Helicobacter pylori is a common bacteria and many of us live with it for years in the digestive system, but without any special symptoms. And yet, some of us will develop at one point or another in their lives various symptoms that will impair their quality of life, ones that may even be very dangerous. Did you find out after a medical diagnosis that you carry this bacteria in your body? You will immediately understand how you can treat it optimally using Chinese medicine.
Helicobacter pylori – what is it about?
If you have come to read these lines, you are probably suffering from a series of oppressive and annoying symptoms such as stomach pains, indigestion that manifests as gas, constipation and diarrhea, an unpleasant feeling of fullness in the stomach, fatigue, anemia and more. What all these symptoms have in common is that they can indicate the presence of the bacterium Helicobacter pylori in the body – a very common bacterium among the general population, especially among the older population. This is a very resistant bacterium that is able to survive the acidic conditions in the stomach while sticking to its lining, avoiding the immune system and causing many local infections. Without long-term treatment, the presence of the bacterium is attributed both to an increase in the risk of stomach malignancy and to the development of an ulcer, which is a painful and bleeding stomach wound that affects the quality of life and can also endanger them.
Another important thing to know about this bacterium is that although it causes a variety of gastrointestinal symptoms, heartburn It is not one of them, which can help in differentiating between the bacteria and other problems related to the stomach or the gastroesophageal valve. In the past, it was common to associate heartburn with the presence of this bacterium in the body, but today the connection is no longer clear and in fact there are findings that indicate the opposite – those who suffer from heartburn frequently have a lower rate of presence of the bacterium.
Western medicine – aggressive treatment that is not always effective
In order to identify the presence of this bacterium in the digestive system, it is customary to perform one of several types of tests, such as a breath test, gastroscopy, blood test or stool test. If it turns out that the symptoms are caused by the Helicobacter pylori bacterium, Western medicine treats it with a type of "Triple treatment" which includes antibiotic drugs of two types, combined with antacid drugs. Although this treatment often succeeds in improving the symptoms and even making them disappear completely, this is usually temporary and the symptoms return after a period of several weeks to months. In addition, there are many who do not respond to it and it must be taken into account that there is also the possibility of developing unpleasant side effects during the treatment, mainly due to the use of antibiotics which causes damage to the natural flora of the digestive system and especially the intestines.
Chinese medicine – treats the root of the problem
Another option that many turn to, due to the fact that Western treatments are not always effective, is Chinese medicine treatments that are combined with conventional treatments. The difference between Chinese medicine and Western medicine is in the approach and the means. While Western medicine tries to act with aggressive measures to eradicate the bacteria and eliminate the symptoms, Chinese medicine works with other methods designed to restore the level of acidity in the stomach to a normal state, encourage the body’s immune system (by treating the normality of the spleen and blood flow) and thus return to it the healing powers inherent in it .
Helicobacter pylori is treated by Chinese medicine in a combination that is determined for each patient individually and includes acupuncture, consumption of medicinal plants and adherence to nutritional principles that benefit the stomach and contribute to the healing of wounds and inflammations in it. The treatments of Chinese medicine do not carry side effects, they support the treatments of Western medicine and do not harm them, manifest themselves over time and are suitable for any age. You have nothing to lose.