Can Akamu Cure Ulcer? Is (raw) Akamu good for ulcer patient?
Many people believe that Akamu can heal stomach ulcer and even relieve ulcer pains.How true is this claim?
Akamu , called pap in English and ogi in Igbo language is a semi solid corn meal enjoyed across all tribes in Nigeria. I don’t want to dwell on the origin of Akamu but rather I want to shed few light on its believed ability to cure peptic ulcer disease. Well, the truth is Akamu may be able to relieve ulcer pains and even promote ulcer wound healing but it cannot cure it…This is because , stomach ulcer is a combination of so may precipating factors like hyperacidity of the stomach and a causative organism called helicobacter pylori. So, to cure stomach ulcer, you will need some medications that will reduce the stomach acidity (omeprazole) and antibiotics that will eradicate the bacteria (flagyl, amoxyl and clarithromycin).
Please note that drinking raw Akamu or raw pap will worsen your ulcer pains , worsen your wound and can even trigger ulcer bleeding and inflammed stomach called gastritis…This is because raw Akamu is highly acidic….Akamu will help your ulcer better if it is cooked….Custard also have the same soothing effect on ulcer pains.
On the general management of stomach ulcer disease …..This passage written by Dr Emmanuel will be very helpful.
TREATMENT AND LIFESTYLE CHANGES FOR GASTRITIS
Today I wish to continue the medical advice by presenting the different treatment options and also life changes to manage gastric ulcer and GASTRITIS problem. Gastritis is a very common problem which many of us have experienced when the lining of our stomach becomes inflamed. Gastritis is usually mild and resolves without any treatment.
However, gastritis can cause pain in the upper part of your tummy and may lead to a stomach ulcer. Some simple changes to your lifestyle and using over-the-counter antacid medicines are often all that is required. However, if not treated properly, gastritis can last a long time or may lead to not only a stomach ulcer or anaemia but can also increase the risk of cancer.
I know that in my motherland Nigeria many turn to Ayurvedic treatment for gastritis which includes customized herbal medicines, diet and lifestyle recommendations and home remedies. Since I have no knowledge in Ayurvedic treatment I shall not comment on it.
Even though prevention is better than curing the treatment of peptic ulcer depends on the specific cause. Acute gastritis caused by pain killers or alcohol may be relieved by stopping the use of those substances. If you think the cause of your gastritis or stomach ulcer is repeated use of NSAID painkillers, try switching to a different painkiller that’s not in the NSAID class, such as paracetamol.
Many people become infected with H. pylori bacteria and do not realise it. But an H. pylori infection can sometimes cause recurring bouts of indigestion, as the bacteria can cause inflammation of the stomach lining.
This sort of gastritis is more common in older age groups. An H. pylori stomach infection is usually lifelong unless it’s treated with eradication therapy. If an H. pylori infection is the cause of your gastritis, you’ll need to take a course of antibiotics to kill H.pylori.
You have to take a combination of antibiotics, such as clarithromycin and amoxicillin or metronidazole to kill the bacterium alongside with a proton pump inhibitor. . Be sure to take the full antibiotic prescription, usually for seven to 14 days.
It is also good for you to know about the other existing medication that blocks acid production and promote healing. Proton pump inhibitors which reduce acid by blocking the action of the parts of cells that produce acid.These drugs include: omeprazole, lansoprazole, rabeprazole, esomeprazole (Nexium), dexlansoprazole and pantoprazole.
There is also medication to reduce acid production called acid blockers or histamine receptor (H-2) blockers which reduce the amount of acid released into your digestive tract, to relieve ulcer pain and encourage healing.
Gastric Acid blockers include famotidine (Pepcid), cimetidine (Tagamet HB) and nizatidine (Axid AR).
Another treatment option is the use of antacids that neutralizes stomach acid. Your doctor may include an antacid in your drug treatment. Antacids neutralize existing stomach acid and can provide rapid relief.
There are several changes you can make to your lifestyle that may help ease the symptoms of gastritis. If you think the cause of your gastritis is repeated use of painkillers, try switching to a different painkiller, such as paracetamol But as you are healing and taking medication to reduce stomach acid you may want to avoid food that can increase stomach acid production. Eat more stomach-friendly foods. drink more water.
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The first thing you should look at is your diet because certain foods can irritate your stomach lining more than others. It can be fruit juices particularly citrus. acidic foods including tomatoes and other fruits such as lemons, limes, grapefruit, oranges, grapes and pineapples. Spicy foods, fried or fatty foods, coffee alcohol and carbonated drinks, Also consider eating smaller, more frequent meals avoiding foods that can irritate the stomach.
Do not wear tight belts or clothes that are tight-fitting around your waist since these items can squeeze the stomach. Do not smoke as smoking stimulates the production of excess stomach acid.
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See a doctor