Sep 30 2013

Alternative Healing for Acid Reflux

San Diego Acid Reflux Alternative Medicine

Alternative Medicine - Acid / Gastric Reflux (GERD)It's always a good idea to consider your options for natural healing and functional medicine rather than relying on medications, even over-the-counter ones. There are so many ways to heal without synthetic ingredients and other unnatural and potentially harmful substances put into your body. More than that, natural healing means becoming in tune with your body and your overall well-being.

We'd like to take a few moments right now to consider one particular condition that many people face and the various natural remedies for it. That condition is acid reflux.

About Acid Reflux

Also known as gastric reflux and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), acid reflux basically refers to damage caused by gastric acid that escapes the stomach and wind ups in the esophagus.

Symptoms of Acid Reflux

The most common symptoms of acid reflux include the following:

  • Heartburn
  • Vomiting
  • Issues with swallowing

Patients may also notice pain when swallowing, sore throat, nausea, and pain in the chest.

This discomfort should not be tolerated, and the acid reflux should be treated as soon as possible to avoid further damage and to prevent the need for surgical treatments. Here are some natural remedies to consider.

Herbs and Supplements

Certain herbs and natural dietary supplements have been known to ease discomfort, reduce excessive acidity, and improve digestion. Some examples of this include peppermint, licorice, caraway, and honeysuckle. We will be able to discuss others with you when you stop in for a visit.

Baking Soda and Water

One way to help neutralize some of the problems with heartburn and acid reflux is an old standby: baking soda. Mix a spoon of baking soda with a glass of water and drink slowly. This simple solution can legitimately work wonders.

Acupuncture

A number of patients have found that acupuncture is actually helpful for acid reflux. Not only can acupuncture promote relaxation, it may be able to affect the muscles that control the sphincter between the stomach and the lower esophagus.

Watching What You Eat

Many people find that they experience acid reflux when they eat certain foods. Be sure to pay attention to what you eat and the ingredients that are in it. By being mindful, you may start to notice foods or ingredients that trigger acid reflux and can act accordingly.

Watching Your Weight and Waistline

Many people who are obese experience acid reflux, so it's a good idea to try to maintain a healthy weight. In fact, maintaining a healthy weight will often prevent a number of conditions from occurring.

Another tip to keep in mind is to loosen that belt. Many people who experience acid reflux may be able to prevent it by making sure their belt isn't on too tight. A tight belt increases pressure on the abdominal area and may cause acid reflux to occur.

Learn More About Alternative Medicine

If you would like to learn more about all of your options for alternative and natural healing, be sure to contact our Poway alternative medicine center today. We look forward to meeting you in person and helping you achieve excellent wellness in the process.

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