Written by Eduardo Velasco Valido AP, LAc, EAMP
Edit by Meg Frodel AP, LAc, HHC
About 30 to 40% of Americans are diagnosed with a Helicobacter Pylori infection, which is the the most common cause of peptic ulcers, and known to be the strongest risk factor for gastric cancer.
H-Pylori infection can be mild, but in many cases H. pylori can cause long-lasting irritation, pain, chronic acid reflex, swelling and stomach ulcers…and can also lead to stomach cancer.
Many people don’t know that a highly effective way to resolve this problem is through Chinese Herbs and Acupuncture, along with correct nutrition!
In this Blog post we will discuss the best way to deal with this issue from Chinese Medical point of view, in a natural way.
How does Helicobacter Pylori proliferate?
Helicobacter bacteria is very common: many people have it, but most don’t even develop symptoms.
However once you have the infection, H. pylori is difficult to eradicate from the stomach because it is capable of developing resistance to commonly used antibiotics.
You can get H. Pylori from:
contact with saliva or body fluids of infected people
When your body is suffering from a bacteria proliferation, it means that your own defense system is not working properly: your own body is out of balance.
What Chinese Medicine can offer to you?
Chinese Medicine focuses on balancing the body so that it can both recover from H-pylori, and concurrently strengthen internal systems to build resistance to future infection and disease.
Chinese herbal remedies date back at least 2,200 years, and Chinese medical theoretical concepts remain the basis of its practice today.
Acupuncture, Herbal Remedies and Nutritional corrections can bring your body back into a healthy balance, eliminating systemic disequilibrium that enabled the proliferation of pathological bacteria in your body.
Chinese Medicine was created before the discovery of bacteria and viruses. It doesn’t make distinctions between treating acid reflux due to Helicobacter Pylori or other unwanted gut bacteria; but instead is able to differentiate, through Chinese Medical pulse-taking, what is the root of the gut imbalance, and how to correct it.
One example of a Chinese Medical root imbalance in someone suffering from heartburn or acid reflux could be ‘Heat in the Stomach’, which we would feel in the stomach position of that person’s pulse.
Our approach would not only be to kill the unwanted bacteria, but to re-create an environment where no unwanted bacteria can survive.
So if someone has ‘Heat in the Stomach‘ we prescribe a custom herbal formula, as well as acupuncture and nutrition, that would reduce the heat in that patient’s entire digestive tract, as well as balancing other organs, like the liver or gallbladder, that may be contributing to that imbalance.
One example of Chinese Medical nutrition to reduce ‘Stomach Heat’ would be to prescribe eating more bamboo sprouts. Check out Bamboo Sprout’s properties as a nutritional medicine:
- Flavor: Sweet
- Organ that acts on: Stomach, lung
- Direction of its action: Down-bearing (perfect for acid reflex)
- Effect: Clear heat, enrich yin, calm restlessness, transform phlegm, downward bear qi, diuretic and laxative
- Preparation: As salad, cold, boiled, methods stir-fried, or as decoction
- Nutrients: Plenty of water, protein, fat, calcium, phosphorus, potassium, vitamins B1, B2, niacin
* Heat in stomach:
Heartburn, gastritis, ulceration in stomach and intestinal tract, thirst, dry mouth
*Heat phlegm disorders of the lung:
Bronchitis, sinusitis with viscous, yellow phlegm
How to cook it: Boil fresh bamboo sprouts and eat them cold, mixed with a little ginger
Most chronic problems aren’t resolved through a quick solution.
There are no quick miracles in medicine. Normally, fast solutions lead to bigger problems.
When your body has suffered with symptoms for long time, it needs balancing… and usually some time to fully recover.
If you haven’t exercised in years, it might be difficult to develop a high level of fitness within a few weeks: that’s just an unreasonable expectation.
Likewise, when your body hasn’t felt well for long time, it means that your tissue or organ systems have developed weaknesses or imbalances that need to be addressed and corrected over a period of time.
For example, if you have been experiencing indigestion and acid reflux for long time, it’s likely that you could be experiencing these additional symptoms:
Your sleep would be compromised
Lack of energy
Bad mood, irritability
Other digestive symptoms; gas, bloating, constipation or diarrhea…
Usually when you have symptoms of H-pylori or reflux, there is a larger systemic imbalance that can take some time to truly rebuild and reset; but it’s worth it to address the larger imbalance, instead of just medicating and suppressing the symptoms.
Traditional Chinese Medicine solves these problems by finding the root of the imbalance, nourishing, and eliminating toxins from the body with the help of our amazing herbal pharmacopeia. With the help of Acupuncture to balance the sympathetic/ parasympathetic nervous system, we can help the body return to functioning with health and vitality.
Our bodies are not like machines, they are complex living systems that require balancing based on an accurate systemic diagnosis: we are all different, and require different types of balancing.
When we choose to address our bodies’ problems from the root, we discover that in addition to reducing symptoms, we begin to enjoy life in new ways! When we fix the root of our issues, everything falls into place in life; and this is priceless.
What steps can you take now to address the root of imbalance in your life..?