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For peptic ulcers and gastritis, 500mg to 1gm twice per day for 2 weeks causes structural changes in H. Pylori (of which there are at least 7 strains) resulting in its weakening and death. Mastic Gum kills H. Pylori [NEJM 1998 Dec 24;339(26): p.1946] This product is available in many health food stores and at naturopathic clinics.
 

 
 

Mastic Gum can help with the following:
 
 
Digestion  Gastric/Peptic Ulcers
 Mastic gum has killed H. Pylori and cured peptic ulcers after just 2 weeks of use.

Infections

  Helicobacter Pylori Infection
 Mastic Gum kills H. Pylori. [NEJM 1998 Dec 24;339(26):1946]

However, a 14 day trial with mastic gum (1 gm QID) had no effect on Helicobacter pylori status in a study of nine patients with H. pylori infection and no ulcers. [ J Antimicrob Chemother 2003;52(3): pp.522-3]
 
 


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GLOSSARY

Gastritis:  Inflammation of the stomach lining. White blood cells move into the wall of the stomach as a response to some type of injury; this does not mean that there is an ulcer or cancer - it is simply inflammation, either acute or chronic. Symptoms depend on how acute it is and how long it has been present. In the acute phase, there may be pain in the upper abdomen, nausea and vomiting. In the chronic phase, the pain may be dull and there may be loss of appetite with a feeling of fullness after only a few bites of food. Very often, there are no symptoms at all. If the pain is severe, there may be an ulcer as well as gastritis.

Gram:  (gm): A metric unit of weight, there being approximately 28 grams in one ounce.

Helicobacter Pylori:  H. pylori is a bacterium that is found in the stomach which, along with acid secretion, damages stomach and duodenal tissue, causing inflammation and peptic ulcers. Although most people will never have symptoms or problems related to the infection, they may include: dull, 'gnawing' pain which may occur 2-3 hours after a meal, come and go for several days or weeks, occur in the middle of the night when the stomach is empty and be relieved by eating; loss of weight; loss of appetite; bloating; burping; nausea; vomiting.

Milligram:  (mg): 1/1,000 of a gram by weight.

Naturopathy:  Medical practice using herbs and other various methods to produce a healthy body state by stimulating innate defenses without the use of drugs.

Peptic Ulcer:  A general term for gastric ulcers (stomach) and duodenal ulcers (duodenum), open sores in the stomach or duodenum caused by digestive juices and stomach acid. Most ulcers are no larger than a pencil eraser, but they can cause tremendous discomfort and pain. They occur most frequently in the 60 to 70 age group, and slightly more often in men than in women. Doctors now know that there are two major causes of ulcers: most often patients are infected with the bacteria Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori); others are regular users of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS), which include common products like aspirin and ibuprofen.