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Natural Remedies to Relieve Pancreatitis
Pancreatitis is an incredibly painful condition marked by inflammation of the pancreas—a large gland that plays a key part in regulating digestion. While chronic pancreatitis requires ongoing care, acute pancreatitis requires immediate medical attention.
For chronic pancreatitis, a number of natural remedies (used to complement but not replace conventional care) may help alleviate pain and other pancreatitis symptoms.
Basics of Pancreatitis
Located behind your stomach, the pancreas releases enzymes into your small intestine to promote the breakdown of food. When pancreatitis occurs, those enzymes mistakenly attack the very tissues that produce them.
There are two types of pancreatitis: acute and chronic. The more common type is acute pancreatitis, a condition that accounts for about 275,000 hospital stays in the U.S. each year.
Often caused by gallstones, acute pancreatitis triggers such symptoms as severe pain in the upper abdomen, nausea, and vomiting. Treatment usually consists of hospital treatment with intravenous (IV) fluids, antibiotics, and pain medication.
Acute pancreatitis can be life-threatening. If you experience symptoms such as severe pain that begins slowly or suddenly in your upper abdomen, seek medical attention right away.
The most common cause of chronic pancreatitis is heavy alcohol use, with symptoms including nausea, vomiting, weight loss, and oily stools. Known to worsen over time, chronic pancreatitis can result in permanent damage and lead to complications like diabetes, kidney failure, and breathing problems.
To reduce your pancreatitis risk, it’s important to limit your alcohol consumption. Maintaining a healthy weight, sticking to a balanced eating plan, and getting plenty of exercise may also be recommended.
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Diet and Nutrition
Following a low-fat diet that limits greasy, fried, and high-fat processed foods are often recommended for both preventing and managing pancreatitis. That’s because consuming too much fat can cause your pancreas to release more digestive enzymes than it normally would. An excessive level of enzymes may lead to an attack.
The National Pancreas Foundation advises that patients with pancreatitis limit their fat intake to 20 grams or fewer per day, with no one meal containing more than 10 grams of fat.
Drinking plenty of fluids and cutting back on caffeine is also recommended for people with pancreatitis, according to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.
In some cases of pancreatitis, patients may need to receive total parenteral nutrition. A method of feeding that bypasses the gastrointestinal tract, total parenteral nutrition provides the patient’s daily requirement of nutrients by intravenous drip.
With acute pancreatitis becoming more common in the U.S., it’s thought that the obesity epidemic may be a factor in rising rates of this disease. What’s more, a study published in Current Opinion in Gastroenterology in 2017 indicates that obesity may worsen the severity of acute pancreatitis.
For help in keeping your weight in check—and possibly protecting against pancreatitis—check out this guide to all-natural approaches to weight loss.
Although research on the use of natural remedies for pancreatitis relief is limited, there’s some preliminary evidence that certain supplements may ease symptoms. Here’s a look at several findings from those studies:
Antioxidants may slightly reduce pain in people with chronic pancreatitis, according to a report published in The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews in 2014. For this report, scientists analyzed 12 previously published clinical trials with a total of 585 participants.
In their conclusion, they noted that the “clinical relevance of this small reduction is uncertain, and more evidence is needed.” They also found that adverse events, while mostly mild, occurred in 16 percent of participants.
It’s thought that taking antioxidant supplements may aid in the treatment of chronic pancreatitis by reducing oxidative stress (a possible factor in the development of this disease).
It should be noted that, in a systematic review published in 2009, researchers analyzed 22 clinical trials and concluded that the data do not support a benefit of antioxidant therapy in the management of pancreatitis.
An amino acid naturally present in your body, glutamine plays a role in many metabolic processes. Some research shows that glutamine supplementation may benefit people with acute pancreatitis who receive total parenteral nutrition.
For a report published in the journal Pancreatology in 2013, for instance, researchers reviewed 12 clinical trials with a total of 505 patients. According to the report’s authors, their analysis “demonstrates a clear advantage” for glutamine supplementation in patients with acute pancreatitis receiving total parenteral nutrition.
They also noted that those receiving enteral nutrition (food delivered to the stomach or small intestine through a tube) do not require glutamine.
Omega-3 Fatty Acids
The use of omega-3 fatty acids may help reduce infectious complications and length of hospital stay in people with acute pancreatitis, especially when used parenterally. That’s the finding of a 2015 report published in the journal Nutrients, which analyzed eight clinical trials.
A class of polyunsaturated fats, omega-3 fatty acids are found naturally in many foods (including flaxseed and fatty fish like salmon and tuna). Preliminary research suggests that omega-3 fatty acids may help treat pancreatitis by reducing inflammation and repairing tissue damage.
A Word From Verywell
Due to a lack of large-scale clinical trials testing their effects in the treatment of pancreatitis, it’s too soon to recommend any natural remedies for pancreatitis relief. If you’re interested in using natural remedies to manage pancreatitis pain, talk to your doctor first about how to incorporate such remedies into your treatment plan.
Pancreatitis: Overview and More
Pancreatitis is an inflammation of the pancreas. The condition can be acute, coming on suddenly and resolving in about a week, or it can be chronic, worsening over time and requiring long-term management. Serious complications can occur with pancreatitis, and it can become life-threatening. As such, prompt diagnosis and treatment, possibly with surgery, are crucial.
Pancreatitis is the most common reason for gastrointestinal-related hospital stays in the United States.
The Role of the Pancreas
Your pancreas is a large gland behind your stomach and close to your duodenum, the first section of your small intestine. The pancreas secretes powerful digestive enzymes that enter the small intestine through a duct that then flows into the duodenum. These enzymes help you digest fats, proteins, and carbohydrates.
The pancreas also releases the hormones insulin and glucagon into the bloodstream. These hormones play an important role in metabolizing sugar.
Pancreatitis occurs when digestive enzymes become activated while still in the pancreas and begin attacking the organ, leading to inflammation and eventually damage if it persists.
Comes on suddenly
Typically resolves within one to two weeks
Can cause many serious complications, but most people recover completely with treatment
May follow a case of acute pancreatitis
Develops gradually and worsens over time
Does not heal or improve
Leads to permanent organ damage that can cause digestive and metabolic problems
An estimated 40 to 50 cases of acute pancreatitis per 100,000 people occur in the United States each year. This disease occurs when the pancreas suddenly becomes inflamed and then gets better.
Some people may have more than one attack, but recover fully after each one.
Acute pancreatitis is commonly caused by the following:
Gallstones are the most common cause of acute pancreatitis in the United States, and the risk of gallstone-related pancreatitis increases with age; it is also higher in women than men.
Other causes for acute pancreatitis include:
- Prescription medications
- Trauma to the abdomen
- Abdominal surgery
- Hypertriglyceridemia (high triglycerides, a fat in the blood)
- Viral infections, such as mumps
- Bacterial infections, such as Salmonella
- Vascular abnormalities, such as vasculitis (inflammation of blood vessels)
- Hypercalcemia (high calcium levels in the blood)
- Inherited abnormalities of the pancreas or intestine
- Tumors or pancreatic cancer
- High exposure to agricultural chemicals, such as the insecticide organophosphate
- Autoimmune diseases, such as inflammatory bowel disease or celiac disease
In about 15% of cases, the cause is unknown. Smoking is a risk factor for acute pancreatitis, as are obesity and uncontrolled diabetes. Having type 2 diabetes also increases the risk of having a severe case of pancreatitis.
Acute pancreatitis usually begins with pain in the upper abdomen that may last for a few days. The pain is often severe, but it can also be mild. It may be constant pain just in the abdomen, or it may reach to the back and other areas.
The pain may be sudden and intense, or it may begin as a dull pain that is aggravated by eating and slowly gets worse. Other symptoms include:
- Tender abdomen
- Increased pulse rate
- Feeling or looking very sick
- Jaundice, a yellowing of the skin and whites of the eyes
- Clay-colored stools
Approximately 15% of patients with acute pancreatitis develop severe disease.
In severe cases, there may be bleeding into the gland, serious tissue damage, infection, and cysts. Enzymes and toxins may enter the bloodstream and seriously injure organs such as the heart, lungs, and kidneys.
The patient may become dehydrated and have low blood pressure. In the most severe cases, bleeding can occur in the pancreas, leading to shock and sometimes death.
During acute attacks, high levels of amylase and lipase, digestive enzymes formed in the pancreas, are found in blood tests. Lipase is more specific for pancreatic inflammation than amylase. Changes may also occur in blood levels of calcium, magnesium, sodium, potassium, and bicarbonate.
Patients may have high amounts of sugar and lipids (fats) in their blood too. These changes help the doctor diagnose pancreatitis. After the pancreas recovers, blood levels of these substances usually return to normal.
The treatment a patient receives depends on how bad the attack is. Unless complications occur, acute pancreatitis usually gets better on its own, so treatment is supportive in most cases. Usually, the patient is admitted to the hospital.
The doctor prescribes IV fluids to restore blood volume. The kidneys and lungs may be treated to prevent failure. Other problems, such as cysts in the pancreas, may need treatment too.
Sometimes a patient cannot control vomiting and needs to have a tube through the nose to the stomach to remove fluid and air. In mild cases, the patient may not have food for three or four days but is given fluids and pain relievers by vein. In severe cases, the patient may be fed through the veins for three to six weeks while the pancreas slowly heals.
An acute attack usually lasts only a few days, unless the ducts are blocked by gallstones.
Surgery may be needed if complications such as infection, cysts, or bleeding occur. Antibiotics may be given if there are signs of infection.
Attacks caused by gallstones may require removal of the gallbladder or surgery of the bile ducts, which are tubes that connect the liver to the small intestine. The bile ducts transport gallstones and blockages can occur.
When there is severe injury with the death of tissue, an operation may be done to remove said tissue.
Between 16% and 25% of patients with acute pancreatitis will experience another episode within a few years. Preventing this recurrence is a major goal of treatment.
After all signs of acute pancreatitis are gone, the doctor will determine the cause and try to prevent future attacks. In some patients, the cause of the attack is clear; in others, further tests need to be done.
The prevention plan will depend on the cause but may include some dietary changes, such as limiting fried foods and large meals, and avoiding alcohol.
When Gallstones Are Present
Ultrasound is used to detect gallstones and may provide an idea of how severe pancreatitis is. When gallstones are found, surgery is usually needed. It typically involves a cholecystectomy (removal of the entire gallbladder).
If a gallstone is blocking one of the pancreatic ducts, the gallstone will also need to be removed. If it is mild disease, the surgery should be done within seven days of acute pancreatitis. If it is severe disease, you may be advised to wait until after active inflammation subsides to try to prevent future episodes of pancreatitis.
A computer axial tomography (CAT) scan may also be used to find out what is happening in and around the pancreas and the severity of the problem. This is important information that the doctor will use to determine when to remove the gallstones.
After the gallstones are removed and inflammation subsides, the pancreas usually returns to normal.
Chronic pancreatitis may develop after only one acute attack, especially if the ducts become damaged or if the injury to the pancreas continues. Eventually the condition impairs a person’s ability to digest food and make pancreatic hormones.
Illustration by Joshua Seong. © Verywell, 2018.
An estimated 5 to 12 cases of acute pancreatitis per 100,000 people occur each year.
Causes of chronic pancreatitis include:
- Continued heavy alcohol use
- Blocked pancreatic or bile ducts
- Genetic mutations due to cystic fibrosis
- Autoimmune disorders
- An inherited form of pancreatitis that may be due to enzyme abnormalities
Damage to the pancreas from drinking alcohol may cause no symptoms for many years, and then the person suddenly has an attack of pancreatitis.
Chronic pancreatitis has many causes, but 70% to 80% of cases are due to chronic alcohol abuse.
Damage to the pancreas from drinking alcohol may cause no symptoms for many years, and then the person suddenly has an attack of pancreatitis. It is more common in men than women and often develops between ages 30 and 40.
Inherited forms of chronic pancreatitis appear to be due to abnormalities of pancreatic enzymes that cause them to autodigest the organ.
In the early stages, the doctor cannot always tell whether a patient has an acute or chronic disease. The symptoms may be the same.
