H. Pylori (Helicobacter pylori) and Digestive Problems
Sometimes digestive symptoms including acid reflux and bloating, are not caused by food intolerance. Dr. Barry Marshall, Australian physician, discovered a bacteria called Helicobacter pylori in 1984. This discovery won the 2005 Nobel Prize in Physiology. Dr Marshall showed that the bacterium Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) is the cause of most peptic ulcers, reversing decades of medical doctrine holding that ulcers were caused by stress, spicy foods, and too much acid. This discovery has allowed for a breakthrough in understanding a causative link between Helicobacter pylori infection and stomach cancer.
H. Pylori is a bacteria that actively suppresses the production of stomach acid. The bacteria itself has two cell walls, which makes it more difficult for the body to fight. It’s also a parasite, and is easily passed from person to person via saliva (can be transferred between family members using shared dishes). H Pylori infections lead to many larger health problems. It’s linked to serious health hazards such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), chronic heartburn, gastritus, and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). It also raises the risk of stomach cancer by a small but significant amount.
Symptoms of H. Pylori:
- Abdominal pain
- Bloating and fullness
- Acid reflux or GERD
- Feeling very hungry 1 to 3 hours after eating
- Nausea (may be relieved by vomiting)
- Constipation and diarrhea
- Unexplained weight gain
- May be related to Graves Disease or Hashimoto’s
- [H-pylori is present in many asymptomatic individuals]
How Can Natural Methods Treat H. Pylori?
While Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners have been using acupuncture and herbal medicine to treat digestive disorders for over two thousand years, current methods utilize and East-Meets-West approach to H-Pylori. Our treatment plan includes supplements, anti-bacterial herbs and a targeted dietary plan to eliminate this problematic bacterium.