17 Home Remedies For Stomach Ulcer + Causes And What To Eat

Medically reviewed by Dr. Millie Lytle, ND, MPH
by Sucharita Mishra

Are you experiencing random stomach cramps and nausea? Do they appear when you consume certain foods? This may mean you have stomach ulcers. Stomach ulcers are also known as peptic ulcers and gastric ulcers. These are painful sores that surface on the lining of the stomach. They may affect your stomach and the small intestine. They not only cause pain but also make eating a miserable experience.

It is important to treat these sores immediately to prevent them from becoming chronic and avoid complications. Keep reading to know more about stomach ulcers and the natural treatment options.

How To Treat Peptic Ulcers Naturally

1. Baking Soda And Apple Cider Vinegar

Anecdotal evidence suggests that baking soda helps in restoring the pH of the stomach. Apple cider vinegar is also used in treating ulcers due to its pain-relieving properties (1). Hence, the combination of baking soda and ACV may help in treating stomach ulcers.

You Will Need

  • 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1 glass of warm water
  • Honey

What You Have To Do

  1. Mix one teaspoon of apple cider vinegar and half a teaspoon of baking soda in a glass of warm water.
  2. Add some honey to this mixture and drink once the fizz settles down.

How Often You Should Do This

Do this once a day.

2. Honey

Honey contains an enzyme called glucose oxidase (2). This enzyme is known to produce hydrogen peroxide (3). This may help fight the bacteria responsible for causing peptic ulcers.

You Will Need

  • 1 tablespoon of honey
  • 1 glass of water
  • A pinch of cinnamon powder

What You Have To Do

  1. Add a tablespoon of honey to a glass of warm water.
  2. Mix well and add a pinch of cinnamon to it.
  3. Drink the mixture.

How Often You Should Do This

Do this 2 times a day.

3. Garlic

Garlic contains a compound called allicin. This compound possesses powerful antimicrobial properties. These properties help combat Helicobacter pylori, which are known for triggering peptic ulcers (4).

You Will Need

2-3 cloves of raw garlic

What You Have To Do

  1. Add a few cloves of crushed raw garlic to salads and dishes.
  2. You can also chew on a few garlic cloves.

How Often You Should Do This

Do this on a daily basis.

4. Ginger

Ginger exhibits protective and preventive effects on stomach ulcers and reduces their severity (5), (6). Hence, ginger may help in treating symptoms that develop due to stomach ulcers.

You Will Need

  • 1 teaspoon of grated ginger
  • 1 cup of water
  • Honey

What You Have To Do

  1. Add a teaspoon of grated ginger to a cup of water.
  2. Bring it to a boil in a saucepan.
  3. Simmer for 5 minutes and strain.
  4. After the tea cools down a little, add some honey to it and drink immediately.

How Often You Should Do This

Do this 3 times a day.

5. Turmeric

Turmeric contains a compound called curcumin, which exhibits powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant activities (7). This may help prevent and treat stomach ulcers.

You Will Need

  • 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder
  • 1 glass of warm water
  • Honey (optional)

What You Have To Do

  1. Add a teaspoon of turmeric powder to a glass of warm water.
  2. Mix well and add some honey to it.
  3. Consume the mixture.

How Often You Should Do This

Do this 2-3 times a day.

6. Banana

Raw bananas contain compounds like phosphatidylcholine and pectin. These compounds strengthen the stomach mucosal resistance to ulcerogens (8). This may help in treating peptic ulcers and their symptoms.

You Will Need

1 ripe or unripe banana

What You Have To Do

  1. Consume a ripe banana.
  2. Unripe bananas can be cooked or consumed in its powdered form.

How Often You Should Do This

Have a banana 3 times a day.

7. Green Tea

Green tea contains a polyphenol called epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) that exhibits anti-ulcer activities (9). Thus, green tea may help in accelerating the healing of the stomach ulcers.

You Will Need

  • 1 teaspoon of green tea
  • 1 cup of water
  • Honey

What You Have To Do

  1. Add a teaspoon of green tea to a cup of steaming hot water.
  2. Steep for 5 minutes and strain.
  3. Add some honey to it.
  4. Drink it while it is warm.

How Often You Should Do This

Drink green tea 2 times a day.

8. Aloe Vera Juice

Aloe vera gel exhibits strong anti-inflammatory properties (10). This may help in speeding the healing of stomach ulcers.