Those with chronic pancreatitis may have the following symptoms:
- Upper abdominal pain
- Weight loss
- Oily or fatty stools
- Clay-colored or pale stools
Some patients do not have any pain, but most do. Pain may be constant in the back and abdomen; for some, the pain attacks are disabling.
In some cases, the abdominal pain goes away as the condition advances. Doctors think this happens because pancreatic enzymes are no longer being made by the pancreas.
Patients with this disease often lose weight, even when their appetite and eating habits are normal. This occurs because the body does not secrete enough pancreatic enzymes to break down food, so nutrients are not absorbed normally. Poor digestion leads to loss of fat, protein, and sugar into the stool.
Diabetes may also develop at this stage if the insulin-producing cells of the pancreas (islet cells) have been damaged.
Diagnosis may be difficult but is aided by a number of new techniques. Pancreatic function tests help the physician decide if the pancreas can still make enough digestive enzymes. The doctor can see abnormalities in the pancreas using several imaging techniques:
In more advanced stages of the disease, when diabetes and malabsorption (a problem due to lack of enzymes) occur, the doctor can use a number of blood, urine, and stool tests to help in the diagnosis of chronic pancreatitis and to monitor the progression of the condition.
The treatment for chronic pancreatitis usually involves relieving pain and managing nutritional and metabolic problems. The patient can reduce the amount of fat and protein lost in stools by cutting back on dietary fat and taking pills containing pancreatic enzymes. This will result in better nutrition and weight gain.
Sometimes insulin or other drugs must be given to control the patient’s blood sugar.
In some cases, surgery is needed to relieve pain by draining an enlarged pancreatic duct. Sometimes, part or most of the pancreas is removed in an attempt to relieve chronic pain.
Chronic pancreatitis patients must stop drinking, adhere to their prescribed diets, and take the proper medications in order to have fewer and milder attacks.
Pancreatitis and Diabetes: Risks and Causes
The pancreas is an organ in your upper abdomen that has many functions. These include creating and releasing digestive enzymes, and producing hormones that help regulate blood glucose (sugar) levels.
Diabetes is a medical condition characterized by higher-than-normal blood glucose levels (hyperglycemia). It is associated with the pancreas due to the blood sugar-regulating hormones produced there.
When the pancreas is damaged or inflamed, such as with pancreatitis, its ability to carry out its essential functions is inhibited, often leading to other health problems, including diabetes. Additionally, people with diabetes are at higher risk for pancreatitis.
What Is Pancreatitis?
Pancreatitis is inflammation of the pancreas. It can be acute, lasting only a few days, or chronic, lasting many years. The main symptom of pancreatitis is pain in your upper abdomen that may spread to your back. However, the pain may be felt in different ways depending on if you have acute or chronic pancreatitis.
Acute pancreatitis symptoms may come on slowly or suddenly, and range in severity from mild to intense. Other symptoms include fever, nausea, vomiting, fast heartbeat, and a swollen or tender abdomen. People with acute pancreatitis usually need to see a doctor urgently, as they often feel very ill.
People with chronic pancreatitis may have pain in the upper abdomen, spreading to the back, or they may feel no pain at all. The pain can become worse and more constant over time or after eating. However, the pain may also fade as the condition worsens. Other symptoms include diarrhea; nausea; vomiting; bulkier, foul-smelling stools; and weight loss.
The pancreas releases the hormones insulin and glucagon that help your body process glucose. Over time, chronic inflammation can damage the pancreas and its cells, including those that produce insulin and glucagon. When these cells become impaired, they are unable to properly regulate blood glucose levels, increasing the risk for diabetes.
What Are Insulin and Glucagon?
Insulin and glucagon are hormones made in and released by the pancreas. Their primary function is to regulate blood glucose (sugar) levels.
Insulin works to lower blood glucose levels by acting as a key to open cells, allowing glucose to leave the bloodstream and enter cells to be used for energy.
Conversely, glucagon is sent to the liver to promote the breakdown of glycogen to glucose (called glycogenolysis). This helps raise blood glucose levels when they are too low (hypoglycemia).
Links Between Pancreatitis and Diabetes
Pancreatogenic diabetes is a form of secondary diabetes, called type 3c diabetes by the American Diabetes Association (ADA), or termed pancreoprivic diabetes. Both insulin and glucagon production and secretion are decreased in pancreatogenic diabetes. Additionally, there is often a higher-than-expected insulin demand.
Many pancreatogenic diabetes cases result from chronic pancreatitis. Damage to the pancreas from inflammation interrupts its complex roles, including nutrient digestion, absorption, and utilization. This results in a lack of insulin and glucagon production, as well as other hormones essential for digestion.
Decreased insulin secretion is ultimately responsible for the development of pancreatogenic diabetes. Decreased glucagon secretion and the resulting impaired glucose being made in the liver also contribute to blood glucose fluctuations, with low blood glucose reactions.
Shared Risk Factors
If you have diabetes, you are more likely to get pancreatitis. An observational study of Japanese patients with type 2 diabetes found a significantly increased risk of acute pancreatitis compared to those without diabetes. Risk increased with age and was also higher in males compared to females.
Likewise, a population-based cohort study in Taiwan also found that people with type 2 diabetes had a nearly two-fold increased risk of acute pancreatitis compared to people without diabetes.
Another study looked into the pathophysiology behind why diabetes increases the risk for acute pancreatitis. The researchers hypothesized that insulin resistance and high blood glucose levels, both characteristics in type 2 diabetes, are important factors associated with the higher risk of acute pancreatitis in people with diabetes.
Other possible causes of pancreatitis include gallstones, high triglyceride levels, obesity, smoking, and heavy alcohol use.
There is research suggesting that certain diabetes medications may increase the risk of pancreatitis. However, several studies have provided mixed results. Overall, drug-induced acute pancreatitis is rare, occurring in about 0.5% of cases.
Nevertheless, it is important to be aware of the potential side effects of medications before taking them. The different classes of diabetes medications associated with a higher risk of pancreatitis include glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) receptor agonists and dipeptidyl peptidase-4 (DPP-4) inhibitors.
A 2011 review of the Food and Drug Administration’s database of reported adverse events found that pancreatitis was reported more than six-fold in patients taking exenatide (a GLP-1 receptor agonist) when compared with other therapies.
This same six-fold increase in reported pancreatitis cases was also found with patients taking another diabetes medication called sitagliptin, a DPP-4 inhibitor.
However, a 2017 meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials found that GLP-1 receptor agonist use was safe and did not significantly raise the risk of pancreatitis.
With the mixed results found in these and other studies, more research is needed to verify the claim that some medications used to treat diabetes raise the risk of pancreatitis.
Reducing Your Risk
If you have diabetes, there are several things you can do to help reduce your risk of pancreatitis. These include keeping your blood glucose levels in a healthy range, managing your triglyceride levels, maintaining a healthy weight, only drinking alcohol in moderation or not at all, and not smoking.
To help decrease your risk of diabetes when you have pancreatitis, make sure you are getting regular checkups with your healthcare provider. Eating a healthy, balanced diet and engaging in regular physical activity can go a long way in helping with disease prevention as well.
When to See a Doctor or Get Emergency Help
Call your doctor right away or get emergency help if you experience any of the following:
- Intense, constant abdominal pain
- Shakiness, dizziness, or lightheadedness
- Nausea or vomiting
- Fatigue and lethargy
- Breathing problems
- Very fast heartbeat
- Unintentional weight loss
- Yellow coloring of the skin and/or whites of the eyes (jaundice)
- Greasy, foul-smelling stool
- Any new or worsening symptoms of pancreatitis
A Word From Verywell
Simply because you have been diagnosed with diabetes doesn’t mean that you will go on to develop pancreatitis. Many people with diabetes can successfully manage the condition without any additional health complications. Similarly, having pancreatitis doesn’t mean you will develop diabetes.
Your pancreas plays an important role in blood glucose regulation in your body. Because of this, you may want to talk to your healthcare professional about the connections between pancreatitis and diabetes. They can explain the associations between the two conditions and help you navigate your individualized treatment plan for the best possible care and risk reduction.
Chronic pancreatitis – Treatment – NHS
Treatment for chronic pancreatitis aims to help control the condition and reduce any symptoms.
The most important thing you can do is stop drinking alcohol, even if it isn’t the cause of your condition. This prevents further damage to your pancreas and may reduce the pain.
If you continue to drink alcohol, it’s likely you’ll experience pain that stops you carrying out your day-to-day activities and also be more likely to develop complications.
Some people with chronic pancreatitis have a dependency on alcohol and need help and support to stop drinking. See your GP if this applies to you.
Treatment for alcohol dependence includes:
- one-to-one counselling
- attending self-help groups – such as Alcoholics Anonymous
- taking a medicine, called acamprosate, that can reduce cravings for alcohol
Read more about treating alcohol misuse.
If you smoke, you should stop. Smoking can speed up the damage caused by chronic pancreatitis, making it more likely your pancreas will stop working sooner.
You can use an anti-smoking treatment such as nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) or bupropion – a medicine used to reduce cravings for cigarettes.
See a GP for help and advice about quitting. They can refer you to an NHS Stop Smoking support service or you can call the NHS Stop Smoking helpline on 0300 123 1044 (England only) for more advice.
Read more about stopping smoking.
Because chronic pancreatitis can affect your ability to digest certain foods, you may need to change your diet.
A GP may be able to provide you with dietary advice, or you can ask them or your hospital doctor to refer you to a dietitian who will draw up a suitable dietary plan.
A low-fat, high-protein, high-calorie diet with fat-soluble vitamin supplements is usually recommended. But do not make changes to your diet without consulting a health professional.
You may be given pancreatic enzyme supplements to help your digestive system work more effectively.
Side effects of these supplements include diarrhoea, constipation, feeling sick, vomiting and tummy pains. See a GP if you experience side effects, as your dosage may need to be adjusted.
Steroid medicine is recommended for people with chronic pancreatitis caused by problems with the immune system because it helps to relieve the inflammation of the pancreas.
However, taking steroid medication for a long time can cause side effects such as osteoporosis and weight gain.
Pain relief is an important part of the treatment of chronic pancreatitis.
In most cases, the first painkillers used are paracetamol, or anti-inflammatories such as ibuprofen.
But taking anti-inflammatory painkillers on a long-term basis can increase your risk of developing stomach ulcers, so you may be prescribed a proton pump inhibitor (PPI) to protect against this.
If paracetamol or anti-inflammatories don’t control the pain, you may need an opiate-based painkiller, such as codeine or tramadol. Side effects include constipation, nausea, vomiting and drowsiness.
Constipation can be particularly difficult to manage, so you may be prescribed a laxative to help relieve this. See the page on constipation for more information.
If you feel drowsy after taking an opiate-based painkiller, avoid driving and using heavy tools or machines.
If your pain is severe, you may be referred to a specialist (a gastroenterologist or pancreatico-biliary surgeon) or pain centre for further assessment.
You may be offered surgery to help relieve the pain or treat any complications.
In some cases, additional medicine – called amitriptyline, gabapentin or pregabalin – may be recommended to help relieve the pain.
If this isn’t effective, severe pain can sometimes be relieved for a few weeks or months using an injection called a nerve block. This blocks the pain signals from the pancreas.
If the inflammation of your pancreas suddenly gets worse, you may need a short stay in hospital for treatment.
This might involve having fluids delivered directly into a vein and oxygen through tubes into your nose.
Read more about treating acute pancreatitis.
Surgery can be used to treat severe pain in people with chronic pancreatitis.
Patients with gallstones in the opening of their pancreas (the pancreatic duct) may benefit from endoscopic surgery and a treatment called lithotripsy.
Lithotripsy involves using shock waves to break the stones into smaller pieces. An endoscope is then used to access the pancreatic duct so the pieces can be removed.
This treatment may improve pain to some extent, but the benefit may not be permanent.
In cases where specific parts of the pancreas are inflamed and causing severe pain, they can be surgically removed. This is called a pancreas resection and may also be offered if endoscopic treatment doesn’t work.
The exact technique used for pancreas resection depends on which parts need to be removed.
Speak with your surgical team about the benefits and risks of the procedure before deciding to go ahead with it.
