Study 1: Protective effects of a gastrointestinal agent containing Korean red ginseng on gastric ulcer models in mice. This study was carried out by a group of researchers at Gifu Pharmaceutical University in Japan in order to test the effect a Korean Red Ginseng extract has on the proliferation of gastric ulcers in mice. The digestive system of mice is very similar to humans, making them a great analog to run tests upon.
The mice developed stomach ulcers after ingesting a solution of hydrochloride and indomethacin. 1 hour after ulcer induction, the mice were treated with either 0, 30, 100, or 300 mg/kg of a Red Korean ginseng extract. The researchers then analyzed the effects of the medication through laser Doppler flowmeter measurements of the mice’s stomach tissue.
It was discovered that at levels of 100 mg/kg and 300 mg/kg of bodyweight, the ginseng extract was effective at mitigating the damage caused by the ingestion of hydrochloride and indomethacin.
Study 2: Ginseng, the root of Panax ginseng C.A. Meyer, protects ethanol-induced gastric damages in rat through the induction of cytoprotective heat-shock protein 27. There seems to be other benefits of Panax ginseng for the treatment of stomach ulcers. In this Korean study, rats were made to develop stomach ulcers after ingesting an ethanol solution, and were subsequently treated with a Panax ginseng extract after 1 hour of ulcer formation.
Study 3: Ginsenoside Rb1: The anti-ulcer constituent from the head of Panax ginseng. There had been previous studies indicating that the butanol (BuOH) fraction found at the head of the Panax ginseng plant may have gastroprotective properties. A team of researcher out of South Korea set out to test exactly which constituents of the butanol fraction are responsible for this effect.
This indicates that part of ginseng’s positive effect on gastric health may in part be related to its ability to inhibit acid secretion in the stomach.
Study 5: Anti-ulcer activity and mode of action of the polysaccharide fraction from the leaves of Panax ginseng. The beneficial compounds found in Panax ginseng are not limited to the plant’s root tissue. The polysaccharide fraction GL-4, which is found in the leaves of Panax ginseng, was tested on both mice and rats to find any anti-ulcer effects.
Beat stress to ease tummy troubles Anxiety and worry can upset the delicate balance of digestion. In some people stress slows down digestion, causing bloating, pain and constipation, while in others it speeds it up causing diarrhoea and frequent trips to the loo. Some people lose their appetite completely.
Stress can also worsen digestive conditions like stomach ulcers and irritable bowel syndrome. Try to keep mealtimes happy and relaxed.
Stop smoking to prevent reflux Smoking can weaken the muscle that controls the lower end of the oesophagus (gullet) and allow acid from the stomach to travel in the wrong direction back up the oesophagus, a process known as reflux.
Reflux causes the symptoms of heartburn (a burning sensation in the chest) and can bring on or aggravate stomach ulcers and inflammatory conditions of the bowel.
Eat properly to help your digestion It's very easy to spend our working lives eating on the move or at our desks, gulping down food between meetings and then crashing out in front of the TV with a takeaway in the evenings. But eating this way can play havoc with our digestive system.
Follow some basic rules to prevent problems:
Don't rush your food. Take the time to eat slowly. Try putting your fork down between bites and chew each mouthful well.
Don't overeat. Reduce the size of your portions at mealtimes, or try eating four to five small meals instead of three large ones.
Eat regularly and try not to skip meals.
Avoid eating a big meal just before you go to bed. Eat your last meal at least two to three hours before lying down.
Make sure you have plenty to drink.
Lose excess weight to beat heartburn If you're overweight, your tummy fat puts pressure on your stomach and can cause heartburn. Shedding some pounds may relieve digestive symptoms such as heartburn and other acid-related stomach complaints.
Binge drinking causes acid-related digestive disorders Moderate drinking won't hurt your digestive system, but binge drinking increases acid production in your stomach and can cause heartburn and aggravate other digestive disorders. Binge drinking is defined as drinking eight or more units of alcohol in one session for men, and drinking more than six units in one session for women.