H.Pylori (Helicobacter pylori) – a bacteria, that is usually found in the stomach, but it may be present in other parts of the body, such as the eye. It is present in patients with chronic gastritis and gastric ulcers. Those conditions are not proven to have a microbial cause. H.Pylori is also linked to the potential development of duodenal ulcers and stomach cancer. However, over 80% of individuals infected with the bacterium are asymptomatic.
More than 50% of the world’s population harbor H. pylori in their upper gastrointestinal tract. Infection is more prevalent in developing countries, and incidence is decreasing in Western countries. H. pylori’s helical shape is believed to have evolved to penetrate the mucoid lining of the stomach. Acute infection may present itself as an acute gastritis with abdominal pain (stomach ache) or nausea. When this develops into chronic gastritis, the symptoms, if any, are often those of non-ulcer dyspepsia: stomach pains, nausea, bloating, belching, and sometimes vomiting.
Individuals infected with H. pylori have a 10 to 20% lifetime risk of developing peptic ulcers and a 1 to 2% risk of acquiring stomach cancer. H. pylori has also been associated with colorectal polyps and colorectal cancer.
There are several tests that are used to detect H. pylori:
- Stomach biopsy. A biopsy is taken from the lining of your stomach and small intestine during an endoscopy.
- Blood test. A blood test checks to see if your body has made antibodies to H. pylori bacteria. If you have antibodies to H. pylori in your blood, it means you either are currently infected or have been infected in the past.
- Breath test. A urea breath test checks to see if you have H. pylori bacteria in your stomach. This test can show if you have an H. pylori infection. It can also be used to see if treatment has worked to get rid of H. pylori.
- Stool test. A stool antigen test checks to see if substances that trigger the immune system to fight an H. pylori infection (H. pylori antigens) are present in your feces. Stool antigen testing may be done to help support a diagnosis of H. pylori infection or to find out whether treatment for an H. pylori infection has been successful.
The standard course of treatment is a one-week “triple therapy” consisting of proton pump inhibitors such as omeprazole and the antibiotics clarithromycin and amoxicillin. The major downside of this approach is that it will leave your immune system and intestinal flora compromised.
The good news is that a completely natural, safe and proven approach is available.
You will need:
- Mastic Gum (e.g. Nutricology Mastic Gum, 120 Vegetarian Capsules on Amazon.com)
- Triphala powder (e.g. Banyan Botanicals Triphala Powder- Certified Organic on Amazon.com)
- Cat’s Claw ( e.g. Cat’s Claw Inner Bark Powder Wildcrafted on Amazon.com)
1 tsp of Cat’s Claw mixed with ½ of cup of hot water. Let it steep for 15 min, add 2 tsp of lemon juice. Drink on empty stomach.
Take one capsule of Mastic Gum.
Mix 1 tsp of triphala in ½ cup of warm water. Drink before bedtime.
Take one capsule of Mastic Gum.
Continue for 2 months. After one month you can add another capsule of Mastic Gum at lunch time.
During the treatment, increase intake of garlic, broccoli and green tea. Ask your doctor for an H. pylori blood test to verify that your treatment has been successful. Good luck!