Gastric ulcers

Gastric ulcers are where raw areas appear on the walls of the stomach where the protective mucus coating has worn away. Possible causes of gastric ulcers are regurgitation of bile or over-production of acid. Food allergies, stress, certain drugs and poor eating-habits, heavy drinking or smoking can be the cause of gastric ulcers. .

Duodenal ulcers are much more common in men, and are caused by acid from the stomach forming raw patches on the lining of the duodenum, which results in a nagging pain in the upper abdomen a few hours after eating.

In Chinese medicine, the treatment is the same for both gastric and duodenal ulcers, but there tends to be a higher success rate with duodenal cases. Duodentl ulcers are said in Chinese Medicine to be caused by stomach qi and liver qi stagnation. The stomach and liver qi must be moved. Cyperus tuberliquorice, dandelion, costus root or notoginseng root,

gingerskullcap root and magnolia bark will all help to achieve this. Treatments for both gastric and duodental ulcers are long term and involve dietary restrictions.

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