What is GERD?
Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), several people face this case of indigestion from time to time. But when it occurs repeatedly, it could be indicative of a more serious condition called gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD.
Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) happens when a muscle at the end of your esophagus does not close properly. This allows stomach acids to flow back, or reflux, into the esophagus and aggravate it.
Symptoms of GERD
The most common symptom of GERD is Heart burn; sore throat, nausea, vomiting, hiccups, dry cough, bad breath, and abdomen pain.
Causes of GERD
Chemical causes of GERD can include:
- fluids refluxed from the stomach irritating or damaging the esophagus
- Genetic the acidic reflux can be genetic
- smoking, passive smoking or inhaling secondhand smoke
- Pressure on abdomen from overweight, obese, or pregnant
- Age also plays a vital role in various diseases. As people age they become weak hence, they usually tend to attract more diseases.
There are certain medicines that also causes GERD
- Mostly asthma NIH external link—a long-lasting disease in your lungs that makes you extra sensitive to things that you’re allergic to
- sedatives—medicines that help put you to sleep
- calcium channel blockers—medicines that treat high blood pressure NIH external link
- antihistamines—medicines that treat allergy symptoms
- antidepressants NIH external link—medicines that treat depression NIH external link
Herb Home Remedies for GERD
As I mentioned earlier that even prescribed medicine for one disease can be harmful for another disease or can create other health problems. That is why even prescribed medicines are asked to be taken with prescription and in rare cases.
So, what should you do when you’re suffering from acidic reflux and your heart is burning? Well, there are some known benefits of herbs that have been used from centuries to cure GERD and other diseases but in this article, let’s just discuss some of the best herbal home remedies for GERD.
Aleo Vera is a natural herb that has been known for it’s healing properties from ancient times.
Aleo Vera is rich in its anti-inflammatory properties and also contains polysaccharide, vitamins, amino acids and minerals. According to scientific research, Aleo Vera has proved to treat acidic reflux without having any side effects.
How to use Aleo Vera for GERD
- Take organic aloe vera (you can grow it at home. It is easy to grow and have other benefits aswell)
- Blend it with coconut water or luke warm water would also do.
Ginger is a natural soother which is known to help many stomach issues and it fights with acidic reflux.
How to use Ginger for GERD
- Chop Ginger (half )
- Take one glass of water (boil it)
- Add that half chopped ginger in the water
- Add honey if you like
- Take this herbal ginger tea for the GERD.
Chamomile as an herbal remedy for nausea or indigestion, lends warmth and zest to foods and beverages.
How to use Chamomile for GERD
- Take Chamomile flower (dried) or get it from some authentic company
- Take one cup of luke warm water
- Add dried chamomile init
- Let it cook for few 4-5 minutes on low temperature
- Add honey (according to your taste but recommended is 1 tsp)
- Take this Chamomile tea for the acidic Reflux.
As we mentioned in our last article that mint leaves are a natural soothing herb and it contains healing properties of acidic reflex, digestion and soothing components.
There are many types of mints but pepper mint is known to be the most effective one in fighting the GERD.
How to use peppermint leaves for GERD
- Take fresh and organic 7-9 pepper mint leaves (you can easily grow them in your home)
- One glass of luke warm water
- Rinse peppermint leaves
- Add peppermint leaves in the water and let them sit for few minutes
- Add honey (if you want)
- Take this peppermint calming tea in the morning
Slippery Elm is a herb that has been used for centuries for it’s healing properties. It heals the inflammation; it acts as a barrier against acidity, skin ailments, stomach issues, and infected glands.
How to use Slippery elm for GERD
- Take powdered organic slippery elm (one table spoon)
- Add water or milk (if you are lactose intolerant then avoid taking milk)
- Add honey (if you like)
- Mix it all together
Habits to avoid
- Avoid Smoking– as it weakens the Lower Esophageal Sphincter (LES) which in turn increases the reflux of stomach acid.
- Avoid carbonated beverages– the carbons in drinks puts pressure on the sphincter and can push stomach acid and contents back into the food pipe.
- Avoid lying down after having a meal– Avoid lying down after having a meal because it will disturb the digestive system and will most likely cause you acidic reflux. Atleast, wait for 2 hours before lying down after eating.
- Avoid overeating- overeating can damage the food pipe and while your already eaten meal is being processed it over eating will most likely disturb the digestive system and will cause in GERD.
When to consult a doctor
If you’re having all the above symptoms of GERD for more than a day or having difficulty breathing after vomiting, or you are vomiting blood, having problem in swallowing and these herbal remedies are not working as well and you’ve also been avoiding all of the above mentioned habits then it is recommended to call your doctor.