I recently fell ill with debilitating pangs of pain while traveling in Europe; a few hours later, I landed in Nairobi and was hospitalized. The wonderful AAR ambulance (thanks to Fletcher) crisscrossed the city at the speed of light to get me to the nearest, best hospital. In retrospect, I’m left wondering whether I had an epiphany or was in full-fledged panic mode during the transport. From my readings, many ancient philosophers have written books on the power of thought—that our minds have power over our bodies. It is very easy to panic yourself to death while experiencing such pain!
After several intravenous injections of painkillers and pharmaceutical paraphernalia were pasted on my body to stabilize me, lab results came—it was peptic ulcers. I breathed a huge sigh of relief and thought to myself “Oh, ulcers? That means I can only ever eat vegetables, alkaline foods, and anti-acids!” Boy was I ignorant about this new finding. After being discharged, people with whom I interacted would make comments like “Gosh, ulcers nearly killed me,” “ulcers has had me fainting in the middle of the streets” and so on.
My realization that many Kenyans in both urban and rural settings deal with peptic ulcers was very telling. I can estimate that 2 out of 3 people I spoke with were living with this condition caused by H. Pylori Bacteria.
I made a decision to personally cure my ulcers using natural remedies. I decided to first finish my prescriptions and, after that, I took the following steps:
- I cleansed the residual effects of prescriptions by taking chlorella and spirulina capsules. These are very good for detoxing the body—removing heavy metals from the liver, among other organs.
- In each 700 ml of water I drank, I’d sprinkle half a teaspoon of activated charcoal, which I had previously bought from Kitil Farms (for unrelated reasons)
- Activated charcoal sucks out excessive stomach acids which irritate peptic ulcers. It is one of the listed natural remedies for peptic ulcers
- Given that I was also just coming off Nexium and antibiotics, I was careful not to prolong the charcoal therapy for fear that it would tighten my digestion. To counter this, I simply bought yogurt, which I consumed 4 times a day to repopulate the necessary intestinal flora.
- I drank this greyish water 4 times daily for 3 days.
- On day 4 after finishing my medication, I decided to begin with a long term therapy that would eventually cure my condition:
- For every 700 ml of water I took, I added ½ teaspoon Moringa Powder and 1 teaspoon Apple Cider Vinegar with “The Mother” (by Dr. Braggs). I took this concoction at least 4 times daily for 4 days. These days, I just take ACV with my water at any point in time and once the 500 ml bottle is finished, that will be it.
- I went back to taking my vitamins and part of this daily regimen which included Una De Gato or Cat’s Claw supplements which have been lauded for treating cancer, intestinal problems, and immunotherapy.
Here is why this combination worked for me:
Moringa powder: Check out this article we published on the many benefits of moringa. Additionally, a 2006 article published in the African Journal of Traditional, Complementary and Alternative Medicines showed that moringa was effective in relieving symptoms in Lab rats suffering from gastric ulcers.
Apple Cider Vinegar with The Mother: Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) has strong anti-bacterial and healing components. It is the most common recommendation for treating ulcers as it can effective kill the H. Pylori bacteria. So what is The Mother? This is a cloudy film that forms at the bottom of the bottle and this is where the miracle lies. The Mother has several vitamins, minerals, and probiotics. This component alone makes ACV to be beneficial for several uses in maintaining our daily health. Mixing 2 teaspoons of ACV with 700 ml of water alone is enough to cure ulcers.
Cat’s claw: As mentioned above, it is great with inflammations and intestinal health. Cat’s Claw has also been used to cure cancers, repair immune systems, reduce bloating, heal peptic ulcers, to name a few. Personally, I have taken it for 8 months and it has worked well with my immune system as well as in curing the peptic ulcers.
Positive thoughts: While in the hospital, I began with the end in mind. I shifted my thoughts from the present (where I was focusing on the terrible pain) to imagining how I will be once I got better. I also did affirmations around my health each morning.
Remember, Peptic Ulcers is not caused by acidity, as your stomach is acidic in nature. The harmful culprit named earlier causes it. What cured my stomach ulcers was the daily use of simple natural remedies, which were strong enough to maim and injure the gastric intruders.
Fun fact: I took my prescriptions for a week. I took natural remedies for another week, by day 8 of 14, I was drinking lemon juice, black tea, eating kales, and all acidic foods you can imagine. Guess what? I was not curled up crying in pain! MY ULCERS WAS CURED! I am not a doctor; however, this worked for me personally.