The patient complains of pain in the region of the stomach after eating; feels nauseated; bowels irregular; hesitates to eat for fear that more pain will follow eating, when food reaches the stomach. The symptoms vary some with each individual. This makes it imperative to select the indicated remedy for each case.
Stomach ulcers are puzzling cases to treat, requiring medicine, diet, hospitalization or perhaps surgery. The first step is to make certain that the condition is an ulcer and not something else. You can outline the size of the ulcer on the skin over the site of the ulcer, if you use the so-called electronic diagnostic aids. The ulcer may be the diameter of a ten-cent piece or a half dollar or larger.
Ulcer cases can be cured in four to five days with the proper indicated remedy for the individual together with a complete fast during the treatment. Nothing should pass into the stomach except the indicated remedy and plenty of pure water either hot or cold. Whether it takes four or five days depend upon the size of the ulcer and the condition of the person. You need not be alarmed about fasting your already weak patient, for such a patient does not derive any nourishment from his food, since his food, since his digestive tract is on the sick list, with consequent loss of weight and increasing weakness.
You must first ascertain if your patient has the will power to abstain from food during the treatment period. See your patient the second day. At that time he may say, “I want to eat.” Then it becomes necessary to bolster his will power. He may be told to drink a glass of water when he feels hungry, as that will usually satisfy the stomach for the time being. Also relief from hunger may be obtained by gum chewing during the fasting period. See the patient again the fourth day and notice if symptoms are cleared up and also if the skin shows clear over the ulcer site.
This being accomplished, the next procedure is to break the fast. The first meal generally calls for a cup of homemade beef or chicken broth with the fat skimmed off and one-half slice of whole wheat bread. Three hours later one cup of broth and a whole slice of whole wheat bread. Three hours later another meal of one cup strained vegetable soup and whole wheat bread.
Continue meals at three hour intervals while awake, each time slightly increasing the previous amount so that in two days time the amount will approximate a regular meal. Omit orange juice, tomato juice, milk, cream, butter and cheese. Write out each meal for the patient, with a warning not to eat more than you specify.
The above treatment has never failed the writer over a period of years. It is extremely simple as compared with the treatment sometimes given stomach ulcers. While the method as out lined is not as lucrative as the surgical method, it accords far more satisfaction to both patient and doctor.