Heartburn, also known as acid-reflux or gastroesophageal disease can be a troublesome problem in those with either a stress, hernia, infection of Helicobacter pylori or ironically low stomach acid due to age or medication.
If you suffer with this condition, contact your GP for tests to identify the cause or get in touch with a qualified herbalist or nutritionist who can support you to organise the tests via your GP or privately.
It’s important that you do this sooner rather than later so that the acid is not damaging the oesophagus. Long-term damage can cause malignant changes to the cells of the oesophagus and can also result in the formation of an ulcer.
Herbs that could help are:
I use the powder most often but it can also be used as a tincture. This root, also known as Althaea officinalis has a long history of use for protecting the gut lining. It creates a mucilaginous covering to act as a barrier against acid damage.
The Latin name for meadowsweet in Filipendula ulmaria. It’s a beautiful and gentle herb that is rich in salicylic acid, the precursor of Aspirin. It has protective qualities towards the gut and is an antacid. Unlike, antacid drugs, it does not make the digestive system so alkaline that your body compensates by producing even more acid thereby creating a vicious cycle of over consumption of antacid drugs. Instead it moderates the amount of acid produced in the stomach.
Drinking the juice of the Aloe vera plant soothes and cools the digestive tract. If ulcers are beginning to form, aloe can start the healing process and prevent further progression into a full ulcer.
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