The EclecticPhysician

The Eclectic Physician
Natural Health Care
by Beth Burch N.D.

Heartburn-

First, you should be sure that the problem is just heartburn. Inflammation and ulcers of the esophagus and stomach can also cause pain. Your health care provider can help you determine if your pain is caused by heartburn or a more serious condition.

Heartburn is caused when the muscular opening from the esophagus into the stomach doesnít work properly, and allows stomach acid to wash back up into the esophagus. It is more likely to develop if you eat in a hurry, so to help prevent it , you should eat when you are relaxed and have time to eat slowly and chew your food thoroughly.

Fried foods, sugar, alcohol, caffeinated beverages, and cigarette smoking are all associated with heartburn. Avoiding these can help a lot. Lying down soon after eating can aggravate the problem. Small frequent meals may help. And you should avoid drinking a lot of liquid with your meals. Excess stress may contribute to the problem. Exercise, relaxation and meditation can help you with managing stress.

There are a number of herbs that may help alleviate the discomfort. Try a tea made from chamomile, peppermint, fennel or cardamom. Papaya or papaya tablets are helpful. Slippery elm lozenges can help neutralize excess stomach acid and soothe the stomach.

* The information presented in this web site is intended to inform and educate. It is not intended replace a qualified medical practitioner to diagnose or treat medical conditions.

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