Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) are a bacterium that can infect your small intestines or stomach and it can happen to many people. This health condition is often asymptomatic and doesn’t bring any life-threatening consequences. On more severe cases, however, H. pylori can cause ulcers and even a type of stomach cancer.
Symptoms of H. pylori
- Stomach pains
- Abdominal burning
- Upset stomach
- Feeling bloated
- A lot of burping
- Throwing up
- Unexplained weight loss
If you experience the above symptoms, you should immediately see a doctor to check for the possibility of H. pylori infection.
More serious cases of H. pylori infection are indicated by:
- Very severe abdominal pain
- Swallowing problem
- Dark-colored vomit
- Bloody stools
This bacterium is very contagious and it’s not hard for it to spread. We may get it from water or other objects that are contaminated by saliva or fecal matter. Due to their underdeveloped immune system and more exposure to dirty objects, children are more vulnerable to the infection. You may easily get H. pylori infection if:
- You live with people with poor hygiene and sanitation habits
- Your food is not cooked completely
- Your drinking water is not boiled
- You travel in countries with inadequate sanitation facilities
- You care for someone who is infected with H. pylori, if this is the case, you should always wear gloves and avoid touching potentially infected items or fluids
When the infection is inadequately treated, these symptoms could happen:
- Stomach inflammations
- Open stomach lesions
- Adenocarcinomas in the stomach. A cancer type that is very difficult to treat and cure
When doctors suspect that H. pylori remains and difficult to treat, they will first order a blood test, an effective method to detect the presence of this bacterium. Radioactive carbon test is another method to test the presence of H. pylori, patients are asked to drink a solution that contains more unstable carbon isotopes. The solution will be metabolized by the stomach and the body absorbs it. After a few days, the patients are asked to breathe to a bag and with a special instrument; the doctor can find where the carbon isotopes has spread. Stool testing is also very effective as it can reveal any sign of bleeding and whether H. pylori is present in the digestive system. When the infection is found, the treatment is usually consisted of antacids (to control the release of acid) and antibiotics. When the first round of treatment is unsuccessful, another treatment phase will be performed.
Unfortunately, recent studies show that triple-therapy antibiotics are increasingly less effective in treating H. pylori infection, when previously; the success rate was around 85%, some medical journals state that it currently declines to only 50%. It appears that H. pylori is becoming more resistant to certain types of antibiotics, including clarithromycin. Additionally, triple therapy tend to produce a number of unfavorable side effects and may encourage the fungal and yeast overgrowth, especially the candida, which can trigger new symptoms.
Many patients are seeking natural cures to contemporary treatments, however, you should be careful when dealing with claims, as the can be false and spurious. There are only a few supplements and herbs that can treat H. pylori infection.
1. Mastic gum
It is a good supplement for people with H. pylori, some researches show that mastic gum not only inhibits H. pylori, this supplement can also kill it. Mastic gum should be taken between 2-3 months and combined with appropriate dietary changes to reduce the risk of inflammation in the intestines and stomach. Without dietary changes, the supplement will work less effectively, it’s also essential to buy only good quality mastic gum.
2. Matula herbal formula
It is an effective herbal treatment to cleanse the stomach. Some evaluations on the patient show that H. pylori is no longer detected after 30 days of daily usages.
3. Olive oil
Olive oil contains polyphenols that can kill H. pylori, although there is no record that the infection can be cured by olive oil alone. Good quality olive oil is good for your health when used appropriately and you should use it regularly in your daily diet regardless of your condition.
4. Cabbage juice
Cabbage is commonly used in Russia as a cure for ulcers. You can use a juicer to make cabbage juice easily.
5. Coconut oil
It can be used as a potent anti-microbial agent. The lauric acid in coconut oil can break down the cell structures of bacteria and other parasitic organisms. Although it’s high in saturated oil, coconut oil is wonderful for cooking. The fatty acids in coconut oil can help people lose weight, improve metabolism and support the thyroid gland.
DGL (deglycerrhized licorice root) can protect our stomach lining and offer anti-microbial property against H. pylori. However, when taken on its own, it’s unlikely that DGL can cure H. pylori infection.
It can cure ulcers and treat intestinal inflammation. The anthocyanosides in billberry can strengthen the blood vessels, prevent the formation of blood platelets clumping and improve circulatory process. Because bilberry contains powerful antioxidants, it also helps your body eradicate free radicals. Bilberry also contains tannin that can help to ease diarrhea, a common symptom of H. pylori infection. To help treat the infection, you should take between 80 and 120 mg of bilberry, taken twice each day.
It is effective in the treatment for duodenal ulcers and also often used for hemeopathic treatment on people with H. pylori infection. Calendula can soothe your ulcer and upset stomach; and further speed up the healing process by improving the blood flow. If you have H. pylori infection, put 5 to 10 grams of calendula leaves to a cup of boiling water for 15 minutes. It can be taken three times a day to defeat H. pylori.
When used properly these supplements, herbs and oils can reduce or eliminate uncomfortable symptoms associated with H. pylori infection, in about 2 months, without any side effect.