Etiology: An open sore or lesion of the skin or mucous membrane accompanied by sloughing of the inflamed necrotic tissue.

CAUSES: Simple ulcers may result from trauma, caustics, intense heat or cold, or arterial or venous stasis. They may occur as a complication of varicose veins due to stasis of blood leading to inflammation, necrosis, and sloughing of tissue. Ulcers of the mucous membrane of the stomach or duodenum (small intestine) are caused by the effect of gastric acid and pepsin. Introduced recently is the idea that gastric or peptic ulcers are caused by bacteria, treated by antibiotics.

The sores of acquired syphilis are caused by blockage of small vessels. The secretion from these sores contains the causative agent Treponema pallidum.

Amputating ulcer, destroys tissue to the bone by encircling the part.

Also, ulcers may appear as bed sores.

An ulcer results, when, during stress, the body’s defense of the lining of the stomach is damaged and the stomach cannot secrete sufficient mucus to protect it against the strong acid essential for digestion. The ulcer is aggravated by the level of anxiety of the individual before eating.

Stress, bacteria, irritation of the skin or mucous membranes, trauma, chemical or heat burns, poor circulations, varicose veins, chronic infections are some of the causes.

SYMPTOMS: If the sore becomes infected, pus is discharged, if external.

Varied symptoms include: stomach pain, lower back pain, headaches, choking sensations, itching.

Aspirin and vitamin C may create more acid. When aspirin is taken for long periods of time, it can cause or worsen ulcers. Steroids taken for arthritis and even nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs may contribute to stomach ulcers. Heavy smokers have trouble healing an ulcer.





Blue grapes are used in Europe for ulcers.

Necessary for the breakdown and digestion of many foods is hydrochloric acid (HCL). A self-test is suggested to determine a need for HCL. Take 1 tbsp. apple cider vinegar or lemon juice. If this makes heartburn go away, then you need more stomach acid. If it makes the symptoms worse, then you have too much HCL and shouldn’t take enzymes that contain HCL. If it helps the symptoms, sip pure apple cider vinegar mixed with water with meals.

For external ulcers, take one of the following teas: bayberry, goldenseal, ragwort, chickweed, sage, wood sanicle, slippery elm, bogbean, ground ivy, bittersweet, agrimony or raspberry leaves.
Use a heaping tsp. to a cup of boiling water, strain, and drink 4 cups a day, one an hour before each meal and before retiring.

Bedridden patients should be turned at regular intervals at prevent bed sores.

For internal ulcers, take the following tea:
Comfrey (2 parts)
Calendula (1 part)
Knotgrass (1 part)
Steep 1 tsp. in 1/2 cup boiling water. Take 1 1/2 to 2 cups a day, unsweetened, in mouthful doses.

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