Heartburn, GERD, Reflux and other gut issues can be complex and if you are hesitant to use prescription medications with their many side effects, consulting a Naturopathic Doctor (ND) may be your best bet. Some of the natural products that are often used successfully to straighten out Heartburn, GERD, and Reflux are listed below. If you suspect you have acid reflux or a Hiatal Hernia, find a chiropractor in your area that can do a hiatal hernia maneuver that may actually fix the problem.
When the normal stomach acid finds its way into the esophagus where the lining is not designed to handle stomach acid, it causes the burning pain associated with heartburn, GERD and reflux. However, heartburn, GERD and reflux are rarely caused by an overproduction of stomach acid, more often by an under production of acid causing an overproduction of H.pylori bacteria. Overgrowth of H. pylori can cause the stomach acid to reflux into the esophagus, and decrease the mucus production in the stomach that protects its lining from the acidic gastric juices.
Core Protocol for Heartburn, GERD, and Reflux
For more information on why and how to use the products listed above:
Heartburn Relief Herbal Formula
Heartburn Relief Herbal Formula by Exodus Herbs is designed to provide symptomatic relief of heartburn by protecting the delicate lining of the esophagus as well as reducing subsequent inflammation. To ensure complete resolution, the underlying cause must always be addressed, see Indigestion in Shop by Conditions. [Liquid tincture 1/2 to 1 tsp 3x daily before meals]
Healthy Stomach by Exodus Herbs addresses the underlying cause of heartburn and indigestion by reducing inflammation, normalizing acid secretion, and increasing mucous production to aid in healing and protect the stomach lining. [Liquid tincture 1/2 to 1 tsp 3x daily before meals]
DGL Chews by Enzymatic Therapy stimulates the production of the stomach’s natural mucous and helps to protect the stomach lining, while providing nutritional support for the digestive system. [1-2 chews before or during meals]
Aloe Vera Gel
Aloe Vera Gel by Lakewood contains organic inner fillet aloe vera leaf gel packaged in a glass bottle. Aloe Vera gel is gently soothing to the GI tract lining while helping to heal any damaged tissue. [1 ounce between meals]
Betaine HCL Pepsin
Betaine HCL Pepsin by Pure Encapsulations is designed to aid digestion and absorption by providing gastric juice components. Often indigestion, heartburn, GERD and reflux are associated with low secretion of stomach acid and other digestive juices. [1 capsules with each meal]
Lifestyle factors are critical, especially eating less processed foods, and also exercise, proper sleep, meditation, managing stress levels etc.
Since indigestion plays such a large role in reflux, heartburn and GERD, see Indigestion in Shop by Health Conditions on this website.
[See What Dose of Herbal Medicine do I take and how much do I need to buy? and to help choose between liquid herbal tinctures or herbal capsules, see When should I use Liquid herbal tinctures or herbal capsules and what's the difference?]
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