Duodenitis is a disease usually caused by infections, acid hypersecretion by the stomach, by the helicobacter pylori bacteria , among others. It consists of an inflammation of the duodenum, which is the first portion of the small intestine, characterized by being a hollow tube that connects to the stomach and jejunum. Its main function is to receive the partially digested food by the stomach and continue the digestion.

The abuse of alcohol, chemical drugs and even the consumption of very spicy foods can irritate the mucosa and lead to duodenitis. If not treated properly, it can turn into an ulcer and then even into a tumor. In most people it occurs asymptomatically, but may develop some symptoms such as nausea, stomach pain, heartburn, lack of appetite or feeling full after meals.

Diagnosis and treatment

As symptoms are nonspecific, diagnosis is more difficult. It is done only through upper digestive endoscopy. During this examination, the collection of mucous tissue is performed for a biopsy. Only then is the diagnosis given completely, without any doubts.

Once discovered, duodenitis is treated with drugs that aim to minimize clinical manifestations. It is advisable to reduce acidic foods, and to stop smoking and drinking alcoholic beverages. The practice of physical exercise is essential, as it promotes both body and mental relaxation. In cases of hemorrhagic ulcers, the most suitable procedure is hospitalization. In cases of pylori bacteria , some doctors prescribe specific drugs that fight it.

flaxseed tea

Natural recipes are great to help treat duodenitis, but they should never replace medicines. Bring a serving of flaxseeds to a boil together with 200 ml of water for about 20 minutes. Mix well. Drink daily, on an empty stomach, in small sips. Wait an average of an hour and then have breakfast.

banana leaf infusion

In a container, place 300 ml of boiling water in 50 grams of dried banana leaves. Cover and leave for 30 minutes. Then strain and drink half a glass before meals.

Fennel and lemon balm tea

Place 10 grams of fresh fennel seeds with 15 grams of dried lemon balm leaves with two or three grams of dried cinnamon bark (or if you prefer, a pinch of powdered cinnamon). Add 500 ml of water and boil for 10 minutes. Strain the tea, and drink a glass after meals.