Q. Dear Terry, “I have a stomach ulcer from an infection with some bacteria. When my ulcer flares up, it’s incredibly painful. I have tried many medications that haven’t seemed to help much. I also get heartburn pretty often. What natural options are there? ” – Scott D., Bethlehem, PA
A. Dear Scott, Digestive health has long been considered the key to good health overall. One of the first things that needs to be done when someone has any issues of the ‘gut’ – that is, the stomach or intestine – is to begin soothing the digestive system. This is critical, because people with stomach ulcers, especially the painful kind, need quick and effective relief.
One of my favorite ingredients for helping soothe stomach ulcers is deglycyrrhizinated licorice (DGL), an extract of licorice. DGL is a powerful antioxidant, works as an antimicrobial agent, and helps reduce inflammation. Part of its antimicrobial properties include that it is a natural inhibitor of Helicobacter pylori, a kind of bacteria that is involved in many ulcers and other kinds of stomach irritation.
In a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled test, individuals with upset stomach or indigestion took 75 mg of DGL twice per day, equaling 150 mg total per day. At days 15 and 30, the DGL group experienced almost a 50% reduction of symptoms including heartburn, early satiety (feeling “overfull”), regurgitation, nausea, and bloating.
The DGL I recommend is standardized to glabridin and flavonoids. I would take this DGL once or twice per day.
For additional support, you may also want to consider adding in an omega-7 from sea buckthorn that includes both seed and pulp oil for the full benefits of the plant. I would take sea buckthorn once or twice per day.
Lastly, I think you could benefit from human strain probiotics. I would take them once or twice a day with meals.
Terry . . . Naturally
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