The influence of mucilaginous substances on the emptying of the stomach
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The effect of hog’s mucin, okra, olive oil and agar were tested on the motility of and the digestion in the stomach. Tests were performed on six normal subjects, on six patients affected with peptic ulcer and on a dog carrying both gastric and duodenal cannulas. While all of the test substances decreased the emptying time of the stomach, okra had the greatest effect. At the beginning of digestion, hog’s mucin increases and okra decreases gastric motility. After three hours, this is reversed, and okra diminishes the emptying time by 26 per cent. In the stomach okra does not impair the digestion of meat; it considerably decreases the amount of gastric secretion. The therapeutic significance of these results is discussed.
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