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Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)

GERD is another digestive problem seen by most of the people nowadays just like ulcers, gastritis, and others. Under this, people endure burning sensation in the chest especially after consuming food and the pain may even get worse when you lay down. Several factors like smoking, excess alcohol consumption, obesity and others can trigger the risk of GERD. Controlling GERD is very important if left untreated, it leads to complications like Esophagitis, Esophageal stricture and in long run can also raise the risk of esophageal cancer. Homeopathy treatment works very well for GERD and it also strengthens the lower esophageal sphincter muscles.

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What is GERD?

GERD (Gastroesophageal reflux disease) is a chronic digestive problem caused when stomach acids back up into the esophagus pipe. The esophagus is a tube-like structure connecting your mouth and stomach. The end of this pipe called lower esophageal sphincter (LES) closes when the food reaches our stomach and also prevents food and acidic juices of the stomach from entering the esophagus pipe. When this lower esophageal sphincter does not close properly or if it becomes weak, the stomach acids and other content flow back easily into the esophagus pipe and irritate the lining of this pipe leading to GERD. This backwash of foods and acids into esophagus pipe is termed as acid reflux and if this acid reflux occurs frequently i.e. more than twice in a week, then it is diagnosed as GERD. People of all age groups can have GERD including children.

Homeopathy Treatment for GERD

What are the causes of  Acid reflux?

Factors which cause acid reflux and leads to GERD include

  • Obesity
  • A Hiatal Hernia
  • Abnormalities within LES (lower esophageal sphincter)
  • Prolonged emptying of the stomach
  • Smoking
  • Certain foods (like carbonated beverages, chocolates, coffee and others)
  • Certain medications

Along with the above causes, few other factors like stress, eating large meals especially before going to bed, eating in a hurry without proper chewing and excess intake of fried and fatty foods also aggravates acid reflux and causes GERD. Conceived women are more at risk of developing GERD due to increased pressure on the abdomen.

What are the symptoms of GERD?

Below are few common symptoms of GERD

  • Heartburn
  • Regurgitation of sour liquids
  • Bad breath
  • Pain and difficulty swallowing
  • Feeling the presence of lump like thing in the throat
  • A cough
  • Nausea
  • Respiratory problems

Few people with GERD also face sleeping disorders due to severe pain and cough. It also worsens the symptoms of Asthma.

How does Homeopathy work for GERD?

Homeopathy treatment is very helpful for people suffering from GERD. Homeopathy treatment for GERD works by treating the roots of the problem. It uses natural remedies which are natural, safe, effective and also free from side effects. Homeopathic remedies also strengthen LES muscles and eliminate the reoccurrence of the problem.

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10 Major Signs of Acidity

Acidity is a pain in stomach caused due to excess production of acids in our stomach. Generally gastric glands in stomach produce acid or hydrochloric acid for digestion of the food we take. Acidity is a common problem faced by lot of people due to irregular and unhealthy food habits. Acidity includes symptoms like heartburn, gastric inflammation, headache and stomach ache.

Types of Acidity :

  • Acid reflux – There are two types of acid reflux, they are supine acid reflux and upright acid reflux.
  • Supine acid reflux- In this the pain occurs during the night time while lying down.
  • Upright acid reflux- The pain comes during the day when a person is sitting up.
  • Gastro esophageal reflux-  This pain comes when lower esophageal sphincter (LES) is unable to close properly.
  • Acid indigestion

Symptoms of Acidity :

The symptoms of acidity differ from one person to another depending on their stage and health condition. The most common symptoms experienced by people are

  • Burning in throat and stomach
  • Sour taste
  • Indigestion
  • Constipation
  • Chest pain
  • Vomiting
  • Restlessness
  • Nausea
  • Bad breath
  • Burping.

Acidity is caused due to imbalance in the acid levels in stomach. People with acidity have a burning sensation after having a meal.

Causes of Acidity :

Causes of acidity include unhealthy food habits, taking spicy food and improper life style. Some of the most common causes are

Improper working timings, unhealthy diet like junk food, spicy food plays a crucial role in acidity. Pregnant ladies are also infected by acidity. High intake of coffee or tea can also cause acidity. Heart burn in infants and young people is usually a sign of gastroesophageal reflux. Sometimes, a heavy meal or lifting heavy weights can bring acidity as it increases pressure in abdomen.

Tips to avoid acidity problems :

One can avoid acidity by changing the life style. Drink a glass of lukewarm water every day before going to sleep and immediately after waking up in the morning as it helps wash out acidity and indigestion, improper digestion contributes to acidity. One can control acidity by following these simple steps

  • Avoid oily, spicy and fat food as these foods are difficult to digest and the stomach releases more acids to digest them, which can cause acidity.
  • Avoid smoking, alcohol consumption, tobacco and caffeine products like coffee and tea as these products cause hyperacidity.
  • Proper and enough sleep helps in avoiding acidity.
  • Avoiding the food, which you feel is causing acidity to your body.
  • By having small frequent meals you can avoid acidity.
  • Taking high fibre food, fresh non acidic fruits help in digestion and avoid producing acids to digest food.
  • One should avoid acidic food like pickles, tamarind, vinegar, curd and acidic fruits as these increase acids level in the body.
  • One can control acidity by including these foods in their diet as these gives relief from acidity; they are mint leaves, tulsi, cinnamon, buttermilk, cumin seeds, banana, and elaichi.