Using cabbage juice to heal ulcers

Ulcers are found in the digestive tract and can cause severe pain. An ulcer is an open sore that is found in the lining of the digestive tract. Cabbage juice has been used for many years to heal ulcers.

Ulcers are widespread in North America and Europe and can be stimulated by a number of triggers including stress, the wrong diet and alcohol. The use of some prescription drugs such as aspirin and ibuprofen can also cause ulcers.

There are two main types of ulcer. Peptic (gastric) ulcers that are found on the lining of the stomach whereas duodenal ulcers are found on the lining of the upper small intestine (duodenum).

The pain experienced by people who have ulcers is caused by the open sore coming into contact with acidic digestive juices. When food is ingested it can bring temporary relief from the pain as the acids are neutralised by the food but the pain returns after the food is digested.

Between 1949 and 1952 Dr Garnett Cheney studied the effects of cabbage juice on ulcers. The results of these and other studies have been documented such as the ‘Rapid healing of peptic ulcers in patients receiving fresh cabbage juice’ (California Medicine 1949;70:10-14).

The findings found that peptic ulcer patients who drank 4 glasses of raw cabbage juice daily were healed in between 4 and 10 days and that x-ray examinations confirmed the faster healing times that were experienced when compared to hospital stay treatments that would take 30 days on average. The healing effects of the cabbage juice also relieved the pain associated with the ulcers.

If you have an ulcer then you should avoid eating pineapple as it contains enzymes that are often used as ‘tenderisers’ for fatty meats (such as gammon). These enzymes will attack the site of the ulcer and increase the problem and pain.