Natural Remedies for Heartburn


Diet

  • Eat frequent small meals throughout the day instead of the usual 3 large meals.
  • Drink more spring or purified water to help dilute acid excess.
  • Therapeutic vegetable juices include carrot, spinach, beet, cucumber, parsley, celery, cabbage, and potato. These should be used liberally throughout the day (2 quarts daily).
  • Raw potato juice just before breakfast can help with acid regurgitation.
  • Avoid red meat, alcohol, hot sauces, spicy and fried foods, added salt, caffeine products, sugar, and refined carbohydrate products.

Instead of Aspirin

If you use aspirin, replace it with white willow bark capsules. At least this will not further aggravate the discomfort.

Food Sensitivities

A large number of people suffer from hyperacidity because of an allergy to milk protein (casein) or gluten found in most grains. Food allergy or sensitivity testing might be a good idea in the more stubborn cases that fail to respond to other diet and supplement changes.

Supplements

Supplements that have a healing effect against H. pylori include:

  • Garlic
  • Wild mountain oregano oil
  • Berberine
  • Lactobacillus acidophilus and other probiotics
  • Bovine colostrum
  • Essential fatty acids—flax seed oil, cod liver oil, salmon oil, evening primrose oil, borage oil
  • Licorice root tincture or herbal tea*
  • Choline
  • Lecithin
  • PABA
  • Bismuth
  • Bentonite
  • Goldenseal
  • Slippery elm
  • Digestive enzymes
  • Burdock
  • Manuka honey
  • Ginger root
  • Mastic gum
  • Aloe vera juice

* It should be noted here that the long-term use of licorice could elevate blood pressure in some sensitive individuals. The glycyrrhetinic acid component of licorice is what is responsible for this potential side effect. The best way of getting around this problem and still take advantage of licorice’s ability to protect the gastrointestinal lining from acid irritation is to use deglycyrrhizinated licorice (DGL). Many herbal brands manufacture DGL lozenges or chewable tablets. This supplement is widely available at most health food stores and pharmacies specializing in natural remedies.

The herbal combination of burdock, slippery elm, Turkish rhubarb, and sheep sorrel (Essiac or Flor•Essence) can be effective for a wide range of gut problems, including:

  • Hiatus hernia
  • Duodenal ulcers
  • Gastritis
  • Colitis
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Non-specific indigestion
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Bowel infections

This herbal tea can be used alone or in combination with DGL, aloe vera juice, or prescription medications in more resistant cases. Check with your doctor or naturopath for a personalized treatment regime.

REFERENCE: Physicians' Desk Reference 2005. Montvale, NJ: Thomson Healthcare, 2004.


By Dr. Zoltan Rona| June 27, 2009
Categories:  Blog

About the Author

Dr. Zoltan Rona

Dr. Zoltan Rona

Dr. Zoltan P. Rona is a graduate of McGill University Medical School (1977) and has a Master’s Degree in Biochemistry and Clinical Nutrition from the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut (1984). He is past president of The Canadian Holistic Medical Association (1987-88) and is the author of three Canadian bestsellers: The Joy of Health (1991), Return to the Joy of Health (1995) and Childhood Illness and The Allergy Connection (1997). He is co-author with Jeanne Marie Martin of The Complete Candida Yeast Guidebook (1996) and is the medical editor of the Benjamin Franklin Award winning Encyclopedia of Natural Healing (1998). He has had a private medical practice in Toronto for the past 35 years, has appeared on radio and TV as well as lectured extensively in Canada and the U.S. Dr. Rona currently writes regular articles for Reader’s Digest, Alive, Vitality magazine and for several web sites. His latest book “Vitamin D, the Sunshine Vitamin” was published in 2010. In 2011, Dr. Rona was named Chief Medical Advisor for NAKA Herbs and Vitamins and has developed a line of nutritional supplements (TriStar Naturals) which are sold in health food stores across Canada. He can be found at www.highlevelwellness.ca

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