Can folk remedies treat heartburn? Many heartburn sufferers, frustrated and dissatisfied by the conventional medical approach (that often produces nothing but temporary relief accompanied by various side effects), ask themselves whether there are folk remedies that can serve as a healthier more effective alternative. While it is obligatory to follow a complete set of protocols to permanently stop the internal medical condition that manifests as heartburn, there are numerous folk remedies that can bring significant relief to heartburn sufferers.
Heartburn can be defined as a burning and painful sensation in the esophagus area, just below the breastbone, which occurs due to the regurgitation of stomach acids into the esophagus. While sporadic heartburn (approx. once in a week) can happen after a meal even among healthy individuals, persistent heartburn is often an evidence of gastro esophageal reflux disease (GERD), also called acid reflux.
In simple mechanical terms, gastro esophageal reflux disease can be described as a 'plumbing problem' with the digestive system. Acid reflux disease occurs when a muscle called lower esophageal sphincter (LES) that acts as a valve between the esophagus and the stomach, randomly relaxes or weakens. Normally, the LES opens only when food and a drink pass from the esophagus into the stomach. After the food passes, the LES shuts off, keeping the digestive juices and acid safely in the stomach. However, when the LES is weakened and doesn't close properly, acid backs up into the esophagus, burning its lining and causing painful heartburn and other GERD related symptoms.
The weakening of the LES and extra acidity in the stomach are the main conditions that contribute to gastro esophageal reflux disease. Those conditions are usually the result of numerous lifestyle, dietary and medical factors. Certain dietary choices, obesity, excessive stress, excessive fat ingestion, inadequate sleep and genetic weakness can contribute to the weakening of the LES, while intestinal dysbiosis caused by certain dietary and lifestyle choices and Candida infections can contribute to extra acidity in the gastric system. For a heartburn remedy to be effective it must first and foremost tackle those underlying root causes.
While GERD symptoms have been treated using folk remedies long before the modern treatment technologies were available, recent scientific researches support the effectiveness of those traditional remedies. Here are several examples of folk remedies that have been found helpful in the treatment of heartburn:
1. Elevate the head of your bed 6'' to 8''. This simple action will prevent stomach acid from flowing into your esophagus.
2. Sleep on your left side. The stomach is located on your left side, while the esophagus enters it from the right. When you lie on your left side, the esophagus is placed higher than your stomach, thus preventing the stomach content from reaching your esophagus.
3. Eat a teaspoon of raw unheated honey after each meal. Recent researches showed that raw unheated honey has powerful antibacterial and antioxidant properties, hence it can calm the inflammation in the esophagus.
4. Drink green tea with ginseng. This type of tea can improve your digestion and reduce acidity in the stomach.
5. Eat small to moderate meals. Small meals are easier to digest, so that your gastric system will produce less acid. For the same reason, eating slowly is highly recommended.
6. Drink plenty of water between meals. Mineral water is known as an alkaline forming drink; therefore drinking water can change the acid alkaline balance in your intestines.
Keep in mind that folk remedies can be highly beneficial for relieving your heartburn, yet it is only a small part of a comprehensive holistic treatment, which is obligatory for permanently curing and preventing heartburn.
Did you know that your painful, debilitating heartburn could be safely and permanently treatd using powerful all-natural holistic methods combined with traditional folk remedies?