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Peptic ulcer is an open sore on the inside lining of the stomach, upper part of the small intestine or esophagus. It is a very common condition and it is estimated that 10 percent of the population in the United States suffer from peptic ulcer.

The most typical symptom of peptic ulcer is sharp pain in the stomach which can last for long time. The pain may get worse if your stomach is empty. Some other symptoms may include blood in the stool and vomit, nausea, loss of appetite and weight.

Since the cause of peptic ulcer, besides spicy food or stress, can be a bacterial infection, your doctor may prescribe antibiotics to treat the bacteria. Also, medications which reduce or neutralize the stomach acid may be recommended. Other causes of peptic ulcer includes smoking, coffee, alcohol and some other stomach diseases.

There are a number of home remedies which you can use in order to ease your condition. In most cases a glass of milk can be very helpful. Bananas are also very good for calming the stomach acid. It is recommended to take a glass of goat's milk or almond milk with one or two bananas three times a day. Goat's milk is good for relieving the pain caused by stomach acid and almond milk will help you to get the acid out of your system. Also, vegetable juices are extremely helpful, especially carrot juice. You can combine it with beet juice in order to have best results. The proper diet for peptic ulcer must contain food which will provide enough nutrients but it must not aggravate your stomach. The optimal diet should include boiled and raw vegetables, fruit and milk. You can also consult your doctor for additional vitamins and supplements.

You can also make your own remedy. Take some wood apple leaves, soak them in water and leave them over night. Take the leaves out the next day and drink a cup of water. You should drink the remedy every day for three or four weeks. You can add betel leaves in this remedy to reduce the swelling in the ulcer.

You should also consider lifestyle changes, such as relaxation, massage, regular exercising and eight hours of sleep. It is advised to control stress as much as possible. You should stop smoking and avoid alcohol as well. If you consider taking painkillers, consult your doctor first because nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs may worsen the condition.

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