Many people experience gastroesophageal reflux (GERD) occasionally. GERD occurs as a consequence of acid reflux into the esophagus from the stomach, gastric motor dysfunction, or visceral afferent hypersensitivity. A wide variety of factors cause GERD, such as increased gastric contents (from a large meal, gastric stasis, or acid hypersecretion), physical factors (such as lying down or bending over), increased pressure on the stomach (tight clothes, obesity, ascites, or pregnancy), and loss (usually intermittent) of lower esophageal sphincter tone, and diseases such as scleroderma, smoking, anticholinergics, calcium antagonists. Hiatal hernia also promotes acid flow into the esophagus.
However, if you happen to experience persistent acid reflux more than twice a week, you may be diagnosed with GERD. In other words, GERD can be described as a long-term or chronic, regular occurrence of GER.
Fortunately, it can be managed with weight reduction; elevation of the head of the bed; and avoidance of large meals, smoking, caffeine, alcohol, chocolate, fatty food, citrus juices, and NSAIDs and GERD can be prevented. Antacids are widely used to treat it. Clinical trials suggest that proton pump inhibitors (omeprazole) are more effective than histamine receptor blockers (ranitidine) in patients with or without esophageal erosions.
Homoeopathic Treatment For GERD
Homoeopathic treatment can manage GERD with natural remedies that not only address the immediate problem but also eliminate the root cause of this discomforting condition.
Depending on the symptoms, there are several homeopathic remedies for GERD. Homeopathic treatment stimulates the immune system of the patient and promotes the self-healing of the body, no matter whether it’s painful acidity reflux or heartburn bothering you. Homeopathic medicines are provided after identifying the symptoms of this ailment, the mental state of the patient, and other factors and symptoms which correlate to any specific medicine. Find below some best homeopathic treatment for digestive complaints and heartburn.
1. Nux Vomica:
When you experience pain after eating, indigestion, and pain that radiates in different directions from the middle of the stomach, Nux Vomica is indicated. It is one of the best homeopathic medicine for acid reflux and is best suitable to the GERD patient to starts experiencing discomfort around half an hour after the meals or after consuming alcohol. It also treats nausea and vomiting with heartburn that occurs after taking excess of caffeine, spicy food, or alcoholic drinks.
If you happen to experience thirstlessness along with reflux of acid, Pulsatilla is the best effective homeopathic remedy for it. It is also recommended when you happen to suffer from nausea, vomiting, and burning sensation after consuming fatty foods, such as pastries, or fried or oily food. Pulsatilla also helps you obtain relief when you suffer from abdominal distension, bloating, and headache. This remedy is more often prescribed to children and women than to men.
China, one of the best homeopathic medicine for acid reflux, is considered when a person is experiencing aggravation after eating. This homeopathic remedy is also recommended when the patient is chilly, sensitive to draft, sensitive to the cold so much so that the complaints are triggered on being exposed to the cold air, and also when the patient is sensitive to touch and sensitive to motion. China is recommended when you experience constant loud and strong eructations, sour taste in the mouth, slow digestion, vomiting of blood, burning sensation in chest, flatulence, and sleeping problems due to acid in the esophagus. It is indicated when you suffer from these complaints at night and when your complaints are accompanied by bleeding and weakness.
This medicine is best suited to the individuals who are delicate, emaciated people who suffer from heartburn, burning pains in the abdomen accompanied by bloating, a feeling of fullness and some symptoms of anemia. Phosphorus is recommended when you suffer from nausea and vomiting by being in a warm room, from warm things, and from ingesting warm things into the stomach. It is best effective when you happen to suffer from constant nausea, except when you have something cold in the stomach, and feel very thirsty, particularly craving for icy cold drinks. If you happen to vomit after having anything, phosphorus is helpful to treat the discomfort.
5. Carbo Veg:
Carbo Veg is one of the best homeopathic medicine for acid reflux, particularly when it is accompanied always with belching and is slightly relieved for a while by belching. This is the best homeopathic remedy for individuals suffering from slow digestion, heaviness, and burning in the stomach, stomach cramps, and flatulence in the stomach and upper part of the abdomen. When the food remains in your stomach for a long time, turns sour and putrid, and you happen to suffer from colic, burning pains, distension, fullness, constricting and cramping pains from this distension, Carbo Veg is the best homeopathic medicine for acid reflux. When the distension and offensive gas bother you with discomfort after eating or having excessive carbonated drinks., it helps in releasing the gas and relieves your abdomen and fullness.
6. Natrum Phos:
This is a good remedy for the patients who are having an aversion to the foods, such as meat, milk, bread, and butter, and desire to have alcoholic drinks, beer, pungent food, eggs, fried fish, and cold drinks. Natrum Phos is indicated when you happen to suffer from a stomach disorder due to the intake of milk and fat; eructation after eating, on empty stomach, and having sour food; water brash; fullness after eating; heartburn; heaviness and pressure; and heat in the stomach. This homeopathic remedy is also effective in treating GERD when you experience symptoms, such as nausea in the morning, during cough, evening, and during headache, ache in your stomach after eating; gastralgia; creamy coating on the tongue; several attacks daily with vomiting sour fluids; cramping; extreme thirst; over-secretion of lactic acid; sour vomiting. It also helps you obtain relief from vomiting on coughing, with headache, of bile, bitter, and frothy.
Lycopodium is recommended when the patient feels so full that he cannot eat after swallowing a mouthful of food and experiences pains immediately after eating. Vomiting of bile, coffee ground vomit, and black, inky vomitous, sour eructation with a strong acid burning the pharynx, distension and pain after eating, sour vomiting, sour stomach, flatus, and sense of fullness are some of the symptoms of GERD which indicate this remedy. Also, this remedy is suggested when you experience stomach discomfort, such as noisy rumbling, and symptoms begin after having cold drinks, fruit, beer, or coffee. This remedy is best suitable for old chronic dyspeptics, emaciated, wrinkled, and tired patients.
Now that you know a lot about GERD, and if you experience symptoms of GERD, make sure you seek proper medical assistance.
Written by Dr. Swapnil Naik, Associate doctor to Dr. Rajesh Shah