Herbal remedies can be used as handy DIY treatments for a number of ailments, particularly acid reflux.
Nutritional research indicates that herbal intake enables aids in the process of riding your body of acid reflux, heartburn, and indigestion.
Consider some the following herbal remedies the next time you feel a bout of acid reflux coming on—or to keep it at bay.
- Slippery Elm is an herb used to commonly treat sore throat, cough, and digestive disorders, which is useful those suffering from acid reflux. Slippery Elm contains a mucilage, which is a thick, gluey substance derived from most plants (aloe vera being particularly rich with mucilage, for example). This herb can be taken as a tea, capsule, or tincture for treating symptoms of GERD.
- Ginger Root has been used the world over for hundreds of years as an ideal herbal remedy for treating nausea, which is a common symptom of GERD. Ginger root can be taken as a liquid extract, in tablet form, or as a powder and used to make tea.
- Apple Cider Vinegar, specifically the unrefined variety containing “the mother”, is a very common herbal remedy used to reduce the symptoms of acid reflux. Taking a few teaspoons in a large glass of water can help aid in digestion.
- Chamomile, when taken as a tea, helps to sooth the lining of the esophagus because it contains a mucilage. Chamomile tea has shown to be effective in reducing the activity of pepsin in the gastrointestinal tract to create a protective coating against stomach acid.
- Marshmallow Root can be taken in capsule form or as a cold infusion—steeped in water overnight. The thick, slightly bitter, sweet-tasting, and soothing drink helps to coat the esophagus and stomach lining. And because it contains a mucilage, marshmallow can be used to heal damage caused by excessive acid production—a symptom many with acid reflux experience struggle with.
- Turmeric can be added to warm water and gargled to help alleviate heartburn—a symptom associated with GERD sufferers. It is also helpful for when you have a sore throat or sores in your mouth. Turmeric, like most herbs, can be taken in capsule form as well.
- Chewable Licorice—the form of licorice that has had the glycyrrhizin removed—is what you should aim for. Otherwise it can be responsible for water retention or an increase in blood pressure. Chewing this herb at the onset of heartburn aids in reducing stomach inflammation, protects the stomach lining, and helps to soothe ulcer conditions. It also promotes enzyme production which further aids in efficient digestion.
Herbal remedies are a great, natural way to treat acid reflux symptoms; but as always, they are best taken in moderation. Do a little research into the different herbs and herbal remedies to see which might be best for you, based on your symptoms and existing health concerns.
Some herbs could exasperate existing conditions if not taken correctly, or simply may not be safe depending on your current health. Seeing a naturopathic doctor is a safe way to explore some of these amazing at-home remedies.