Much and For How Long Should I Take Bye-Lori For My Stomach Discomfort?
Q Dear Dr V,
I have had stomach indigestion and discomfort off-and-on for years.
Usually antacids help. It seems I use them fairly regularly. But once or
twice a year I have to get a prescription from my doctor. This time I tried
and got relief! I haven't needed to take any antacids. I feel more comfortable
taking an herb (mastic) than taking prescription drugs. How long do I keep
taking the Bye-Lori -- until the bottle is gone? Or, should I take it all
the time as a preventative measure? And, how much should I keep taking?
Thanks for reading this.
A Dear SG,
As you already know, Bye-Lori contains an herb called mastic
(or mastic gum) that has been used for thousands of years for gastrointestinal
health. It is still used as a common food additive and herbal medicine
by people of the Mediterranean. It has antibacterial properties and has
been documented as inhibiting the ulcer-causing bacteria, Helicobacter
pylori(also referred to as H pylori).
Studies were done with mastic (mastic gum) with successful results for
improving or relieving dyspepsia and/or healing ulcers caused by H pylori.They
were performed using 1,000 mg in the morning, and 1,000 mg in the morning
plus another 1,000 mg at bedtime. I suggest either of these regimens, depending
on your individual response. If 1,000 mg (once, in the morning) works for
you, then go this route.
I can find no data recommending how long to use mastic. But mastic is
very safe, virtually without side effects, and it has been chewed and eaten
for thousands of years. Creating a maintenance program may benefit those
who frequently have gastric distress. After implementing the above regimen
for one month, decreasing the amount of Bye-Lori by half may prove helpful
as a daily maintenance program. You can adjust up or down from the half
point based on how you are responding.
It is important to note that Bye-Lori is not a substitute for an appropriate
evaluation from your health care provider to make certain there are not
any problems requiring medical attention.
Glad to hear your stomach is better.