Natural remedies for Acid reflux
Natural remedies for Acid reflux an education
By Veena Deo
The discussion in this article is about natural remedies for acid reflux that can be followed very easily by all people.
Acid reflux is also known as heartburn. In acid reflux, the acid from the stomach flows back into the esophagus due to which pain and discomfort occurs. Heartburn is the main symptom of acid reflux.
What are acid reflux symptoms and causes?
Heartburn is a burning discomfort behind the lower part of the sternum usually related to spasms of the lower end of the esophagus or the upper part of the stomach, often in association with gastro-esophageal reflux also known as Cardialgia.
The causes include improper functioning of the lower esophageal sphincter (LES), excessive intake of spicy foods, peptic ulcers, smoking, stress, eating large portions of food, etc.
The symptoms of acid reflux include heartburn, hiccups, difficulty in swallowing, black stools, and nausea of smell of foods or liquids, sore throat, coughing, nausea after eating, etc.
If acid reflux is not treated properly, GERD or Gastro esophageal reflux disease may be the result and that could cause serious health problems. In many cases one should talk to his or her Medical Doctor for this condition.
Western medicine versus alternate remedies
For the treatment of acid reflux in western medicine, first the usage of antacids is recommended. Typically the liquid antacids work by coating the lining of the esophagus and help in a way to reduce the acid in the stomach. But these provide short term relief and really do not do anything regarding the inflammation created in the esophagus. In addition, anti gas, anti-flatulence, H-2 receptor blockers are also used. Modern medicine also came up with some products that are meant to address and heal the root cause of the problems. The PPI products also known as Proton pump inhibitors work wonders. These work in many ways by inhibiting the acid production in the body and also help with healing the scarred tissues of the esophagus. Some of the commercial names of these products in USA are Nexium, Prilosec, etc.
Natural remedies for acid reflux that work-
Now I want to talk about alternate remedies that can be tried by most people. Again a lot of these are herbal and or natural remedies may not work for all people. As acid reflux is a serious medical condition, taking advice of a medical professional is of utmost importance. Here are a few fruit, herbal based remedies, followed by some common sense remedies, and general remedies that can be followed by people.
Ginger root is useful in acid reflux; Glutamine is an amino acid that naturally occurs in the human body. It is present in parsley, spinach etc. So eat foods rich with Glutamine; DGL or de-glycyrrhizinated Licorice herb is a folk remedy useful in acid reflux and heartburn; Slippery elm is a useful herb. Researchers stated that in-take of 1 teaspoon of this herb in a glass of water can help to protect the stomach; Marshmallow or Althea officinalis contains mucilage, which is thought to coat and soothe the lining of the esophagus. It is a folk remedy used for acid reflux and heart burn; Chew the fresh leaves of Holy basil or Tulsee. This helps to relieve the burning pain and reflux; Indian long pepper is effective to enhance digestion, assimilation and metabolism; Studies show that orange peel extract has an efficacy to relieve acid reflux symptoms. But more studies are required in this field; Amla or Indian Gooseberry is also recommended for acid reflux.
Do not lie down immediately after eating, a quick brisk walk can be helpful; Avoid coffee, cigarettes, alcohol, fried foods, pickles, oily and spicy foods; Yoga is useful to maintain the equilibrium of Tridosha or faults in human body. Do some form of Yoga regularly. Again, this should be done after proper training; After every meal, chew a few fennel seeds; Always eat fresh foods; Aloe vera juice is advisable; Drink coconut water 2 to 3 times a day; Avoid foods which form gases in stomach like Cauliflower; Eat carrots and foods containing Beta carotene.
I hope the above natural remedies for acid reflux including the use of certain herbal supplements will help all that are trying to address this situation. In severe or chronic cases one should consult a healthcare adviser.
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Dr. Veena Deo is an Ayurvedic Doctor in India. All the information provided and on supplements above and opinions expressed above are her own and should not be construed as medical advice. This information is provided for educational purposes only. For questions or to consult Dr. Veena Deo, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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