In the most serious cases of chronic pancreatitis, where the pancreas has been extensively damaged, it may be necessary to remove the entire pancreas (total pancreatectomy).
This can be very effective in treating pain, but you wont be able to produce the insulin that’s needed by your body any more. To overcome this problem, a technique called autologous pancreatic islet cell transplantation (APICT) is sometimes used.
During APICT, the islet cells responsible for producing insulin are removed from your pancreas before your pancreas is surgically removed. The islet cells are then mixed with a special solution and injected into your liver.
If APICT is successful, the islet cells remain in your liver and begin to produce insulin.
In the short term, APICT appears to be effective, but you may need additional insulin treatment in the long term.
Other tests and checks
If you’ve been diagnosed with chronic pancreatitis, you should be offered:
- annual checks (every 6 months in under-16s) to make sure your diet is giving you the nutrients you need
- a bone density assessment every 2 years – problems with digesting foods may affect your bone health
- a blood test for diabetes every 6 months
- an annual check for pancreatic cancer if the cause of chronic pancreatitis is hereditary
Page last reviewed: 31 October 2018
Next review due: 31 October 2021
Natural treatment for pancreas problems
by Peter Melamed, Ph.D.What does the pancreas do? Where is it in the human body? What do I need to know about the pancreas? These are great questions to ask about the pancreas. There are some organs that everyone knows about. If you ask people to tell you where their heart is, they point right to it. In terms of organs, the pancreas is not as popular as the heart or the kidneys.Google searches indicate that comparatively, the pancreas is not searched as much as the heart, liver, kidneys, lungs or colon. However, do not let that sway you. The pancreas or pancreatic gland is extremely important to your overall health. You cannot live a normal life without it.Let’s start with geography first. The pancreas can be found across the back of the abdomen, behind the stomach. One part of the pancreas is cradled in the curve of the duodenum, the first part of the small intestine.Next, what does the pancreas do? To put it simply, a lot. The pancreas is a multi-tasker; it is both an exocrine and endocrine gland. If it were on a football team, it would play both offensively and defensively. Being an endocrine gland, the pancreas manufactures special blood messengers or hormones that go into the blood system. One such hormone is the very well-known insulin. Anyone with diabetes knows the importance of insulin. Being an exocrine gland, the pancreas produces digestive enzymes that are released into the small intestine via ducts, valves, and chambers. The digestive enzymes of the pancreas break down everything that we eat–proteins, fats and carbohydrates– into small particles that are absorbed into our gut’s wall. From there, these food particles get into our blood so that our bodies can use the food for cellular energy, building our cells, feeding our bodies with nutrients, minerals, and vitamins. A big thank you goes out to the pancreas; it is the core to proper digestion.People can eat healthy, organic, wonderful food, but it will not matter if the pancreas is not working correctly. If the pancreas produces low quality and low amounts of digestive enzymes, the body will not absorb food well. All the nutrients, minerals, and trace elements that the body needs will not be entering the bloodstream properly.There are microorganisms in the gut that ferment undigested food. This fermentation process produces a lot of gas and toxic, irritated substances. Most people have experienced symptoms of indigestion, such as belching, gas, abdominal cramps, bloating, heartburn, diarrhea, or constipation. These are all ways that the body rids itself of gas and toxic, corroded matters.If a person continually works overtime is stressed and malnourished, burnout is fast approaching. This individual will become exhausted, sick, and weak. The same things happen to the pancreas when it is not working correctly. Here are some factors that cause the pancreas to be overworked and not function effectively:
- In the fast-paced world that we live in, more people eat processed food that is easy to order and eat without taking too much time. But many of these processed foods do not have living natural enzymes. The absence of living enzymes in food forces the pancreas to work harder and produce more of its own digestive enzymes to digest food properly.
- Today, most people are acidic. Whole body acidity destroys the pancreas in many ways. There is so much to whole body acidity that Biotherapy Clinic’s e-book, Healthy Pancreas, Healthy You, discusses this subject matter in detail.
- Along with eating more processed foods, people also tend to eat more unnatural food combinations. Such food combinations are difficult to digest and cause the pancreas to work harder than it should.
- Many people are deficient in bicarbonate, potassium, magnesium, zinc, cobalt, and other minerals and have a low intake of vitamins. The pancreas cannot work well without these critical nutrients.
- In the hectic modern world, many people have an alcoholic drink to decompress; however, alcohol is the archenemy to the pancreas.
- Daily stress is harmful to the pancreas, and constant stress negatively changes its hormonal and neural system.
If the pancreas, which is the main digestive organ, is sick, then a person will suffer digestive disorders. This is a classic cause and effect scenario. Some people see their doctors and tests are ordered. The results of these tests come back normal. Logically, people then believe that their pancreas is fine. At Biotherapy Clinic, it is often heard, “The doctor told me my lab tests are normal and my pancreas is okay.” Sadly, this is not always true. Standardized, routine tests do not test for the lower functioning of the pancreas. These tests have a limited scope. Low-quality digestive enzymes and less than enough digestive enzymes being produced are not on their radar.So if a pancreas is sick and standard tests are too limited to pick up on this, how do you know if your pancreas is sick or not? Focus on the symptoms. Indigestion symptoms are telling you something.Millions of people in the United States suffer from functional disorders of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract, such as functional dyspepsia, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), bile dyskinesia, constipation, etc. Doctors refer to these maladies as functional because there are no structural damages to the digestive tract but a digestive function is impaired. With almost all of these disorders, the pancreatic function is not working optimally; its abilities have been compromised.We can thank Mother Nature for the human pancreas having a 90 percent capacity. In other words, serious, life-threatening symptoms can manifest in the body when 10 percent or less of the pancreas function exists. The pancreas rarely loses 90 percent of its total function overnight. From the first incidence of pancreatitis to the end stage of chronic pancreatitis, the time frame is generally 8-15 years. Mother Nature is giving us big hints early on so that we have time to repair the pancreas. A person does not need to get to the end stage of pancreatitis. Now is the time for action.What is the non-drug, non-surgical approach to improving pancreatic function? To answer that question, we have to look at pancreatic juice. Pancreatic juice is made up mainly of water, followed by minerals, trace elements, bicarbonate and proteins that are mostly enzymes. These ingredients are the “fuel” that the body needs to be alive. A car without gasoline isn’t going anywhere.Good news. There is a unique healing mineral water that has the exact ingredients found in pancreatic juice. In a small town in the now Czech Republic, a thermal spring was found hundreds of years ago. Karlovy Vary (Carlsbad) thermal mineral water has been prescribed to patients in Europe for over 500 years. This healing mineral water is made up of minerals, trace elements, and bicarbonate.With hundreds of years testing and studying Karlovy Vary mineral water, European doctors realized that this healing water increases the amount of pancreatic juice produced and the quality of the pancreatic juice is better. All this makes for an alkalized environment in the small intestine, which is what we want. Pancreatic digestive enzymes work best in an alkaline state. Millions of people have improved health because they drink mineral water from the Karlovy Vary thermal spring.With such noted success, many people in Europe wanted Karlovy Vary spring water. Not all people could afford a trip to the Karlovy Vary thermal spring or were too sick to travel, so those at Karlovy Vary found a way to vaporize the thermal spring salt. Since 1764, the spring salt has been sent to people worldwide. By following the instructions, people could make the spring water at home and obtain the same healing results as those who went to Karlovy Vary.European doctors prescribed Karlovy Vary mineral water for people suffering from a range of digestive disorders. Note that genuine Karlovy Vary spring salt also significantly helps with major pancreatic illnesses as well, specifically diabetes and chronic pancreatitis. The latter is a long-lasting inflammation of the pancreas and indicates damage to the pancreatic function.An alkaline, healing diet, acupuncture, herbal medicine, nutritional supplementation, healing mineral water, restoration of beneficial intestinal bacteria, abdominal manipulation, relaxation and medical hypnosis are all valuable tools, used worldwide to heal pain and indigestion associated with chronic pancreatitis.Some statistics are hard to ignore. Approximately 87,000 new cases of pancreatitis occur annually in the United States. An estimated 900,000 ambulatory care visits occur each year due to pancreatitis. And these numbers are only the tip of the iceberg. Many, many cases of pancreatitis are not reported or recorded because milder cases of pancreatitis can go undetected.Regrettably, pancreatitis is not dealt with early enough. Modern medical books, textbooks, and articles describe the symptoms of chronic pancreatitis as constant pain, diarrhea, and weight loss. By the time experienced medical staff recognize chronic pancreatitis in a patient, it is too late. A person is already in the end phase of chronic pancreatitis. Trying to heal a pancreas that is working at only 10 percent capacity or less is extremely challenging if not impossible.The pancreas is such a vital organ to overall health. Some keys points from this article are worth highlighting:
- With all digestive disorders, the pancreatic function has fallen; it is not working optimally. When the pancreas is producing low quality and less than the needed amount of pancreatic digestive enzymes, several symptoms can appear. Some of these symptoms are abdominal pain, nausea, belching, heartburn, abdominal cramps, gas, bloating, diarrhea, constipation, etc.
- Pancreatic disorders with low pancreatic function are more common than you might think. Experts found that 13 percent of people who died from various causes exhibited pancreatic disease. They may not have known that they had a pancreatic illness when they died.
- The earlier you start to treat pancreatic disorders, the better. Early detection and treatment can yield positive results and significant healing for a person.
- Non-drug, non-surgery healing methods improve one’s quality of life and can delay the worsening of pancreatic disorders. Natural, alternative medicine approaches can be used successfully with conventional “Western Medicine” treatments.
Alternative medicine may offer various, evidence-based, scientific, time-proven healing methods such as:
- Eating an alkalized, healing diet
- Drinking healing mineral water
- Using acupuncture
- Taking herbs
- Having chiropractor manipulations and abdominal massage
- Taking nutritional supplements
- Participating in medical hypnosis, meditation, relaxation techniques
The key to success with your pancreatic needs is to work with a knowledgeable licensed specialist or team of specialists.Editor’s note: The information in this article is presented for educational, informational purposes only. It is not intended as a substitute for the diagnosis, treatment, and advice of a qualified licensed professional. About the AuthorPeter Melamed, Lic.Ac., RN, Ph.D., received his medical education first as a registered nurse and was then trained as a medical doctor in Russia. Subsequently he took specialized training in anesthesiology, intensive care, and internal medicine. In 1969, Peter Melamed, MD was awarded a Ph.D. in medical science. He took further training in acupuncture, herbal medicine, and internal detoxification at universities in Saint Petersburg, Moscow, Perm, and Odessa. He was granted a license to practice acupuncture in Russia in 1978, and from that time he combined conventional Western medical treatment with herbs, acupuncture, and other non-drug healing therapies.In 1975, Melamed established Biotherapy in Russia as a natural holistic approach to healing. Biotherapy combines the wisdom of traditional Russian folk medicine, ancient Oriental medical therapies, and European and American naturopathy with cutting-edge Western technology.After immigrating to the USA in 1991, in order to continue his passion for assisting people in the healing process, Melamed immediately passed the state examination and was granted the RN license. While working as an RN, he studied at the Academy of Chinese Culture and Health Sciences in Oakland, CA, to prepare for his license to practice acupuncture and herbal medicine in this country. After passing many examinations, he obtained licenses to practice both in the state of California and in New York. He has also been certified by the National Board of Acupuncture. He is also a member of the California Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (CAAOM).Peter Melamed succeeded in starting up a private practice in 1996 at Biotherapy Alternative Medicine Clinic in San Francisco. The clinic specializes in non-drug, holistic approach for healing stress, prostate disorders, and difficult cases of chronic disease, as well as pain, arthritis, immune system disorders, hepatitis C, and preventive medicine.Peter Melamed has written numerous articles published around the world, and frequently lectures on various holistic topics around the Bay Area. His latest book “Healthy Pancreas, Healthy You” is available here
Help take pain out of pancreatitis with your diet
Written by Deborah Gerszberg, RD, CNSC, CDN
Clinical Nutritionist, The Pancreas Center
“What can I eat?” This is a popular question asked by those suffering from chronic pancreatitis or who have experienced acute pancreatitis and would like to do everything in their power to prevent another attack.
