Thursday, 6 July 2017

Herbal Therapy: Chamomile, the Natural Whole Herb Medicine for Reduced Risk and Treatment of Gastric Ulcers

Kyle J. Norton, Master of Nutrients
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Whole food(herbal medicine) used as medical treatment,  linking health benefits in prevention, management and treatment of diseases has induced much interests in today renowned scientists.
But many researchers have raised question of herbal quality, because geographic climate differences, time of grown and harvest, etc. may effect their's potency. I do believe, these questions can only be answered by experience herbalists.

Scientists from the respectable institution may have found an ingredient from herbal chamomile for treatment of Gastric ulcers with little or no side effects.
According to the King Khalid University, in ethanol induced Gastric ulcers, Chamomilla recutita (ACE), exhibited the expression of antioxidant glutathione in regulation of the herbal mediated effect on gastric ulcer.

Dr. Al-Hashem FH, the author of the study, said," Compared to non-ACE treated rats, the ulcer index (UI) decreased significantly in a dose-dependent manner in treated animals" and " glutathione(GSH) levels fell significantly after ethanol treatment; this decrease was prevented by ACE treatment".

Gastric ulcer, a type of peptic ulcer is a condition of a localized tissue erosion in the lining the stomach, inducing symptoms of abdominal pain, bloating, septic shock, Dyspepsia, Blood in stool, bleeding, etc.

Chamomile is also known as camomile, common name of many species daisy-like plants in the family Asteraceae, used in traditional medicine as antispasmodic and anti-inflammatory constituents and to treat menstrual cramps and sleep disorders, reduce cramping and spastic pain in the bowels, relieve excessive gas and bloating in the intestine, etc.

The herbal medicine Alpha-bisabolol, a bioactive component, in animal study also inhibited gastric mucosal damage. Oral doses of 50 and 100 mg=kg markedly attenuated the gastric lesions induced by ethanol to the extent of 87% and 96% in activation of cellular metabolism.

Furthermore, the commercial preparation (STW 5, Iberogast), containing the extracts of bitter candy tuft, lemon balm leaf, chamomileflower, caraway fruit, peppermint leaf, liquorice root, Angelica root, milk thistle fruit and greater celandine herb, tested in patients with gastric ulcer, not only lower the gastric acidity, but also inhibited the secondary hyperacidity.

In ethanol-induced acute gastric mucosal injury in rats, Matricaria chamomilla L. (Compositae) hydroalcoholic extract (MCE) exerted a protective effect against ethanol-induced gastric mucosal lesions, depending upon the reduction in lipid peroxidation and augmentation in antioxidant activity. Dr. Cemek M, the lead researcher at the Afyon Kocatepe University suggested.

There is no doubt that chamomile and combination of chamomile with other herbal medicines are found to express gastrointestinal effects in reduced risk and treatment of gastric ulcer. But effective doses should only be prescribed by herbalist to prevent toxicity.

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(1) Gastroprotective effects of aqueous extract of Chamomilla recutita against ethanol-induced gastric ulcers by Al-Hashem FH1.(PubMed)
(2) Bisabolol-induced gastroprotection against acute gastric lesions: role of prostaglandins, nitric oxide, and KATP+ channels by Bezerra SB1, Leal LK, Nogueira NA, Campos AR.(PubMed)
(3) Mechanisms involved in the gastro-protective effect of STW 5 (Iberogast) and its components against ulcers and rebound acidity by Khayyal MT1, Seif-El-Nasr M, El-Ghazaly MA, Okpanyi SN, Kelber O, Weiser D.(PubMed)

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