Herbal treatment for helicobacter pylori

Updated April 17, 2017

Helicobacter pylori is known by its more common nickname, H. pylori, caused by a bacteria that infects the initial part of the intestine and the stomach. H. pylori often causes nausea, burning or pain in the abdomen, bloating and burping. Individuals with H. pylori may experience some or no symptoms, and some experience more severe symptoms and conditions such as ulcers, stomach lining inflammation and increased risk of stomach cancer. Treating H. pylori with herbs and herbal remedies may provide relief and reduce the severity and discomfort of flareups.


Take herbal supplements that contain turmeric, liquorice and cumin. Many herbal remedies believe to help reduce and prevent and kill H. pylori, especially for individuals who have built up a resistance to traditional antibiotic medications, include tumeric, cumin, oregano, ginger, borage and liquorice. The Journal of Gastroenterology published a report in 2005 that states that these herbs did show some effectiveness in the treatment of H. pylori, but did not offer specific dosages or the severity of the cases and resulting treatments that were studied.

However, the use of turmeric has long been used to help kill bacterial infections, both in Ayurvedic and traditional folk medicine practices of cultures around the world. Turmeric is believed to contain powerful antioxidants and is known to provide protection for internal organs such as the stomach and intestines, liver and blood vessels.

Mastic Gum

Purchase mastic gum supplements from your local vitamin or food store, or order it online on the Internet. Mastic gum comes from a pistachio tree that grows in Greece and has been used for generations to treat disorders of the intestines and stomach, including H. pylori. Common dosage of mastic gum is 2 capsules twice a day, but follow instructions of package or bottle labels for most effective treatment and effects. The New England Journal of Medicine stated in an article that the mastic found in mastic gum has been shown as effective for actively treating H. pylori bacteria strain NCTC 11637.


Treat symptoms of H. pylori, such as ulcers, with liquorice, which may even offer some benefits in killing the bacteria. Liquorice has long been used as an antibacterial and anti-inflammatory herb and in the treatment of gastritis and ulcers.

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