First, let’s make sure everyone understands what pancreatitis is. Pancreatitis is inflammation of the pancreas and is usually very painful. The pancreas releases excessive enzymes and basically begins to digest itself. In order to heal, many patients must follow a liquid diet. Sometimes patients must avoid taking liquids by mouth. If you are suffering from an acute episode of pancreatitis, it is very important to call your doctor and follow their instructions. Sometimes hospitalization is necessary.
Now let’s discuss the diet for chronic pancreatitis. It is most important that you understand what not to eat and why. There are a few things you must completely avoid, such as alcohol and fried/greasy/high fat foods (such as creamy sauces, fast food, full fat meat and dairy, and anything fried). These foods can cause your pancreas to release more enzymes at once than it normally would, leading to an attack. There are also foods that you should eat only sparingly, if at all. These include refined carbohydrates (white bread, sugar, and high fructose corn syrup) which cause your pancreas to release more insulin than more wholesome complex carbohydrates (such as whole grains, fruits, vegetables, and legumes). In general, I recommend minimizing processed foods, which are either high in fat, high in refined sugars, or sometimes both.
You may be surprised I didn’t say to avoid foods containing fat. This is usually unnecessary and also unhealthy for most people suffering from chronic pancreatitis. You should aim to have a “moderate fat diet,” in which about 25% of your calories come from fat. For a 2000 calorie diet, this would be 55 g fat/day. In addition to adhering to a moderate fat diet, try to have small, frequent meals, which are easier to digest than having large meals, which may precipitate an attack.
The best food choices for those suffering from chronic pancreatitis are fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, and nonfat/low fat dairy, and lean cuts of meat. Healthy fats such as avocado, olive oil, fatty fish, nuts, and seeds, may be consumed with careful portion control. Therefore, consume these healthy fats in small amounts. See Table 1 for serving sizes of typically high fat foods. I do not encourage eating everything on the list; use it more for informational purposes. If you are unsure of how much fat a food contains, you can access the USDA National Nutrient Database at http://ndb.nal.usda.gov/.
Everyone’s diet is very individualized, depending on age, weight, food tolerance and preferences. Therefore, if you have further questions about your diet, I encourage you to seek the assistance of a Registered Dietitian (RD). You can find a local RD by visiting the Academy of Food & Nutrition’s website: http://www.eatright.org/iframe/findrd.aspx.
If you are a patient of The Pancreas Center, feel free to make an appointment with me directly: columbiasurgery.org/pancreas/nutrition-counseling
Table 1: List of fat containing foods, 5g fat per serving:
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Pancreatitis | Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Signs and Symptoms
Common signs and symptoms of pancreatitis include the following:
- Mild to severe, ongoing, sharp pain in the upper abdomen that may radiate to back or chest
- Nausea and vomiting
- Abdominal tenderness
- Rapid heart rate
- Rapid breathing
- Oily stools (chronic pancreatitis)
- Weight loss
What Causes It?
There are several possible causes of pancreatitis. The most common are gallstones, which block the duct of the pancreas (for acute pancreatitis), and excessive alcohol consumption (for chronic pancreatitis).
- Certain drugs, including azathioprine, sulfonamides, corticosteroids, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), and antibiotics such as tetracycline
- Infection with mumps, hepatitis virus, rubella, Epstein-Barr virus (the cause of mononucleosis), and cytomegalovirus
- Abnormalities in the structure of the pancreas or the pancreatic or bile ducts, including pancreatic cancer
- High levels of triglycerides (fats) in the blood
- Surgery to the abdomen, heart, or lungs that temporarily cuts off blood supply to the pancreas, damaging tissue
- Hereditary diseases, such as cystic fibrosis
- Injury to the abdomen
- Chronic alcohol abuse. Interestingly, risk of acute pancreatitis has been linked with the amount of spirits consumed on a single occasion, but not with wine or beer consumption.
Who is Most At Risk?
People with these conditions or characteristics have a higher risk for pancreatitis:
- Biliary tract disease
- Binge alcohol use and chronic alcoholism
- Recent surgery
- Family history of high triglycerides
- Age (most common ages 35 to 64)
African Americans are at higher risk than Caucasians and Native Americans.
What to Expect at Your Provider’s Office
Your health care provider will examine you for signs and symptoms of pancreatitis. Your provider may also perform blood tests, take x-rays, and use ultrasound, computed tomography (CT) scans, and other diagnostic tests to determine the severity of your condition and decide which treatment options are most appropriate.
In the case of chronic pancreatitis, your doctor may test your stool for excess fat (which your body, lacking the enzymes produced by the pancreas, is not able to absorb) and may order pancreatic function tests to check whether your pancreas can secrete the necessary enzymes.
Acute pancreatitis may require hospitalization, where you will receive medication for pain. You will also fast to allow the pancreas to rest and stabilize. You will receive intravenous fluids and nutrition (parenteral nutrition). If you have gallstones, your doctor may recommend surgery or other procedures to remove them.
People with chronic pancreatitis may require treatment for alcohol addiction, if that is the cause. Treatment also includes pain management, enzyme supplements, and dietary changes. Treatment for patients who have pancreatitis due to high triglyceride levels includes weight loss, exercise, eating a low-fat diet, controlling blood sugar (if you have diabetes), and avoiding alcohol and medications that can raise triglycerides, such as thiazide diuretics and beta-blockers.
Your doctor may prescribe painkillers. You may also receive antibiotics to treat or prevent infection in some cases. Your doctor may also prescribe enzyme supplements, such as pancrelipase (Lipram, Pancrease, Viokase), to help your body absorb food. In some cases, doctors may prescribe steroids to treat autoimmune pancreatitis.
Surgical and Other Procedures
Different types of surgical procedures may be necessary depending on the cause of the pancreatitis. People who have pancreatic necrosis (tissue death) almost always require surgery to remove damaged and infected tissue. Surgery may also be required to drain an abscess. For chronic pancreatitis with pain that will not respond to treatment, doctors may need to remove a section of the pancreas. If the pancreatitis is a result of gallstones, a procedure called endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) may be necessary. In ERCP, a specialist inserts a tube-like instrument through the mouth and down into the duodenum to access the pancreatic and biliary ducts.
Complementary and Alternative Therapies
It is important to get conventional medical treatment for pancreatitis as soon as possible. A severe attack can be life threatening if left untreated. Most alternative therapies have not yet been studied for use specifically in pancreatitis, although some evidence indicates that antioxidants may have beneficial effects. Several therapies, though, may reduce the risk of developing pancreatitis or ease some of the symptoms when used in conjunction with conventional care. You should never treat pancreatitis without your doctor’s supervision.
Numerous studies have explored the role of antioxidants to help rid the body of harmful cells called free radicals. Low antioxidant levels in the blood (including reduced amounts of vitamins A, C, and E, selenium, and carotenoids) may lead to chronic pancreatitis due to the destructive effects of increased free radicals. Antioxidant deficiency and the risk of developing pancreatitis may be particularly linked in areas of the world with low dietary intake of antioxidants. In addition, the cooking and processing of foods may destroy antioxidants. Alcohol-induced pancreatitis is linked to low levels of antioxidants as well. There is also some evidence that antioxidant supplements may eliminate or minimize oxidative stress and help alleviate pain from chronic pancreatitis.
Nutrition and Supplements
People who are susceptible to pancreatitis should avoid alcohol consumption.
Some evidence suggests that increasing your intake of antioxidants (found in fruits and green vegetables) may help protect against pancreatitis or alleviate symptoms of the condition. Health care providers may recommend increasing your intake of antioxidants to help rid the body of free radicals. Low levels of antioxidants in the blood may make someone more likely to develop pancreatitis. Alcohol-induced pancreatitis is linked to low levels of antioxidants as well.
Following these nutritional tips may help reduce risks and symptoms:
- Eliminate all suspected food allergens, including dairy (milk, cheese, eggs, and ice cream), wheat (gluten), soy, corn, preservatives, and chemical food additives. Your health care provider may want to test you for food allergies.
- Eat foods high in B-vitamins and iron, such as whole grains (if no allergy), dark leafy greens (such as spinach and kale), and sea vegetables.
- Eat antioxidant-rich foods, including fruits (such as blueberries, cherries, and tomatoes), and vegetables (such as squash and bell pepper).
- Avoid refined foods, such as white breads, pastas, and sugar.
- Eat fewer red meats and more lean meats, cold-water fish, tofu (soy, if no allergy) or beans for protein.
- Use healthy oils for cooking, such as olive oil or coconut oil.
- Reduce significantly or eliminate trans-fatty acids, found in commercially-baked goods such as cookies, crackers, cakes, and donuts. Also avoid French fries, onion rings, processed foods, and margarine.
- Avoid coffee and other stimulants, alcohol, and tobacco.
- Drink 6 to 8 glasses of filtered water daily.
- Exercise moderately for 30 minutes daily, 5 days a week.
You may address nutritional deficiencies with the following supplements:
A multivitamin daily
, containing the antioxidant vitamins A, C, E, D, the B-complex vitamins, and trace minerals, such as magnesium, calcium, zinc, and selenium.
Omega-3 fatty acids
, such as fish oil, 1 to 2 capsules or 1 to 2 tbsp. of oil daily, to help reduce inflammation and improve immunity. Omega-3 fatty acids can have a blood-thinning effect and may increase the effect of blood-thinning medications, such as warfarin (Coumadin) and aspirin.
Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10)
, 100 to 200 mg at bedtime, for antioxidant and immune activity. CoQ10 might help the blood clot. By helping the blood clot, CoQ10 might decrease the effectiveness of warfarin (Coumadin).
, 1 to 6 mg daily, as an antioxidant. Vitamin C may interfere with vitamin B12, so take doses at least 2 hours apart. Lower the dose if diarrhea develops.
and other beneficial bacteria), 5 to 10 billion CFUs (colony forming units) a day, for maintenance of gastrointestinal and immune health. Some probiotic supplements require refrigeration. Check the label. Some clinicians will not give probiotics to severely immune-compromised patients. Speak with your physician.
, 25 to 50 mg twice daily, for antioxidant support. Taking alpha-lipoic acid in the presence of a Thiamine (vitamin B1) deficiency can cause serious health issues. Alpha-lipoic acid may also interact with certain chemotherapy drugs.
Herbs are generally available as standardized, dried extracts (pills, capsules, or tablets), teas, or tinctures/liquid extracts (alcohol extraction, unless otherwise noted). Mix liquid extracts with favorite beverage. Dose for teas is 1 to 2 heaping tsp/cup water steeped for 10 to 15 minutes (roots need longer). Although herbs should never be used alone to treat pancreatitis, some herbs may be helpful along with conventional medical treatment. Tell your physician about any herb or complementary therapy you may be considering. Many herbs can interfere with certain medications. Speak with your physician.
) standardized extract, 250 to 500 mg daily. Use caffeine-free products. You may also prepare teas from the leaf of this herb. Green tea has powerful antioxidant properties. Green tea can potentially worsen anemia and glaucoma.
) standardized extract, 400 mg daily, for antioxidant protection. Holy basil can have a blood-thinning effect, and may increase the effect of blood-thinning medications, such as warfarin(Coumadin) and aspirin.
) standardized extract, 150 to 300 mg, 1 to 3 times daily, for immune support. Rhodiola is an “adaptogen” and helps the body adapt to various stresses.
) standardized extract, 20 mg, 3 times a day, for inflammation and immune stimulation. Cat’s claw can interact with many medications and can have deleterious effects on patients with leukemia and Parkinson disease. As an immune stimulant, there is some concern that cat’s claw may worsen autoimmune disease.
), 150 to 300 mg, 2 to 3 times daily, for inflammation and immunity. You may also take a tincture of this mushroom extract, 30 to 60 drops, 2 to 3 times a day. High doses of Reishi can have a blood-thinning effect, and may increase the effect of blood-thinning medications, such as warfarin (Coumadin) and aspirin. Reishi may lower blood pressure, so you should use extra caution if you take blood pressure medication.
) powder, 3 to 6 grams daily in favorite beverage for antioxidant support.
is a traditional Ayurvedic medicinal plant used to treat pancreatic disorders. It is a powerful antioxidant and one of the richest natural sources of vitamin C. Animal studies suggest that this herb can be used to prevent pancreatitis. Indian gooseberry may increase the risk of bleeding, especially among people who take blood-thinning medications. Speak with your doctor.
