I have a very painful stomach ulcer.
Q. Dear Terry, “I have a very painful stomach ulcer. My doctor gave me several medications to try, but they haven’t worked. I am hoping there is something natural that might help?” — Aaron K., New Rochelle, NY
A. Dear Aaron, 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.
We used to think that the only way to supplement with DGL was a chewable tablet. But new research shows that there is a special, advanced form that doesn’t have to be chewed. This is important, because many people have been put off by the intense taste of DGL in the past.
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