H.Pylori Testing and Treatment

A Functional Medicine Approach to H.Pylori

Helicobacter pylori (H pylori) is the bacteria responsible for most ulcers both stomach and duodenal ulcers and one of the causes of gastritis in the stomach.

Most people infected with H pylori will not develop symptoms and will not develop complications.

It is present in approximately one-half of the world’s population. It can also cause a number of symptoms including heartburn/GERD, bloating, and distension amongst upper GI symptoms.

H.Pylori risk factors

H. pylori is probably spread by eating or drinking food or water that is contaminated with the organism excreted in feces of infected individuals.

The bacteria infect the protective tissue that lines the stomach which leads to the release of toxins and enzymes which can cause a immune response. This can lead to injury to the cells of the stomach or duodenum. This leads to  chronic inflammation in the walls of the stomach or the duodenum. 

Because of these changes, digestive juices such as stomach acid can cause damage to the stomach and duodenum.

Infection in the UK and other western countries are more prevalent in adults than in young children.


Common Symptoms

H.Pylori Treatment

We treat Helicobacter pylori infections at the London Centre for Functional Medicine with the aim of reducing pain, resolving the infection and healing the stomach and small intestine lining, as well as preventing any infection recurrence.

Antibiotics and proton pump inhibitors are among the typical treatments for Helicobacter pylori infections, however, these treatments can have short and long terms effects on the gut microbiome.

Due to this, a functional medicine approach may be used as a substitute for conventional medications, or in conjunction with conventional medications to decrease the dosage of conventional medications required to treat Helicobacter pylori infection symptoms.

A typical approach to treating Helicobacter pylori infection at the London Centre for Functional Medicine is as follows:

  • Removing foods from your diet that irritate the gut wall.
  • Removing the overgrowth of H-Pylori through botanical medicines
  • Using beneficial bacteria to help modulate the immune response
  • Using bespoke supplements to heal the gut lining

H.Pylori Approach

Optimal Nutrition and Absorption

One of the main aspects of a successful recovery is a diet that includes avoiding or heavily reducing foods that feed the bacteria including sugar, alcohol, gluten, all kinds of vinegar and grains

Supplement Support

We can use a number of different strategies that include specific probiotics that contain friendly bacteria that target the H.Pylori infection and stimulate the immune system.


There are 3 types of tests you can use to detect for H.Pylori including a breath test, stool and blood tests, however, the more accurate of all three are the breath test and stool test. Some of the stool tests including GI MAPP have more markers for H.Pylori which can be beneficial to assess the virulence factors.

Targeted Treatments

Our practitioners can recommend additional treatment or lifestyle interventions that have proven effects to help you overcome H-pylori infections..

Our Client's Feedback

Cormac Whelan
Cormac Whelan
Rob has helped me through a gut health conditon that no other GP was able or willing to figure out. There was no guess work involved. He got to the root of my issues through knowledge, testing and investigation. I would highly recommend the London Centre for Functional Medicine
Roger Hassan
Roger Hassan
I can’t say enough good things about my experience at the London Centre for Functional Medicine. After 3 years of misdiagnosis and living with IBS I finally felt I was able to heal. I’m truly grateful to Rob for his expertise in SIBO. I have to keep things in check but I feel so much better. I would highly recommend them.
G Monkee
G Monkee
For those seeking an alternative viewpoint to their chronic conditions, I would recommend the London Centre for Functional Medicine to others. They were helpful and mindful of my financial restrictions. Thank you.
Martin Beaumont
Martin Beaumont
Working with the London Centre for Functional Medicine team has been a great experience. I have had big improvements with digestion issues and now live pain free! Having the support of Rob was very useful when questions or issues arose during the program and was particularly impressed with not going overboard with the supplement regime. Highly recommended!
Sean Hayden
Sean Hayden
I'm currently going through treatment with Rob and just wanted to acknowledge the individualised and personalised care that has been provided. From when I started Rob has looked at my health issues without judgement and was able to help me in many areas that weren't optimal. Notably, Rob has helped me overcome gut issues and other niggling issues that I didn't were related but seemingly are. Rob is also great at explaining the body systems and related things which has been great. I can highly recommend the London Centre for Functional Medicine
K Kelly
K Kelly
"What I appreciate about Rob at the London Centre for Functional Medicine is that he seeks to educate rather than just give supplements and instructions. He makes you understand both the action needed to take as well the underlying physiological processes driving the underlying issues. Highly recommended."
Aaron Robson
Aaron Robson
If you're dealing with health challenges that conventional medicine hasn't resolved, I strongly suggest you visit the London Centre for Functional Medicine. They make a real effort to comprehend symptoms and worked with me to develop a plan for exploring treatment possibilities. Thanks to my practitioner, I now have answers to health questions that had eluded me for years, and I couldn't be more grateful. My practitioner (rob) uses a data-driven approach to identify the underlying cause. I've already recommended him to friends, and they have had success with his care as well.
Tracy Thomas
Tracy Thomas
Rather than going to a GP when you are sick I entered the Functional Medicine journey before things got out of hand. It’s a route everyone should consider as it does prevent illness and can reverse it! I learned a lot about how my body works and how to become healthier. London CFM walked me through the things I needed to know by educating me about how the digestive system works and healing my SIBO. Thank you!
Lindsay Jones
Lindsay Jones
I sought help from the London Centre for Functional Medicine for a problem I have had for most of my life, terrible digestive issues. Rob has worked with me to get back normal function of my digestive function. It has taken some time but the result have been great so far.
T Webster
T Webster
I was originally referred to Mr Staunton by a nutritional therapist who felt that his particular expertise was required for my specific needs. After meeting him and explaining the situation, he conducted some lab tests which had to be shipped to Germany.. In the 3 months that I’ve been treated by Mr Staunton, I’ve seen a significant improvement in my symptoms and I’m feeling optimistic about my continued good health. I highly recommend the Clinic and working with Mr Staunton has been a very professional and pleasant experience. He’s extremely knowledgeable about both nutrition and how the body works.

Why Choose the London Centre for Functional Medicine?


Once you reach out to us, the team will guide you through the collaborative process with a practitioner, We will gather the information we need to understand you better and help support and motivate you along your health journey.


We take the complex and try to make it simple. Many patients have gone to multiple doctors before they reach us. By taking a functional medicine approach, we can focus on the core imbalance and what needs to be addressed to improve your health picture.

Custom Approach

There is no one size fits approach as each patient is unique. Thus, no plan or protocol is the same. Everything about you including symptoms, lifestyle, diet, genetics and capacity to heal is different and will require a personalized approach.

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