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This article is based on direct experience treating patients and will give you an idea of how to naturally cure and prevent gastric ulcers.

Medically reviewed by

Dr. Sowmiya D

Published At April 27, 2022
Reviewed AtAugust 16, 2023

What Is a Stomach?

The stomach is a muscular, J-shaped organ in the upper part of the abdomen. It is part of the digestive system, extending from the mouth to the anus. The size of the stomach is almost the same for people of the same age.

What Is Peptic Ulcer?

A peptic ulcer is a disruption of the mucosal integrity of the stomach or duodenum leading to a local defect due to active inflammation; it can also be termed a break in the mucosal surface greater than 5 mm in size.

What Are the Naturopathy and Yogic Understanding of Peptic Ulcers?

Naturopathic treatments attribute ulceration to abuse at various levels like eating, drinking, smoking, sex, and emotions. The right food and water consumption, frequent changes of the mucosal layer, and bile regurgitation are seen as the four natural protections provided to the stomach lining. If any of these mechanisms get altered or fail, it results in acidity or ulcers. However, there may be reflux of gastric contents of the stomach into the esophagus, which gives rise to heartburn.

Heartburn, if it continues for a longer duration (commonly seen in people who consume excess sugar or the wrong food combination), results in irritation followed by inflammation in the lining of the stomach and esophagus. There will be no erosion or ulceration at this stage. The acids of decomposition resulting from overeating and eating the wrong combination of food complicate and cause gastric and duodenal ulcers.

Preliminary to the ulcer, there is a persistent inflammation, followed by surface hardening and subsequent tissue breakdown. The increased hardening blocks arterial circulation and terminates oxygen supply to that area, which breaks down the tissue and gives rise to open sores or ulcers. If not remedied by proper lifestyle changes, this phenomenon can eventually result in cancer.

What Therapies Are Used in the Treatment of Gastric Ulcers?

1. GH Pack (Gastro-Hepatic Pack): GH pack for 40 minutes is recommended in case of ulcers. It prevents or mitigates congestion over the abdominal area, which is the main reason for inflammation and induration. The mechanism of action is usually derivative and reflex effects of the hot and cold application over the lumbar and hypogastric region.

2. Hip Bath: A hip bath involves only the hips and the abdominal region below the navel. A special type of tub is used for this purpose. A cold hip bath at 10 to 18 degrees Celcius is a routine treatment for many diseases.

3. Alternative Hot and Cold Hip Bath:

Alternate hot and cold hip bath for 20 minutes is also anecdotally prescribed in treating ulcers. This usually enhances blood flow, which helps to eliminate allogenic chemicals and facilitate muscle relaxation. Cold abdominal packs and steam baths may act through prostaglandins to induce epithelial cell proliferation.

Duration - 20 minutes.

Action - Enhances blood flow, removes pain-producing chemicals (algogenic chemicals), and facilitates muscle relaxation.

4. Mud Pack:

It is prepared by keeping soaked mud in a thin wet muslin cloth and making it into a thin flat brick, depending on the part to be applied. Cold mud packs also influence prostaglandins and leukotrienes, which prevent unwanted aggregation of platelets resulting in sclerosis, and may prove beneficial in treating ulcers.

Adults (abdomen) - 10" × 6" × 1".

Eyes - 9" ×6×1/2.

The duration is usually 20 to 30 minutes. Prostaglandin and leukotrienes prevent unwanted aggregation of platelets which results in sclerosis.

5. Heliotherapy:

Duration - 15 to 20 minutes.

Sun exposure is associated with a reduced incidence of GI disorders, especially GIT cancer. It stimulates the body's vitamin D, which protects against cancer. Vitamin D3, the active form of vitamin D, is postulated to counteract this intracellular cell death and improve epithelial regeneration. Hence, exposure to the sun for 15 to 20 minutes is an effective therapeutic option in managing peptic ulcers.

6. Chromotherapy:

The green color is the standard choice in the treatment of ulcers as it restores the balance in the body. Chromotherapy revolves around the concept that the difference in metabolic rate and glandular secretion is due to color, and autonomic responses in the body are involved with color. The therapeutic application can be direct exposure to green color over the abdominal area through green filters or charged water.

7. Magnetotherapy:

The north pole is the front side of the abdomen, i.e., the spot of pain, and the south pole is the back side opposite the north pole.

8. Acupuncture:


9. Yoga:

  • Kriyas Jal Neti, Sutra neti - 10 minutes

  • Loosening Practices -

    • Joint loosening practices for hand, leg, neck, and trunk - 5 minutes

  • Asana Practices -

    • Relative asanas like Tadasana, Katichakrasana, Veerasana, Savasana, Makarasana and meditative poses like Sukhasana, Padmasana, Vajrasana - 30 minutes

  • Pranayama -

    • Nadi suddhi, Seetali, Seetkari, Brahmari - 15 minutes

  • Mudras -

    • Chin mudra, Gyan mudra, Hridhaya mudra - 5 minutes

  • Relaxation Deep Relaxation Technique (DRT) - 15 minutes

  • Special Techniques -

    • Yoga Nidra - 30 minutes

  • Meditation -

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What Lifestyle Modifications Help in Peptic Ulcer Disease (PUD)?

