Ulcers cause gnawing, burning pain in the upper abdomen. These symptoms frequently occur several hours following a meal, after the food leaves the stomach but while acid production is still high. The burning sensation can occur during the night and be so extreme as to wake the patient. Instead of pain, some patients experience intense hunger or bloating. Antacids and milk usually give temporary relief. Other patients have no pain but have black stools, indicating that the ulcer is bleeding. Bleeding is a serious complication of ulcers.
Gastrointestinal Care Plans Care plans covering the disorders of the gastrointestinal and digestive system:
Slippery elm bark capsules have proven to be very effective for consistently relieving the pain I'm experiencing from numerous stomach and intestinal ulcers. I take a dosage of 1 capsule 1 hour before meals and a dosage of 1 capsule 2 hours after meals, as well as a dosage of 1 capsule at bedtime. If I have pain at any other time, I will take another capsule, which brings relief every time. There are no known drug interactions with, or toxicity in Slippery Elm (inner) bark, and therefore it can be taken along with prescription medications, but ALWAYS check with your doctor first anyway if you do take other meds, just to be absolutely sure of your safety. The capsules contain dried and powdered Slippery elm (inner) bark, which when mixed with the water in the stomach that was swallowed to wash the capsule down, produces a thick coating of mucilage that coats the intestinal tract within approximately 15-30 minutes, giving the ulcers protection from food and acidity. The Slippery Elm's inner bark contains valuable nutrients, and has anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and antibiotic properties which help to heal the ulcers as well as relieve the pain. If preferred, the capsules can be opened, and the powdered contents mixed with milk or other ulcer compatible liquids to make a gruel, which is helpful for people who can't swallow capsules. Slippery Elm has been used for centuries for healing many ailments, and is one excellent remedy for ulcer pain.