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Before discussing how to cure peptic ulcer through yoga, you have to understand what is peptic ulcer, its symptoms and causes. Peptic ulcer is a disease of upper digestive tract. Peptic ulcers or stomach ulcers are sores on stomach. These sores develop on the inside lining of your stomach and the upper portion of your small intestine. The most common symptom of a peptic ulcer is stomach pain.

Peptic ulcers include:

  • Gastric ulcers that occur on the inside of the stomach
  • Duodenal ulcers that occur on the inside of the upper portion of your small intestine (duodenum)
How to cure peptic ulcer through yoga
Digestive System

Causes of peptic ulcer

Peptic ulcers occur when acid in the digestive tract eats away at the inner surface of the stomach or small intestine. There is a fluid mucous in your digestive tract. Your digestive tract is coated with this mucous layer. This mucous protects your stomach and intestines against acids.

But if the amount of acid is increased or the amount of mucous is decreased, you could develop an ulcer. Common causes include:

  • An infection with the bacterium helicobacter pylori bacteria. This bacterium commonly live in the mucous layer.Usually,  the H. pylori bacterium causes no health issues. But this bacterium can cause inflammation of the stomach’s inner layer, producing an ulcer.
  • long-term use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as aspirin, ibuprofen, or naproxen. These drugs can irritate or inflame the lining of your stomach and small intestine.

Symptoms of peptic ulcers

The most common symptom of peptic ulcer is burning pain in stomach. Stomach pain become worse if the stomach is empty. Stomach acid has more chance to irritate the ulcer with empty stomach. The pain can often be relieved by eating certain foods then it may come back. The pain may be worse between meals and at night.

Other common signs and symptoms of ulcers include:

  • dull pain in the stomach
  • weight loss
  • change in appetite 
  • nausea or vomiting
  • heartburn
  • dark, tarry stools
  • Vomiting or vomiting blood — which may appear red or black
  • Trouble breathing
  • Feeling faint

Cause of ulcer- Another aspect

Medical science and yoga are recognizing that peptic ulcer is psychosomatic disease. Experiments have shown that the lining of the stomach is an extremely sensitive recorder of our emotional states. According to psychologists , emotional disturbance and stress affects the digestive system organs.

In the present time, modern people have more fluctuated mind. Modern people have constant worries, fears and frustrations. And so a constant stream of nerve impulses from brain centres stimulate a constant gastric acid secretion. This process goes on day and night whether the food is present or not in the stomach. Smoking, drinking aggravate the problem.

Frequent bouts of indigestion, inflammation and irritation of the gastric mucosa result. Sensations of pain and irritation arise as the corrosive action of the highly acidic gastric juice irritates the inflamed surfaces. Scarring and hardening of the mucosa occur. As a result, the mucosal resistance of the gastric or duodenal walls gradually diminishes and acid begins to burn a hole through the protective surface and into the wall.

Treatment of ulcer

Medical treatments for ulcer give temporary relief to the sufferer. If the sufferer go for medical surgery, ulcer may recur.

But in many  cases when doctors applied medical management and yoga together in treating ulcer, the treatment was effective. Practice of yoga prevent a recurrence of the ulcer.

Yogic mangement of ulcer

Complete rest and a change of environment is highly recommended as the first step in ulcer therapy. If sufferer goes to the natural places. It has a great effect in treatment. The sufferer become free from his commitments and responsibilities. Enormous mental relief will be experienced almost immediately.

  1. Asana:  When sufferer feels some relaxation after one or two week rest, he can do some relaxing asana. The sufferer can practice joints movements. If the sufferer is comfortable, he can practice suryanamaskara.
  2. Pranayama: Relaxation pranayamas are recommended. So the sufferer should practice nadi sodhana pranayama(alternate nostril breathing) and bhramari(hummig bee sound)  pranayama. But the sufferer should not apply any force while doing these pranayamas.
  3. Shatkarma: Neti and laghooshankprachalana(cleansing of lower digestive tract) would be helpful for the sufferer. These should be practiced only if the sufferer has got some recovery.
  4. Relaxation: In many studies, it has been found that yoga nidra(yogic sleep) has great calming effect on mind. So the sufferer should practice yoga nidra everyday. Yoga nidra is effective in reducing anxieties and inner conflicts.
  5. Diet: Initially a diet consisting of milk and non-acidic fruit is highly recommended to promote healing. Alternatively, a liquid diet of vegetables is acceptable. Spicy food, smoking and alcohol is completely avoided.

Eatables for ulcer sufferer

It is clear that H. Pylori bacteria is a cause of ulcer. So if the sufferer eat a food which can fight against the infection, it would be good for healing purposes.

In addition to taking the antibiotics and acid-blocking medications recommended by your doctor for your ulcer treatment, eating these foods may also be helpful against the ulcer-causing bacteria:

  • cauliflower
  • cabbage
  • radishes
  • apples
  • blackberries
  • strawberries
  • cherries
  • carrots
  • broccoli
  • leafy greens, such as kale and spinach
  • olive oil and other plant-based oils
  • honey
  • garlic
  • turmeric

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