Stomach Ulcers

Stomach ulcers are a problem seen in Chinese Medicine as often involving weakness of the Spleen, stagnation of Stomach Qi and stagnation of the Liver which overstrains the Stomach. Liver stagnation also causes depression and anxiety, so there can be an emotional aspect to stomach ulcers.

Chinese medicine treatment depends on the severity of the condition. If it is mild and in the early stages, a Chinese Medicine practitioner would use herbs intended to clear the Heat, move the stagnation and help the digestion. When the case is long-term, Spleen weakness is also involved. In advanced stages of stomach ulcers, there can be internal bleeding which must also be stopped.

Sufferers need to be taught to relax and watch their diet. Tea, coffee and alcohol should be avoided, particularly when the stomach is empty. Foods which Chinese Medicine classifies as “cold” (such as salads) are not good for people with ulcers. The burning pain can be helped by dandelion or dandelion juice, but in a very painful case, Yan Hu Suo (Rhizoma Corydalis) would be used. For too much acid, squid bone is effective. San Qi (Radix Notoginseng) can aid the healing of the ulcer, because it can help the growth of tissue.

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