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2 Natural Cures for H. Pylori - Thanks to Bees

Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori), is a spiral shaped bacterium commonly found in the stomach and believed to be contracted through water and food. The bacteria attacks and weakens the stomach's mucous lining and make it more susceptible to damage from gastric acids. The World Health Organization has classified as a class I carcinogen and recognized it as the causative agent for peptic ulcers, duodenal ulcer, gastritis, mucosa-associated lymphoid tissue lymphomas, and gastric cancer, which are extremely common diseases in the East Asian countries such as Japan and China.

Those who developed peptic ulcers as a result of H. Pylori infection suffer from symptoms such as burning pain in the abdomen, nausea, bloating, weight loss, poor appetite, belching, diarrhea and vomiting. In serious cases, the bacteria can also attach to the stomach cells, cause an excessive production of stomach acid, chronic inflammation, or even gastric cancer. However, the majority of people do not know that they are infected with the bacteria as they have never experienced any negative health symptoms.

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Propolis, also known as bees' glue, is a resinous mixture collected by honeybees from a variety of plant sources used to keep the hive healthy and structurally sound. It contains over 300 natural compounds including amino acids, coumarins, phenolic aldehydes, and polyphenols. Many scientific studies have shown that propolis possesses active anti-angiogenic, anti-inflammatory compounds that able to effectively fight H. pylori infection (Journal of Enzyme Inhibition and Medicinal Chemistry, Vol 31, 2016).

Manuka Honey

Manuka produced by certain Leptospermum species native to New Zealand and Australia, is known to be able to kill the H. pylori bacteria (US National Library of Medicine). The "non-peroxide activity" in Manuka honey, which has been identified as methyl glyoxal (MGO), is responsible for the antimicrobial activity against the bacteria. Take one teaspoon of active Manuka honey 3 or 4 times a day. Unlike antibiotics, Manuka does not have any side effects of conventional antibiotics (including amoxicillin, clarithromycin and metronidazole) and can be used long term. The alarming rate of antibiotic resistance has also rendered many antibiotic-based treatments for eradicating H. pylori infections strategies ineffective. Reoccurring infections are also not uncommon for patients have undergone courses of antibiotic medications.

If you have been tested positive for H. pylori bacteria in your blood test, consider using alternative natural medicine like Manuka honey and propolis as a treatment regimen as they may prove to be more effective and reliable than conventional drugs.

Related Pages

1. Bee propolis has been used as a natural healing agent for many centuries because of its antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral, anti-inflammatory effects. Details in: 7 Things to Know About Anti-Cancer Propolis (#4 is Impressive).

2. Today science has acknowledged Manuka honey as medicine for its exceptional antimicrobial properties. Details in: Manuka Honey as Medicine.

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