Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) is a bacterium that can inhabit various parts of the stomach, particularly the bottom of the stomach (antrum) and pyloric sphincter which separates the stomach and the duodenum. H. pylori is often linked to duodenal and gastric ulcers, and the development of stomach cancer as it causes chronic, low-level inflammation of the stomach lining.
According to research, more than 50% of the world’s population has H. pylori in their upper gastrointestinal tract. Infected individuals usually carry the infection indefinitely unless treated.
One out of every six patients with H. pylori will develop ulcers of the duodenum or stomach. If you are infected with H. pylori and suffer from uncomfortable symptoms please see CAUSES OF STOMACH PROBLEMS and the effects of poor digestion.
H. pylori signs and symptoms:
Typically, people with an infection of H. pylori bacteria do not experience symptoms until complications, such as gastritis and peptic ulcer develop. When symptoms do occur, they can vary in nature and severity between individuals. Symptoms of an infection of H. pylori bacteria, gastritis and peptic ulcer can include epigastric pain, and burning in the upper abdomen. Other symptoms can include nausea, vomiting, and pain between the shoulder blades in the back. The pain of a peptic ulcer often begins about two hours after eating and also occurs at night. Eating more food or taking an antacid often decreases or relieves the pain.
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