For a long time, it was believed that ulcers were caused by excess acid in the stomach usually brought on by stress, but in 1979 J. Robin Warren discovered a spiral bacteria, Helicobacter pylori, which researchers now believe to be the real cause of ulcers.
H. pylori are able to survive the strong stomach acids by living in the protective lining and producing an enzyme, urease, which makes ammonia and neutralizes stomach acids. These bacteria are only present in inflamed tissues of the stomach. In 1987, a young, healthy male volunteer swallowed H. pylori and began a three year battle with inflammation, infection, and ulcers, proving that H. pylori was a cause of ulcers. Studies have continued to show that nearly all ulcer patients have H. pylori bacteria.
In June of 1994, the International Agency for Research in Cancer announced thatH. pylori bacteria was a very dangerous carcinogen. Studies with gastric cancer show that H. pylori could be the first step in the process of changes that lead to cancer. More research about this subject is still required.
Gastro Health has been designed as a natural agent to relieve inflamed stomach tissues or ulcers developing from the H. pylori bacteria. A wide variety of herbal agents were screened for activity against the H. pylori bacteria, and the agents with the most potent action were selected for this combination.
Gastro Health is also useful for other types of gastrointestinal infections. One of the benefits of using Gastro Health to reduce harmful organisms in the digestive tract is that it won’t destroy the friendly bacteria (probiotics) in the body that antibiotic treatments will. The following are herbs included in this combination:
This hot pepper, long used as a condiment, also helps digestion. It stimulates gastro-intestinal secretions to aid in the processing of food. It has even been used by herbalists to help heal ulcers. Capsicum helps reduce inflammation, and also helps stop internal bleeding.
Cloves are a stimulating spice with a mild anesthetic property. The oil in cloves numbs tissue and reduces pain. Cloves are also an excellent antibacterial agent and have been used to get rid of a variety of intestinal parasites. They are a very good remedy for SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth).
A cousin to Inula helenium, or elecampane, Inula racemosa has been used in India as a diuretic and an expectorant for colds, to induce sweating, and to clear and strengthen the lungs and skin. Experiments show that in extract form, Inula has antiseptic, antibacterial, anti-yeast and anti-ulcer properties. Recent studies show it is effective against H. pylori as well.
Long valued for its medicinal effects, licorice root has a powerful anti-inflammatory action. Traditionally, it has been used for colds, cough, arthritis, infection, cancer and ulcers. Studies show that licorice has antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral activities. Deglycyrrhizinated licorice (the type included in this formula) has been used medically to heal ulcers and has been found to be 75-80% effective with no side effects.
A tree from the rain forests of South America, pau d’arco is widely used by herbalists to control yeast and fungal infections. It has anticancer, antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal properties. Native people have used pau d’arco to treat arthritis, diabetes, malaria, tumors and ulcers. Research shows that pau d’arco is also effective against H. pylori bacteria.
Take two capsules of Gastro Health with a meal twice daily, plus two capsules at bedtime with a glass of water.
Martin J. Blaser, “The Bacteria behind Ulcers,” Scientific American, February 1996, p. 104-107.
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