Grape seed extract
) standardized extract, 100 to 300 mg daily for antioxidant support. Grape seed extract can have a blood-thinning effect, and may increase the effect of blood-thinning medications, such as warfarin (Coumadin) and aspirin, as well as other drug interactions. Speak with your doctor.
Individual case reports suggest that Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) can be effective for preventing and treating pancreatitis. To determine the right regimen, consult a skilled herbalist or licensed and certified practitioner of TCM, and keep all of your health care providers informed of any supplements, herbs, and medications you are taking.
You may be given:
Cinnamon Chinese bark
Studies evaluating acupuncture as a treatment for pancreatitis show mixed results. Some case reports say that acupuncture helped relieve pain from pancreatitis and pancreatic cancer. But a review of several studies was inconclusive.
Possible complications of pancreatitis include:
- Infection of the pancreas
- Cyst-like pockets that can become infected, bleed, or rupture
- The failure of several organs (heart, kidney, lungs) and shock due to toxins in the blood
- Type II diabetes
In mild cases of pancreatitis, where only the pancreas is inflamed, the prognosis is excellent. In chronic pancreatitis, recurring attacks tend to become more severe. Overall, 10-year survival approximates 70%, and 20-year survival is about 45%. Death is not usually due to pancreatitis itself, but rather to malignancy, postoperative complications, and complications of alcohol or tobacco.
People with chronic pancreatitis should eat a low-fat diet, abstain from alcohol, and avoid abdominal trauma to prevent acute attacks and further damage. About 70% of pancreatitis cases are considered to be induced by alcohol, and half of those who had alcohol-induced acute pancreatitis will have relapses. Continued drinking is a dose-responsive risk factor for relapse.
Those with high triglyceride levels should lose weight, exercise, and avoid medications, such as thiazide diuretics and beta-blockers, that increase triglyceride levels. Given reports suggesting that oxidative stress may contribute to the development of pancreatitis, and that antioxidant supplementation may be of some benefit, health care providers may begin recommending antioxidants to people with pancreatitis.
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How to cure the pancreas at home in 3 weeks
Grandfather’s prescription will help you avoid a hospital bed and a strict diet.
Few people remember where the pancreas is until they begin to feel pain in their left side. As a rule, we are more worried about the condition of the liver, heart, our blood vessels, or excess weight. But if all the listed organs are treatable, then with the pancreas everything is much more complicated.If her condition worsens, it is very difficult to get rid of it once and for all.
As soon as you feel discomfort in your left side, it is possible that your pancreas is signaling to you. The first failures are caused by the digestive system. The liver and heart begin to suffer. Well, then we will tire of listing ailments that will not keep us waiting: cholecystitis and pancreatitis, severe pain, fever, nausea, vomiting, malaise, sad eyes of a doctor, a bag of pills and a strict diet.
Before you give up, try using quite affordable means to help the pancreas return to normal.
Go to treatment
There are several types of treatment with folk remedies, they are quite effective.
Recipe number 1. Infusion of two herbs
You will need: 1 tbsp. l. immortelle and chamomile, 200 ml of boiling water. Pour boiling water over the dry mixture.Strain after 30 minutes. Take the infusion only chilled. For maximum results, drink 0.5 cups 2 times every day 30-40 minutes before meals. The approximate course of treatment is 2 weeks.
Recipe number 2. Buckwheat and kefir
Buckwheat is one of the best remedies for treating the pancreas. But the therapeutic effect is achieved if you use it with kefir daily. Grind buckwheat in a coffee grinder. Pour a tablespoon of the resulting flour with 200 ml of fresh kefir.The mixture should stand overnight, and the next day eat it for breakfast.
Recipe number 3. Parsley with milk
You will need: 800 g of parsley about one liter of milk.
Please note that the portion is cooked for one day. Rinse the parsley, dry and chop. Place the mixture in a saucepan and pour boiled milk, so that it covers all the greens. Then simmer this mixture and continue over the fire, but do not boil. Take the remedy every hour for 2 tbsp.l. The course of treatment is 10 days.
Three important folk remedies for the treatment of the pancreas
Folk remedies for the treatment
First of all, complications with the pancreas arise due to a nervous breakdown, stress, death of a loved one, as well as from subluxation of the 9-10-11th thoracic vertebrae, which leads to disturbances in the functioning of the pancreas up to diabetes mellitus.
Remedy No. 1 – chicory Provided that all the above reasons are eliminated, the infusion of chicory helps to restore the function of the pancreas.Vanga warned about December 2018: “These 3 signs from the city will lose everything they have …” The chicory herb should be collected during its active flowering period, from eight in the morning to noon, in dry and sunny weather – on days when the moon is in its first quarter from the second day after the new moon (this year it is June 13-19, July 13-19 and August 11-17).
The chicory herb can be harvested for future use, dried under a canopy, avoiding direct sunlight. Preparation and reception of infusion of chicory herb.1 tbsp Pour raw materials with a glass of boiling water and let it brew until it cools. You filter, drink the whole glass at one time. In total, during the day, you need to drink three glasses of infusion with meals.
Means # 2 – walnut septa The second remedy for the treatment of the pancreas is an alcoholic tincture of walnut septa from its ripe fruits. Do not ram the partitions, fall asleep to the top of a half-liter jar, completely fill it with 40-degree alcohol and insist for 21 days in a sunlit place.According to the method of oriental medicine, this tincture should be taken 2 times a day, 4-6 drops in a tablespoon of water from 9.00 to 11.00 and from 21.00 to 23.00, because only at this time the pancreas is most susceptible to the influence of any type of treatment without harm to other organs.
Tincture of walnut partitions inhibits intestinal motility, so if you have constipation and need to be treated with tincture, you should include carrots, cabbage, apples, bananas, beets and food bran in your diet.The course of treatment for all patients – until the pancreas function improves. Means # 3 – immortelle and barberry Along with pancreatic enzymes that have a local protective (enveloping and astringent) effect on the mucous membrane, medicinal plants can also be used. However, traditional medicine is used in cases where there is no way to be treated in a hospital under the supervision of professional doctors.
In rare exacerbations of pancreatitis, treatment with medicinal plants can be carried out as a seasonal anti-relapse for 1.5-2 months, 2 times a year, in the presence of chronic pain
– almost constantly.A sure sign of pancreatic inflammation is a complete lack of desire to eat fresh apples. – For chronic pancreatitis and gallstone disease, pour 1 cup boiling water over 1 tbsp. l. chopped bark of common barberry, boil for 10-15 minutes over low heat, insist until cooled. Take 1 tbsp. l. 3 times a day 30 minutes before meals.
– Relieve inflammation of the pancreas, liver and gallbladder, activate the secretory ability of the pancreas and liver immortelle flowers.To prepare the broth, pour 1 glass of hot water 1 tbsp. l. crushed (or 2 tbsp. l. not crushed) flowers, heat to a boil, simmer over low heat or in a water bath with frequent stirring for 5 minutes, strain.
Take 1 / 3-1 / 2 glass 3 times a day 30 minutes before meals in a warm state.
– For pancreatitis, pour 1/2 liter of cold water 1 tbsp. l. dry crushed immortelle flowers, insist 8 hours (daily dose). Take 1/3 cup 3 times a day 30 minutes before meals for 2-3 weeks.And more recipes for the treatment of pancreas
– With pancreatitis, drink plenty of quality drinking water.
– For diseases of the pancreas, brew 250 ml of boiling water 20 g of dried blueberries, leave for 1 hour, wrapped warmly. Drink 50 ml every 3 hours. It is also useful to eat fresh blueberries, 300-400 g per day.
– Buckwheat with kefir helps with pancreatitis. To this end, carefully sort and rinse one glass of buckwheat.
Dry buckwheat, grind in a coffee grinder, pour 1 glass of kefir and leave it overnight.
After 12 hours, divide the finished product into 2 parts. Eat one serving instead of breakfast, the second 2 hours before bedtime. And so continue for 10 days. Take a break of 10 days and again for 10 days be treated with buckwheat with kefir. This is interesting: 10 recipes for headaches. Different pain means different treatment. Simple ways, but very effective.
Simultaneously with the kefir-buckwheat treatment, take an infusion of the collection of herbs: peppermint leaves, elecampane root, dill seeds, dried herb grass, St. John’s wort, sowing coriander mix in equal parts.Brew with 1 cup boiling water 1 tbsp. l. collection, insist 1 h.
Strain and drink 1/2 cup 4-5 times a day 30 minutes before meals. During a ten-day break, it is advisable (but not necessary) to eat 5 apricot kernels 2 times a day before meals. The course of treatment is 1 month.
Treatment courses can be carried out 1-2 times a year. With pancreatitis, brew 1 cup boiling water 1 tbsp. l. calendula flowers, insist during the night, wrapping warmly. Take 1/3 cup 3 times a day 30 minutes before meals.
Infusion can be replaced with vodka tincture of calendula flowers, which must be applied 30 drops 3 times a day 30 minutes before meals. The treatment lasts from 1.5 to 2 months. During treatment, it is advisable to use honey instead of sugar.
– For pancreatitis, pour 1 cup boiling water over 1 tbsp. l. calendula flowers, insist 30 minutes and take 1/3 cup 3 times a day 30 minutes before meals. The rest is the same as in the previous recipe.
– When treating pancreatitis, daily in the morning and in the evening, 2 hours before meals, drink 100-200 ml of freshly prepared potato juice, and after 5 minutes – fresh homemade kefir.Potatoes are preferably pink. Prepare the juice without cutting off the peel. The course of treatment is 15 days, the break is 12 days. It is necessary to take 3-4 courses of treatment.
– For chronic pancreatitis, brew 1 liter of boiling water 1 tbsp. l. Kirkazon herbs, put on low heat and boil for 10 minutes. Cool and drain. Drink 3 glasses 3-4 times a day 30 minutes before meals for 1 week.
– For inflammation of the pancreas, cranberry syrup (juice, fruit drink) mixed with sugar or diluted with water is useful.Drink 50-100 ml before meals.
– For pancreatitis, grind hemp seed into a powder in a coffee grinder (you can buy it at the poultry market). In the evening, pour 2 cups of milk into 1 full teaspoon of powder, put on fire, bring to a boil and continue to simmer over low heat until the milk has evaporated by half.
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90,000 4 of the easiest and most effective recipes to support the pancreas
4 of the easiest and most effective recipes to support the pancreas
The pancreas is a fairly important organ in the human body, which, to put it simply, is responsible to a certain extent for both digestion and metabolic processes.It is the pancreas that secretes pancreatic juice necessary for digestion, glucagon, and insulin.
In this regard, the pancreas is a rather important organ and disturbances in its work are fraught with the development of various pathologies, for example, psoriasis, pancreatitis, diabetes mellitus, etc.
So, what folk remedies exist for the treatment of the pancreas, if there are still certain problems with it?
Recipe No. 1
For treatment, such a folk remedy as dill, or rather its seeds, is excellent.Dill seeds should be measured in the amount of one teaspoon and pour boiling water (one glass). After one hour, the infusion can be considered ready and consumed inside, having previously filtered. The entire volume should be consumed during the day, taking a little sip.
Recipe No. 2
One of the most common and most effective folk remedies for treatment is oats, which should certainly be consumed, and in any form.Oatmeal has been considered useful since ancient times, and in folk medicine not only in our country, its beneficial properties have been appreciated by doctors from many countries in the old days. It is highly recommended for use in the treatment of the pancreas, ordinary oatmeal in water, without the addition of oil and salt. It needs to be eaten several times a day throughout the week, breakfast consisting of this dish is considered especially useful. Of course, such food becomes boring very quickly, however, you can replace the porridge with an infusion of oats, which should be prepared in this way: a pound of oats is poured with one liter of boiling water and infused for an hour, after which the infusion should be filtered and drunk half a glass three times a day.
