Peptic ulcer is a term used for both gastric ulcer and duodenal ulcer. Ulceration is the sequel to the prolonged action of an excess of pepsin-hydrochloric acid on the mucous membrane on which the mucous coat is poorly protective. Duodenal ulcer is more common in males whereas gastric ulcer occurs with equal frequency in males and females. In duodenal ulcer, the clinical symptoms of pain are felt when the stomach is full and it may be accompanied by vomiting. Hyperacidity is associated more commonly with duodenal ulcer, but less commonly or not at all with gastric ulcer.
What Causes Peptic Ulcer?
Hereditary factor – Peptic ulcer frequently occurs in several members of a family in one or more generations. A genetic predisposition to this disease is strongly evident. The mechanism of the genetic action has not yet been clear, however. The synthesis and secretion of mucus may be less efficient in some families and more in some families.
Stress – Any sort of hostile environment becomes a potent source of stress to an individual person. If he is genetically predisposed, it may be difficult for him to withstand the psychic stress. The personality type is also a contributory factor. An ambitious personality is more susceptible. Excessive cigarette smoking also causes the same.
Complicating factors – The excessive consumption of alcohol, smoking, excessive intake of caffeine through tea and coffee and consumption of hot, irritant and spicy foods increase gastric acid secretion. Spices may not directly stimulate the glands for the secretion of the acid. But they have decidedly an indirect effect. Hyperacidity is induced by irregular intake of food and long hours of keeping the stomach empty.
Natural treatment of Peptic Ulcer
The Ayurvedic system of medicine uses two herbal products (the fruits of amalaka, Emblica Officinalis, and banana powder) for the successful treatment of peptic ulcer. The former is rich in vitamin C. Both contain 5-hydroxytryptamine that inhibits acid secretion and heals the peptic ulcer.
Meditation does not allow cerebrum to release an excess of acetylcholine and it establishes an equipoise between the parasympathetic and sympathetic nervous divisions. The practice of asanas, bandhas, mudras, and pranayama produces synergistic effects to be added to the benefits of meditation.
Yoga-Nidra for the treatment of peptic ulcer
If you suffer from peptic ulcer, practice yoga-nidra in addition to other yogic practices. Avoid hot and spicy diet. Take a small quantity of food at frequent intervals. Take the help of your doctor for medicinal treatment. Yoga and medical treatments are not incompatible. The following sankalpa is suggested for yoga-nidra.
“I am worry-free, tension-free. There is enough secretion of mucus. My peptic ulcer is healed up.”
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