  1. People with PUD should eat a healthy balanced diet.

  2. Avoid foods and drinks that cause discomfort for you. These include alcohol, coffee, caffeinated soda, fatty foods, chocolate, and spicy foods for many people.

  3. Avoid eating late-night snacks. If you smoke or chew tobacco, try to quit. Tobacco will slow the healing of your ulcer and increase the chance that the ulcer will come back.

  4. Try to reduce stress levels and learn ways to manage stress better.


On following the naturopathic and yoga treatments with precautions and diet and regular follow-up of treatments for a minimum of four months, there is a significant improvement in the gastric ulcer. Yoga and naturopathy being a lifestyle, incorporating diet, stress management training, target cutting down the root cause of gastritis to prevent it and improve the current condition.

Frequently Asked Questions


How Are Ulcers Treated in Naturopathy?

Naturopathy can play a strategic role in effectively overcoming stomach ulcers. Diet and nutrition support the healing of the stomach lining, fight infections, and reduce recurrences. Cold baths, mud packs, and therapeutic massages are also used in naturopathy for treating ulcers.


How to Manage an Ulcer Naturally?

Some natural products are used to manage an ulcer, like probiotics, flavonoids in colorful fruits and vegetables, honey, turmeric, chamomile, garlic, and curd. Including sulfur-containing foods such as garlic, onions, broccoli, cabbage, brussels sprouts, and cauliflower in the diet. Avoiding soda, caffeinated drinks, and alcohol also helps heal ulcers.


Which Herbs Help Cure Ulcers?

Herbal stomach ulcer remedies include kutki, turmeric, myrobalan, aloe vera, ginger, haldi, Indian gooseberry, licorice, and tea. Honey is also effective in relieving stomach ulcers.


Can Ulcers Be Permanently Cured?

Yes, ulcers can be cured permanently, but after their healing, there should be a change in diet and lifestyle to prevent them from reoccurring. 


Which Foods Are Good for Healing an Ulcer?

Eating the foods listed below may be helpful against the ulcer-causing bacteria H. pylori and prevent stomach ulcers:
- Radishes.
- Strawberries.
- Cherries.
- Broccoli.
- Leafy greens, such as kale and spinach.
- Honey.
- Garlic.
- Turmeric.
- Apples.
- Blueberries.
- Bell peppers.
- Olive oil and other plant-based oils.
- Decaffeinated green tea.
- Licorice.
- Cauliflower.
- Cabbage.
- Carrots.
- Probiotic-rich foods, such as yogurt, kefir, miso, sauerkraut, and kombucha.
- Raspberries.
- Blackberries.


Is Ginger Good for Ulcer Treatment?

Ginger has gastroprotective properties. This means it protects the stomach lining and prevents ulcers from forming. Regular use of ginger can prevent stomach ulcers caused by H. pylori bacteria and medications such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. Its gastroprotective effects help treat stomach and digestive problems like constipation, gastritis, gas, and bloating.


What Drink Is Good for Ulcer Treatment?

The drinks listed below are beneficial for the treatment of stomach ulcers:
- Cranberry Juice – This tart juice may reduce the risk of H. pylori overgrowth in the stomach and prevent inflammation.
- Green Tea - Recent research suggests that green tea may help prevent Helicobacter pylori.
- Kefir - It is a probiotic drink that contains beneficial bacteria that produce anti-H. pylori activity. Therefore, if a person has stomach ulcers due to Helicobacter pylori infection, drinking kefir can help.
- Cabbage Juice - Cabbage juice is rich in glutamine, which helps heal stomach ulcers. 


Is Curd Beneficial in the Treatment of Ulcers?

Curd contains lactic acid, but it's not strong like HCl, which is excreted from the stomach. The curd primarily works by covering the raw ulcer/eroded surface of the stomach and forming a protective layer, effectively preventing acid contact with the exposed ulcer surface and giving it time to heal. In addition, lactobacillus bacteria in curd fight against the stomach ulcer-causing bacteria that is H. pylori and protect the stomach against ulcers.


Does Lemon Water Help to Cure Ulcer?

Lemon water should be avoided by someone experiencing ulcers as the acidic nature of lemon water can aggravate the ulcer instead of curing it. It can lead to further irritation of unhealed ulcers. Although the vitamin C content of lemon water may promote healing, it is still debated whether it can be beneficial enough to heal ulcers. 
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