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Can You Use Cinnamon for a Duodenal Ulcer?

By Camira Bailey

A duodenal ulcer is a small sore that develops in the first layer of the lining of the small intestine. It is most commonly caused by Helicobacter pylori, a bacteria that invades the gastrointestinal tract. Duodenal ulcers can cause a myriad of unpleasant symptoms, including nausea, upper abdominal pain, weight loss and fatigue. Occasionally, an ulcer perforates, causing a hole that goes all the way through the duodenum. This kind of ulcer usually is treated with antibiotics to kill the bacteria and a proton pump inhibitor to block gastric acid production. Cinnamon inhibits the growth of H. pylori and protects the intestinal lining by inhibiting gastric secretions and promoting blood flow to the lining, according to a 2010 study done by researchers at Helwan University. This makes it a useful adjunct to standard treatment. That being said, you should speak to your doctor before starting treatment with cinnamon.

Take one 500 mg capsule of cinnamon before breakfast to assess tolerance and allergic response.

Increase the dosage to 1,500 mg per day, taking one 500 mg capsule in the morning, one in the afternoon and one in the evening. Take the cinnamon at least 30 minutes before eating. Stay on this dosage for one week.

Increase the dosage by 500 mg per day every week. For example, you would take 2,000 mg of cinnamon per day the second week and then 2,500 mg the third week. Do not exceed 6,000 mg per day. You should use the lowest dose possible that provides relief.

Stop taking cinnamon at least seven days before any kind of surgical procedure. Cinnamon might affect the way the blood clots and can cause excessive bleeding during surgery.

Discontinue the use of cinnamon if you experience heart problems, such as palpitations or arrhythmias; mouth sores; respiratory distress; or signs of problems with blood clotting, such as easy bruising, bleeding gums or spots on the skin.

Warnings

Long-term use of cinnamon might cause squamous cell carcinoma, or cancer, of the mouth. Cinnamon interacts with a vast array of medical conditions and medications. Get your doctor's approval before starting treatment with cinnamon to avoid adverse effects.

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