Can drinking Coke really cure stomach stones?

The netizen asked: I saw online that a man had a stomach stone and was unwilling to undergo surgery. As a result, he drunk Coke for two months, drinking and drinking, and the stone disappeared. Can cola really treat stones?

The reporter consulted Yang Jianfeng, deputy director of the Department of Gastroenterology, City Hospital. Coke does have the effect of treating stomach stones, but it is limited to the treatment of vegetal gas stones. Because the ingredients of cola contain a phosphate substance, it can be combined with elemental phosphorus. It can also be combined with calcium to effectively destroy the polymer stone of plant stone. There are also cases of successful treatment of vegetal gastric stones with cola.

However, Dr. Yang does not advocate this treatment of vegetal stomach stones. Because there are four kinds of stomach stones: phytoliths, animal gas stones, drug-like gas stones, mixed gas stones, it is difficult for patients to judge which kind of stomach stones they have.

Even if you know that you have a vegetable stomach stone, you don’t advocate drinking Coke. The reason is that stomach stones roll around in the stomach, often damage the stomach wall, causing stomach ulcers, and carbonated drinks are just taboos for stomach ulcers. It is easy to cause gastric perforation when drinking. Once the stomach is perforated, a gastrectomy will have to be performed. Therefore, such treatment must go to the hospital and be under the supervision of a doctor, otherwise the consequences will be unpredictable.

Even if it is theoretically helpful in ablating plant stones, this “alternative stone elimination method” is not advocated clinically. The main reason is that the disadvantages outweigh the benefits. Patients with stomach disorders such as gastroesophageal reflux disease, gastric ulcer and stomach bleeding should not drink cola, and patients with duodenal ulcer, diabetic patients, and gout patients need to stay away from these drinks.

For plant-based gas stones, the best way is to prevent. Special attention: Do not eat foods with high content of citric acid such as immature persimmons and black dates; people with excessive gastric acid secretion and those with gastric motility should avoid eating foods with high citrate content.