Bye-Lori Helped My Stomach Problem a Lot, But How Long Do I Take It?
Q Dear Dr. V.,
I have had stomach problems for years. The doctors have given my condition different names. Most frequently they have called it gastritis, dyspepsia, or indigestion. One doctor said I had irritable bowel syndrome. One doctor wanted me to get tested for an ulcer, but I was too afraid of the gruesome test he described, where they stick a tube with a camera down your throat into your stomach and cut pieces of your stomach lining out. So I never found out if I have an ulcer or not.

I just wanted you to know that the Bye-Lori has been helping me a lot. It improves my discomfort and bloating, which can be really unpleasant. I can hardly eat anything when my stomach is acting up. After I take Bye-Lori for a few days, I get better, or my symptoms go away. But when I stop taking it, after awhile my symptoms come back. Do I need to take it for a longer time? I take it until I feel better, which is usually three or four days to a week. It would be great if you could reply.

GL

A Dear GL,
Glad to hear you are doing better. It is likely that you have a gastrointestinal disorder related to the bacterium Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori), since you are getting relief from the herb mastic (contained in Bye-Lori). H. pylori is well established as one of the primary culprits in ulcer disease. Studies have indicated significant improvement or eradication of ulcers (due to H. pylori) in subjects taking mastic for two to four weeks. The studies were done at varying amounts, from 1000 mg once a day before breakfast1 to 1000 mg twice a day in the morning and at bedtime.2 It sounds as if you need to take Bye-Lori for a longer time period, at least as long as the study subjects took it: two to four weeks. In your case, with what sounds like a chronic condition, I suggest four weeks. See if this doesn't help your symptoms for a longer time period, or altogether. However, the organism H. pylori is ubiquitous, and you can become reexposed and reinfected. It is important that you have regular checkups with your doctor as well.

Because Bye-Lori has other antibacterial properties, and because as we age, bacteria are a constant problem, some people take a maintenance dose of 500 to 1000 mg per day. You need to see what works for you.

Please write me and let me know how longer-term Bye-Lori worked for you.

Dr. V.

1. Al-Habbal MJ, Al-Habbal Z, Huwez FU. A double-blind controlled clinical trial of mastic and placebo in the treatment of duodenal ulcer. J Clin Exp Pharm Physiol 1984;11:541-4.
2. Huwez FU, Al-Habbal MJ. Mastic in treatment of benign gastric ulcers. Gastroenterol Japon 1986;21:273-4.


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