DGL – Deglycyrrhizinated Licorice
DGL is an extract of licorice which is an effective medicine for peptic ulcers (both duodenal and gastric ulcers alike). DGL is the shortened term for Deglycyrrhizinated Licorice. Historically, Licorice has been viewed as an excellent remedy for peptic ulcers. Unfortunately, one of the prevailing side effects of the licorice compound glycyrrhetinic acid is that cause elevated blood pressure in some instances. Luckily, a procedure was developed to remove this compound from licorice and form deglycyrrhizinated liquorice (DGL). The result is a very successful anti-ulcer therapeutic agent without any known side effects.
DGL has been shown to be more effective than either Tagamet, Zantac, or antacids in both short term treatment and maintenance therapy of peptic ulcers. However, while these drugs are associated with significant side effects, DGL is extremely safe and is only fraction of the cost.
How does DGL work?
DGL stimulates and/or accelerates natural protection against ulcer formation. This protective action is much different than antacids and drugs like Tagamet, Zantac, Pepcid, Prevacid, and Prilosec which work by neutralizing or suppressing gastric acid. Alternatively, DGL safely inhibits a bacteria found in human stomachs called Helicobacter pylori or H. pylori for short.
To learn more about ulcers, what causes them and how to find relief, see our expanded Relief From Ulcers Naturally With DGL article here.
How do I take DGL?
The standard dosage for DGL in acute cases is two to four 400 mg* chewable tablets between or 20 minutes before meals. For more mild chronic cases or for maintenance the dosage is one to two tablets 20 minutes before meals. Taking DGL after meals is associated with poor results. DGL therapy should be continued for at least 8 to 16 weeks after there is a full therapeutic response.
It appears that in order to be effective in healing peptic ulcers, DGL must mix with saliva. DGL may promote the release of salivary compounds which stimulate the growth and regeneration of stomach and intestinal cells. DGL in capsule form has not been shown to be effective. Read all product labels and consult your personal physician with any questions.
Antacids seem to help my symptoms, should I continue to use them or will they interfere with the effectiveness of DGL?
Antacids can be used as part of the initial treatment for symptomatic relief. All antacids are relatively safe when used on an occasional basis, but I strongly recommend avoiding antacids which contain aluminum. I recommend following label instructions and avoiding the regular use or overuse of antacids. Taken regularly antacids they can lead to malabsorption of nutrients, bowel irregularities, kidney stones, and other side effects.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
Reference for this article: Dr. Michael T. Murray
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