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Saturday, March 1, 2008

Peptic Ulcer

Peptic ulcer is one of the most common diseases of gastro-intenstinal system. It refers to an eroded lesion in the gastric intestinal mucosa. An ulcer may form in any part of the digestive tract which is exposed to acid gastric juice, but is usually found in the stomach and the duodenum. The ulcer in the stomach is known as gastric ulcer and that located in the duodenum is called a duodenal ulcer. Usually, both are grouped together and termed peptic ulcer.

Duodenal ulcers are about 10 times more frequent than gastric ulcers. The incidence of peptic ulcers is four times higher in men than women. Men are more affected by duodenal ulcers whereas women usually get ulcers in the stomach. Both kinds reach a peak in middle age.

Symptoms ::

The most common symptoms of peptic ulcer are sharp and severe pain and discomfort in the upper central abdomen. The pain is commonly described as burning or gnawing in character. Gastric ulcer pain usually occurs an hour after meals and rarely at night. Duodenal ulcer pain usually occurs between meals when the stomach is empty and is relieved by food, especially milk. It is often described as hunger pain. As the disease progresses there is distension of the stomach due to excessive flatulence, besides mental tension, insomnia and gradual weakening of the body. It may also cause constipation with occasional blood in the stools.

Causes ::

Peptic ulcers result from hyperacidity which is a condition caused by an increase in hydrochloric acid in the stomach. This strong acid, secreted by the cells lining the stomach, affects much of the break-down of food. It can be potentially dangerous and, under certain circumstances, it may eat its way through the lining of the stomach or duodenum producing, first, irritation of the stomach wall, and eventually an ulcer.

Dietetic indiscretion, like overeating, taking of heavy meals or highly spiced foods, coffee, alcohol and smoking are the main factors contributing to this condition. Alcohol is a very powerful acid producer and has a burning effect on the stomach lining. Emotional stress or nervous tension also plays a major role in the formation of ulcers. The stomach is a highly sensitive organ and nervous activity can slow down or speed up digestion.

Treatment ::

Persons who treat themselves with antacids may do themselves more harm than good. Though they may get initial relief because the tablet neutralises the acid, the stomach responds by producing even more acid because the basic cause of the hyperacidity has not been dealt with. Ulcers can be best treated by natural methods.

Diet is of utmost importance in the treatment of ulcer. The diet should be so arranged as to provide adequate nutrition to afford rest to the disturbed organs to maintain continuous neutralisation of the gastric acid, to inhibit the production of acid and to reduce mechanical and chemical irritation.

"A stay at any naturopathy hospital, expert doctors on naturopathy and yoga treat you with natural foods, yoga and your daily schedule during your stay". Below is an example of daily routine at naturopathy hospital.

The Schedule ::
Time Activity
5 AM -5. 15 AM Morning wake up with Tanasan, Relaxation, Holy & Healthy creative auto suggestion.
5. 15 -6.45 AM Meditation, Prayer, Amritvani, Jalneti, Walking therapy, Kunjal, Dhouti, Basti and THERAPY as required (according to ailment)
6. 45 -7. 00 AM Lemon Juice, Honey and water or Methi and water.
7. 00 -8. 30 AM Yoga
8. 30 -9. 00 AM Swasthya Sadhak's Breakfast, with Juice or Fruit therapy
9.00- 11.30AM Treatment for ailment / Rejuvenation (various therapies)
11. 30-12. 30PM Lunch - Vitalizing food therapy
12. 30 -2. 30PM Relaxation (body, speech and mind), silent relaxed awareness
2. 30 -3. 00PM Fruits or Juice Therapy
3. 00 -6. 45PM Treatment for ailment / Rejuvenation Juice of Fruit Therapy
6. 45PM- 7.45PM Dinner - Treatment or Vitalizing food Therapy
7.45 PM-8.00PM After dinner vajrasan or slow walking or Relaxation
8.00- 10.00PM Group Therapy - (satsang or group dsicussion or self awareness
10.00PM Go to bed with noble spiritual silence

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