Peptic ulcers are sores in the lining of the stomach or small intestine, that develop as a result of damage to the layers of tissue that protect them from digestive acids. Peptic ulcers are the most common kind of gastrointestinal ulcers, and can cause severe pain to the sufferer.
Signs & Symptoms of Peptic Ulcers
The main symptoms our patients experience include:
- Burning pain in the abdomen, that can improve or worsen after eating
- Changes in appetite
- Weight loss
- Nausea and vomiting
- Constipation and diarrhea
- Acid reflux, heartburn
- Frequent indigestion
Peptic ulcers can be easily cured, but, if untreated, can become worse and lead to complications such as internal bleeding and infections.
Causes of Peptic Ulcers
In our experience, the most common causes of stomach and small intestine ulcers include:
- Infections by H. pylori bacteria
- Frequent use of certain pain relief medications
- Untreated emotional stress
Smoking, alcohol, spicy and fatty foods can all increase the risk of developing peptic ulcers or make symptoms worse.
How we treat Peptic Ulcers
Over the years, our team of specialists at the Nei Jing center of Chinese medicine in Jerusalem has become very experienced in the treatment of many gastrointestinal conditions, including ulcers. For each of our patients, we build an individualized treatment plan that combines acupuncture and laser acupuncture, Chinese herbs, Tuina massage, cupping and naturopathic advice, according to each person’s needs.
These methods can very effectively:
- Reduce acute and chronic pain
- Support the immune system
- Help to balance gut bacteria
- Regulate stomach acid