Advice. Folk remedies, worked out for centuries, are not limited only to drugs and medicines. Specially developed breathing exercises, which are very useful, for example, in pancreatitis, have proven themselves quite well. For this charge, you should do the following: draw more air into your chest, and then exhale it all and hold your breath. While holding your breath, pull your stomach up slightly, count slowly to three, and then release the tension in your abdominal muscles.If you do this exercise 10 times a day, it can help strengthen the pancreas and get rid of some of its ailments.
Recipe No. 3
Excellent folk remedies – lemon, parsley and garlic, on the basis of which the following medicine is prepared for the treatment of the pancreas. Lemons need to be pitted, but not peeled, even better – take a variety of lemons that have no pits at all. So, in the peel, but pitted lemons in the amount of 1 kg, as well as 300 gr.Twist the garlic and parsley with a meat grinder and mix. In principle, this means that the agent for treating the pancreas can be considered ready, it can be stored in the refrigerator, preferably in a glass dish, for example, in a jar. In the course of treatment, the agent must be taken 1 tsp. three times a day, 15 min. before meals. For a stronger effect, the product can be washed down with a special infusion of strawberry, blueberry, lingonberry leaves, which is prepared as follows. Measure the leaves of the listed plants, as well as corn stigmas and bean pods in equal parts and put them in a thermos, pour boiling water over, leaving them to steam for several hours.You need to drink it like this: 1 tsp. the mixture proposed above is washed down with a third glass of infusion. This, quite effective way, should be treated for three months.
Recipe No. 4
The next remedy should be prepared in the evening, for which we need a bag of kefir – half a liter, as well as one glass of buckwheat. Buckwheat must be thoroughly rinsed, and then filled with kefir, and then left to infuse. After 12 hours, divide the resulting mixture into two equal parts, one of which should be eaten as breakfast, and the other as dinner.It will be useful to do without other meals for at least a couple of days, then you can eat steamed vegetables for lunch, for example, by steaming a vegetable stew. Sometimes you can indulge in something from fruits. Such a diet should be adhered to for 10 days, after which, for the same period, take a break and repeat everything again. People who have used this method on themselves note that improvements occur within a few days, the pains stop, there is lightness in the body, and the bloating of the intestines passes.
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Treatment of pancreatitis with folk remedies: the most effective
Inflammation of the pancreas occurs in women and men of different ages.This pathological process is called pancreatitis. Treatment consists not only in the use of antispasmodic, analgesic and other medications. Diet plays an important role and home remedies are recommended. When treating pancreatitis with folk remedies, the most effective are plants that contain vitamins and natural antiseptics that can reduce the inflammatory process. The waste products of bees are often used, the benefits of hirudotherapy have been proven.
Forms of the disease
Pancreatitis occurs in a chronic or acute stage. Slight changes in the structure of the pancreas are characteristic of a chronic inflammatory process.
Gross errors in food, poisoning with low-quality products or an infectious disease can lead to acute pancreatitis. Acute inflammation of the pancreas proceeds in the form of an attack with very pronounced girdle pain, severe nausea is noted, which often turns into vomiting, the patient’s temperature rises.This condition requires medical attention.
How to treat the acute stage
With an acute form of pancreatic disease, it is inevitable to consult a doctor. Acute pain medication is the intravenous administration of analgesics that help control acute pain and reduce inflammation.
Standard treatments for pancreatitis depend on the cause of the inflammation. If there are stones in the pancreatic ducts, the emphasis in treatment is on the use of strong antispasmodic drugs.Medicines with an antispasmodic effect in acute pancreatitis reduce tissue tone, and the stone is easier to move to the exit into the small intestine.
Signs of infectious pancreatitis and the development of pancreatic necrosis – high temperature, an increase in pain syndrome, deterioration of the general condition of the patient up to loss of consciousness. In this case, acute pancreatitis is treated by administering large doses of antibiotics, adding antispasmodic and anti-inflammatory drugs.
If pancreatitis has worsened after drinking alcohol, then the patient needs, in addition to the main treatment, additional detoxification measures, that is, an abundant drink is necessary.From traditional medicine, the patient can be offered a weak herbal tea.
Features of the treatment of chronic pancreatitis
In chronic pancreatitis, unexpressed symptoms are observed: the patient is worried about the severity after even a small portion of food, girdle aching pain, there is no clear localization of unpleasant sensations in the abdomen, that is, it hurts everywhere, but moderately. Treatment of pancreatitis with folk remedies consists in the correct use of healthy vegetables, for example, steamed zucchini and pumpkin are recommended.The folk methods of treatment include a healing effect on the pancreas of a golden mustache, dill seeds.
Home remedies for the treatment of pancreatitis
To reduce inflammation and restore the function of the pancreas in a non-exacerbated form of the disease, they resort to the use of medicinal herbs, infusions and recipes from the field of traditional medicine. You need proper nutrition, the use of only permitted juices and fruits.
Consider the most effective and affordable folk remedies for pancreatitis in remission.
Golden mustache decoction is the most effective folk remedy for pancreatitis. The medicinal drink has an antiseptic effect and promotes the activation of some forms of leukocytes, that is, it enhances the immune system. All this leads to a decrease in the manifestations of pancreatitis.
For the correct preparation of the broth, one large leaf of the plant is used (it is better to choose with a lilac shade) for half a liter of boiling water. Apply the broth daily on an empty stomach. When treating pancreatitis, start taking a decoction with a small amount – about 30 ml twice a day, gradually increasing the dose to 100 ml.The duration of treatment is 1-2 months.
The unique property of oats to block the production of certain enzymes has long been used to treat chronic pancreatitis. An infusion of ground grains helps to activate the body’s defenses, reduce the inflammatory response in the pancreas.
To prepare the infusion, you must first grind the oats in a food processor or mixer. The resulting flour is transferred to a clean glass dish and diluted with boiling water: 100 ml of water is added to one teaspoon of powder.The agent is infused for about 40-50 minutes, always under a tight lid. Then the suspension must be filtered through a sieve, but not cheesecloth. The resulting infusion is recommended to drink half an hour before meals in the morning. A single initial portion is approximately 50 ml, after three days the same volume is drunk before dinner. Gradually, the dose of the infusion is increased to 150 ml for a single use.
Cooking kvass from oats will take about a day. The recipe is very simple: the grains are placed in a jar, covered with sugar and poured with water, allowed to brew in a dark, warm place.After 18-20 hours, you can drink kvass.
Such folk remedies for the treatment of pancreatitis as broth and kvass from oats help the entire digestive system, as they create a protective film on the mucous membrane of the stomach and intestines.
Natural juices from berries contain a lot of acid, therefore they make the glands of external secretion work hard. Strengthening the work of the pancreas can lead to exacerbation of pancreatitis, so acidic juices are prohibited for use.
Treatment of chronic inflammation of the pancreas is the use of juices, neutral in acidity, which are prepared from vegetables.In folk recipes, it is strongly recommended to dilute juices with warm purified water in order to reduce their concentration and reduce the irritating effect on the mucous membrane, but preserve the beneficial substances.
If you are thinking about how to treat pancreatitis at home, then any pumpkin dish will suit you. The delicate fibers of this vegetable help the intestines get rid of toxins, harmful deposits, therefore, inflammation in the pancreatic ducts decreases.
The pumpkin can be steamed, baked in a sleeve, and made into a puree soup.Any of these dishes will have a beneficial effect on the work of the pancreas.
The only vegetable that is allowed without restriction in diabetes mellitus is zucchini. Experts have proven that zucchini have only a beneficial effect on the pancreas. In chronic pancreatitis, zucchini can be added to the diet daily in a steamed, boiled form. Only fried foods from them are not allowed.
Common weed dandelion contains resins and chemical compounds that can lower sugar levels, that is, help the pancreas to cope with its endocrine function.To maintain remission in pancreatitis, various dandelion treatments are used – infusions and decoctions from crushed roots, plant leaves.
Potatoes and carrots
Potatoes do not contain aggressive substances that make the pancreas work for wear, so it is easily absorbed and does not disturb the inflamed organ. However, if pancreatitis has developed in parallel with diabetes mellitus, then potatoes are contraindicated for eating.
Treatment with folk remedies at home includes the use of boiled carrots.This vegetable is rich in vitamins, useful compounds that have a beneficial effect on the cells of the pancreas and slow down the inflammatory process in the organ.
Many people know the beneficial properties of buckwheat and its safety in various pathological processes in the digestive organs. Buckwheat porridge, boiled in water, can be eaten within 5-7 days after an attack of acute pancreatitis. The methods of its preparation for exacerbation of pancreatitis differ from the usual ones: the porridge must not only be boiled, but boiled strongly in slightly salted water, it should turn out to be liquid.Loose buckwheat porridge can be included in the menu when the process subsides, that is, in the remission stage of chronic pancreatitis.
The best medicine for acute pancreatitis is a rosehip decoction. It has a pleasant taste, neutral odor, does not irritate the mucous membrane of the stomach and duodenum, does not cause bloating, and therefore helps to reduce severe inflammation. This agent has an immunostimulating effect, strengthens the walls of small vessels, thereby preventing the spread of the inflammatory process.
The specific taste and juice of dill leaves can irritate the mucous membranes of the organs and cause exacerbation of pathological processes, therefore, the seeds of this plant are used in folk medicine. Dill water, obtained from a simple decoction of seeds, is rich in antioxidants, vitamins A and C, which improve digestion in general and prevent exacerbations of pancreatitis.
An excellent home remedy for the prevention of a decrease in the body’s immune forces.Due to the rich content of vitamins, tannins, useful microelements, the decoction of barberry resists inflammation, supports normal digestion. Treatment methods and doses are selected in accordance with the stage of the pathological process.
With an exacerbation of pancreatitis and gastritis, only a few drops of broth diluted in a glass of warm water are allowed, when the inflammation subsides, they drink a decoction in the amount of about 1 glass per day.
One of the most effective folk remedies for the treatment of pancreatitis is a decoction of flax seeds.This drink has a pronounced regenerating effect, helps the growth of healthy cells in the pancreas. To prepare the broth, 50 g of flax seeds are needed, which are boiled for two hours in one liter of water.
You can also use flaxseed infusion. To prepare it, you will need 3 tbsp. l. dry seeds, which are poured with a liter of hot water and infused for 15-16 hours.
The content of organic and essential oils in citrus fruits can lead to reactive inflammation, therefore, in acute pancreatitis, a long ban is imposed on lemons, oranges, tangerines.The benefits of orange and tangerine juice are foreseen only in the treatment of chronic pancreatitis, when a settled unconcentrated drink is consumed, diluted in half with water.
Only in this diluted form, citrus juice will not irritate the organs and will supply the body with the necessary vitamins E and C, which will increase the elasticity of tissues and vascular walls in the diseased organ. All this will improve the resistance to inflammatory processes in the pancreas.
The use of royal jelly helps to activate the protective properties of the body, therefore it is used as a folk remedy for various pathologies.With pancreatitis, it is recommended to dissolve a small piece of royal jelly about an hour before meals, the regimen is three times a day. Royal jelly has a regenerating effect on the cells of the pancreas.
For the treatment of pancreatitis with folk remedies, some types of mushrooms are used, for example, white forest. The effectiveness of the use of mushrooms is based on the fact that they make the pancreas work in full. Mushrooms can be eaten rarely and after the permission of a doctor.Frequent consumption of mushrooms will lead to increased inflammation.
To treat pancreatitis with folk remedies, you need to understand which substances in sauerkraut are harmful and which are useful. Vitamin C, the microflora formed during fermentation, which will help the intestines get rid of pathogens and fungi, is beneficial. However, saturated juice and coarse fiber can increase peristalsis, cause bloating, which will lead to the development of an attack of pancreatitis.Therefore, sauerkraut should be consumed in small quantities and after the main course.
Treatment of pancreatitis with herbs at home is permissible only with a sluggish chronic process. Concrements are often the cause of inflammation of the pancreatic ducts, therefore, herbal preparations are recommended, which have an antispasmodic effect and a choleretic effect. These include the collection of celandine, St. John’s wort, anise.
To prepare the infusion, you need to take 1 tbsp.l. chopped dried herbs, pour a glass of cold water and put the mixture in a water bath for about 40-50 minutes. Then the mixture is infused before cooling in a dark place. The container must be covered with a towel or a cap so that the temperature decreases gradually. Take an infusion of 1-2 tbsp. l. 15 minutes before meals.
