Antimicrobial Herbs for Helicobacter Pylori
Herbs can help with Helicobacter pylori [H. pylori]. The parasitic bacterium of H. pylori is spiral-shaped, containing an enzyme [urease] that produces ammonia neutralizing stomach acids, allowing the bacteria to bore into the gastric mucous or epithelial membrane; thus, inflammation occurs and in time the mucousal lining thins resulting in an inflamed painful gut.
There are approximately 29 different strains that exist. It is believed that 50% of the world’s population has been infected by this bacteria passed on via contaminated foods, water, or intimate contact [kissing]. According to research, Turmeric, Licorice root, Thyme, Oregano oil, and lastly, Garlic can significantly reduce the effects of H. pylori. There is ongoing research in this area to eradicate the strains of bacterium. Below are excerpts and sources from publications that highlight the herbal benefits for better understanding on H. pylori.
In this pilot dosage study, three of four patients in the trial had a positive response to therapy (reduction in bacteria count) Oregacillin P73 had activity against the H. pylori bacteria in vivo after a 14-day course of therapy (in three out of four patients)
The P73 oil of oregano blend has also been shown to kill the Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) bacterium, which is known to be a causal factor in up to 90 percent of duodenal ulcers and 80 percent of stomach (gastric) ulcers. A small clinical trial initiated in 2003 demonstrated that the P73 oil of oregano blend showed positive results in patients with stomach and duodenal ulcers.
Both aqueous and ethanolic extracts of Thymus were found to significantly inhibit Helicobacter pylori (Mills and Bone 2000, 564-65).
Source: Todd Caldecott
[Technion - Israel Institute of Technology]
Extracts of several plants were tested for inhibitory activity against Helicobacter pylori. Among these plants thyme (aqueous extract) and cinnamon (alcoholic extract) were the most effective. Since aqueous extract of thyme is easier to produce and consume, it was further investigated. Compared with several antibacterials, the thyme extract had a significant inhibitory effect on H. pylori, reducing both its growth and potent urease activity. From the results of this study, the aqueous extract of thyme possesses a therapeutic potential which merits validation by clinical studies.
Indian curry foods or extra yellow mustard are made with Turmeric.
Curcumin is the principal element of turmeric powder extracted from the root of Curcuma longa. Studies on curcumin have demonstrated some anti-Helicobacter pylori activity as well as immunomodulating properties. N-acetylcysteine and lactoferrin with their respective mucolytic and antibacterial activities might also be effective in H. pylori eradication therapy.
The right spice can make the meal – and block the tumor. That’s what University of Illinois researchers discovered when they pitted turmeric against 19 different strains of H. pylori, the ulcer-inducing bacterium that’s been linked to colon and gastric cancers. In every case, turmeric took the teeth out of H. pylori.
“Turmeric didn’t necessarily reduce the bacterial load,” says Gail Mahady, Ph.D., the study’s lead author. “What it did was reduce the chronic inflammation caused by H. pylori. And it’s this inflammation that has been associated with the development of cancer.”
Source: AOL Health
Licorice, glycyrrhetinic acid (GA)
The objective of the present study was to investigate the in vitro activity and bactericidal effectiveness of liquorice extract, GL, GA and a novel lipophilic derivative of glycyrrhetinic acid monoglucuronide (GAMG), acetylated GAMG (aGAMG), against 29 different H. pylori strains.
The potent in vitro activity of GA against H. pylori provides a further explanation for its beneficial effect on peptic ulcers. Its effectiveness against clarithromycin-resistant strains provides hope that it can form the basis for an alternative therapeutic agent against H. pylori.
Source: Oxford Journals
Louis Pasteur was the first to describe the antibacterial effect of onion and garlic juices. Historically, garlic has been used worldwide to fight bacterial infections. Allium vegetables, particularly garlic (Allium sativum L.) exhibit a broad antibiotic spectrum against both gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria. Noteworthy results published include the following: 1) raw juice of garlic was found to be effective against many common pathogenic bacteria-intestinal bacteria, which are responsible for diarrhea in humans and animals; 2) garlic is effective even against those strains that have become resistant to antibiotics; 3) the combination of garlic with antibiotics leads to partial or total synergism; 4) complete lack of resistance has been observed repeatedly; 5) even toxin production by microorganisms is prevented by garlic. Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) is a bacterium implicated in the etiology of stomach cancer and ulcers. The incidence of stomach cancer is lower in populations with a high intake of allium vegetables. We have demonstrated in vitro that H. pylori is susceptible to garlic extract at a fairly moderate concentration. Even some antibiotic-resistant H. pylori strains are susceptible to garlic. Clinical trials are necessary to explore the possibility of using garlic as a low-cost remedy for eradicating H. pylori.
There was a previous post that I did about research with broccoli sprouts as an effective method for H. pylori.
Garlic usually lowers BP rate; but, the volatile oil does go into the blood stream and reaches the heart rather quickly. You might have had a small Herx reaction along with anxiety symptoms. Glad things settled down for you. Good luck in fighting this.
Thank you. I'm glad that you've found our website helpful. For sometime I have been considering adding more to the site with links to quality sites that I trust to help people out; i.e, purchasing herbs and such.
We did have trackbacks for awhile, but the spammers started in and I had to put a halt to it because it became overwhelming.
Probiotic yoghurt also seems to work well.
You're welcome. I don't have H Pylori, but I use Turmeric for other inflammation issues. I've read some scientific articles stating that it doesn't work too well in the gut and poorly assimilated. I would disagree with this based upon my personal experience with this herb. Based upon your comment Turmeric has helped you too. Thank you for commenting.... perhaps, it will help someone out who has H Pylori.
