drink no strong flavor. The GI Joes in WWI suffered horribly with ulcers and they were give raw potato juice to drink daily and the majority were cured in ten days. Juicing green cabbage has been a life saver. I would highly recommend."
[YEA] 07/14/2012: Kiki from Abuja, Nigeria: "This is for sure a great site. Thanks a whole lot. For years I have been battling with peptic ulcer and most of the time it got the best of me in about that could last a month rendering me completely useless. The present attacked doubled me over so much I couldn't even be on my feet to make breakfast and lunch for my three year old baby. In hunger he climbed up the cabinet and brought a pack of Vitamin D and offered it to me, do some cleaning in the house while all I could do was to cry. Allopathic doctors have through different procedures confirmed my ulcer but all those stacks of prescriptions never work for me, I feel horrible without relief while taking them.
This time around I refused them and was adamantly "making a demand" from who-ever-or-whatever in charge of healing. Then I picked my mobile and a few pressing of some keys led me to this site. I took some activated charcoal and the relief was so instant and soothing I slept for Hours. I woke up like into a whole new planet: a renewed person. Then I started cayenne. That was so so miraculous! Even though much emphasis is laid on African Bird Pepper, there are HOTTER varieties. Just 4 days into my cayenne treatment and I came alive for the first time in my life. If we are truly related, I think on this site we have eventually met. Natural, clean, simple living just the way it was before! There is really a force pulling us together, introducing us to one another. Nice reuniting with you all."
08/31/2011: Nnj925 from Quantico, Va: "Hi I do not know how or where to post my question. I have been taking the ACV & Baking soda 3 times a day... Also L-Glutamine and Cheeyne pills 3 times a day for about 6 days now.. For Peptic Ulcer and (I believe I have H. Pylori)..... I do feel better and have been able to completely stop NEXIUM. However.. I notice sometimes.. (mostly like 4 or 5am when I am sleeping) I wake with the "Hunger" type pain... I know this is the Peptic Ulcer thing or H. Pylori... I do my ACV mixture right then.... Other than that happening I have seen an improvement. I just bought Mastic Gum today.. I would like to add this to my ACV regiment is this ok? I see on here that many people have done this... ?? Oh I also take a teaspoon of coconut oil 2 times a day... and inbetween I have Organic aloe vera juice...
I was going to do 1 pill of the Mastic Gum 2 times a day?"Replies
[YEA] 09/16/2011: Rebecca from Frederick, Maryland replies: "Slippery Elm bark supplements should help with the "hunger" pains you are describing. Slippery elm is an herb that helps produce mucus to line the intestinal tract. I used that in addition to cabbage juice and occassionally still take a couple of capsules if I eat something that isn't agreeing with me. You can make a tea out of it, but I find the flavor unappealing, so 2 capsules works best for me. If you take medication, do not take slippery elm within 1 hour of medication because the medicine will not be absorbed properly. Best wishes!"
01/04/2012: Lo from Seattlw, Wa: "Like most of the comments made, I've always had stomach issues. 23 years ago, I had gastritis. That was resolved through meds. Didn't suffer stomach issues again until about 10 years ago. I think consuming Starbucks lattes 2 to 3 times a day was the culprit.
I am thankful that I have not bled or vomited. But I really need some advice."Replies
01/04/2012: Timh from Louisville, Usa replies: "Lo, to keep the acid down I have had very good results lately with a dash of sea salt in 1/2 cup water 2 or 3 daily. Also, after using 5 drops H2O2 in cup water 1 or 2 daily for a couple mo now has much improved my digestion. As for healing, there is no better remedy than the herb Comfrey, but it is mildly toxic and is rarely used nowadays. The leaves are said to be the least toxic and most therapeutic compared to the root. DGL (Deglycyrrhizerinated Licorice) is recommended for gastritis and ulcers, but is only mildly effective. To maintain the integrity of my digestive, I chew 2 DGL's AND add 1/2 spoon Allantoin (the active ingredient in Comfrey) dissolve in mouth and swallowed, any time I have a flare-up, with much success.
Hope this helps and good luck."