What is Peptic Ulcer Disease (PUD)?
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Peptic ulcers are open sores that may develop on the inside lining of your stomach (gastic ulcer), upper small intestine (duodenal) or esophagus (esophageal ulcer). Peptic ulcers are common and affect as many as 10% of Americans at some time during their life.
What Causes GI Ulcers?
Recent evidence points to a bacterium called Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) as the cause of most cases of ulcers. This organism often causes no problem, but it can disrupt the mucosal lining and cause inflammation and ulceration.
There are other important causes of GI ulcers:
- Regular use of pain relievers (NSAIDs like ibuprofen, aspirin)
- Excessive alcohol consumption
- Stress (as a contributing factor)
The Symptoms of GI Ulcers
Burning, burning, burning pain:
- From the navel to the breastbone
- Last a few minutes to hours
- Worse when stomach is empty
- Flares up at night
- Temporarily relieved by eating foods that buffer stomach acid or taking anti-acid medication
- More severe signs and symptoms include:
Vomiting blood…either red or black
Dark blood in stools or tarry black stools
Nausea or vomiting
Unexplained weight loss
Change in appetite
Conventional Medicine Treatment
kills the h. pylori with antibiotics
- reduces the acid with acid blockers, antacids or proton pump inhibitors.
The Homeopathic Perspective is Different and Effective
In homeopathy we don’t look at the end result (i.e. h. pylori as the cause of the peptic ulcer disease) in order to understand that something has distuned the whole vital energy of the person. A change in the internal physiological environment sets the stage for an overgrowth of bacteria in the first place. I don’t think we can ultimately say what the one fundamental cause of any disease is without understanding the holism of the person.
Homeopathy is different from conventional medicine because we are treating the whole person and not just your gastrointestinal tract. We are individualizing that treatment based on very careful case taking in order to understand how each person experiences their symptoms. As we take this holistic perspective, homeopathy has the greatest potential to truly cure disease…not just suppress symptoms…but to impact the homeostasis of the vital energy.
Prescription Drugs Forever or Homeopathic Treatment for Cure?
If you are ready to truly be well, then call Dr. Wanda Bedinghaus, our homeopathic physician, today at 303-986-0492 to schedule your initial two hour consultation. There’s no reason for you to continue having burning, burning, burning pain.