You Will Need

1 cup of fresh aloe juice

What You Have To Do

Consume a cup of fresh aloe juice.

How Often You Should Do This

Drink this juice 1-2 times a day.

9. Cabbage

Cabbage is a rich source of an amino acid called glutamine. This compound helps in nourishing and repairing gastrointestinal lining, which is damaged by ulcers. It also contains an anti-peptic ulcer factor (vitamin U) that may accelerate the healing of peptic ulcers (11).

You Will Need

  • ½ raw cabbage
  • Blender

What You Have To Do

  1. Slice the cabbage into two halves.
  2. Cut one half of the cabbage into cubes and put them in a juicer.
  3. Extract the juice.

How Often You Should Do This

Do this once a day.

10. Cayenne Pepper

Cayenne pepper contains a compound called capsaicin. Capsaicin neutralizes the stomach acid and enhances the release of the stomach mucus (12). This may help in healing peptic ulcers.

You Will Need

  • ½ teaspoon of powdered cayenne pepper
  • 1 glass of warm water
  • Honey

What You Have To Do

  1. Add half a teaspoon of powdered cayenne pepper to a glass of warm water.
  2. Mix well and add a little honey to it.
  3. Drink the mixture.

How Often You Should Do This

Do this 2 times a day.

11. Licorice

Scientific research shows that licorice possesses protective effects on ulcers and enhances the secretion of stomach mucus (13). This may help treat stomach ulcers.

You Will Need

  • 1-2 teaspoons of licorice tea
  • 1 cup of water
  • Honey

What You Have To Do

  1. Add one to two teaspoons of licorice tea to a cup of water.
  2. Bring it to a boil in a saucepan and simmer for 5 minutes.
  3. Strain and allow the tea to cool a bit.
  4. Add a little honey and drink the tea.

How Often You Should Do This

Do this 2-3 times a day.

12. Vitamin E

Vitamin E exhibits anti-ulcer and cytoprotective effects. This is possibly because of the increased synthesis of prostaglandins and glutathione by vitamin E (14). Hence, vitamin E may help in minimizing the effect of stomach ulcers.

You Will Need

15-20 mg vitamin E

What You Have To Do

Have 15-20 mg of vitamin E daily. You can take supplements for this vitamin after consulting your doctor.

How Often You Should Do This

Do this on a daily basis.

13. Cranberry Juice

Cranberry juice contains compounds like proanthocyanidins that prevent Helicobacter pylori from adhering to the intestinal lining (15).

You Will Need

1 cup (or 250 ml) of cranberry juice

What You Have To Do

Consume a cup of unsweetened cranberry juice.

How Often You Should Do This

Do this 2 times a day.

14. Coconut

Coconut oil and coconut milk exhibit antiulcerogenic and cytoprotective effects (16). Both of these are beneficial for the reduction and management of stomach ulcers.

Note: Coconut milk is more effective than coconut water.

You Will Need

1 cup of coconut water

What You Have To Do

  1. Drink a cup of fresh coconut water.
  2. Alternatively, you can add coconut milk or freshly grated coconut to your dishes and salads.

How Often You Should Do This

Do this daily.

15. Fenugreek Seeds

Fenugreek seeds are anti-inflammatory and exhibit mucilaginous properties (17). This may help in restoring the mucus of the damaged intestinal lining, thereby helping treat stomach ulcers.

You Will Need

  • 1-2 tablespoons of fenugreek seeds
  • Water

What You Have To Do

  1. Boil one to two tablespoons of fenugreek seeds in a cup of water.
  2. Keep boiling until the quantity of water reduces to half the initial quantity.
  3. Strain and wait for it to cool a bit.
  4. Drink the fenugreek concoction.

How Often You Should Do This

Do this once a day.

16. Drumsticks (Moringa)

Drumstick leaves have healing and anti-inflammatory properties (18). This may help in reducing peptic ulcers and prevent further damage.

You Will Need

  • 10 grams of drumstick leaves
  • Water (as required)
  • Yogurt (as required)

What You Have To Do

  1. Make a thick paste of the drumstick leaves using a little water.
  2. Add a little yogurt to it and consume it.

How Often You Should Do This

Do this every day.

17. Dandelion Tea

Dandelion possesses powerful anti-inflammatory properties (19). This may help in reducing the severity of stomach ulcers and also accelerates their healing.

