Can raw garlic cure my stomach ulcer and remove H. pylori?
October 16, 2013 10:53 AM Subscribe
I'm starting a garlic treatment for my stomach ulcer, and have some concerns about whether this will work. My doctor has prescribed antibiotics, but my naturopath has recommended raw garlic (3-4 times daily) and I want to try that approach first, along with other supporting herbs. However I'm worried about the ramifications if this fails, because stomach ulcers are pretty serious from what I hear. Am I taking a big risk of perforation, cancer, internal bleeding etc. by not taking the medication? And is it possible that the garlic could eradicate H. pylori bacteria?
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So, recently I had some sharp stomach pain and very strong hunger pangs; after seeing a doctor I tested positive for H. pylori, so he says it's conclusive. However I don't want to take the "triple therapy" he has prescribed: clarithromycin, amoxicillin and omeprazole, taken simultaneously. I feel these antibiotics will be really hard on my system and I'd rather try a natural approach first.
I found an herbalist/acupuncturist/naturopath who is well respected in the local alternative health community. She suggests that garlic will get the job done within a few weeks. She says to crush it into a spoon with a garlic press, and add manuka honey, then swallow it down and chase with a little water or goldenrod tea. Then wait at least 30 mins before eating. I'm having up to 8 cloves a day total. Also she has me supplementing with angelica bark, bitters and slippery elm bark (or marshmallow root). I'm being careful about my eating, mostly avoiding sugars, eating small meals. Also I'm using other supplements such as licorice extract, dried ginger, and shilajit. Sometimes even a little capsaican seems to help.
I've done a lot of googling and reading, including a couple of older threads here on AskMefi. There are a number of other natural approaches recommended, so I'm looking to maybe augment with pine nut oil, oregano oil, probiotics, mastica, zinc, possibly lauric acid. I'd like to hear from anyone who knows about this topic, treating an H. pylori peptic (stomach) ulcer via natural means. Or anyone who believes that I'm taking an unacceptable risk of complication by waiting any longer to take the antibiotic regimen. Thanks!