Herbal Remedies to Fight a Helicobacter Pylori Infection

07 April, 2021
H. pylori is detected using breath tests and stool sample analysis. Herbal remedies can help, but you should always talk to a doctor about treatment of symptoms.

According to MSD Manual data, Helicobacter pylori infection is the most common cause of gastritis and gastroduodenal ulcer (peptic ulcer) worldwide in older people (over 60).

Do you have constant stomach pains, vomiting or diarrhea? The main reason for your discomfort could be the presence of the bacteria Helicobacter pylori in your body. This bacteria lodges itself in the stomach mucous, damages the stomach and duodenal tissue, and causes inflammation.

Scientific studies claim that 50% of the world’s population suffers from stomach diseases due to H. pylori, which makes it the most common infection in humans.

How is Helicobacter Pylori transmitted ?

The possible means of transmission from one infected person to another are through saliva, fecal matter and infected medical instruments.

Infected people can have the bacteria in their dental plaque which is why it can be transmitted through saliva when making contact with unaffected people.

It can also be present in fecal matter and, if it is not disposed of correctly, it can contaminate our food and drinking water. That is why it is always recommended to wash your food very well and to filter your water.

Medical instruments such as infected nasogastric tubes can also transport the bacteria.

Stomach diseases or manifestations caused by bacteria

Stomach pain caused by Helicobacter Pylori

H. pylori can cause many different problems, such as:

  • Dyspepsia or poor digestion
  • Chronic gastritis
  • Duodenal and gastric peptic ulcers
  • Gastric lymphoma

Herbal remedies to fight Helicobacter pylori infections

According to conventional wisdom, there are several herbal remedies that can help relieve symptoms caused by H. pylori in the body.

1. Ginger infusion

Ginger is highly recommended for treating stomach ailments such as gastritis. An infusion made with ginger has anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and bactericidal properties, and is also a good antacid.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups of water (500 ml)
  • 2 tablespoons of ginger, cut into small pieces (30 g)

Preparation

  • Boil half a liter of water and add the pieces of ginger.
  • Leave it on the flame for a few minutes, then turn it off and let the infusion rest.
  • Don’t drink it more than twice a day.

2. Rosemary infusion

A cup of rosemary tea to treat Helicobacter pylori.

Rosemary is an aromatic plant that has medicinal properties. Teas made with this herb are very good for treating digestive problems because it improves digestion, reduces constipation and eliminates gas.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups of water (500 ml)
  • 2 tablespoons of rosemary leaves (30 g)

Preparation

  • Boil the water in a pot and, when it reaches its boiling point, add the rosemary leaves.
  • Leave over the flame for 4 minutes, remove the leaves and drink the infusion.
  • Drink in moderation.

3. Turmeric and ginger tea

Turmeric contains antioxidant substances and has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, and is believed to help reduce inflammation in the stomach and balance your intestinal flora. Also, it stimulates gastric juices, decreases flatulence and protects stomach mucous. However, you shouldn’t consume it in excess.

Ginger, as we know, has many beneficial properties that will complement those of turmeric.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of water (250 ml)
  • 1 pinch of turmeric powder
  • Honey (to taste)
  • Ginger (to taste)

Preparation

  • Boil the water in a pot and add a pinch of turmeric and ginger.
  • Let it boil for a few minutes and then add the honey to sweeten.
  • Remove the pot from the flame and let the tea rest. Finally, strain and consume it.

Discover: The Properties and Uses of Ginger

4. Lemongrass essential oil

Lemongrass is often thought to be one of the best plants to combat Helicobacter pylori. The bacteria has yet to show any resistance to the plant’s components.

Ingredients

Preparation

  • Dilute 20 or 30 drops of the oil in the cup of water.
  • You can drink this after every meal.
  • You can also make an infusion with lemon grass leaves.
  • Drink in moderation.
A cup of lemongrass tea to fight Helicobacter pylori.

Consult your doctor before taking any home remedy.

Before starting a treatment based on medicinal plants (infusions, etc.) it’s important to consult a physician about treatment. Keep in mind that, for phytotherapeutic treatments to be useful, it’s essential to follow the instructions of a professional. In addition, remember that some plants, herbs, spices and related products are contraindicated in certain cases.

Home remedies are NOT a substitute for treatment prescribed by a physician. You should only use them alongside such treatments (as long as your health professional gives the go ahead).

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