PEPTIC ULCER DISEASE AND ITS MANAGEMENT WITH EMPHASIS ON HERBAL MEDICINES
Jeswin Johny, Betty Carla and Christudas Sunil*
Peptic ulcer is a group of ulcerative disorders that occur in areas of the upper gastrointestinal tract that are exposed to acid-pepsin secretions. It is one of the most common diseases in the world. Peptic ulcers are usually treated with synthetic drugs such as proton pump inhibitors, H2 receptor antagonists and other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. But most of these drugs are shown to have adverse effects, relapses and drug interactions. Medicinal plants containing active chemical constituents are better alternative for synthetic drugs in prevention and treatment of various diseases. This is true in case of peptic ulcer disease also. Combination of ayurvedic knowledge with modern medicine can result in better antiulcer drugs of natural origin from medicinal plants with fewer side effects. This study has presented the review of peptic ulcer disease and commonly used anti-ulcer plants which are used for the treatment or prevention of peptic ulcers along with other reported activities of these plants.
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