conditions hypochlorhydria

RECMG7799

Hypochlorhydria

Condition:Hypochlorhydria
Other:Achlorhydria
ICD-10 Codes:K31.8

Naturopathic Treatments

Botanicals - the following stomachic and bitter stimulate HCl and digestion
• yellow gentian (Gentian lutea)
Oregon grape (Mahonia aquifolium)
yarrow (Achillea millefolium)
greater celandine (Chelidonium majus)
chicory (Cichorium intybus)
• globe artichoke (Cynara cardunculus)
goldenseal (Hydrastis canadensis)
dandelion (Taraxacum officinale)
wormwood (Artemisia absinthium)
burdock (Arctium lappa)
centaury (Centaurium erythraea)
ginger (Zingiber officinale)
garden angelica (Angelica archangelica)

Supplements
betaine HCl

Conventional Treatments

• no convential treatment exists

Signs & Symptoms

• belching
• bloating
• heaviness in the stomach
• gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)

DDx

Hypochlorhydria is associated with:
peptic ulcer disease
• dyspepsia
asthma
congestive heart failure
• dermatitis herpetiformis
diabetes
eczema
hypothyroidism
• pernicious anemia
rosacea
• Sjogren's syndrome
• trigeminal neuralgia
• vitiligo
• infectious diarrhea
• nutrient deficiencies

Pathogenesis

• factors that may contribute to hypochlorhydria:
- bland diet (absent of bitter food)
- stress
- irregular meal time
- eating on the run
- H. pylori infection

Diagnostics

• Heidelberg test
• gastrotest

References

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Hoffman D. Medical Herbalism. Rochester, Vermont: Healing Arts Press, 2003.

Gaby, Alan "Nutrional Medicine" Fritz Perlberg Publishing, Concord, NH, 2011 p. 432

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