Q: Dear Dr. Mao,
Have you had success treating chronic gastritis and Heliobacter pylori?
A: Traditional Chinese medicine looks at conditions differently than the western allopathic medicine. For example, chronic gastritis, depending on the accompanying symptoms, may have several etiologies irrespective of the presence or absence of the H. Pylori bacteria. We treat the overall system and find that it tends to correct the root problem.
In this specific case, I suggest the following:
1. Drink large mounts of water to flush the system (80 ounces per day).
2. Increase bromelain intake (found in papayas and pineapples).
3. Avoid lentils, peanuts, and soybeans because they are enzyme inhibitors.
4. If ulcers are present, increase vitamin K intake (green leafy vegetables).
5. Avoid alcohol and fried, spicy, greasy foods. Also avoid stimulants such as smoking, coffee, tea, and chocolate.
Some Chinese herbs that are effective include Evodia daniellii, Coptis, dandelion, and Corydalis. Consult a licensed acupuncturist to obtain a proper prescription and treatment protocol.
You may find these specially formulated Traditions of Tao herbal supplements helpful for gastritis: “Fatigue” and “Abundant Energy”. Of course, discuss with your physician before beginning any new health regime.