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.
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
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