In traditional medicine, herbal treatment is based on the use of fees that have antimicrobial and immunostimulating effects, for example, a decoction of burdock, dill and peppermint.
Leeches and other methods
The use of leeches is based on the fact that the hirudin released during the bite helps to cleanse the blood vessels and thereby improves blood circulation. If a specialist places the leeches on the stomach in the place of the projection of the pancreas, then it is possible to achieve the purification of the pancreatic ducts, the renewal of its cells, which will have a beneficial effect on all functions of the organ.
Other treatments for pancreatitis include chicory. There are substances in the root of this plant that can lower glucose levels, so chicory makes it easier for the pancreas.
Cleansing the body in the treatment of pancreatitis
Cleansing the body promotes cell renewal and the establishment of the functions of all organs and systems. In the initial stages of pancreatitis, it is recommended to only drink warm water one day a week, alternating with weak green tea and coffee without sugar. This cleansing helps to destroy diseased cells in the pancreas.
You can clean your body at home using folk remedies. The curative efficacy in pancreatitis has an infusion of sea buckthorn.You need to consume it in a teaspoon 15 minutes before each light meal. High-calorie food after sea buckthorn is excluded.
Important precautions before using folk recipes
In order not to harm the body with such home treatment, the following must be considered:
- Do not use folk remedies for children under 18 years of age.
- Do not drink alcohol in any quantity.
- Traditional medicine recipes are used only for chronic pancreatitis, not in an exacerbation stage.
- Parallel use of tablets may not be combined with traditional medicine. Please consult your healthcare professional.
- If the symptoms of pancreatitis intensify, then treatment with alternative recipes should be discontinued.
- If your task is to cure pancreatitis forever, then taking folk remedies should be systematic and accurately dosed.
- If you have a severe pain attack, you should not take painkillers or traditional medicine before the doctor arrives.All treatment is panned after an accurate diagnosis has been established.
The main thing with pancreatitis is diet. You can not use medicinal broths or other traditional medicine and violate the principles of healthy eating.
Treatment with folk remedies of the pancreas: medicinal plants
Preparations based on medicinal herbs are not addictive and have a mild effect on the human body. For herbal remedies for the pancreas, the green pharmacy is the best option.With herbal treatment, side effects such as allergies or decreased immunity develop much less often.
For thousands of years, people have used herbs to treat various diseases, accumulated knowledge, passed it on to their descendants. Nowadays, when the unique experience of traditional herbalists is combined with advanced technology, herbal medicine is once again held in high esteem.
Reading the previous articles, the readers were able to get acquainted with the location of the pancreas in the human body and with the causes of pain.And in this article we will learn how to supplement the main treatment with the preparation of various healing infusions and decoctions from medicinal herbs.
Let’s say right away, with severe symptoms of inflammation of the pancreas – contact the doctor, he will prescribe an examination and prescribe all the necessary medications.
It should be borne in mind that herbs can only be treated without exacerbation or in the phase of fading exacerbation.
Moreover, it is also desirable to coordinate phytotherapy with a gastroenterologist, since some plants can have an irritating or toxic effect on the pancreas if used incorrectly.
Herbal medicine for the treatment of the pancreas
In rare exacerbations of pancreatitis, phytotherapy can be carried out as a seasonal anti-relapse treatment for 1.5 – 2 months, 2 times a year. If you have persistent pain in chronic pancreatitis and gallstone disease – almost constantly. Although these diseases are individual, in folk medicine they are treated with the same herbs. Sandy immortelle and bitter wormwood are considered the most effective for complex diseases.
This name includes: cmin, dried flowers, yellow cat’s legs. Preparations based on sandy immortelle flowers improve bile secretion, increase the secretion of gastric juice, activate the activity of the pancreas, are a disinfectant, hemostatic and astringent.
- To prepare the broth, 1 tablespoon of crushed sandy immortelle flowers (or 2 tablespoons of uncrushed flowers) pour 1 glass of hot water, heat to a boil, boil with frequent stirring for 30 minutes, strain.
- Take 1/3 – 1/2 cup 3 times a day 30 minutes before meals, warm.
Know that immortelle raises blood pressure. And if a hypertensive person starts using the recommended decoction, the consequences can be dire. Be careful and adhere to the dosage exactly. So, phytotherapists know that immortelle preparations are low-toxic, however, with prolonged use, they can cause stagnation in the liver.
Bitter wormwood for pancreas
Aboveground flowering part of wormwood (without coarse stems) is used to prepare aromatic bitterness.The bitterness of wormwood stimulates the function of the digestive glands, the secretion of bile and pancreatic juice, and enhances the secretion of gastric juice. Wormwood infusion, tincture and extract are used to stimulate appetite and improve digestion. Which is a good push for the pancreas.
Wormwood is a part of choleretic, which increase appetite and reduce gas production. Wormwood herb is used in the form of an infusion or alcohol tincture.
- To prepare the infusion, pour 1 tablespoon of wormwood herb with 1 glass of hot water, bring to a boil, boil for 3-4 minutes and leave for 45 minutes, then strain.
- Take 1 – 2 tablespoons 3 times a day 15 – 20 minutes before meals.
You should know that wormwood belongs to poisonous plants, therefore, internal use requires caution and accurate dosage. It is not recommended to be treated with wormwood for a long time, since convulsions, hallucinations, and even mental disorders may develop. The use of wormwood is contraindicated during pregnancy, you can not use drugs based on it and for peptic ulcer disease.
There is a rule: When preparing a dosage form, be it an infusion, a decoction or a tincture, it is necessary to adhere to the preparation technology.
How to treat the pancreas with oats
With inflammation of the pancreas, drugs made from ordinary oats help well.
- Sort the oats, soak and put in a warm place.
- On the second day, when the oat grains germinate, rinse them, dry and grind them in a coffee grinder.
- Dilute the resulting oat flour with cold water, pour boiling water over and boil for 1 – 2 minutes.
- After that, remove the jelly from the heat and leave it for 20 minutes. Then strain and drink. Oatmeal jelly should always be fresh, so it should be prepared just before use.
Medicinal properties of plants, berries, vegetables for the treatment of the pancreas
Take a close look at the beneficial properties of the nature around us. The pancreas will respond well to natural healing.
It is also called – licorice, smooth, licorice. With pancreatitis, licorice root has a good healing effect on the pancreas, helping the body to produce the necessary enzymes. It is easy to grow it on a personal plot.
- To prepare a medicinal broth, you need to take 5 grams of chopped and dried (or 15 grams of fresh, well washed and dried) roots of licorice, dandelion and burdock.
- Pour 1/2 cold water, bring to a boil, drain and cool slightly.
- Drink the broth hot.
However, there is also a “downside to the coin” in the treatment of licorice. If her drugs are taken for a long time, then blood pressure may jump, edema and disorders appear in the genital area (sexual desire is weakened, hair growth by gender may disappear).
In folk medicine, alcoholic tincture of the inner bark of young branches with leaves is taken in the form of drops with water for gastric diseases, acute and chronic inflammation of the bladder, painful urination, hemorrhoids, gout and rheumatism.In chronic pancreatitis, an infusion of aspen bark is used.
- Boil 300 grams of aspen bark for 20 minutes in an enamel pot (you need a little water to just cover the bark).
- Then remove the pan from heat, wrap and leave for 12 hours.
- Take a decoction in the morning and evening, 50 grams 1 hour before meals.
Store the tincture in the refrigerator. It is necessary to prepare the drink in advance so that it warms up a little.To achieve the effect, the tincture should be taken within a month.
Black elderberry for pancreas
Black elderberry has a weak choleretic and antipyretic effect, reduces spasm of smooth muscles of internal organs. Elderberry flowers are included in many collections.
In the treatment of chronic pancreatitis, black elderberry juice is also used, which has a tonic effect, stimulates hormonal glands, and is also used as a diaphoretic. It is recommended to squeeze juice from well-ripened berries in September.
- Infusion of elderberry flowers is taken for kidney diseases and inflammatory diseases of internal organs. To prepare it, pour 1 tablespoon of raw materials with 1 glass of hot water, simmer for 15 minutes.
- Cool at room temperature for 45 minutes and then strain and squeeze.
- Take 1/3 – 1/2 cup 2 – 3 times a day before meals, warm.
For chronic constipation, jelly is made from spring leaves or autumn berries of black elderberry.
- To prepare jelly, you need to pour dried elderberries with hot water and boil for 5 minutes.
- Then drain the broth, mash the berries, add water and cook for another 5 minutes.
- Then combine both solutions, add sugar, citric acid and cook until tender.
- If desired, honey can be added to the jelly instead of sugar.
Blueberry for pancreas
Blueberries are used as an enveloping agent for the stomach in the form of infusions, jelly and in their natural form.But observe the measure: in case of disturbances in the work of the biliary tract, with diseases of the pancreas, with sluggish intestinal motility, excessive consumption of blueberries can cause a temporary deterioration in well-being.
- To prepare the infusion, take 1 tablespoon of raw or dry blueberries and pour 1 cup boiling water over them. boil for 5 minutes, drain.
- Drink 2 – 3 glasses a day.
Blueberry leaves are rich in tannins, they contain flavonoids, organic acids, vitamin C, carotenoids, anthocyanin pigments, alkaloids.
- To prepare an infusion of blueberry leaves, pour 1 teaspoon of plant materials with 1 cup of boiling water and leave for 45 minutes.
- Drink 2 – 3 glasses a day, sips, in several doses.
Tea on leaves:
- Take 1 – 2 teaspoons of blueberry leaves and pour 1 cup boiling water over them.
- The tea will be ready in 5 minutes.
Wild strawberry for the treatment of the pancreas
In folk medicine, an infusion of leaves and rhizomes of strawberries is used to treat gastritis, colitis, enteritis, hepatitis.A decoction of flowers is used for neuroses, strawberries are also effective in the treatment of hypertension.
- Pour 1 tablespoon of chopped strawberry root with 1 cup boiling water and leave for 45 minutes.
- Drink 1 glass in the morning and in the evening, you can add honey (from 50 to 100 grams per day).
Potatoes – for the treatment of the pancreas
Traditional healers also widely use seasonal gifts of the garden for medicinal purposes.
This is how the pancreas is treated:
- You can save yourself from exacerbations with potato juice. To do this, in the morning and in the evening, 2 hours before meals, drink 100-200 ml of fresh red potato juice. and after 5 minutes – 1 glass of fresh homemade kefir.
- Before juicing, wash the potatoes thoroughly with a brush, but do not peel them off.
- Juice must be squeezed out just before use so that it does not darken.
Course duration – 15 days, then you need to take a break for 12 days.it is necessary to conduct 3 – 4 such courses.
Indeed, with the systematic intake of potato juice, as a rule, pain, belching, heartburn, nausea disappear, and the acidity of gastric juice decreases. Potato juice is also used in the treatment of gastric ulcer and duodenal ulcer.
If you don’t like the taste of raw potatoes, you can add a tablespoon of honey to the juice. Advice: it is best to be treated with potato juice in September-October, when the tubers contain the highest amount of mineral salts, iron, magnesium, manganese, cobalt, iodine.
Parsley ranks first among vegetable crops in terms of vitamin content. The pancreas has a need for this herb in case of inflammation.
- Rinse thoroughly with 800 grams of parsley herb, pour over boiled water and chop.
- Place in a saucepan and pour the milk over the parsley so that it completely covers the chopped herb.
- Place in a cool oven and let the milk melt, then strain.
- Take 1 – 2 tablespoons every hour.
- All prepared medicine must be drunk within one day.
You can make a similar drug from parsnips instead of parsley.
Parsnip – for the treatment of the pancreas
The parsnip plant is rich in potassium, folic acid, calcium and phosphorus, vitamins of group A, contains vitamin B6 and vitamin C. Parsnip is useful for stomach diseases and depression, helps with kidney stones, and inflammation of the pancreas.
Preparation as directed:
Pass 300 grams of parsnip roots through a meat grinder and pour the gruel with 1 liter of homemade milk. Stirring constantly, boil the mixture over low heat for 15 minutes. In the evening, make an enema from the broth.
