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Dendrobium To Increase Acid Output


I am Blood Type A and your second book LR4YType suggests taking Dendrobium to increase acid output and gastrin concentration. My health food store has not heard of this supplement. What is it? Thanks much!


Dendrobium has a long history in Ayurvedic and Chinese traditional medicine. In Chinese medicine it is though to strenthen the lung and kidneys, tonify the yin and clear heat, to promote the production of body fluids and nourish the stomach. The stems are gathered in the period between summer and autumn, dried in the sun and cut into pieces.

Patients with chronic superficial gastritis were perfused in the stomach with 20 g of Dendrobium nobile to observe the variations in gastric acidity output, serum gastrin and plasma somatostatin concentration. The result showed a significant increase in both acidity output and serum gastrin concentration (P < 0.01).

Chen S, Li Y, Wu Y, Zhou Z, Sun L. [Effect of Dendrobium nobile Lindl. on gastric acid secretion, serum gastrin and plasma somatostatin concentration]. Zhongguo Zhong Yao Za Zhi. 1995 Mar;20(3):181-21

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