A sedentary lifestyle has brought us to the times when we have developed unhealthy eating habits & sleeping routines. Lack of exercise and pure healthy food has made it common to suffer from ailments & disorders. One of them is Acid Reflux or Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease(GERD), which is commonly known as Heartburn occurs when the acid flows back from the stomach to the esophagus or the food pipe. It can happen to anyone but is mostly seen in people with asthma, excess body weight, or pregnant women.
Acid reflux happens when the valve between the stomach & esophagus doesn’t function properly as the Lower Esophageal Sphincter (LES) loses pressure to stop the backward movement of the stomach acid. One can sense the following symptoms in case of occurrence of GERD:
- Repetitive hiccups
- Metallic taste in the mouth
- Sore throat
- Dry cough
- Trouble swallowing
- Chest pain
The homeopathic doctor may make the patient go for a Complete Blood Count (CBC) test to check the levels of hemoglobin & eosinophils. Also, calcium levels may be checked, the prescribed test is esophageal pH monitoring to diagnose the severity of the GERD. Endoscopy may be conducted when the general line of treatment is not responded to and there exist alarming symptoms such as blood in stool, anemia, wheezing, and hoarseness in the voice. Checks are made to detect any ulcers in the lining of the stomach and esophagus.
If left untreated GERD may cause internal bleeding, damage and in worst cases, it may cause esophagus cancer. Conventional medicines may cause side effects and might not be able to treat the root cause, leading to relapse of the disease on stopping the medicines. One must go for a safer treatment such as homeopathic treatment for GERD that treats work at the root cause to eliminate GERD.
The homeopathic doctor diagnoses the condition of acid reflux and comes up with suitable treatment on a case-to-case basis, based on present symptoms, past conditions, dietary habits, lifestyle, and emotional state of the patient. Homeopathy aims to correct the ailments by acting at a deeper level or the root cause. Homeopathic treatment for GERD works on imbalances in the system and lets the body heal itself by correcting those imbalances. Homeopathy helps you stop your dependency on antacids, however, a few complicated cases may require surgery.
It is advisable to consult a homeopathic doctor for the treatment of GERD. Most of the treatments provide results in 6 to 8 weeks, but in some cases duration of treatment of GERD may vary based on certain factors such as current & past medication, other underlying conditions, and the cause behind the disease. However till the time, one must always go for certain precautions, lifestyle changes & home remedies such as:
Journal your food – Note it down when acid reflux happens and the food or drinks you had to trigger the acid reflux. That way one can avoid acidity-inducing food. It is best to let the homeopathic doctor diagnose the cause and suggest treatment for the same.
Have a diet rich in fiber: Fiber helps ease the process of digestion, certain foods that can be included in the diet for GERD are:
- Potato with skin
- Brown rice
- Whole wheat cereals
- Fruits rich in fiber
Avoid trigger foods – Certain foods can trigger acidity hance must be avoided, such as:
- Food rich in fat
- Spicy food
Cut down smoking, caffeine & alcohol – One must reduce or stop the intake of coffee, tea, smoke & alcohol as these are known to trigger acid reflux. Instead one can always drink
- green tea
- chamomile tea
- fennel tea
These drinks will help remove toxins from your body for better functioning of the stomach.
Avoid restrictive clothing – Fitted garments around the stomach or waist can lead to intragastric pressure, which can again trigger acid reflux. It’s better to go for something comfy.
Shed some weight – People with high Body Mass Index(BMI) frequently suffer from GERD as excess fat around the stomach puts pressure on the stomach, wherein it gets difficult for the body to keep the level of acids low.
Prepone your meals – One must keep a gap of 3 hours between having a meal and going to sleep for optimal health. Increasing the gap provides the body space to digest food and reduces any chances of acid reflux.
Munching on ginger-based food & drinks – 1500 milligrams of ginger in diet per day can keep the digestive system in good health. One can have it in hot water & honey or include it in raw salad or cereals.
Going for a treatment to a homeopathic doctor & altering food habits always help, one can also inculcate calming techniques in their routine as the gut-brain connection can trigger stress & anxiety worsening the situation. Calming techniques such as meditation, mindful eating, mindful meditation, cognitive behavioral therapy, and applied relaxation techniques can help ease acid reflux.