The next day, divide the product into 4 servings and take every 4 hours. In this case, it is recommended to refrain from food. Repeat the treatment after 10 days. In total, you need to complete 3 courses.
Traditional healers claim that where beans are on the table at least once a week, they do not know what kidney, liver, fecal and dental calculi are.Chronic pancreatitis is treated with an infusion of bean pods.
Crush 3 – 4 tablespoons of dried beans and leave in 1/2 liter of boiling water in a thermos for at least 5 hours. Drink 1/2 cup infusion 3 times a day 30 minutes before meals. The course of treatment is 27 days.
Still, for the treatment of pancreatitis, phytotherapists prescribe fees from plants, but more on that in the next article.
Folk remedies for pancreatitis – video
For thousands of years, people have used herbs to treat various diseases.They accumulated knowledge, passed it on to their descendants – us, modern people. It remains for us to correctly apply the proposed knowledge on our body and continue to live.
90,000 Treatment of the pancreas with folk remedies at home
3. Video: what to do if the pancreas hurts
The pancreas is an organ that produces insulin, which helps oxygen to enter the cells of the body.In addition, enzymes are required for the digestive system to function. When the organ begins to hurt, then therapy, along with drugs, recommends folk remedies for treatment.
How and how to treat the pancreas at home
If diffuse changes were found during examination of the pancreas, this indicates the presence of pancreatitis. At an early stage of the disease, folk remedies will help to cope with inflammatory processes.There are methods that help with the acute form of the disease, the presence of stones, signs of cancer. For restoration of functions and prevention use:
- plants and herbs;
- honey and propolis;
Treatment of the pancreas with folk remedies does not exclude the recommendations of medicine, but is an additional opportunity to put the body in order. Herbs for pancreatitis are used in the form of aqueous and alcoholic infusions.They are capable of:
- relieve inflammation;
- to calm down;
- have an antiseptic effect;
- affect the production of bile;
- be diuretics.
In case of exacerbations of the disease, it is useful to use the herbal collection of immortelle and chamomile for treatment. It is recommended to take it for no more than three weeks, 100 ml each before the main meals. Brew a spoonful of each of the herbs with a glass of boiling water, cool.An effective method of treatment is the use of a tincture of birch buds. It must be drunk in a spoonful before meals, three times a day. Cooking method is simple:
- take a glass of birch buds;
- in a jar;
- pour vodka;
- for a month;
- keep in the dark;
- Shake occasionally.
Oat broth and jelly
Did the doctors discover you have inflammation at an early stage, or is the disease sluggish, with mild symptoms? In this situation, oat treatment will help to cope with the problem.Folk remedies – decoctions and jelly – are able to restore the pancreas. It is best if unprocessed grains are used. The simplest recipe recommends boiling 100 g of oats in a liter of water. Take half a glass with a spoonful of honey before meals.
Improves the condition, relieves pain and cramps, daily use of oatmeal jelly before breakfast. First, the base is prepared. To do this, put a kilogram of oats in a saucepan, add water, leave in the dark for a day. Then drain the water, rinse and grind the grains.The composition is ready. For the preparation of jelly:
- take 3 spoons of the composition;
- add 50 ml of water;
- pour a glass of boiling water;
- cook for 3 minutes;
- covered for half an hour.
Treatment of pancreatitis with folk remedies involves the use of buckwheat. This product is able to soothe pain, has anti-inflammatory and bactericidal properties.Buckwheat helps to cleanse the pancreas, can improve bile formation. In case of acute symptoms, a viscous porridge is boiled in water or milk. The use of salt and oil is excluded. When the condition improves, you can cook loose porridge and eat it with butter.
To cleanse the pancreas, use buckwheat with kefir. This promotes cell renewal, stimulates the work of the organ. In addition, bowel function improves. For cleaning, it is recommended to pour a glass of buckwheat with half a liter of kefir overnight.The whole amount is divided into 2 servings. One is eaten for breakfast, the other for dinner. It is allowed to grind the buckwheat beforehand – to make flour.
In the treatment of pancreatitis, folk remedies use a natural antiseptic – honey. It improves metabolic processes, restores the functions of the pancreas. It is impossible to cure the disease only with honey, but a significant improvement is possible if you use it instead of sugar. It is recommended to eat in the morning – before meals – a spoonful of the product.In the chronic form of pancreatitis, it is advised to chew and swallow honey. There are contraindications for use:
- acute stage of pancreatitis;
- honey allergy;
A baking soda treatment for pancreatic cancer was patented in Italy. The method has not yet found widespread use, but there are positive results of recovery.A simple and affordable folk remedy is consumed three times a day, before meals. Drink half a spoonful of soda with water or milk. There is another way. To prepare the composition, a spoonful of soda with top is poured with boiling water – it takes 50 ml. Drink in the same way. It is not recommended to use soda for people with low stomach acidity.
The use of this beekeeping product for the pancreas and liver contributes to the ingress of oxygen into the cells, the restoration of damaged tissues.Propolis is used in its natural form – it is chewed and then spit out. Alcohol and water tinctures are made. Known effect of propolis:
- boosting immunity.
In case of disorders of the pancreas, it is recommended to drink half a glass of water with a teaspoon of propolis tincture before meals. To prepare it, you need equal amounts of product and vodka.The recipe is:
- Roll out propolis;
- in the refrigerator in the evening;
- in the morning;
- pour vodka;
- to insist 10 days;
- shake periodically;
- in the dark.
Peculiarities of treatment of the pancreas with folk remedies
To get a greater effect of treatment according to folk prescriptions, it is necessary to coordinate their use with a doctor.It should be noted that some remedies are more effective at the initial stage of the disease. Others are useful for worsening illness or lumps. In addition, you must follow the rules:
- exclude alcohol;
- use a diet – cooking with a photo is easy to find;
- exercise – especially jogging;
- To take into account allergies to ingredients in recipes.
Inflammation of the pancreas and pancreatitis
In the treatment of pancreatitis – fatty infiltration of the pancreas – juice squeezed from potatoes is used.They drink a glass twice a day. Infusion of chamomile and immortelle helps to relieve inflammation. Folk remedies for treatment solve problems:
- plantain – restores tissues;
- mint – relieves spasms;
- St. John’s wort – anti-inflammatory;
- milk thistle – has a choleretic effect.
If stones are found in the pancreas, Icelandic moss will help to cope with the problem.Using this herbal remedy helps break down stones. The infusion helps to cleanse the pancreas. For cooking, pour two tablespoons of moss with a glass of apple cider vinegar, leave for 2 days. Before going to bed, you need to pour a spoonful of infusion into a glass of water and drink.
In this disease of the pancreas, fatty degeneration occurs – healthy tissues are replaced by fatty ones. The process of lipomatosis is slow, folk remedies help to slow it down.In this case, collecting herbs perfectly solves the problem. It is required to brew 2 tablespoons of the composition with a glass of boiling water and leave for 3 hours. Take 6 times 30 grams per day. The fee includes:
- St. John’s wort.
Treatment of a pancreatic cyst is aimed at slowing its growth. You can drink chicory instead of coffee. Collection of herbs that are used three times a day for two weeks are no less effective.Take a month break – then repeat the course. Brew a teaspoon of the collection overnight in a glass of boiling water. The composition includes leaves:
Video: what to do if the pancreas hurts
Nina, 46 years old: When I had pains in the pancreas, the doctor advised me to follow a diet.In addition, drink oatmeal jelly. I remember the taste from childhood – my grandmother often cooked it. A little troublesome to cook, but I felt the improvement quickly. The pains have lessened, I began to feel better. I advise this folk remedy – tasty and healthy.
Valeria, 38 years old: Examined the child and accidentally discovered an enlarged pancreas. The doctor advised to change the diet – to cook buckwheat porridge for the child, replace sugar with honey. It is good that the violations were in the initial stage of development.Folk remedies helped to cope with the problem without pills. I advise you to use buckwheat and honey for treatment.
Elena, 55 years old: Complained of abdominal pain, during ultrasound examination they found polyps in the pancreas. To prevent them from growing, the doctor advised a folk remedy – a decoction of currant leaves, blueberries and lingonberries. Also, do the cleaning with buckwheat. I – disciplined – did everything right. Pains have decreased, polyps are not growing. I advise these funds.
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How to treat stomach ulcers with folk remedies
Stomach ulcer is an unpleasant and serious disease that is difficult to treat.Still, few people know that every day we have ingredients that can at least alleviate the symptoms of peptic ulcer disease: the positive qualities of these components are that they are quite cheap medicines, and secondly, they are effective, and at the same time they are not have side effects such as medications.
Therefore, let’s find out how you can heal peptic ulcer with folk remedies.
How to cure an ulcer using folk methods? Methods of treatment
The following remedies have an effect only when combined with proper nutrition and rejection of harmful habits – smoking and drinking.
We do not recommend self-medication, the most reliable way to cure an ulcer is to make an appointment. A gastroenterologist will prescribe the correct treatment for you.
How to cure an ulcer with honey?
In order to heal an ulcer it is necessary to take one tablespoon of honey a couple of hours before meals and at night four hours after. This medicine helps relieve heartburn and soreness.
Method of treatment with sea buckthorn oil
This remedy, with systematic and correct use, as well as when combined with proper nutrition, will help the ulcer heal faster.
Every day, a couple of hours before the usual end of sleep, you need to take 1 tbsp. oil, and then you can sleep on.
A similar procedure for taking is determined by the fact that the oil must be allowed to be absorbed into the walls of the stomach until the time when the digestive tract starts to work fully.
How to cure an ulcer with potato juice?
This medicine is especially suitable for patients with high acidity: chop the skinless potatoes, and then use gauze to squeeze the liquid out of the pulp.
After that, in the morning on an empty stomach, take half a glass of this drug, and after that during the day you need to take it a couple of hours before meals in the same volume. It is essential that the juice is freshly squeezed and not stored in advance.
How to cure an ulcer with aloe juice
This plant, or rather, its pulp, has a bactericidal and astringent effect, therefore it is the main remedy for gastritis and peptic ulcer disease. Take an aloe leaf, peel the hard part and remove the pulp.After that, with the help of gauze, squeeze out the liquid – in fact, in a similar form it should be drunk 1 tsp. three times a day one hour before meals.
How to treat an ulcer with badger fat?
This drug can cure a significant number of ailments, including ulcers: use it in 1 tbsp. three times a day for half a month one hour before meals. At the end of this period, take only two scoops of this medication daily. We must not forget that it is forbidden to use this medicine for ailments associated with the intestines.
Method of treating ulcers with oats
This medicine is beneficial for those patients who do not have the opportunity to prepare a remedy for ulcers (in particular, fresh juice) for a long time in the morning.
1. It is stored for a certain time and then taken in portions: you need to take one glass of oats, rinse and pour 1 liter. heated water, and then insist for ten hours.
2. After that, take the infusion and cook it for half an hour over low heat, then put it in a warm room and insist for another half day.
3. At the end of twelve hours it is necessary to strain the medicine and add water in such a proportion that the result is about 1 liter. liquids.
4. It is necessary to drink the resulting broth for a month, half a glass one hour before meals.
How to treat an ulcer with propolis?
Propolis is famous for its bactericidal and binding properties: you need a 20% propolis solution and mix 8 drops in water. In this form, it must be taken 20 days one hour before meals.
How to treat an ulcer with hydrogen peroxide?
Today, this medicine is ambiguously evaluated by both doctors and those patients who have tested it on themselves.As a consequence, a doctor’s approval must be obtained before taking this medicine. First you need to take 3% hydrogen peroxide.
This medicine is used in this order: the first day – add 1 drop of peroxide to 50 ml of water, the second day – add a couple of drops of peroxide to the same amount of water and so every day increase the content drop by drop to twenty.
Drink water with peroxide three times a day before lunch or dinner. At the end of the 20-day course, it is necessary to interrupt the admission for ten days, and then, if the pain persists, reproduce the course.
How to treat an ulcer with celandine?
This is a rather extreme method of healing, because celandine has a detrimental effect on the skin and mucous membranes. However, diluted celandine liquid is not so harmful, and its positive features do not disappear.