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 more appropriate.
Highly preliminary studies suggest that various bioflavonoids can inhibit the growth of Helicobacter pylori. All fruits and vegetables provide bioflavonoids, but these substances can also be taken as supplements.
Betaine hydrochloride, cat’s claw, glutamine, marshmallow, reishi, selenium, suma, vitamin A, vitamin C, and zinc have also been suggested as aids to ulcer healing, but there is as yet little to no scientific evidence that they are effective.
For ulcers, you may also try the Traditions of Tao herbal supplement “Abundant Energy”. Of course, discuss with your physician before beginning any new health regime.