Hearburn Home Remedies
Although there is no substitute when it comes to proper medical care when it comes to treating gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and the damage it can cause to your esophagus, some patients have reported that alternative treatments can provide at least partial relief from some of the symptom of chronic GERD. Here are a few alternative treatments you might want to consider for your chronic reflux symptoms:
- Baking soda: A heaping teaspoon in an 8-ounce glass of water can help balance stomach acids to reduce discomfort, but be forewarned: It tastes terribly salty. Try adding a teaspoon of honey to help mask the taste. Taking baking soda too often can cause a buildup of gas that can lead to cramping and belching.
- Apple cider vinegar: Although the effects of vinegar on chronic reflux are mostly anecdotal, many chronic GERD sufferers swear by it. Mix a tablespoon in a glass of water and consider adding honey to mask the sour taste.
- Meditation and relaxation techniques: Some patients find they can calm their stomach’s overactivity by learning to meditate or through other relaxation techniques such as mindful breathing.
- Chewing gum: Some studies have shown that chewing gum for a half hour after a meal can help reduce the symptoms of chronic reflux, possibly by helping to clear the esophagus of excess acids. Peppermint gum can cause an exacerbation of symptoms in some patients, so chew with caution.
- Probiotics: Initial studies have proposed that taking probiotics daily can help balance your digestive system and can potentially decrease the symptoms of chronic reflux.
Adopting some of these habits could help you manage your chronic GERD symptoms more effectively, but like any other treatment, it’s a good idea to talk with your doctor before adding a homeopathic treatment to your regimen.
If you’re experiencing symptoms of GERD such as frequent coughing, sore throat or heartburn, don’t ignore them. Left untreated, GERD can result in irreversible damage to your esophagus and even esophageal cancer. At the Georgia Reflux Center, Dr. Bagnato helps patients just like you manage their symptoms and stay healthy with proper treatment, including state-of-the-reflux surgery. To schedule an evaluation with Dr. Bagnato, call our Macon, GA, office at 478-216-4604 or our Albany, GA, office at 229-432-8484, or use our online form to contact us.