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Acid reflux is also referred to as gastroesophageal reflux or GERD is caused when
stomach acid from backs up into the esophagus. This is called reflux. It usually
takes place at the lower esophageal sphincter connecting the stomach to the esophagus.
Heartburn is a major symptom of acid reflux. Acid reflux happens when the stomach
produces too much stomach acid in its efforts to break down food. While stomach acid
is needed in the digestion of food, if there are problems in digesting, the stomach
keeps on trying and in so doing produces more acid than it really needs.
5 Herbal Supplements for Acid Reflux
1. Aloe Vera
Aloe vera is soothing to an overly acidic stomach but does not neutralize
the acid which is positive for the treatment of acid reflux. There are aloe vera
latex capsules that should be taken two or three times daily with water. They can
be taken on an empty stomach or with meals, whichever works best for you. Some people
prevent to drink aloe vera juice instead as it can coat the stomach which helps heal
esophageal erosions which can occur after a lengthy bout of acid reflux.
Chamomile (Matricaria recutita) is a flowering plant from the daisy family. The herbal
supplements come from the flowering part of the plant. Chamomile has been used in
Europe for generations for treating digestive disorders. Chamomile is available as
capsules, in liquid form and as a tea. It is also calming and that can be beneficial
to coping with acid reflux.
3. Grapefruit Skin
Grapefruit skin has a very salutary effect on acid reflux. Ideally use organic grapefruit
to avoid any toxins that might be on the skin. Grate the grapefruit and let the scraping
dry by spreading them out on a plate. When they are dry, they will look wrinkled.
Store them in a container. Chew and eat these gratings to settle your stomach during
a bout of acid reflux.
4. Marshmallow Root
Marshmallow root has commonly and historically been used to cure acid reflux. It
can be taken as a tea, five or six times a day, or as a capsule, tincture, or powder.
Stir one teaspoon of powdered marshmallow root into a cup of water and drink this
three or four times a day. This works as a mucilage that lines your esophagus and
protects it from the burning of acid.
5. Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar taken with food helps settle acid reflux. It helps digest food
without having the stomach have to produce more acid. Half an hour before eating,
mix a couple of tablespoons of apple cider vinegar in eight ounces of water and drink
it. You can also do this with a cup of boiling water, adding a tablespoon or two
of apple cider vinegar and a tablespoon of honey and drink it as a tea before the
Herbal Supplements for Acid Reflux: Notes/Safety Advices
Herbal supplements are better for treating acid reflux than the typical choice of
products that neutralize acid. Since the problem begins with an over production of
stomach acid, neutralizing the acid is only going to lead to more acid production.
In other words acid neutralization has the opposite effect from what is desired.