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Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is caused by the abnormal backflow, or reflux, of stomach acid and juices into the esophagus, the tube that leads from the throat to the stomach.
The backflow of stomach acid and juices into the esophagus occurs when the valve between the lower end of the esophagus and the stomach (the lower esophageal sphincter, or LES) does not close tightly enough.
Overeating or bending forward after eating occasionally causes heartburn and a sour taste in the mouth. Occasional heartburn does not mean you have GERD. In GERD, the reflux—and heartburn—last longer and occur more often.
The main symptom of GERD is a frequent uncomfortable feeling of burning, warmth, heat, or pain just behind the breastbone, commonly referred to as heartburn.
If you have pain behind your breastbone, you need to make sure it is not caused by a problem with your heart. The burning sensation caused by GERD usually occurs after eating. Pain from your heart is usually felt as pressure, heaviness, weight, tightness, squeezing, discomfort, or a dull ache that occurs most often after activity.
• Drink small amounts of chilled fat free milk or water after every one or two hours. This will make the burning sensation mild.
• Drink jeera (cumin) water rather than plain water, it avoids formation of gas in stomach.
• Take ginger root extract with honey after meal.
• If you experience heartburn then have a cup of vanilla ice cream to relieve yourself from the symptom.
• Lemons, almonds and cloves are also effective for heart burn.
Licorice Root (Glycyrrhiza glabra)
The use of deglycyrrhizinated licorice (DGL) before meals will soothe and heal the esophageal tissue, thereby decreasing inflammation and ulceration. This form of licorice is safe for people with high blood pressure to use. A standard dose would be 350 milligrams (mg) to 1,000 mg three times per day with meals.
Chamomile (Matricaria recutita)
Chamomile neutralizes heartburn, gas and bloating while relieving abdominal cramps. It’s ideal for “nervous stomach” and soothes inflamed irritated stomach linings, by being a calming and slightly sedative herb. A cup of chamomile tea after eating will help GERD.
Peppermint (Mentha piperta)
This herb contains volatile oils like menthol and relieves indigestion, gastritis, stomach ulcer and GERD. It’s antibacterial action neutralizes excess acidity and relaxes stomach spasms. A cup of peppermint tea after eating, or 1oz of peppermint schnapps will calm the stomach acid and relieve the discomfort.