Category Archives: Ulcers

Why are ulcers painful?

Q: Dear Dr. Mao, Why are ulcers so painful? A: Ulcer pain is caused by stomach acid coming into contact with unprotected tissue. Eating generally decreases ulcer pain temporarily because food neutralizes the acid. As soon as the food begins to be digested, the pain returns.

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Causes of ulcers?

Q: Dear Dr. Mao, What causes an ulcer? A: The highly concentrated acid produced by the stomach is quite capable of burning a hole through the tissue of the stomach and duodenum (part of the small intestine). That it usually does not do so is a tribute to the effectiveness of the methods that the…

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Stomach protection from anti-inflammatory drugs?

Q: Dear Dr. Mao, What can I take to protect my stomach lining from damaging anti-inflammatory drugs? A: Preliminary evidence suggests that deglycyrrhizinated licorice (DGL) might also help protect the stomach from damage due to nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. Some other evidence suggests that cayenne can protect the stomach against damage caused by anti-inflammatory drugs.

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Cayenne for ulcers?

Q: Dear Dr. Mao, Can cayenne help to clear up the bacteria that causes an ulcer? A: Contrary to some reports, neither cayenne nor garlic appear to be helpful against Helicobacter pylori, the stomach bacteria implicated as a major cause of ulcers. However, some evidence suggests that cayenne can protect the stomach against damage caused…

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Natural treatments for ulcers?

Q: Dear Dr. Mao, What are some natural treatments for an ulcer? A: The most famous supplement used for ulcer disease is a special form of licorice known as deglycyrrhizinated licorice (DGL). Rhubarb and aloe have been suggested as treatments for bleeding ulcers. However, this condition is sufficiently dangerous that conventional medical treatment is far…

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Supplement for ulcers?

Q: Dear Dr. Mao, What is a good supplement for ulcer treatment? A: The most famous supplement used for ulcer disease is a special form of licorice known as deglycyrrhizinated licorice (DGL). This form of licorice eliminates the portion of the herb that can cause serious side effects. Head-to-head comparison studies involving as many as…

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What diet for ulcers?

Q: Dear Dr. Mao, Should you adopt a specific diet if you have an ulcer? A: A few decades ago, the prescribed response to ulcers was a bland diet—one low in spices and high in dairy products, which were believed to coat the stomach. However, eventually it was discovered that spicy foods are innocent and…

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