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What is it?
The medical term for a break in the skin or the mucous lining of the gut or mouth that does not heal. They range from peptic ulcers, painful and potentially serious ones in the digestive tract, to small mouth ulcers. Elderly people in particular can suffer extensive skin ulcers, caused by circulation problems or varicose veins. Gastric (stomach) ulcers, duodenal (small intestine) ulcers and oesophageal (gullet) ulcers are caused by excess acid. More serious stomach ulcers occur most often in men of 60 to 80, and result in recurrent upper abdominal pain and vomiting. Duodenal ulcers occur mostly in young men subject to stress, and produce dull recurrent pain in the upper and central abdomen. Warning Any severe abdominal pain should be investigated by a doctor, and a perforated ulcer in particular demands immediate medical treatment.
Break in the skin or the mucous lining of the gut or mouth, abdominal pain, vomiting.
Doctors can usually diagnose peptic ulcers from their symptoms. However, tests in an outpatients’ clinic may be necessary. Modern drugs such as cimetidine (Tagamet) and ranitidine (Zantac) reduce the output of stomach acid and permit healing.
Naturopathy has concentrated on helping the body to cure itself. It aims to do this by means of various therapies, chiropractic, diets and dieting, exercise, hydrotherapy, massage, osteopathy, relaxation and breathing, and yoga. It also encourages people to think positively in terms of good health. More Info
An ancient Chinese therapy, patients are treated by sticking needles into their skin at particular points. These acupuncture points lie along invisible energy channels called meridians. The needles are said to unblock a flow of energy (called Qi) through the meridians. More Info
The medicinal use of herbs is said to be as old as mankind itself. Tribes still use their traditional knowledge of plant and their healing properties passed on from generation to generation. The armies of slave workers who laboured to build the Egyptian pyramids took a daily ration of garlic to ward off the pestilential fevers and infections that were rife at the time. More Info