Duodenal Ulcer
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Duodenal Ulcer in TCM
With the type of Chinese medicine, it is more focused on trying to do a tailored-made diagnosis. In traditional Chinese medicine, the doctors do not just categorize it as a kind of disease; we try to figure out exactly what type of syndrome (cause of disease) it is. Therefore, syndrome differentiation is a MUST in TCM diagnosis. With the right diagnosis, TCM doctor can be able to suit the remedy to the case. This is one of the characteristic of TCM treatment. Contact us today, we're here seven days a week.
TCM Treatment for duodenal ulcerIntroduction to Duodenal Ulcer

A duodenal ulcer is an open sore in the lining of the duodenum, the first part of the small intestine, that lies immediately distal (after) the stomach. The broad term for ulceration in the stomach or duodenal lining is peptic ulcer disease. Most of the causes of stomach ulcers are also responsible for the development of duodenal ulcers.

The duodenum has an inner epithelial lining, known as the mucosa. It is made up of simple columnar cells and also contains specialized cells that produce mucus and a few digestive enzymes. With duodenal ulcers, the mucosa is eroded revealing the underlying layers like the submucosa and in severe cases, an ulcer may perforate the duodenal wall. Duodenal ulcers are more common than stomach ulcers and are usually a solitary (single) ulcer. The ulcer usually forms close to the pyloric valve and more often occurs on the anterior duodenal wall.

The duodenum has its own protective mechanisms against gastric acid in addition to a mucus barrier like the stomach. When acidity is detected in the duodenum, the pancreatic ducts secrete a combination of water and bicarbonate ions to neutralize the gastric acid in the duodenum. Digestive hormones like secretin are also released into the blood stream to slow down gastric emptying thereby allowing the duodenum to cope with smaller quantities of gastric acid. The epithelial cells can also actively pump out hydrogen ions from the duodenal lumen, further reducing the acid content.

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Special Hints for Your Diet in TCM
Special Hints for Your Diet in TCM
Traditional Chinese medicine is a fantastic art of healing. TCM doctors use not only herbal medicines for treating diseases, but also they pay close attention to the patient's diet. In TCM, it's required that a patient should have a proper diet during the whole course of treatment. A perfect TCM prescription together with a proper diet can make you recover from the disease as soon as possible. Following is our suggestions on your diet.
Foods fit to eat
Dietary changes related to duodenal ulcers are based on your personal tolerances. Eating smaller meals limits stretching of your digestive organs and may prevent discomfort. Keeping a food journal can help you identify and avoid foods that provoke or worsen your pain.
Foods unfit to eat
Alcohol irritates to the lining of the stomach and duodenum and slows the passage of food through your digestive system. These effects may interfere with ulcer healing. Therefore, most doctors recommend avoiding or limiting alcohol if you have an ulcer. Common offenders include caffeine, pepper, garlic, chili powder and highly acidic foods, like citrus juice or tomato sauce.
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