Acid reflux symptoms (or GERD) are one of the most common digestive complaints in the Western world and include heartburn and regurgitation. Natural treatment options for acid reflux disease include herbal remedies, traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and other forms of alternative medicine. Read on to learn more on relieving heartburn and other acid reflux symptoms naturally.
Alternative Remedies for Acid Reflux Disease (GERD)
Consult with an acupuncturist about the acid reflux symptoms. Acupuncture is one of the most popular natural remedies in traditional Chinese medicine. The practitioner will take a health history and conduct an examination to determine the cause of the heartburn. He or she will then insert very long, fine needles into specific points (acupoints) in the body. Depending on the severity of GERD symptoms, a few sessions may be required to see an effect.
Prepare an herbal remedy for heartburn relief. The Mayo Clinic suggests some herbs that may be used for this purpose, such as: licorice, chamomile, marshmallow, slippery elm and ginger. Some herbs may react with other medications taken at the same time, so a licensed physician should be consulted to ensure it is safe before you start using it for your acid reflux symptoms.
Sign up for a session of “Tui Na” massage. This is a form of therapeutic massage in the traditional Chinese medicine material medica. In this therapy, pressure is applied on certain acupoints, using fingers and sometimes elbow, to restore normal functioning of the body’s organs.
Alleviate anxiety and stress, which have been associated with worsening GERD symptoms. A study by the University of Alabama found a co-relation between the use of progressive muscle relaxation procedures and a lessening of both anxiety and acid reflux symptoms. There was also a drop in the concentration of gastric acid in the esophagus. There are also some anecdotal reports that hypnosis helps to provide heartburn relief.
Put a few drops of lavender or chamomile oil on a pillow promote a relaxing sleep, or get an aromatherapy massage to ease the tense muscles around the abdomen and alleviate anxiety and stress. Aromatherapy is a pleasant way to relieve heartburn symptoms.
Practice yoga. Certain poses in yoga are also believed to help with digestion symptoms. Take care not to practice with a full stomach. Gentle exercises such as walking or riding a bike may also help.
Seek a Professional Opinion
Always consult with a licensed health care practitioner before opting to treat acid reflux disease with alternative remedies. Reflux symptoms may mask a more serious underlying condition.