Have you looked into Acid/Alkaline food suggestions? Here's a chart to get you started.
A good probiotic will help too, possibly Keifer or Russian gold probiotic which is suppose to be the strongest. Another thought that comes to mind is the use of Olive oil/Olive leaf extract. If you do your research, may find these suggestions helpful.
and another publication about Vit C indicates the following:
Feb 02 - Does vitamin C intake slow the progression of gastric cancer in Helicobacter pylori-infected populations?
Vitamin C's role in the prevention of disease and malignancy has been studied over the last several decades. Vitamin C intake has been shown to have an inverse relationship with gastric cancer. Recent follow-up studies on high-risk populations suggest that ascorbic acid, the reduced form of vitamin C, protects against gastric cancer, for which H. pylori is a significant risk factor. In populations infected with H. pylori, there is a reduction in gastric juice ascorbic acid concentration. This article reviews the risk factors for gastric cancer and the role of vitamin C in prevention of the disease.
Nutr Rev 2002 Jan;60(1):34-6
Feiz HR, Mobarhan S.
Department of Gastroenterology, Loyola University of Chicago, Maywood, IL 60153, USA.
Contributed by Bill Sardi, Knowledge of Health
Hope this helps.
Everything that I've read about H pylori is that it is a hard parasite to kill. However, persistence does pay off. I'm not a doctor, but it is my understanding antibiotics may complicate matters over a period of time. You should read all you can about this. One thing that might be helpful to take would be a product that will help breakdown biofilm protection layer that naturally forms over bacteria. For instance, you know when you wake up or eat sugary foods and overtime a film forms over your teeth? This is a good example of a baterial biofilm covering. There are a few products out made with enzymes that is suppose to cut through biofilms. A product off the top of my head is Interfase Plus as a good example.
You might want to give the enzyme product a try along with some suggestions in the blog or use your doctor's protocol. If I were in your shoes I might look into Oregano Oil or Olive Leaf extract too. I made a post about this, but there is plenty of research on these herbs.
Interested in knowing your results. Please keep me posted.
You're welcome. I hope that the information will be helpful to you. Please keep me posted.
I'm glad that that the blog has been helpful to you. The positive feedback is the thing that keeps me going.
is there a modern new thing to fight the H pylori. I'm afraid to go in the direction of antibiotics
ive an infection i my stomach and many problems after the food with heartburn
i tried thyme for a long time and now i use herbs . But i hoe there is new information about these things
Someone at the natural market should be able to help you with this. If not go to someone who can assist you with this. You have all the right herbs, and if you do your research you'll find that orange peel has shown some positive results.
With herbal medicine you have to take them for awhile and then take a break. Otherwise your body can be weaken with excessive use or the pathogen mutates itself to make it useless. This is another reason why protocols are switched up with using something else for a season.
I was diagnosed with h. pylori and my doctor prescribed me with triple therapy. I've read a lot of feed backs about the therapy that it has only 50% success rate, because the bacterium is hard to kill specially if you're taking to much antacid which makes the bacteria survive more in your stomach due to low stomach acid. So, i didn't follow the doctor's prescription. However, i did take the prescribed antibiotics for seven days but didn't take the ppi's which stops the production of acid in stomach. I'm on the second week of medications and my doctor prescribed me with another round of proton pump inhibitor(ppi's), but i didn't take it. Instead i took mega dose of vit.c 500mg 3x daily, turmeric capsules 400mg 2 caps 3x daily and garlic caps 500mg 3x daily. Then, i take probiotic in between meals to replenish good bacteria in my gut while taking those natural anti bacterial supplements. I will also try fresh pine-apple juice and organic apple cider vinegar and see if i can manage to eradicate this nasty bugs in my stomach.
By the way, i've been taking antibiotics and proton pump inhibitor (ppi's) since i was diagnosed with hiatal hernia, doudenitis, esophagitis and gastritis 3 years ago. But i wasn't tested with h.pylori because i didn't know that i could be infected with the bacteria and my my previous gastroenterologist didn't explain me about it. (What a lousy physician) I've been paying her a lot of money but her diagnosis isn't complete.
To those who are infected with the bacteria, don't loose hope.. there's always a cure in every disease, because God gave us all kinds of plants and herbs that we can use to fight against diseases. Just be patient and let's fight it. MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL. God Bless. (^_^)
Happy New Year your Holy is shouting for joy.
I have been taking turmeric capsules 450mg. 2-caps 3x daily, vco 3 tbsp. daily, and garlic capsules 3x daily to get rid of my h. pylori..
How long should i continue taking these combination of herbs? I'm on the 2nd week of medication already after the standard antibiotic treatment.
Thanks and more power to your site.
Happy New Year and blessings to you. Keep us posted on your progress!
Welcome back and Happy New Year. You might find it helpful to read the following posts. In some posts the subject is geared toward worm parasites, but in truth, the information applies to all infections.
Enzymes, posts 1-3.
One note that I didn't put in the write-up is that there are formulas like ViraStop2 and some others that can help breakdown foreign proteins and biofilms. If you do some research on them it will make more sense why they are necessary to include in a protocol.
Parasite Kill Zone
You may find in the link provided helpful information about Oil of Oregano.
It might be helpful if you incorporate ACTIVE Manuka Honey UMF 16-20+ (higher the grade, the better) along with the Oil of Oregano. You can look into this and see if it applies to you as a resource (there are clinical trials that you can find too).
This site has a good amount of information and research on how to deal with this gut bacteria.
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