Would You Like To Learn How To soothe Acid Reflux, Gerd And Heartburn With Homeopathy?
Acid reflux seems to have 100 different names, and 100 different medications and always pops up at the worst times.
Gastroesophageal reflux disease, acid reflux, heartburn… Gaviscon, Lansoprazole, Omeprazole, Zantac, Tums…..Just finished a nice meal… here it is! Bent down and picked something up off the floor…. Surprise! Or even just lying down…
Acid reflux is one of the most common gut complaints seen by hospital departments, which I can definitely agree with, as I see it repeatedly in my practice!
It is caused by a weak lower oesophagal sphincter (which is like a ring of muscle) that allows the stomach contents to flow back up the oesophagus and into the gullet; the oesophagal sphincter normally acts as a one-way valve that lets food into the stomach but not backs up into the oesophagus.
This is because the stomach contains hydrochloric acid, which is used to help us break down food and protect against pathogens!
Therefore when the acid flows back up to the oesophagus, it causes a burning sensation, whereas it does not in the stomach as the stomach has a strong lining which protects it.
But if you are looking for remedies for indigestion only, have a look at my other blog here.
This acid reflux can lead to many common symptoms such as difficulty swallowing, vomiting or burning sensations. But interestingly, it can also cause symptoms that my patients don’t even realise are related to it.
For example, did you know that it can cause dry coughs, asthma-like breathing difficulties, dental erosion, throat problems or even bad breath!
Even more, interestingly, digestion is part of the parasympathetic nervous system ( also known as the rest and digest), which works at its optimum when the body is at REST.
This is why when our bodies are under stress and the fight or flight reflex kicks in, peristalsis is stopped to allow our bodies to focus on what is most important at the time- historically, to confront or avoid the danger!
Isn’t the human body AMAZING!
This is also why you may lose appetite or have difficulty eating if you feel anxious or stressed. Therefore in my practice, I see a lot of people that are in high-stress environments or have demanding jobs experience acid reflux.
All of this sounds very unpleasant, so I bet you’re wondering… Cristina, what can I do about it?
Well, the good news is that as it is such a common problem, homeopathy has a good rate of success with it! Let’s learn to soothe reflux, heartburn and GERD with a few homeopathy!
HOMEOPATHIC REMEDIES TO HELP YOU TACKLE ACID REFLUX AND HEARTBURN AND ENJOY FOOD AGAIN!
This is the #1 remedy for acid reflux and indigestion. This remedy has a strong affinity to the digestive tract, especially the liver, making it a fantastic remedy for digestive disturbances. You can read all about liver support with homeopathic remedies to aid detoxification here in this blog.
It is no wonder why the Banerjies use this remedy as a first, second or 3rd line in most of their digestive protocols.
If you need this remedy you will find that you suffer from acidity and the acid goes up to the throat and burns for hours. It feels better if you can belch.
You can suffer from burning pain in the stomach, gripping and clutching that extends to below the ribs and into the back.
It tends to be accompanied by lots of flatulence that feels as if you are full. You may find yourself unbuttoning your trousers around the waist area. Feels tight as from a cord in the upper part of the abdomen.
You tend to suffer from chronic dyspepsia and may suffer from constipation, although this is not always the case.
NUX VOMICA 30
If you need this remedy, your heartburn may be worse before breakfast.
Feeling of rancid heartburn taste.
A feeling of nausea in the stomach with the acidity.
Your stomach acidity will worsen by drinking coffee, having alcohol, overeating or taking prescription drugs such as paracetamol or other medicine. However, fats can be well tolerated.
People needing this remedy tend to suffer from indigestion and acidity related to stress at work and anxiety. This can happen after a period of a lot of work or too many projects where you feel stretched.
ARSENICUM ALBUM 30C
The keynote of this remedy is “burning pains, ” which is what your stomach will feel like -“burning as from red- hot coals”.
The burning is in the stomach and the pit of the stomach and it goes up to the throat.
Heartburn gulping up acid and bitter substances that makes the throat raw.
You will feel better from the acidity in the stomach by drinking milk. Also, drinking hot drinks or food can relieve stomach pain or acidity.
The heartburn may come up at night, after midnight and disturb your sleep.
BANERJI PROTOCOL TIP
Lycopodium 200 one dose every 3rd day and Arsenicum Album 3c twice daily
This is their first protocol for gastric problems such as acidity and dyspepsia.
This is a very small remedy but very useful for acidity and heartburn. Its primary action is the secretions of the stomach.
The main pointer to this remedy is heartburn and acidity, which is worse on lying down at night.
The acidity of this remedy is felt as sour belching and sour acrid secretions. Very much acid dyspepsia.
This is a very good option if you have tried a few remedies and have not helped.
IRIS VERSICOLOR 200
This is another excellent remedy for GERD, and it is one of the main Banerji Protocols for this condition.
The acidity of this remedy feels sour, acrid and burning. You may also experience beating and throbbing in and about the heart and sternum.
You may feel burning in your whole alimentary canal.
You may have more of these acidity episodes during the Spring and Autumn or they may come every month for 2-3 days.
The acidity may be accompanied by a frontal headache sometimes.
NATRUM PHOS 30C
This remedy is especially useful for babies that overfeed on milk and spit up sour vomit. These babies may be diagnosed with silent reflux or reflux.
The vomit may be so sour, curdled and, that smells like vinegar.
This is also a very good remedy for acidity felt by those suffering from a peptic or duodenum ulcer.
Again, if the person vomits, it may be sour and vinegar-like.
Take these remedies twice daily.
BANERJI PROTOCOL GERD AND SILENT REFLUX TIP
Iris Versicolour 200 in liquid twice daily before food
Lycopodium 30 twice daily