You Will Need

  • 1-2 teaspoons of dandelion tea
  • 1 cup of hot water
  • Honey

What You Have To Do

  1. Add one to two teaspoons of dandelion tea to a cup of steaming hot water.
  2. Steep for 5 to 10 minutes and strain.
  3. Add a little honey to the warm tea and drink immediately.

How Often You Should Do This

Do this 3 times a day.

The diet plays a major role in causing and combating peptic ulcers. Here’s a diet chart that includes the foods to consume and avoid to get rid of stomach ulcers.

Diet Chart For Stomach Ulcers

Foods To Eat

  • Protein-rich foods, like white meat from chicken, turkey, or fish.
  • Fatty fish, like salmon, sardines, and mackerel.
  • Low-fat cheese, yogurt, and peanut butter.
  • Fresh fruits and veggies, like broccoli, carrots, kale, red/green peppers, grapes, cabbage, apricots, and kiwi.
  • Vitamin E-rich foods, like wheat germ, hazelnuts, sunflower oil, and soybean oil.

Foods To Avoid

  • Alcohol
  • Salted foods
  • Processed or canned foods
  • High-fat dairy products
  • Too much of spices
  • Caffeine
  • Red meat

It is also important to follow a few basic tips and make some minor changes to your lifestyle for complete recovery from peptic ulcers.

Prevention Tips

  • Limit your alcohol intake.
  • Quit smoking.
  • Limit the consumption of anti-inflammatory medications like aspirin and ibuprofen.
  • Wash your hands at regular intervals to avoid infections that may trigger ulcers.
  • Follow a well-balanced diet plan.

It is important to remember that individuals with stomach ulcers may feel aching hunger pangs between the navel and the breastbone that may sometimes extend towards the back.

Other than this pain, there are also a few other symptoms that surface with stomach ulcers.

Signs And Symptoms Of Stomach Ulcers

  • Dull pain in the stomach that improves when you eat, drink, or take antacids
  • Weight loss
  • Inability to eat because of the pain
  • Vomiting
  • Nausea
  • Bloated stomach
  • Feeling of fullness
  • Burping due to acid reflux
  • A burning sensation in your chest due to heartburn
  • Anemia
  • Tarry and dark stool
  • Vomit that looks like coffee grounds or is bloody

These symptoms are most evident when the stomach is empty, i.e., early in the morning or late at night.

A few factors are known to cause stomach ulcers, while a few other factors are known to increase the risk of developing them. A brief overview of the causes and risk factors for peptic ulcers is given below.

Causes And Risk Factors

Stomach ulcers are most often caused due to:

  • A bacterial infection caused by Helicobacter pylori.
  • Long-term use of anti-inflammatory medications, like aspirin, ibuprofen, or naproxen.
  • A medical condition called Zollinger-Ellison syndrome that increases the production of body acids.

The risk factors for stomach ulcers are:

  • Age above 50 years
  • A history of ulcers
  • Smoking
  • Drinking alcohol
  • Stress
  • A diet that consists of spicy foods

It is highly recommended to begin treatment as soon as you observe the onset of stomach ulcers. If left untreated, they may cause internal bleeding and become life-threatening. While mild to moderate ulcers may be healed with the remedies given here, severe cases need medical attention.

Expert’s Answers For Readers’ Questions

How to diagnose a stomach ulcer?

Your doctor may first review your medical history as well as your symptoms and any prior medications you were taking. Then, you may be asked to take a blood, stool, or urine test for diagnosing stomach ulcers. This may also be followed by an endoscopy to look for ulcers in your stomach using an endoscope.

Can you die from a stomach ulcer?

In some cases, peptic ulcers may cause gastrointestinal bleeding. If this bleeding is sudden and serious, it may lead to imminent death.

How long does it take for a stomach ulcer to heal?

If your ulcers are a result of H. pylori infection, it may take anywhere from two to three weeks to heal. However, you may need to follow the prescribed treatment for at least eight weeks.

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Sucharita Mishra

Sucharita Mishra has a Master’s degree in Biotechnology and specializes in writing on Health and Wellness. She has worked on determining various heavy metals present in green tea for her Master’s dissertation at CSIR- CFTRI, Mysuru. After completing her degree, Sucharita decided to pursue her passion for writing. She is addicted to all things black and aspires to become a bat one day.
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