As unpleasant as it may seem, our body is loaded with tiny microorganisms. One that has received an the spotlight lately is Helicobacter pylori. H.pylori has recently been implicated in the formation of stomach ulcers. It is also associated with symptoms like indigestion, nausea, heartburn, and gas.
While this discovery has proven helpful in understanding the connection between this bacteria and ulcers, the mainstream science and medical community have not dug deeply enough to understand why some people get an abundance of H.pylori in the first place.
In the homeopathic world, we tend to focus on what is going on in the host (you) that is encouraging the presence of harmful bacteria, as opposed to only focusing on the harmful bacteria itself. The objective in homeopathic medicine is to strengthen the host and change the internal environment to one that is not inviting to H.pylori.
It is commonly assumed that indigestion (the main symptom associated with H.pylori) is the result of too much stomach acid. This is generally a huge misconception. Morihara et al. (2001), in Japan, demonstrated that there was a strong correlation between low stomach acidity and increased infection by H.pylori.1 In order to eliminate indigestion and H.pylori, you need to support the stomach to secrete more stomach acid. Antibiotics are the conventional mode of treatment for H.pylori. And yes, they kill the bacteria in the short term, but the long-term result is that antibiotics also increase, not decrease, the stomach’s susceptibility to harmful bacteria. This is because antibiotics do not only kill bad bacteria, but also the good, protective bacteria that naturally inhabit the stomach.
The abundance of good bacteria is essential in preventing overgrowth of H.pylori. Furthermore, H.pylori is becoming increasingly resistant to antibiotics, which will eventually force the mainstream medical community to look for alternatives.
Stress has also been targeted as a cause of stomach ulcers. Stress causes our body to experience the ‘fight or flight’ reflex. When this happens, our digestive juices are not secreted adequately, leading to indigestion and ultimately to an imbalance in the proper pH in the stomach.
To summarize, stress and other lifestyle factors alter the balance of pH in the stomach. This encourages the take-over by harmful bacteria like H.pylori, which in turn damages the stomach lining, causing ulcers. Increase secretion of stomach acid and replenish good bacteria, and naturally H.pylori will go away, reducing your risk of developing an ulcer. Keep in mind that this re-balancing takes time and dedication. Seek the care of a professional homeopath to help rid your gut of H.pylori.
TIPS FOR OPTIMAL DIGESTION
Ideally, consult with a professional homeopath for more individualized care.
- Digest plus and HMF Forte by Genestra – helpful in aiding digestion and replenishing good bacteria.
- Broccoli sprouts – contain high amounts of sulfur compounds, which kill H.pylori.
- Pineapple juice, or eating TONS of pineapple and papaya daily – stimulates digestion and acts as an anti-inflammatory.
- Drink lemon or limewater 10 minutes before every meal – will encourage secretion of hydrochloric acid.
- Eat bitter greens (ie: dandelion & rapini) – stimulate stomach acids.
- Avoid over-eating – it taxes the stomach and overextends its acid secretion system. Small meals eaten frequently are better.
- Perform relaxation techniques (ie: massage therapy, shiatsu, yoga & counselling) – helps to reduce stress.
- Drink 8-10 glasses of pure water per day.
Do not self-treat if you already have an ulcer.
1 Young DG. A stain for demonstrating Helicobacter pylori in gastric biopsies. Biotech Histochem 2001 Jan;76(1):31-4