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Peptic Ulcers

Peptic ulcer is a general term used for a sore that occurs when any part of the protective lining of the digestive tract is damaged. The stomach juices eat away at the gut lining, forming an ulcer. This could be in the stomach itself, in the upper part of the small intestine (the duodenum) or, more rarely, in the gullet (the oesophagus).

The Dandelion

The name dandelion comes from the French ‘dent-de-lion’, referring to the plants lions tooth leaves. It’s also known as ‘wet a bed’ or ‘piss in lee’, after its diuretic action. Its Latin name Taraxacum is derived from the Greek taraxos (disorder) and Akos (remedy) on account of its curative actions.

Swollen Abdomen|Bloating

Bloating, a very common complaint (especially among women) bloating or abdominal distension is often described as ‘fullness’ or ‘discomfort’. It may or may not be associated with visible swelling of the abdomen, it usually is not associated with pain, and it’s more often described as a discomfort.

Probiotics

In order to keep our immune systems in good shape, and to get those bugs that will strengthen our immune system many use probiotics today. The term ‘probiotic’ is derived from the Greek and literally means ‘for life’. Humans have been consuming probiotics for many thousands of years, and fermented foods have been, and still are, of great importance to the diets of most of the world’s people.

Heartburn

Heartburn develops when the muscular opening from the oesophagus into the stomach doesn’t work properly.  This set of muscles, the lower oesophageal sphincter (LES) or cardiac sphincter – opens to allow food into the stomach but then closes to keep stomach acid from washing up into the oesophagus.  In chronic heartburn these muscles don’t work correctly allowing acid back up into the oesophagus.

Stomach Pain

The stomach is the organ which prepares food to be absorbed in the intestinal tract. Strong muscles ensure proper mixing of food particles, while stomach acid catalyzes other enzymatic reactions to break down food. The stomach is also a holding bay, passing food on to the intestinal tract when it is ready to assimilate it. Stomach problems can cause sharp and knife like pains, burning, or cramping, belching, nausea and loss of appetite.